What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, August 9

stage/theatre

Tonight

King Arthur & The Sword in the Stone. Performed by Cambridge Touring Theatre. At Bamburgh Castle. Starts 6pm. £12.95, child £6.95, family £36. To book, call 01668 214208.

Sunday, August 5

The Railway Children. Bring chairs/picnics/wine for a night of outdoor theatre. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Gates open 6pm, performance starts 6.45pm. Tickets, in advance, £13, conc £11, child £11. On the night, £15, conc £13, child £13. To book, call 01661 881636.

Wednesday, August 8

International Jamboree. A true carnival evening with lively performances from countries such as Korea and Lithuania. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £9, conc £8. To book, call 01665 510785.

Thursday, August 9

Truly Northumbrian. Showcase of Northumberland’s unique heritage of feet-tapping music, song and dance. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9. To book, call 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow

Paul Brydon Band. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. Call 01665 576658.

Saturday, August 4

Coquetdale Chamber Choir. Music by Bruckner, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Durufle, Howells, Simmance, Lauridsen and Vaughan Williams. Musical director John Casken, Colin Scott on organ. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Call 07913 400924.

Saturday, August 4

Rod Stewart Tribute Show. At Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. Call 01665 576658.

Sunday, August 5

Concert – Medieval Mixture. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Call 07913 400924.

Sunday, August 5

Friendly Neets. Concert of Northumbrian music and song. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 8pm–10pm. £8, child £4, accompanied U12s free. Includes cheese and wine. To book, call 01670 761872.

Monday, August 6

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. Call 01665 722835.

Tuesday, August 7

Fake Thackray. The songs of Jake Thackray. In the WI Hall, Beadnell. 7pm. Tickets £10, available from Seahouses Resource Centre. Refreshments included.

Wednesday, August 8

Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

EVENTS

Today

Herb-tastic. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow

Summer Art Workshop. Led by artist/poet Sue Handoll. Draw/paint in Berwick (outside when weather permits, indoors if it rains). All levels welcome ( Age 16+). Materials provided. At The Maltings, Berwick. 10am–4pm. £10 per day. Limited places, pre-booking advised, call 01289 330999.

Today, Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9

Chivalry and The Knight. Discover the life of a knight. At Warkworth Castle. 11am–4.30pm. £5.50, conc £5, child £3.50, English Heritage members free. Call 01665 711423.

Today to Thursday, August 9

Time Travellers Go Medieval. Runs until August 24. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–4.30pm. £7.70, conc £6.90, child £4.60, family £20, English Heritage members free. £1 extra admission per child for Time Travellers activities.

Today to Thursday, August 9

Summer Holiday Activities at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. Daily events such as alien egg hunt, family fun rocket craft and summer bug hunts. Runs daily throughout school summer holidays. Also, each Tuesday, join Woodhorn’s learning team, noon–3pm, when they open the archive’s doors, drawers and cabinets to show the facts behind the folklore of Northumberland. Call 01670 528080.

Today to Thursday, August 9

The Garden Bunch. This eclectic ensemble will be in The Alnwick Garden until mid-September. Normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, August 9

Splash Festival. Dancing fountains and water-themed activities. On Wednesday, August 8, as part of the Splash Festival, is Water play, where you an use super-soakers, watering cans and buckets provided to play your own games. Don’t forget your towel. At Cragside. 10am–5pm. Until September 2. Call 01669 620333.

Tomorrow to Thursday, August 9

Best of British. Celebration of British history/tradition/culture. Runs until August 12. At Wallington. Call 01670 773600.

Tomorrow

King Swing and Climbing Wall at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am–4pm. £10 per activity (two turns). Call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow

Learn about the Hubble Space Telescope at Kielder Observatory. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, August 4

Annual Fete by the harbour. Tombola, cakes, plants, books, kippers and bric-a-brac, as well as coffee, tea and refreshments. At St Peter the Fisherman Church, Craster. 10.30am.

Saturday, August 4

Swarland Show. Traditional village show at Vyner Park, Swarland. Noon–4pm.

Saturday, August 4

The Universe at Kielder Observatory. Tackle the big questions of astronomy and physics and use the facility’s telescopes. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5

Dinosaurs at The Alnwick Garden. Performances at intervals throughout the day. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5

Medieval Music and Play with the Crafty Beggars. Musical performances of period music and masked dancers and puppets. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals, 11am–4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5

Medieval Jesting with Zooted. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals, 11am–4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 5

Playschool Fund-raising Coffee Morning/Table-top Sale. £10 per table. In Ferguson Hall, Belford. 10am.

Sunday, August 5

Summer Arts Workshops at Kielder Castle. With sessions throughout the day. Booking recommended or pay on day if space. Contact 01434 250209 or visit www.visitkielder.com

Sunday, August 5

Art and Craft Fair. At Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 10am-4.30pm. Free entry.

Sunday, August 5

Laser clay pigeon and archery at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 11am-4pm. £20 (20 clays and 15 arrows). Call 01434 250232.

