What’s on in Northumberland – week ending March 26

Oliver! is at Alnwick Playhouse until Sunday.
Oliver! is at Alnwick Playhouse until Sunday.


Tonight to Saturday, March 22: Alnwick Stage Musical Society – Oliver, The Musical. Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 2pm. Alnwick Playhouse. £12, conc £11, child/student £8. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: Whittingham Amateur Dramatic Group - It’s On, It’s Off. Also a raffle. Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. £5, children free, pay at door. 01665 574384.

Saturday, March 21: Northern Ballet - Elves & The Shoemaker. 3yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 12.15pm, 2pm, 4pm. £5.50 adults, £4.50 children. 01289 330999.

Monday, March 23: Royal Opera House Live - Swan Lake. Encore screening. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.15pm. Premier £16, standard £15, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Wed, March 25, and Thurs, March 26: Berwick Operatic Society - The Wizard of Oz. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12, £10 conc, family £36. 01289 330999.

Thursday, March 26: National Theatre Live - A View from the Bridge (12a). Live streaming of this tragic masterpiece. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.


Tomorrow: Fifty Shades of Grey (18). Seahouses Hub. 7pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Tomorrow: Film Night. Shilbottle Community Hall. Doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start. See hall from details. Donations welcome.

Tomorrow: Film Night. Lesbury Village Hall. 7pm. Details of film in the hall. Tickets from the Post Office or from the hall on the night.

Saturday, March 21: Shaun the Sheep (U). Seahouses Hub. 3pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Saturday, March 21: Whiplash (15). Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Wednesday, March 25: Film Afternoon. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.45pm for 2pm start. See hall for film details. Donations welcome.


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

Tonight: 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.

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

Tonight and Thursday, March 26: Buskers’ Night. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free.

Tomorrow: PianoPiano. The performance, composed for two grand pianos, features original tracks. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £13, £11.50 conc, £7 child. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 21: Alasdair Roberts and Barnaby Brown Concert. Music from two leading Scottish folk musicians. Maltings, Berwick. 4.15pm-6pm. £7, £5 conc. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 21: Nicola Farnon Trio. Nicola Farnon (vocals/double bass), Piero Tucci (piano and sax), Phil Johnson (drums). Howick Village Hall. 7.30pm. Family £20, adult £8, children £4. 01665 577384.

Saturday, March 21: Concert for Elena. With local singing group the Border Tarts, Northumberland pipers Andy and Margaret Watchorn and singer/guitarist Malcolm Bennett. Ancroft Village Hall. 7.30pm. Proceeds to the Project Trust. Tickets £6 in advance (01890 750939) or £8 on the door.

Monday, March 23: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Tuesday, March 24: The Life & Music of Jim Reeves. Al Grant presents a unique insight into the Life and Music of the legendary singer Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of his classic hit songs. With special guest, Isla Grant. Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £20.50, standard £19.50, conc £18.50. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, March 25: Bailiffgate Singers present Flights of Fancy. Concert to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. St James URC, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Tickets £7, including refreshments, from Penrose’s, Alnwick, or on the door.

Wednesday, March 25: Alnwick Music Society. The Europa Ensemble. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £16, conc £15, students in full-time education free of charge. 01665 510785.

Thursday, March 26: Rothbury Roots. Acoustic guitarist Brooks Williams. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. 01669 620470.


Today and Thursday, March 26: 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 26: Alnwick Writing Group. At the Northumberland Gazette office, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm. Email kemp_m@mail.com

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

Today: 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.

Today to Sunday, March 22

Science and Engineering Week - Lightbulb Trail. Cragside. 1pm-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Tonight: Webinar. Getting You Started With Your Garmin GPS. 7pm. £19.99. Information/booking, 01669 621044 or visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Tonight: 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.

Tonight: 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.

Tonight: Poetry @ the B. Guest poet Pauline Plummer and flamenco musician Cliff Blakey. Also open mic poetry session. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm. £3, includes complimentary glass of wine. 01665 605847.

Tonight and Thursday, March 26: Meditation Self-Development Course. The third and fourth 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: Science and Engineering Week - Restoration of the Iron Bridge. A talk on the restoration of the iron bridge, Cragside’s iconic structure. At Cragside. 11am-noon. £10 (inc refreshments), plus normal admission. Booking essential, 0844 249 1895.

