What's on in north Northumberland - September 28 - October 5

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, 28th September 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 9:46 am
Written in 1983, September in the Rain is based on the lives of playwright John Godbers grandparents, Jack, a tough Yorkshire miner, and Liz, his loving, and sometimes demanding, wife! 'September in the Rain' is now playing at Warkworth Memorial Hall. More details below.
Written in 1983, September in the Rain is based on the lives of playwright John Godbers grandparents, Jack, a tough Yorkshire miner, and Liz, his loving, and sometimes demanding, wife! 'September in the Rain' is now playing at Warkworth Memorial Hall. More details below.


Tonight (Thursday) to Saturday

Warkworth Drama Group: September in the Rain. Warkworth Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Based on the lives of playwright John Godber’s grandparents, Jack, a tough Yorkshire miner, and Liz, his loving and sometimes demanding wife. Tickets: £7 from N&F Young Amble, Warkworth Village Store, or on the door.

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Puppet State Theatre – Leaf by Niggle. Amble Parish Hall, 7.30pm. Enchanting adaptation of a short story by JRR Tolkien. Tickets: £8, concs £7, child £5. Bookings on 01665 710 289 or www.highlightsnorth.co.uk


Royal Opera House: La Bohème Live Broadcast. The Maltings, 7.15pm. When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall in love, but their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: pupil £5, teacher free (min. 10 pupils).


The Tiger Who Came To Tea. The Maltings, Berwick, 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominee comes to The Maltings. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it be? What they don’t expect is a tiger. Tickets: £13, schools £10 each (min. 10 pupils).


The Secret Life of Pamela More. Wingates Village Institute, 7.30pm. Lady Pamela is recruited by MI5 to keep notes on Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, suspected to be colluding with the German Embassy. Tickets: £8.50, concs £7, child £5, family £20. Phone 01669 620512 or book at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk


National Theatre Live: Hamlet. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death, Hamlet rages against his predicament. Tickets: £15.50-£16.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.



Detroit. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest race riots in United States history. The story is centred around the Algiers Motel incident. Tickets: £8-£8.50, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (15).

Tonight and tomorrow

Atomic Blonde. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm/8.30pm. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery. Tickets: £8.50, concs £6.95, child £5. Certificate (15).


Thomas and Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Join Thomas in an adventure to the mainland, which shows that friendship is more important than being the favourite engine. Tickets: £8-£8.50, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (U).


Victoria and Abdul. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Queen Victoria forms an unlikely friendship with a new member of her household. Tickets: £8-£8.50, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).

Saturday and Wednesday

The Limehouse Golem. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Victorian London is gripped with fear as a serial killer is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in the blood of his victims. Tickets: £8.50, concs £6.95, child £5. Certificate (15).


In A New Light: Film Grammar followed by Madame De... The Maltings, 1.30pm. A course organised by Berwick Educational Association to help get more out of movies. Book at www.anewlight.co.uk



State of the Union: Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams. The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 8pm. Boo Hewerdine has made numerous albums and is held in high esteem as a songwriter. Brooks Williams is an American guitarist and songwriter rooted in the blues, but with folk and jazz influences. Tickets from venue.


Alistair Anderson and Dan Walsh. Gallery 45, Felton, 7.30pm. Two dynamic folk musicians strike sparks off each other in a new, cross-generational duo. £10.


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm to 11pm. Guest artist: The Full Scottish. Members £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet.


Bottle Bank Band. Coquetdale Music Trust, The Old Church, Thropton, 7.30pm. Four fiddles, rich in harmony, and captivating arrangements. Tickets on the door or on 01661 842935.


Royal Northern Sinfonia: Borodin, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. RNS has built a world-wide reputation. Tickets: £13, concs £10-£11.50, accompanied under 16s free (two free tickets per adult).


Desperado – The History of the Eagles 2017. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Desperado present the musical highlights of this release. Tickets: £17.50-£18.50.


Ceilidh. Bolton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Pooled supper, bring own refreshments, complimentary tea and coffee. Adults £5, under 18s £3.


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


Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club with Derek Hamilton. The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Musicians and visitors welcome. Member admission £4, non members £5. All proceeds to village hall funds.


Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday

Villages in Time Guided Walks. Seahouses, Beadnell and Bamburgh. Contact 07951 823044 or [email protected] for details.

Every Wednesday

Alnwick Walking for Health. Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, 10am. Free. Just turn up wearing suitable footwear/clothing. Contact Get Active North Team c/o Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre on 01670 629327.



Berwick Art Group. United Reformed Church Hall, Spittal, 2pm to 4pm. Free session with a theme of kitchen equipment. Bring your own pots or utensils and art materials.

Today and October 5

Thursday Singers. The Maltings, Berwick, 10.30am. Everyone welcome, from confident singers who read music to those who may be unsure of their voice.

Today and tomorrow

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 are available.

Every Thursday

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

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.

Every Thursday

Dancing. Marshall Meadows, Country House Hotel, Berwick, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Ballroom and Latin. £2.50.


Macmillan Coffee Morning. Cobbled Yard Hotel, Berwick, 10am to noon.

Every Friday and Monday

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


Car Boot Sale. Homebase, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, 9am to noon. Organised by Alnwick Lions Club. Proceeds to local charities. £10 per car, customers free. To book email [email protected] or call 07478 491669.


Autumn Birds. Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre, 10am to noon. A walk identifying the birds of the reserve. Learn about their incredible journeys. £3. Children under 12 must be accompanied. Dress accordingly and wear suitable footwear.


The Holy Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, 10.30am. The service, mainly in English, will be sung to Byzantine Chant. Shared lunch to follow.


Tweed Music Centre. The Maltings, Berwick. Orchestra 10am to 11am. No experience necessary. Guitar and Ukulele Group 11.15am to 12.15pm. All standards of playing welcome.


Discover Alnwick Town Trail. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am. Interactive town trail for five to 11-year-olds, plus their grown-ups. Tickets: £15.

Until Saturday

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.


Craft and Gift Fair. Ellingham Village Hall, 10am to 1pm. Free entry. Money raised from refreshments will go towards to the village hall charity.

Every Monday

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


Warkworth History Society. St Lawrence Church, Warkworth, 7.30pm. Abraham Lincoln ‘The Great Emancipator’, by Anthony Atkinson.


Border Archaeological Society Lecture Series. The Parish Centre, Berwick, 7.30pm. Dr Andrea Dolfini presents Spears Shall Be Shaken, Shields Shall Be Splintered: Reconstructing Bronze Age Fighting Styles. Free to members, £2 visitors.

Every Tuesday

Duplicate Bridge. Weaver’s Court, Alnwick, 6.30pm. Details on 01665 604830.


North East Internet Research – John Stobbs. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Examples and tips from websites useful to researching local roots. Alnwick Branch NDFHS. All welcome. Refreshments. Donation invited from non-members.

Every Wednesday

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

Every Wednesday

Community Ukuleles. Shilbottle Community Hall, 7pm.

Every Wednesday

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

Thursday, October 5

Alnwick and District Coffee and Chat. Weavers’ Court, Alnwick, 11am. A chance for anyone affected by MS to meet up and get advice and support.

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.

Until October 27

Jonathan Lloyd Woodcuts and Paintings. The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth. Woodcuts and abstract paintings of Northumberland.


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

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. 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.

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. 01890 820317. Trains run daily.

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: 01665 570382. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

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.