What's on in north Northumberland - March 3 - March 10
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. If you have an entry email the address above.
Rock of Ages. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm (Sat only) and 7.30pm. Duchess’s Community High School Rock of Ages. 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: premier £8.50, standard £7.50, child/student £6.50.
Wind in the Willows. Ponteland Memorial Hall, 7pm (matinee Saturday, 2pm). A diverse team of performers and stage geniuses come together to bring this classic tale to the Ponteland Repertory stage. Wind In The Willows is accessible to all ages and is rightfully often referred to as ‘timeless’. Tickets are on sale online if you log onto the Ponteland Rep website and follow ‘This Season’.
Hangmen (live broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (minimum 10 students).
Stowaway. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Stowaway is a story about a man from India who finds himself far from home and adrift from everything he knows. He hides in the wheel arch of a commercial airliner bound for the UK in a bid to change his life. Reserve your seat for free at the box office and then pay what you decide at the end of the performance. Simple.
Saturday until Thursday
Dad’s Army. The Maltings, Berwick. Times vary. The British Empire strikes back! The famous Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deals with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, child £4.75. Certificate (PG).
Goosebumps. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. Tickets: adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family of four £19. Certificate (PG).
Berwick Film Society: The Salt of the Earth (Berwick Film Society 10th Anniversary Screening). The Maltings, 7.30pm. A stunning and sensitively-made ode to the life and work of world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Certificate (12A). From 6.15pm there will be The Dias Trio playing live Brazilian music in the bar, plus refreshments for BFS passholders and film ticket-holders. Tickets: £7.75, concs £6.75, BFS Passholders free.
Room. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the 10ft-by-10ft space that Jack has known his entire life he makes a thrilling discovery – the outside world. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (15).
Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Alan Small and Gemma Donald will be at the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members admission £4, non-members £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. Call 01668 281307.
Roy Orbison and The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A formidable team brings the well-known music of George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Tickets: Stalls £18.50 and £16, disability, student and unemployed concs £10, over 60s concs £17 and £14.50, circle £20, box (two people) £48. To book a box for this event, please contact our Box Office 01289 330999.
Music@NMC North Sea Gas. Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Doors open at 7pm. This popular Scottish group is returning to Newbiggin by the Sea. A show not to be missed. Tickets are selling quickly. Tickets: £7.50.
An English Treasury. Berwick Parish Church, 3pm. Music of four centuries for choir, organ and brass. Admission free, retiring collection for church funds.
Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for information.
Buskers Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell, 8pm. An acoustic session of folk tunes, acoustic classics and modern songs played in a busker style. It is a free night and there are nibbles provided by the pub during a short break. We welcome all styles and abilities. Contact 07939 498879 for information or via Twitter @BuskersNE
Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre - Launch Day. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Launch Day is a celebration of the North East in all its industrial glory. Launch Day will delight anyone with a passion for the industrial history of the region, celebrating the rich culture of the North East’s past and present. Tickets: premier £10.50, standard £9.50, conc £8.50, child/student £7.50.
Friday, March 11
Sonrisa – A Taste of Latin. Howick Village Hall, 7pm. An evening of Latin music blending original and traditional songs. Tickets: adults £9, children £4 on 01665 577384.
Winter 2016 mixed open exhibition. Gallery 45, Felton. A range of subjects and media from artists, including Sarah O’Dowd, Nick Potter, Malcolm Coils, Angela White, Jina Gelder and Emily Ward, will be on display.
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.
Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. A new class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel at 7pm. £2.50 per person. For further details call 01289 307953.
The Ashington District Star. Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. Photographic artist Julian Germain has embarked on a two-year collaboration with local people to produce a new newspaper, The Ashington District Star. The exhibition incorporates the original paintings and maps the editorial process involved in developing a new collection of created and collected photographs about contemporary Ashington and the surrounding area. Free admission.
Prize Bingo Night. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Eyes down at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and coffee/tea and biscuits will be served. Come along for a night of fun, all ages welcome.