Tomorrow to Sunday, March 22: Aln & Coastland Churches Open Weekend. Variety of events in the parishes of Lesbury with Alnmouth and Longhoughton (including Boulmer) with Howick. More details at alnandcoastland.org

Tomorrow and Wednesday, March 25: Cooking in the Kitchen. Costumed interpreters cook 1930’s recipes. Wallington. Noon-3pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Saturday, March 21: Craft Fair. 18 stalls showcasing the very best in local arts and crafts, plus some top prizes on offer. Event is to support the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am-12.30pm. £1.50, including refreshments. 01665 605847.

Saturday, March 21: Family History Help Session. Free advice to help you trace your ancestors. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-1pm. 01665 605847.

Saturday, March 21: Workshops. Knit A Blanket - Part 3 (10.15–1.15pm), Know Your Sewing Machine - Cushion Cover (10.30am–12.30pm), Know Your Sewing Machine - Cushion Cover (1.30pm–3.30pm). Gallery 45, Felton. 01670 783424.

Saturday, March 21: Science and Engineering Week - Young Engineer’s Zone. Chance to design and build engineering projects with cog-based kits. Cragside. Noon-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Saturday, March 21: Spring Writing Workshop. Tools for Creative Writing with Bea Davenport. Final part of three workshops. Wooler Library. 2pm-4pm. £15. 01668 282123.

Sat, March 21, and Sun, March 22: Brick Figure Masks. Lego-themed craft activity. Woodhorn. Noon-3pm. Donations welcome. 01670 624455.

Sat, March 21, and Sun, March 22: Budding Artist - Koinobori. The Alnwick Garden

. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sat, March 21, and Sun, March 22, and Tue, March 24, to Thurs, March 26: Science and Engineering Week - Boffins Trail. Discover more about Lord Armstrong’s passion for science and engineering on this family-orientated clue trail around the Cragside Estate. 10am-5pm. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Sunday, March 22: Junior Downhill MTB Race. Kielder. Aimed at 10-16yrs. Also a short course cross-country race for those who do not wish to enter the downhill, which will be open to all over 8yrs. 9am-3pm. £20 (10-16yrs). Booking essential, 01450 860307.

Sunday, March 22: Science and Engineering Week - Build a house, light a house. Create and decorate your own house, then learn how to create an electrical circuit to illuminate it. Cragside. Noon-4pm. £3, plus normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Sunday, March 22: Early Bird Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. 5pm-7pm. £16, conc £14, family ticket £45.04. Information/booking, www.kielderobservatory.org

Sunday, March 22: Warkworth Drama Group AGM. Warkworth Memorial Hall, Library Room. 6pm.

Tuesday, March 24: Webinar. Getting to Know Basecampe for Windows. 6.30pm. £19.99. Information/booking, 01669 621044 or shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, March 25: Knit A Blanket – Part 3. Gallery 45, Felton. 10.15am–1.15pm. 01670 783424.

Wednesday, March 25: Alnwick Wildlife Group. Shaun Hackett talks about bumblebees and other pollinators. Followed by free refreshments and time to chat. The talk takes place at St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2 or annual sub of £10.

Wednesday, March 25: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm–9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, March 25: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm–9.30pm. £2. More details from the Facebook page entitled Village Of Swing.

Wednesday, March 25: Public Observing. Kielder Observatory. 8pm-11pm. £16, conc £14. Information/booking, www.kielderobservatory.org


Saturday, March 21: Goshawk Walk. With expert birder Martin Davidson. Kielder. 9.30am-1pm. £6, conc £5, family £16. Booking essential, 01434 220242.

Saturday, March 21: Science and Engineering Week – Ranger walk. Join a ranger for a rugged hike to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Sunday, March 22: Shepherds Cairns and Hogdon Law. Eight miles. Starts 9.30am, Alnham Church. £13. Information/booking, 01669 621044 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, March 25: Nordic Walking for Beginners. Guided two-mile Nordic walk. Starts Rothbury, 10am. £5. Free pole hire. Information/booking, 01669 621044 or visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, March 25: Woodland Guided Walk. Join a volunteer ranger for a walk around the woodland at Wallington and discover some of its rich history and wildlife. 11.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Thursday, March 26: Untold stories. A walk and talk around parts of Cragside House highlighting the stories you don’t usually hear. 11am-12.30pm. £5, plus normal admission applies. Booking essential, 0844 249 1895.