What’s on in north Northumberland - week ending October 2

Billy Elliot the Musical streamed live from the West End to Alnwick Playhouse on Sunday.
Billy Elliot the Musical streamed live from the West End to Alnwick Playhouse on Sunday.
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Tonight: A Streetcar Named Desire. National Theatre live presents Young Vic. Starring Gillian Anderson. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students). Call 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: Derek Acorah – Enlightenment Tour. The medium, voted Britain’s favourite male medium by the prestigious Soul & Spirit Magazine, comes to Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £18.50, standard £17.50, conc £16.50. Call 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: Norman Lovett: Old and New. The stand-up legend and Red Dwarf star returns with a show which contains the continuation of The Sugababes debate amongst many more subjects. The show will feature his iPad attached to the microphone stand from which he will depict images onto a screen to delight and astound you. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £14, £12.50 conc. Call 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 27: The Man Jesus. Simon Callow, one of Britain’s best-loved actors, performs this fresh and moving account of biblical stories. 14+. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £20, £23 circle, £26 box seat. Call 01289 330999.

Sunday, September 28: Billy Elliott the Musical. Live streaming from London’s West End. Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm and 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785. Also Maltings, Berwick. 2pm. £16, £15 conc, £8 child.

Tuesday, September 30: Jaleo Flamenco - A Compas. In a scintillating fusion of heartwrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing, Jaleo return to Britain after three years with their latest new stage show, brimming over with the intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre which has become synonymous with the company. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. Call 01665 510785.

Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1: Butterfly. A young mother lies alone in a hospital bed unable to see her child. As her family come to terms with the events that put her there, we discover why what should be the happiest time in a new mother’s life is anything but. A heartfelt drama about one woman’s craving for understanding. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £8, £6 conc. Call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, October 1: Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me. Live streaming from Royal Festival Hall to mark the publication of Stephen Fry’s brand new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, following the 2010 bestseller The Fry Chronicles. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £16.50, standard £15.50, conc £14.50. Call 01665 510785.


Tonight: The Rover (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: Film night at Shilbottle Community Hall. 7pm. See hall for details of film showing. Refreshments available. Free admission but donations welcome.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, October 1: The Inbetweeners 2 (15). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm (tomorrow only) and 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc. Call 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 27: God’s Pocket. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 27: The Nut Job (U). Seahouses Hub. 3pm. £7, £6.50 conc, £4 child, £19 family.

Saturday, September 27: Pride (15). Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £7, £6.50 conc, £4 child, £19 family.

Thursday, October 2: The Inbetweeners 2 (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Thursday, October 2: What If (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc. Call 01289 330999.


Tonight and Thursday, October 2: Buskers’ Night. Hosted by Lee Brown. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion provided or bring your own. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight.

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Hicks & Goulbourn. With support from Burke & Homer and Andy Craig. At The Queen’s Head, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. To book, call 01669 620470.

Tonight: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Andy Kain Trio. Musicians and listeners welcome. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Members admission £5, non-members £6.50. Call 01668 216437.

Tomorrow: Concert. Pacific Curls. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Tickets £8, £7 conc, £4 children, £18 family, Call 01665 574964, email geoff.hoskin@gmail.com or www.highlightsnorth.co.uk.

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

Saturday, September 27: Concert. Local jazz/blues guitarist Gavin Summers performs at The Railway Inn, Acklington, 7.30pm.

Sunday, September 28: Concert. Coquet Singers. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Normal admission charges apply. Contact 01665 570628.

Monday, September 29: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8pm.


Tonight: Any Questions. Topical local issues to be discussed with a distinguished panel. Organised in association with Alnwick Civic Society. At Bailiffgate Museum. 7.30pm. 01665 605847.

Tonight and Sunday, September 28: Public Observing Night at Kielder Observatory. Experts guide you around the sky and help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow: A Night of Comedy, Song, Music and Magic. Elsdon Village Hall. Ernie Coe, Bob Bolam, Gillian and George Birney and several other well-known Northumbrian entertainers will perform. 7.30pm. Licensed bar. Contact Robert Arthur on 07850 340152 for tickets (concert only £6.50, concert and pie and peas supper £8.50).

Tomorrow: Macmillan Coffee Morning. Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am.

