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

X Factor winner Joe McElderry performs at Alnwick Playhouse on November 18. See below for more details.
X Factor winner Joe McElderry performs at Alnwick Playhouse on November 18. See below for more details.

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.



The Nutcracker. Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7.30pm. It’s Christmas Eve in the twinkling drawing room of the Edwards’ family home. Uncle Drosselmeyer’s curious box of performing toys captivates the children and adults alike, but it is the wooden nutcracker doll that enchants young Clara most. A timeless ballet for a modern audience. Tickets from £14.

Tonight until Saturday

Maltings Youth Theatre: The Three Musketeers. The Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. Maltings Youth Theatre bring Alexandre Dumas’s swashbuckling adventure to the stage for a fast-moving, tongue-in-cheek version by Willis Hall. D’Artagnan, a poor, young Gascon gentleman, goes to Paris to join King Louis XIII’s Musketeers, is befriended by three valiant members of that force, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, and shares their adventures in trying to foil the evil plans of Cardinal Richilieu and Milady de Winter to discredit Louis’s wife Anne and expose her. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions), family £40.


Royal Opera House Live: Carmen, Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. Enjoy four short ballets in one evening with this quadruple programme from the Royal Ballet. Tickets: premier £16, standard £15, concessions £10.

Thursday, November 19

National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. The hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to UK cinemas. Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (as seen in 127 Hours and Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (seen in Bridesmaids and Girls) star in this much-anticipated screening of an acclaimed production. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concessions £14.50, child or student £10.


Entrenched. Wingates Village Institute, 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.45pm. A special event presented by the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme, Entrenched is a unique theatrical experience inspired by the secret First World War journals and sketches of Guy Bradley, a major in the Northumberland Fusiliers. For details, contact 01669 621954, louise@roughlees.com or www.highlightsnorth.co.uk Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, £7 for concessions, £5 children and £20 for a family ticket.



Macbeth. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A new version of Shakespeare’s classic play. Ambitious Macbeth plots the murder of the Scottish king in order to seek the throne for himself. Encouraged by a witches’ prophecy and spurred on by his wife, Macbeth will stop at nothing to achieve the greatness he believes he is destined for. Michael Fassbender, Sean Harris and David Thewlis star. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concessions £7, child or student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Pan. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland. Tickets: adult £7, concessions £6.50, child £4 and family £19. Certificate (PG).


Suffragette. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in the quest for equal rights. Starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter. Historical drama. Tickets: adult £7, concessions £6.50, child £4, family £19. Certificate (12A).


Wilson’s Tales on Film. The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. The Wilson’s Tales project will present a selection of four tales captured on film and told in a variety of ways using media by local actors, storytellers and film-makers. An entertaining evening is promised as the project showcases tales now recorded as part of its efforts to build a permanent archive to compliment its live events. The show will include The Monks of Dryburgh, The Faithful Wife, The Vacant Chair and The monomaniac. Tickets: £6.

Live Music


The Billy Joel Songbook. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Following on from his acclaimed New York and Philadelphia Billy Joel original touring band concerts, Elio Pace further celebrates the musical career of the Uptown Girl singer. Tickets: premier £20.50, standard £19.50.


Berwick Operatic Society Christmas Fayre. Guild hall 10am-2pm. Refreshments, handbags and scarves, cake and candy, kids’ face-painting and competitions.


Royal Northern Sinfonia: Milhaud, Francaix, Ibert and Taffenel Wind Quintet. The Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. Returning after their 2014-15 chamber series, members of Royal Northern Sinfonia perform a selection of wind pieces, including Milhaud’s Le Cheminée du Roi Rene, Francaix’s Wind Quintet No 2, Ibert’s Trois Pieces Breves and Taffenel’s Quintet in G minor. Tickets: £12, concessions £10 or £10.50.


Northumberland traditional music session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more information.


Kathryn Tickell and the Side. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a new sound, the Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Tickell’s Northumbrian folk traditions while unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Tickets: premier £19.50, standard £18.50.


Joe McElderry: Evolution Tour. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. X Factor winner Joe McElderry is hitting the road again with a brand new show after the sellout success of his last nationwide tour. The Evolution Tour showcases Joe’s vocal versatility and features new numbers and routines to entertain fans old and new. Tickets: premier £21.50, standard £20.50, VIP £75.


Northumberland traditional music session. The Fleece, Alnwick. Normally at 8pm. Contact 01665 576262 for more information.

Thursday, November 19

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Guest artist Janet Graham and her band will be at the Glendale Hall, Wooler, from 7.30pm until 11pm. Members’ entry is £5, visitors £6.50. This includes a buffet.


