What’s on in Northumberland – week ending March 19

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


Tonight: National Theatre Live – Behind The Beautiful Forevers (15). Live broadcast. Alnwick Playhouse: 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick: 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 14: Once Upon A Woodland. With storyteller Chris Bostock, author/illustrator Gary Northfield and performances from Alnwick Playhouse’s Mini Youth Theatre group. Suitable for all the family. At Alnwick Playhouse. 10.30am. £3. 01665 510785.

Saturday, March 14: The Messenger – Limbik Theatre. New show about nurses involved in organ donation. Age 14+. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £13, £11.50 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 14: Spring Takeover – Youth Alnwick Playhouse. An evening of live theatre, film and music programmed and performed by young people to appeal to a younger audience. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Sat, March 14, and Sun, March 15: Northumberland Theatre Company – 4 Thoughts. Four fabulous new plays showcasing some of the best, up-and-coming theatre-writing talent. Saturday: Bamburgh Pavilion, 7.30pm, 01668 214634. Sunday: Longhirst Village Hall, 7.30pm, 01670 790764.

Sunday, March 15: Wilson’s Tales Project Revival Event – Tales of Honour, Humour and Horror. Three tales from the 19th century publishing sensation Wilson’s Tales of the Borders. Guildhall, Berwick Town Hall. 7.30pm. £8. 01289 330999.

Wed, March 18, and Thurs, March 19: Oliver! The Musical – Alnwick Stage Musical Society. Alnwick Playhouse. £12, conc £11, child/student £8. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, March 18: Royal Ballet – Swan Lake. Encore broadcast. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.


Tomorrow: *The Imitation Game (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: *The Theory of Everything (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 14: *Paddington (PG). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 14: Kingsman – The Secret Service (15). Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, March 17: Berwick Film Society – Of Horses and Men (15). Maltings, Berwick. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, BFS members free. 01289 330999.


Tonight and Tomorrow: Ian Sherwood. Award-winning Canadian musician and songwriter. As part of Highlights Rural Touring Scheme. Tonight: Wingates Village Institute. 7.30pm. £8.50, conc £7, children £5, family £20. 01669 621954. Tomorrow: Craster Memorial Hall. 7.15pm. £7.50, conc £6.50, children £4. 01665 576226.

Tonight and Thursday, March 19: Buskers’ Night. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free.

Tomorrow: Absolution. Award-winning modern blues power trio. Maltings, Berwick. 9.15pm. £11.50. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 14: The Berwick Male Voice Choir & The Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 2pm. £7, U16s free with a paying adult. Available from 01665 606515 or on the door.

Saturday, March 14: Before the Mast. The band performs. As well as bingo and raffle. Seahouses Social Club. 7pm. Tickets £2. In aid of the club’s internal-lighting upgrade. 01665 720522.

Saturday, March 14: Sister Act. Railway Inn, Acklington. 7.30pm.

Monday, March 16: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 18: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, March 19: Sing Out in Lesbury. Folk-singing evening. Coach Inn, Lesbury. 7.30pm. Free.

Thursday, March 19: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. With Scott Band – Scottish Dance Band. Musicians/listeners welcome. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Members £5, non-members £6.50. 01668 216437.

Thursday, March 19: The Poozies. Celtic roots group. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £18 & £15 box and circle, £14.50 & £13 stalls, £13 & £11.50 conc. 01289 330999.


Today and Tuesday, March 17: Untold stories. A walk and talk around parts of Cragside highlighting the stories you don’t usually hear. 11yrs+. 11am–12.30pm. £5, plus normal admission. Booking essential, 0844 249 1895.

Today and Thursday, March 19: 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 19: Alnwick Writing Group. At the Northumberland Gazette office, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm. Email kemp_m@mail.com

Tonight and Thursday, March 19: Meditation Self-Development Course. The second and third weeks of a six-week meditation course (every Thursday) . Gallery 45, Felton. 6pm–7pm. £10 per session. To book, www.journey-with in.weebly.com

Tomorrow: Quiz Night. Shilbottle Community Hall. 7pm. £2 per person with teams of up to six people. Raffle and spot prizes. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Tomorrow: North Northumberland Bird Club. Talk by John Threlfall on Modern Wildlife Artists. Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Non-members £2. 01289 388869.

