What’s on in north Northumberland - May 4 - May 11

Some of the children appearing in Berwick Operatic Society's production of Oliver! which runs until this Sunday at The Maltings, Berrwick. More details below.
Some of the children appearing in Berwick Operatic Society's production of Oliver! which runs until this Sunday at The Maltings, Berrwick. 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.


Until Sunday

Berwick Operatic Society: Oliver! The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Consider yourself at home with Berwick Operatic Society, which presents Lionel Bart’s Oliver! It features a fabulous cast, joined by talented local children, alongside Ron Creasey’s live orchestra. Tickets: Opening night £12, other performances £14, concs £12, family ticket £40. Special rates for rest homes, pensioner organisations and schools.


Seriously Dead. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A musical play and comedy with a plot that blends drama, comedy, pathos and farce into one hilarious night of theatre. Tickets: Premier £22, standard £21.


Pitman - Eliot Smith Company. Bamburgh Pavilion, 7.30pm. Pitman celebrates the famous Ashington group of art loving miners, made famous through The Pitman Painters. With intimate solos, duets and dramatic ensemble dancing, the work explores the hopes, dreams and determination of the Ashington Group. Tickets: £6.


Wool to the Mills. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The amazing story of the growth and decline of the woollen industry in the Borders, told through the memories and poetry of local people with an evocative musical soundtrack, composed and performed by Ian Lowthian. Tickets: £12.


National Theatre Live: Obsession Live Broadcast. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and handsome. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband, but in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).


National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action, they become increasingly out of their depth. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.



Hidden Figures. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in US history. Tickets: Premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).


The Boss Baby. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. A new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of an imaginative seven-year-old named Tim. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family (four) £19. Certificate (U).


Going In Style. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Albert decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills, they embark on an adventure to knock off the bank that absconded with their money. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family £19. Certificate (12A).


Hacksaw Ridge. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II without firing a single shot. Tickets: £8.50, concs £6.95, child £5 (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Viceroy’s House. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. In 1947 Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs. Tickets: Premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (12A).


Ghost in the Shell. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Based on the internationally acclaimed sci-fi manga series, it follows the Major, a special ops human cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9, devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals. Tickets: Premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (TBC).



Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club: Ray Carse. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Members admission £4, non-members £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. Contact 01668 281307.


Northumbrian Ranters. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A traditional music group featuring young talent from Northumberland schools. Guests are The Duchess’s and KEVI ceilidh bands. Tickets: premier £10, standard £9, concs £8, child/student £7.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fisher Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for further information.


Buskers’ Night. The Craster Arms, Beadnell, 8pm. An acoustic session of modern and traditional folk, original singer-songwriters and group sing-a-long. All abilities and styles welcome and entry is free.


Today and tomorrow

Fusion. Gallery 45, Felton. Textile artists are exhibiting their work.

Every Thursday

Hadston Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1pm. A two-hour session, with tea and a biscuit, £1.50. Dance tuition free.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. Singers in all sections welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, 10am to 4pm. Free drop-in to meet friends, play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet, and in the afternoon there is a craft group.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, 7.30pm. £2.50. Call 01289 307953.


Friends of St Mary’s Silent Auction. Bell View Resource Centre, West Street, Belford, 6pm. Entry is free. There will be a raffle, quiz and refreshments, with 30 lots to bid for, ranging from framed photographs to food, afternoon tea at Belford Hall, entry to Berwick Speedway, and a tower tour of St Mary’s.

Tomorrow until June 7

Alan Stones Lithograph Exhibition. Gallery 45, Felton. Meet the artist on Saturday, at 11am. Refreshments.


A Collective Endeavour: A discussion with Document Scotland. Granary Gallery, Berwick, 1.30pm. Berwick Visual Arts and the North East Photography Network (NEPN) invite Document Scotland to explore the motivations, benefits and responsibilities of working collectively in the age of individualism. Free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Saturday until Monday

Osprey Watch. Kielder Waterside Park, behind the Boat House, 11am to 4.30pm. Drop-in to observe the beautiful Kielder ospreys. You can see all the action close up through a live camera feed and even spot the birds on their nest using high powered telescopes, with trained volunteers. Free event, but donations are welcome. Visit www.kielderospreys.wordpress.com to find out all about the birds and their progress.

Saturday until June 2

Border Artists 2017. The Watchtower Gallery, Tweedmouth, noon to 4pm. Works by national and international artists from across the borders will be brought together in the first of what will become an annual exhibition. Free admission.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick, 8pm to 11pm. Entry £3, includes refreshments.


