What’s on in Northumberland – week ending April 16

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a scene from Selma. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Atsushi Nishijima.
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a scene from Selma. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Atsushi Nishijima.

Films, theatre, live music, walks and other events coming up in Northumberland this week.


Tomorrow: National Theatre Live - Behind The Beautiful Forevers (15). Live streaming. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12: Roy Chubby Brown - Don’t Get Fit, Get Fat Tour. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Sold out Saturday. Premier £23.50, standard £22.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, April 16: National Theatre Live - The Hard Problem. Live streaming. Alnwick Playhouse: 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick: 7pm. £16.75, £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.


Today, Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12: Home (U). Maltings, Berwick: Today, Saturday and Sunday, 2.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999. Seahouses Hub: Saturday, 3pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Today and Tuesday, April 14: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Alnwick Playhouse: Today, 2pm. Tuesday, 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick: Tuesday, 1pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tonight: The Theory of Everything (12a). Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. £7.50, £6.50 concs, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tonight: Selma (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: Big Hero 6 (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Saturday, April 11: Wild (15). Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Saturday, April 11: Fifty Shades of Grey (18). Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, April 14: Berwick Film Society – ‘71 (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, BFS members free. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 15: Episode of the Sea (12a). UK premiere of this black and white artists’ film documenting the tenacious traditionalism of the remote Dutch fishing community of Urk. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £5, £3 conc, child £3. 01289 330999.


Tonight and Thursday, April 16: Buskers’ Night. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion all provided for players or bring your own. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free.

Tomorrow: Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham – English Tour 2015. Traditional musicians. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £21 & £19 box and circle, £18 & £16 Stalls (£16.50 & £14.50 conc). 01289 330999.

Monday, April 13: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. For more information, call 01665 722835.

Tuesday, April 14: Buskers Night. All styles and abilities welcome. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. 07939 498879.

Wednesday, April 15: Northumberland Traditional Music session. Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm.

Thursday, April 16: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. AGM at 7pm, followed by the Liam Stewart Trio. Musicians/listeners welcome. Glendale Hall, Wooler. Members £5, non-members £6.50. 01668 216437.


Today: Peterkin the Jester. Alnwick Castle. Appearances at intervals. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

Today: Easter Stories and Crafts. 4–8yrs. Alnwick Library. 10.30am-11.30am. Free. Booking essential, 01665 602689.

Today: Wickham Day. Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. 10.30am-4.30pm. More information, visit alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Today: Sure Start – Messy Play. 5yrs and under. Seahouses Sports Community Centre. 1.30pm-2.30pm. 07826 954319.

Today and Tomorrow: Lambing Shed Live. Take a tractor trailer ride through Wallington to Broomhouse Farm and experience lambing on a working farm. Enjoy a tour of the lambing shed, help to bottle feed the lambs and meet the other animals. At Broomhouse Farm. Adult £5, child 2-16 £4. Booking recommended via Broomhouse Farm on 07786 171819 or ircairns@outlook.com

Today and Tomorrow: Broomhouse Farm Event – Lambing Apprentice. Get hands-on lambing experience. 10yrs+. 1pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm. Evenings £30, afternoons £60. Booking Essential 07786 171819.

Today and Tomorrow: Zoo Club. Help the zoo keepers with their daily checks, feeding the lemurs, training the cockatoos and walking the Shetland ponies. £30 per day with a 20 per cent discount when booking all five days. For children aged 5-8 and 9-15, lunch included. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am-4pm. www.kirkleyhall zoo.co.uk

Today and Tomorrow: Works. A creatively funny, chain reaction of a show including a Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg-esque contraption, assembled by two non-speaking workmen. The Alnwick Garden. Noon and 2.30pm. Normal admission applies.

Today to Sunday, April 12: Spring Play. Celebrate the arrival of spring at the home of the adventurous Trevelyan family and enjoy indoor activities and outdoor adventures. At Wallington. Noon-3pm. Normal admission applies but small charge for some activities.

Today to Sunday, April 12: Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. Collect your activity pack and explore the The Alnwick Garden where the Gold Bunny is hiding. At the end, receive a Lindt Gold Bunny reward. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today to Sunday, April 12: Budding Artist - Koinobori. Make a Koinobori Fish. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Today to Sunday, April 12: Toobelz House. New indoor play space at Wallington. 11am-3pm. Check for property open/closed days. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Today to Thursday, April 16: Cadbury Castle Easter Trail. Complete the Easter trail and then claim your Cadbury Egghead. At Lindisfarne Castle. 10am-3pm and noon-5pm. Normal admission applies. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Today to Thursday, April 16: Alice and the Magic Mirror Garden. Curious characters including Alice, The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit are hiding. Join the hunt to find them. At Belsay Castle. 11am-5pm. Normal admission applies with additional £1.

Today and Thursday, April 16: 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, April 16: Alnwick Writing Group. At the Northumberland Gazette office, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm. Email kemp_m@mail.com

Today to Thursday, April 16: Rhododendron Spectacular. Colourful rhododendrons at Howick Hall Gardens. 10.30am-6pm. £7.70 adults, £6.60 over 60s, children free. Contact 01665 577285.

Today to Thursday, April 16: Spring Wildlife Hats. Make your own spring wildlife hat. At Woodhorn Museum. Noon-3pm. Contact 01670 624455.

Tonight: Green Square Seminar. Find out about renewable technologies available to the domestic market and the Government’s Renewable Heating Incentives scheme. With refreshments and Q&A session. Lady Waterford Hall. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Free admission. 01573 225235.

Tomorrow: Spring Fair. Range of stalls and refreshments. Seahouses Methodist Church. 11am-3pm.

