What’s on in north Northumberland – week ending August 28

Cannon and Ball
Cannon and Ball


Today to Saturday, August 23: Courting and Consequences - Alnwick Theatre Club. A farcical and irreverent glimpse of wooing, wedding and married life. Alnwick Playhouse. Standard £10, conc £9, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Monday, August 25: Outdoor theatre – Romeo and Juliet. Bamburgh Castle. Gates open 5.30pm, performance starts at 6.30pm. £14.50, children £10. Contact 01668 214208.

Thursday, August 28: Cannon and Ball Live on Stage. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £18.50, standard £17.50. 01665 510785.


Tomorrow: The Railwayman (15). Crookham Peace Centre. 7pm. Free event, donations welcome.

Tomorrow: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (15). Re-screening after August 9 cancellation. Seahouses Hub. 8pm. For ticket details, call 01665 721868.

Tomorrow, Sat, Aug 23, & Tues, Aug 26: Planes 2 - Fire and Rescue (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, August 26: Boyhood. Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, August 27: Film. Adaptation of a First World War. More information on this is available in the church. St Cuthbert’s Church, Amble. 7pm.


Tonight and Thurs, Aug 28: Buskers’ Night. Hosted by Lee Brown. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion provided or bring your own instrument. At Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm-midnight.

Tonight and Thurs, Aug 28: Traditional Northumbrian Music Concert. With Margaret and Andrew Watchorn. Tonight: Creighton Hall, Embleton, 7.30pm. Aug 28: St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, 7.30pm. Tickets for each, £7.50, accompanied U12s free. 01665 576245.

Saturday, August 23: Lunchtime Concert. Quintessential. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 23: Lush Acoustic. With special guest. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Sunday, August 24: Lunchtime Concert. The Alpacazz. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 24: Cobwebs Orchestra. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Non-English Heritage members pay Priory admission.

Sunday, August 24: Rod Stewart Tribute Act. Railway Inn, Acklington. 7pm.

Monday, August 25: The Fitzsimons Choir. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Non-English Heritage members pay Priory admission.

Monday, August 25: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, August 27: Lunchtime Concert. Roly Veitch and Neil Harland. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 27: Only One Direction. One Direction tribute band. Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £16.50, standard £15.50, child/student £14.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, August 28: Lunchtime Concert. June Thomas. Alnwick Garden. 12.30pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.


Today: Sailing and Kayaking. With the Coquet Shorebase Trust at Druridge Bay County Park. For 8-16yrs. 10am–12.30pm and 1pm–3.30. To book, 01665 710367.

Today: Death Row Jethro. Alnwick Garden. Performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Today, to Thurs, Aug 28: Splash! Family-friendly water-pistol fun. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Today to Thurs, Aug 28: Science Quest. Family trail. £1 per pack at Cragside. 10am-5pm. Normal admission. 01669 622003.

Today and Thurs, Aug 28: St Abbs Summer Markets. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. 07970 697433.

Today & Tues, Aug 26, to Thurs, Aug 28: Potter-Inspired Characters. Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts Alnwick Castle. Normal admission. 01665 511100.

Tomorrow: Family Friday. Mythical Mazes, in conjunction with library summer reading scheme. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Swing and Climb Day. King-swing (10am-12.30pm) or indoor climbing wall (1pm-4pm). Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. £10 per activity. 01434 250232.

Tomorrow and Sat, Aug 23: The Lift. A roving theatrical experience. Alnwick Garden. Performances 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 23: Small Axe Woodcraft Project. Demonstration of various woodcraft techniques and have a go. Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission. Contact 01668 214515.

Saturday, August 23: Alnmouth Raft Race. Raft registration from noon at the Sun Inn, Alnmouth. Juniors race at 2.30pm, adults race at 3.30pm.

Saturday, August 23: Car-boot Sale. Village Green under Bamburgh Castle walls. 11am-3pm. Refreshments will be available. Cars £5 vans £10. To book, 01668 214589.

Saturday, August 23: Fund-raising for the SSAFA. Poppy-themed cookies and soaps. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 23: Verdant Leisure Annual Charity Open Day. BBQs, face-painting, live music and other stalls and outdoor games. Riverside Leisure Park, Wooler. Noon-4pm.

Saturday, August 23: Hay Farm Heavy Horses - Open Evenings. Talks about the heavy horses, traditional tail-dressing demonstrations and ridden displays. At Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, at Ford and Etal Estates. 6.30pm-8.30pm. 01890 820601.

