What’s on in north Northumberland - November 26 - December 3

Spend an evening listening to folk musician Bob Fox at The Queens Head in Rothbury. More details below.
Spend an evening listening to folk musician Bob Fox at The Queens Head in Rothbury. 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. If you have an entry email the address above.


Today until January 17

Dick Whittington. Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Joining the panto legends Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward will be a quadruple of sensational North East talent – Charlie Hardwick (Emmerdale’s Val Pollard) as Spirit of the Tyne, Pete Peverley (The Bobby Thompson Story, RSC) as Dick’s Cat, legendary panto villain Steve Arnott as dastardly King Rat, and Jarrow lassie and West End star Alice Stokoe as Alice Fitzfenwick. Tickets from £12. See www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/dick-whittington-1516


A Winter’s Tale. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year. The season begins with The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare’s timeless tragi-comedy of obsession and redemption is re-imagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences. Running time: 3 hours 30 mins (approx.) Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.


Be Brave and Leave For The Unknown. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. RedCape Theatre makes exhilarating and exciting shows inspired by the true stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown looks at bravery both epic and domestic, large and small. In war zones and waiting roooms, on roadsides and railway platforms, against all the odds, we discover a world bursting with bravery. RedCape’s debut show, The Idiot Colony, won a Scotsman Fringe First and Total Theatre Award in 2008. Since then, the company has been making theatre across the UK. gathering a following from audiences, as well as critical acclaim. Tickets: premier £11, standard £10, child/student £7.50.


National Theatre: Of Mice and Men (encore broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick. 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 (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the highly-anticipated screenings of this ‘riveting, powerful production’ (Independent). This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Tickets: £16.75, £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (minimum 10 students).


The Ugly Duckling. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. An enchanting re-working of Hans Christian Andersen’s story by acclaimed children’s writer Neil Duffield – packed with splendid songs, dance and visual treats – this is a funny and heart-warming story for all the family. Tickets: standard £10, concs £9, child/student £6.50.



Spectre. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. While M is fighting a political war to keep the service alive, Bond is back to uncover the dark secrets of sinister organisation SPECTRE. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A). Spectre is also showing at Seahouses Hub on Saturday, November 28 at 6pm and The Maltings, Berwick, from November 26 to December 3. Times vary, check The Maltings website.


Macbeth. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. 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. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).

Live Music


Rothbury Roots Presents: Bob Fox. The Queens Head, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm. Starts 8pm. Bob’s long history in North East folk music has seen him work with Tom McConville, Benny Graham and with Jez Lowe in the fantastic Pitmen Poets project. We’re delighted to bring this War Horse veteran to Rothbury Roots for you. Admission £10. Tickets From The Queens Head, Rothbury. Telephone: 01669 620470.


The Silver Bells Christmas Show, starring Leah Bell. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Back by popular demand, Leah Bell is appearing in her new production of The Silver Bells Christmas Show. This performance combines the music of Christmas present with the delightful spirit of Christmas past. Sparkling entertainment, wonderful costumes, and a spell-binding finale, complete with snowfall, will make this an unforgettable experience. Tickets: premier £17.50, standard £16.50, concs £15.50.


Berwick Arts Choir. The Guildhall, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2.30pm. Now that’s what I Call Choral Music! An informal concert, including works by Handel, Mozart, Brahms and Faure, plus classical and popular songs. Admission £5, including tea and cakes. Accompanied children free.


Rock Festival Choir Advent Concert. St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 3pm. The Advent Concert is a chance to start your Christmas season with an afternoon of peace and tranquillity, listening to beautiful, atmospheric music, performed by the Rock Festival Choir. Tickets £8, concs £7. Tickets are available on the door. See www.rockfestivalchoir.org for more details.



Warkworth Flower Club. Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. A Christmas demonstration by Mr Derek Amrstrong, a national demonstrator. Entitled The Sparkle of Christmas. Entry £7, to include refreshments.


Northstar Christmas Fair. The Maltings, Berwick, 11am to 2pm. Stalls, a raffle, performances by Way Up North and The Shindiggers, and refreshments. Also, don’t miss the fund-raising night on Friday, November 27, at 7.30pm. Join Northstar for an evening of live music, disco, buffet and tombola. Kindly hosted by The Brewer’s Arms, Berwick. £2.50 per ticket.

