What’s on in north Northumberland - December 17 - December 24

An annual screening of this most-classic of all the Christmas film classics, It's A Wonderful Life showing at The Maltings on December 23. More details below.
An annual screening of this most-classic of all the Christmas film classics, It's A Wonderful Life showing at The Maltings on December 23. 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.


Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (encore broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 5pm. Tickets: £16.75 / £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students).


He Wore a Red Hat – a festive comedy presented by New Perspectives. Middleton Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth, NE614RA (10 miles west of Morpeth). 7.30pm. Tickets: adults £7.50, children £4. Booking advised: 01670 772600.


(NTC Panto) The Ugly Duckling. Bamburgh Pavilion, 6.30pm. Tickets available on the door are £7.50, children are free. Parking outside the Pavilion and refreshments will be available. Enquiries to Bill Brook 01668 214634.

Saturday until December 30

Little Red Riding Hood Pantomime. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm/2pm. The Maltings’ full-scale professional panto is going to be a Christmas cracker of a show, packed full of family fun and laughter, music and mayhem ... Oh yes, and a big bad wolf ... Is he behind you? Get along and see for yourself. Directed by Berwick’s own Wendy Payn.



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. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


The Good Dinosaur. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Luckily for young Arlo, his parents and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo down river he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on him when he meets Spot, a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Tickets: adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family (of 4) £19. Certificate (U).


The Lady In The Van. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. 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 (12A).


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Katniss and District 13 embark on all out revolution against the Capitol in a final showdown. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Bridge of Spies. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. When a pilot is detained in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the CIA recruit an American lawyer to assist in his rescue. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


It’s A Wonderful Life. The Maltings, Berwick, 5pm. An annual screening of this most-classic of all the Christmas films. The screening will take place in the Henry Travers Studio, which was named in honour of Berwick resident Henry Travers (1874–1965), who plays the angel Clarence in the film. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75. Certificate (U).

Thursday, December 24

Arthur Christmas. The Maltings, Berwick, 12.30pm. Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75. Certificate (U).

Thursday, December 24

The Muppet Christmas Carol. The Maltings, Berwick, 3pm. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75. Certificate (U).

Live Music/DANCE


Rothbury Roots Presents: Billy Mitchell & The Guilty Party Band. The Queens Head, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm, admission £10. Tickets From The Queens Head, Rothbury. Phone: 01669 620470.


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).


The Big Christmas Sing. Alnwick Market Square. Everyone is welcome to come sing-a-long with the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band. Starts at 7pm and is open to all.


Christmas Singing. Bailiffgate Singers perform in Bailiffgate Museum at 7.30pm. Featuring a combination of choral Christmas songs, communal carols and festive readings. Tickets £7, (concessions £6) including light refreshments. Raffle. Shop open for last minute Christmas shopping.


T. Rextasy – ‘I Love To Boogie’. Alnwick Playhouse, 8pm. T. Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc Bolan’s own T. Rex. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’. Tickets: premier £20.50, standard £19.50.


King For A Day. Live at the Queen’s Head, Alnwick. Playing classic rock from the past to the present. 9pm-late. Free admission. Contact 07525 342523.


The Norham Living Nativity. Gather at the war memorial, 3pm, then follow Mary and Joseph and the (real live) donkey on their journey around the village to ‘Bethlehem’, meeting various characters and singing carols on the way.


A Brassy Christmas. Norham Parish Church. 5pm. Bringing some festive cheer to the Norham area, James Stretton and Iain Jackson perform their unique multi-instrumental brass show full of seasonal favourites. Admission: adult £7.50, child £4, family £18 (free entry to children attending the Norham Living Nativity at 3pm.)


The Reg Vardy Brass Band and Alnwick Choral Society. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Alnwick Choral Society and the Reg Vardy Band combine forces once again to present their very popular Christmas concerts of classic sounds. Get the Christmas season off to a great start hearing some new and old favourites. Tickets: premier £13.50, standard £12.50.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more details.


Amble Folk Club. First meeting for the newly-formed Amble Folk Club at The Waterloo pub in Queen Street. All levels of experience welcome. Contact Jacqui and Dave White 01670 862098



Berwick Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks. Come and join us for an eight-mile leisurely circular walk from Spittal School starting at 10am. Bring refreshments with you and wear suitable clothing and footwear. For more details phone 01289 388668 or 01289 309581.


Alnwick Ramblers. Venue: Felton circular. Meet layby north end village. OS Ref NU010184, 7 miles. Leader: Derek Gander. 01670 787443.



Late Night Shopping. Amble. Pods will be open 12pm-8pm on each Thursday and during late night shopping (4-8pm), a selected local organisation/charity/group will have ten per cent of the pod profits generated at the event donated to them.

Today until December 22

Winter Wonderland at Kielder Water and Forest Park. 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 Christmas time 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 December 24

Amble Harbour Advent Calendar! A door is opened each day to reveal ... Well you will have to wait and see, but there will be something new to see/do each day in the Harbour Village area during December.

Today until January 8

Into The Woods. Gallery 45, Felton, 10am-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.

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.


Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, at 11am. The service will be in English, sung in the Byzantine style. All welcome, shared lunch afterwards.

Saturday and Sunday

Mini food market. Amble Harbour Village. Wonderful local producers (free entry), including The Mad Jam Woman, The Nut Roaster, Kitty’s Ginger Wine, Northumberland Cheese, Northumberland Sausage, Olives, Oil and Fudge.

Saturday and Sunday

Christmas Market. Alnwick Garden, 11am-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. Free entry.


Acklington Victorian Christmas Fair. Acklington Village Hall, 2pm-5pm. There will be lots of stalls, mulled wine, delicious yuletide treats and even a present wrapping service!


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-4pm, but closed Mondays. Admission £4, £3 concs, child £1, under-fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily, 10am-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-5pm.

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

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-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-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-6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, £4.30 concs, child £2.90, family £12.50.

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

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Daily, 10am-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-5pm.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Daily, 10.30am-6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry: £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free. Closed until February.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Daily, 11am-5pm. Admission £3, £2.70 concs, family £8, under-fives are 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-5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

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

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Daily, 10am-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-4pm. £4, £3.60 concs, child £2.40, family £10.40.

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