What’s on in north Northumberland – week ending June 4

Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Sebastian Sap is played by Harry Brierley.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Fairy Tale adventure at The Alnwick Garden.'Sebastian Sap is played by Harry Brierley.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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Theatre, films, live music, walks and other events taking place in Northumberland this week.

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight: Listen with Alexei. Alexei Sayle gives a preview of the second volume of his memoirs, plus his first volume. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £13. 01665 510785.

Saturday, May 30: National Theatre Live – Man and Superman. Encore screening.Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

FILMS

Today: The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge Out of Water (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Today: The Last Five Years (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Today to Saturday, May 30: Avengers – Age of Ultron (12a). Alnwick Playhouse: Today and Saturday, 2pm, tomorrow, 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785. Read the review and watch the trailer.

Tomorrow: Home (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: John Wick (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, June 2: Woman in Gold (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, June 2: The Water Diviner (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, June 3: Force Majeure (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, June 4: Child 44 (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, June 4: Fast and Furious 7 (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75. 01289 330999.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Clive Gregson, with support from Tom O’Donnell. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. To book, 01669 620470.

Tonight: Larry Miller. Blues/rock guitarist. 14yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 9pm. £12.50, £10 conc, child £7. On the door: £14, £11.50, child £8.50. 01289 330999.

Tonight and Thursday, June 4: Buskers’ Night. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free. Musicians/listeners welcome.

Tomorrow: Thank Folk It’s Friday. Folk session, Woodhorn. 2pm–3pm. 01670 624455.

Tomorrow: Open Mic Night. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Tomorrow: Well Oiled Machine. With supper, bar and raffle. Beadnell WI Hall. 7pm. In aid of Farne Churches Youth Family Outreach. £10, accompanied U14s free. To book, 01665 720466 or on the door.

Saturday, May 30: Pop Factor – The Concert. Maltings, Berwick. 6.30pm. £12.50, £11 conc. 01289 330999.

Saturday, May 30: King For A Day. Classic rock from past to present. Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Monday, June 1: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. Free. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, June 3: Solid Gold Country Legends. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £22 box, £19 circle, stalls £17 (£15.50 concs), child £10. 01289 330999.

Thursday, June 4: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Stuart Anderson Trio. Musicians/listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.

EVENTS

Every day: The Alnwick Garden has been transformed into a fairytale adventure inspired by Grimm’s childhood favourites. Visitors will be taken on a magical journey to save Beauty from being poisoned by The Garden’s Wicked Queen. Solving clues along the way, the adventure will include a series of interactive experiences such as a bench that sings when you hold hands, secret doors, magic mirrors, cloud of fairies and a talking frog prince. Live actors and actresses playing fairy tale characters will be on hand to guide, or in some cases thwart, the visitors quest, including The Big Bad Wolf, The Wicked Queen, The Huntsman and The Princess. Free with regular entry tickets.

Today: Love Your Zoo Day. Talks, quizzes and games. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am–4pm. Visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk

Today: Budding Artist – Jack and The Beanstalk. The {http://www.alnwickgarden.com|The The Alnwick Garden website.}. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It. Find out about the different varieties of pumpkins, plant your own and take it away to grow. Cragside. 11am–1pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Today and Tomorrow: Belsay Boot Camp. Experience what life was like for soldiers on the front line. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Garden. 11am–5pm. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

Today and Tomorrow: Bridie the Tea Lady. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow: The Squirrels. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow: The Tree and The Gardener. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today and Saturday, May 30: Andy Howey Birds Of Prey. {http://www.bamburghcastle.com|Bamburgh Castle website.}. 01668 214515.

Today to Sunday, May 31: Amble Puffin Festival. Celebration of all things puffin. Visit amblepuffinfest.co.uk

Today to Thursday, June 4: 40 Days of Fun. At Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Visit ford-and-etal.co.uk or call 01890 820338.

Today and Thursday, June 4: Gateway Drop-in. Free drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am–4pm.

Tomorrow: Budding Artist – Magical Doors. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Swing and Climb Day. King-swing (10am–12.30pm) and indoor wall (1pm–4pm), which includes complimentary session on Velcro Olympics. Calvert Trust, Kielder. £10pp per activity (two turns). 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Wildlife Watch Spring Activities. St Cuthbert’s Parish Church Hall, Amble. 2pm–4pm. Adult free, child £5. Booking recommended, 0191 284 6884.

Saturday, May 30: Coffee Morning. In aid of Acklington’s St John the Divine Church. At The Vicarage, 11 Dial Place, Warkworth. 10am–noon.

Saturday, May 30: Workshop. Acrylic portraits with Ted Tallantyre. Coquetdale Arts Centre, Rothbury. 10am–4pm. To book, 01669 621557.

Saturday, May 30: Budding Artist – Fairytale Finger Puppet. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, May 30: Family Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. 5pm–6.30pm. £16, conc £14, family £45.04. Visit kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, May 30: Lindisfarne Castle Supperclub. Dining experience at the Upper Battery of Lindisfarne Castle. 6pm–10pm. £99. Booking essential, 01289 389244.

