What’s on in north Northumberland - May 12 - May 19

Sunjay brings his style of folk and blues to Etal Village Hall this Saturday. More details below.
Sunjay brings his style of folk and blues to Etal Village Hall this Saturday. 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.



The Joke by Will Adamsdale with Brian Logan and Lloyd Hutchinson. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. The Joke is a new comedy play from Perrier award winner Will Adamsdale, TV film and radio actor Lloyd Hutchinson, and the Guardian’s comedy critic Brian Logan. Tickets: £12.50, £10 concs for disability, student, unemployed, £11 concs for over 60s.


Julian Clary. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. The Joy of Mincing is Julian Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian. There is so much that he has to tell you; the ups and downs of his sordid love life, the true and heart-stopping account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life, and don’t start him on the perils of his DIY electrical home enema kit. Tickets: £23, £20 concs


Wool From The Hills. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Following on from its highly successful and critically acclaimed productions – Will H Ogilvie’s Cheviot Hills and Tale O’ Tweed – Well Road Productions proudly presents its latest production. This is a powerful, amusing and moving evocation of a vanishing way of life in the Border Hills. Tickets: £12.



Anomalisa. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A stop motion animation film about Michael Stone, an author who specialises in customer service and a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. Tickets: £7.45, £6.45 concs, £4.45 child (16 and under). Certificate (15).


My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Having spent considerable time focused on their teenage daughter, Ian and Toula are now trying to work through their own marital difficulties, all the while preparing for another Greek wedding – this one even bigger and fatter than the last. Tickets: £7.80 premier, £7.50 standard, £7 concs, £5.50 child/student, £6.75 friends. Certificate (TBC).


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth. Tickets: £7.45, £6.45 concs, £4.45 child (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Eddie the Eagle. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Inspired by the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a courageous British ski-jumper refuses to stop believing in himself, even when the entire nation has counted him out. After an historic showing at the 1988 Olympics “Eddie” wins the hearts of sports fans worldwide in this feel-good, underdog performance. Tickets: £7.80 premier, £7.50 standard, £7 concs, £5.50 child/student, £6.75 friends. Certificate (PG).

Live Music/Dance


Pinocchio. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Join Ballet Theatre UK as it tells the classic fairy tale of a little wooden puppet, carved from pine, with only one wish – to become a real boy. Tickets: £17.50 premier, £16.50 standard, £15.50 concs, £11.50 child/student.


Sunjay. Etal Village Hall, 8pm. Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background, it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Steve or Helen on 01890 820566, or e-mail steve.w.taylor@btinternet.com


The Bewick Orchestra Spring Concert. New Life Christian Centre, Dacre Street, Morpeth, 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank. Tickets £8, £5 students, available at the door.


Northumbrian Ranters. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. This year the Northumbrian Ranters are delighted to have Alistair Anderson performing his own composition, called the Estuary, which was commissioned for The Berwick Sound Waite and Sea project, along with the students during this concert. Tickets: £8.50 premier, £7.50 standard, £5.50 child/student.


The Golden Square Singers. Horncliffe Village Hall, 7.30pm. A community choir from Berwick, performing with Veronica Gilbert, from Wooler, who plays the clarsach – the Scottish traditional harp. Tickets £6, including refreshments, available from 01289 382765, or at the door. Proceeds will go to church funds.


Foyle-Štšura Duo. Paxton House, 2.30pm. Foyle-Štšura Duo will perform works by Ravel, Bartók, Elgar and Kreisler in the Picture Room of Paxton House. Tickets are free. For reservations email info@musicatpaxton.co.uk or call 07719 702265.


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


Northumbrian Music Evening. The Fleece, Alnwick, 8pm. All are welcome to come and play.


ROH LIVE: Frankenstein. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has chosen Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic Frankenstein as the basis for his first full-length narrative ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage. Tickets: £16 premier, £15 standard, £10 child/student.


Viva Neil Diamond! The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Viva Neil Diamond is a new one-man stage show simply bursting with Neil Diamond gems. Enjoy hits, including Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Love on the Rocks, America, Hello Again, Play Me, Beautiful Noise, Song Sung Blue, I’m A Believer, Red Red Wine, and many, many more. Tickets: £16, box (double occupancy) £48.


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.

Tomorrow until July 5

Musical Chairs by Hellicar and Lewis. The Gynaisum Gallery, Berwick, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Enjoy an extraordinary game of musical chairs unlike any other you have played. You are inventor, musician, conductor, game changer, your actions will create sounds – voices, rhythms, melodies, noises from nature. Free entry.


Gallery 45, Felton. Aspects of Trees watercolour workshop, 2pm to 5pm. £25.


Car Boot Sale. Castlegate Car Park, Berwick. Sunday morning car boot sales at Castlegate Car Park will be held throughout the spring and summer, with the exception of May 29. The events are run by the Greenses Residents’ Committee in aid of local charities.


Countryside Festival. Kirkley Hall, 10am to 4pm. A host of attractions, including fairground rides, dog agility, horse riding display, countryside and machinery activities, and cattle and sheep displays. Parking £1. Entry £4, children aged two and under go free.


Aln Valley Railway. Lionheart Station open to the public. Guards van rides with diesel haulage. Call 0300 030 3311 or visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk


Aln and Breamish Local History Society meeting. Whittingham Memorial Institute, 7.30pm. David Dickinson will speak on Bookbinding. There will be a short annual general meeting before the talk. Refreshments will be served. Non-members are most welcome, £3.

Every Wednesday

Victorian Baking. Cragside, 1pm to 3pm. Every Wednesday our volunteer cooks in costume will be recreating delicious Victorian recipes on the magnificent restored range, bringing Cragside to life with the sounds and smells of a Victorian kitchen. (Subject to volunteer availability) Free.

Until June 5

Exhibition launch: Sander Van Raemdonck //Inclosure. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, 2pm. Sander Van Raemdonck is Berwick Visual Arts current artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University. This is a new body of work exploring rural housing in Northumberland.

Until June 10

Textil Juvel – Contemporary Crafts from West Sweden. Exhibition at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

Until June 26.

Watermarks. Bailiffgate Museum. 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.



Alnwick Ramblers. Berwick Moor and Cataran Hill. To include a visit to Cataran Cave, head torch advisable. Parking on verge in Old Berwick. All walks start at 10.30am unless otherwise stated. If weather is inclement, check with leaders Paul and Barbara Hargeaves on 01665 830309.


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 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), £25 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.