What's on in north Northumberland - February 22 - March 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, 22nd February 2018, 8:00 am
Critically acclaimed theatre trio Gonzo Moose bring their comedy The Thing That Came From Over There to Middleton Hall on Friiday, February 23. More details below.


Tomorrow (Friday)

The Thing That Came From Over There. Middleton Village Hall, 7.30pm. From the cutting-edge of physical comedy comes this alternative version of events in the race to Antarctica, performed by the critically acclaimed trio Gonzo Moose. Tickets: adults £8, children £4. Phone 01670 772600 or book online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Tomorrow and Saturday

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Berwick Festival Opera: Rita. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm (Saturday only) and 7.30pm. A one-act comic opera featuring two ‘husbands’ competing with each other to see who’ll have the pleasure of leaving Rita once and for all. Tickets: £14-£16, concs £14.50, accompanied under 16s go free. See www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or call 01289 330999.

Until Saturday

Duchess’s Community High School Musical. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm (Saturday only) and 7.30pm. Join the talented students for their annual musical, taking you back to the times of big bands with big egos, playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair. Tickets: £10-£11, concs £9, child/student £7, at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or on 01665 510785.



The Post. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper – The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four presidents. Tickets: £8.50, concs £7, child £5 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).

Tomorrow and Saturday

Ferdinand. The Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, Ferdinand is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. Tickets: £7, concs £6, child £4 (16 and under). Certificate (U).


Berwick Film Society film show: Les Cowboys. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In a small French community a girl disappears from a country and western music event. Tickets: £8.50, concs £7, BFS passholders free. Certificate (12A).

Thursday (March 1)

Darkest Hour. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. Tickets: £8-£8.50, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).

Thursday (March 1)

Call Me By Your Name. Alnwick Playhouse, 2.30pm. Seventeen-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape. Tickets: £8-£8.50, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (15).



Rothbury Roots: Songwriters’ Circle. The Queen’s Head, Rothbury, 8pm. Steve Daggett, Ema Lea and Simon Todd perform this musical circle regularly. Tickets: £10, from The Queen’s Head.


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm to 11pm. Guest artists are Neil Hardie and his band. Members £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet.


Toby Motterhead. The Barrels Alehouse, Berwick, 9pm. Toby brings his unique blend of traditional Delta blues, roots and folk to the stage. Free entry.


Northumbrian Music Festival: Prime Brass – Cambridge. Doxford Hall, 6pm. Tickets: £45, call 01668 283100.


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


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.


Alnwick Music Society presents Chiyan Wong. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The programme includes Bach/Busoni – Goldberg Variations, Beethoven – Six Bagatelles, op. 126, Busoni – Sonatina seconda, Liszt – Reminiscenses de ‘Don Juan’, S481 (Fantasy on themes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni). Tickets £16, concs £15.


Royal Opera House Live: The Winter’s Tale. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. Live streaming of Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss. Tickets: £16.50, £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.

Thursday (March 1)

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club: Alan Small and Gemma Donald. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7pm. Members £4, visitors £5.


Every Friday

Elderberries Walking Group. The Alnwick Garden, 10am to noon. Meet at the main courtyard entrance for an hour’s stroll, followed by coffee.


Walks Around The Parks. Berwick Railway Station. Discover Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park. Contact 07876 398026.


Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. All welcome. See 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, and crafts.

Every Thursday

Duplicate Bridge. Warkworth First School, 6.15pm. Details on 01665 714963.

Every Thursday

Dancing. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Ballroom and Latin. £2.50. 01289 307953.


Free Exercise Sessions. The Swan Centre, Berwick, 10.30am to 11.30am. Free support to help people with Parkinson’s. Accessed with referral from a GP. Tailored plan to suit all ranges of fitness and abilities, and it will remain free until March 29.

Every Friday and Monday

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


Branxton Spring Fair. Village Hall, 10am to noon. Stalls, raffle and refreshments.


Workshop: Researching your Family History. Gallery 45, Felton, 10.30am to 1.30pm. £40.

Every Saturday

Old Time and Sequence Dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Berwick, 8pm to 11pm. £3.

Every Monday

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


Daisy First Aid Two-hour Baby and Child First Aid Class. Stobhill Youth Club, Morpeth, 10am to 12.15pm. The classes provided are fun and informal and are designed to give you information in an easy to absorb way. No tests.


Berwick Sugarcraft Group meeting. Horncliffe Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Robert Whitten will be demonstrating Easter-themed ideas for cakes.

Every Tuesday

Duplicate Bridge. Weavers’ Court, Alnwick, 6.45pm. Details on 01665 604830.


Berwick Macular Support Group meeting. King James Court, West Street, Berwick, 10.30am to noon.


Belford History Society. Bell View Resource Centre, Belford, 7.30pm. The subject this month is A Policeman’s Lot – From 1750 to 1950. The talk will be given by Dr Ian Roberts. Open to all, non-members £2 on the door.

Every Wednesday

Qi Gong for Health. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, 2pm. £3.

Every Wednesday

Community Ukuleles. Shilbottle Community Hall, 7pm.

Every Wednesday

Contract Bridge. Alnwick Hospital, 6.30pm. For further details call 01665 603197.

Thursday (March 1)

Lent Lunch. St Michael’s Church, Alnwick, noon to 1.15pm.

Until May 13

The Archive of Smith, Berwick: From Photo-News Service to Photo Centre. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Free admission.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. Call 0300 030 3311 or visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Re-opens March 29.

Alnwick Garden. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Adults £4, concs £3, children £1, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle. Weekends only, 11am to 4.30pm. Adult £10.85, child £5, under fives free. See www.bamburghcastle.com

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

Belford Hidden History Museum. Daily, 10am to 4pm. Free. See www.belfordhiddenhistory.co.uk

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Weekends, 10am to 4pm. Adult £9.30, concs £8.40, child £5.60.

Berwick Barracks. Re-opens March 29.

Chillingham Castle. Closed until Easter.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Closed for winter.

Cragside. Grounds open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. House closed for winter. Adult £5.60, child £3, family £14. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Adult £5, concs £4.50, child £3.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight. Free.

Etal Castle. Re-opens March 30.

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

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Open daily March 26 to November 4.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Open daily March 25 to November 4. Hourly trains from 11am to 3pm (4pm in peak season).

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Open daily March 26 to November 4.

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

Howick Hall Gardens. Open five days a week until the end of March. See www.howickhallgardens.com

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford. Open daily March 25 to September 30.

Lindisfarne Castle. Closed for restoration. Gertrude Jekyll Garden, lime kilns and shop open daily.

Lindisfarne Centre. Adult £4, concs £3.50, child £2, free under fives. See www.lindisfarne-centre.com

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Adult £6.50, concs £5.90, child £3.90.

Longframlington Gardens. 01665 570382. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Closed until Easter.

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

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Free.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage. Weekends, castle only, 10am to 4pm. Adult £6.20, concs £5.60, child £3.70.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. Museum open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.