What’s on in north Northumberland - April 27 - May 4

With an extraordinary career spanning four decades, Alnwick Music Society president Martin Roscoe is arguably one of the UK's best loved pianists and comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Tuesday. More details below.
With an extraordinary career spanning four decades, Alnwick Music Society president Martin Roscoe is arguably one of the UK's best loved pianists and comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Tuesday. More details below.

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.


Tomorrow (Friday)

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. It’s the 1980’s and Patrick Monahan’s Irish Iranian family arrives in Teesside escaping from the Iran war. Patrick’s memories and reminiscences of being an immigrant to Great Britain make for a unique stand-up show. That 80’s Show takes us through Patrick’s youth, with anecdotes that are both hilarious and thought-provoking. Tickets: £12.50, concs £10, over 60s £11.


National Theatre: Hedda Gabler. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove returns to National Theatre Live screens with Ruth Wilson playing the title role in the new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Patrick Marber. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).


RSC OnScreen: Julius Caesar. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Tickets: premier £15.50, standard £14.50, concs £13.50, child/student £10.

Wednesday until May 7

Berwick Operatic Society: Oliver! The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Consider yourself at home with Berwick Operatic Society, which proudly presents one of Britain’s best loved musicals, Lionel Bart’s, Oliver! It features a fabulous cast, joined by talented local children, alongside Ron Creasey’s live orchestra. Tickets: Opening night only all tickets £12. Other performances £14, concs £12, family ticket £40. Special rates available for rest homes/nursing homes, pensioner organisations and schools. Contact The Maltings for details.



Hacksaw Ridge. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Based on the true story of Desmond Doss, an army medic in World War II who became the first person to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot after refusing to engage during the Battle of Okinawa. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (15).


Smurfs: The Lost Village. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that’s filled with magical creatures. The best friends must race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel to find a mysterious village. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family (four) £19. Certificate (U).


Lion. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family (four) £19. Certificate (PG).


The Founder. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. This drama tells the true story of how salesman Ray Kroc met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He manoeuvred himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion dollar empire. Tickets: £8.50, concs £6.95, child £5 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Hidden Figures. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in US history. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).


Today (Thursday)

Inspired! The Creative School for Young Musicians Album Launch 2017. The Maltings, Berwick, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Ten Berwick singers who have composed and produced their own songs under the guidance of Iain Petrie, Anna Emmins, and Fraser Young, perform backed by a band of local musicians and students. Tickets: Matinee £3, evening show £7, concs £3.


An Evening With Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. The Queen’s Head, Rothbury, 8pm. Cathryn’s Nashville rooted story-telling songwriting is brought to life when she sings and Brian’s virtuoso guitar provides a solid foundation, but also an intricate decoration. Tickets: £10 from the venue.


Music at Mellerstain – Gordon Fergus-Thompson (piano). Mellerstain House, 7.30pm. Music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Schumann.


Alice in Wonderland. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s books, Ballet Theatre UK’s artistic director Christopher Moore has created a piece with humour, wit and charm. Tickets: premier £17.50, standard £16.50, concs £15.50, child/student £10.50.


Ashington and District Male Voice Choir. St Lawrence’s Church, Warkworth, 7pm. A concert in memory of Warkworth resident Sally Hogg who passed away last year. Special guests Pipers Fancy, a team of female Northumbrian Pipers, will be joining the memorial celebration. Concert tickets are available from St Lawrence’s Church and Tommy Hogg on 01665 711229, as well as on the door.


Andy Craig and Stewart Hardy: A Northumberland Journey in Photographs, Songs and Music. Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton, 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £10, under 14 years free. Tickets are available from Tully’s Rothbury or eventbrite.co.uk


Ruby Turner. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Jools Holland and his legions of fans know it, he has Ruby as his star vocalist in his widely-loved Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see and hear Ruby up-close and personal. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20.