Dusting the Dunes, Druridge Bay. Cresswell car park, Cresswell, 10am to 3pm. A beach clean blitz to celebrate the Clean for the Queen initiative. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and be prepared for beach habitat. Litter pickers, gloves and bags will be provided, however resources are limited so attendees are asked to bring their own equipment where possible.
Coffee morning. Enjoy a coffee and biscuits and do your bit for the lifeboats every Friday morning at Alnwick Playhouse. From 10am in the upstairs bar.
Mother’s Day Lunch. Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, noon to 4pm. Although it may be a day early, it is never too early to celebrate the fabulous ladies in our lives. Enjoy a delicious four course homemade carvery lunch and sample fine wines. £16.95 per person. This is a popular event so booking is essential.
Baltimore Quilting workshop. Gallery 45, Felton (upstairs in the Long Room), 10am to 3.30pm. £20.
Saturday until April 1
Coast. Gallery 45, Felton. Gallery 45 is celebrating Northumberland’s magnificent coastline with their next exhibition Coast. Artists showing work this month include Fiona Carvell, Peter Davidson, Deirdre Foster, Sarah O’Dowd, George Levitt and Linda Mumba. Preview on March 12, 11am to 1pm.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. Northumberlandia, Blagdon (Sightseeing and Leisure), 11am to 2pm. Treat that special lady in your life with an afternoon tea. Book your places for you and mum in advance online for £6, which includes a hot drink of your choice, sandwich, scone and a slice of cake. Please book places online.
North East of England and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Monthly meet (first Sunday of each month), 2pm. Dinnington Village Annex (by Newcastle Airport). The aim is to pass on any information regarding the growing of these beautiful plants that will flower for four months at least. All are welcome, from novice through to professional.
Until April 10
Snake Encounter. Woodhorn Museum, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 10am to 4pm. Discover the secret world of snakes. Encounter amazing snakes from around the globe and find out fascinating facts about these mysterious creatures. Admission includes live snake encounters in sessions hosted by Guy Tansley from bugsnstuff.com
Until April 14
Nordic art exhibition. St Mary’s Inn, St Mary’s Park, Stannington, 8am to 11pm. Nordic art is in the spotlight as Brita Granstrom exhibits. An acute observer of moments of endearing intimacy, her paintings offer visual delights in abundance. Free admission.
Until April 17
Eric Ennion: Ripples from the House on the Shore. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Ripples from the House on the Shore celebrates the work of Eric Ennion (1900–81) and features more than 30 watercolours and preparatory sketches. Free admission.
Until May 8
Do I Look Good in This? Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. A celebration of women’s fashion from Tudor times to the Swinging Sixties. This exclusive display paints a picture of the changing nature of women’s clothing for all occasions. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes from different periods.
All attraction opening times may vary during the winter season.
Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For opening times and further details, visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk
Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Closed for winter, re-opens March 24, 2016. For further information, visit the website www.alnwickcastle.com
Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for winter opening hours. Prices are adults £7.70, concs £5.83, children £4.40, family £21.50.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, but closed on Mondays. Admission is £4, concs £3, children £1, under-fives free.
Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Call for winter opening hours. Admission £10.50, children £5, senior £10, family £25.
Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, from 9am to 5pm.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, concs £8.30, children £5.50, family £23.90.
Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.
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, concs £6, children £3, family £16.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: Open again this Saturday after being closed over part of the winter.
Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, concs £4.40, children £2.90, family £12.70.
Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.
Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.
Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, concs £3.20, family £10, under-fives free.
Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.
Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.
Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry: £7.70, over-60s £6.60, children free.
Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, concs £2.70, family £8, under-fives free.
Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.
Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-fives free.
Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, concs £5.60, children £3.70, family £16.10.
Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road: 01665 570382. Winter season at the gardens and arboretum. For details, including opening times, visit www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk
Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission children £2.50, concs or groups £1.50.
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, child £6.30, family £31.50.
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm (times may vary through the winter). Gift aid entry: £6, concs £5.40, children £3.60, family £15.60. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, concs £3.60, children £2.40, family £10.40.
Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.