What’s on in north Northumberland – week ending March 5

Northumberland Theatre Company's 4Thoughts.
Northumberland Theatre Company's 4Thoughts.

A guide to the events in north Northumberland in the coming week.


Northumberland Theatre Company's 'Hedging Your Bets. Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland Theatre Company's 'Hedging Your Bets. Picture by Jane Coltman

Tonight and Tomorrow: 4Thoughts – Myth, Music, Mayhem and Mirth. Latest production from Northumberland Theatre Company. Four very different plays from four very different writers come together for an evening of entertainment. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8.50, conc £7.50. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: United We Stand – Townsend Productions. A powerful new play based on the true story of one of the most turbulent industrial battles – the 1972 Builders’ Strike. 12yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £12.50, £11 conc, child £6. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: Hal Cruttenden - Tough Luvvie. Stand-up comedy. 16yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £14, £12.50 conc, circle £16, box seat £18. 01289 330999.

Saturday, February 28: The Autumn of Han. A new adaptation of a traditional Chinese play for the European stage, which revives one of the most beautiful and tragic love stories ever told. Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. £8, conc £7, children £4, family £18. To book, 01665 574964.

Saturday, February 28: Teechers – Blackeyed Theatre. John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a modern comprehensive for an unsuspecting new drama teacher. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £12, standard £11, child/student £8. 01665 510785.

Saturday, February 28: A Lyrical Dance Concert. A Lyrical Dance Concert is a party in a comedy double act in a cabaret show in a gig in an experimental dance performance. 12yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 8.30pm. £11.50, £10 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, March 3: Royal Opera – Der Fliegende Holländer. Encore broadcast. Maltings, Berwick. 6pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

Wednesday, March 4: Royal Shakespeare Company - Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing). Live broadcast. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5: Disco Inferno. The talented Duchess’s Community High School pupils perform Disco Inferno, which features classic tunes from the 1970s. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8, £7 conc, £6 child/student. 01665 510785.


Today: Testament of Youth (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Today: Mr Turner (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785. Read a review of Mr Turner here.

Saturday, February 28: To The Border Bred – The Border Collie Story. Seahouses Hub. 2.30pm. £5, including refreshments. To book, 01890 850285.

Saturday, February 28: Birdman (15). Maltings, Berwick. 6.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999. Read a review of Birdman here.

Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1: Annie (2014) (PG). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Sunday, March 1: Peppa Pig - The Golden Boots (U). Maltings, Berwick. Noon. £4.50. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, March 3: The Theory of Everything. Alnwick Playhouse – sold out. Check for returns. 01665 510785. Read a review of The Theory of Everything here.


Tonight: Rothbury Roots. With guitarist Sean Taylor. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. 01669 620470.

Tomorrow: Thank Folk its Friday. This month’s artists are Jiva. Woodhorn. 2pm-3pm. 01670 528080.

Tomorrow: An Evening with Lou Fellingham. Includes songs from her new album, Fascinate. King Edward VI School, Morpeth. 7.30pm. Tickets £10, £7.50 conc or £12 on the door. To book, www.ecg-northumberland.co.uk/events.html.

Tomorrow: Open Mic Night. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm. Free.

Tonight and Thursday, March 5: Buskers’ Night. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free.

Saturday, February 28: Concert. The KEVI Community Choir performs an evening of symphonic music. St Lawrence Church, Warkworth. 7.30pm. Tickets £5, available from 01670 515415 or on the door.

Saturday, February 28: Tony McManus. Virtuoso guitarist – Celtic music and beyond. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. Doors open at 7pm for pre-concert drinks from the bar. Music starts around 7.45pm. £10. Booking essential, call 01665 720456.

Sunday, March 1: From Shadows into Light – a Musical Journey towards the Spring. Rock Festival Choir presents its Spring Concert. St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 3pm. Tickets - £8, conc £7 - available on the door.

Monday, March 2: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Thursday, March 5: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. With the Iain MacPhial Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8, members £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.


Today and Thursday, March 5: Gateway Drop-in. Free drop-in to meet friends, play cards, read newspapers, watch TV, use the internet and join the craft group. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am–4pm.

Today and Thursday, March 5: Alnwick Writing Group. At the Northumberland Gazette office, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm. Email kemp_m@mail.com

Today to Saturday, February 28: Snowdrop Festival. Howick Hall Gardens. 10.30am–4pm. Gift Aid admission: Adults £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free. 01665 577285.

Tomorrow: Untold Stories. A walk and talk around parts of Cragside House highlighting the stories you don’t usually hear. 11yrs+. 11am-12.30pm. £5, plus normal admission. Booking Essential 0844 249 1895.

Tomorrow: Northumbrian Night. With pie and pea supper. In aid of Rothbury Highland Pipe Band’s Diamond Jubilee 2015 celebration. Thropton Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. £7.50. Ticket-only event. Tickets available from 01669 621044.