Patsy Cline and Friends. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The velvet, country voice of Patsy Cline caught the imagination of Sue Lowry, who has been a lifelong fan of Patsy Cline and country music. With her powerful rendition of Crazy, Sweet Dreams and I Fall to Pieces, Sue will take you back to those Honky Tonk days of pure country magic. Tickets: £18, concs £17, child £10.


Folk Sessions. The Blue Bell Hotel, Belford, 8pm to 11.30pm. All welcome: regularly 25 musicians. Free.


Martin Roscoe. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. With an extraordinary career spanning four decades, our president Martin Roscoe is arguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Tickets: standard £16, concs £15.


Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club: Ray Carse. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Members admission £4, non-members £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. Contact 01668 281307.



Etal Village Hall AGM. Held in the hall, 7pm.

Every Thursday

Hadston Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1pm. A two-hour session, with tea and a biscuit, £1.50. Dance tuition free.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. Singers in all sections welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Thursday

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

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, 7.30pm. £2.50. Call 01289 307953.


Prize Bingo Night. St Aidan’s Hall, Berwick, 7.30pm. Coffee/tea and biscuits. Raffle. All ages welcome.


Berwick-upon-Tweed Riding of the Bounds. Run by the Berwick Riders’ Association. This event is free to spectators and to riders, no registration required. More information can be found at berwickbounds.webs.com or berwickbounds@yahoo.co.uk


Car Boot Sale. In the car park of Alnwick’s Homebase store in Willowburn Avenue, 9am to noon. Organised by Alnwick Lions Club. Proceeds to Lions’ local charities. £10 per car, customers free. To book a space, email webbmaster@alnwicklions.org.uk or call 07478 491669.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick, 8pm to 11pm. Entry £3, includes refreshments.

Saturday and Sunday

Osprey Watch. Kielder Waterside Park behind the Boat House, 11am to 4.30pm. Drop in during the day to observe the Kielder ospreys. You can see all the action close up through a live camera feed and even spot the birds on their nest using high powered telescopes with trained volunteers. Free event, but donations are welcome.

Every Sunday

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


Hitting a Brick Wall and How To Get Round It. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 7.30pm. Discussion and advice on tracing your family tree. Admission free. Donations to the Alnwick Branch of Northumberland and Durham Family History Society.

Every Wednesday

Berwick Male Voice Choir. Longridge Towers School, 6.45pm to 9pm for rehearsals. New members welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Wednesday

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

Until May 5

Fusion. Gallery 45, Felton. Textile artists are exhibiting their work.

Until June 4

Brick Dinos. Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. This exhibition combines dinosaurs and LEGO. Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Monday and Tuesday during school holidays, 10am to 4pm.

Until June 9

Gillian Lee Smith and Paul West. The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 10am to 5pm. The Old School Gallery launches its first exhibition of the season with a joint show of the work of Gillian Lee Smith and Paul West. Both painters are new to Northumberland and their works celebrate our local landscape and coast with a bold, contemporary viewpoint.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: Call 0300 030 3311. For information visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Open daily, 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: £15.50 adult, £12.75 concs, £7.20 child, free under fives.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £12.10 adult, £10.45 concs, £4.40 child, free under fives, £29.70 family.

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

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

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

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 adult, £8.40 concs, £5.60 child, £24.20 family.

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

Chillingham Castle. Open daily, noon to 5pm. Admission: £9.50 adult, £8.50 concs, £5.50 child, £23 family. Call 01668 215359 for information.

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 adult, £13 concs, £6 child, £35 family. Call 01668 215250.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Open daily, house 11am to 5pm, garden and woodland 10am to 6pm. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5 adult, £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 adult, £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 adult, £3.20 concs, £10 family, free under fives, £3.80/free disabled/carer.

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

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80 adult, £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 adult, £6.60 over 60s, free for children.

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

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

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

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £6.50 adult, £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 adult, £1 child, all proceeds to charities.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2 adult, 50p children, £1.50 concs or groups.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm. Free entry.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Open daily, house noon to 5pm, walled garden 10am to 7pm, garden and estate 10am to dusk. Admission: £12.40 adult, £6.20 child, £31 family.

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

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission free. Parking £3.50.