What’s on in north Northumberland - September 21 - September 28

Spittal Improvement Trust's Highlights autumn season kicks off with a concert to keep the temperatures sizzling when Flamenco guitarist and composer Ricardo Garcia, bring the heat and energy of southern Spain to BURC (formerly St Paul's Church) this Saturday. More details below.
Spittal Improvement Trust's Highlights autumn season kicks off with a concert to keep the temperatures sizzling when Flamenco guitarist and composer Ricardo Garcia, bring the heat and energy of southern Spain to BURC (formerly St Paul's Church) this Saturday. More 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.

STAGE/THEATRE

Wednesday

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Tickets: £16 (including a £1 refurbishment contribution).

Thursday

Warkworth Drama Group: September in the Rain. Warkworth Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. ‘September in the Rain’ is based on the lives of playwright John Godber’s grandparents, Jack, a tough Yorkshire miner, and Liz, his loving, and sometimes demanding, wife! Tickets £7 from N&F Young Amble, Warkworth Village Store or on the door.

FILMS

Today

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2017: Evaporating Borders. The Maltings, Berwick, 1.30pm. An essay in five parts, Evaporating Borders offers a series of vignettes, poetically guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections. Through the people she encounters along the way, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus. Tickets: £5 (£4.50 concs). Certificate (TBC).

Tomorrow

BFMAF: Berwick New Cinema: Balearic Abyssal. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.45pm. Berwick New Cinema includes feature films, competition screenings and seminars. The second edition of the award features contemporary films that transgress restraints of genre, capital and expectation. Chosen by an international jury, the Berwick New Cinema Competition features some of the most exciting filmmakers of today. Tickets: £5 (£4.50 concs), child £3. Certificate (TBC).

Tomorrow

Atomic Blonde. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, conc £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (15).

Saturday

BFMAF Sound + Vision: No Brakes, No Gears, No Fear with Margaret Salmon. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. A speedway film night, including the world premier screening of Mm, a BFMAF commission by Margaret Salmon. Shot with the Berwick Bandits, Mm commemorates their 50th season and offers an imaginative take on the thrilling wold of this popular motocycle sport. Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 concs), child £5 / Berwick Bandits Season ticket holders £5. Certificate (TBC).

Saturday

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie and Precious discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant yet quite-shabby amusement park, and it’s up to them and the rest of the park animals to stop the mayor. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, conc £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (U).

Sunday

BFMAF The Crazies. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Celebrating the work of the late George Romero, BFMAF 2017 presents a restoration of his 1973 cult classic, The Crazies. In Romero’s rarely screened sci-fi horror, inhabitants of Evans City become crazed killers after a top-secret government bio-weapon infects the town’s water supply with a deadly virus. Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 concs), child £5. Certificate (TBC).

Tuesday

The Dark Tower. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, from one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, conc £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (TBC).

Wednesday

Final Portrait. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, conc £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (15).

Thursday

Detroit. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm.

LIVE MUSIC/DANCE

Tonight

Islands in the Stream: The Music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Celebrating the queen and king of country, leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night of country music hits. Tickets: premier £23, standard £22.

Saturday

Last Night of the Proms. Northumberland Hall, Market Place, Alnwick, 7.30pm. A concert of songs and music played by Alnwick Playhouse Band and sung by The Bailiffgate Singers and The Felton Bridge Singers. Tickets: £10 from www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk/bookingforevents/event-tickets/last-night-of-the-proms

Saturday

Ricardo Garcia’s Flamenco Flow. BURC (formerly St Paul’s Church), Spittal, 7.30pm. Spittal Improvement Trust’s Highlights autumn season kicks off with a concert to keep the temperatures sizzling when Flamenco guitarist and composer Ricardo Garcia, bring the heat and energy of southern Spain to the Northumberland with his hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Flamenco Flow. Tickets: Adults £8, u/17’s £4, Family £22 (2 adults &2 u/17’s). www.beboxoffice.com

Saturday

Royal Opera House Live: The Magic Flute. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.15pm. Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, conc £14.50, child/student £10.

Monday

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Ship Inn, Low Newton. Contact Jack or Pamw Daws on 01665 722835 for more information.

Tuesday

Buskers Night. The Craster Arms, Beadnell, 8pm. An acoustic session of modern & traditional folk, original singer-songwriters and group sing-a-long. All abilities and styles welcome and entry is free.

Tuesday

Andy and Margaret Watchorn Summer Concerts. Memorial Hall, Craster, 7.30pm. Celebrating the traditional tunes, songs and stories of the area with our mixture of instruments – smallpipes, fiddle, Renaissance bagpipe, voice and guitar. Entrance £7.50 (accompanied children under 12 free). Pay on the door.

Tuesday

Michael English in concert. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Michael English has become one of the Ireland’s top Country music stars. Since forming his own band just 3 years ago, he has been going down a storm ever since on the Irish & UK dancing scene. Michael & his band received the award for Best Country Band at this year’s Irish Country Music Awards. Tickets: £20.

Thursday

Glendale Accordion & Fiddle Club. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm-11pm. Guest Artist: The Full Scottish. To join £8, members £5, visitors £6.50 (including buffet).

