What’s on in north Northumberland - September 10 - September 17

Blair Dunlop
Blair Dunlop

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: The Beaux’ Stratagem (encore broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Simon Godwin directs George Farquhar’s comedy of love and cash. Tickets: £16.75, £15.75 concessions, children £8.75. Schools: studentsin party of at least 10 £5 and teacher free.

Today, tomorrow and Saturday

Warkworth Drama Group revue. Warkworth Village Hall, 7pm. Evenings of fun, laughter and music by local people with a variety of talents are promised. Tickets are £7 and they can be bought at Warkworth Village Store, N & F Young of Amble and via the group’s web site, www.warkworthdrama.org.uk


Unisong: Bang Goes the Musical. The Maltings, Berwick. Millions of years of history and science come under scrutiny in a two-hour musical show written by Martin Colam. Tickets: £9, £4 for children. Show-time to be confirmed.



The Man from UNCLE. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. In the 1960s, a CIA operative and a KGB agent embark on a joint mission against an unknown criminal organisation engaged in the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, children or students £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Ricki and the Flash. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Hard-living singer and guitarist Ricki Rendazzo returns home to make amends to her family and long-suffering ex-husband, Kevin Kline, after years of absence in pursuit of her rock’n’ roll dreams. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, children or students £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. With Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, out in the cold, a new threat, called the Syndicate, soon emerges. Tickets: Adult £7, concessions £6.50, children £4, family of four £19. Certificate (12A).


Magic Mike XXL. Seahouses Hub, 7pm. It’s been three years since Mike Lane, played by Channing Tatum, retired from stripping, but the former dancer misses the excitement and feeling of being on stage. Tickets: Adult £7, concessions £6.50, children £4, family of four £19. Certificate (12A).


The Legend of Barney Thomson. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. An awkward Glaswegian barber’s mediocre life takes a wild turn as he enters the absurdly grotesque world of a serial killer. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, children or students £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Berwick Film Society show. X + Y. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Asa Butterfield stars in this 2014 film as a brilliant but socially-challenged young mathematical genius competing for a place in the international maths olympiad representing his school. The cast also includes Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan. Tickets: £7.75 on the door, £6.75 for concessions, society pass-holders free entry. Book online or at the box office.

Live Music


The Simon and Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversary Tour). Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Direct from London’s West End, award-winning actor Dean Elliott helps tell the compelling story of one of the greatest music duos of all time, responsible for songs such as Bridge Over Troubled Water. Tickets: £19.50 or £18.50, concessions £17.50.


Hank, Cash and Cline. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Three legends of country-and-western music – Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline – are brought back to life in this showi. Tickets: £18 box, £17.50 stalls, £10 for children.


Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Etal Village Hall, doors open 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. Tickets £12. Call 01890 820566 or email steve.w.taylor@btinternet.com


Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir. St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Bridge Street, Blyth, 7pm. As part of their North East tour, this energetic and enthusiastic group of young people will wow the audience with their mix of traditional African music, dance and drumming. Tickets £5 from St Cuthbert’s Church or by phoning or texting 07340 123827. All proceeds will go to the choir to support their fundraising.


Blair Dunlop. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, 7.30pm. Tickets for the folk gig cost £10 and are available by calling 01665 720456.

First Saturday of each month

Alnwick and district dances: The monthly dances are now being held at St Michael and St Paul’s Church Hall. All dances are held on the first Saturday of the month with live music. September 5, 8pm to 11.30pm, with Alan Chandler, from Yorkshire. Raffle, tea provided, but bring your own supper. Entry £4. Sequence and old-time dancing. Call 01670 856070 for details.


Northumberland traditional music session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more details.


Today and every Thursday.

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am-4pm. Drop in to meet friends over refreshments and maybe play cards, read newspapers, watch T V, use the internet or, in the afternoon, join the craft group.

Today until Sunday, September 27

Spirit of Twyne: Northumbrian artists working with textiles display works inspired by the region at Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Opening times and admission prices apply.

Today until Saturday, October 3

New exhibition at Gallery 45, Felton: Featuring work by local photographers Lee Kershaw, Anita Nicholson, Andrew Gray, Calum Gladstone and Christophe Chevaugeon. Coffee and cake preview on Saturday from 11am to 1pm. 45 Main Street, Felton.


Talk at St James’s Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. On the eve of the planning application for the largest opencast mine in England being submitted to Northumberland County Council for a decision, Save Druridge will speak about what it fears would be the impact of the scheme, if approved. Free entry but donations welcome. Refreshments will be available.


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


Kirknewton Village Hall and St Gregory’s Church. 10am-4pm: Bob Fraser exhibition on the bondager farm system, sheep tales and guided tours of St Gregory’s. Programme of local history films (10.30am, then hourly through the day). Refreshments in aid of the village hall. Free entry. www.heritageopendays.org.uk or www.kirknewtonnorthumberland.co.uk or 01890 850285.


Bolton Village Hall dance. 8pm-11pm. Pool supper, inquiries to Patricia on 01665 574623. Admission £3.50.


Ingram Show. The Cheviot Valley hosts a traditional agricultural show, offering what is billed as a great family day out. 10.30am-5pm. More information at www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/events/ingram-show


Bamburgh Village Show. The show, now in its 80th year, distributes buckets, potatoes and sunflower seeds for competitors to enter the heaviest crop of potatoes in a bucket and heaviest sunflower head competitions on Saturday, September 12. To enter any of the show’s horticultural competitions, download a schedule at www.bamburgh.org.uk

Saturday and Sunday

Exhibitions on the history of Beadnell. St Ebba’s Church and Beadnell WI Hall. Open from 10am to 4pm on both days, with light refreshments available in both buildings.


Garden Fete. From noon in the beer garden at the Pilot Inn in Low Greens, Berwick. Music, stalls, fun and games are promised.


Embleton Vincent Edwards First School summer fair. Noon-2pm. Entertainment includes tombola, raffle, funfair, refreshments, face-painting, stalls and much more. Call 01665 576612 for more information.


1940s-style tea party. Event being held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Acklington Village Hall, 3pm-5pm. Displays of memorabilia, a fun quiz, and 1940s music will be accompanied by a scrumptious array of classic tea-time treats. Entry is free. Hosted by Acklington Community Team.


‘Boxercise’. Shilbottle Community Hall. 11am-noon.


Aln and Breamish Local History Society talk. Jack Arrowsmith will discuss sea rescue heroine Grace Darling at Whittingham Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served. Non-members are welcome £3. For information, telephone Helen Dinsdale at 01665 574319.

Thursday, September 17

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



Villages in Time guided walks: Bamburgh, 11.30am (road outside St Aidan’s). Seahouses, 2.00pm (outside tourist information office). Seahouses, 4.30pm (outside tourist information office).


Villages in Time guided walks: 11.30am Seahouses (outside tourist information office). 2.30pm Bamburgh (road outside St Aidan’s). 4.30pm Bamburgh (road outside St Aidan’s).


Villages in Time guided walks: Seahouses, 11.30pm (outside tourist information office). Seahouses 2pm (Outside tourist information office). Bamburgh, 4.30pm (road outside St Aidans Church. Adult attendance on the walks is £5 per person, payable at the end of the walk or when terminated, if earlier. A minimum of two adults is required for a walk to be viable. Children and dogs are welcome, but dogs should be on a lead for the duration of the walk. Call 07951 823044 during office hours, email mick@villages-in-time.co.uk or go to www.villages-in-time.co.uk


Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For full opening days and further details, visit www.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 (0 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 (0 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 for 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/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.