What's on in north Northumberland - March 2 - March 9

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.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 8:00 am
Dracula - the Travesty! comes to Glanton Memorial Hall tomorrow night. Devised by actor and writer Stewart Howson, from the novel by Bram Stoker, Northumberland Theatre Company returns with a cast of three. See below for more details.
Dracula - the Travesty! comes to Glanton Memorial Hall tomorrow night. Devised by actor and writer Stewart Howson, from the novel by Bram Stoker, Northumberland Theatre Company returns with a cast of three. See below for more details.



A View From The Edge. Wingates Village Institute, 7.30pm. Private eye and troubled sleeper Charlie Daniels is hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to investigate the disappearance of her husband, a prominent gallery owner. Meanwhile, writers Charlotte and Dan struggle with the script of their new theatre show. Tickets at [email protected] or on 01669 620512.

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Dare Devil Rides to Jarama – A new play by Neil Gore. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Spain 1936: When Fascism clutched the Spanish people, threatening tyranny and the menace of war in Europe, Clem ‘Dare Devil’ Beckett felt that his place was in the volunteers that formed the International Brigades. Tickets: £12.50, concs £10, over 60s £11.


Dracula – the Travesty! Glanton Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Devised by actor and writer Stewart Howson, from the novel by Bram Stoker, Northumberland Theatre Company returns with a cast of three. Light, funny and daft, but with some scary moments. See www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk.

Wednesday and Thursday

Fame: The Musical. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Join students from the Duchess’s High School for their annual musical. Tickets: premier £11, standard £10, concs £9, child/student £7.



T2: Trainspotting. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. First there was an opportunity, then there was betrayal. Twenty years have gone by, much has changed, but much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can call home. They are waiting for him – Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45. Certificate (18).


Manchester by the Sea. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. An uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies, and he struggles with the decision that he is to be the guardian. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50. Certificate (15).


La La Land. Seahouses Hub, 7.30pm. Aspiring actress Mia and jazz musician Sebastian struggle to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight. Tickets: adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family (four) £19. Certificate (12A).


Lion. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50. Certificate (PG).

Tuesday and Wednesday

Denial. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court With A Holocaust Denier, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45. Certificate (12A).


Jackie. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children and define her husband’s legacy. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50. Certificate (15).



Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club, with The Iain MacPhail band. The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Members’ subscription £8. Members’ monthly admission £4. Non-members’ admission £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. Contact: 01668 281307.


2017 Music Programme: Andrew Lobb CD launch concert. Gallery 45, Felton. Tickets £5. A percentage of proceeds goes to Hospice Care.


Folk Night. Blue Bell Hotel, Belford, 8pm to 11.30pm. Folk session, approximately 25 musicians. All welcome, no charge.



Alnwick and District MS Group coffee and chat. Weaver’s Court, 11am. A chance for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis to meet up, get support and chat.

Today and tomorrow

Purely Pastels – Land and Sea by Fiona Carvell. Gallery 45, Felton. A pastel specialist and Unison Colour Associate Artist, Fiona depicts various landscapes, from the Highlands of Scotland and beaches of Northumberland, to the riverbanks of County Durham.


World Book Day Tots with Helen Ellis. Alnwick Playhouse, 1.15pm to 2.30pm. Come dressed as your favourite book character, we are going on a bear hunt. Tickets: £4, one adult and up to two children from the same family, childminders one adult and up to four children. Age up to three years.


Etal Flower Show AGM. Etal Village Hall, 7pm. We are always in need of new people on the committee so please come along to show your support for this well-established village event.

Every Thursday

Hadston Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1pm. A two-hour session, with tea and a biscuit half way through, £1.50. Dance tuition free.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. Singers in all sections welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, 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 there is a craft group.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, 7.30pm. £2.50. Call 01289 307953.


A Northumbrian Evening. Tillmouth Village Hall, 7.30pm. Poetry readings about the area by Noel Hodgson, poet and local historian. The evening also includes cheese and wine, musical entertainment, tea, coffee and cakes. Tickets are £10, available on 01890 882463 or 01890 882305.


