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What’s on in north Northumberland – week ending December 6

STAGE/THEATRE

Tomorrow

A St Andrew’s Day Celebration with Sheena Wellington and Friends. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £14, conc £12, circle £16, box seat £18. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, December 1

The Elves and the Shoemakers. A magical Christmas tale for children aged 3 years and above and their grown-ups. At Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm and 4pm. £8.50, child/student £6.50. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Saturday, December 1

Maiden England with Night Train. The UK’s No.1 tribute to Iron Maiden returns to The Maltings, Berwick, with support from the Guns ’N’ Roses tribute, Night Train. Stalls £12.50, £11.50 conc, circle £14.50, box seat £19. 8pm. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Sunday, December 2

Jane Keenan School of Dance: La Boutique Fantasque (The Enchanted Toyshop). Jane has re-written this three-act ballet for her students. £8, £7 conc, £35 family. At The Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 6

1912: The Untold Story – Alnwick Playhouse Senior Youth Theatre. See p37 for details.

Thursday, December 6

Elkie Brooks - Live at The Maltings, Berwick. Sold out but to be added to waiting list, call 01289 330999 (option 2).

Live Music

Tomorrow

Choral performance – Harbour Lights. 4.30pm. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. More information, call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow

Northumbrian Music Evening with Avril Huntly and Friends. At the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 including refreshments available by calling 01665 605847. Also be a silent auction for work by Jane Jackson. Bids to be made to the museum until tomorrow.

Tomorrow

Sarah McQuaid in Concert. This singer/songwriter sings originals and interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, 1930s jazz numbers and surprise covers. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. £7, £6 con, £19 family. To book call 01668 282406.

Tomorrow

King For A Day. Classic rock, both past and present. At the Plough, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Saturday, December 1

Jen Stevens and Hiccup. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. Free.

Sunday, December 2

Advent Carol Service. Looking for the Light, followed by coffee/mince pies. At St Paul’s Church, Seahouses. 4pm.

Sunday, December 2

We Steal Flyers with Paul Liddell. At the Cart Shed Coffee Shop, Acklington £6. 6pm-9pm. No alcohol.

Sunday, December 2

Gareth Davies-Jones. Christmas carols and songs from the Northumberland singer/songwriter. At St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Felton. 7.30pm. Tickets £7 inc refreshments, available from John or Sue on 01670 787539 or on the door. In support of Aids work in South Sudan.

Monday, December 3

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More details, call Jack/Pam on 01665 722835.

Thursday, December 6

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. John Morgan performs. Musicians/listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members admission £3, non-members £5. More details, call 01668 281307.

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.

Tomorrow

Junior Jupiter at Kielder Observatory. Find out amazing facts about the Red Planet, tour the Observatory and use the telescopes. Age 5+. 5pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow and Saturday, December 1

Jupiter in Opposition at Kielder Observatory. Same as above. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow to Sunday, December 2

Lantern Parade. Collect a glowing willow lantern and wind your way through The Alnwick Garden’s frosted landscapes. From 4pm. Free with admission. More information, call 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 1

St John the Baptist Church Christmas Coffee Morning. Grand raffle, tombola and more. In the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am-noon.

Saturday, December 1

Yoga Workshop. At Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am-1pm. For details, call 01665 581434.

Saturday, December 1

Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on. The Black Swan, Belford, holds a festive market, noon to 3.30pm. At 4pm, the Christmas lights will be switched-on, followed by candlelit procession and activities in the Ferguson Hall.

Saturday, December 1

Alnmouth Christmas Lights Switch-on. The lights will come on in the village at 4.30pm.

Saturday, December 1

Bamburgh Christmas Lights Switch-on. A carol service from 5.30pm before the lights are switched on at 6.15pm at the Grove. There will also be stalls inside the Victoria Hotel.

