What's on in north Northumberland - November 24 - December 1

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, 24th November 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:27 am
Just one of the many activities and services Bell View in Belford provides throughout the winter period are Tea Dances for older people, with the next one being on the afternoon of Sunday, November 27 between 2pm and 5pm. More details below.



Fish Eye. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A dark comedy about nosiness gone wild. Pam’s already got a low opinion of her neighbours so when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it’s all-out war. Book seats free, then pay what you decide at the end. Call 01665 510785.

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Inferno. The Maltings, 7.30pm. Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, Inferno. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


My Scientology Movie. The Maltings, 7.30pm. Louis Theroux heads to Los Angeles exploring the Church of Scientology. Following a long fascination with the religion, the unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the church’s headquarters is turned down. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Trolls. Alnwick Playhouse, noon. From the creators of Shrek comes the smart, irreverent animated comedy, DreamWorks’ Trolls. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).

Saturday and Sunday

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The Maltings, Berwick, (Saturday 1pm, Sunday 12.30pm). When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under), baby free (two and under).


Berwick Film Society: Hector. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Starring Peter Mullen as a hobo who goes through his past and tries to put a few things right. Tickets: £7.95, concs £6.95, BFS passholders free entry. Certificate (15).


The Beatles - Eight Days A Week. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A documentary about the Beatles’ touring years, from the beginning of their career through to their withdrawal to studio recording in 1967. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Live Music/Dance


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club with guest artists Jimmy and Sandy Lindsay Trio. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm to 11pm. Members £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet.


Open Mic Night. The Tanners Arms, Alnwick, 8.30pm.


Talon – The Best Of Eagles The Complete History Tour. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. A show of two halves, with the first delivering a laid-back, in-depth look at the early Eagles’ roots. The second half has a complete change of mood, featuring the Eagles’ greatest hits. Tickets: Stalls £17.50-£20, circle £22, box seat £24, concs available.


Alistair Anderson and Northlands. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. From the heart of Northumberland, Alistair Anderson’s new line-up conjures the spirit of the landscape. Tickets: premier £15, standard £14.


Berwick Sugarcraft Club. Horncliffe Memorial Hall, 2pm to 5pm. Bring along your Christmas cake for help and advice to turn it into a masterpiece. Everything you need will be available to buy, and there will be afternoon tea. £5 for the afternoon.


Playhouse Concert Band’s Cowboy Christmas Party. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Join the Playhouse Concert Band for a Western-themed celebration. Dress up as your favourite Western character. Festive treats and drinks included. This event is free to Playhouse volunteers. Tickets: premier £10, standard £9, friends £7.50.

Saturday and Sunday

Berwick Arts Choir: Music and Mulled Wine. Norham Parish Church (Saturday, 5pm). Guildhall, Berwick (Sunday, 2pm). The concerts feature festive works by Brahms and Bach alongside traditional carols. Tickets: £7, under 16s go free.


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


Alnwick Music Society: John Casken, Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. John Casken, a contemporary classical composer, has composed this Song Cycle for the Alnwick Music Society. Tickets: standard £16, concs £15.


Buddy Holly and The Cricketers: Holly at Christmas 2016. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Buddy Holly and the Cricketers herald in the Yuletide festivities with a show that is as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets: £16-£22, concs available.


Northstar Centre Christmas Concert. Tweedmouth Bowling Club, 1.30pm. The Shindiggers drumming group and the centre’s Way Up North Makaton communication group will perform festive material and old favourites.



Berwick Art Group. Spittal United Reformed Church Hall, 2.15pm to 4.15pm. A workshop on pen and ink wash, held by Gill Walton, of Allanbank Arts. Please bring watercolour paper, fine line marker or pen, brushes, pencil and ink if you have some. Non-members welcome for a small fee.


Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Classes of modern jive continue every other Thursday. Beginners welcome and partners not necessary.

Every Thursday

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

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. A programme of choral music has been planned. 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 join the craft group.

Every Thursday

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


Advent Praise. Berwick Methodist Church, Walkergate, 7.30pm. All are welcome to this lively, informal and contemporary worship.

Until Wednesday

Footsteps of St Aidan Exhibition. Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh. Fine art and spiritual photography, retracing the steps of the Celtic saint. Free admission.


34th Christmas Bingo. Lesbury Bowling Club, 6.30pm for 7pm start. Free mince pies and refreshments.

Every Saturday

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

Saturday and Sunday

Christmas Market. Alnwick Garden, 10.30am to 5pm. Enjoy seasonal singing and live music played by talented performers from the region.


Tea Dances. Bell View, Belford, 2pm to 5pm. Music will be provided by Gordon Brown. Dance, keep fit and have a great time. Entry £4, includes afternoon tea with possible transport available upon request (on a donation basis). There is also raffle. Donations of prizes are welcome.


Warkworth Art Group Annual Painting Exhibition. Memorial Hall, Castle Street, Warkworth, 10am to 4pm. Free entry. Refreshments available.


Alnwick Wildlife Group. St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick, 7.30pm. Jacquie Pocklington talks on Capturing Our Coast (Citizen Science of the Shore). Followed by refreshments and chat. Non-members £2.


Big Christmas Sing. St Andrew’s Wallace Green, Berwick, 6.30pm. School choirs present Christmas music.

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.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 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. 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 admission.

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. It is possible to visit the wild cattle by prior arrangement during the winter. See www.chillinghamwildcattle.com

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. For details of opening times 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 any reasonable time during daylight. Admission free.

Etal Castle. Closed for winter.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs, under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org

Heatherslaw Cornmill. Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Closed for winter.

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

Howick Hall Gardens: Closed until February.

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: Autumn/winter opening by request. Welcome all days and times, phone or email to pre-book. 01665 570382 or 07858 757339. 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 for winter. See www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/warkworth-castle-and-hermitage

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. See www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more information.