What’s on in north Northumberland - November 23 - November 30

The internationally acclaimed Schubert Ensemble will be performing an enticing programme of chamber music at Alnwick Music Society's latest concert on Tuesday. More details below.
The internationally acclaimed Schubert Ensemble will be performing an enticing programme of chamber music at Alnwick Music Society's latest concert on Tuesday. 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.


Tonight (Thursday)

NT Live: Follies (Encore Broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5, teacher free (min. 10 students), available on 01289 330999 or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


Berwick Broadcasting Corporation: Murder and Mayhem. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. The Berwick Broadcasting Corporation delves into the murky underworld of the gumshoe, plus all your usual favourites from years gone by in Murder and Mayhem. Tickets: £5.


Oscar Wilde Season LIVE: A Woman of No Importance (Encore Broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Olivier award-winner Eve Best and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid star in this new, classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5, teacher free (min. 10 students).



Breathe. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm and 7.30pm. The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish. When Robin is struck down with polio, aged 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only months to live. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (12A). Call 01665 510785 for tickets.

Tomorrow and November 30

The Mountain Between Us. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote, snow-covered mountain. Tickets: £8.50, concs £7, child £5 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Blade Runner 2049. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. Tickets: £8.50, concs £7, child £5. Certificate (15).


In A New Light: Developments in Polish Cinema followed by a screening of Double Life of Veronique. The Maltings, Berwick, 1.30pm. In her lecture, Malgorzata Bugaj will briefly discuss Kieslowski’s early work in the context of post-war communist Poland. Malgorzata will then move to a broader examination of the director’s French productions, particularly his acclaimed Three Colours trilogy. Tickets: £12. Certificate (15).



Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm to 11pm. Guest artists Johnny Duncan and Malcolm Ross. Members £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet.


Dana and Susan Robinson. The Queen’s Head, Rothbury, 8pm. Dana and Susan bring Celtic, country blues, Cajun, old-time mountain music and traditional folk. Tickets: £10 on 01669 620470.


52 Skidoo: The Joint is Jumpin’. Middleton Village Hall, Morpeth, 7.30pm. A three-piece Harlem Swing band that perform the hit show The Joint is Jumpin’, set in 1920’s Harlem. It consists of live music from the era, carefully woven into a story that encompasses engaging characters, comedy, dance and poetry. Tickets: £8. Book by calling 01670 772600 or see the website www.highlightsnorth.co.uk


Talisk. Etal Village Hall, 7.30pm. Talisk is one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene and creates a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned the group multiple award wins. Tickets: £12. Please book in advance by calling Helen or Steve on 01890 820566 or email steve.w.taylor@btinternet.com


A Celebration of Neil Diamond. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The production promises an unforgettable night out with classic Diamond hits, suitable for everyone. With this show, the stage is set to bring on another Hot ‘August’ Night, even if it is November. Tickets: premier £19.50, standard £18.50.


Blue Edge. Ship Inn, Low Newton, 4pm to 7pm.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more details.


Folk Session. The John Bull pub, Alnwick, 8pm. Featuring Northumbrian pipes, fiddle and more.

Monday and Tuesday

Nancy’s Dancers: Christmas Belles 2017. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Local dance teacher Nancy Steele and her students present a holiday showcase featuring traditional and modern dances, set to cracking Christmas songs. Tickets: £10, concs £8.


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. Entry is free.


Schubert Ensemble. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The programme features Beethoven’s Piano Trio, op. 70/1 Ghost, Charlotte Bray’s Zustande for Piano Quartet (2017), and Brahms’ Piano Quartet no. 1, op.25. Tickets: standard £16, conc £15, child/student free.


Every Wednesday

Alnwick Walking for Health. Meet at Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, 10am. Free. Wear suitable footwear. For details call 01670 629327.

Every Friday

Elderberries Walking Group. The Alnwick Garden, 10am to noon. Meet at the main garden courtyard entrance gate. An hour’s stroll followed by coffee.



Berwick Art Group. United Reformed Church Hall, 2pm to 4pm. A workshop by Roderick Henriques on oil painting. Please bring your oil painting equipment and small canvas or board. Non-members are welcome for a fee of £4.

Today and Saturday

Frank ‘n’ Knight Ghost Tours. Guildhall, Berwick, 7pm. Cost: £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s.

Today and November 30

Thursday Singers. The Maltings, Berwick, 10.30am. All welcome, from confident singers who read music to those who may be unsure of their voice. No audition necessary.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. All welcome. Visit www.berwickartschoir.co.uk

Every Thursday

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

Every Thursday

Duplicate Bridge. Warkworth First School, 6.15pm. Details on 01665 714963.

Every Thursday

Dancing. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, Berwick, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Ballroom and Latin. £2.50. Call 01289 307953.


A Little Norham Christmas. Norham Village Hall, 6pm to 9pm. A whole new festive event coming to the village hall, promising a lovely evening, with a little bit of Christmas shopping and a chance to meet friends with a glass of fizz, all at the same time. Tickets: £5.

Every Friday and Monday

Paxton House Art Workshops. Hayloft Gallery, 11am to 4.30pm. £15.


