What's on in north Northumberland - October 13 - October 20

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.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. See it at Alnwick Playhouse tomorrow. More details below.
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. See it at Alnwick Playhouse tomorrow. More details below.



Berwick Operatic Society: Journey of a Lifetime. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. It follows the lives and loves of four women, told through music of the shows such as Carousel, Lion King, Aspects of Love, West Side Story, Les Miserables and Matilda. Tickets: £12, concs £9.50, box (double occupancy) £36.


Black Is The Color Of My Voice. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, it follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the death of her father. Tickets: premier £10.50, standard £9.50, child/student £7.50.


In Context - The Smallest Story Ever Told. The Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. Following performances in Berwick and London, RJ Wilkinson’s love story in reverse has been undergoing research and development in association with dementia charities, including Alzheimer’s Society UK and Young Dementia UK. Free admission.


Royal Shakespeare Company: King Lear (encore broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Gregory Doran directs Antony Sher in the Shakespeare play. King Lear has ruled for years and as age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).


Frankenstein. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror, fusing ensemble storytelling, music and theatricality. Tickets: premier £13, standard £12, concs £11, child/student £8.



Julieta. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Julieta is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Following a surprise encounter with an old family friend, she starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events that happened when she was a teenager. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Pete’s Dragon. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. For six years, Pete and Elliott grow up side-by-side beneath the forest’s lush canopy until a logging operation led by lumber mill owner Jack Meacham and his brother Gavin disturbs the peace. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).


Bridget Jones’s Baby. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. Suddenly, her love life returns when she meets a dashing American Jack. Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Tickets: Adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family of four £19. Certificate (15).

Saturday and Thursday

Bad Moms. The Maltings, Berwick, Saturday 8pm, Thursday 7.30pm. Amy joins forces with two other stressed mums on a quest to liberate themselves from responsibilities, going on a wild binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence, which puts them on a collision course with the devoted perfect mums. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Berwick Film Society: Youth. The Maltings, 7.30pm. A retired composer and his film director friend reflect on their lives, loves, regrets and health grumbles while on holiday at a Swiss spa. Tickets: £7.95, concs £6.95; BFS passholders free. Certificate (15).


Swallows and Amazons. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. While her husband is away at sea, Mrs Walker spirits her four children – John, Susan, Tatty and Roger – away for the summer to stay with farmer Mr Jackson. After a close encounter en-route with Mr Turner, who is being pursued on their train, the children persuade their mother to allow them to sail to an island and camp under the stars. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).


Captain Fantastic. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Ben and Leslie Cash live largely off the grid with their children in a cabin in the mountains of Washington state. They have passed their socialist and survivalist ideals onto their children, shunning corporate America and what they believe is a fascist society. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).

Live Music/Dance


A Night of Music and Laughter with Ernie Coe and Friends. Ingram Village Hall, 7pm. Entry is £6 and there will be a bar and light refreshments. This event will raise funds for the refurbishment St Michael and All Angels Church.


Metropolitan Opera: Tristan Und Isolde. Alnwick Playhouse, 5pm. Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski, responsible for last season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle, with a cast of outstanding Wagnerians. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, concs £19, child/student £10, friends £18.


The Berwick Orchestra Autumn Concert. Church of St James The Great, Morpeth, 7.30pm. Concert in aid of Diabetes UK. Tickets: £8, students £5, available on the door.


Royal Northern Sinfonia: Wind Octet. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. The orchestra has built a worldwide reputation through the quality of its music-making and the connections the musicians make with audiences. Tickets: £12, concs £10-£10.50, under 16s free.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for details.



Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Joy of Jive classes of modern jive continue in full swing in the hall every other Thursday evening. Beginners are welcome and partners are not necessary.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. A varied programme of choral music has been planned for 2016/2017. Singers in all sections of the choir will be welcome, no audition is necessary.

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 class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7.30pm. £2.50 per person. For details call 01289 307953.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 8pm to 11pm. Entry is £3, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.


Alnmouth Community Rowing End of Summer Regatta. The Old Lifeboathouse on Alnmouth beach, 10.30am.


Spittal Autumn Fair. St Paul’s Church Hall, Middle Street, Spittal, 11am to 3pm. Crafts, bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle and refreshments.

Every Sunday

Car Boot Sale. Castlegate Car Park, Berwick, Sunday morning. The event is run by the Greenses Residents’ Committee in aid of local charities.


Barter Books presents a talk by Stan Beckensall. Barter Books, Alnwick, 7.30pm. In Place Names and Field Names of Northumberland, Stan Beckensall explores what place names and field names mean, and how they can reveal an intimate part of our local history by linking us to the land they sign and socialise. Entry £5. Please book in advance at the shop or call 01665 604888.


Macmillan Cancer Support – A – Z of Macmillan. The Coldstream Committee is holding an open meeting at 2pm, in the Parish Church Hall. Come and hear about all that Macmillan does and how your money is spent.


Creative Cocoon - Tots. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am. Join us with your little ones every Tuesday morning in our warm, welcoming environment, specially designed for little ones to play and create. Tickets: £4 per family (up to two children with grown ups, additional children £4 each).


Painting workshops on the theme of Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Jenny’s sea view Old Stable Studio near Alnmouth, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Come along for a joyful, creative morning. Cost £50 for five sessions or £15 for one. Contact 07909 910107 or email [email protected] for more information or to book a place.


Berwick Wildlife Group. William Elder Building, 56-58 Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 7.30pm. Ron McBeath will talk to the group on The Wonderful World of Fungi. Admission: £2 members, £3 non-members, accompanied children free.

Thursday till Sunday

Berwick Literary Festival. See www.berwickliteraryfestival.com or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk for more details.

Until November 6

Exhibition by Artist Helen Poremba. Gallery 45, Felton, 10am to 5pm. Living and working just minutes from the gallery in Main Street, Felton, Helen uses free motion embroidery, along with scraps of material, to depict beautiful, detailed botanical studies.


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: 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 and further information. Prices are £12.10 adults, £10.45 concs, £4.40 children, £29.70 family.

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, £5 children, £10 senior, £25 family.

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

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, £8.30 concs, £5.50 children, £23.90 family.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open 10am to 6pm, seven days a week. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 children (under five’s free), £23 family. For further information see 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, £6 concs, £3 children, £16 family.

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, £5.10 child, £25.50 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 children, £12.70 family.

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, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily from March to the end of October. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs, under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org for more information

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, under fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50 adult, £6 seniors, £4.50 children, £2.50 under fives, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

House of Hardy fishing tackle museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Telephone 01665 510027. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry £7.70, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, £2.70 concs, £8 family, under fives free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, £3.90 child, £19.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, £3.50 concs, £2 children, £10 family, under five’s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 children, £16.10 family.

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. Open all year. Open gate, 10am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays. Welcome other days and times, including evenings by request. Just call or email. Telephone 01665 570382 or 07858 757339. Email: [email protected] See the website for the diary of events at www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday on the Chillingham Road, off the A1. All proceeds go to charity.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2.50 children, £1.50 concs or groups.

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, £6.30 child, £31.50 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concs, £2.40 children, £10.40 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.