Saturday, December 1

Christmas at Kielder Observatory. Christmas celebration with a distinguished astronomy guest, mulled wine, mince pies, log fire and stars. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £15, conc £10, family £50. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2

Meet Father Christmas. Santa and his busy troupe of elves are in his magical grotto at The Alnwick Garden. Normal Garden admission applies and a visit to Father Christmas is an additional £5 (including gift). Last visit 15 minutes from Garden closure. Tickets available at admissions or by visiting www.alnwick garden.com

Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2

Christmas Crafts. Join the elves and make a range of seasonal crafts. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Free with admission. More information, call 01665 511350

Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2

Mrs Claus Christmas Crafts. At Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, Ashington. Noon–3pm. Suggested donation £1. More information, call 01670 624455.

Sunday, December 2

Craft Fair. With a range of stalls. In Warkworth Memorial Hall. 10am–4pm. Free. Refreshments will be available.

Sunday, December 2

Christmas Shopping Fair. Gifts, indoor bouncy castle and refreshments. At The Radcliffe Club, Amble. 10am–4pm. Free. More details, call 01665 710406.

Sunday, December 2

Christmas Fair. With crafts/gifts stalls and a lantern making workshop from 10.30am–2pm, followed by a parade at 4pm and seasonal refreshments. Lanterns cost £1.50–£3 to make. At Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, Ashington. More information, call 01670 624455.

Sunday, December 2

Acklington Christmas Craft Fair. Unique handcrafted products by Northumberland crafters and refreshments. Noon-4pm. In the Village Hall, Acklington. Free entry.

Monday, December 3

Talk. Alastair Laverty presents a talk entitled The Till Flood Plain Project to NWT Coquetdale Members’ Group. In the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Non-members welcome, £2. Contact Heather on 01669 621972

Monday, December 3

Turkey Bingo. At the Community Club, Belford. 7.45pm.

Monday, December 3, Wednesday, December 5, and Thursday, December 6

Hearing Aid Support Drop-ins. At Amble Library on Monday, 11am-noon, Seahouses Library on Wednesday, 3pm–4pm, Alnwick Library on Thursday, 9.30am–10.30am.

Tuesday, December 4

New Moon Observing at Kielder Observatory. Guest speaker and popular science writer Nick Howes tells of tales of comets. Followed by a tour, stargazing and use of the telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, December 5

Coffee Morning. Tombola, cake stall and raffle. All proceeds to Seahouses and District Cancer Research Relief. At Beadnell Towers Hotel, Beadnell. 10am–noon.

Wednesday, December 5

Qigong Session. Exercise helping to improve posture, flexibility and strength, as well as helping relaxation and balance. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. £2. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, December 5

Amble Art Group. At Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Amble. 7pm. Contact Pauline on 01665 798978.

Wednesday, December 5

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.

Thursday, December 6

Festive Wreath-Making Workshop. Jo Harrigan, the head gardener at Belsay Hall, presents this workshop. Also an exclusive tour, followed by lunch in the tearoom at Belsay. Supplies provided. 10.30am–3pm. Tickets, English Heritage member £45, non-member £50. Booking essential, call 0870 333 1187. Inform of any dietary requirements.

Thursday, December 6

Afternoon Tea and Bingo. Eyes down at 1.30pm. £1 admission.

Thursday, December 6

Talk. Kevin O’Hara presents a talk entitled Pine Martens to Alnwick & District Natural History Society. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Call Coral on 01665 602614.

WALKS

Sunday, December 2

Powburn-Titlington-Beanley Hall Circular. An eight-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at car park of fuel station café, 10.30am. For information or if weather is inclement, call Bill Harries on 01665 575129.

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.

Congregational Gallery

High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Winter Exhibition featuring six local artists running until December 23. For more information, visit www.thecongrega tional.org.uk

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 and booking is not necessary.

Seahouses First School

Main Street, Seahouses. The Coastal Art Group presents its annual exhibition of paintings. Until tomorrow . From 10am to 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. Runs until December 23. Also, exhibition by artist Clare Money which runs until March 2013.

 

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