Tomorrow and Saturday, March 14: Twilight Tours. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Bring a torch. Not suitable for U10s. Tours at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Members: £10, £8 child, £8 conc. Non-members: £15, child £13, conc £13. To book, 0370 333 1183.

Saturday, March 14: Local Exchange/Trading Gardening Club Meeting. Visit club members and other gardens. Trade unwanted seeds, produce, plants and gardening sundries. At Beadnell. 10am. 01665 720993.

Saturday, March 14: Spring Writing Workshop – Tools for Creative Writing. With author Bea Davenport. Second of three sessions. Wooler Library, Cheviot Centre. 2pm–4pm. £15. 01668 282123.

Saturday, March 14: Stargazing. Hunting Hall, Lowick. 7pm–9pm. Bring a torch. Free, but booking essential at tinyurl.com/p6vgp6d

Saturday, March 14: Ceilidh. Youth ceilidh band Whistling Sheep (with caller). Pooled supper. Acklington Village Hall. 7pm. £7, £3.50 accompanied children. For tickets, 01670 760620.

Saturday, March 14: Dance. Pooled supper, but no bar. Bolton Village Hall. 8pm. £3.50. 01665 574623.

Sat, March 14, and Sun, March 15: Brick Figure Masks. Lego-themed craft session. Noon–3pm. Woodhorn. Donations welcome. 01670 528080.

Sunday, March 15: Mother’s Day at Belsay. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–4pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sunday, March 15: Mother’s Day Lunch. Cragside. From noon. More details, call 01669 622038.

Sunday, March 15: Mother’s Day Lunch & Tea. The Alnwick Garden. Call 016655 11081.

Sunday, March 15: Mother’s Day Daffodil Picking. The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Sunday, March 15: Decorate a Daffodil Pot . Each pot comes with a chocolate treat and Lindt Gold Bunny gift tag. The Alnwick Garden. Free but normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Sunday, March 15: Early Bird Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. 5pm-7pm. £16, conc £14, family £45.04. Visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Monday, March 16: Talk. Alnwick U3A presents a talk by John Grundy entitled Is there a Northern Style of Architecture? Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 7.30pm, doors 6.45pm. Tickets £7 on the door. 01665 605298.

Tuesday, March 17: Barn Dances. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm.

Tuesday, March 17: A Universe Full Of Stars. Kielder Observatory. 9pm–12am. £16, conc £14. Visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, March 18: Knit A Cable Cushion Cover – Part 2. Gallery 45, Felton. 1.30pm–4.30pm. 01670 783424.

Wednesday, March 18: Aln & Breamish Local History Society. David Dickinson talks on Bookbinding. Whittingham Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Non-members £3. 01665 574319.

Wednesday, March 18: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm–9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, March 18: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm–9.30pm. £2. More details from the Facebook page entitled Village Of Swing.

Thursday, March 19: Afternoon Bingo. Enjoy tea and biscuits with your games. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.30pm. £1 per person. £2.40 for six games.

Thursday, March 19: Dementia Friends. Dementia Friends talk by the Alzheimer’s Society – Become a Dementia Friend and make a difference. Alnwick Library. 2pm–2.45pm or 3pm-3.45pm. Book your free place on 01670 622154.

Thursday, March 19: East Coquet Local History Society. Barry Mead gives a talk entitled Cresswell Curiosities/Archeological dig at Hauxley. St Mark’s URC Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. All welcome. £1.50.

Thursday, March 19: Aln Valley Railway. Slides from the John Boyes collection, with David Tyreman. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation. 01665 606168.


Sunday, March 15: Alnwick Ramblers. Alnham to Alnhammoor. Eight miles. Meet grass verge by Alnham church. 10.30am. Information/in the event of inclement weather, call 01665 830313.

Sunday, March 15: North Northumberland Wildlife Watch Group – The Rocks beneath our Feet. Join Ian Kille to learn about local rocks. 2pm–4pm. Call 01289 388867 for location and price.

Wednesday, February 18: Nordic Walking for Beginners. Guided two-mile walk. Free pole hire. Starts 10am in Rothbury. £5. Information/booking, call 01669 621044 or visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk