What’s on in north Northumberland - October 22 - October 29

3 Boxes: An instrumental guitar trio who play Hepscott Parish Hall, Morpeth this Sunday. Further details below.
3 Boxes: An instrumental guitar trio who play Hepscott Parish Hall, Morpeth this Sunday. 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.



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 382325.


Waiting For Godot. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Samuel Beckett’s 60-year-old masterpiece Waiting for Godot, a ground-breaking, anarchic meditation on the meaning of life and death. Tickets: premier £13, standard £12, child/student £10.

Thursday, October 29

National Theatre: Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch (encore broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Tickets: £16.75, £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).



Jim Davidson. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Jim Davidson OBE takes to the road with his brand new show Charlton Nil. Tickets: Stalls £23 and £20.50, over 60s concs £21.50 and £19, Circle £25, Box (2 people) £61.50. Age Guidance: strictly 16+.



Gemma Bovery. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster, passionate about Gustave Flaubert, who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behaviour also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Ricki and The Flash. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Three-time Academy Award winner 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 and under). Certificate (12A).

Tomorrow till Thursday

Hotel Transylvania 2. The Maltings, Berwick, 1pm. The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under), Baby free (two and under), MEERKAT MOVIES 2-for-1 (Tuesday and Wednesday only). Certificate (PG).


Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. From the producers of the smash hit “Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music”. You may have seen it before, but never like this. More audience interaction than ever. More outrageous dressing-up than ever. The world-famous sing-a-long-a goody bag brimming with surprises. Magic moments that are truly magical. Crazy lyrics on-screen so you can howl to your heart’s content. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50. Certificate (12).

Tomorrow and Saturday

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Strange Magic. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Animated fairy tale musical in which an elf must acquire a magic love potion from the Sugar Plum Fairy, who is being held captive by the Bog King in the dark forest. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (U).

Tuesday and Thursday

Everest. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A climbing exhibition up Mount Everest is plunged into danger following a severe snow storm. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Inside Out. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. When Riley’s father takes a new job in San Francisco, Riley is uprooted from her life in the Midwest. Governed by her emotions, which exist in Headquarters in the control centre of her brain, chaos ensues as the different emotions all offer different advice on how to navigate the new city. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (U).


Irrational Man. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under), MEERKAT MOVIES 2-for-1 (Tuesday and Wednesday only). Certificate (12A).


Legend. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The story of how Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie grew up to become two of the most notorious gangsters in history. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (18).

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. Call 01668 216437.

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.


3 Boxes. Hepscott Parish Hall, Hepscott Village, Morpeth. 7.30pm. Three exceptional, world travelled musicians join forces for a night of border crossing, instrumental guitar music, encompassing folk, blues, swing, ballads and beyond. Tickets: £10 (includes buffet). Bookings on 01670 514031 or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk


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

Friday, October 30

Coquetdale Chamber Choir. Concert in Thropton Music Centre, 8pm. The programme, ‘Lullabies, Madrigals and Songs of Love’ will include Elizabethan madrigals, pieces by Elgar and Finzi, popular folk songs, and songs by Gershwin and Lennon and McCartney. Admission at the door is £7.



“Chin Leaving, Story of a Nomadic People”. Free talk by Harry Hall. Gallery 45, Felton.

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.

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.


Remembrance 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).


Coffee Morning and Book Exchange. Shilbottle Community Hall, 10.30am. Come along for a drink, a biscuit and a chat.


Thumbelina. Shilbottle Community Hall. Return of Highlights with a touring puppet company. Suitable for children aged three and over. A 40-minute performance. Adults £6.50, child £3.50, family £18 (two adults and two children). Tickets from Gill Bray on 01665 575196.


Gallery 45. Autumn Colours-watercolours with Jane Murray, 10.30am to 1.30pm. £25. 45 Main Street, Felton.


Spooky half term Halloween Fun at Belsay Hall. This Halloween half-term visit Belsay for frightening fun with have-a-go creepy crafts and activities. Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure. Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of children’s tales as chilling storytellers delve into the fables of the Brothers Grimm and reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairy tales you’ve grown to love. Show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten the fearless staff. Free with normal admission (adults £8.30, child £5)

Monday to Friday October 30

Witch hunt trail. Cragside. There have been reported sightings of witchy goings-on around Nelly’s Moss. We need brave witch hunters to track down Nellie the witch and her coven in the Labyrinth. 50p per trail guide. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside for more information.


Lunch or Tea. St Ebba’s Church, Beadnell, 11.30am to 3.30pm. Soup lunch, or cream tea (or both). Fairtrade stall, cakes, books. In aid of Christian Aid.


Meeting of the Alnwick Wildlife Group. St Micheal’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick. A meeting of the Alnwick Wildlife Group when Tim Dean will give a presentation on the “Northumbria Bird Atlas”, which was published this year. Followed by the usual free refreshments and a time to chat.


Victorian Baking. Cragside, 1pm to 3pm. Imagine visiting Cragside to be greeted by the smell of fresh baking as you step through the door. Our volunteer cooks in costume will recreate Victorian recipes on the recently restored range in our magnificent kitchen. (Subject to volunteer availability).


Today and tomorrow

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


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.