North East of England and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Village Annex at Dinnington Village, behind Newcastle Airport. Monthly meeting, 2pm to 4pm.

Every Sunday

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


Border Archaeological Society Lecture Series. Parish Centre, The Parade, Berwick, 7.30pm. Paul Gething will give a talk entitled Bradford Kaims: A Prehistoric Landscape. The event is free to members and there is a £2 charge for visitors.


Youth Dance (nine to 13), Free Taster Sessions. The Maltings, Berwick, 4pm and 5pm. Within the professional environment of a real theatre and studio, gain the opportunity to experience and develop your own choreographic skills and personal technique. Classes have a contemporary dance base, but will always incorporate other styles, such as jazz, hip hop, ballet and more. Learn new routines, but also have a chance to make up your own. Tickets: Free, but places must be booked in advance.

Every Wednesday

Berwick Male Voice Choir. Longridge Towers School, 6.45pm to 9pm, for rehearsals. New members welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Wednesday

Qi Gong for Health. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, 2pm. Improve posture, flexibility and strength. Cost £3.


Berwick Branch of Cancer Research UK AGM. The Castle Hotel, Berwick, 6.30pm. All welcome.

Until June 4

Brick Dinos. Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. This exhibition combines dinosaurs and LEGO. Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Monday and Tuesday during school holidays, 10am to 4pm.

Until June 9

Gillian Lee Smith and Paul West. The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 10am to 5pm. The Old School Gallery launches its first exhibition of the season with a joint show of the work of Gillian Lee Smith and Paul West. Both painters are new to Northumberland and their works celebrate our local landscape and coast with a bold, contemporary viewpoint.



Alnwick Ramblers. Elsdon Circular. Meet at Elsdon carpark by the bridge at 10.30am. Distance: Eight miles. If the weather is inclement, check with leader Janice Clarke on 0191 236 8850.


Nordic Walk – Thrunton Wood. Starting point Thrunton Wood, at 11am. Distance: Eight miles. Price per person £22. See www.shepherdswalks.co.uk for further information.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: Call 0300 030 3311. For information of tickets, times and bookings visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Open daily, 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: £15.50 adult, £12.75 concs, £7.20 child, free under fives. See www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £12.10 adult, £10.45 concs, £4.40 child, free under fives, £29.70 family. See alnwickgarden.com

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £4 adult, £3 concs, £1 child, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, state rooms from 11am. Admission: £10.85 adult, £5 child, free under fives, £26 family. See www.bamburghcastle.com

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, 9am to 7pm.

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission free.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £9.30 adult, £8.40 concs, £5.60 child, £24.20 family.

Berwick Barracks. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £4.90 adult, £4.40 concs, £2.90 child, £12.70 family.

Chillingham Castle. Open daily, noon to 5pm. Admission: £9.50 adult, £8.50 concs, £5.50 child, £23 family. Call 01668 215359 for information.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: Open Monday to Friday, tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Sunday tours at 10am, 11am and noon. Admission: £16 adult, £13 concs, £6 child, £35 family. Call 01668 215250.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Open daily, house 11am to 5pm, garden and woodland 10am to 6pm. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5 adult, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight. Admission free.

Etal Castle. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5 adult, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Eyemouth Museum: Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Open 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80 adult, £3.20 concs, £10 family, free under fives, £3.80/free disabled/carer.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Trains run daily. Call 01890 820317 for information.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80 adult, £3.20 concs, free under fives, £10 family.

House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: Open daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Admission: £7.70 adult, £6.60 over 60s, free for children.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Admission: £3 adult, £2.70 concs, free under fives, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Castle closed for restoration. The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop remain open daily.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission: £4 adult, £3.50 concs, £2 child, £10 family, free under fives.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £6.50 adult, £5.90 concs, £3.90 child, £16.90 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Open Gate spring and summer, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays, 10am to 4.30pm. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk or call 01665 570382.

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Open Friday, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £4 adult, £1 child, all proceeds to charities.

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

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm. Free entry.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Open daily, house noon to 5pm, walled garden 10am to 7pm, garden and estate 10am to dusk. Admission: £12.40 adult, £6.20 child, £31 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Hermitage: Open Monday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission: £6.20 adult, £5.60 concs, £3.70 child, £16.10 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission free. Parking £3.50.