What’s on in north Northumberland - October 8 - October 15

American singer-songwriter Krista Detor is making a welcome return to Seahouses with her band, for a house-concert this Saturday (October 10).
American singer-songwriter Krista Detor is making a welcome return to Seahouses with her band, for a house-concert this Saturday (October 10).

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.



The Importance of Being Earnest LIVE. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. David Suchet stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is being broadcast to cinemas from London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, conc £14.50, child/student £10.


West Yorkshire Playhouse, Beryl – A Romance on Two Wheels. Amble Parish Hall, 7.30pm. Maxine Peake’s critically acclaimed play celebrates the life and achievements of Yorkshire woman Beryl Burton MBE and OBE. Tickets: £8, £7 conc, £5 child. Bookings: 01670 760007, or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk


Launcelot Errington and his nephew Mark: A Tale of Lindisfarne. Guild Town Hall, Berwick, 7.30pm. The Wilson’s Tales Project teams up with Northumberland Theatre Company for its fifth live revival event. Tickets £5 from The Maltings, Berwick on 01289 330999 or at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Thursday, October 15

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.

Thursday, October 15

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.



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).


Pixels. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Strange Magic. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. Strange Magic, a new animated film, is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under), Baby free (two and under). Certificate (U).


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukaemia. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international Number 1 album Reflektor. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 and under).

Live Music


Berwick Male Voice Choir Concert. Embleton Holy Trinity Church, 7.30pm. Tickets, including refreshments, advance £9 or at the door £10, available from Mandell’s Coffee Pot, Embleton, Craster Church Committee and The Beauty Box, Bondgate Within, Alnwick. In aid of Craster Church Roof Fund.


Djazzville - The Music of Django Reinhardt. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. This dynamic hot club, jazz and swing quartet transport you back to the energy and sophisticated swing of 1940’s and 50’s Paris. Tickets: £12.


International Guitar Night. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. 15 years ago, Californian Brian Gore, decided to create an annual tour featuring three or four world-class guitarists. This year’s UK tour features Andre Krengel, Brian Gore, Lulo Reinhardt and Mike Dawes. Tickets: premier £15.50, standard, £14.50, child/student £10.50.


Eclectica. Music for an Autumn Evening for voices, guitar, harp and keyboard, 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Kelso, TD5 7JB. Free admission, donations for church funds welcome.


Krista Detor. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. Detor hails from Indiana USA, and has become well established and respected as a serious singer-songwriter over her career spanning six albums. Advance tickets necessary, cost £10 and can be obtained by calling 01665 720456. Doors open 7pm.

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. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Arcadia String Quartet. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The programme is String Quartets: Mozart No.4 in C major, Beethoven No.3 Op.18 and Mendelssohn No. 6 in F minor. Tickets: standard £16, conc £15.


‘Buskers Night’. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. An acoustic session of folk tunes, folk songs, acoustic classics and modern songs played in a busker’s style. It is a free night and there are nibbles provided by the pub during a short break. We welcome all styles and abilities. Contact 07939 498879.


Think Floyd - Live In Concert. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wish You Were Here, The Definitive Pink Floyd Experience, it is renowned for its stunning celebration of one of the world’s greatest musical phenomena. Tickets: premier £20.50, standard £19.50.

Thursday, October 15

3 Boxes. Wingates Village Hall, near Longhorsley. 7.30pm. Three exceptional, world travelled musicians have swapped the main stages of international cities for an intimate series of village hall concerts. Tickets: £8.50, £7 conc, £5 child, £20 family. Bookings: 01669 621954, or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Saturday, October 17

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


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.

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.


Quiz Night. Shilbottle Community Hall, 7pm start. £2 per person with teams of up to six people. Raffle and spot prizes. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.


‘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.


Portrait Drawing workshop with Libby Watkins. Gallery 45, 45 Main Street, Felton, 10.30am to 3.30pm. £25.


Fine Fettle Knit Class. Gallery 45, 45 Main Street, Felton. Come and join us for cake and coffee and two hours (10am to noon) of coaching from Judith. Contact Judith for more information on 01670 600001.

Thursday, October 15

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

Thursday, October 15

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 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

Saturday and Sunday

Villages in time guided walks. 11.30am Saturday and Sunday, 2pm Sunday also. Seahouses (Outside Tourist Information Office). Adult attendance on the walks is £5 per person, payable at the end of the walk or when it is terminated if earlier. Children and dogs are welcome, but dogs should be on a lead for the duration of the walk.

Saturday and Sunday

Villages in time guided walks. 2.30pm Saturday and 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Bamburgh Road, outside St Aidan’s. Adult attendance on the walks is £5 per person, payable at the end of the walk or when it is terminated if earlier. Children and dogs are welcome, but dogs should be on a lead for the duration of the walk.


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.