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

Alnwick Playhouse brings you one of Shakespeare's much loved comedies brought to life by the talented pupils from the Duchess's Community High School. (See below for more details.)
Alnwick Playhouse brings you one of Shakespeare's much loved comedies brought to life by the talented pupils from the Duchess's Community High School. (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.


Tonight till Saturday

A Midsummers Night’s Dream. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. “The course of true love never did run smoothly,” William Shakespeare. Join us for one of Shakespeare’s much loved comedies, brought to life by the talented pupils from the Duchess’s Community High School. Tickets: standard £8, child/student £6.


The Barber of Seville. Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7.15pm. An opulent, period production of Rossini’s vivacious comedy. Rosina is rich, beautiful and promised to her elderly guardian Doctor Bartolo. Can Count Almaviva win her heart with the help of the cunning barber Figaro? Tickets £18.


The Bogus Woman by Kay Adshead. The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. An African woman arrives in a strange country fleeing for her life, seeking safety and asylum. Despite having committed no crime she is indefinitely confined, interrogated, humiliated and abused. She witnesses the cruelty of the authorities and their casual disregard for an individual’s human rights. This strange country is England. Tickets: £12.50 (£10 Disability concs, £10 Student concs, £10 Unemployed concs, £11 Over 60s concs). Age guidance 16+.

Tomorrow and Saturday

Kiss Me, Kate. Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7.15pm. Another Op’nin, Another Show’ – one of Broadway’s greatest treasures, Kiss Me, Kate breezes into Theatre Royal bringing with it some of Broadway’s greatest musical theatre gems including So in Love, Wunderbar and Too Darn Hot. Tickets from £18.


National Theatre Live: Hamlet. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, conc £14.50, child/student £10. Running Time: 240 mins approx.

Tuesday till Thursday

The Nutcracker. Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7.30pm (Tues and Weds), 2pm and 7.30pm (Thursday, November 12). 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.


Pygmalion. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Pygmalion is a comedy about a Henry Higgins, a phonetics expert who, as a kind of social experiment, attempts to make a lady out of uneducated flower girl, Eliza Doolittle. Pygmalion probes important questions about social class, human behavior, and relations between the sexes that are relevant to modern day society. Tickets: premier £13, standard £12, conc £10.

Thursday, November 12

Maltings Youth Theatre: The Three Musketeers. The Maltings, Berwick. The Maltings Youth Theatre (Hairspray 2014, Phantom of the Opera 2013) bring Dumas’ swashbuckling adventure to the stage in a lively and 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’ wife Anne and expose her. Tickets: £12 (£10 concs), Family £40.

Thursday, November 12

ROH 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, conc £10.


Tomorrow and Saturday

Miss You Already. The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm (both days). Milly and Jess have been best friends forever. They’ve shared everything since they were kids - secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, boyfriends... now they are trying to be grown-ups. Their friendship is as rock solid as ever. That is until Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer. Tickets: £7.75/£6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 & under), baby FREE (2 & under).


The Martian. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. After a severe storm, astronaut Mark is missing, presumed dead on a manned mission to Mars. Stranded on the planet with only meagre supplies it will take everything Mark has to survive and find a way to signal back to earth that he is still alive. Certificate (12A). Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75.

Live Music


Isla Grant. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Isla Grant will be returning to The Maltings having done more than 45 shows in New Zealand and Australia. The shows are selling out in those territories. Isla also had a sell-out tour in Canada last June. Tickets: Stalls £18.50 and £16, disability, student and unemployed concs £10, over 60s concs £17 and £14.50, circle £20, box (two people) £48.

First Saturday of each month

Dances: Monthly dances are now being held at St Michael and St Paul’s Church Hall, Alnwick, on the first Saturday of each month. Music by Dave Verdon, from 8pm to 11.30pm. Call 01670 856070. Admission £4.


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


Warkworth Ceilidh Nights. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. No Bar - Bring your own drinks and glasses.

Tickets £5.


Buskers Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. An acoustic session of folk tunes, folk songs, acoustic classics and modern songs played in a buskers style. It is a free night and there are nibbles provided by the pub during a short break. We welcome all styles and abilities.



Elderberries Drop In. The Alnwick Garden, 12pm-3pm. Come and join in with the Elderberries Drop In and enjoy arts & crafts, gardening activity, xbox, games and loads more. Tea & Coffee £1. Craft Activity £1. Gardening Activity £1. Booking essential. Tel: 01665 511857.


Rothbury accordion and fiddle club AGM. Neil Hardie Band at the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm prompt. Members’ admission £3, non members’ £5, musicians and visitors welcome. Contact 01668 281307.

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 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 form the collection of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) which holds one of the most important collections of drawings in the North-East. Free admission.


The Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives. Autumn Lecture in the Parish Centre, Berwick. 7pm. The evening will consist of a series of short talks about the First World War based on research done by volunteers on the Berwick Record Office First World War Project. The topics covered will include Belgian Refugees in the area; Gallipoli and Berwick War Memorial. All are welcome to attend. Free admission.

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.


St. James’s Autumn Coffee Morning. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am. Stalls will include the ever popular homemade cakes, bric-a-brac, books, toys, raffle, tombola etc. Phoenix greeting cards will also be on sale. Admission including a cup of coffee and biscuits is £1.


A talk by Ailish Henderson. “A Textile Learning Curve - A Journey through my BA in Textiles” Alnwick Embroiderers’ Guild, St Michael’s Church Hall at 2pm. Visitors welcome (£4 admission). Please note: This is a change to the published programme.


Charity Fireworks display. Alnwick Rugby Club. The Alnwick Round Table Event kicks off from 6.30pm, with the main display starting at 7.30pm. The event will also include a licensed bar.


The Swarland Craft Group Christmas Fayre. Swarland Village Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Entry is £1 for entry and refreshments. Accompanied children are free.


Quilted Christmas Card holder/table runner workshop with Carole Parker. Gallery 45, Felton, 10.30am-3.30pm. £20.


Sewing @ the B. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. Only £25 for full tuition, most materials supplied to make Christmas gifts/ decorations but you will need some materials. Bring your sewing machine and check website for full details of what to bring.Full details on our website. Ring 01665 605847 or email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk to book a place. £10 non returnable deposit.


Ponteland Village WI. St Mary’s Church Hall, 7.30pm. Meeting entitled “WW1, WI Centenary & Me”; an evening celebrating and remembering 100 years of the Women’s Institute! New members and visitors are welcome for a girly night with a difference (visitors £3 incl cuppa and homemade treat).

Thursday, November 12

Aln Valley Railway. “31 years of Metro”. This evening we welcome Phil Kirkland of Nexus to give us a talk on the history of the Newcastle Metro and to give us 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 meeting costs. Meetings are open to all. Refreshments will be available from about 7pm. Contact:


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.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum: Off the A1 at North Charlton: 01665 579443. Open Fridays, 10am to 5pm. £4.

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.