What’s on in Northumberland – week ending October 9

The Red Lion beer festival in Alnmouth.
The Red Lion beer festival in Alnmouth.


Tomorrow: Money The Game Show. Playing with £10,000 in real pound coins, you are invited to bet long, short and hedge, as Casino and Queenie challenge you to play a series of high stake games that demonstrate how the world’s economic system came to the brink of collapse. Ages 14+. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £13, standard £12, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow: Absolutely Legless. This vibrant Irish Dance Group has developed a reputation for exciting and innovative performances throughout the world. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £10, £8 conc. 01289 330999.

Saturday, October 4: Sound and Guts. A playful tale about the fine line between being alone and being lonely. Ages 14+. Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. £7.50, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Saturday, October 4: The Man Who Woke Up Dead. Square Peg Theatre. A taut thriller which explores the divide between fact and fiction. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £13, £11.50 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Sunday, October 5: Babar the Little Elephant. Maltings, Berwick. 1pm. £6. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, October 7: A Doll’s House. UK Touring Theatre in association with Redbridge Drama Centre. New translation of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play about marriage, money and the freedom of women in the late 19th century. Ages 12+. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £13, standard £12, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, October 8: Mostra. Esra Taf Theatre with the Avison Ensemble led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. A unique evening of words and music celebrating the life and times of Charles Avison, the Newcastle-born composer, conductor and organist possibly one of the most important English concerto composers of the 18th Century. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £15.50, conc £14.50. 01665 510785.


Tonight: The Inbetweeners 2 (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tonight: What If? (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Saturday, October 4, and Thursday, October 9: Lucy (12a). Alnwick Playhouse: Saturday, 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick: Saturday and Thursday, 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5: Planes 2 - Fire & Rescue (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, October 7: The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, October 8: Before I Go to Sleep (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Thursday, October 9: The Grand Seduction (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.


Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club presents Wullie Scott, who plays traditional Scottish tunes on his accordion. At The Queen’s Head, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members’ admission £3; non-members £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. To book, call 01668 281307.

Tonight and Thursday, October 9: Buskers’ Night. Hosted by Lee Brown. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion provided or bring your own. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight.

Saturday, October 4: Village Voices. With a harvest theme. Seahouses Methodist Church. 7pm. £5.

Saturday, October 4: Mambo Jambo in Concert. An evening of live music and dancing. Kirknewton Village Hall. 8pm-late. With a bar and raffle. Tickets £10 from Clare on 01668 216337 or Peter on 01668 216300.

Sunday, October 5: Oxford Concert Party. The Oxford Concert Party are a lively and highly entertaining group of six first-rate musicians with a unique repertoire which ranges from Vivaldi to Piazzolla, via Argentinian Tango, Jewish Klezmer, French café music, and music from Eastern Europe, Ireland and Scotland. Wingates Village Institute. 7.30pm. Adult £8.50, conc £7, children £5, family £20. 01669 621954.

Monday, October 6: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Tuesday, October 7: Acoustic Buskers’ Night. All styles and abilities welcome. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. 07939 498879.


Today: Drop-in Session. Hearing Aid support and information, from Action on Hearing Loss (previously RNID). Re-tubing and batteries (for NHS hearing aids) and hearing loss information. Alnwick Library, 9.30am-10.30am. Amble Health Centre, 1.30pm-3pm.

Tonight: Poetry at the B. Tyneside poet Catherine Graham will talk and read some of her latest poems. Copies of Things I Will Put In My Mother’s Pocket and other books will be available for purchase. Bailiffgate Museum. 7pm. Free admission. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Friends Quiz Night. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7pm-9pm. Teams of up to six people. £2 per person. If you’ve got no team, come along and be paired up. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Dowsing Talk and Demonstration. By Adrian Incledon-Webber, past vice-president of the British Society of Dowsers. In the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.15pm-9.15pm. £3, refreshments available. 01669 621234.

Tomorrow and Saturday, October 4: Deep Sky Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experience an unforgettable night of deep sky astronomy under some of the darkest skies on the planet. 11.30pm-2.30am. Adults £16, conc £14. Book www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow to Sunday, October 5: Red Lion Beer Festival, Alnmouth. Proceeds in aid of Help for Heroes.