Today until December 22

Winter Wonderland at Kielder Water and Forest Park. Lovely Kielder Water and Forest Park in rural Northumberland – home to the largest forest in England and supplier of huge Christmas trees throughout the world – is a magical place right through the year, but at Christmas time it is truly enchanting for many different reasons. Prices: Adults £35, children under 12 years £5. See www.kielderwinterwonderland.com for more details.

Today until January 8

Into The Woods. Gallery 45, Felton, 10am to 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 the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Free admission.

Every Thursday

Gateway Drop-In. Shilbottle Community Hall. Every Thursday, from10am to 4pm, come along to a free drop-in to meet friends over refreshments, and maybe play cards, read newspapers, watch TV, or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.

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, upstairs in the bar.


Quiz Night. Eccles Village Hall, 7pm. In aid of Village Hall Funds. Entry £12 per table of four. Teams can be made up in the hall on the night if unable to get a team of four together. Raffle and a light supper. All welcome. Further information please call 01890 840565.


Alnwick Farmers’ Market. By popular request Alnwick Farmers’ Marker returns to its traditional date of the last Friday in the month. For further details contact Philip Angier on 07971 162623, or Dawn Watts on 07783 557116.


Christmas Fair. Westfeld Park, Longhougton, 6pm to 8.30pm. Organised by Longhoughton First School PTA and Pure Island Gifts. In excess of 15 local businesses will be there for you to stock up on wonderful Christmas gifts. There will be a local brass quintet providing Christmas tunes, as well as hot food and drinks, pony and sleigh rides, and activites for the children, including Santa’s lucky dip and a children’s tombola. Mulled wine and mince pies will, of course, be available too. No entry fee, all proceeds raised will be used to the benefit of Longhoughton First School children and, in particular, the need for new staging for the school hall, something all the children use and benefit from.

Tomorrow to December 4

Art In The Garden. Free with entry to The Alnwick Garden. To strengthen the links with local community, The Alnwick Garden extended an invitation to local art groups to use the garden as their inspiration to create their own artwork. Eleven local groups visited the garden for a day over the summer months and each member enjoyed the freedom to explore and set up their easels, much to the pleasure and enjoyment of the visitors, many of whom expressed their desire to return to see the finished works. This exhibition is an exciting and inspirational showcase by some very talented local artists, and is free with entry into The Alnwick Garden.

Every weekend from Nov 28 to Dec 20

Christmas Market. Alnwick Garden, 11am to 5pm. Fill your Christmas stockings with unique and eclectic delights from around the region. Hand-picked by The Alnwick Garden, the market hosts a selection of handmade, artisan and traditional gifts, and offers shoppers the chance to indulge in festive nibbles and live carol singing. Free entry. For more information see www.alnwickgarden.com/events/243/christmas-marketfree-entry


Christmas Fair. Shilbottle Community Hall, noon. The usual stalls, raffle and tombola. Entry £1 adults, 50p children, including a drink and biscuit. Soup and a roll £3.50. Visit Santa’s Grotto.


Bamburgh Christmas Lights switch-on. Meet at St Aidan’s Church at 5.30pm. Lights will be switched on at 6.15pm.


Lesbury Group Second Christmas Exhibition. Lesbury Village Hall, 10am to 1pm. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available. Free entry.


Linda Hardman - Showtime. Alnwick Flower Club, 7.30pm. Alnwick Flower Club’s annual flower demonstration. Linda Hardman promises to entertain us to an evening full of fun and laughter with her fabulous Christmas flower demonstration. Tickets standard £11.


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

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Please note, Alnwick Castle is now closed until March 2016. For further information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Please see online at www.alnwickgarden.com for winter opening hours. 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. Admission £4, £3 concessions, child £1, under-fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily, 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm – please call for winter opening hours. Admission £10.50, child £5, senior £10, family £25.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Daily, 9am to 5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission £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 Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Monday to Friday: Tours 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, £6 concessions, child £3, family £16.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: The house is closed, the gardens/woodlands are only open Friday to Sunday. Closed completely on December 20 for winter, then open again on February 13.

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. Admission £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. Admission £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. Admission £4, £3.50 concessions, child £2, family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £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. Admission £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 (times may vary through the winter). 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 

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