What’s on in north Northumberland - December 10 - December 17

Get the festive season off to a great start with the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band performing new and old favourites this Saturday. More details below.
Get the festive season off to a great start with the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band performing new and old favourites 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. If you have an entry email the address above.


Today until January 17

Dick Whittington. Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Tickets from £12. See www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/dick-whittington-1516 for more details.


National Theatre Live Of Mice and Men. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd star in the highly-anticipated screenings of this ‘riveting, powerful production’ (Independent). This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10. Running time: 140 mins (approx.)


National Theatre: Jane Eyre (encore broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance. Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Tickets: £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students).


Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (live broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7.15pm. Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Tickets: £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students).


Northumberland Theatre Company: The Ugly Duckling. Glanton Village Hall, Northumberland, 2.30pm. Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) returns for the festive season with an enchanting reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story The Ugly Duckling by acclaimed children’s writer Neil Duffield. A small cast of just four actors will take to the road next month on an extensive tour of small and rural venues in the North of England and parts of Scotland with a production packed with songs, dances and visual treats, which should delight audiences of all ages. For more information go to www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk


Jack and Jill and The Red Postbox. The Long Room, Gallery 45, Felton, 7.30-8.15pm. The acclaimed play ‘Jack and Jill and The Red Postbox’ was developed in 2013 and performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival among many other venues. With Arts Council for England funding, a physical theatre performance has also been developed. And now… a filmed version of ‘Jack and Jill’ has been released! Filmed on location in Felton, Northumberland. Showing for the first time in public. We are sorry that access is limited by a staircase so please accept our apologies. Any donations will contribute to The Plot – the community allotment in Felton, which is being designed to be accessible for people with cognitive and physical disability.


Tomorrow and Tuesday

The Lady In The Van. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm & 7.30pm (Friday), 7.30pm (Tuesday). Adaptation of Alan Bennet’s memoir telling the story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd, a woman who ‘ temporarily’ parks her van in his London driveway and then lives there for 15 years. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).


Pan. Alnwick Playhouse, 1pm. The untold story of the boy who never grows up, Pan follows a young orphan as he spirited away on an adventure in Neverland that sees him embracing his destiny as the hero Peter Pan. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Thursday, December 17

Suffragette. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Live Music/DANCE


An evening with The Berwick Concert Band. BURC (formerly St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal. 7.30pm. Conducted by Mr Bob Richards the band will be playing popular light music with a hint of Christmas! Tickets: adult £6, U17s £4 (incl. light refreshments) on sale at Spittal Food Store, call 07752 403409 or online at www.borderevents.com/boxoffice


Dance. Bolton Village Hall, NE66 2EE. Sequence, country, ballroom requests. £3.50 admission. 8pm - 11pm. Pooled supper, raffle. No bar (bring drinks) any Inquiries to Patricia on 01665 574 623.


Playhouse Christmas Party. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Get the Festive season off to a great start with the Playhouse Concert Band performing new and old favourites and a guest performance. Festive drinks and treats served so make sure you enjoy the party. Tickets: premier £9.50, standard £8.50, friends £6.50.


Twilight Carols by the Tree. The Maltings, Berwick, 4pm. Join in and sing – or just enjoy the concert. It’s Christmas, and we’re gathered by the tree. The piano is tuned and we’re ready to sing our favoutite carols. All that’s missing is you! We’re proud to present a very special scratch carol concert to get you fully into the festive mood, featuring all your Christmas favourites including Jingle Bells, When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney, In the Bleak Midwinter, I Saw Three Ships and many more. All tickets £5. (Participating singers go free.)


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fisher Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more details.

Thursday, December 17

Rothbury Roots Presents: Billy Mitchell & The Guilty Party Band. The Queens Head, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm, admission £10. Billy Mitchell surely needs no introduction. A North East music legend who always delivers a great night of entertainment, songs and banter. We have only the vaguest idea what Billy has in mind for his two date mini-tour with The Guilty Party Band but we’re very privileged to be one of the two venues! Tickets From The Queens Head, Rothbury. Phone: 01669 620470.

