Autumn 2019 - What's on

Tweedmouth by Tim Berrall

Autumn Festivals

Autumn is Berwick's 'Festival Season'! With Berwick Food and Beer Festivals, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the Berwick Literary Festival, all taking place in town during September and October.

Another annual event not to be missed is Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days is your once-a-year chance to explore the world on your doorstep, unlocked and completely free of charge! The full programme is to be announced mid-July, but with tours, walks and hidden gems to explore, it promises to be a fascinating time to visit Berwick.

There are also exhibitions taking place at the Granary Gallery, Gymnasium Gallery and Berwick Museum and Art Gallery within the Barracks. For theatre, cinema, comedy and live music events, the Maltings Arts Centre is the premier venue in North Northumberland.

Antique and Collectors Fairs take place regularly and there are Car Boot sales in Spittal every Sunday (May-Sept) as well as the twice-weekly Street Markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays) held on Marygate and the Buttermarket (under the Town Hall).

For spectators sporting events visit Shielfield Park (Tweedmouth), home to Berwick Rangers Football Club and Berwick Bandits Speedway. If you would like to participate in some physical activities and events, go to the Swan Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool, also in Tweedmouth.

For further information visit the links included or contact Berwick Tourist Information Centre.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Tourist Information Centre

(upstairs in the library)
TD15 1DB

+44 01670 622155

In a New Light: Transnational Cinema followed by a screening of Wajib
Shows & Displays

The concept of ‘national’ cinema has increasingly been questioned across contemporary scholarship in a globalized era and the focus has shifted towards the concept of ‘transnational’ instead. When it comes to Palestinian cinema, a true transnational cinema, it is often referred to as ‘Palestinian Cinema’ and for instance Palestinian films have been recognized and nominated for the Academy Awards Oscars.

Christmas Fayre
Shows & Displays

Santa, Gifts, Tombola, Raffle & Refreshments.

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas (Encore Broadcast)
Shows & Displays

The wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed.

The Counterfeit Seventies Show
Shows & Displays

Following an extensive tour of The Counterfeit Sixties Show, the band are back and bigger than ever with The Counterfeit Seventies Show – so get your glad rags on and boogie on down!

In a New Light: The Sound of American Cinema followed by a screening of Taxi Driver
Shows & Displays

In his lecture, Martin will explore the evolution of sound in American cinema, spanning a period from the 1970s through to the present day. Taxi Driver, one of the great American films, was written by Paul Schrader, who based it on his own personal struggles with insomnia and depression; he insisted that the relatively-unknowns Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro direct and lead respectively, because he was so impressed with Scorsese/de Niro's Mean Streets (1973).

Summer at Dockside

Dockside Gallery showcases contemporary British and European artists with much of the artwork reflecting the gallery’s surroundings of working docks and coastal landscapes. The artwork is inspiring, uplifting and changes regularly.

Stars of Irish Country
Shows & Displays

Now in its third year of touring to sell-out crowds nationwide the hugely popular Stars of Irish Country Show returns for another night of toe-tapping and hand clapping Country Magic!

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore)
Shows & Displays

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad.

Castle Vale Park
Outdoor Event

Discover Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park on either side of the railway station, where recent investment from Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery has reinvigorated these two little gems. 

Orlando - a pre-production talk
Shows & Displays

Michael Ayton teaches at Newcastle Explore. Prior to the Dyad Theatre Company’s Orlando, he’ll discuss how Virginia Woolf came to write this most unclassifiable of books.

Dyad Productions: Orlando
Shows & Displays

From the award-winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, I, Elizabeth, The Time Machine, Female Gothic, Austen’s Women and Dalloway comes the latest smash-hit, Orlando.

Ralph McTell: Hill of Beans Tour
Shows & Displays
With a style that invites you into a unique world, Ralph McTell weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, known for his virtuoso guitar style, is primarily a prolific and
Norham Castle, on the River Tweed. c1822-3. Turner, Joseph Mallord William 1775-1851. Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. (c) Tate, London 2019

This major new exhibition of works by JMW Turner, one of the most renowned of English Romantic artists, explores his transformation from an architectural draughtsman, when he set out on his first North of England tour in 1797, to a poet of the landscape sublime, which culminated in the arrival at his most northerly point in England, the village of Norham in Northumberland.

Spittal Fair
Shows & Displays

Spittal Autumn Fair Takes place at St Paul's Church Hall (Middle Street, Spittal) on 12th October 2019.

Christmas Market
Outdoor Event

Once again Berwick Rotary Club are preparing to hold the annual Christmas Market again this year. Further information will be available soon.

Susie McCabe: Born Believer
Shows & Displays

The fastest selling act at Glasgow International Comedy Festival 3 years running and WINNER of Best Headliner and Best Solo Show at the Scottish Comedy Awards is back with a brand-new show!

Russian National Ballet: The Nutcracker
Shows & Displays

After the sell-out performance of Swan Lake last year and The Nutcracker the year before, Russian National Ballet returns to the Maltings to enchant you with another delightful production of The Nutcracker!