Belford Christmas Market. Ferguson Lane, Nursery Lane, just off the High Street, 10am-1pm. The market has a large variety of stalls selling an array of goods.


Manor Walks’ Christmas Lights Switch-on. Cramlington, 10am to 4pm. The event will feature a wide variety of festive family fun for all ages, including live music from brass and steel bands, mesmerising light-up stilt walkers, free face-painting, dance performances and more. Free entry.


Christmas Fair and Open Studios. Gallery 45, Felton, 11am to 4pm.


Drop-in Art Workshop. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, 11am to 4pm. Join artist Gill Walton for a day of free drop-in art activity as part of Berwick Visual Art’s Celebration of Drawing, inspired by works in the exhibition.


Bamburgh Christmas Lights Switch-on. Commencing with a service at St Aidan’s Church at 5.30pm, followed by the official switch on at 6.15pm.


Rothbury Christmas Lights Switch-on. A parade of lanterns will leave the Haugh car park at 5.30pm and will proceed over the bridge to assemble outside the Newcastle House/Armstrong Cross. Entertainment and carol singing will then precede the switch-on, with accompanying fireworks at 6pm.


Coffee Morning and Christmas Fair. Radcliffe Club, Amble, 10am to 1pm. Hosted by Amble East End Juniors and Amble East End Walking Football Club. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle, tombola, bottle tombola and much more.


St Andrew’s Wallace Green Church Christmas Fair. Berwick, 10am to noon. Tea/coffee and cream scones will be served and there will be various stalls, including bric-a-brac, cake, charity cards, competitions, and books.


St Mary’s Church Lesbury Christmas Fair. 10am to noon. £1.50 entry includes coffee and mince pies. Children go free.


Tweed Music Centre. The Maltings, Berwick, 10am. Orchestra 10am to 11am. No experience necessary. Guitar and Ukulele Group, 11.15am to 12.15pm. All standards welcome.

Every Saturday

Old time and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Berwick, 8pm to 11pm. Admission: £3, includes refreshments.


Ford Christmas Market. Ford Village, 11am to 3.30pm. More than 50 crafters and food producers, hog roast and artisan street food.

Every Sunday

Make and Do. Seaton Delaval Hall, 11am to 1pm. Get crafty every Sunday with a free activity where you can make all sorts of unique things.


Talk at Barter Books: Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. Alnwick Station, 7.30pm. Join an illustrated talk by Sirkka-Liisa on both Bykers, old and new, as well as clips from the films. Book-signing, with wine and nibbles, available afterwards. Entrance: £5. Book by calling 01665 604888.

Every Monday

Contract Bridge. Lesbury Village Hall, 6.30pm. Further details on 01665 575289.

Every Wednesday

Painting and Drawing Workshop. With Jenny Blayney at her studio, 10am to 12.30pm. Call 07909 910107 for details.

Every Wednesday

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

Every Wednesday

Community Ukuleles. Shilbottle Community Hall, 7pm.

Every Wednesday

Contract Bridge. Alnwick Hospital, 6.30pm. Details on 01665 603197.

Until January 7

Drawn from Life: People on Paper. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, 11am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. A century of British art, with drawings by David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley and LS Lowry.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: Call 0300 030 3311. Visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk for operating dates.

Alnwick Castle. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 29.

Alnwick Garden: Weekdays 10am to 4pm, weekends 10am to 6pm. Adult £7.70, concs £5.83, child £4.40. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for discounts.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Adult £4, concs £3, child £1, under fives free. See www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Bamburgh Castle: Open weekends only, 11am to 4.30pm. Adult £10.85, child £5, under fives free. Visit www.bamburghcastle.com

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, 9am to 7pm. See www.barterbooks.co.uk

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission free. See www.belfordhiddenhistory.co.uk

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: Open weekends only, 10am to 4pm. Adult £9.30, concs £8.40, child £5.60.

Berwick Barracks. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 29.

Chillingham Castle. Closed until Easter. See www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: Closed for winter. See www.chillinghamwildcattle.com

Cragside: Grounds open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. The house is closed for winter. Adult £5.60, child £3, family £14. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle: Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Adult £5, concs £4.50, child £3.

Edlingham Castle: Open during daylight hours. Admission free.

Etal Castle. Closed for winter. Re-opens March 30.

Eyemouth Museum: Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. See www.eyemouthmuseum.co.uk

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Closed for winter. Re-opens February 20.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Closed for winter Re-opens February 20.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Closed for winter. Re-opens February 20.

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

Howick Hall Gardens: Closed for winter. Re-opens in February. See www.howickhallgardens.com

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: Closed for winter. Re-opens February 20.

Lindisfarne Castle: Closed for restoration. Gertrude Jekyll Garden, lime kilns and shop open daily.

Lindisfarne Centre: Adult £4, concs £3.50, child £2, free under fives. See www.lindisfarne-centre.com

Lindisfarne Priory: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Adult £6.50, concs £5.90, child £3.90.

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Closed for winter.

Preston Tower, Chathill: Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £2, child 50p, concs £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Free entry.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: Open weekends, castle only, 10am to 4pm. Adult £6.20, concs £5.60, child £3.70.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. Museum open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.