What's on in north Northumberland - March 17 - March 24

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, 24th March 2016, 8:00 am



Berwick Middle School presents Shakespeare 4 Kidz: Romeo and Juliet. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Following last year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, pupils of Berwick Middle School return to The Maltings with the Shakespeare 4 Kidz musical adaptation of The Bard’s most famous play, that of the tragic star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets: £7.50, concs £6.

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Wilson’s Women: Heroines and Harlots. The Watchtower, Berwick, 7.30pm. Three dramatised and re-imagined tales: Kate Kennedy, Grizzel Cochrane, A Tale of Tweedmouth Muir and The Guidewife of Coldingham. Tickets £8.


The Amazing Bubble Man. Alnwick Playhouse, 11.30am and 2pm. Louis Pearl explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. Tickets: standard £12.50, child/student £10.50, family £40.


Tomorrow and Saturday

The Hateful Eight. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75. Certificate (18).


Kung Fu Panda 3. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travel to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, child £4.75. Certificate (PG). Also showing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and then dump them. They have three days to stop the proposal. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (U).

Saturday and Wednesday

Hail Caesar! Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Set in the 1950’s a Hollywood fixer works to keep the studio’s stars under control. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (12A).


Bridge of Spies. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In a world on the brink the difference between war and peace was one honest man. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, child £4.75. Certificate (12A).

Wednesday and Thursday

The Revenant. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Inspired by true events, The Revenant captures one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, child £4.75 (ages 15 and 16 only). Certificate (15).


Goosebumps. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. After horror author R.L. Stine’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison it’s up to his daughter and new neighbour to get them back in the books. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (PG).


Dad’s Army. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon has to deal with a German spy and a visit from a female journalist as World War II draws to a close. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (PG).

Live Music/Dance


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Guest artist Neil MacEachern SDB at the Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm to 11pm. Member £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet.


And now... Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. This is the first opportunity to see plan B’s new ensemble, four of Scotland’s most electrifying dancers. Accompanied by a powerful ambient score the piece is overlaid with live music, pulsating both rhythm and class. Reserve your seat for free at the box office and then pay what you decide at the end of the performance.


Berwick Community Dance Project presents Go and Open the Door. The Maltings, Berwick, 6.30pm and 7.45pm. Go and Open the Door is a community dance project, with people aged 9 to 65 who have a love of dancing and a willingness to take a risk. It is a 10-week project culminating in a performance. The dance is based on a poem by Miroslav Holub. Tickets: £5, £2 child.


Clive Carroll in concert. St Cuthbert’s House. Doors open at 7pm for pre-concert drinks from the bar. Music starts around 7.45pm. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions and arrangements, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. Tickets £10. 01665 720456


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Ship Inn, Low Newton. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Waverley Harp Trio. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A Scottish based ensemble whose members have worked regularly with a variety of chamber music groups and with orchestras, including St Martin’s in the Field and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: standard £16, concs £15, free to full-time students.


Libby Redman. Alnwick Cricket Club, 7.30pm. Libby Redman, recording artist/songwriter and Director of Libberty Arts will be performing songs from her second album So Good. Tickets: child/young person: £2, adult £4, family ticket £10 (two adults and up to four children).


Rothbury Roots presents... Plumhall. The Queens Head, Rothbury. 01669 620470.



Alnwick Wildlife Group. St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick, 7.30pm. Derek Robson will give a talk on Natural Flood Management in the Borders followed by free refreshments and our usual time to chat. Non-members £2.

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.


Charity Coffee Morning. Lesbury Village Hall, 10am to 2pm. In aid of The FutureSense Foundation

Saturday till Monday.

Cheviot Artists. Kirknewton Village Hall Art and Craft Exhibition, Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Sunday noon to 4pm, and Monday 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available.


Easter Craft Fair. Warkworth Memorial Hall, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Top quality hand-crafted products from some of the area’s top artisans. Refreshments available.

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.

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.

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. 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 April 30

Spring Exhibition. Alan Reed Art, 17 Cheviot View, Ponteland, 9.30am to 5pm. Original watercolour paintings and limited edition prints of Northumberland, Newcastle, Scotland and Italy. Free admission.

Until May 8

Animal Spirits by Juneau Projects. The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick, 11am to 5pm. Animal Spirits is a new book and exhibition written and designed by Juneau Projects. The book tells the story of a group of survivors who, following a global technological disaster, have founded an arts and craft community within the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. 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 trail is 0.75 miles long. Parking costs £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

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

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Go to www.alnwickcastle.com for opening hours and further details.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for 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. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.

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

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

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 Castle: 01668 215359. Now open. Please ring for further details or visit our website www.chillingham-castle.com

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: 01669 620333. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, gardens and woodland 10am to 6pm. Admission £10.20, child £5.10, family £25.50.

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 any reasonable time during daylight hours. Admission is free.

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. 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. 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.