Berwick Inner Wheel Coffee Morning. St Cuthbert’s Parish, Berwick, 10am to noon. Entry £3 in aid of Victim Support Northumberland.


Mind Body Spirit Fair. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, 10.30am to 4pm. Free.


Finding the Wow Factor Photography Workshop. 56° North, 23 Castlegate, Berwick, 10am. No experience is necessary, but you will learn techniques. There is a small admission charge to cover materials and refreshments.


Bric-a-Brac Jumble and Toy Sale. Whalton Village Hall, 2pm. To raise funds for the church and Village Hall. Refreshments available.


Peregrini Volunteer Conference. Holy Island Village Hall, 10am to 4pm. The conference will give an update on work completed across the landscape partnership and an opportunity to find out what’s happening in 2017. Guest speakers include project leads and volunteers.


How To Hide A Lion - Author and Illustrator Event. Alnwick Playhouse, 11am. Meet Helen Stephens, author and illustrator behind best-selling children’s books How to Hide a Lion, with her props and costumes. Discover her inspiration and see her draw, then draw your own lions and contribute towards a gallery exhibition for World Book Day. Child tickets: £6.50, includes a copy of How To Hide a Lion from Grandma. Adults £2.50.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick, 8pm to 11pm. Entry £3, includes refreshments.


North East of England and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Village Annex at Dinnington Village, behind Newcastle Airport, 2pm to 4pm. Pass on information regarding the growing of these plants.


Notable Names from Alnwick District. Bailiffgate Museum, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Local author Andy Griffin with a range of fascinating facts. Free, open to all. Refreshments provided, donation invited for Alnwick Branch NDFHS funds.

Every Wednesday

Berwick Male Voice Choir. Longridge Towers School, 6.45pm to 9pm for rehearsals. New members welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Wednesday

Qi Gong for Health. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, 2pm. Improve your posture, flexibility and strength. Cost £3.

Until June 4

Brick Dinos. Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. This exhibition combines the topics of dinosaurs and LEGO. Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Monday and Tuesday during school holidays, from 10am to 4pm.



Alnwick Ramblers. Beadnell, Low Newton, Newton Bars, Tughall, Swinhoe circular, 11 miles. Meet at main car park, Beadnell, 10.30am. If weather is inclement, check with Paul Stenhouse on 07766 694756


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

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

Alnwick Castle. Closed for winter.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. See www.alnwickgarden.com for events. Admission £7.70 adults, £5.83 concs, £4.40 children, £21.50 family.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3 concs, £1 children, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open weekends, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. Admission £10.75 adults, £10.50 senior, £5 children, £25 family.

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

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission £8.80 adult, £7.90 concs, £5.20 children, £22.80 family.

Berwick Barracks. Closed for winter.

Chillingham Castle. Closed for winter.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Visit in winter by prior arrangement. See www.chillinghamwildcattle.com

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. For details and charges visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £4.70 adult, £4.20 concs, £2.80 children, £12.20 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight. Admission free.

Etal Castle. Closed for winter.

Eyemouth Museum: Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Re-opens daily March 25.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Re-opens daily March 26.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Re-opens daily March 25.

House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Telephone 01665 510027. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: Festival of Snowdrops. Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4pm. Adults £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free. Tearoom open.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Winter visits by arrangement. See www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/lady-waterford-hall

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. The castle is closed for restoration. The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop remain open daily. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle

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

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £6 adult, £5.30 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Winter opening by request. Call 01665 570382, email [email protected] or see www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Closed for winter.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2 adult, 50p children, £1.50 concs or groups.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Free admission.

Wallington: 01670 773600. House closed for winter. Walled garden open daily, 10am to 4pm. Garden and estate open daily, 10am to dusk. Admission £9.50 adult, £4.80 child, £23 family. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission £5.80 adult, £5.20 concs, £3.40 children, £15 family. Hermitage: Closed.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.