What’s on in north Northumberland – week ending December 29

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Stage/theatre

Tonight

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.

Tonight

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.

Tomorrow

Lee Hurst. Comedian Lee Hurst, known for his appearances on BBC show They Think It’s All Over, performs his Too Scared to Leave the House show. At the Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. £15.50, £16.50 premier. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Tomorrow

Fab Night Out: It’s a Disco Night Sing-along. Come sing and boogie down to the UK’s only disco sing-along show, with big screen lyrics and full live band. At the Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £12, £10 conc. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, November 24

The Canterbury Tales. Tacit Theatre present an explosion of live music, story-telling and general mischief. At the Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12, £10 conc, £15 circle, £18 box seat. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Sunday, November 25

The Pharoah’s Daughter. Live satellite stream of this performance by the Bolshoi Ballet. At the Alnwick Playhouse. 3pm. £15, £16 premier, £14 conc, £5 child/student, £13.50 Friends. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Live Music

Tonight

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

Saturday, November 24

Real Time. Folk music duo Judy Dinning and Kenny Speirs will be joined by Shona Mooney. Support on the night comes from Paula Whitty and Geoff Sample. At Etal Village Hall. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. Tickets £10 on 01890 820566 or hmoffitsvq@btinternet.com

Saturday, November 24

The Showaddydaddies. The rock ’n’ rollers will perform at Rennington Village Hall. Supper from 7pm, gig from 8pm. Tickets £8.50 from Anne Watson on 01665 577535.

Saturday, November 24

Hague. The singer-songwriter performs at The Red Lion in Alnmouth. From 9.30pm.

Sunday, November 25

Bob Cheever. The Texan singer/songwriter and bluegrass band Something Spooked the Horses perform at Rothbury Roots. At The Queen’s Head Hotel. For tickets, £8, call 01669 620470.

Monday, November 26

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

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

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

Tomorrow

Alnwick Christmas Lights. Entertainment begins in the Market Place at 6pm with the lights switch-on at 7pm.

Tomorrow

Universe. A night about the universe at Kielder Observatory. Junior 5pm-7.30pm, Adult 8pm-11pm. £10, £8 conc, £27 family. Booking essential on 07805 638469.

Tomorrow

Christmas Food and Gift Evening. At Sunnyhills of Belford. Free glass of mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas lights and Santa at 6pm, carols from Belford St Mary’s Middle School choir. Tea, coffee, Sunnyhills bangers in a bun and hot cinnamon doughnuts. 5pm-8pm.

Tomorrow and Saturday, November 24

Ghost Stories at Christmas. A series of Victorian ghost stories told by the Gentleman of the house. In the library at Belsay Hall. 7.30pm. Advance £6.50, £5.50 conc on 01661 881636, on the night £7.50, £6.50. EH members 50p cheaper.

Saturday, November 24

Mistletoe Fair. Morpeth holds the fair in conjunction with its lights switch-on from 4pm.

Saturday, November 24

Patchwork Class. A choice of three projects to be completed in one day: Cushion cover; bag; Christmas decoration with tutor Margaret Moon. At the Bailiffgate Museum. Contact 01665 605847.

Saturday, November 24

Aurora Night. At Kielder Observatory. Juniors 5pm–7.30pm, adults 8pm–11pm. £10, £8 conc, £27 family. Booking essential on 07805 638469.

Saturday, November 24

Christmas Craft Fair. At Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. Various stalls and refreshments available. 10am-3pm. Entry 50p, children free. Tables, £15, from Anne on 01665 721868.

Saturday, November 24

Sparkle Launch Night: Join the Duchess of Northumberland for the unveiling of phase one of The Garden’s new permanent lighting installation, which will transform the hornbeam tunnels into a stunning spectacle of light and colour. On the night, there will also be entertainment, hot food and drink available, and the first opportunity of the season to visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto. The switch-on will be at 5pm, normal admission applies. £5 for a visit to Father Christmas (includes a traditional gift).Sparkle will then run in the evening until January 5.

Saturday, November 24

Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns. An exhibition featuring a visual and oral history of sheep and shepherding in the area alongside demonstrations from knitters, weavers, etc. At the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am-4pm. For more, visit ww.sheeptales.org.uk

Saturday, November 24

Jewellery Website Launch. New website for selling jewellery, all handmade and some one-offs from the UK and worldwide. At 2 Mclaren Drive, Belford. Sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and wine all provided. Contact Rebecca Moody on 01668 213190.

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25

Victorian Christmas. Meet the Victorian Father Christmas dressed in traditional costume and reciting stories and poems at Belsay Hall and Gardens. 11am-4pm. Normal admissions applies. Contact 01661 881636.

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25

Children’s Christmas Crafts. Have a go at making fantastic Christmas crafts. Dress for mess. Normal admission charges plus small charge for items made. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm.

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25

Kielder Winter Wonderland. Kielder’s magical forest landscape will once again be transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland full of surprises and attractions for the whole family. A day pass including access to a whole host of festive activities is £27, or £5 for children under the age of one.

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25

Big Hamper Weekend: A unique opportunity to buy or order a Christmas hamper full of fabulous festive foodie goodies. In partnership with Taste North East and supported by Fenwick Newcastle, together with an array of producers from the North East and beyond. At the Alnwick Garden. 11am-5pm. Normal admission applies. To book, call 01665 511350.

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25

Father Christmas: Meet Father Christmas and his busy troupe of elves in his magical grotto, hidden in the beautifully illuminated hornbeam pergola where each child receives a traditional gift. At the Alnwick Garden. 11am-7pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun. £5 plus normal admission. To book, call 01665 511350.

Sunday, November 25

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 25

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 25

Christmas Fair and Lights. In Togston.The fair runs from 5.15pm in the church hall before the switch is flicked for the lights in the church grounds at 6pm.

Tuesday, November 27

Christmas Floral Demonstration. Alnwick District Floral Club presents their ever-popular Christmas floral art demonstration with guest speaker Ian Buxton. At the Alnwick Playhouse. Tickets £10.

Wednesday, November 28

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, November 28

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

Wednesday, November 28

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 28

Talk. Belford History Society hosts Fighting Flodden by Clive Hallam-Baker. In the Community Centre. 7.30pm. All welcome, visitors £2.

walks

Sunday, November 25

Beach Combing. This walk will cover the coast both north and south of Boulmer to look at weather and discuss tides and landscape features. 10.30am start. £10. Contact 01830 540453 or shepherdwalks.co.uk

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.

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. 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. Until December 23. Also, exhibition by Clare Money, November 17 to March 2013.