What’s on in north Northumberland - October 15 - October 22

4Square, an alternative folk-fusion group play Lesbury Village Hall on Saturday night (further details below).
4Square, an alternative folk-fusion group play Lesbury Village Hall on Saturday night (further 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.



Berwick Operatic Society: Hi-de-Hi! The Maltings, 7.30pm. It’s the start of a new season and founder Joe Maplin announces that he is setting up a camp in the Bahamas and needs female Yellowcoats to go and work there. The annual “Miss Yellowcoat” competition will decide who. Imagine the rivalry! Tickets: £10.


National Theatre Live: Hamlet. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner 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.


Hairy Maclary’s Cat Tales. Alnwick Playhouse, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. A brand new show featuring your favourite characters, including Hairy’s feline friends. Tickets: premier £9.50, standard £8.50.


RSC Onscreen: Henry V. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Henry V will be broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday, October 21, the same week as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Tickets: premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10.

Thursday, October 22

Rabbit Theatre – Dracula. St Cuthbert’s Church, Norham, Berwick. 7pm. Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic pot-boiler, masterfully performed by David Mynne. Tickets: £7.50/ £4 child/ £18 family. Bookings: 01289 382 325



No Escape. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. As an American family settle into their new overseas life, they soon find themselves caught in the middle of a coup where being a foreigner immediately marks you for execution. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


The Man from UNCLE. Seahouses Hub, 7pm. In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Tickets: adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family (4) £19. Certificate (12A). Tickets available on 01665 721868 or from Cubby’s on Main Street, Seahouses.


Film night. Shilbottle Community Hall. Doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start. Look for notices at the Hall for details of the film being shown. Free entrance. Donations to hall funds welcome. Refreshments.


Film afternoon. Shilbottle Community Hall. Doors open 1.45pm for 2pm start. See Hall for details of the film being shown. Free entrance. Donations to hall funds welcome. Refreshments.


Strange Magic. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Strange Magic is a new animated film, a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Tickets: adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family (4) £19. Certificate (U). Tickets available on 01665 721868 or from Cubby’s on Main Street, Seahouses.


Irrational Man. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy. After committing an existential act, a tormented philosophy professor finds the will to live again. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Ricki and The Flash. The Maltings, Berwick, 1pm. Three-time Academy Awardwinner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist - for Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, Child £4.75 (16 & under), Baby FREE (2 & under). Certificate (12A).


Berwick Film Society: Human Capital (Il capitale umano). The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery from one of Italy’s most dynamic directors, Paolo Virzì. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, BFS Passholders free. Certificate (15).


ASPECT film series > Letters to Max. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. When filmmaker Eric Baudelaire posted a letter to Maxim Gvinjia, Abkhazia’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, he expected it to be returned ‘destination unknown’. To his surprise, he received a phone call from Max. So begins a conversation between them chronicling the contested state of Abkhazia. Tickets: £5 / £3 concession, Child £3 (16 & under). Certificate (12A).

Live Music


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. With guests Brian Gear and Martin Henderson. Musicians and listeners welcome. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Members £5, non-members £6.50. Annual membership £8. 01668 216437.


3 Boxes. Wingates Village Hall, 7.30pm. Three exceptional, world travelled musicians have swapped the main stages of international cities for an intimate series of village hall concerts and will be stringing their way to four village halls in north Northumberland for a must-see night of border crossing, instrumental guitar music. www.highlightsnorth.co.uk for more information.


4Square. Lesbury Village Hall, 7.30pm. Alternative folk-fusion with clog dancing from Manchester’s ferocious folk foursome. Tickets £8. Phone 07719 243170, or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk


Met Opera: Otello - Verdi. Alnwick Playhouse, 5.55pm. This performance is part of our stunning Met Opera 2015-16 season, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, conc £19, child/student £10, friends £18.


Harvest Supper Night at Newton on the Moor Village Hall. Feat. The Border Tarts Singing Group and Fiddelzonely the Hall Fiddle Band. 7.30pm. £6 inc supper. All proceeds in aid of Village Hall fund. To book at table, call 01665 575232 or pay at door.

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, 8pm to 11.30pm. 01670 856070. Admission £4.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more information.



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


Aln Valley Railway. A talk entitled “The coal staithes at Bates Staithes, Blyth” will be given at Barter Books in Alnwick by David Fraser. Starts 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm.

Today until October 31

Design Room Gallery. Exhibition featuring the work of Ken Spencer and Joanne Wishart. Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, (other times by appointment). The Old Town Hall Shop, Market Place, Alnwick.


Chance to dance every Thursday. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, Berwick, 7pm until 9.30pm, £2.50 per person. A wide variety of ballroom and Latin American dances, with new ones being regularly taught. 01289 307953.


Warkworth and District Flower Club. Demonstration by Irene Parker, “Colour & Texture”. 7.30pm, Memorial Hall.

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.


‘Meet the Artist’. Gallery 45, 45 Main Street, Felton. Artists will be on hand to answer questions and shed more light on their work. Coffee and cake will be served between 2pm and 4pm. The exhibition runs until November 5.

Saturday & Sunday

Northumberland Vintage Tractor Rally. Brunton Airfield. Gates open from 10am both days. Entry fee per person: Saturday £4, Sunday £6, kids up to age 12 go free.


Aln & Breamish Local History Society. Chris Davies speaks on “WW 2 Air Crashes in the Cheviot Hills”. Whittingham Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served. Non-members are most welcome £3. For information, telephone Helen Dinsdale at 01665 574319.

Friday to Sunday

Berwick Literary Festival. For a comprehensive list of events and ticket prices go to www.berwickliteraryfestival.com/events.html

Thursday, October 22

“Chin Leaving, story of a nomadic people”. Free talk by Harry Hall. Gallery 45, Felton.

Saturday, October 24

Rememberance Day Poppy Knit Along. Gallery 45, Felton. Come and knit your own poppy in the company of others and help raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm. Cost is £10 for adults and £5 for children (suitable for Year 3 and above who must be accompanied throughout by an adult).


Today until October 23

The Great British Walk. Cragside. The National Trust once again brings you the Great British Walk. During the festival, explore Cragside and discover more than 1,000 acres of woodland, lakes and beautiful gardens. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside


Alnwick Ramblers. Rothbury­ Simonside Park Beggars Rigg cp. Nine miles. 10.30am start.


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.