What’s on in north Northumberland - December 3 - December 10

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Holly At Christmas 2015 comes to the Alnwick Playhouse on Tuesday, December 8. See below.
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Holly At Christmas 2015 comes to the Alnwick Playhouse on Tuesday, December 8. See 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.

Tomorrow and Saturday

The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm, (2pm and 7pm Saturday). Join the Alnwick Playhouse Senior Youth Theatre Group as they perform a new musical. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £7.50.


Morgan and West - Parlour Tricks. Hepscott Parish Hall, Hepscott Village, 7.30pm. Time travelling magic duo Morgan and West present a new show chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic and illusion. Set in a Victorian Parlour and fronted by two dapper and delightful turn-of-the-19th-century style gentlemen, the show weaves elements of theatre, storytelling, science and time travel, all served with wit, charm and unrivalled facial hair. Tickets: £10 (includes buffet). Bookings: 01670 514 031 or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Thursday, December 10

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.)



The Martian. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under), Meerkat Movies two-for-one (Tuesday and Wednesday only). Certificate (12A).


Berwick Film Society: Cycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette). The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Mature and handsome soap star Gauthier (Lambert Wilson) tracks down a former acting colleague with the intention of persuading him to cast off from his peaceful retirement idyll on Île de Ré near La Rochelle and join him amidst the bright spotlights of the Paris stage to give a fine rendition of Molière’s Le Misanthrope. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Certificate (15).


Suffragette. Alnwick Playhouse, 3pm. 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, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friend £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Pan. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The untold story of the boy who never grows up. Pan follows a young orphan as he is 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, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friend £6.75. Certificate (PG).

Live Music/DANCE


Alnwick and District Dances. St Michael’s Church Hall, 8pm to 11.30pm. Music by Gordon Brown. Admission £4. Sequence and Old Time. Telephone 01670 856070 for further details.


Forever Sunday. The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 8.30pm till late.


Adam Cole. The Tankerville Arms, Eglingham, 9pm.


Warkworth Ceilidh Night. Warkworth Memorial Hall. Doors Open at 7pm. No bar - bring your own drinks and glasses. Contact: Peter Burnham on 01665 711388, or email peter.burnham@gmail.com


Holly at Christmas (Buddy Holly and The Cricketers). Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Tickets: premier £20,50, standard £19.50, concs £18.50, child/student £10.50.


Berwick Male Voice Choir. Christmas concert, Wallace Green Church. Tickets £6 on the door.


Today and tomorrow

Art In The Garden. Free with entry to The Alnwick Garden. To strengthen the links with local community, The Alnwick Garden extended an invitation to local art groups to use the garden as their inspiration to create their own artwork. Eleven local groups visited the garden for a day over the summer months and each member enjoyed the freedom to explore and set up their easels, much to the pleasure and enjoyment of the visitors, many of whom expressed their desire to return to see the finished works. This exhibition is an exciting and inspirational showcase by some very talented local artists, and is free with entry into The Alnwick Garden.

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.

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.


Longhirst Christmas Coffee Morning. Longhirst Village Hall, 10am to noon. Entrance is £3 adults, 50p children, and this includes coffee. There will be a variety of stalls, jewellery, Traidcraft Christmas cards, Christmas gifts, local artists with hand made goods, homemade preserves and members from the Morpeth and District Red Squirrel Group, together with Woodruff Wood.

Saturday and Sunday

Falconry Days Northumberland Festival. Lady Hill Farm at Simonburn near Wark. Falconry Days is consistently rated Northumberland’s top tourist attraction by Trip Advisor reviewers, steadily competing with attraction number two, Cragside, also at Rothbury. For the festival weekend it will be providing a postal service staffed by live owls in true Harry Potter style. The service will make sure visiting children’s letters get to Santa Claus in time for Christmas. Tickets are £5 per child. Contact info@happeningupnorth.com for information.

Saturday and Sunday

Alnwick Christmas Market. 9am to 4pm on Saturday, and from 10am to 3pm on Sunday. The Christmas Market is a great opportunity for local voluntary and community groups to get involved and have a fund-raising stall. It is pleased to have on offer a limited number of community tables in the Northumberland Hall at £10 per table per day. They are available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a place contact info@alnwickmarkets.co.uk or by phone on 07783 557116.

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.


Talk at Barter Books, Eva Ibbotson - A Personal Portrait by Her Daughter, Lalage Bosanquet. Alnwick Station, Wagon Way Road, Alnwick, 7.30pm. Eva Ibbotson was and remains a much-admired author of both children’s and adults’ books. She published more than 30 titles, including the best-selling Journey to the River Sea. The talk is a personal portrait of Eva by her daughter, Lalage Bosanquet, and will be accompanied by both photographs and music she loved. Wine and nibbles after the talk. Entrance: £5. Please book in advance at the shop or call 01665 604888.


Author Talk. Alnwick Library, 6pm to 7pm. Come along for a chat with local author Caroline Roberts, whose debut novel The Torn Up Marriage, a story of love, loss, family and betrayal, was published this year with Harper Collins. The novel is set in Alnwick, with scenes along the Northumberland coast. Caroline will be reading from her book, and talking about her writing journey, as well as answering all your questions. For more information contact the Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick, on 01665 602689.


Charity Christmas Quiz. Market Tavern, Alnwick. In aid of the RNLI. Call 01665 602759 for details.


Alnwick Wildlife Group. Christmas meeting. St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick. Steve Lowe will give a talk on Humps, Bottles and Killers.

Followed by the legendary Christmas Quiz, free refreshments and a chance to chat. Non-members £2.

Thursday, December 10

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?



Alnwick Ramblers. Etal to Ford. Meet Etal Castle car park, 10.30am. OS Ref: NT925392, Exp 339. Six miles. Leader: Elidh and Derek Gardiner. Telephone 01665 574839 for details.


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.

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.