Live Events

Over the years, GMDT has developed a portfolio of events, largely built up and developed by the Trust's interest groups. This section previews and reports on GMDT- organised events, for a comprehensive listing of events in and around Morpeth, we recommend the More in Morpeth website.

Community Cinema "Selma" (2014)

07 April 2017

7th April "Selma" (2014)

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay

Writer: Paul Webb

Stars:David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

 

Tickets £6 from GMDT at the Lodge, the Town Council at the Town Hall or the TIC at the Chantry - and on the door if not sold out

The 2017 Community Cinema Programme

​The programme continues usually on the 1st Friday of each month

5th May: "Eddie the Eagle" (2016)

2nd June: "Brooklyn" (2015)

summer break

​1st September: "Florence Foster Jenkins" (2015)

6th October: "45 Years" (2015)

3rd November: "Everest" (2015)

1st December: "Inside Out" (2015)


2017 Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - Friday

21 April 2017

The 50th annual Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - the "Golden Gathering"

This April will see a milestone event in Morpeth - the 50th Northumbrian Gathering in Morpeth: the “Golden” Gathering will not only revisit some of the themes and activities of earlier years, welcoming back some old friends, but also look to the future with younger performers, street events and workshops to get the general public joining in and specially commissioned music – including a new piece commemorating a jumper worn by David Oliver at one of the very first Gatherings!

General details and competition rules appear on the Gathering website which will be updated with the latest on the programme as events are confirmed: www.northumbriana.org.uk or ring Kim Bibby-Wilson with any queries on 01670 513308.

Programme for Friday

9.30am - 5pm CRAFTS EXHIBITION with refreshments; adult & junior craft competitions (entries received Thurs. 20th April 5.30pm - 7 pm). Displays/stalls: proggy mats, needlecrafts, jewellery, smallpipes, photos, shepherds’ sticks, CDs, books   Town Hall Corn Exchange 60p/40p

10am– 4pm OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Hautbois (music for St George’s weekend), Punch & Judy, Rent a Peasant, Maximus, Jim Grant’s stories, etc. Market Place  

10am - 4pm NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES: PLAY IN A DAY for adults (over16) with Dave Shaw. Pipes provided. Chantry Bagpipe Museum: please contact Gathering to book placeDaytime ART EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café

10am - 4pm FAMILY ART WORKSHOP - make golden treasure, crowns and Gadgies plus braiding - Market Place Yurt 

10am - 4:30pm ART EXHIBITION plus stalls, activities    Riverside Leisure Centre Café, New Market

10am HISTORIC DANCE WORKSHOP with Elizabeth Lawson   Town Hall; £2/£1 at door

11.15am CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP – North East Hornpipe-style with Sue Jenkinson and Lynette Eldon  Town Hall; £2/£1 at door

12noon - 2pm YOUNG MUSICIANS'  SESSION - drop-in taster to try out the Northumbrian pipes, also general music session  with Tom Fairfax and Paul Knox Bin 21 upper lounge, Bridge St 

12:45pm MAYPOLE WORKSHOP with Elizabeth Lawson   Town Hall; £2/£1 at door

2.00 OFFICIAL OPENING of Gathering by the Mayor of Morpeth in the Town Hall

2:15pm BRETON DANCE WORKSHOP with Suzanne McGregor    Town Hall; £2/£1 at door

3:30pm – 4:30pm FAMILY SONGS, FAMILY TUNES Jim Eldon presents family fiddle tunes of the Pennock family of Goathland, plus Lynette Eldon with a clog step or two. Venue Town Hall £2/£1 at door.

4:30pm NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS: ThHE REAL FACTS Richard Heard and friends reveal new research on early pipers in multi-media presentation   Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Bridge St  £3 adult on the door, children free  

4.30pm BEDTIME TALES with Taffy Thomas in the Library, Royal Sovereign House, Manchester St   Free - bring a teddy bear!

6.00pm STORY SESSION for all ages with Sedayne in the Ice Bar, Newgate St      Free

7.30pm GOLDEN GALA CONCERT - including Bottle Bank Band, Bob Bolam, Tom Patterson & Dave Morton, Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, Pauline Page, David & Joey Oliver. MC Alex Swailes - the Morpeth Gadgy  Methodist Church  £10 adult/ £9 unwaged/ £5 school age

8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends   Tap & Spile   Donations

 

 


2017 Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - Saturday

22 April 2017

This April will see a milestone event in Morpeth - the 50th Northumbrian Gathering in Morpeth: the “Golden” Gathering will not only revisit some of the themes and activities of earlier years, welcoming back some old friends, but also look to the future with younger performers, street events and workshops to get the general public joining in and specially commissioned music – including a new piece commemorating a jumper worn by David Oliver at one of the very first Gatherings!

Programme for Saturday:

St. John Ambulance at rear of Town Hall

10am-4pm Park & Ride from County Hall

9.30am – 6pm  CRAFTS EXHIBITION displays and stalls: proggy mats, needlecrafts, jewellery, smallpipes, photos, shepherds’ sticks, CDs, books   Town Hall Corn Exchange 60p/40p

9.45am - 10.45am  FAMILY SONG WORKSHOP singing games with Jane Harland St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate £2 adults £1 children

 9.45 - 10.45  SONGWRITING WORKSHOP telling local heroes’ stories with Tom Patterson   Town Hall Anteroom £2

9.45  CHILDREN’S STORIES with Jim Grant, Library, Royal Sovereign House, Manchester St   Free

10am-3:15pm ART EXHIBITION with stalls, family activities Riverside Leisure Centre café, New Market

10am-3.30pm OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS

Punch & Judy, local dance teams, bands, Mark Mark, Belle & Bullock, Maximus, Astral Circus – variously in Market Place, Carlisle Park and Sanderson Arcade  

10am – 4pm STORYTELLERS' GARDEN with Jim Grant, Sedayne and Rapunzel, Taffy Thomas  Bakehouse Millennium Green, off Newgate St  free 

10am – 4pm TUDOR TIMES Living History, music, hands-on activities with Rent a Peasant, Archaeosoup, York Waits    William Turner Herb Garden, Carlisle Park

10am – 4pm MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY The Landmark Trust opens doors to public. Music, stories, heritage  Free

10am  MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS Chantry Bagpipe Museum   Free

10am - 10.45am  CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP with Anne Walton  Town Hall 

10.15am  RING O’ BELLS plus Clock Tower tours from 12noon (approx.) (donations)

11.00  BORDER CAVALCADE & PAGEANT Border piper, flags, Lord Greystoke’s return from Otterburn, Meze Mundo, costumed groups all welcomed at Town Hall by the Morpeth Gadgy and civic dignatories

During this time (10.30 - 11.45 am) Market Place & town centre from Chantry to Manchester Street closed to traffic. Alternative route via Dark Lane- Dacre St/-Manchester St.

12noon   MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile (donations)

12noon  YOUNG PERSONS’ MUSIC SESSION with David Oliver  venue tba

12noon - 3.00pm SINGAROUND with Beeswing Joiners Arms (donations)

12noon – 1pm NED CORVAN   Ed Waugh on stories behind his new play on the music hall star  St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate  £2

Saturday Competitions: 

Passport ticket for entrants & audience £2.00/£1.50 includes free entry to Exhibition.  Doors open 30 mins before times below to allow entrants to register.

  • 12noon CLOG DANCING  Town Hall
  • 1.30pm   NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES &  LOWLAND, BORDER, HALF-LONG PIPES  Chantry Bagpipe Museum
  • 1.30 pm  SPEAKING AND WRITING: dialect, stories, hoafies (tall tales) plus results of pre-Gathering competitions and recitals by dialect prose & poem entrants.  St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate
  • 2pm   BANDS, ACCORDIONS, FIDDLES, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, DUETS St. George’s Church (ground floor) 
  • 3.30pm   SINGING including groups  Town Hall

12.15pm - 1.15 pm MORPETH WAITES early music concert   St George’s Church, Bridge St   £2 adults £1 children at door

1pm – 3pm BIRD BOX WORKSHOP family woodcraft workshop Bakehouse Millennium Green, off Newgate St      Free (pay for materials)

2pm - 2.45pm  FAIRY GOLD  Family storytelling with Taffy Thomas (storyteller) and Paul Knox (musician)   St James’ Community Centre, Wellway £2 adults and £1 children

3pm – 4.30pm A MUCKLE BLETHOR  Sid Calderbank and Northumbrian poets and writers host dialect speakers from across England to share words and stories    St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate

3pm – 4pm BATTLE Sealed Knot skirmish   Carlisle Park    Free

4pm – 5.30pm YORK WAITS & DOUGIE PINCOCK Early music and bagpiping concert  Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Bridge St  £7.50 adults, £6.50 unwaged, £5 children

5pm TEATIME TALES with Jim Grant    Peppermint Tearoom, Newgate St    Free

5.30pm YOUNG PEOPLE’S MUSIC SESSION with Joey Oliver and friends    Upstairs at Bin 21, Bridge St    Free

6.30pm - 8.30pm  WINNERS’ CONCERT Special guests Carolyn Robson and Andy May plus the 2016 competition winners Town Hall £9 adults, £8 unwaged, £5 children

7pm TWILIGHT TALES with Taffy Thomas and friends, bring a torch and wrap up well!  Bakehouse Millennium Green, off Newgate St      Free

8pm  MUSICIANS’ SESSION with Ken Meadows, Tap & Spile, Manchester St  free (donations)

8pm NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION with Paul Knox, upstairs at Bin 21, Bridge St   free (donations)

8:30pm FIRE EATING with Astral Circus     Market Place, free

8.30pm  BARN DANCE with 422 (caller Joey Oliver) and guest artist spots incl. Wilkinson Clog. Bring your own drinks; no stilettos! St George’s Church Hall, Bridge St    £8 adults £6 unwaged £5 children


2017 Morpeth Northumbrian Gatherng - Sunday

23 April 2017

This April will see a milestone event in Morpeth - the 50th Northumbrian Gathering in Morpeth: the “Golden” Gathering will not only revisit some of the themes and activities of earlier years, welcoming back some old friends, but also look to the future with younger performers, street events and workshops to get the general public joining in and specially commissioned music – including a new piece commemorating a jumper worn by David Oliver at one of the very first Gathering!

Programme for Sunday:

9.30am - 4.30pm  CRAFTS EXHIBITION  displays and stalls: proggy mats, needlecrafts, jewellery, smallpipes, photos, shepherds’ sticks, CDs, books   Town Hall 60p/40p

9.30am – 11am ORIENTEERING event in Carlisle Park – prizes awarded at 12noon

10am – 4pm ART EXHIBITION with stalls & family activities  Riversude Leisure Centre café, New Market

10am – 3pm  OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS with Punch & Judy, Mark Mark, Belle & Bullock, Astral Circus, Ellington Band, Maximus, Darlington Mummers and Maypole – variously in Market Place, Carlisle Park and Sanderson Arcade  

10am – 3pm  TUDOR TIMES Living History, music, hands-on activities with Rent a Peasant, Archaeosoup, York Waits    William Turner Herb Garden, Carlisle Park

10.00 RAPPER DANCE WORKSHOP Town Hall £2/£1

10am – 4pm MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY The Landmark Trust opens doors to public. Music, stories, heritage  Free

10.30am GOLDEN GATHERING CHURCH SERVICE St George’s UR Church, Bridge St

10:30am – 12:30pm HERB GARDENS TOURS guided by Friends of William Turner   William Turner Herb Garden, Carlisle Park

11.30am – 12.30pm THE KING’S SHILLING   Singing duo Old English with songs and stories of the British Redcoats   Town Hall Ballroom  £2 adult, £1 children

12noon – 2pm   MUSICIANS’ SESSION   Tap & Spile, Manchester St   Free (donations)

1pm  - 3pm TOURS OF COUNCIL CHAMBER and Mayor’s Parlour. A rare chance to see Morpeth’s civic silver, town treasures and artefacts   Town Hall  Free

1.30pm - 3pm FAMILY CONCERT with Darlington Mummers, Brothers Gillespie, Wallace Calvert, James Tait, the 2016 junior winners   Town Hall  £2 adults £1 children on the door

3pm – 4pm BATTLE Sealed Knot Civil War skirmish    Carlisle Park  Free

7.30pm  GOWLD A GOWPENS CONCERT with Alistair Anderson and Northlands, Werca’s Folk       Methodist Church, Howard Road   £10 adult, £9 unwaged, £5 school age


We are always on the look out for new opportunities so if you have an event you could see working well in Morpeth or would like to work with our interest groups to develop new ideas please contact us by email info@gmdt.org or tel 01670 503866.

We also recommend "Inside Morpeth" magazine edited by Ian Leech email: ian-leech@sky.com for more in-depth reporting of local events.

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