What’s on in north Northumberland - December 24 - December 31


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.


Until January 17

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

Until December 30

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


Today (Thursday)

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).

Today (Thursday)

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).


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


The Victor Frankenstein. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Told from assistant Igor’s point of view, the classic story of how the genius scientist takes his experiments one step too far and tumbles ever closer to the brink of complete madness. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75.

Live Music/Dance

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


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.

Today (Thursday)

Wansbeck Matters. Woodhorn Museum shows the traditional art of hooky and proggy mat making, demonstrated by the Wansbeck Matters group. Demonstrations take place in the 1936 Coal Town display area in the Cutter building. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Today (Thursday)

Santa’s Christmas Cracker. Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth, 10am to 4pm. It’s the most magical time of the year. Visit Santa with the Christmas Fairy and the little Farm Elves and receive a festive bag of magic hay and sweets. (A present from Santa is an optional extra.) Write a letter to Santa and receive your own personalised reply from Mrs Claus in her Toy Shop before you leave. Take a ride on Santa’s tractor and trailer, and walk through Santa’s Winter Wonderland, plus much more. Tickets: child £8.50, adult £9.50, family of four £32.50, family of five £40.50, children under two go free.

Santa’s Grotto. The Joiners Arms, Newton-by-the-Sea, noon to 5pm. Spend 30 fabulous minutes with Santa and his elves, with a surprise present for every child and festive face painting. £10 per child.

Today (Thursday)

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 or do each day in the Harbour Village area during December.

Today (Thursday)

Crib Service. Norham Parish Church, 4pm.

Until December 31

A Garden of Fairy Tales. Alnwick Garden. A strange wind is blowing through The Alnwick Garden, bringing with it a band of fairy tale characters and an exciting quest. Beauty is in trouble, the Wicked Queen intends to poison her. Are you brave enough to join our fairy tale adventure and save Beauty? Free with Garden admission.

Until January 3

Game On 2.0. Life Science Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 10am to 6pm. With Game ON 2.0 your gaming journey takes you through the decades up to contemporary favourites, including Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, with games such as Halo 3, Wii Sports Resort and Rock Band. The exhibition gives a global take on video games. The highlights include an exploration of the influence of manga and anime on computer games; films that have been influenced by and influenced computer games; online gaming, music composed for games and new games technologies. Tickets: family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) £31.50, single adult £12.95, concs £9.50, child (aged five to 17) £7.50, child (aged four and under) free.

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.

Until January 24

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

Tonight (Thursday)

First Holy Communion of Christmas. Norham Parish Church, 11.30pm.

Until February 7

Our Streets. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick (Museums and Galleries), 10am to 4pm. A celebration of the hugely successful three-year programme of community activity in the Alnwick area involving schools, streets and all kinds of community groups, all kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The output on show includes films, books and artworks, plus the Memory Box of oral history captured from Alnwick District residents. Free with museum entry.

Until March 6

The Ashington District Star. Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, Ashington. Inspired by the Ashington Group Painters 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. Parking charge of £3.50 applies for the whole site.

Tomorrow (Friday)

Holy Communion. Norham Parish Church, 10am.

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.

Saturday and Sunday.

Narrow Gauge Railway. Woodhorn Museum has its railway running on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3pm. The cost is children and concessions £1, adults £2. (Subject to weather). Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more information.

Monday and Wednesday

Christmas at Lindisfarne. Lindisfarne castle is open for a few selected days over the winter. On December 28 and 30 you will be able to sample the cosy atmosphere inside, contrasting the wild landscape (and possibly weather) outside. The Christmas sale started on Tuesday. Shopping at the shop on Holy Island gives you some great three-for-two offers on Christmas cards and there is also a 20 per cent off promotion on decorations and festive food. There will also be some deals coming up soon on all 2016 calendars and diaries. It will be open most days in the run up to Christmas, from 10am to 4pm, tide permitting, but call the shop before making a long journey on 01289 389253.

Tuesday and Wednesday.

Family Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. Sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you. Watch their faces as they get more interested in the topic as we whizz them through the Universe at breakneck speed, with stunning visuals and the famed Kielder Observatory delivery team. They will be absorbed. Tickets from £16.50. To book, visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Tuesday and Wednesday

Family Laser Tag. Ford Scout Campsite, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 10am to 6pm. £5 per ticket. Family Laser Tag Family fun outdoors. Team game up to 10 players per session.


Winter Milky Way. Kielder Observatory. The observatory aims to show visitors other galaxies like ours, galaxies like the famous Andromeda Galaxy over two million light years from us and visible with the naked eye from our observation deck under the dark skies of Kielder — it also forms an incredible sight through the telescope eye-piece. To book, visit www.kielderobservatory.org


New Year’s Eve Stargazing Party. Keilder Observatory, 8pm to 1am, January 1. Join the observatory for a night under the darkest skies in the UK, celebrating the end of 2015 and a New Year beginning. The now famed New Years Eve parties are a real showstopper. Let the team of astronomers guide you through the facility using high tech instruments as they show you the wonders of the night sky. With the winter constellations overhead and the Milky Way still visible it promises to be a great night. For details visit www.kielderobservatory.org



Berwick Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks. An easy five-mile circular suitable for adults and school-age children from Horncliffe Square, starting at 11.20am. Bring refreshments and wear suitable clothing and footwear. For more details phone 01289 388668 or 01289 309581.

Until Thursday, December 31

Craster to Low Newton Costal Walk. For a bracing and beautiful coastal walk, Northumberland is without compare. This walk sets off from the fishing village of Craster, passing the mighty ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the long sweep of Embleton Sands before reaching Low Newton by the Sea. It is a moderate walk, six miles and dog-friendly. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/embleton-and-newton-links

Until Thursday, December 31

Farne Islands, Inner Farne wildlife walk. The Farne Islands are one of the natural highlights of the Northumbrian coast. Famed for providing sanctuary to St Cuthbert in the 7th century, Inner Farne is now renowned as a summer haven for nesting sea birds. For full details, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands


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 until February.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Daily, 11am to 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. Winter 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.