Saturday, August 23: Pirates and Petticoats fund-raising evening for Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service. Food and beer in the village’s lifeboat shed. Tickets: £7.50. Email boathouse@bvrs.co.uk.

Sat, Aug 23, to Mon, Aug 25: Crafts with the Company of Artisans. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

Sat, Aug 23, to Mon, Aug 25: Muddy Fingers Pottery. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Sat, Aug 23, to Mon, Aug 25: The Clarence Household. Three days of living history, talks and superb demonstrations. At Bamburgh Castle. 10am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01668 214515.

Sat, Aug 23, to Mon, Aug 25: Rennington Scarecrow Festival. Stalls and refreshments, from 10am-4.30pm.

Sat, Aug 23, to Mon, Aug 25: Knights Tournament. Noble knights take on the ultimate Medieval tournament. 11am-5pm. At Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens. Adult £9, conc £8.50, child £6. Contact 0870 3331181.

Sat, Aug 23, to Mon, Aug 25: Craster Art Club Exhibition. Howick Vilage Hall. 10am-4.30pm. In aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Sunday, August 24: Great North Bike Ride. A charity bike ride for The Chris Lucas Trust, a teenage cancer charity. Cycle along the beautiful North Northumberland coastline for an estimated 60 miles from Seahouses to Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Starts at about 9am. Entry £25 to include cycle top, medal and refreshments. www.greatnorthbikeride.com

Sunday, August 24: Car-boot Sale. Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. 9am-noon. Raffle. Refreshments available. Fund-raising for Seahouses Outdoor Bowling Club. Admission 50p, U16s free. Tables/cars/vans £6. To Book, 01665 721374.

Sunday, August 24: Amble Harbour Day. A fund-raising day for Amble RNLI at the Quay, featuring stalls, music, entertainment and refreshments. The lifeboat crew will carry out a display exercise. 10am to 4pm.

Sunday, August 24: Bamburgh Summer Fair. At Bamburgh Hall Farm. From 9.30am. £1 entry, children free. 07931 775002.

Sunday, August 24: MG Car Club and Steam Operating Day. Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. Visit alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sunday, August 24: Sharp Shooters Day. Calvert Trust Kielder. Laser clay shooting and archery. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per activity (30 clays or 15 arrows). 01434 250232.

Sun, Aug 24, and Mon, Aug 25: Meet the Gruffalo. Enjoy Gruffalo-themed activities in the deep, dark wood. Follow our Gruffalo trail, watch the films, listen to the stories and meet the Gruffalo himself! At Wallington. 11am-4pm. Tickets £50. 01670 773600.

Monday, August 25: Glendale Show. Celebrating all aspects of farming and rural life, 9am-5pm. Admission charges apply. www.glendale show.com

Monday, August 25: Seahouses Lifeboat Fete. Fund-raising activities all around the seaward end of the village.

Monday, August 25: St John’s the Baptist Church Fete. 2pm on the Church green at Alnmouth.

Monday, August 25: Titan the Robot. Alnwick Garden. Performances 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Monday, August 25: Craft Fair. At Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. Free admission, free parking. Email etalvillagehall@yahoo.co.uk

Monday, August 25: Water Day. Canoeing or kayaking on Kielder Water. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per half-hour session. 01434 250232.

Monday, August 25: Red Squirrel Safari. Search for red squirrels and discover their way of life in a changing world. At Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder. 2pm-3.30pm. Single ticket £5; family of four £15. Contact 01388 529154.

Tuesday, August 26: Create Some Wild Art. Cragside is hosting an art exhibition between June and November. Explore your artistic side by creating some wild art with the natural materials provided. 11am-3pm. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Tuesday, August 26: Working Forest. Find out what goes on behind the scenes in Kielder forest. All ages welcome. 2pm–4pm. £10. Booking essential, 01434 220242.

Tuesday, August 26: Talk. Derek Gladding discusses the period of British retreat from Mons and Le Cateau in the First World War and its ultimate significance to both sides in the overall conflict. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7pm. £5, including a glass of wine/juice. To book, visit www.bailiffgate museum.co.uk

Tuesday, August 26: At Home with the Trevelyans. Join experts and go behind the scenes to learn about many of the objects used by the family or discover rooms not normally open at Wallington Hall. 2pm-4pm. £15, including afternoon tea, the Trevelyan Way. Normal admission. Booking recommended on 01670 773600.

Tues, Aug 26, and Wed, Aug 27: Soldiers of the Roses. Warkworth Castle. 11am-5pm. Normal admission. Contact 01665 711423.

