What’s on in north Northumberland - October 29 - November 5

With Halloween close by, the Damp Knights aim to battle the spooks and scares of this time of year at The Maltings, Berwick. See below for further details.
With Halloween close by, the Damp Knights aim to battle the spooks and scares of this time of year at The Maltings, Berwick. See below for further 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.



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 (minimum 10 students).

Wednesday to Saturday, November 7

A Midsummers Night’s Dream. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. 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.


Tomorrow and Saturday

Damp Knight Improv: Knightmare on Elk Street. The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Two performances, but with audience interaction and no set script, the two shows will be completely different. With Halloween close by, the Knights aim to battle the spooks and scares of this time of year with their spontaneous, hilarious, and most importantly, improvised comedy that had the audience howling with laughter at their previous sold out show. Tickets £5. Age guidance 16 and over.

Spoken Word


An Evening with Val McDermid. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. In a unique, one-off event, especially for The Maltings, award-winning crime writer Val McDermid invites you to an evening of chat, interspersed with snippets of her latest crime novel. Question and answer session to follow. Tickets: £12. Age guidance 16 and over.



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).


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, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Tomorrow and Tuesday

A Walk in the Woods. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm (7.30pm Tues). Famous travel writer Bill Bryson challenges himself to hike the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Macbeth. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family of four £19. Certificate (15).


The Intern. Alnwick Playhouse, 1pm. Bored of retirement and looking to get back in the game, 70-year-old widower Ben takes an internship at a high-end online fashion site, working as senior intern to founder Jules Ostin. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Live Music


Coquetdale Chamber Choir. Concert in Thropton Music Centre, 8pm. The programme of ‘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.


Open Mic Night. The Tanners Arms, Alnwick, 8.30pm.


Met Opera: Tannhäuser - Wagner. Alnwick Playhouse, 4pm. James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Running time: 4 hours 20 mins. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, concs £19, child/student £10, friends £18.


Halloween Fund-raiser. Alnwick Working Men’s Club, 7pm. Live music from ‘Before the Mast’, ‘Caught in the Act’ and ‘NE66’. Fund-raiser for Barndale House School. In memory of Aidan Jackowiak Smith. Tickets £6, available from Newcastle Building Society, Alnwick.


The Fugitives. The Cheviot Centre, Padgepoot Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. Vancouver-based indie folk collective The Fugitives are touring northern counties with their brand of folk-based music combining influences of bluegrass, jazz, slam folk and spoken word cabaret. Tickets: £8, £7 concs. Bookings: 01668 282406 or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

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. Blue Bell, Belford. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for further details.

Thursday, November 5

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.


Today until Saturday

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

Today and tomorrow

Witch hunt trail. Cragside, noon to 3pm. 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.

Today and tomorrow

Spooky Stables workshop. Cragside, 11am to 3pm. Build a spooky house from card and decorate it with ghosts and ghouls, create a spooky lantern, make a spider and hang it from our giant spider’s web, or have a taste of some edible creepy crawlies. £1 per activity. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside for more information.

Today until Sunday

Spooky Fun. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Join us for frightening fun, with have-a-go creepy crafts and activities. Come face to face with the dark side of children’s tales as our storytellers reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairy tales you’ve grown to love. 11am to 5pm.

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.


Holy Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, 11am. The service will be in English and sung in the Byzantine style. Shared lunch afterwards – all welcome.


A Spiritual Vision for the English. A public talk by Tim Mansfield. An original examination of profoundly valuable English qualities and how they can be useful in the pursuit of self expression. Castle Suite, The White Swan Hotel, Bondgate Within, Alnwick, 7pm. Tickets £5 on the door or £3 online at http://tinyurl.com/SpiritualVision

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.


Car Boot Sale. Organised by Alnwick Lions Club in aid of local charities. Homebase car park, Alnwick, 9am to noon, £10 per car boot. 08458 335931.


Quilted Holly Table Centre with Carole Parker. Gallery 45, Felton, 10.30am to 3.30pm. £20.


Pumpkin Carving. Cragside, noon to 4pm. Bring your pumpkin to the Stables and have it carved ahead of the parade and competition at 4pm. If you planted your own as part of our 50 things activity in May then come and compare yours to the ones we’ve planted in the Formal Garden. Bring a suitable container and you can take the flesh home and eat it. Free entry. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside for more information.


Pumpkin parade and competition. Cragside, 4pm to 5pm. Join us in your Halloween fancy dress with your pumpkin or lantern as we take a walk with some unexpected surprises on the way. Prizes for the biggest, scariest and ugliest pumpkins. Don’t forget to dress up! Free entry. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside for more information.


Christmas Craft Fair. Warkworth Memorial Hall, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Nineteen stalls with an exciting selection of handcrafted, unique products from the workshops of local and regional makers. Free entry.


Alnwick Flower Club. Club AGM. Meetings held at the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick at 7pm.


The Munitionettes – Women’s Football in World War I. Bailiffgate Museum, 7.15 pm, Alnwick Family History Society. All welcome. £2.50 donation requested for non-members. Refreshments.

Thursday, November 5

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.



Alnwick Ramblers. AGM. Newton on the Moor VH, 10.30am. Short walk at 1pm. Four miles. Leader Bill Harries. Tel: 01665 575129 for more details.


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.