What’s on in north Northumberland - May 5 - May 12

Try some kite making and stone painting this Saturday at Castle Vale Park.
Try some kite making and stone painting this Saturday at Castle Vale Park.

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.


Today until Saturday

The Producers - A New Mel Brooks Musical. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Members of the Maltings Youth Theatre bring back some old friends and the team behind such productions as Hairspray and Here Come The Girls to high kick into Germany with this outrageous, hilarious musical. Tickets: £14, £12 concs, £36 family.


Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Alnwick Playhouse, 11am. Come and enjoy our Mini Youth Theatre performing another classic fairy tale musical Goldilocks and the Three Bears in Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes style. Tickets: £2.50 standard, free child/student.



Spotlight. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Based on the true story of how the Boston Globe newsroom Spotlight team, led by Walter “Robby” Robinson, uncovered a potentially explosive story about child molestation and the massive cover-up within the Catholic church. Tickets: £7.80 premier, £7.50 standard, £7 concs, £5.50 child/student, £6.75 friends. Certificate (15).


Deadpool. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Based on Marvel’s most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson who becomes his alter ego Deadpool after being subjected to a rogue experiment, which leaves him with accelerated healing powers. Tickets: £7.80 premier, £7.50 standard, £7 concs, £5.50 child/student, £6.75 friends. Certificate (15).


The Revenant. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Western capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the power of the human spirit. Frontiersman Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead. Tickets: £7.80 premier, £7.50 standard, £7 concs, £5.50 child/student. Certificate (15).

Tuesday and Wednesday

High-Rise. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. High-Rise is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel about the breakdown of society within a high-rise apartment complex. Tickets: £7.45, £6.45 concs, £4.45 child (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Innocence of Memories. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A fascinating insight into the mind of Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk and his city muse, narrated by a character from his novel The Museum of Innocence. Coolly intelligent and noirishly compelling. Tickets: £7.80 premier, £7.50 standard, £7 concs, £5.50 child/student, £6.75 friends. Certificate (12A).


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).

Live Music/Dance


Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club with Ray Cars from the Tartan Lads. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Annual membership £8, members’ admission £4, non-members £5, musicians and visitors welcome. Contact 01668 281307.


Concert by the Brinkburn Guitar Quintet. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 7.30pm. Featuring the Boccherini Guitar Quintet in D major – The Fandango, Vivaldi Guitar Concerto for String Guitar, arranged for string quartet by Denis Grieve. Tickets £8.


Music at Mellerstain (in Adam music room). Ugne Tiskute (viola) and Alexandra Vaduva (piano) play Schubert, Brahms and Clarke. Followed by light supper. Tickets £13.50 members, £17.50 non-members, from 01835 864153.


Gareth Davies-Jones. Cheviot Centre, Wooler, 7.30pm. Gareth Davies-Jones is a seasoned singer-songwriter/guitarist who combines Roots, Acoustic and Folk traditions. Tickets £8, £6 concs, available from Brands newsagents or the Tourist Information Centre in Wooler.


Northumbrian Sinfonietta with Iona Brown and Nick Burn. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The Alnwick-based orchestra returns for its next fund-raising concert in aid of The Playhouse, and will be joined by violinist Iona Brown from the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and her cellist colleague Nick Burn. Tickets: £11 premier, £10 standard, £9 concs.


Pete Coe, The Stories So Far, narrative folk songs, ballads and broadsides. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Pete’s strong, distinctive voice is enhanced by his instrumental versatility, the ringing strings of his bouzouki, the sweet chords of his mountain dulcimer, the plaintive frailing banjo and the pulsing reeds of his melodeon. Tickets: £12.50, £10 concs for disability, student, unemployed, over 60s.


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


Buskers Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. All styles and abilities welcome.


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.


Talk Time: Capability Brown – Monarch of the Landscape. Wallington, 10am to 1pm. Join Sarah Rutherford, author of a new book on Capability Brown. £25 including coffee and lunch. Booking essential.


Painting the Word. St Mary’s Church, Belford, 7pm. Anniversary talk by Rev Jonathan Mason about artists and the Life of Christ to the Friends of St Mary’s. Entry £5 non-members, £3 members, price includes drinks and nibbles.

Every Friday

Coffee morning. Enjoy a coffee and biscuits and do your bit for the lifeboats every Friday morning at Alnwick Playhouse, from 10am in the upstairs bar.


Pop-up Cafe. Boulmer Memorial Hall, Boulmer, 10am to 3pm. All proceeds to Alexa’s Animals Dog Rescue.


Art in the Park. Castle Vale Park (The Lilyponds), Berwick, 11am to 2pm. Join 56 degrees north and Friends of Berwick Parks for kite making and stone painting. Free to all.


Over 60’s Coffee Morning. Felton Village Hall, 10am to noon. All welcome.


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


Aln Valley Railway. Lionheart Station open to the public. Guards van rides with diesel haulage.

Until Sunday

Animal Spirits by Juneau Projects. The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick, 11am to 5pm. Animal Spirits is a new book and exhibition, written and designed by Juneau Projects. The book tells the story of a group of survivors who, following a global technological disaster, have founded an arts and craft community within the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Free admission.

Tuesday 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.

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.



Alnwick Ramblers. Elsdon Circular. Meet beside the pedestrian bridge off B6341. All walks start at 10am unless otherwise stated, often finishing with optional lunch in café/pub. If weather is inclement, check with leader Janice Clarke on 0191 236 8850.


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 adults £12.10, concs £10.45, children £4.40, family £29.70.

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

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

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, concs £8.30, children £5.50, family £23.90.

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

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, concs £8.50, children £5.50 (under five’s free), family £25. 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, concs £6, children £3, family £16.

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, child £5.10, family £25.50.

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

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, concs £4.30, children £2.90, family £12.50.

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, concs £3.20, family £10, under-five’s free.

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

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, concs £2.70, family £8, under-five’s 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, concs £3.50, children £2, family £10, under-five’s free.

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

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. See website for information including 2016 open times and diary of events online 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: children £2.50, concs or groups £1.50.

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, child £6.30, family £31.50.

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

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.