What's on in north Northumberland - September 14 - September 21

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, 14th September 2017, 10:38 am
Updated Thursday, 14th September 2017, 10:40 am



Barnaby Rudge. Bamburgh Pavilion, 7.30pm. The story focuses on Barnaby, a young man being drawn into the Gordon Riots of the late 18th century when a storm was falsely whipped up about an impending Catholic takeover of Britain, but this also has resonances for contemporary audiences.

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Andy Parsons. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Tickets: £16, including a £1 refurbishment contribution.


Tonight (Thursday)

Maudie. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Tickets: £8.50, concs £6.95, child £5 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Dunkirk. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Based on the true story of the evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, between May 26 and June 4, 1940, in World War II. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (12A).


The Odyssey. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. From 1949 to 1979, follow 30 years in the life of captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous researcher, scientist, inventor and filmmaker whose greatest achievement is to have made people more curious and closer to the sea. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).

Tomorrow and Tuesday

A Ghost Story. The Maltings, Berwick. Acclaimed director David Lowery returns with an exploration of legacy, loss and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Tickets: £8.50, concs £6.95, child £5 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


The Emoji Movie. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Unlock the secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favourite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (U).


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defence, they embark on a mission to the city of Alpha. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (12A).


Howard’s End. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Remastered from the original 1992 version, based on the novel of the same name by E.M Forster. A story of class relations in England at the beginning of the 20th century. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).


Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival Opening Gala: Battleship Potempkin. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Sergei Eisenstein’s landmark film in cinema history. This new restoration is presented with the flamboyant 1926 Edmund Meisel score. It dramatises the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. Tickets: £7.50, concs £6.50, child £5.



Andy and Margaret Watchorn Summer Concerts. Village Hall, Holy Island, 3pm. Celebrating the traditional tunes, songs and stories of the area with a mixture of instruments – smallpipes, fiddle, Renaissance bagpipe, voice and guitar. Pay on the door: £7.50, accompanied children under 12 free.


The Counterfeit Seventies Show. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Whether you want to sit back and take a trip down memory lane, or get your glad rags on and boogie on down, this uplifting show will take you on a nostalgic trip back to the 70s. Tickets: Stalls £15-£16.50, concs £13.50-£15.50, circle £17, box seat £19.


Folk Sessions. Blue Bell Hotel, Belford, 8pm. All musicians and guests welcome. Free.


Music Sessions. John Bull pub, Alnwick, 8pm. Led by Carole and Jamie Robb, Northumbrian pipes and flute, fiddle and guitar respectively, they include various regular musicians and singers, plus guest musicians. Free admission. All welcome.


Islands in the Stream: The Music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Celebrating the queen and king of country, leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night of country music hits. Tickets: premier £23, standard £22.



Villages in Time Guided Walks. St Aidan’s Church. Contact 07951 823044 or [email protected] for details.

Every Wednesday

Alnwick Walking for Health. Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, 10am. Free. If you are interested in joining a walk, just turn up wearing suitable footwear/clothing. For further information contact Get Active North Team c/o Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, on 01670 629327.



Thursday Singers. The Maltings, Berwick, 10.30am. A daytime group for people who like to sing. Everyone is welcome, from confident singers who read music to those who may be unsure of their voice, but sing brilliantly in the shower.


Aln Valley Railway Meeting. Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Ed Orwin: Blyth and Tyne Part 3: Newsham to Manors North, including the Avenue, Collywell Bay and Tynemouth branches.


Berwick Art Group. United Reformed Church Hall, Spittal, 2pm to 4pm. This will be the AGM so anyone interested in joining, please come along and listen to what we get up to. Any suggestions will be welcome.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. All voices welcome. Visit www.berwickartschoir.co.uk for further information.

Every Thursday

Hadston Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Tea and a biscuit are available, £1.50. Dance tuition free.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, 10am to 4pm. Free drop-in to play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet. In the afternoon there is a craft group.

Every Thursday

Duplicate Bridge. Warkworth First School, 6.15pm. For more details, ring 01665 714963.


Great British Beach Clean. Cresswell Foreshore, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Take part in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean, with the data going towards a report on the state of marine litter on beaches around Britain. Participants should wear sturdy footwear for walking along the beach and protection from the elements (wind or sun). Equipment will be provided, including gloves and litter-pickers.