Tomorrow: Macmillan Coffee Morning. Seahouses Methodist Church. 10am. With cakes, stalls and raffle

Tomorrow: Coffee and Cake for Macmillan. At Gallery 45, Felton. 10.30am. Contact feltonfive@yahoo.co.uk

Tomorrow: Macmillan Coffee Morning. The Old Stables Shop and Tearoom, Broomhouse, Alnwick. 10am. Email info@theoldstablesalnwick.co.uk

Tomorrow: Macmillan Coffee Morning. St Mark’s URC, Amble. 10am. Email irene2311hall@hotmail.co.uk

Tomorrow: Macmillan Coffee Morning. Fourways 2, Amble. 10am. Email julie@ambledevelopmenttrust.org.uk

Tomorrow: Deep Sky Observing at Kielder Observatory. Discover the incredible faint galaxies, clusters and nebula as well as comets and other denizens of the outer solar system. 11.30pm-2.30am. Adults £16, £14 conc. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Tomorrow and and Saturday, September 27: Universe Full of Stars at Kielder Observatory. Includes a tour of the facility and use of the powerful telescopes. Age 10+.8pm–11pm. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Tomorrow and and Saturday, September 27: Stargazing Weekend Break. Great food, comfortable rooms, astronomy talks for novices and stargazing wonders through powerful telescopes guided by experts. At Redesdale Arms, Otterburn. Contact info@redesdale-arms.co.uk or 01830 520668.

Saturday, September 27: Vintage-style coffee and crafts morning. 11am-2pm. At Westfield Park, Longhoughton. All funds raised will go to MacMillan Cancer Support – the event is part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning weekend and includes local crafts, tombola, book and cake stalls, raffle, candy floss and children’s fun room.

Saturday, September 27: Car-boot Sale. Run by Alnwick Lions Club in aid of good causes. Homebase car park, Alnwick. 9am–noon. Car boot £10. To book, call 0845 8335931.

Saturday, September 27: Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Family event including an interactive multimedia presentation, talks with astronomers and a tour of the Observatories. Ages 5+. 5pm–6.30pm. Adults £15, conc £13, family £45. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 27: Late Night Astro Photography at Kielder Observatory. 11.30pm – 2.30am. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 27: Art Workshop. Newcastle to the Gobi Desert, Alan Reed. Watercolour. Coquetdale Arts Centre, Front Street, Rothbury. 10am-4pm. Materials can be provided. Cost £20 per class. To book, call 01669 621557.

Saturday, September 27: Autumn Fair. At Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am. Refreshments, raffle, tombola, domino card, cakes, produce, book exchange and other stalls and games. £1 to include refreshments.

Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28: Wartime Wallington. Step back in time and find out what life was like during the Second World War. At Wallington Hall. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. Call 01670 773600.

Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28: Splash! Family-friendly water-pistol fun. A water pistol is provided but it is advised you bring a change of clothes with you. Subject to weather conditions. The The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 28: Art And Craft Fair, Warkworth Memorial Hall, 10am-4pm. Free entry. A range of original and unique products from local artists and artisans. All handcrafted, no bric-à-brac.

Monday, September 29: Talk. Writer Jane Torday gives a talk at Barter Books, Alnwick, entitled Roger, Nidnod, Lupin, Lumpy and Me. Jane has written a number of memoirs about her father, Roger Mortimer, who was a prolific writer. The event starts at 7.30pm and entry is £5. To book, phone 01665 604888 or call into the shop.

Tuesday, September 30: Art Classes. The sessions run weekly up to December, At The Trinity Methodist Church, Amble. 7pm-8.30pm. Call Pauline on 07539 128272.

Wednesday, October 1: Victorian Baking Day. Costumed cooks recreate Victorian recipes in the kitchen. At Cragside. 1pm-5pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.

Wednesday, October 1: Scottish Country Dancing. New ten-week term of classes starts. At the Pavilion in Bamburgh. 2pm. New members and come-and-try experimenters very welcome.First meeting free, then £22.50 per term. Half-time cuppa 20p.

Wednesday, October 1: Talk. Colours of the church year in flowers by Lizzie Harratt. At Belford Mothers Union meeting in Bell View Resource Centre. 4pm.

Thursday, October 2: Drop-in Session. Hearing Aid support and information, from Action on Hearing Loss (previously RNID). Re-tubing and batteries (for NHS hearing aids) and hearing loss information. Alnwick Library, 9.30am-10.30am. Amble Health Centre, 1.30pm-3pm.

Thursday, October 2: Poetry at the B. Tyneside poet Catherine Graham will talk and read some of her latest poems. Copies of Things I Will Put In My Mother’s Pocket and other books will be available for purchase. Bailiffgate Museum. 7pm. Free admission.


Saturday, September 27: Nordic Walk. Join Shepherds Walks for a four-mile walk across the Pilgrims’ Causeway to the mainland. Starts Holy Island. 10.30am. £12.50. To book, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Sunday, September 28: Ranger Walks. Explore off the beaten track. At Cragside. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.

Wednesday, October 1: Nordic Walking for Beginners. Guided three-mile walk. Free pole hire. Starts 10am at Rothbury. £4. To book, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.