Tomorrow: Family Friday. Session for children and their parents about Victorian Life. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.

Tomorrow: North Northumberland Bird Club. Talk by Gill Thompson entitled Curlews, Grouse and Ouzels - Emblematic and Iconic Birds of Northumberland. Bamburgh Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. 01289 388869.

Tomorrow and Saturday, April 11: Open Garden Event. Also includes a range of stalls. In aid of Barnardo’s Young Carers and St Oswald’s Hospice. At The Whitehouse, 5 Swinhoe Road, Beadnell, NE67 5AG. 2pm—6pm. £1.

Tomorrow to Sunday, April 12: Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. Northumbrian festival including concerts, sing-arounds, barn dance, storytelling, theatre and street performances. At Morpeth. Contact 01670 513308.

Saturday, April 11: Acklington Big Spring Clean. Take part in this tidy-up event. 10am-noon. Meet at Acklington Village Hall. Equipment provided. 01670 761451.

Saturday, April 11: Dance. Bolton Village Hall. 8pm. £3.50. Pooled supper, but no bar. 01665 574623.

Saturday, April 11, to Sunday, April 12: Diesel trains. At the Aln Valley Railway’s Lionheart Station site in Alnwick. 10.30am-4.30pm. www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12: Making of the Gospels. Medieval craftspeople demonstrate the skills used in constructing the original gospels. At Lindisfarne Priory. 11am-5pm (times may vary depending on the tide times). English Heritage members free, adults £6, children 5-15 £3.50, concession £5. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12: Bunny and Chicks Weekend. Meet some bunnies and guinea pigs along with some cute, fluffy chicks in the PETALZ barn. There will be games and quizzes throughout the day for a fun family day out. At Kirkley Hall. 10am-4pm. Visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk

Sunday, April 12: In Focus. Try a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am-4pm. Free. 0191 284 6884.

Sunday, April 12: Hauxley Open Day. See the plans and progress on Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s new visitor centre. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10.30am-3.30pm. Contact 0191 2846884.

Sunday, April 12: Strictly Gardening. Work in the wildlife garden with North Northumberland Wildlife Watch Group. Lowick Village Hall. Children £2.50. Contact 01289 388867.

Sunday, April 12: Children’s Table-top Sale. Sell children’s outgrown clothes, toys and equipment. The Hub, Seahouses Sports Community Centre. 11am-1pm, sellers only 10am. £10 table indoors, £5 car boot or stall space. Call 01665 721868 to book. In aid of Seahouses Development Trust and Cinema.

Sunday, April 12: North East and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Set up by Alnwick man James Stewart, Dinnington Village Annex. 2pm-4pm. 07960 507016.

Sunday, April 12: Early Bird Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. 5pm-6.30pm. £16, conc £14, family £45.04. Information/booking, visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Monday, April 13: Museum Tots. Free pre-school group with themed activities. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 9.30am-11am. Donations welcome. 01665 605847.

Monday, April 13: NWT Coquetdale Group. AGM, followed by a talk by Phil and Alison Hanmer about Iceland. Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2.50. 01669 621972.

Tuesday, April 14: Spring Cleaning. Join learning officer Carole for a spot of Victorian-style spring cleaning. At Cragside. 11am-3pm. Normal admission applies.

Tuesday, April 14:Autumn Club. Talk by Elisabeth Haddow about the making of the new war memorial at Shilbottle. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 2.30pm.

Tuesday, April 14: Barn Dance. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm.

Tuesday, April 14: Warkworth Ceilidh Night. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £5, from the door or via the Post Office. 01665 711388.

Wednesday, April 15: Time to Dress. Victorian costume activity session for children. At Cragside. Various times. Group £10. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday, April 15: Dark Sky Night and Dark Skies - Eclipses. Space-inspired activities. Ideal for adults and families with children 8+. Free hot drinks. At National Park Centre, Once Brewed. Dark Sky Night. 4pm-6pm and Dark Skies - Eclipse 7pm-10pm. Adult £7.50, child £5. Contact Joe on 07581 708436 or Duncan on 01434 611521.

Wednesday, April 15: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm–9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, April 15: Aln & Breamish Local History Society. Sue Rogers talks about Undiscovered Historic Routes in Northumberland. Whittingham Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Non-members £3. 01665 574319.

Wednesday, April 15: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm–9.30pm. £2. More details via Village Of Swing Facebook page.

Thursday, April 16: Aln Valley Railway. Talk by Dr Mike Wood entitled The G5 Project – Recreating a North Eastern Legend. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for small donation. 01665 606168.

Thursday, April 16: Poetry @ the B. Guest poet is Josephine Scott. Also open-mic poetry. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.30pm. £3, includes glass of wine. 01665 605847.

Thursday, April 16: East Coquet Local History Society. Talk by John Almond entitled Sacred Sites of the North East. St Mark’s URC Hall, Amble. 7.30pm. £1.50. All welcome.


Today: Red Squirrel Morning. Short stroll along the Beeches trail. Look for signs of red squirrels and visit the wildlife hide. Followed by red squirrel mask-making. Leaplish Waterside Park. 10am-noon. Adult £2, child £3. 01434 251000.

Today: Lindisfarne - A Place of Pilgrimage. Follow in the footsteps of St Cuthbert and walk from the mainland across the Pilgrims’ Causeway to Lindisfarne Priory. Light lunch and meeting with properties curator Mark Douglas for a talk about the site as an ancient place of pilgrimage. At Holy Island. 10.30am-3pm. Adult £35. For tickets, contact 0370 3331183.

Sat, April 11, to Thurs, April 16: Berwick Walking Festival. Informaiton/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk