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

FANS is an eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music, stand-up comedy and verbatim theatre. FANS comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, September 9. More details below.Picture
FANS is an eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music, stand-up comedy and verbatim theatre. FANS comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, September 9. More details below.Picture

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.



Fans. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Theatre meets gig. Fans is an eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music, stand-up comedy and verbatim theatre. Pay what you decide! Book your seats for free and then pay what you decide at the end of the performance.


Sleeping Beauty Pantomime - Children’s Ensemble Auditions. The Maltings, Berwick, 10am. This Christmas, once again we are seeking talented local youngsters to appear in the show alongside professional actors. We are looking for kids with bags of energy and personality. Acting/singing/dance ability is required, but previous theatre experience is not essential. Age group: 8 to 16 years old.


How To Make A Killing In Bollywood. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A brand new musical comedy about two best friends who decide to quit their jobs in a fast-food restaurant and head to Bollywood in search of fame and fortune. Tickets: Standard £10, conc £9.



Jason Bourne. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Now remembering who he truly is, Jason Bourne tries to uncover the hidden truths about his past. Tickets: Premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (TBC).


Finding Dory. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Dory suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Tickets: Adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4. family (4) £19. Certificate (U).


Berwick Film Society presents Trumbo. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. BFS begins its brand new season with this recent star-studded, dramatised insight into 1940s Hollywood during the McCarthy era and one high profile film-writer’s subjection to blacklisting for his political beliefs, regarded as anti-American and punishable. Tickets: £7.95 & £6.95 concessions, BFS Passholders free entry. Certificate (15).


The BFG. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A young orphaned girl call Sophie is carried away to a magical land by a giant who turns out to be a kindhearted, friendly soul. Based on the well-loved novel by Roald Dahl. Tickets: Premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).


The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. The Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. Based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Tickets: £7.45 / £6.45 concs, child £4.45 (16 & under), baby free (2 & under). Certificate (TBC).

Live Music/Dance


The Blues Band. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, The Blues Band earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms. Tickets: Stalls £10 to £20, circle £22, box (double occupancy) £52.


YAP (Young Alnwick Playhouse) Takeover Night. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. An eclectic night of entertainment planned by young people for young people showcasing fresh young talent. Our most diverse takeover yet: from classical ballet to Battle of the Band winners. Tickets: standard £7.50, child/student £5.50.


Berwick Festival Opera: Recital. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. Peter Selwyn returns to The Maltings and Berwick Festival Opera, following the success of his Wagner programmes in 2014 and 2015 with an afternoon of glorious romantic music. Tickets: £15, free for under 16s.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fisher Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more information.


Andrew and Margaret Watchorn summer concerts. St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, 6.30pm.


Buskers Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell, 8pm. An acoustic session of folk tunes, folk songs, acoustic classics and modern songs played in a buskers style. It is a free night and there are nibbles provided. We welcome all styles and abilities. Contact 07939 498879 for more info.


Northumbrian Ceilidh. Memorial Hall, Warkworth, 7.30pm. Live band with caller. Tickets £5 on the door. Bring your own refreshments (No bar).



Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Joy of Jive classes of modern jive are continuing in full swing, and they will continue to teach in the hall every other Thursday evening. Beginners are welcome and partners are not necessary.

Every Thursday

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

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. A class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7pm. £2.50 per person. For further details, call 01289 307953.

Every Thursday

Tea Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Admission of £1.50 includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Dance tuition is free.


Hillbilly Hog Roast Hootenanny. Abberwick Farm, Alnwick, 7pm until late. In aid of Great North Air Ambulance and RABI. Bar and hog roast, live music, disco, hillbilly games. Tickets £15, inc supper, available at the top Post Office on Wagonway Road or at CBS World on Greensfield Court, or call 07977 441381.

Every Friday

Bible Meeting. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to impart faith to those who have no faith, to restore faith to those who have lost it and to strengthen the faith of those who have it.