Today and every Thursday

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

Today until January 8

Into The Woods. Gallery 45, Felton. 10am-5pm. A group exhibition showing new work by the eight resident artists and designers of Studios at 45.

Today until January 24

Berwick Visual Arts presents: Where is the Line? Drawings from mima’s collection. The Granary Gallery, Berwick. 11am. Where is the Line? brings together a number of works from the collection of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Free admission.


Aln Valley Railway. 31 years of Metro. Phil Kirkland, of Nexus, gives a talk on the history of the Tyne and Wear Metro network and offers an insight into its operations. Meetings are held in the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. We welcome visitors, members and their guests for a small donation towards costs. Meetings are open to all. Refreshments will be available from about 7pm.


Beadnell WI Christmas Shopping event. 6pm-9pm at the WI Hall, Meadow Lane, Beadnell. There will be stalls offering jewellery, handbags, scarves, wallets, Body Shop products, woodturned products, Christmas decorations, painted glass, liqueurs, oils, crafts, quality used clothing, cards, stationery etc. Entrance fee of £1.50 includes either tea or coffee with a mince pie, and a bar will be available. Proceeds go to the rebuild of the Beadnell WI Hall.


Catch a Falling Star! Astrophotography workshop. Ingram Village Hall, 8pm-10pm. Ingram’s dark sky discovery site in the Breamish Valley will host astro-photographer Ian Glendinning revealing how to develop the skills to capture all the beauty on show above, sharing useful tips and techniques. The Valley Cottage Cafe will be serving hot food and drinks before the event. visit, www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/catch-a-falling-star-astrophotography-workshop-tickets-18733431197

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 to 11.30pm upstairs in the bar.


Sing the Musicals with Peter Brown. Shilbottle Community Hall. 11am. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee available. Performance at 3.15pm. Tickets £5.


Swimming in the Shopping Mall. Gallery 45, Felton. Tony Claydon will be using slides and videos to show what is happening on Planet Earth due to climate change. This is a free event, and refreshments will be available for a donation.


Aln and Breamish Local History Society. Whittingham Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. The November meeting of the year 2015-2016. Hear Jane Mann speak about Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum. Refreshments will be served. Non-members are welcome. Entry £3. For information, telephone Helen Dinsdale at 01665 574319.

Thursday, November 19

Beaujolais Nouveau night. The Tankerville Arms, Eglingham. 7.30pm. Four-course French themed menu, a bottle of the Beaujolais per couple and a talk by a wine merchant for £29 per person.

Thursday, November 19

Afternoon bingo. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.30pm. £1 per person. Enjoy tea and cakes with your games. £2.40 for six games.



Alnwick Ramblers. Venue: Ross Castle Meet Hepburn woods car park. OS Ref: NU071248 Exp 340. Leader: Derek Gander. Tel: 01670 787443.


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

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Daily, 10am to 5.30pm, last entry 4.15pm. State rooms, 10.30am to 4.30pm, last entry 4pm. Entry at the gate: £14.75, £12 concessions, child (five to 16 years) £7.60, child (up to four years) free, family £39.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Daily 10am to 6pm. Entry at the gate: £12.10, £10.45 concessions, child (five to 16 years) £4.40, child (up to four years) free, family £29.70.

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily, 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. £10.50, child £5, senior £10, family £25.

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Daily, 10am to 6pm. £9.20, £8.30 concessions, child £5.50, family £23.90.

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

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open Sunday to Friday, noon to 5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Closed Saturday. £9.50, £8.50 concessions, child (five to 15 years) £5.50, under-fives free, family £23.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Monday to Friday: Tours 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. £8, £6 concessions, child £3, family £16.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: House: Today, tomorrow, and Tuesday to Thursday, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Garden/woodland: Today to Sunday, and Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 7pm. Cragside closed Monday. Gift aid admission – gardens/woodland: £10.70, child £5.40, family £25.50. Whole property: £16.50, child £8.30, family £41.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concessions, child £2.90, family £12.70.

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

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

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Daily, 10am to 5pm. £3.80, £3.20 concessions, family £10, under-fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Daily, 10am to 4pm, first train 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry: £7.70, over-60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Daily, 11am to 5pm. £3, £2.70 concessions, family £8, 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. £4, £3.50 concessions, child £2, family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid: £6.20, £5.60 concessions, child £3.70, family £16.10.

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

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

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

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home, near Cambo: Today to Monday, and Wednesday to Thursday, noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Daily, 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Daily, 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, child £6.30, family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concessions, child £3.60, family £15.60. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, 11am to 4pm. £4, £3.60 concessions, child £2.40, family £10.40.

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