What's on in north Northumberland - March 9 - March 16

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.

Thursday, 9th March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:57 am
Dyad Productions are coming to Maltings Theatre in Berwick-upon-Tweed on March 10 with their critically acclaimed play Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. More details below.


Until Saturday

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


DYAD Productions: Jane Eyre - An Autobiography. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte, by writer and director Elton Townend Jones. All tickets £12.50, under 16s free.


Dracula – The Travesty! Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Devised and created by Northumberland Theatre Company actor and writer Stewart Howson from the classic novel by Bram Stoker. Light, funny and daft, but with strong storytelling and some genuinely scary moments, this promises to be Gothic storytelling at its best – imaginative, atmospheric and physically exciting. Tickets: standard £10, concessions £9.



Jackie. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Tickets: £7.45, concessions £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).

Saturday and Wednesday

Lion. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train, which takes him thousands of miles across India, far away from his home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Tickets: £7.45, £6.45 concessions, child £4.45 (16 and under), baby free (two and under). Certificate (PG).


Loving. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Tickets: £7.45, £6.45 concessions, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Berwick Film Society Film Show: Embrace of the Serpent. The Maltings, 7.30pm. Nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar 2016, this is the dramatised account of two European explorers, travelling through the Amazon 40 years apart during the early 1900s, in search of a rare plant, but unearthing much more. Tickets: £7.95, £6.95 concessions. BFS Passholders free entry. Certificate (12).


La La Land. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this award-winning film follows an aspiring actress Mia and a jazz musician Sebastian as they are faced with some decisions when their success mounts that begins to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair. The dreams that they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concessions £7.50, child/student £5.50. Certificate (12A).


The Eagle Huntress. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The Eagle Huntress is a spell-binding documentary following Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first girl in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concessions £7.50, child/student £5.50. Certificate (U).



New Generation Artists. Elsdon Avenue Church, Seaton Delaval, 3pm. A musical selection box of some of the top students in the area who will be the next generation of virtuoso performers, featuring clarinettists, pianists and singers. Tickets £4 at www.elsdonavenuechurch.org.uk or call 0191 237 6116.


Northumberland Pulse Dance Platform. The Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. The Northumberland Pulse Dance Platform, now in its sixth year, celebrates the work of dance groups across the county. These groups create dances in a range of styles, to a wide selection of music, involving beginners, as well as dancers with experience, and covering a wide age range. Tickets: £6.


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


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


Northumbrian Music Evening. The Fleece, Alnwick, 8pm. All are welcome to come and play.


The Hut People. Cheviot Centre, Wooler, 7.30pm. One of the most entertaining and best loved acts on today’s UK folk scene arrive in Wooler this month. The Hut People will be taking audiences on a musical voyage across the globe with their hugely entertaining blend of ‘world folk’. Tickets: £9, concessions £8, children £6, family ticket £25. Bookings: 01668 282604 or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk



Berwick Art Group. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 2pm to 4pm. There will be a workshop run by Caroline Underhill on portraits with pastels. Please bring along your own art materials to work with. Non-members are welcome for a fee of £4.

Every Thursday

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

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. Singers in all sections are welcome and no audition is 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 for further information.


Hutton and Paxton Flower Show Beetle Drive. Paxton Village Hall, 7pm. Easter Eggs for prizes. Come and have some fun. All welcome. Entry: Adults £2, children 50p.


Watercolour Workshop – Still Life and Flowers. Gallery 45, Felton, 10.30am to 1pm. £25 with Jane Murray.


St James’s Spring Coffee Morning. St James’s Church Hall, Alnwick, 9.30am. The usual popular stalls will be there and admission, including coffee and biscuits, is £1.


Alnwick Firefighters Charity Car Wash. Alnwick Fire Station, 10am to 2pm. The fund-raising car wash is in aid of The Firefighters Charity in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. Any proceeds will be split between the two charities.


Coffee Morning. Crookham Village Hall, 10am to noon. The coffee morning is to raise funds for a new toilet. There will be a raffle, find the joker and delicious homemade cakes for sale. Entry is by donation, including refreshments.

Saturday and Sunday

Hauxley Open Weekend. Hauxley Nature Reserve, 10am to 4pm. The public open weekend allows local residents and visitors the opportunity to see the progress being made on the innovative new visitor centre and other site improvements. Northumberland Wildlife Trust will endeavour to open footpaths to allow access to hides where possible. Free event, but donations would be welcome. This is a Dynamic Druridge event.

Every Saturday

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


Naafi Break. Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, 10am to 1pm. The new North Northumberland Branch of the Royal British Legion hosts its Wooler-based Naafi break, which is open to all. Why not come along and meet up with old colleagues, learn more about the work of the Royal British Legion and find out how it may be able to help you, or simply enjoy a relaxing cuppa.

Every Wednesday

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

Every Wednesday

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


Aln and Breamish Local History Society meeting. Whittingham Memorial Institute, 7.30pm. John Swanson will speak on The History and Gardens of Glanton Pyke. The meeting will be preceded by a short tribute to Basil Oliver by Andy Hay, visiting from the United States. Andy Hay is a nephew of a Canadian Airforce casualty of a wartime crash on Cheviot in which Basil played a significant rescue role. Refreshments will be served. Non-members £3.


Aln Valley Railway meeting. Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Bill Fawcett presents Newcastle’s Forth Goods Station: Two Centuries of Urban Development. Bill, from ‘over the border’ is an author, railway historian and expert on aspects of the North Eastern Railway. A treat is in store. The group welcome visitors, members and their guests for a small donation towards the cost of meetings. Meetings are open to all. Refreshments will be available from about 7pm.


Whist Drive. Hutton Village Hall, 7pm. The event is in aid of the Shoe Box Appeal. All welcome.


Quiz and Buffet Supper. Ancroft Village Hall, 7.30pm. Contact Ruth Turner on 01289 388618 to enter teams of four or less. £5 per person. Bring your own bottle.

Until May 5

Fusion. Gallery 45, Felton. A group of textile artists based in the North East is exhibiting members’ work at Gallery 45 in Felton. The title for their show is Connections, and as is often the case, the word is open to a wide variety of interpretations.

Until June 4

Brick Dinos. Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. This exhibition combines the favourite childhood topics of dinosaurs and LEGO. Step back in time to the Jurassic period to meet dinosaurs face-to-face, carefully built using LEGO bricks, discover if your family would fit into the footprint of a dinosaur, then have a go at building your own to add to the Jurassic landscape. Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Monday and Tuesday during school holidays, from 10am to 4pm.


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 1.

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 1.

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

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

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

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Closed for winter. 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. Open daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Adults £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free. Tearoom open.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 25. 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 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: 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. 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.