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What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, November 22

Stage/Theatre

Tonight

Just So – Alnwick Playhouse Junior Youth Theatre. Staying close to Rudyard Kipling’s original tales but with thought-provoking lessons for the children of today. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £7, conc £6, child/student £5. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Tonight to Saturday, November 17

Calendar Girls – Opening Night Productions in association with The Maltings Theatre. Suitable for age 12+. At the Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Also 2.30pm on November 17. £10, £8 conc. For information or booking, call the box office on 01289 330999.

Sunday, November 18

Comedian Daniel Sloss – The Show. Age 14+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £14, £10.50 conc. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, November 21

Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Alnwick & District Camera Club present an evening of wildlife photography from home and abroad. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Thursday, November 22

Tall Stories – The Snail and the Whale. Adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Sheffler. Free biscuits and squash from 3.15pm. Show starts 4.15pm. At The Maltings, Berwick. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Thursday, November 22

Big Trouble at Little Rock – Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre, Middle Group. Western-themed musical. Also on November 24. At Alnwick Playhouse. £8, conc £6, child/student £5. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Live Music

Today to Sunday, November 18

Northumberland Music Festival. Final few days of this year’s festival. For tickets and details, visit www.nmfestival.com

Tonight

Hear No Evil Music Session. Fireflies, Hague and The Alpacas perform. At The Three Wise Monkeys, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Tomorrow

Voicemail Choir Evening. In aid of Alnwick Rugby Club’s £100,000 fund-raising efforts for new facilities at Greensfield. At Alnwick Rugby Club. 7.30pm. Tickets, £10 including a pie/peas supper, available from Penny on 07835 513602.

Saturday, November 17

Music Night. Acoustic songsmith Dan Whitehouse, Si Fi on double bass, Jamie Robb on fiddle, Bill Read on banjo/percussion, Eric D on mandolin and songs from David Ainsworth. At the Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm. Free.

Monday, November 19

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Tuesday, November 20

Jennifer Pike. The renowned violinist is accompanied by pianist Tom Poster for Alnwick Music Society’s latest concert. In the Guest Hall at the Alnwick Castle. 7.30pm. Non-members £14, £13 conc, students in full-time education free. Tickets available from Alnwick Playhouse box office (01665 510785) or on the door on the evening of the concert.

Wednesday, November 21

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, November 22

Sarah McQuaid. The singer-songwriter performs at Rothbury Roots. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. For tickets, £8, call 01669 620470.

Events

Today and Tomorrow

Free Weekly Knitting Groups. Today’s session is for knitters who like to work on shared projects. Tomorrow’s group is the new autumn session for existing K2Tog group and members work on their own projects/organise sessions to teach each other new skills. Wool and needles available for both groups. At Bailiffgate Museum. Both sessions, 1pm–3pm. Call 01665 605847.

Tonight

Christmas Demonstration. Mrs IA Parker presents a festive demonstration to Warkworth and District Flower Club. At the Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 7.30pm. £6, including mince pies and shortbread.

Tonight

Talk. Freda Thompson gives a talk to East Coquet Local History Society entitled History, Mystery and Artistry. At St Mark’s URC Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm.

Tonight

Presentation. John Irving gives a presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society entitled Chapel-en-le-Frith, Soham and Three George Crosses. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, call Roger on 01665 606168.

Tonight

Alnwick Civic Society – Any Questions. On the panel include Clare Mills, Parliamentary assistant to Sir Alan Beith MP. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Questions to a committee member beforehand or through the chairman on the night.

Tonight

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

Tonight to Sunday, November 18

Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers: Unfolding Wallington. Join the November Club for a promenade performance and journey through the house. Not a seated performance. At Wallington. 7.30pm–9.30pm. £25 including refreshments. Booking essential, call 01665 833751.

Tomorrow

Warkworth Christmas Lights and Craft Fair. The village’s annual switch-on ceremony takes place at 6pm. Shopkeepers will be extending their opening hours for visitors to start their Christmas shopping and the event will be accompanied by the local choir. The Christmas Craft Fair, in aid of Warkworth in Bloom, takes place at the village’s Memorial Hall, 5pm-9pm. Free entry. Refreshments available.

Tomorrow to Sunday, November 18

Shooting Stars at Kielder Observatory. Watch the Orionids Meteor Shower and use the facility’s telescopes to look at galaxies and star clusters. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 17

Autumn Fair. St James’s United Reformed Church Centre in Alnwick holds its annual autumn fair and coffee morning. In the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. From 9.30am. Admission £1 including coffee and biscuits.

Saturday, November 17

Coffee Morning. Coffee/tea, cakes, raffle, bottle tombola. At The Gallery, St Mary’s Parish Church, Belford. 10am-noon.