Sunday, August 5

Create a Creature Cabin. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 5

Learn about the Sun at Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Sunday, August 5

Wallington Pipers. The sound of Northumbrian Pipes. At Wallington. 2pm–3pm. Free. Call 01670 773600.

Monday, August 6

Water Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Canoeing/kayaking in a quiet inlet. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 (half-hour session). Call 01434 250232.

Monday, August 6

Seashore Safari. Delve into rockpools and explore marine life. Wear suitable footwear and bring nets/buckets. Meet at Broad Road junction, Seahouses. 10.30am. Free. Call 01670 533780.

Monday, August 6

Family Bushcraft Taster Course. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £20, £15 National Trust members. Booking essential, call 0844 249 1895.

Monday, August 6

Create an imaginative flower. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Monday, August 6

Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. Call 01665 576658.

Monday, August 6, to Wednesday, August 8

Harry Potter-inspired Characters. At Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 7

Bee Creative. Learn about bees and build your own bee. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 7

Nest Box Making. At Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder. 10.30am–11.30am and 11.30am–12.30pm. £5 per family. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Tuesday, August 7

Boot Camp. An hour-long session at The Alnwick Garden. Suitable for a range of ages/abilities. Every Tuesday until end of September. £4 per session or £20 booked as a six-week series. Booking essential, call 01665 511350 (option 4).

Tuesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 8

Summer Holiday Activities for Juniors with Coquet Shorebase Trust. On Tuesday – sailing (am/pm) and windsurfing (pm). On Wednesday - canoeing/kayaking (am/pm). Ages eight–16. Held on the lake at Druridge Bay County Park. 10am-12.30pm & 1pm–3.30pm. One session, £25, full day, £40. On Tues/Weds until August 22. To book, call 01665 710367.

Wednesday, August 8

High Ropes Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10. Call 01434 250232.

Wednesday, August 8

Potty Friends. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 9

North Sunderland/Seahouses WI Strawberry Cream Tea. With cake stall, raffle, tombola and books. At Seahouses Methodist church hall. 2.30pm. £1.50.

walks

Tonight

Bat Walk. PowerPoint presentation before going out with bat detectors to look and identify foraging bats. Starts 8.30pm at Rothbury. £14. To book, call 01830 540453.

Tomorrow

Moonlight Walk in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. At Berwick. Starts at Hazel Marsden House at 11pm. Registration forms available from HospiceCare for £15. Call 01665 606515.

Saturday, August 4

Four-mile Nordic Walk – Howick and Coastal Path. Starts 10am near Howick. £9. To book, call 01830 540453.

Sunday, August 5

St Cuthbert’s Way – Yetholm to Wooler. A 10-mile walk. Starts 10am at Wooler. After meeting in Wooler, a short transfer to Kirk Yetholm. £15. To book, call 01830 540453.

exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Annual Open Exhibition. Runs until September 8. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. New display – photography and local art, including work by Darryn Wade – starts tomorrow. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.

Belford Craft Gallery

Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. New exhibition – textiles by Audrey Atkin – starts today. Gallery closed Mondays but call for opening times/information.

Cragside

Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about life in service. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890. Work by Lynda Taylor, ‘assemblages’ and jewellery by Linda Lovatt, prints and crafts. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9am-5pm. Closed Sundays/Mondays.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

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

The Congregational Gallery

Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Work by Judy Appleby, Barbara Franc, Hideyuki Sobue, Beth Roberts Fiddes, Allan Scott and Walter Holmes. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays–Saturdays, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am–4.30pm. Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, but open Bank Holidays.

The Design Room Art Gallery

High Street, Wooler, 07921 436427. Artwork by Roz Bell and Allan Morgan. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Solo exhibition by artist Tony Marshall starts on Saturday. He will be in the gallery for wine/nibbles for most of the opening day. All welcome. Open Wednesdays-Fridays, 9am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Open Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm. Visit www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Sci-fi exhibition, Invasion. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Until September 3. Also running, Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitman. Until September 9. Free.

attractions

Aln Valley Railway Site

At its Lionheart site, Alnwick. Open days, Thursdays–Sundays, from 10am.

Alnwick Castle

01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including the Unlocked ticket.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admission details, including the Unlocked ticket. Open late tonight, 6pm–9pm. Normal admission applies.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adult £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (two adults/one conc) £6.70, family (two adults/two conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. Adult £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open daily, noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed on Saturdays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, U5s free, family £21.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm. Tours also on Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. Adult £6, £4 conc, £2 child, £14 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English Heritage members free.

Edlingham Castle

0191 269 1200. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. Adult £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10. English Heritage members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 mins before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. A 15 gauge steam engine railway Open daily. The train runs from Heatherslaw every hour on the hour, 11am–3pm. From Etal, the train run every hour on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Return journeys, adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, seniors £5.50. Shop/ticket office opens 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick

Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.60, over 60s £5.50, child free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am to dusk.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. May occasionally be closed. Call to check.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Adult £3, £1 child, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Adult £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open daily 10am until dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh

01668 214910. Open daily 10am–5pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. House open daily, noon–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Gift Aid admission – whole property: Adult £10.80, £5.40 child, £27 family. Garden and grounds only: Adult £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free. The Hermitage is open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3.