What's on in north Northumberland - March 23 - March 30

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, 23rd March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:05 am
Foster & Allen are celebrating 40 years together in the music business and will be performing a string of their hits at The Maltings in Berwick tonight. More details below.
Foster & Allen are celebrating 40 years together in the music business and will be performing a string of their hits at The Maltings in Berwick tonight. More details below.


Until Sunday

Evita. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Alnwick Stage Musical Society presents Evita. Tickets: premier £12.50, standard £11.50, child/student £8.50.


Chekhov’s Shorts. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. European Arts Company presents a collection of one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal. Tickets: £12.50, concs £10, over 60s £11.


Thèâtre Sans Frontières: Heaven Eyes by David Almond. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Three youngsters run away from their children’s home and sail down the River Tyne on a makeshift raft. They meet a strange girl who lives with an old man, Grampa. Tickets: £10, child £5.


National Theatre LIVE: Hedda Gabler. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped, but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.



Fences. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream eats at him and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Berwick Film Society: Mustang. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Five orphaned sisters living in a remote Turkish village rail against the strict boundaries of a traditional upbringing in their bid to become free spirited young women. Tickets: £7.95, concs £6.95, BFS free. Certificate (15).



Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm, with guests the Ian Cruickshanks Trio. Members £5, non-members £6.50, includes buffet.


Foster and Allen. The Maltings, Berwick. Foster and Allen bring their 40th anniversary tour to the UK, performing a string of hits, including Bunch of Thyme, Maggie, After All These Years and Old Flames. Tickets: £20-£25, concs available.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. For more details contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Buskers’ Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell, 8pm. An acoustic session of modern and traditional folk, original singer-songwriters and group sing-a-long. All abilities and styles welcome and entry is free.


Savages. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. In a world where one man’s blood is another man’s elixir, Lo-Giudice Dance conjures a nameless beast lurking in the folklore, history and soil of the North, channelling its wild romance and mystery to the music of Einar Selvik. Book tickets free, then pay what you decide.


Michael English in concert. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Michael English has become one of the Ireland’s top country music stars since forming his own band three years ago, receiving the award for Best Country Band at this year’s Irish Country Music Awards. Tickets: £20.


Royal Opera House LIVE: Madam Butterfly. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Tickets: premier £16, standard £15, child/student £10.



Alnwick Wildlife Group meeting. St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick, 7.30pm. Richard Muggeridge will talk on An Indoor Badger Watch. Free refreshments. Non-members £2.

Every Thursday

Hadston Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1pm. A two-hour session, with tea and a biscuit, £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.


Prize Bingo Night. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick. Eyes down at 7.30pm. Coffee, tea and biscuits, and raffle.


Macular Society meeting. Baptist Church, Golden Square, Berwick, 11am to 1pm. Anyone affected by sight loss is welcome. For details phone 07526 663821.


Soup Saturday. Village Hall, Ancroft, noon.


Car Boot Sale. Organised by Alnwick Lions Club, Homebase car park, Alnwick, 9am to noon. £10 per car, customers free. To book a space email [email protected] or call 07478 491669.


Workshop: Tin Can Metamorphosis using Machine Embroidery. Gallery 45, Felton. £45 with Donna Cheshire.


Craft Fair. Northumberland Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Sixteen stalls showcasing local arts and crafts. Admission £2, including coffee or tea and a scone. Further information is available on 01665 605847 or [email protected]

Every Saturday

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


Arts and Crafts Fair. Warkworth Memorial Hall, 10.30am to 4pm. Free admission. Featuring Anna’s pop-up cafe.


Mothering Sunday Remembrance tree. The Co-operative Funeralcare, Alnwick. The Co-operative Group and British Red Cross have partnered up to help tackle loneliness and isolation across communities in the UK. Families can leave a small donation to support this work. The funeral home is open from 9am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, and people will be able to leave memorial cards on the tree right up until Mother’s Day.


Berwick Sugarcraft Group meeting. Horncliffe Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Robert Whitten, and refreshments will be served afterwards. All welcome. Come along for an enjoyable and lighthearted evening.


Bingo. Etal Village Hall. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7pm. In aid of Northumberland Air Ambulance.

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 posture, flexibility and strength. Cost £3.


Charity Evening with Laura Weightman. Blackshaws Showroom, Alnwick. To launch the new Nissan Micra sporting celebrity Laura Weightman will give a talk about her journey from School Runner to Olympic Athlete. Tickets £5. In aid of Breast Cancer Care and HospiceCare Northumberland.

Until April 21

Salmon Fishing on the Tweed Exhibition. Watchtower Gallery, Tweedmouth, noon to 4pm.

Until May 5

Fusion. Gallery 45, Felton. Textile artists in the North East are exhibiting work.

Until June 4

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


Stanley Burn Wood Nordic Walk. Starting point is Falcon, Prudhoe, 10.30am. Five miles. Stanley Burn Walk, commonly known as The Seven Bridges route, is a pleasant walk around a lovely wood, following the meander of the burn. Deer and squirrels can be spotted. Price per person £8.50. Visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk for more details.


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. Re-opens March 31.

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

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, state rooms from 11am, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.85 adults, £5 children, free under fives, £26 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 concessions, £5.20 children, £22.80 family.

Berwick Barracks. Closed for winter. Re-opens April.

Chillingham Castle. Closed for winter. Re-opens April 3. Call 01668 215359.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: Closed for winter. Re-opens April 3. Call 01668 215250. See www.chillinghamwildcattle.com

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, garden and woodland 10am to 6pm. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside for prices.

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

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

Etal Castle. Closed for winter. Re-opens April.

Eyemouth Museum: Closed for winter. Re-opens April 3.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 25.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 26.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 25.

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

Howick Hall Gardens: Open daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Adults £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Re-opens March 25. See www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/lady-waterford-hall for details.

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 concessions, £2 children, £10 family, under fives free. See www.lindisfarne-centre.com

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

Longframlington Gardens: Open gate from March 23, Wednesday to Saturday, plus Easter, May and August bank holidays, 10am to 4.30pm. Call 01665 570382, email [email protected] or see www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Closed for winter. Re-opens Easter.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2 adult, 50p children, £1.50 concessions 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 open daily, noon to 5pm. Walled garden open, 10am to 6pm. Garden and estate open, 10am to dusk. Admission £12.40 adult, £6.20 child, £31 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 concessions, £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. Admission free, occasional charges for special exhibitions. Parking £3.50.