What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, December 8

THEATRE

Wednesday, December 7: Hansel & Gretel. A new telling of an old tale from Northumberland Theatre Company. At Bamburgh Pavillion, 7.30pm. Tickets: £7.50, contact 01665 721061.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight and Thursday, December 8: Buskers night. Come along and play. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm. Free. More information, call 01670 760320.

Monday, December 5: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm, free. Contact Jack or Pam Daws 01665 722835.

EVENTS

Today, tomorrow Saturday, December 3 and Thursday, December 8: Children’s Lantern Workshop and Willow Lantern Walk. Make a lantern to take on an evening walk through the Alnwick Garden. 4pm to 9pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Today: Drop-in. Coffee and chat with the Alnwick branch of the MS Society, at 10 Market Square, Alnwick. 11am to 1pm. Contact 07581 460207.

Today: Illustrated Talk. Duncan Hutt will present a discussion on the Turks and Caicos Islands to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Alnwick Group. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Annual fee £6, visitors £1.50. Coral Turnbull, 01665 602614.

Tomorrow: Cragside Christmas Banquet. An exclusive gastronomical showcase of the very best Northumbrian produce in a 13-course taster menu created by the National Trusts very own chefs. £40 per person, booking essential call 01669 662 033.

Tomorrow: Christmas by Twilight. See Wallington after dark with the house beautifully decorated for Christmas and illuminated by candles. House only admission charges apply. 5pm to 7pm.

Tomorrow: Aurora Night. At Kielder Observatory, see the Northern Lights, and find out what are they and how we see them. 8pm, £8, £6 conc. Contact 07805 638469 or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4: Secret Santa. Meet Santa in his magical forest grotto at Cragside. Set off on a secret trail Santa has set for you. £10 per child, normal admission charges apply.

Saturday, December 3: Christmas Crafts. Join glitter-filled workshops to make a range of Christmas cards and gift bags, to decorations, bath bombs and reindeer food at Alnwick Garden. 11am to 3pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4: Family Wreathmaking. Get together as a family to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to take home and display to welcome in the festive season. 11am to 4pm at Alnwick Garden. Normal admission charges apply.

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4: Seasonal Tales with Taffy Thomas & Book Signing. Experience story-time with the grand old man of stories, Taffy Thomas, MBE, the country’s first Laureate for storytelling at Alnwick Garden. Taffy will also be signing his book over the two days. 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Saturday, December 3: Salmon breeding: the next generation – A one-off opportunity to witness salmon stripping (the collection of salmon eggs) at the Kielder Salmon Centre in a free behind-the-scenes tour. 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Contact 01434 250 269 or email Richard.Bond@environment-agency.gov.uk (booking essential).

Saturday, December 3: Christmas at Wallington Hall. Experience Christmas as it should be. Admire the decorations in the house and enjoy carol singing and seasonal music. Festive workshops will also take place alongside the Christmas trail and stories from Mrs Santa. Also meet Santa in his grotto. Normal charges apply, plus a small charge for some activities. Santa visits, £6, includes a gift. Contact 01670 773600.

Saturday, December 3: Wreath making workshop. Make special festive wreaths using materials from the woods and gardens at Wallington. £38 includes tuition, materials, coffee and lunch. 10am to 4pm. Booking essential contact 01670 773600.

Saturday, December 3: The big universe. A night about scientific efforts at Kielder Observatory. Includes a tour of the facility and use of the powerful telescopes. 8pm, £8, £6 conc. Contact 07805 638469 or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Saturday, December 3: Christmas Lights Switch-on. Belford will be lit-up by festive displays at 3.45pm. Festivities and food will take place in the Ferguson Hall afterwards.

Sunday, December 4: Christmas Craft Fair. Festive gifts, cards, art, photography jewellery and more. At Acklington Village Hall. Contact 01670 763006.

Sunday, December 4: Christmas Carols. Local choirs and 20,000 Voices share seasonal songs at Alnwick Garden. Performances at noon and 3pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6: Wreath making workshop. Come and make special festive wreaths using materials from the woods and gardens at Wallington. £38 includes tuition, materials, coffee and lunch. Booking essential contact 01670 773600.

Monday, December 5: Talk. Dr Anne Borland’s talk, A Plant For All Seasons, to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetdale Group, at the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm.

Monday, December 5: Talk. Former Labour Minister Chris Mullin discusses ‘A Walk-On part’, the third and final volume of his widely acclaimed diaries at Barter Books. 7pm, entrace £3 includes wine, cheese and booksigning afterwards.

Thursday, December 8: Public observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about the incredible dark sky with your naked eye, binoculars or our 14” and 20” telescopes - or bring your own. 8pm, £8, £6 conc. Contact 07805 638469 or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Thursday, December 8: Auriga 50th anniversary dinner. Members and ex-members fo Auriga are invited to the club’s dinner at Blackmores. 7.30pm for 8pm. Contact Lionel Bryan on 01665 714788.

WALKS

Sunday, December 4: Circular walk. A seven-and-a-half mile walk through Felton, Acklington and Guyzance with Alnwick Ramblers. Starts at 10.30am. Contact Bill Harries 01665 575129.