Saturday, November 17

Christmas Craft Fair. Traders selling a range of goods. Refreshments available, inc mulled wine/minced pies. In aid of the local church/village trust. At Westfield Park, Longhoughton. 10am–4pm. Free.

Saturday, November 17

More Rag Rugging for Christmas Workshop. Learn new skills or improve existing ones with rag ruggers Jane and Margaret. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. Basic materials, equipment and refreshments provided. £30. Booking essential and £10 deposit is payable with each booking. Call 01665 605847.

Saturday, November 17

Australia Night. At Alnwick Rugby Club. Fancy dress party with winter BBQ, following on from the England v Australia match. In aid of Alnwick Rugby Club’s fund-raising efforts for new facilities at Greensfield. At Alnwick Rugby Club. 7.30pm. Call Penny on 07835 513602.

Saturday, November 17

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

Saturday, November 17

Spacey. This comedian/guitar player performs at The Salmon, Belford. 9pm.

Saturday, November 17, to Sunday, November 18

Public workshops in ash gate/fencing, set up by Jon Purkins. £40, inc materials. At Rock Hall School. 10am–4pm. Call 01665 571071 or visit small-axe-wood craft.com

Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18

Kielder Winter Wonderland. Information/booking, visit www.nwl.co.uk/win terwonderland

Sunday, November 18

Sunday Morning Budding Chefs. Aimed at children from 5-13 years and will teach basic cookery skills. In the Ministry of Food kitchen, at The Alnwick Garden. 10.15am-12.15pm. £10 per session. Garden admission ticket not required. To book, call 01665 511378.

Sunday, November 18

Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Super Sumptuous Sundays. Make and bake tea-time treats and suppers. Suitable for families of one adult and up to two children. In the Ministry of Food kitchen at The Alnwick Garden. 1.30pm-3.30pm. £12. To book, call 01665 511378. Garden admission ticket not required.

Sunday, November 18

Amble Christmas Fair and Switch-on. Stalls on Queen Street and at the Town Square. Other activities include pony carriage rides, Santa’s grotto and Butterbeer tent. Event starts at 11am. The Christmas lights switch-on and parade starts at the top of Queen Street at 5pm.

Monday, November 19

Talk. Dr Richard Lomas presents a talk on Edlingham Village: Northumberland in a Nutshell. At Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm. Arrive early to be assured of a seat. Entry £5, including glass of wine.

Monday, November 19

Talk. John Wilson presents a talk to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetmouth Group entitled Through the Seasons with Wildlife. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. Call Alan on 01665 714870.

Tuesday, November 20

Talk Time at Wallington – Northern Myths of Arthur. Presented by medieval historian Michael Thomson. 10am–2pm. Talk followed by light lunch. £22, including refreshments and lunch. Booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Wednesday, November 21

Amble Art Group. At Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Amble. 7pm. Call 01665 798978.

Wednesday, November 21

Appalachian Clogging. Foot-tapping, high-stepping clogging to catchy hillbilly-type music. At the URC Church Hall, The Butts, Warkworth. 7.30pm-9pm. Call Pat on 01665 711635/Gwyn on 01665 577298.

Wednesday, November 21

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Thursday, November 22

Seahouses Christmas Lights. The village will be lit up from 6pm.

WALKS

Sunday, November 18

Alnwick Ramblers. A 7.5-mile walk exploring Cragside Carriage Drive. Meet at Debden Entrance, Rothbury, 10.30am. Call David or Wila on 01670 787771.

Exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Members’ Selection. Display of work by Alnwick & District Camera Club. Until December 1. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Artist Pam Vardy – Near and Far exhibition, and a Gunpowder Plot exhibition. Both run until December 16. Open daily, 10am–4pm, but closed Mondays. Normal admission applies.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890. Work by Lynda Taylor, assemblages/jewellery by Linda Lovatt. Open Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.

Granary Gallery

Dewars Lane, Berwick. Work by Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman/Venetian glass, Japanese imari pottery and Ming porcelain. Exhibition Tour: 2.30pm every Thursday. Free, no booking necessary.

Memorial Hall

Castle Street, Warkworth. Warkworth Art Group’s annual exhibition. Open November 18. 10am–4pm. Free.

Seahouses First School

Main Street, Seahouses. The Coastal Art Group presents its annual exhibition of paintings. Starts Monday and runs to November 30. 10am–5pm on school days.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Works from Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday, Jane Jackson and Linda Miller. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4.30pm.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Original works (Jo Kirkham-Knaggs, Ken Spencer, Rob Newton), hand-made prints (Hester Cox, Tom Davidson), photography (Lee Frost) and prints. Open Wed–Sun. Closed Mon-Tue.

Woodhorn

Ashington, 01670 624455. Work of photographer Julian Germain. Until December 23. Also, exhibition by Clare Money, Nov 17–March 20913.

 

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