What’s on in Northumberland – week ending December 4

Members of Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre in a circus and performing workshop for their forthcoming production of The Greatest Show on Earth. Right, is Hannah Thompson, from Newcastle-based Five Ring Circus, who ran the workshop.
Members of Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre in a circus and performing workshop for their forthcoming production of The Greatest Show on Earth. Right, is Hannah Thompson, from Newcastle-based Five Ring Circus, who ran the workshop.
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Tonight: In A Nutshell – Queens Hall Arts and Puppetship. A warm and touching story of beginnings and endings. For children aged 3-6. Alnwick Playhouse. 11.30am and 2pm. £8. 01665 510785.

Tonight to Saturday, November 29: Maltings Youth Theatre presents Hairspray – The Broadway Musical. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm all three days, plus a 2pm matinee on Saturday. £12, £10 conc, family £40. 01289 330999.

Sat, Nov 29, and Sun, Nov 30: A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sat, Nov 29, and Sun, Nov 30: The Greatest Show on Earth with The Baker Street Irregulars – Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre. With circus skills, musical songs and a murder-mystery investigation. Alnwick Playhouse. Sat: 2pm and 7pm. Sun: 5pm. Standard £8, conc £7, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, December 2: L’elisir d’amore - Royal Opera. Encore broadcast. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Maltings, Berwick. 1pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools - student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

Wed, Dec 3, and Thurs, Dec 4: Nancy Steele’s Christmas Belles 2014. Let Nancy’s dancers get you in the festive spirit. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £8.50, £7.50 conc. 01289 330999.

Thursday, December 4: Shoo Shoo Baby’s Christmas Cabaret. The effortlessly funny musical double act host an unashamedly sparkly Christmas party. Wingates Village Institute. 7.30pm. Adult £8.50, conc £7, children £5, family £20. To book, 01669 621954.

Thursday, December 4: Rumpelstiltskin – Northumberland Theatre Company. An adaptation of this classic fairy-tale by acclaimed Olivier Award-winning children’s playwright Mike Kenny. Ages 6+. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9, child/student £6.50. 01665 510785.


Tonight: The Riot Club. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: Film Night. Sing-a-long to a favourite musical. Shilbottle Community Hall. See hall for details of the film showing. 7pm. Refreshments available. Entry free, but donations welcome.

Tuesday, December 2: Berwick Film Society - Like Father, Like Son (15). In Japanese with English subtitles. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, BFS members free. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, December 3: The Judge (15). Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.


Tonight and Thursday, December 4: Buskers’ Night. Equipment provided or bring yours. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm.

Tomorrow: Trio Gitan Christmas Concert. Seahouses Hub. 7.30pm. Yuletide songs, carols and music. For tickets, £6, children £3, call 01665 721868.

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

Tomorrow to Sunday, November 30: Northumberland Music Festival. For details of what is on, visit www.northumberlandmusicfestival.com

Sunday, November 30: Rock Festival Choir Advent Concert. St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 3pm. Tickets, £8, £7 conc, available on the door.

Sunday, November 30: Royal Northern Sinfonia - Haydn, Kodaly & Beethoven String Quartet. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £12, £10.50 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.

Monday, December 1: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Thursday, December 4: Afternoon Film Show. Shilbottle Community Hall. 2pm showing of a recent screening. Details at the hall. Free entrance, donations welcome.


Today and Thursday, December 4: Gateway Drop In. Play cards, read newspapers, watch TV, use the internet or join the craft group in the afternoon. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am-4pm.

Tonight: Stargazing Event. Includes indoor guided tour of the solar system, a laser-guided tour of the night sky, a series of other short talks and, weather permitting, followed by an opportunity to observe the stars using a variety of telescopes. Refreshments available. Suitable for all ages but no dogs allowed. At The Barn at Beal. 7pm-9pm. Free, but booking essential. Visit tinyurl.com/p6vgp6d

Tonight: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tonight: Quiz Night. Money to the Air Ambulance. Black Swan, Belford. 8pm. 01668 213266.

Tomorrow: Book Launch. Ernie Gordon will be at Alnwick Town Hall to launch his new book, The Adventures of Rusty Redcoat, Volume Two. 9am-5pm.

Tomorrow: Camera-derie. Photography group for different skill levels. Bell View Centre, Belford. 10am. £2, including coffee and biscuits. 01668 219220.

Tomorrow to Sunday, November 30: Christmas Lunches. Traditional three-course meal including tea/coffee. Cragside. Noon-3pm. £25, free admission. Booking essential, 01669 622038.

Saturday, November 29: Family History Society Drop-in Session. Alnwick Family History Society Branch members on hand to help beginners. Assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-1pm. Normal admission applies, plus donation for non-members. 01665 605847.

Saturday, November 29: Festive Workshops. Christmas tree decorations (10am-noon, £25), Christmas tree proggy mats (1.30pm-3.30pm, £15), knitted Christmas decorations (2pm-4.30pm, £22) and Christmas gift boxes (1pm-3pm, £15). Gallery 45, Felton. To book, 01670 783424.

Saturday, November 29: Christmas Fair. With stalls, children’s competition (Christmas decoration or card) and Santa’s Grotto and post box. Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am. £1 adults, 50p children, including refreshments.

Saturday, November 29: Christmas Fair. Home-made refreshments until 4pm and a range of stalls. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am-6pm. Money raised will go towards improvements at the hall.

Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30: Woodhorn Winter Weekend. A range of activities including workshop and Father Christmas. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Sunday, November 30: Ford Christmas Market. With more than 40 stalls and various entertainment. Lady Waterford Hall. 11am-3.30pm. 01890 820338.

Monday, December 1: BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. Be part of the audience for a special Christmas recording of the BBC Radio 4 popular gardening programme with an expert panel led by Eric Robson. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Doors open 5.45pm. £4.50, including a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. English Heritage members free. Tickets are limited. To book, 0370 333 1183.

Tuesday, December 2: Pie and Pea Lunch. £3.50 including tea/coffee and biscuits. In the Community Room, Stone Close, Seahouses. 11am for chat, crafts, cards and dominoes, lunch from noon. 01668 219220.

Tuesday, December 2: Alnwick and District Flower Club. With Craig Bullock and his Christmas Extravaganza of festive flowers. Alnwick Playhouse. £10. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, December 2: Advent Concert. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. With a drinks reception, sounds of the Northumbrian pipes, plus music from the Rock Festival Choir. Also, drinks and mince pies. At the Private Chapel, Alnwick Castle. Doors open at 6.30pm, carriages 8.30pm. Tickets £27.50.

Wednesday, December 3: lnwick Young People’s Association Ltd Annual General Meeting. At Alnwick Gallery Youth (to the rear of 39 Bondgate Within). 6pm.

Thursday, December 4: Poetry @ the B. Open mic poetry session. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. More details, call 01665 605847.


Saturday, November 29: Holy Island - On and Off the Beaten Track. Six-mile guided walk exploring the hidden areas of Holy Island, both on and off the beaten track. 11am. £12. Information/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Sunday, November 30: Ranger Walks. A rugged hike to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. 1.30pm-3pm. Free, but normal admission applies. 01669 620333.