Tomorrow until October 27

Jonathan Lloyd Woodcuts and Paintings. The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth. An autumn exhibition, with woodcuts and abstract paintings of Northumberland by printmaker and artist Jonathan Lloyd. Jonathan studied at Maidstone College of Art and graduated in 1986, moving to Wooler in 2004 from central London.

Every Friday and Monday

Paxton House Art Workshops. Hayloft Gallery, 11am to 4.30pm. Cost £15.


Tweed Music Centre. The Maltings, Berwick, 10am. Orchestra is from 10am to 11am, no experience necessary. A friendly group for beginners, with open strings, to grade 3 players on violin, viola or cello. Guitar and Ukulele group is from 11.15am to 12.15pm. All standards welcome. Different styles and keys are explored in an encouraging and fun environment.


Talk at Barter Books: Michael Chaplin – A Voyage Around My Father. Alnwick Station, Wagon Way Road, 7.30pm. In the summer of 2016 Michael Chaplin decided to create a deeply personal book. He set out to discover the old pit villages of South West Durham and to uncover the life of his father. Wine and nibbles afterwards with Michael, who will also be signing copies of his book. Tickets £5. Please book in advance at the shop or call 01665 604888.

Every Monday

Contract Bridge. Lesbury Village Hall, 6.30pm. Further details on 01665 575289.


Youth Dance Classes. The Maltings, Berwick, 4pm. Within the professional environment of a real theatre and studio, gain the opportunity to experience and develop your own choreographic skills and personal technique. Classes have a contemporary dance base, but will always incorporate other styles such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet and more. Cost: £4 per session.

Every Tuesday

Duplicate Bridge. Weaver’s Court, Alnwick, 6.30pm. For more details, ring 01665 604830.


Aln and Breamish Local History Society. Whittingham Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. The first meeting of the year will hear Jessica Turner speak on The Bamburgh Ossuary. Refreshments will be served. Non-members are most welcome. Cost: £3.


Tots Stay and Play. Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, 9.30am to 10.30am. Under five’s group. Come along with your child and spend time playing musical games and doing crafts. Includes snacks and free play. £1 per session, per child.


Meet and greet with Richard Dunwoody. Rocking Horse Cafe and Gallery, Alnwick, 11am onwards.

Every Wednesday

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

Every Wednesday

Community Ukuleles. Shilbottle Community Hall, 7pm.

Every Wednesday

Contract Bridge. Alnwick Hospital, 6.30pm. Details on 01665 603197.

Until September 23

Circumstances. Gallery 45, Main Street, Felton, 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sundays. Kathryn Wakeman and RD Wakeman present a collaborative exhibition of words and images.

Until September 29

Berwick Civic Society Summer Exhibition. Main Guard, Berwick, 1pm to 5pm. Based on research by historian Catherine Kent, take a look at Elizabethan Berwick. Colouring sheet and dressing-up available.

Until October 15

Scottish Colourists Exhibition. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. First touring exhibition curated by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation. Admission free.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: Call 0300 030 3311. Visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Open daily, 10am to 5.30pm. Admission £15.50, £12.75 concs, £7.75 child, under fives free.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. For prices and disounts see www.alnwickgarden.com

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £4, £3 concs, £1 child, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, state rooms from 11am. Admission: £10.85, £5 child, under fives free, £26 family.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, 9am to 7pm.

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £9.30, £8.40 concs, £5.60 child, £24.20 family.

Berwick Barracks. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 child, £12.70 family.

Chillingham Castle. Open daily, noon to 5pm. Admission: £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 child, under fives free, £23 family. Call 01668 215359. See www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: Open Monday to Friday, tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Sunday tours at 10am, 11am and noon. Admission: £16, £13 concs, £6 child, £35 family. Call 01668 215250.

Cragside: 01669 620333. Open daily, house 11am to 5pm, garden 10am to 6pm. Admission: £11, child £6.10, family £30.50.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

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

Etal Castle. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Eyemouth Museum: Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Open 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, free under fives.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Trains run daily. Call 01890 820317.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80, £3.20 concs, free under fives, £10 family.

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

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

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

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Castle closed for restoration. Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop open daily.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission: £4, £3.50 concs, £2 child, £10 family, free under fives.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £6.50, £5.90 concs, £3.90 child, £16.90 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Open gate spring and summer, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays, 10am to 4.30pm. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk or call 01665 570382.

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Open Friday, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £4, £1 child, all proceeds to charities.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £2, 50p children, £1.50 concs.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Free entry.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Hermitage: Open Monday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 child, £16.10 family.