What's on in north Northumberland - March 10 - March 17

See what's on in north Northumberland for the next seven days. Covering theatre, films, live music, walks and other events taking place in Northumberland this week. If you have an entry email the address above.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10th March 2016, 8:00 am


Wednesday until March 20

Sister Act -The Musical. Alnwick Playhouse, times vary. Alnwick Stage Musical Society is raising the bar to a heavenly order with a brand new production of Sister Act: The Musical. The production features a fabulous original score, which will have the audience in stitches. Tickets: premier £13.50, standard £12.50, concs £11.50, child/student £8.50.

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Dad’s Army. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The British Empire strikes back! The famous Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deals with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, child £4.75. Certificate (PG).


Room. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the 10ft-by-10ft space that Jack has known his entire life he makes a thrilling discovery – the outside world. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (15).

Tomorrow until Tuesday

Spotlight. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and Government establishment, setting off a wave of revelations around the world. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, child £4.75 (ages 15 and 16 only). Certificate (15).


Alvin and The Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami – and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal. Tickets: adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family of four £19. Certificate (U).


Trumbo. Seahouses Hub, Saturday, 6pm. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Tickets: adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family of four £19. Certificate (15).

Live Music/Dance


Sonrisa – A Taste of Latin. Howick Village Hall, 7pm. An evening of Latin music, blending original and traditional songs. Tickets: adults £9, children £4, on 01665 577384.


June James: Swing Into Spring. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Scintillating Swing for an evening which includes great sounds and songs from the golden era of music. Songs from Gershwin to Bacharach, featuring jazz vocalist June James, accompanied by fine musicians producing a big band sound. Cabaret style seating in a night club atmosphere, with licensed bar. Tickets: £12, concs £10.


Met Opera: Manon Lescaut - Puccini. Alnwick Playhouse, 5.55pm. This performance is part of our stunning Met Opera 2015-16 season, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, concs £19, child/student £10, friends £18.


4 Choirs Concert. St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Norham, 7pm. Berwick Male Voice Choir hosts a four choirs concert where its members will be joined by East Fife Male Voice Choir, Hawick PSA Choir and Longridge Baseline Singers. Tickets £8. They need to be purchased in advance as it is likely to be a sell-out, with no tickets available at the door. Tickets are available from the MACE shop or Bakers shop in Berwick, or phone Jim Blythe on 01289 382442.


The Fureys. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Legends of Irish music and song, The Fureys return to Alnwick Playhouse. Their emotive songs stir many emotions – tears and laughter, sadness and joy. Tickets: premier £19.50, standard £18.50, concs £17.50.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fisher Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for further details.

Friday, March 18

Andante Chamber Choir. The Wooler Branch of Save the Children is hosting a spring concert with the Andante Chamber Choir in the United Reformed Church on March 18, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Brands, High Street, Wooler, or on the door, priced £8, including refreshments. All welcome.


Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, from 10am to 4pm. A free drop-in to meet friends over refreshments, play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. A new class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7pm. £2.50 per person. For further details call 01289 307953.

Every Friday

Coffee morning. Enjoy a coffee and biscuits and do your bit for the lifeboats every Friday morning at Alnwick Playhouse. From 10am in the upstairs bar.


Along The Way: A Short Season of Sonic Walking. Watchtower Gallery, Tweedmouth, 2pm to 5pm. Performances at 2.45pm of On Stepping From The Wind To The Sea.


St James’s spring coffee morning. St James’s Church Hall, Pottergate, Alnwick, from 9.30am. The usual popular stalls will be there and admission, including coffee and biscuits, is £1.


Cupcake decorating workshop. Gallery 45, Felton, 1pm to 3.30pm. £25. The price includes six cupcakes to take home and share.


Table-top sale. Crookham Village Hall, 11am to 3pm. Crookham Village Hall is the place to be in order to bag a bargain and enjoy homemade savouries and cakes, and a lovely cup of tea. All proceeds will go to the village hall funds, which help to maintain this vital building in the life of the local community.


Museum Tots. Bailiffgate Museum, 9.30am to 11am. Museum Tots is Bailiffgate’s unique pre-school group, set up to enable parents, carers and the young children to experience history through play in a fascinating museum setting. £2 for each participating child, and adults are free.

