What’s on in north Northumberland - September 17 - September 24

French jazz band OZMA return to The Maltings.
French jazz band OZMA return to The Maltings.

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.



Northumberland Theatre Company: A Wife or the Gallows and other Telling Tales. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Six tale-telling misadventures with comic, swashbuckling, sad and bawdy traditional stories linked by character, music and song in a Canterbury Tales-style storytelling format. Gillian Hambleton directs. Tickets: £8.50, children or students £7.50.


Royal Opera House Live: Romeo and Juliet. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score returns to open the 2015-16 Royal Opera House Live cinema season. Tickets: £16 or £15, children or students £10.


Pocket Merchant: The Merchant of Venice. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. This pocket-sized version of the critically acclaimed 2009 production brings one of William Shakespeare’s darkest comedies to life in the way only Propeller can. Tickets: £12.50 or £11.50, children or students £10.



Trainwreck. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A career-focused woman faces up to her fear of commitment when she finally meets a guy looking to change her life-long opinion of monogamy. Amy Schumer and Bill Hader star. Film tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, children or students £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).


Ant-Man. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The latest evolution of the Marvel cinematic universe brings a founding member of the Avengers to the big screen for the first time. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star. Certificate (12A).


Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Tom Bruise reprises the role of Ethan Hunt for the fifth film in the spy thriller franchise, based on the 1960s and 1970s TV series of the same name. Film tickets: £7.75, £6.75 for concessions, children £4.75. Certificate (12A).


Film night at 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 served.


Paper Towns. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Adapted from the bestselling John Green novel of the same name, Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centring on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo. Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star. Film tickets: £7.75, £6.75 for concessions, children £4.75.


Film afternoon at Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.45pm for 2pm start. See hall for details of the film showing. Refreshments available. Entrance free but donations welcome for hall funds.

Thursday, September 24

Manglehorn. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. An eccentric locksmith, played by Al Pacino, tries to start his small-town life afresh after a life of loss and heartbreak. Film tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child or students £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Live Music


Ozma Jazz ciné concert: Méliès and Annecy. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Following the success of their first performance at the Maltings in 2013, the French jazz band Ozma return to present a concert consisting of playing a soundtrack for two animated films. Tickets: £14, £11 for concessions, £7 children.

Today and Thursday, September 24

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club, Billy Anderson Trio. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm. Membership £8, members’ admission £5, non-members’ £6.50. 016668 216437. Musicians and listeners welcome.


Barbara Dickson and Nick Holland. Alnwick Playhouse, 8pm. Nick Holland joined Barbara Dickson’s touring band in the mid-2000s after working with Troy Donockley in the Maddy Prior Band and recording with Maddy on a couple of her seminal albums, which Barbara knew and admired. He also sang on her Full Circle album, the first to feature the style of music she now performs. Tickets: £24.50 or £23.50.


Pirate night featuring Lush Acoustic. The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm-11.30pm. Come and celebrate International ‘Talk like a pirate’ Day with the crew of the good ship ‘Lush Acoustic’ including Captains Bill Read, Davey Ainsworth, Jamie Robb, Carlos Cape and all.


The Baghdaddies. Lesbury Village Hall. 8pm. Tickets £8. Bookings: 07719 243 170 or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk The Baghdaddies play world music with a British knees-up sensibility.

First Saturday of each month

Alnwick and district dances: 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. Call 01670 856070 for details.


Northumberland traditional music session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.



Afternoon bingo. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.30pm. £1 per person.Tea and cakes served. £2.40 for six games.


Workshop and demonstration by Lizzie Harratt. Memorial Hall, Warkworth.

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 a 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.


Boxercise. Shilbottle Community Hall, 5.30pm-6.30pm.

Friday until Sunday

Cragside. Wildlife weekend at various times and locations. Birds, bugs, bats and more will be under scrutiny. Some charges may apply. 


Help to trace your family history. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 10am until 12.30. Session being run by Alnwick Family History Society. Donations welcomed.


Gibside. 1pm-2pm. A talk by a local historian about letters written to the so-called Coal Czar, George Bowes, by his cousin and solicitor. £5. Booking essential. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northeast


Charity zip slide. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The slide starts 40m up, from the roof of Baltic, and travels 280m diagonally across the Tyne before finishing on Newcastle’s quayside. Registration is £45, a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Call HospiceCare on 01665 6065155 for more details or email fundraising@hospicecare-nn.org.uk You could also dress up as your favourite superhero to fly through the sky.


Swimming event at Kielder Water. A rare opportunity to swim and race on the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe with a 27.5-mile shoreline set in more than 250 square miles of the largest working forest in England. There will be three distances on offer – one mile, 3.8km and a six-mile marathon. Spectators welcome. Booking to take part is essential at www.vitalevents.co.uk/events/kielder-reiver-triathlon More information can be found at



Gallery 45. 45 Main Street, Felton. Handled basket workshop with Anna Turnbull 10.30am-4pm. lunch and refreshments provided. £50, includes materials. Booking required.
01670 783424.

Saturday and Sunday

Family colliery tours at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. 2pm. This is a chance to find out more about the history of the colliery buildings. This tour is suitable for adults and children alike. Prices: Adult £2.95, children £1.95, family ticket £9.

Saturday and Sunday

Alnwick Market Place. Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 10am-4pm. Market Place will be packed with food stalls, and there will be craft stalls and a pop-up gallery in the Northumberland Hall. Free admission. 

Wednesday until Sunday, September 27

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. An international celebration of the art of film. The inaugural festival took place in September 2005, and the event is now in its 11th year. For further details, go to www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com


Kielder Observatory. A thought-provoking talk about the universe followed by a guided tour of the observatory. Price: adults £18, concessions £16.

Thursday, September 24

Chance to dance every Thursday (starting today) at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, Berwick. 7pm until 9.30pm and costs £2.50 per person. A wide variety of ballroom and Latin American dances are covered, with new ones being regularly taught. For further details, phone 01289 307953.



Northumberland National Park walk: 10.30am-3pm. A strenuous circular walk of seven miles taking around 4.5 hours. This walk starts at the tea room in the centre of Elsdon. Booking recommended. No dogs allowed. Price: £5 per adult. Children free but must be accompanied by an adult.


Walks along the coast. Meet at at the parking spot on the bend by Seahouses Farm, just south of Howick. Details of all walks can be found on the Northumbrian Earth website, www.northumbrianearth.co.uk


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 (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 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-4pm.