Tues, Aug 26, to Thurs, Aug 28: Granny Turismo. Alnwick Garden. Performances 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 27: Family Bushcraft Survival Challenge. A family survival adventure - stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. Bring a packed lunch. At Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder. 10am-4.30pm. Single ticket £10, family of four £30. Contact 01388 529154.

Wednesday, August 27: High Ropes Day. Tackle the hanging cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per circuit. 01434 250232.

Wednesday, August 27: Heavy Horse Centre Talks & Demonstrations. Traditional horse dressing demo and historical talk, ridden display (weather permitting), meet the horses up close. Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, at Ford and Etal Estates. 2pm-4pm. 01890 820601.

Wednesday, August 27: Coquet Estuary Tours. With the Coquet Shorebase Trust. 4pm–7pm. £25. All equipment provided, including wetsuits. To book, 01665 710367.

Thursday, August 28: Gardens of Imagination. Be inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens to create your own miniature garden with the materials provided. 11am-3pm. At Cragside. Normal admission, plus £2.

Thursday, August 28: Fire of the North. John Woodhurst will meet the 11, 12, 1 and 2 o’clock sailings from Seahouses to the Inner Farne, and in a short walk/talk offer the opportunity to find out more about Cuthbert’s links to the Farnes. National Trust Rangers will also be on hand to talk about the wildlife of the Inner Farne. At Inner Farne National Nature Reserve. For details, 01665 576874.


Sunday, August 24: Humbleton Hill and Yeavering Bell. A nine-mile moderate walk. From near Wooler. 9.30am. £11. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Sunday, August 24: Westie Walk. Bamburgh Beach. In aid off Worldwide Westie Rescue. 11.30am. Links car park, Bamburgh. Bring a picnic. 07971 435995.


Aln Valley Railway: 0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Open Today and then Sunday to Thursday, 10am-4pm.

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511350. Daily 10am–5.30pm, last entry 4.15pm. State rooms open 11am–5pm, last entry 4.30pm. At the gate – £14.50, conc £12, child £7.50, 0–4yrs free, family £38.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Daily, 10am–7pm. Entry £13.75, conc £11.90, child £4.40, 0-4yrs free, family £33.

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill: 01665 579443. Open Fridays, 10am–5pm. £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tues–Sun and Bank Holiday Monday, 10am–4pm. £4, conc £3, child £1, U5s free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily, 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. £9.95, child £4.50, senior £9, family £25, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Daily, 9am-7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £8, child £4.80, conc £7.20, family £20.80.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm. Closed Sat and Sun. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Daily, noon-5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed Saturdays. £9, £8 conc, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Monday–Friday, with tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Open Sunday, with tours at 10am, 11am and noon. Closed Saturdays.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates: 01669 620333. House open daily, 11am–5pm. Gardens/woodland open daily, 10am–7pm. Gift Aid – whole property: £15.85, child £7.90, family £39.45. Gardens and woodland only: £10.20, child £5.20, family £24.65.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Daily 10am–6pm. £4.30, child £2.60, conc £3.90.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Daily, 10am–6pm. £4.10, child £2.50, conc £3.70, family £10.70.

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily 11am–3pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, child free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Daily. Hourly trains 11am–3pm. £6.50, conc £6, child £4.50, U5s £2.50, infant/dog free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Daily, 11am–3pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Daily 10.30am–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid – £7.70, Over 60s £6.60, child free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 07790 457580. Daily, 11am–3pm. £3, conc £2.50, family £8, child free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. See crossing times on page 2 of this newspaper. Gift Aid admission, £7.40, child £3.70, family £18.50.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two of this newspaper. £4, child £2, conc £3.50, family £10, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Daily, 10am–6pm. £5.40, child £3.20, conc £4.90.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington: 01665 570382. Daily, 8.30am–5pm. Gardens admission is £4.25, accompanied U16s free. Nursery/café admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open 10am–6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Last admission 4.15pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens: 01670 773600. House open Wednesdays to Mondays, noon–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. Gardens/estate/woodland open daily, 10am–dusk. Gift Aid admission, £12.20, child £6.10, family £30.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle open daily from 10am–6pm. Admission is £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70, family £13.50. Warkworth Hermitage is open Sundays and Mondays, 11am–4pm. It is closed Tuesdays to Saturdays. Admission to the Hermitage is £3.50, child £2.10, conc £3.20.