What’s on in north Northumberland - August 18 - August 25

Dan Wilde's third album 'Rhythm on the City Walls' was released recently and the singer-songwriter comes to St Cuthbert's House this Saturday. More details below.
Dan Wilde's third album 'Rhythm on the City Walls' was released recently and the singer-songwriter comes to St Cuthbert's House this Saturday. 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.


Until Saturday

Tideline Runners: 72Hrs in Moscow. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A new musical from the team behind 2014’s smash hit Sam & Isla Forever, set over three days in the Russian capital during the August Putsch of 1991. Tickets: Stalls £10-£12, circle £14, box (double occupancy) £36.

Wednesday and Thursday

Birdsong. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Coinciding with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Alnwick Theatre Club presents Sebastian Faulks’ tragic love story Birdsong, adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff. Tickets: premier £11, standard £10, concs £9.



Ice Age 5: Collision Course. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Scrat’s endless pursuit of his acorn this time threatens the entire planet when he accidently sets off a series of cosmic events that could change everything. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (TBC).

Tomorrow and Saturday

Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Determined to absorb the Gauls by any means possible, Caesar decides to begin integrating them into Roman culture by building a new estate next to the village, encouraging a new Roman colony, which will slowly absorb them. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (TBC).


Now You See Me 2. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Forcibly recruited by a tech genius, a team of magicians, the Four Horsemen, must pull off their most impossible heist yet. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Monday till Thursday

Alice Through The Looking Glass. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm, and Wednesday 7.30pm. When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical sceptre that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under), baby free (two and under). Certificate (PG).

Tuesday till Thursday

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).

Live Music/Dance


Andrew and Margaret Watchorn Summer Concerts. Creighton Hall, Embleton, 7.30pm. Two local musicians are spreading their skills and knowledge of traditional tunes throughout Northumberland this summer. Tickets £7.50, available on the door. Accompanied children under 12 go free.


Dan Wilde. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, 7.30pm to 10pm. Wilde has profound lyrics, melded with a unique melodic sensibility, which shows the writer maturing into a poetic commentator and keen observer of everyday life’s patterns and tapestries in his songs. Tickets: £10.


Music At Brinkburn Priory. Near Longframlington. Morpeth Waites perform at 1.15pm, Coquetdale Chamber Choir at 2.30pm, and there is an organ recital by Marc Bryant at 3.45pm.


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



Coquet Shorebase Trust. Sailing - 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm (Age eight to 16). Half day £25, full day £40. Telephone 01665 710367 or email info@coquetshorebase.org.uk for more details


Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Joy of Jive classes of modern jive are continuing in full swing, and they will continue to teach in the hall every other Thursday evening. Beginners are welcome and partners are not necessary.

Every Thursday

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.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. A class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7pm. £2.50 per person. For further details call 01289 307953.

Every Thursday

Tea Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Admission of £1.50 includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Dance tuition is free.

Until Saturday

Knight School. Alnwick Castle, 10am to 5pm. Alnwick Castle will play host to fighting knights. The castle will become home to a band of bold and courageous knights. Four fearless champions will set up their knights’ school within its walls and demonstrate all the skills a true medieval champion might need, hoping to win their honour and your favour. Free admission.


Afternoon Tea and Sing-along. Shilbottle Community Hall, 3pm. Tickets, £5 each from the hall or on 01665 581404, must be bought in advance.


River Aln Boat Club. Alnmouth Raft Race, The Sun Inn. Fancy-dress raft race for the RNLI. Fancy hat spectator boat picnics. Dress Ship in estuary. See www.riveralnboatclub.org.

Saturday and Sunday

Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network. Community archaeology event, Beadnell. We are seeking volunteers to help us record the remains of a lime kiln, which is currently eroding out of a cliff face at Dell Point in Beadnell. The event is free and no previous archaeological experience is needed to take part. Please go to www.citizan.org.uk/events to find out more and book a place or email citizan@mola.org.uk

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 8pm to 11pm. Entry is £3, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.


Embleton Nearly New Fund-raiser. Creighton Hall, 10.30am to 1pm. In order to raise funds for the hall, local people have helped by donating many new and nearly new items. At the same time there is a Flower and Craft Fair in the church opposite. Why not come along and hopefully bag one or two bargains. Enjoy the exhibitions in the church, along with refreshments in Creighton Hall.


Open Day. Brizlee Tower, Alnwick, 11am to 4pm. Open to the public for one day only by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland. No charge, donation only. All proceeds go to local charities.

Every Sunday

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


Open Day and Car Boot. Four Seasons Hillside Lodge, Tweedmouth, 11am to 3pm. Phone 01289 307500 to book a car boot space for £5. All money raised is in aid of the resident fund. Tea, coffee, scones and raffle tickets on sale.


Creative Cocoon: ARTventurers. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am. Calling all mini artists. Creativity and Colours are the theme for this family fun session. Bring an apron or wear old clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance.


Barn Owls in North Northumberland. Bailiffgate Museum, 2pm. Find out about these beautiful, silent birds. Talk by Philip Hamner, of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, Great North Museum (Hancock). Normal museum admission charge.

Every Wednesday

Making and Moving. Scout Hall, Palace Green. Berwick, 10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm. Art and dance workshops for ages six to 12. Dancing, drawing, mask-making, comics, painting, jumping about, fun stuff. Cost £6, £10 for the whole day (bring a packed lunch). Bookings: makingandmoving@gmail.com

Until September 8

Northumberland. Gallery 45, Felton. An exhibition showcasing the work of artists such as Sarah O’Dowd, Katherine Renton, Kate Stenhouse, Lee Kershaw, Malcolm Coils and Linda Mumba.

Until September 11

Berwick Visual Arts and Generation Tour: The Tree, The Caterpillar and The Butterfly by Aether and Hemera. Gymansium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Enter an enchanting interactive garden inspired by nature and state-of-the art technology. Using Xbox Kinect technology, see how your movements affect a multi-coloured field of butterflies and listen for the melodic sounds of the birdhouses as they respond to your presence. Free entry.

Until September 25

Berwick Visual Arts: LS Lowry: On the Sands, Berwick. Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Rare artwork shown alongside the Space Craft exhibition, running until September 25. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Free entry.

Until September 25

Berwick Visual Arts: Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making. Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making explores the relationship between making and our built environment. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Free entry.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For opening times and details visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Go to www.alnwickcastle.com for opening hours and further details.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for opening hours. Prices are £12.10 adults, £10.45 concs, £4.40 children, £29.70 family.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open every day until the beginning of September, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £4, £3 concs, £1 children, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, £5 children, £10 senior, £25 family.

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

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, £8.30 concs, £5.50 children, £23.90 family.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 children (under five’s free), £23 family. www.chillingham-castle.com

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, £6 concs, £3 children, £16 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, gardens and woodland 10am to 6pm. Admission £10.20, £5.10 child, £25.50 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 children, £12.70 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Admission is free.

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily from March to the end of October 2016. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs. Under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org for more information

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, under-fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50 adult, £6 seniors, £4.50 children, £2.50 under-fives, 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, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

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

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, £3.90 child, £19.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, £3.50 concs, £2 children, £10 family, under-five’s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 children, £16.10 family.

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. Open all year. Open gate until September 30, 10am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays. Welcome other days and times, including evenings by request. Just call or email. Telephone 01665 570382, or 07858 757339. Email: info@longframlingtongardens.co.uk See website for diary of events www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday on the Chillingham Road, off the A1. All proceeds go to charity.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2.50 children, £1.50 concs or groups.

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, £6.30 child, £31.50 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concs, £2.40 children, £10.40 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.