WALKS

Today and tomorrow

Villages in Time Guided Walks. St Aidan’s Church. Contact 07951 823044 or mick@villages-in-time.co.uk for details.

Every Wednesday

Alnwick Walking for Health. Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, 10am. Free. If you are interested in joining a walk, just turn up wearing suitable footwear/clothing. For further information, contact Get Active North Team c/o Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, on 01670 629327.

EVENTS

Today

Thursday Singers. The Maltings, Berwick, 10.30am. A daytime group for people who like to sing. Everyone is welcome, from confident singers who read music to those who may be unsure of their voice, but sing brilliantly in the shower.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. All voices welcome. Visit www.berwickartschoir.co.uk for further information.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, 10am to 4pm. Free drop-in to play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet. In the afternoon there is a craft group.

Every Thursday

Duplicate Bridge. Warkworth First School, 6.15pm. For more details, ring 01665 714963.

Every Thursday

Dancing. Marshall Meadows, Country House Hotel, Berwick, 7.30-9.30pm. Ballroom and Latin routines. £2.50 per person.

Every Friday and Monday

Paxton House Art Workshops. Hayloft Gallery, 11am to 4.30pm. Cost £15.

Until Saturday

Circumstances. Gallery 45, Main Street, Felton, 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sundays. Kathryn Wakeman and RD Wakeman present a collaborative exhibition of words and images.

Saturday and Sunday

Bamburgh and the Great War. St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, noon-3pm. Bamburgh Heritage Trust will commemorate the centenary of World War I and the Battle of the Passchendaele with a special exhibition in the crypt of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh.

Every Monday

Contract Bridge. Lesbury Village Hall, 6.30pm. Further details on 01665 575289.

Tuesday

Youth Dance Classes. The Maltings, Berwick, 4pm. Within the professional environment of a real theatre and studio, gain the opportunity to experience and develop your own choreographic skills and personal technique. Classes have a contemporary dance base, but will always incorporate other styles such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet and more. Cost £4 per session.

Every Tuesday

Duplicate Bridge. Weaver’s Court, Alnwick, 6.30pm. For more details, ring 01665 604830.

Every Wednesday

Qi Gong for Health. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, 2pm. Improve posture, flexibility and strength. Cost £3.

Every Wednesday

Community Ukuleles. Shilbottle Community Hall, 7pm.

Every Wednesday

Contract Bridge. Alnwick Hospital, 6.30pm. Details on 01665 603197.

Thursday

Thursday Singers. The Maltings, Berwick, 10.30am. A daytime group for people who like to sing. Everyone is welcome, from confident singers who read music to those who may be unsure of their voice, but sing brilliantly in the shower.

Until September 29

Berwick Civic Society Summer Exhibition. Main Guard, Berwick, 1pm to 5pm. Based on research by historian Catherine Kent, take a look at Elizabethan Berwick. Colouring sheet and dressing-up available.

Until October 15

Scottish Colourists Exhibition. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. First touring exhibition curated by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation. Admission free.

Until October 27

Jonathan Lloyd Woodcuts and Paintings. The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth. An autumn exhibition, with woodcuts and abstract paintings of Northumberland by printmaker and artist Jonathan Lloyd. Jonathan studied at Maidstone College of Art and graduated in 1986, moving to Wooler in 2004 from central London.

ATTRACTIONS

All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: Call 0300 030 3311. Visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Open daily, 10am to 5.30pm. Admission £15.50, £12.75 concs, £7.75 child, under fives free.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. For prices and disounts see www.alnwickgarden.com

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £4, £3 concs, £1 child, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, state rooms from 11am. Admission: £10.85, £5 child, under fives free, £26 family.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, 9am to 7pm.

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission free.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £9.30, £8.40 concs, £5.60 child, £24.20 family.

Berwick Barracks. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 child, £12.70 family.

Chillingham Castle. Open daily, noon to 5pm. Admission: £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 child, under fives free, £23 family. Call 01668 215359. See www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: Open Monday to Friday, tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Sunday tours at 10am, 11am and noon. Admission: £16, £13 concs, £6 child, £35 family. Call 01668 215250.

Cragside: 01669 620333. Open daily, house 11am to 5pm, garden 10am to 6pm. Admission: £11, child £6.10, family £30.50.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight. Admission free.

Etal Castle. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Eyemouth Museum: Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Open 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, free under fives.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Trains run daily. Call 01890 820317.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80, £3.20 concs, free under fives, £10 family.

House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: Open daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Admission: £7.70, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Admission: £3, £2.70 concs, free under fives, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Castle closed for restoration. Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop open daily.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission: £4, £3.50 concs, £2 child, £10 family, free under fives.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £6.50, £5.90 concs, £3.90 child, £16.90 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Open gate spring and summer, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays, 10am to 4.30pm. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk or call 01665 570382.

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Open Friday, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £4, £1 child, all proceeds to charities.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £2, 50p children, £1.50 concs.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Free entry.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Hermitage: Open Monday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 child, £16.10 family.