Saturday, October 4: An Introduction to Beekeeping. The course will cover the life of the honey bee, the beekeeping year, how to set up an apiary, the equipment you will need, working with the bees, products of the hive and surviving your first season. Jubilee Hall, Newton on the Moor. 10am–1pm. £10, including tea/coffee. Send your cheque (payable to ADBKA) with a telephone number and email to Sandra Carrott, Mount Hooley Cottage, Whittingham, NE66 4RN. Or call 01665 574332 or email sandra.carrott@btinternet.com.

Saturday, October 4: Art Workshop. Harbour Scene with Malcolm Coils. For watercolour artists. Coquetdale Arts Centre, Front Street, Rothbury. 10am-4pm. Materials can be provided. £20. 01669 621557.

Saturday, October 4: Coffee Morning. With cake stall, tombola and cards/souvenirs from RNLI Shop. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 10am–11.30am. £1.50, with a fresh buttered scone included.

Saturday, October 4: Budding Artists – Wand Making. The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, October 4: Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. A fun-packed family event including an interactive multimedia presentation, talks with astronomers and a tour of the Observatories. Ages 5+. 5pm–6.30pm. Adults £15, conc £13, family £45. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5: Kielder Marathon Weekend. For more details, visit www.kieldermarathon.com

Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5: Autumn Garden Watch. Youngsters are being encouraged to head to Belsay to spot the signs of autumn in the exotic and Jurassic gardens. The site team will ask you to find specific seasonal delights. At Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens. 10am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sunday, October 5: Budding Artists – Potion Making. The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Monday, October 6, and Thursday, October 9: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the starry skies of Kielder and the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe – the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. 8pm-11pm. Adult £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tuesday, October 7: HospiceCare North Northumberland Photo Competition Exhibition. This new exhibition opens on Tuesday and runs until November 3. At Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum.

Tuesday, October 7: Alnwick Family History Society. Members and non-members are invited to bring along a photo or item that has especial significance to them and share its background for 5-10 minutes. Bailiffgate Museum. 7pm. £2.50 donation for non-members. 01665 605847.

Tuesday, October 7: Art Classes. At The Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Amble. 7pm to 8.30pm. Each Tuesday until December. More details, call 07539 128272.

Tuesday, October 7: Alnwick & District Flower Club. Demonstration by Anne Codd entitled The Colours of Autumn. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm.

Tuesday, October 7: Barn Dance. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm.

Wednesday, October 8: Victorian Baking Days. Volunteer cooks in costume recreate authentic Victorian recipes. Cragside. 1pm-4pm. Normal admission applies. Subject to volunteer availability. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, October 8: Conservation in Action - Conservation Cleaning. Volunteers carry out conservation cleaning on items at Cragside. Subject to volunteer availability. 1pm-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, October 8: Two Countries. Katrina Porteous book launch with music by Alistair Anderson. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £10. 01289 330999.


Sunday, October 5: Alnwick Ramblers. Newton Tors. Eight miles. Walk starts at 10.30am at Hethpool car park. For details and if weather is inclement, call 01669 621289.

Sunday, October 5: Rangers Walks. Ranger-led walk exploring Cragside. 1pm-3pm. Normal admission prices. Contact 01669 620333.

Tuesday, October 7: Turning Water into Light. Guided three-mile walk to learn about William Armstrong. At Cragside. 1pm to 3pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773963.

Tuesday, October 7: The Draconids Meteor Shower. This short guided walk is timed to get a good view of the Draconids Meteor Shower. Starts 7pm in the Breamish Valley. £15.50. Information/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Wednesday, October 8: Nordic Waling for Beginners. Three-mile guided walk. Starts 10am in Rothbury. £4. Free pole hire. Information/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Wednesday, October 8: Voluntary Ranger Guided Walks - Prehistoric People’s Lives. Step back in time to see how prehistoric people lived. 4.5 miles. Stars at Ingram Bridge car park, 11am. Visit www,northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk.