What’s on in Northumberland, week ending Thursday, May 3
Today to Saturday, April 28: Blithe Spirit. Warkworth Drama Group is the latest company to put on a production of this ever-popular comedy. At Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets, £6, available from The Village Store, Warkworth, and N&F Young, Amble. More information, visit www.warkworthdrama.org.uk
Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Folk/Americana acoustic/blues duo State Of The Union perform. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £10. For tickets, call the Queen’s Head on 01669 620470 to book in advance. More information, call Andy on 01665 576012 or visit www.rothburyroots.com
Tomorrow: Northumbrian Music Evening. Local singer Avril Huntly and her musical friends, including Malcolm Bennett, Adrian Ions, Ernie Coe and Bob Bolam perform Northumbrian music and songs. St James’ Church Hall, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Refreshments included. Tickets £7.50. Pre-booking not needed. For tickets and more information, contact 01665 605847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 28: Summerland. Live music at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.
Monday, April 30: Folk Singers Night. Listeners and singers welcome. At the Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.
Wednesday, May 2: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.
Thursday, May 3: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Live music from the Alastair Wood Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. More information, contact 01668 281307.
Thursday, May 3: Open Mic Night. Live music at The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm.
Today: Coffee and Crayons. Meet other parents and children in a relaxed free craft session suitable for the under-fives before Sing With Me, where you can play instruments, sing songs, catch bubbles, chase ribbons and make new friends. At the Alnwick Garden. Sing With Me is £2 per child, including juice and a biscuit. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today: Jobs Fair. Alnwick-based LYNX Fishing, a specialist fishing tackle research and development company, is looking to fill 40 posts, primarily in manufacturing, and is hosting a jobs fair at the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. The public can learn more about the company, fill in application forms and take some tests, with successful applicants being invited back for formal interviews. Applicants are asked to take along a CV. Opening ceremony at 1pm and the day runs until about 5pm.
Today to Thursday, May 3: Alnwick Castle Grounds Tour. Hear fascinating stories of the Castle’s history and architecture with an informed guide. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, May 3: Broomstick Training. Take part in a broomstick lesson on the very spot where Harry Potter had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. At Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, May 3: Archery. At Alnwick Castle. Daily weather permitting. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, May 3: Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour. Find out about Alnwick Castle’s two famous Harrys – Potter and Hotspur – and how they shaped the future of Alnwick. At Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. Local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.
Tomorrow: Nightwatch at Kielder Observatory. An introduction to astronomy and Kielder’s dark night skies. Includes talk, tour and use of the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org
Saturday, April 28: Car Boot Sale. Organised by Alnwick Lions Club, the event is back by public request, following the success of a previous one earlier in the year. Proceeds to Lions’ local charities. In the car park of Alnwick’s Homebase store, on Willowburn Avenue. 9am–noon. £10 per car, customers free. To book a space, email email@example.com or contact 01665 581125.
Saturday, April 28: Tidy Up. Meet at the Little Shore in Amble and tidy up the area. Bring a spade/rake. 10am. More information, call Audrey on 01665 711716.
Saturday, April 28: Ceilidh. With Simply Northumbrian. Bar open. In Swarland Village Hall. Proceeds to Swarland and Newton on the Moor Village Show. 7.30pm. £4 adults, £2.50 U16s, family (two adults/two children) £10. Tickets from Suzanne on 01670 787916, Sue on 01670 787191 or from Swarland Shop.
Saturday, April 28: Space Tourism at Kielder Observatory. Hear a pioneer of spaceflight engineering speak about current spaceflight technology. After the talk, enjoy a tour and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org
Saturday, April 28: Dog racing Night in Newcastle. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. Tickets £5. More information, contact 01665 606515.
Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29: Survival Training UK Course. These courses, led by James Reay, are designed to be fun and safe, whilst passing on the knowledge to live comfortably in the wilderness. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 24-hour session £160pp. Eight-hour session £85pp. Contact 07712172768.
Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29: Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience a taste of Japanese culture. At The Alnwick Garden. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29: Portrait of a Lady Performances. Enjoy a unique performance offering an enchanting insight into the creation of beauty in Georgian portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough, revealing the secrets of the artist’s studio and some utterly sumptuous costumes. At Wallington. 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Free. Booking not needed. More information, contact 01670 773600.
Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29: Japanese Tea Ceremony. Witness the ancient art of the Japanese tea ceremony. At The Alnwick Garden. Performances on Saturday at 10am, 1pm and 3pm, and performances on Sunday at 10am and noon. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29: Bushcraft Adult Overnight Course. This adult-only overnight course is a great chance to learn and practice new skills and camp out overnight. You’ll get an introduction into the world of campcraft and outdoor living skills. The course is designed so you will be able to set up a wild camp, start a fire and prepare a meal for an overnight stay. At Cragside. Starts noon until noon the following day. £65 per person, £55 National Trust members. To book, call the National Trust booking office on 0844 249 1895 or book online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside
Sunday, April 29: Car Boot Sale. At Alnwick Town Football Club. 10am–2pm. Free admission. Refreshments and clubhouse bar open. Sellers arrive 9am. Cars £10, vans £12. Information and bookings to Alan on 01665 720395. The boot sale will take place every Sunday to raise money for the club. Weather permitting.
Sunday, April 29: Budding Artists Programme – fan-making and origami. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Sunday, April 29: Concert. Glendale Voices, a choir of women singers, perform at Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 29: North Tyneside Pipe Band. Enjoy the traditional sounds of Scottish Pipes and Drums in the Courtyard. At Wallington. 2pm–4pm. Free. More information, contact 01670 773600.
Monday, April 30: Stories, Rhymes and Crafts. An afternoon of stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers. For children aged six-months to three-years, and their parents or carers. At Alnwick Library. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. More information, contact 01665 602689.
Monday, April 30: Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.
Monday, April 30, to Tuesday, May 8: The de Jager Tulip Festival. Experience a sea of glorious tulips in a variety of colour. At The Alnwick Garden. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Tuesday, May 1: Boot Camp. Second session of six fun fitness classes at The Alnwick Garden. Participants will be pushed to their maximum ability during the classes which will comprise of training using various spaces around the attraction. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. 6pm–7pm. £4 per session. Booking is essential on 01665 511350 (option 4).
Tuesday, May 1: Alnwick and District Flower Club. Around the World with Elizabeth Forster. In the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. More information, contact Valerie on 01670 787298.
Wednesday, May 2: Swarland Craft Group. New members welcome. In Swarland Village Hall. 1.30pm–3.30pm. More information, contact Margaret on 01670 787705 or Joyce on 01670 787855.
Thursday, May 3: Alnwick and District MS Branch drop-in for a coffee and a chat. 11am–1pm. At Costa Coffee, Alnwick. Branch helpline 07581 460207.
Thursday, May 3: Cragside Another Side. Step back in time to the year 1880 as Cragside House comes to life. Journey through a day in the house and watch Lord Armstrong’s servants as they go about their daily chores. See Lord Armstrong and Joseph Swan discussing the electric light bulb and Lady Armstrong planning her dinner menu with the cook. 1pm–5pm. Booking not needed, normal admission applies. More information, contact 01669 620333.
Today and Thursday, May 3: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9.30am. £15. Contact 01665 576012.
Alnwick Health Walks (Long). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, Market Place. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.
Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665605030.
Amble Health Walks. Every Tuesday at 1.30pm from Amble Tourist Information Centre. Starter and intermediate. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030. Belford Health Walks. Short walk, every Monday, 1.30pm; long walk every Monday, 2pm. For both walks meet at Bell View Resource Centre, West Street. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.
Berwick Health Walks (Beginner and Intermediate). Both Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm at The Maltings. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.
Hadston Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 1pm from Hadston House. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.
Rothbury Health Walks (Starter). Every Friday at 10.30am from Rothbury TIC. Intermediate/long walks every Friday at 10.30am. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.
Seahouses Health Walks. Every Monday at 2pm. Meet at the Resource Centre. Contact Kelvin Rusworth on 01665 721868 or send a text to 07745 571802 or email email@example.com
Wooler Health Walks (Intermediate). Every Thursday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Cheviot Centre. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.
Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Alnwick District Arts Association Spring Members’ exhibition. Until April 28. New exhibition – Pam Vardy, Land, Sea and Sky – starts Friday, May 4. Open box office hours.
Amble Photographic Group exhibition. At the town council office, at The Quayside, Amble. Until April 30. For opening times, email carolmckay177@btinter net.com or call 01665 710177.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Bailiffgate 10: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition is a captivating reminiscence of the first ten years of the Bailiffgate Museum and the museum’s history as a Catholic church. The exhibition showcases a variety of themes from previous exhibitions as it prepares for the next ten years of exhibitions and projects. Until April 29. New exhibition – Olympic Torch: Shrove Tuesday Football Match – starts Friday, May 4. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 concession) £6.70, family (two adults/one concession) £7.60.
Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com
Cragside, Rothbury. 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about the untold stories of life in service. Discover the romance of James McDougle and see his original footman’s livery uniform. Learn the Victorian recipe for brown bread ice cream, served to Cragside’s Royal guests. With close up photographs of original parts of the servants’ tower you’ll get a real glimpse behind closed doors. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission charges apply.
Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Made March Hares! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information, visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk
The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. New original coastal work by Joanne Wishart, as well as original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.
The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am–4pm.
The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Featured artist Paresh Nrshinga and new originals by Ken Spencer. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk
The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Work currently on display from many of the area’s leading artists in various styles and media including original works (Tony Marshall, Cliff Blakey, Sue Fenlon, Daphne Harrison, Jim Thompson) and stunning hand-made woodcut, linocut, collagraph prints and etchings (Tom Davidson, Hester Cox, Alison Read, Jonathan Lloyd, Pam Grimmond). Also photography from Lee Frost and Jeremy Preston together with standard prints and Sprungli necklaces. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. A truly out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion, the new exhibition at Woodhorn. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. Until September 3. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for opening times and more information.
Alnwick Castle. 01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.
Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.
Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon and every Bank Holiday weekend. Admission charges apply.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £7.60.
Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (two adults and up to three children).
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. English Heritage members free.
Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.
Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open daily, except for Saturdays when it is closed. Noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm. £8.50, conc £7.50, children £4, U5s free, family £21.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm, and Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 children, £14 family.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens/woodlands open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–5pm. Cragside closed on Mondays. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.
Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English Heritage members free.
Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.
Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10. English Heritage members free.
Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 mins before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.
Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Train times – from Heatherslaw, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm. From Etal, every hour on the half-hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Return journey prices, £6.50, children £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am.
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Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.
House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.
Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Prices, including 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation, adults £6.60, over 60s £5.50, children free.
Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am to dusk.
Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington, 01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.
Lady Waterford Hall. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions. Call 01890 820503 to check.
Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today, 10am–3pm, and then tomorrow to Sunday, April 29, and then Tuesday, May 1, to Thursday, May 3, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, April 30. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.
Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm.
Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. £4.90, £2.90 child, £4.40 conc. English Heritage members free.
Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.
Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am to dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.
RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open daily 10am–5pm. Free entry.
Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.
Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free.
Warkworth Hermitage. Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. £3.30, child £2, conc £3.
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