What’s on in Northumberland – week ending May 2



Re-Take That. Tribute group. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Stalls £14, £12 conc, circle £16, box seat £18. Call 01289 330999.

Saturday, April 27

An Audience with Steven Berkoff. The iconic actor, director and writer Steven Berkoff takes to the stage to talk about his astonishing career, with a Q&A to follow. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £16, £14 conc, circle £18, box seat £20, schools – students £5 each and teacher goes free. Call 01289 330999.

Sunday, April 28

An Audience with Steven Berkoff. At Alnwick Playhouse. Event cancelled.

Wednesday, May 1

Red Ladder Theatre – The Thing About Psychopaths. A funny, thought-provoking new play from Ben Tagoe. Age 14+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £10, £8 conc, child £5. Call 01289 330999.

Thursday, May 2

Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes. Celebrating 50 years in music, double Grammy award winner Albert Lee returns with his multitalented band Hogan’s Heroes (Gerry Hogan. Peter Baron, Brian Hodgson and Gavin Povey). At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £17, £15 conc, circle £18, box seat £20. Call 01289 330999.



Lincoln (12a). At The Maltings, Berwick. 1pm & 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. Call 01289 330999.

Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28

Oz The Great and Powerful (PG). At The Maltings, Berwick. 1pm on Saturday, April 27, and then 2.30pm on Sunday. April 28. £7, £6 conc, child 4, babies free. Call 01289 330999.

Monday, April 29

Digital broadcast – Royal Opera, Nabucco. Pre-recorded digital broadcast filmed at The Royal Opera House earlier this month. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.15pm. £16, £14 cons, child £8. Package discounts available from box office. Call 01289 330999.

Tuesday, April 30

Song for Marion (PG). At The Maltings, Berwick. 1pm & 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. Call 01289 330999.

Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1

In The House (12a). Film is in French but with English subtitles. At Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm on Tuesday, April 30, and then at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 1. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/Student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Tuesday, April 30

Cloud Atlas (15). At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Thursday, May 2

A Late Quartet (12a). At Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm & 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785 for details.



Rothbury Roots. Award-winning folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts perform. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. £8. Information/booking, call 01669 620470.


Concert by Glendale Voices and friends. In aid of the Great North Air Ambulance. At Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. £5, payable on door.


The New Rope String Band. Superb musicianship with side-splitting comic genius. At Middleton & Todridge Village Hall. 7.30pm. £7.50, £4 conc. To book, call 01670 772600.


Amjazz Experience. Classic and modern jazz quartet. Raising funds for the James Calvert Spence College student/teacher exchange with South Africa. At The Amble Club, Bede Street, Amble. 8.30pm. Call 01665 710213.


Open Mic Night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Saturday, April 27

Rod Stewart. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Monday, April 29

Northumberland Traditional Music Singing Session. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick 8pm. Call 01665 722835.

Thursday, May 2

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Iain Stewart Trio performs. Musicians/listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £3, non-members £5. Call 01668 281307.


Today to Saturday, April 27

Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience a taste of Japanese culture at The Alnwick Garden. On April 27, there will be workshops by Bu U, London Bon Dancing and The Sounds of Japan Taiko drummers. The finale is an hour long public performance in the early evening by the artists. More details, call 01665 511350.


Bingo. Eyes down 7.30pm. At Cottage Inn, Dunstan.


Rape – It doesn’t Happen in Northumberland. GRACE, Northumberland Rape Crisis, is holding an event is aimed at those who receive disclosures of sexual violence, those who currently refer clients to GRACE and anyone who is interested in finding out more about sexual violence against women in Northumberland. At Ellingham Hall, near Chathill. 10am–3pm. To attend, call 01642 713211 or email graceevent@tynesidercc.org.uk


Film Night. At Shilbottle Community Hall. Doors at 6.45pm, 7pm start. Refreshments available. Free admission, but donations welcome.

Saturday, April 27

Alnwick Lions Club Car Boot Sale. At the car park in Homebase, Alnwick. 9am. £10 per car. Money raised for charity. Call 0845 8335931.

Saturday, April 27

Survival Training UK Course. This course, led by James Reay, will pass on knowledge to live comfortably in the wilderness, such as building shelters and cooking over open fires. All courses are hands on and ran in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Either an eight-hour or 24-hour course. £85 (8 hour), £160 (24 hour). Information/booking, call 07712 172768.

Saturday, April 27

Celtic Fire. An evening of music, storytelling and dance telling the story of St Cuthbert. At St Maurice’s Church, Eglingham. 7pm followed by buffet supper. Tickets £5 in advance, available from The Cheviot Centre, Wooler, or Brands Newsagents, Wooler. £6 on door. Call 01668 282176.

Sunday, April 28

Boys In The Kitchen - One day course. Suitable for adults only. At The Alnwick Garden. 9.15am–3.15pm. £60. Information/booking, call 01665 511378.

Monday, April 29

Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm.

Monday, April 29, and Wednesday, May 1

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to answer questions and guide you around the night sky and supervise your use of the telescopes. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35 on Monday or £11, £8 conc, family £30 on Wednesday. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, May 1

Victorian Baking Days. Volunteer cooks dress in costume and recreate authentic Victorian recipes in the kitchen at Cragside. 1pm and 4pm. Call 01669 620333.


Saturday, April 27

Nordic Walk – Elsdon. A 4.5-mile walk with a qualified instructor. Poles can be loaned for free. Starts 10am at Elsdon. £8.50. Information/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01830 540453.

Thursday, May 2

Alnwick & District Natural History Society. Walk through Hepburn Woods in search of typical birds of conifer woods. Starts Hepburn Woods car park, 2pm. Visitors £1.50. Call 01665 602614.


Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms, 11pm–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, children free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open at 11am. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open Sundays–Fridays, noon-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Closed Saturdays. £9, conc £8, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Monday-Fridays. Tours on the hour, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm; Sundays, 10am-noon. Closed Saturdays. £7, conc £5, children £3, family £15.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today and tomorrow, and Tuesday–Thursday, May 2, 1pm–5pm. Open 11am–5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Garden/woodland open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am-7pm. Cragside closed Mondays. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £15.20, child £7.60, family £37.90. Gardens only: £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–6pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains leave Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am–3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Ticket office/shop opens at 10am. Return journeys: £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am–5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am–sunset. Free

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

01830 540362. Shops, workshops and food outlets in a 15th century courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Garden admission, £4.25, accampanied U16s free. Nursery/cafe admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily 10am-5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open daily, noon-5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Walled garden open daily, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid - Garden/grounds only: Whole property: £11.50, child £5.75, family £28.75. £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Hermitage open Sundays & Mondays, 11am-4pm. Closed all other days. £3.40, child £2, conc £3.10.