Sunday, December 4: Introduction to Nordic pole walking – Try out the latest health and fitness walking technique while exploring Kielder Forest Park. 10am – 1pm, £12 per person. Contact 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Wednesday, December 7: Winter birds walk – A seven-mile, guided coastal walk from Cresswell to Hauxley, with local expert Tom Cadwallender, visiting all the habitats that are occupied by wintering birds. 10am to 4pm. Free but booking essential. Meet at Hauxley Nature Reserve car park at 9.30am, contact NorthumberlandWildlife Trust,

0191 284 6884

Wednesday, December 7: Winter Walk. Join a member of the gardening team at Alnwick Garden for a tour around The Garden in its winter splendour and to learn about the exciting new developments taking place in time for spring. 11am. Normal admission charges apply.

Alnwick Health Walks (Long). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, Market Place. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665605030.

Amble Health Walks. Every Tuesday at 1.30pm from Amble Tourist Information Centre. Starter and intermediate Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Belford Health Walks. Short walk, Every Monday, 1.30pm, long walk every Monday, 2pm. For both walks meet at Bell View Resource Centre, West Street. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.

Berwick Health Walks (Beginner and Intermediate). Both Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm at The Maltings. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.

Hadston Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 1pm from Hadston House. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Rothbury Health Walks (Starter). Every Friday at 10.30am from Rothbury TIC. Intermediate/long walks every Friday at 10.30am. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Seahouses Health Walks. Every Monday at 2pm. Meet at the Resource Centre. Contact Kelvin Rusworth on 01665 721868 or send a text to 07745 571802 or email seahouseswalking@hotmail.com

Wooler Health Walks (Intermediate). Every Thursday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Cheviot Centre. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.

EXHIBITIONS

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Annual exhibition by Alnwick & District Camera Club, demonstrating a variety of photographic skills and printing techniques ranging from careful records of people, places, things and events to creative interpretations, adaptations and abstractions. Until December 3. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. A Stroll in the Parks. Until December 16. Display based upon the two great Parks in the area - Hulne Park on the edge of Alnwick, plus the Northumberland National Park. Featuring items and images on loan from both Northumberland Estates and the National Park, along with old images from the Museum’s own collection, this is an opportunity to revisit the beauty and majesty of the local parklands. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc, seniors, students, unemployed £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults plus 2 conc) £7.60.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Winter exhibition. A sophisticated selection of work by professional artist makers. Exquisite jewellery, Northumbrian landscape paintings, limited edition prints, studio glass, designer silk scarves, etchings, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware and other tempting treats. For the archaeologist, antiquarian or historian of the family you’ll discover an exciting hoard of historic ceramic replicas from Roman hunt cups to tactile Willendorf Venuses. Free gift wrapping service on all purchases. Open every day of the week 10am to 5pm including Sundays until December 25. Mince pies and mulled wine for customers on Sundays.

Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk

Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth, 01665 830363. A photographic exhibition by Alnmouth Camera Group. Opens on Saturday, November 26, from noon and runs until early 2012. Open daily.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Autumn display by Joanne Wishart with limited edition and original hare prints. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Coastal Art Group Annual Exhibition of Paintings. At Seahouses First School. Runs until Friday, December 2. Open weekdays, 9am–5.30pm. Free entry and pictures for sale.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Autumn and winter exhibition featuring the work of Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, as well as Stephen King, Liz Tainsh, Jo Kirkham-Knaggs and the sculptures of Lisa Delarny. Closed Monday and Wednesday. Open Tuesday, as well as Thursday–Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm, Sunday 11.30am–4.30pm. Check website for events and suppers, www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work exhibited by artist Roz Bell and Nigel Cooke. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–3pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Gallery & Picture Framing Service. The Gallery’s Christmas Exhibition featuring Mike Bell, Sue Fenlon, Derek Jones and Daphne Harrison runs until Sunday, January 15. Visit the website for further details.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–4pm, but from Thursdays to Saturdays it also hosts winter lights and evening events from 4pm–7pm. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. For winter lights and evening events, standard admission prices apply, tickets are valid for the full day and include a hot drink upon evening on arrival.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays. Adults £2.50, conc, seniors, students, unemployed £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults plus 2 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. Open weekends only, 11am–4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. Adult £8.50, child £4 (under 5 free), senior £7.50, family £21. Groups call 01668 214 208. Schools £2 per pupil.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. During the closed season – November–April – the castle welcomes groups by special appointment. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens and Estate open Wednesdays–Sundays, 11am–4pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Gift aid prices – adult £4.60, children £2.10, family £10.90. U5s/National Trust members free. House closed.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, £3.60 conc. English Heritage members free. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am–dusk.

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

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Closed until Saturday, December 3.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today to Saturday, November 26, 9.30am–12.45pm, Sunday, November 27 and Monday, November 28, 9.30am–1.45pm, Wednedsay, November 30, 10.15am–1.45pm and Thursday, December 1, 10.15am–3.45pm. Closed Tuesday, November 29. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free.

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

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25. On Saturday, November 26, entry to the Museum is free.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.