Saturday, February 28: Tweed Music Centre. Maltings, Berwick. 9am. For details, visit maltingsberwick.co.uk

Saturday, February 28: Coffee Morning and Book Exchange. Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am.

Saturday, February 28: Courses - Sewing @ the B. Working with patterns - making an item using a pattern. Aimed at those who are confident using a sewing machine. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. £25. To book, visit 01665 605847.

Saturday, February 28: Professional Knitting Finishing Techniques. With Judith Goodfellow. Gallery 45, Felton. 10.30am-3.30pm. £45. To book, 01670 783424.

Saturday, February 28: Beginners’ Photography Workshop. Learn how to make the most of your camera. Druridge Bay Country Park. 2pm-5pm. £30. To book, 0191 284 6884.

Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1: Brick Figure Masks. Lego-themed craft session. Woodhorn. Noon-3pm. Donations welcome. 01670 528080.

Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1: Madagascar Weekend. Learn about all the Madagascan species. Find out about our lemurs and help conserve the native flora and fauna of Madagascar through activities, trails and quizzes. Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. 10am-4pm. 01670 841235.

Sunday, March 1: North East and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Set up by Alnwick man James Stewart, Dinnington Village Annex. 2pm-4pm. 07960 507016.

Sunday, March 1, and Wednesday, March 4: Public Observing. Kielder Observatory. 8pm-11pm. £16, £14 conc. Information/booking, www.kielderobservatory.org

Monday, March 2: NWT Coquetdale Group. Graham Bell gives a talk about migration. Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Non-members £2.50. 01669 621972.

Tuesday, March 3: Alnwick Family History Society. John Almond gives a talk entitled Family History, from Gravestones and Epitaphs. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.15pm. Non-members £2.50.

Tuesday, March 3: A Universe Full Of Stars, Kielder Observatory. 8pm-11pm. £16, £14 conc. Information/booking, www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, March 4: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm-9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, March 4: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm-9.30pm. £2. More details from the Facebook page entitled village of swing.

Thursday, March 5: Meditation Self-Development Course. The start of a six-week (which runs every Thursday) meditation course, with Sean Monaghan and Amanda Popely. Gallery 45, Felton. 6pm-7pm. £10 per session. To book, www.journey-within.weebly.com.

Thursday, March 5: Alnwick & District Natural History Society – AGM. Followed by a talk by a Society member. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members 1.50. 01665 602614.


Sunday, March 1: Alnwick Ramblers. 7.5-miles, Harthope to Happy Valley. Meet Carey Burn bridge. 10.30am. For details and in the event of inclement weather, call 01665 574839.

Wednesday, March 4: Woodland Guided Walk. Ranger-led walk around the woodland at Wallington. 11.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm. Free, but normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Thursday, March 5: Alnwick & District Natural History Society. A walk through Hulne Park, Alnwick, looking for signs of early spring flowers, woodland and River Aln birds. 1.30pm. Non-members £1.50. 01665 602614.


Aln Valley Railway: Closed for the winter.

Alnwick Castle: Closed for the winter.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily 10am–5pm. £7.70, conc £5.83, child (5-16yrs) £2.42, child (0-4 years) free, family £17.60.

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, Chathill: Closed for the winter.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am-4pm, but closed Mondays. £4, conc £3, children £1, U5s free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm. £10.50, child £5, senior £10, family £25.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Sun–Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat, 9am–7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £8, child £4.80, conc £7.20, family £20.80.

Berwick Barracks: Closed for the winter.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Closed for the winter. Groups by appointment.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01558 215250. Closed, but a visit by prior arrangement is usually possible.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates: House open today, tomorrow and Tuesday to Thursday, 1pm to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Garden and woodland open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm. Cragside is closed on Monday. Gift Aid winter admission £6, child £2.50, family £12.40.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £4.30, child £2.60, conc £3.90.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

Etal Castle: Closed.

Heatherslaw Cornmill: Closed.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: Closed.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: Closed.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10.30am-4pm. Gift Aid admission: £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: Closed.

Lindisfarne Castle: Open today, 11am-5pm, tomorrow, noon-5pm, Saturday to Tuesday and Thursday, March 5, 10am-3pm, and Wednesday, 10am-4pm. Gift Aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette. £4, child £2, conc £3.50, family £10, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £5.40, child £3.20, conc £4.90.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington: 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement. From Sunday, open daily 8.30am to 5pm.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open 10am–6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens: 01670 773600. House open today to Monday and Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, noon–5pm. Closed Tuesday. The walled garden is open daily, 10am–6pm. The garden/estate is open daily, 10am–6pm. Gift Aid admission, £12.60, child £6.30, family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle: 01665 711423. Warkworth Castle is open Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. Admission is £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70, family £13.50.

Woodhorn Museum/Northumberland Archives: 01670 528080. Main museum/galleries: Wed–Sun, 10am–4pm. Northumberland Archives and Study Centre: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm. All day parking £3.50. Extra admission may occur.