What’s on in north Northumberland - January 7 - January 14

The word difret means courage and daring... Berwick Film Society presents Difret. Showing at The Maltings, Berwick on Tuesday, January 12. More details below.
The word difret means courage and daring... Berwick Film Society presents Difret. Showing at The Maltings, Berwick on Tuesday, January 12. 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.


Until January 17

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

Thursday, January 14

Northumberland Theatre Company, The Ugly Duckling. Longhorsley Village Hall, Longhorsley. 6.30pm. A funny and heart-warming story for all the family, packed with song, dance and visual treats about growing up, finding your own identity and a mother’s struggle to protect her children or let them go. Call 01665 576226 or 01665 576479 for further information.


Until Saturday

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm and 7.30pm. The one everyone has been waiting for! Thirty years on from Return of the Jedi, George Lucas’ epic saga continues. Fancy Dress welcome. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concession £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


The Good Dinosaur. The Maltings, Berwick, 4.30pm. What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While travelling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concession, £4.75 child. Certificate (PG).


Brooklyn. Seahouse Hub, 6pm. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Tickets: adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family (4) £19. Certificate (12A).


Berwick Film Society: Difret. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The word difret means courage and daring and when a Hirut schoolgirl is kidnapped by a gang for marriage (a traditional practice known as Telefa), she will need plentiful amounts of both. Arriving from Addis Ababa, a tenacious lawyer takes up her case, but their partnership faces fierce opposition. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Certificate (12A).

Thursday, January 14

The Lady in the Van. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Adaptation of Alan Bennett’s memoir telling the story of the relationship between 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, concession £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Live music/dance


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. For more information contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Buskers Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. An acoustic session of folk tunes, folk songs, acoustic classics and modern songs played in a busking style. It is a free night and there are nibbles provided by the pub during a short break. They welcome all styles and abilities. Contact 07939 498879 for more information or via Twitter @BuskersNE



Berwick Ramblers. Eyemouth Circular 7.5-mile moderate walk. Start 9.50am Eyemouth Co-op. Take refreshments and wear suitable clothing and footwear. For more information, telephone 01289 388668 or 01289 309581. Or visit www.ramblers.org.uk


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 television, or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.


Aurora Hunting. Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, Hexham, 8pm-11pm. The Aurora Borealis (also known as Northern Lights) are magical and inspirational phenomena that grace the Northern night skies. At Battlesteads Observatory we aim to give our guests the knowledge and understanding you will need to hunt the Aurora Borealis for yourselves and hopefully photograph them. Tickets: adult (single) £15, conc £12, family (4) £49.

Until tomorrow

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.


Dark Sky Discovery Night. Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, Hexham. 8pm-10.30pm. Visit Battlesteads Observatory and enjoy an introduction to galaxies and cosmology under the twinkling stars of Northumberland on the edge of the largest area of protected dark skies in Europe – the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Only when you’re away from the light pollution of big towns and cities can dark skies allow you to truly appreciate the cosmos. Tickets: conc £12, adult (single) £15, family (4) £49.

Saturday and Sunday

Recycle your Christmas Tree Weekend. Kirkley Hall, Ponteland. 10am-4pm. Aat Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens they actively promote conservation so why not help them by recycling your old real tree. Take your trees to the zoo for them to use for animal shelters and enrichment and in return you will receive 50% off entry to the zoo this weekend! Free admission.


Hauxley Nature Reserve Open Day. Hauxley Links, Alnwick. During the building on the new visitor centre, the entire reserve will be classed as a construction site so will be closed to visitors to comply with the guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive. Hauxley will be open to visitors on the second Sunday of each month so that you can go along and see how they are doing, when there will be staff on site to talk about the building and you will be able to access parts of the reserve. Free admission.

Until Sunday

Wedding Open Week. Kirkley Hall, Ponteland. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Just got engaged? Planning your wedding? Get along and meet the team at the award-winning venue. The hall will be set up and dressed as it would be for a wedding and they will also have some of their favourite wedding suppliers exhibiting too. No need to make an appointment just drop by and talk weddings. Free admission.

Thursday, January 14

Joy of Jive. A new batch of classes of Modern Jive for the new year starting from January 14 at 8pm in Lowick Village Hall. Entrance fee of £4 each. They will continue to teach every other Thursday evening from then on. More events to be announced in future so watch their Facebook page joyofjive or email for details on joyofjive@gmail.com Beginners welcome and partners are not necessary.

Thursday, January 14

Railways around Blyth. Aln Valley Railway meetings are held in the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Ed Orwin is a keen railway modeller and an expert on the history of the railways in the Blyth district including Blyth station. He makes his first visit as a speaker. They welcome visitors, members and their guests for a small donation towards meeting costs. Meetings are open to all. Refreshments will be available from about 7pm. Contact: Roger Jermy 01665 606168.

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 (MIMA). Free admission.

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.

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.


All attraction opening times may vary during the winter season.

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

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Please note, Alnwick Castle is now closed until March 2016. For further information, visit the website www.alnwickcastle.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 concession, £3 child, £16 family.

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

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

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

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

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concession, £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, £6 seniors, £4.50 child, £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, over 60s £6.60, children free. Closed until February.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, £2.70 concession, £8 family, 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 concession, £2 child, £10 family, under-fives free.

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

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

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

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 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, child £6.30, family £31.50.

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

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