Saturday, May 30: Late Night Deep Sky Observing. Kielder Observatory. 11.55pm–2.55am. £16, conc £14. Visit kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31: Madagascar Madness. Learn about the Madagascan species at Kirkley Hall Zoo through activities, trails and quizzes. Visit www.kirkleyhall zoo.co.uk

Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31: Boots, Bayonets and Belles. War-themed activities. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–5pm. 01661 881636.

Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31: Boots, Bayonets and Belles. Action-packed weekend propelling you into wartime Britain. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–5pm. 01661 881636.

Sunday, May 31: Antiques and Collectors Fair. Etal Village Hall. 10am–4pm. 50p. 01289 330828.

Sunday, May 31: Family Fun Cycle Event. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. Hulne Park, Alnwick. 10am–4pm. £6, £4 children, £17.50 family. Visit www.hospicecare.nn.org.uk or call 01665 606515.

Sunday, May 31: 50 Things Fun. Wallington Hall. Noon to 3pm. Normal admission applies but small charge for some activities. nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

Sunday, May 31: Laser clay shooting/archery. Kielder. 10am–4pm. £10. 01434 250232.

Sunday, May 31: Garden Party. Live music, stalls and cream teas. St Paul’s Church, North Sunderland. 2pm. 50p, children free.

Sunday, May 31: Budding Artists – Enchanted Flowers. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Sunday, May 31, and Monday, June 1: Medieval Archery. Bamburgh Castle. (Small charge to have a go). Normal admission applies. 01668 214208.

Monday, June 1, and Thursday, June 4: Aurora Night. Kielder Observatory. 9pm. £16, conc £14. {http://www.{http://www.kielderobservatory.org|kielderobservatory.org|Kielder Observatory website.}|kielderobservatory.org|Kielder Observatory website.}

Tuesday, June 2: Death, Diseases and Dastardly Deeds. Talk by Anthea Lang. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.15pm. £2.50 donation for non-Alnwick Family History Society members.

Tuesday, June 2: Alnwick and District Flower Club. Demonstration by Mildren Stafford entitled Sunshine, Strawberries and Champagne. Costello Centre. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick at 7pm.

Wednesday, June 3: Plant Sale and Coffee Morning. Pottergate Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick. 10am–noon.

WALKS

Saturday, May 30: Ranger walks. Explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Tues, June 2, and Wed, June 3: Garden walks. Guided walk through the formal gardens at Cragside. Noon–1pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, June 3: Woodland Guided Walk. Ranger-led walk around the woodland at Wallington. 11.30am–1pm and 2pm–3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Thursday, June 4: Alnwick & District Natural History Society. Walk at Harthope Valley looking for evidence of breeding birds and flowers. 2pm. Meet at Carey Burn Bridge (OS75 - 975250). Visitors £1.50. 01665 602614.

ATTRACTIONS

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. Today and Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm.

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Daily, 10am–5.30pm, last entry 4.15pm. State rooms, 10.30am–4.30pm, last entry 4pm. Entry at the gate: £14.75, conc £12, child (5-16yrs) £7.60, child (0-4yrs) free, family £39.

The Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Daily 10am–6pm. Entry at the gate: £12.10, conc £10.45, child (5-16yrs) £4.40, child (0-4yrs) free, family £29.70.

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, Chathill: 01665 579443. Open Fridays, 10am–5pm. £4, to charities. Parties catered for by calling the museum.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm. Closed Monday. £4, conc £3, children £1, U5s free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm. £10.50, child £5, senior £10, family £25.

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

Belsay: 01661 881636. Daily, 10am–6pm. Gift Aid entry: £9.20, child £5.50, conc £8.30, family £23.90.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open Sunday–Friday, noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Closed Saturday. £9.50, conc £8.50, children (5-15yrs) £5.50, U5s free, family £23.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01558 215250. Monday–Friday: Tours 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. £8, conc £6, child £3, family £16.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates: House: Today-Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Tuesday-Thursday, 1pm-5pm.. Garden/woodland: Today–SUnday and Tuesday–Thursday, 10am–7pm. Cragside closed Monday. Gift Aid admission – gardens/woodland: £10.70, child £5.40, family £25.50. Whole property: £16.50, child £8.30, family £41.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Daily, 10am–6pm. Gift Aid admission: £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40, family £12.70.

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

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Gift Aid admission: £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50.

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Daily, 10am-5pm. £3.80, conc £3.20, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Daily 10am-4pm, first train 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, U5s £2.50, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Daily, 10am–5pm.

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

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Daily 11am–5pm. £3, conc £2.70, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift Aid admission: £7.80, child £3.90, family £19.40.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. £4, child £2, conc £3.50, family £10, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Daily, 10am-6pm. Gift Aid: £6.20, child £3.70, conc £5.60, family £16.10.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington: 01665 570382. Daily, 8.30am–5pm.

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. 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens: 01670 773600. House: Today-Monday & Wed-Thurs, noon-5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Daily, 10am–7pm. Garden/estate: Daily, 10am–dusk. Gift Aid entry: £12.60, child £6.30, family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Daily, 10am–6pm. Gift Aid entry: £6, child £3.60, conc £5.40, family £15.60. Hermitage: Open Sunday & Monday only, 11am–4pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives: 01670 624455 Museum and galleries, Wed–Sun, 10am–5pm. Northumberland Archives and study centre, Wed–Sat, 10am–4pm. Free. Charges may apply.