What’s on in north Northumberland - June 16 - June 23

Shepherds Walks continue this Sunday with a 9.30am start at Hethpool. More details below.
Shepherds Walks continue this Sunday with a 9.30am start at Hethpool. 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.



Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (Broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Hamlet has the world at his feet – young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75, schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).


Dirty Dusting. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Three cleaning ladies, past their sell by date, start up a telephone sex line, The Telephone Belles – A Dirty Sex Chat Line that really cleans up. This is a heart-warming, feel-good comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles and smiling every time you answer the phone. Tickets: premier £21.50, standard £20.50, concs £19.50.


Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies (Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre). Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. With a twist to the usual plot of Robin Hood, feisty Maid Marion leads our protagonists in the fight against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Journey into the depths of Sherwood Forest and discover the hilarious truth behind the legend of Robin Hood. Tickets for this event are free, but any donations to the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre will be gratefully received.


Maltings Junior Youth Theatre: Bugsy Malone. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Written especially for a younger cast, this fast paced, action-packed story centres around Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, a notorious nightclub where “anybody who’s anybody could walk right through that door”, and we’re hoping this means you. Tickets: £10, concs £8, family ticket £30.



The Jungle Book. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The classic adventure (remake) about a young boy raised by animals in the jungle. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).


Eye in the Sky. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The commander is in England, the drone pilot is in America, the terrorist is in Kenya. And the authority to strike is up in the air. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Florence Foster Jenkins. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Comedy drama. A New York heiress and patron of the arts dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a poor singing voice. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).

Live Music/Dance


Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra salutes the Kings of Jazz. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra is an award-winning octet, which explores the whole history of jazz, from traditional ragtime to contemporary music. Expect great musicianship, toe-tappingly joyous music and plenty of fun for all ages. Tickets: £12.50, concs for disability, student, unemployed £10, concs for over 60s £11, children go free.


Ceilidh Featuring Cath Beale. Bolton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Pay at the door. Adults £5, under 18’s £3. Pooled supper. Bring your own refreshments. All proceeds will go to Bolton Village Hall.


Who’s Next – Europe’s Premier tribute to The Who. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Who’s Next are a premier live tribute to The Who. Who’s Next’s live show aims to recreate this period in the early 1970’s with the aid of authentic stagewear and instruments. Tickets: Stalls £13.50/£16, circle £18, box (double occupancy) £40, concs for disability, students, unemployed £10, concs over 60s £12/£14.50.


Music for a Summer Afternoon. St Cuthbert’s Church, Norham, 3pm. Norham Choir and Northumberland Hornbills, with Jeremy Brown and Julian Bonia, perform classical and popular music. Tickets on door: adults £5, under 16s free. Refreshments provided. Proceeds to Kwa Mkono Polio Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway, Acklington. For details contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Border Music and Arts Society – Music at Mellerstain. Mellerstain, 7pm. Midsummer concert by the Zelkova String Quartet playing Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven. Tickets £20.50 from Isobel Lafferty on 01835 864153.


Glyndebourne - Il barbiere di Siviglia. Alnwick Playhouse, 6.30pm. Encore screening. Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy Figaro. The renowned Barber of Seville uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. Tickets: premier £18, standard £17, concs £16, child/student £10.



Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Joy of Jive classes of modern jive are continuing in full swing, and they will continue to teach in the hall every other Thursday evening. Beginners are welcome and partners are not necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, from 10am to 4pm. A free drop-in to meet friends over refreshments, play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. A class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7pm. £2.50 per person. For further details call 01289 307953.

Every Thursday

Tea Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Admission of £1.50 includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Dance tuition is free.

Until June 26

Watermarks. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. An exhibition inspired by immersion, by locally-renowned artist Frances Anderson. Exploring water movement and traces of movement through photo etching and solar plate intaglio printing methods.

Until July 3

Musical Chairs by Hellicar and Lewis. Gymansium Gallery, Berwick. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Enjoy an extraordinary game of musical chairs unlike any other you have played before. In this game you are inventor, musician, conductor and game changer. Free admission.


NGS Private Garden Tour. Wallington, Cambo, 7pm to 9.30pm. Enjoy an exclusive private tour of the beautiful Walled Garden at Wallington, ending with a glass of fizz and tasty nibbles in the charming Edwardian conservatory. Tickets: adult £16.80, child £8.


Knitting Group. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 2pm to 4pm. All ages and experience welcome.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 8pm to 11pm. Entry for non-members is £3, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.


Car Boot Sale. Vincent Edwards School, Embleton, 10am to noon. Cars are £5, and entry is free to buyers. Home-made cake stall, delicious refreshments and a raffle, with all proceeds going towards Vincent Edwards School transition to an outstanding primary in September 2016. To book a place call 01665 576612 or email admin@vincentedwards.northumberland.sch.uk


Family History Workshop - Researching your Family Home. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 10am to 12.30pm. Normal admission prices apply and a donation to the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society is requested from non-members. Places are limited so booking is essential.

Saturday till September 25

Space Craft: Architecture meets making. Granary Gallery, Berwick. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. This exhibition explores the relationship between making and our built environment. It presents work by makers who are inspired by architecture and by architects that are deeply connected to making. The exhibition brings together two disciplines that are often considered separate. Free admission.

Saturday and Sunday

Steam Operating Weekend. Aln Valley Railway. Classic and Vintage Vehicles weekend as well.

Every Sunday

Car Boot Sale. Castlegate Car Park, Berwick, Sunday morning. The event is run by the Greenses Residents’ Committee in aid of local charities.


Queens 90th birthday celebrations. St Peter’s and Scremerston village and school. This will include a time line and memories of the village. If there is anyone who has memories of the village now or in the past, your contributions would be valuable and appreciated. Please contact annebradleyspace@hotmail.com so that we can include them.



Kirkharle Coffee House. Guided walks 1.5 miles, 1.30 to 3.30pm. Trained guides will help visitors to interpret the landscape and Brown’s plans for the park. Free event. Advance booking not required. Meet in East car park.


Alnwick Ramblers. Meet Shilmoor verge, before bridge. Shilmoor, Fairhaugh and Copper Snout. Eight miles. All walks start at 10.30am unless otherwise stated. If weather is inclement, check with leader Margaret Wallhead on 0191 236 4549.


Shepherd’s Walks. Day Guided Walk – The Cheviot. Starts 9.30am. Nine miles. Start Hethpool. This is not just an ascent of the highest hill in the Cheviot Range, but a walk which takes in dramatic views en-route. £15.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

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

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Go to www.alnwickcastle.com for opening hours and further details.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for opening hours. Prices are £12.10 adults, £10.45 concs, £4.40 children, £29.70 family.

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, £5 children, £10 senior, £25 family.

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

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

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

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

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 children (under five’s free), £23 family. www.chillingham-castle.com

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 concs, £3 children, £16 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, gardens and woodland 10am to 6pm. Admission £10.20, £5.10 child, £25.50 family.

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

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Admission is free.

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

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily from March to the end of October 2016. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs. Under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org for more information

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, under-five’s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50 adult, £6 seniors, £4.50 children, £2.50 under-five’s, 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, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, £2.70 concs, £8 family, under-five’s free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, £3.90 child, £19.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, £3.50 concs, £2 children, £10 family, under-five’s free.

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

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. See website for information, including 2016 open times and diary of events, at www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday on the Chillingham Road, off the A1. All proceeds go to charity.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2.50 children, £1.50 concs or groups.

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

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concs, £2.40 children, £10.40 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.