Heritage Open Day – Storytelling with Creative Cocoon. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am & noon. Autumn inspired storytelling sessions for families in the bar at the Playhouse led by our Creative Cocoon storytelling team. All welcome, limited to 12 spaces per session. Tickets: £2.50.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 8pm to 11pm. Entry is £3, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Every Sunday

Car Boot Sale. Castlegate Car Park, Berwick, Sunday morning. The event is run by the Greenses Residents’ Committee in aid of local charities.

Until Sunday

Berwick Visual Arts and Generation Tour: The Tree, The Caterpillar and The Butterfly by Aether and Hemera. Gymansium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Enter an enchanting interactive garden inspired by nature and state-of-the art technology. Using Xbox Kinect technology, see how your movements affect a multi-coloured field of butterflies. Free entry.


It’s a Wreck! Longhoughton Community and Sports Centre, 7.30pm-9pm. Are you nterested in maritime history? Do you want to know more about the WW1 & WW2 wrecks just off our coastline? Please come along to this free presentation by Steve Brown (BA Hons).


Railfuture – Our Aspirations for the North East. Aln Valley Railway, Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. The new seasons of meetings starts with a visit from Trevor Watson of Railfuture assisted by colleague Ian Walker. We welcome visitors, members and their guests for a small donation towards the cost of meetings.

Until September 25

Berwick Visual Arts: LS Lowry: On the Sands, Berwick. Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Rare artwork shown alongside the Space Craft exhibition, running until September 25. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Free entry.

Throughout September

An Exhibition of Paintings by Three Generations. Cafe space at Artique in Amble, 10am-4.30pm Mon-Sat, noon-3.30pm Sun. An exhibition of original paintings by the local Cuthbert family, a grandmother, mother and grandson.



Berwick Ramblers. A leisurely walk of six miles from Heatherslaw around Ford Moss. Meet at Heatherslaw new car park 10am. Bring a packed lunch and a drink with you. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. For more information, call 01289 309581 or 01289 388668.


Berwick Ramblers. Join us for a moderate linear walk of 8.5 miles from Alnmouth to Craster. Train 8.47am from Berwick Railway Station to Alnmouth, start walk 9.05am. Return bus 2.30pm from Craster. Packed lunch and drink required. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.


Alnwick Ramblers. Felton circular via Felton Park and Coquet riverside. Meet at layby to north of village. 10am start.


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For opening times and details visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Go to www.alnwickcastle.com for opening hours and further details.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for opening hours. Prices are £12.10 adults, £10.45 concs, £4.40 children, £29.70 family.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open every day until the beginning of September, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £4, £3 concs, £1 children, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, £5 children, £10 senior, £25 family.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, from 9am to 5pm.

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, £8.30 concs, £5.50 children, £23.90 family.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open 10am to 6pm seven days a week until end of September. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 children (under five’s free), £23 family. www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, £6 concs, £3 children, £16 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, gardens and woodland 10am to 6pm. Admission £10.20, £5.10 child, £25.50 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 children, £12.70 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Admission is free.

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily from March to the end of October 2016. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs. Under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org for more information

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, under-fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50 adult, £6 seniors, £4.50 children, £2.50 under-fives, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

House of Hardy fishing tackle museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Tel: 01665 510027. Open Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm. Free Entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry £7.70, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

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

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, £3.90 child, £19.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, £3.50 concs, £2 children, £10 family, under-five’s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 children, £16.10 family.

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. Open all year. Open gate until September 30, 10am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays. Welcome other days and times, including evenings by request. Just call or email. Telephone 01665 570382, or 07858 757339. Email: info@longframlingtongardens.co.uk See website for diary of events www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday on the Chillingham Road, off the A1. All proceeds go to charity.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2.50 children, £1.50 concs or groups.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm. Free admission.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home near Cambo: Open Thursday to Monday, and Wednesday, from noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Open daily, from 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Open daily, from 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, £6.30 child, £31.50 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concs, £2.40 children, £10.40 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.