Monday until April 1

Journey of Wonder into the story of Easter and Beyond. Kirkwhelpington Church, 9am to 6pm. Visitors are invited to come and explore this visual and interactive journey into the Easter story and beyond.


NCBA Easter Fair. 4th Morpeth Scout Group Scout Hut, Staithes Lane, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Stalls include chocolate Easter stall, raffles, cakes and delicious Easter treats, and gifts. All welcome so do pop in and see us.


Aln and Breamish Local History Society. March meeting at Whittingham Memorial Institute, 7.30pm. Dr Tony Henfrey will speak on Callaly Castle. Refreshments will be served. Non-members are most welcome, £3.


Aln Valley Railway meeting. Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Sir Edward Watkin and the original HS2 is the title of the evening’s presentation. Visitors, members and their guests are welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments will be available from about 7pm.


Meet the author: Max Adams. Alnwick Library, 6pm to 7pm. Visitors to Alnwick Library are invited to take a step back into the Dark Ages when historian and archaeologist Max Adams, author of In the Land of Giants, comes to talk about this mysterious period of history. Admission is free, but contact the library to book a place in advance on 01670 622154.


Yoga and tribal dance sessions. Gallery 45, Felton. First taster session at 8pm.


Joy of Jive. Gallery 45, Felton, 8pm. Free modern jive class. There is no partner necessary and beginners are welcome.

Until April 1

Coast. Gallery 45, Felton. Gallery 45 is celebrating Northumberland’s magnificent coastline with its next exhibition, Coast. Artists showing work this month include Fiona Carvell, Peter Davidson, Deirdre Foster, Sarah O’Dowd, George Levitt and Linda Mumba. Preview on Saturday (March 12), 11am to 1pm.

Until April 10

Snake Encounter. Woodhorn Museum, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 10am to 4pm. Discover the secret world of snakes. Encounter amazing snakes from around the globe and find out fascinating facts about these mysterious creatures. Be thrilled by a stunning 12ft Burmese python skeleton and displays. Admission includes live snake encounters in sessions hosted by Guy Tansley, from bugsnstuff.com

Until April 14

Nordic art exhibition. St Mary’s Inn, St Mary’s Park, Stannington, 8am to 11pm. Nordic art is in the spotlight as Brita Granstrom exhibits. An acute observer of moments of endearing intimacy, her paintings offer visual delights in abundance. Free admission.

Until April 17

Eric Ennion: Ripples from the House on the Shore. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Ripples from the House on the Shore celebrates the work of Eric Ennion (1900–81) and features more than 30 watercolours and preparatory sketches. Free admission.

Until May 8

Do I Look Good in This? Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. A celebration of women’s fashion from Tudor times to the Swinging Sixties. This exclusive display paints a picture of the changing nature of women’s clothing for all occasions. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes from different periods.

Until October 31

Stick Man Trail. Kielder Castle, free admission. The Stickman Trail is based on the much-loved book written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and it follows the success of the Gruffalo trail. It starts from Kielder Castle, where families can pick up an activity pack for £3. Follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way. The length of the trail is 0.75 miles. Parking is £4.50 all day, or £1.50 for one hour.


All attraction opening times may vary during the winter season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For opening times and further details, visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Closed for winter, re-opens March 24. For further information, visit the website www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for winter opening hours. Prices are adults £7.70, concs £5.83, children £4.40, family £21.50.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, but closed on Mondays. Admission is £4, concs £3, children £1, under-fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Call for winter opening hours. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, from 9am to 5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, concs £8.30, children £5.50, family £23.90.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, concs £6, children £3, family £16.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: Open again after being closed over part of the winter.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, concs £4.40, children £2.90, family £12.70.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, concs £3.20, family £10, under-fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry: £7.70, over-60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, concs £2.70, family £8, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, concs £5.60, children £3.70, family £16.10.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road: 01665 570382. Winter season at the gardens and arboretum. For details, including opening times, visit www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission children £2.50, concs or groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm. Free admission.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home near Cambo: Open Thursday to Monday, and Wednesday, from noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Open daily, from 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Open daily, from 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, child £6.30, family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm (times may vary through the winter). Gift aid entry: £6, concs £5.40, children £3.60, family £15.60. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, concs £3.60, children £2.40, family £10.40.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.