Thursday, December 17

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Guest artist: Iain MacPhail S.D.B. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm-11pm. Members £5, visitor £6.50 (including buffet).



Aln Valley Railway. ‘The Members Entertain’. Meetings are held in the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Our annual buffet, raffle and evening of short presentations from members and guests. All welcome. Can you make a contribution this year?

Today until December 22

Winter Wonderland at Kielder Water and Forest Park. Lovely Kielder Water and Forest Park in rural Northumberland – home to the largest forest in England and supplier of huge Christmas trees throughout the world – is a magical place right through the year, but at Christmastime it is truly enchanting for many different reasons. Prices: adults £35, children under 12 years £5. See www.kielderwinterwonderland.com for more details.

Today until January 8

Into The Woods. Gallery 45, Felton, 10am to 5pm. A group exhibition showing new work by the eight resident artists and designers of Studios at 45.

Today until January 24

Berwick Visual Arts presents: Where is the Line? Drawings from mima’s collection. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, 11am. Where is the Line? brings together a number of works from the collection of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Free admission.

Every Thursday

Gateway Drop-In. Shilbottle Community Hall. Every Thursday, from 10am to 4pm, come along to a free drop-in to meet friends over refreshments, and maybe play cards, read newspapers, watch TV, or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.


70s/80s Disco. Seahouses Hub. 7.30pm–11.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 and available from the Hub Office on 01665 721868. The price includes entry, a welcome cocktail & a buffet supper. We will have a full bar and music until 11.30pm. Prizes are available for best 70s/80s Fancy Dress for those that go the extra mile – not mandatory!


Bailiffgate Singers. Carol Concert at St Maurices Church Eglingham. 7.30pm. If you feel inspired to come and sing with the choir in the future please look at Bailiffgate Singers website or on Facebook or just ring Kate Allen 01665 579274 for further information.

Every Friday

Coffee morning. Enjoy a cup of rich coffee and tasty biscuits and do your bit for the lifeboats every Friday morning at Alnwick Playhouse. Coffee is served from 10am, upstairs in the bar.

Every weekend until December 20

Christmas Market. Alnwick Garden, 11am to 5pm. Fill your Christmas stockings with unique and eclectic delights from around the region. Hand-picked by The Alnwick Garden, the market hosts a selection of handmade, artisan and traditional gifts, and offers shoppers the chance to indulge in festive nibbles and live carol singing. Free entry.


Norham First School Carol Service. Norham Parish Church. 2pm.

Bailiffgate Singers. Singing in front of the Duchess at the annual Mayors Service 6.30pm in St Michaels Church Alnwick. If you feel inspired to come and sing with the choir in the future please look at Bailiffgate Singers website or on Facebook or just ring Kate Allen 01665 579274 for further information.


Norham First School Nativity Play. Norham Village Hall. 6.30pm. All welcome.


Please note, 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. Please note, Alnwick Castle is now closed until March 2016. For further information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Please see online at www.alnwickgarden.com for winter opening hours. Prices are £7.70 adult, £5.83 concs, £4.40 child, £21.50 family.

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily, 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Please call for winter opening hours. Admission £10.50, child £5, senior £10, family £25.

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, £8.30 concs, child £5.50, family £23.90.

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

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Monday to Friday: Tours 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, £6 concs, child £3, family £16.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: The house is closed and the gardens/woodlands are only open Friday to Sunday. Closed completely on December 20 for winter, then open again on February 13.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, child £2.90, family £12.70.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

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

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

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Daily, 10am to 4pm, first train 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry: £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free. CLOSED TILL FEBRUARY.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Daily, 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, £2.70 concs, 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, £3.50 concs, child £2, family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, child £3.70, family £16.10.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road: 01665 570382. Autumn season at the gardens and arboretum. For details, including opening times, visit www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

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

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

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home near Cambo: Today to Monday, and Wednesday to Thursday, noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Daily, 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Daily, 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, child £6.30, family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Daily, 10am to 6pm (times may vary through the winter). Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, child £3.60, family £15.60. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, 11am to 4pm. £4, £3.60 concs, child £2.40, family £10.40.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives: 01670 624455, Museum, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.