In a New Light: Jeanne Moreau followed by a screening of Lift to the Scaffold
Shows & Displays

Already established as a stage actor, Jeanne Moreau had her film career break with Louis Malle's suspenseful first feature, Lift to the Scaffold (1958). In François Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1961) Moreau redefined femininity as carefree and unconventional leading character Catherine, and became a style icon for the French New Wave.

Castle Vale Lily Pond Shelter
Guided Walk/Tours

Discover Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park on either side of the railway station, where recent investment from Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery has reinvigorated these two little gems. 

The Royal Opera: Don Giovanni (Live Broadcast)
Shows & Displays

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece.

TUESDAY SUMMER POP-UP MARKETS in the lawn marquee for 2019 Every Tuesday May to September
Family event

Paxton, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1SZ LOCAL ARTS, CRAFTS, GIFTS, & MUCH MORE FREE ENTRY TO THE MARKET Opens 10am—4pm House & gardens open 10am—5pm

Enjoy a tea, coffee or a bite to eat in The Stables Tearoom www.st-abbs-market.com ​www.paxtonhouse.co.uk Featuring St. Abbs Market traders, plus guest traders

Bridging the Gap: Terror From the Skies by Matthew Bellwood
Shows & Displays
Join storyteller Matthew Bellwood for a warm, witty and intriguing new show about society, friendship and the things we hold dear about the places where we live. Combining live storytelling, projected illustrations and intricate miniat
Mixed Bag Company: Cheshire Cats
Shows & Displays

Local theatre group Mixed Bag Theatre return following last year’s sell out show Below the Stones with a lighthearted look at the annual breast cancer charity event, the MoonWalk.

In a New Light: The Art of Widescreen Cinema followed by a screening of Pigs and Battleships
Shows & Displays
In a New Light is returning for a third season, starting in September 2019.This course consists of 6 lectures, each lecture being followed by a movie screening. In the lectures,we look at the techniques used by the great film- makers such
Berwick Literary Fest
Family event

Berwick Literary Festival 2019 will combine various events over the 17th-20th October 2019, including; readings, workshops, children's authors, book signings, poetry, education and schools events, meet the author, the Rotary short story writing competition and much more.

Isla Grant: The Yellow Rose Tour
Shows & Displays

International singer/songwriter Isla Grant returns to The Maltings once again with her new tour The Yellow Rose Tour.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday services in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Tweedmouth and Spittal.

Image used by kind permission of The Royal British Legion.

Laura Macdonald Talk: Women in Jazz
Shows & Displays
Laura Macdonald is one of the U.K’s most prominent women in Jazz. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of sixteen. In 1995 Laura was given a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated in 1997. Laura becam
In a New Light: From Page to Screen followed by a screening of Rear Window
Shows & Displays

This richly illustrated and interactive lecture explores Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) based on Cornell Woolrich’s short story “It had to be Murderer” (1942). We will examine how Woolrich’s short story is translated for the screen and discuss some cinematic techniques used by Hitchcock to create moments of chilling suspense.

NT Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Filmed Live in front of an audience)
Shows & Displays

"The course of true love never did run smooth." A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play.

Men of Oar: Rowing the Atlantic for Charity
Shows & Displays

In December 2018, having just recovered from Bowel Cancer, Robin Drysdale and four friends set off to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic for charity.

By David Renwick

Berwick's iconic Royal Border Bridge is illuminated each evening from dusk, with a changing programme of lights.

To mark occasions, raise awareness of causes and to commemorate special dates; the illuminations are set to a significant colour. This creates a special spectacle and a unique opportunity for photography.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to technical issues, the over-water lights are currently off. Engineers are working on fixing them and updates will be made to this page when they are back on. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Rock and Roll Revolution 2019, featuring The Bluejays
Shows & Displays

Award-winning band The Bluejays are back! Featuring stars of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Dreamboats & Petticoats and Million Dollar Quartet, this "Immense...faultless...fantastic band" (Yorkshire Times) take you on a jiving journey through the fabulous fifties.

Laura Macdonald Quintet (with vocalist Luca Manning): The American Songbook
Shows & Displays

Laura Macdonald is one of the U.K’s most prominent women in Jazz. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of sixteen.

Tap Days

On the first Wednesday of every month, and every Saturday (Apr-Aug) Bear Claw Brewery opens its doors to the public.

Laura Macdonald Quartet: History of the Saxophone
Shows & Displays

Laura Macdonald is one of the U.K’s most prominent women in Jazz. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of sixteen.

In a New Light: Soviet Cinema of the 1950's followed by a screening of The Cranes are Flying
Shows & Displays

In his lecture, Roger will trace the development of Soviet cinema in the ideological thaw that followed Nikita Kruschev’s denunciation of Stalin in Feb 1956. That thaw saw a relaxation of repression and censorship enabling filmmakers to reject the state-ordained tropes of ‘socialist realism’ –with its celebration of Soviet ideals above all else - which had dominated and stifled Soviet culture theretofore; this heralded something of a renaissance in the nation’s filmmaking.

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