What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, July 19

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight and Tomorrow

Rent. Alnwick Playhouse Senior Youth Theatre performs the well-known musical Rent. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8, £7 conc, £6 child/student. Information/booking, contact 01665 510785.

Tomorrow

Sports Play by Elfriede Jelinek. Exploration of contemporary society’s obsession with fitness and body culture. Age 16+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £12, £10 conc. Information/booking, contact 01289 330999.

Saturday, July 14

Laughing Bear Comedy Club. Age 16+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8.30pm. £5. Information/booking, contact 01289 330999.

Sunday, July 15

Berwick Broadcasting Corporation – Live Radio Plays. A 1940s-style radio show performed before your very eyes. Age 12+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. Free/donation, first-come, first-served. Contact 01289 330999.

Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18

Holy Trinity First School Summer Show 2012. At The Maltings, Berwick. Tuesday, 7pm, Wednesday, 1.30pm and 7pm. Evening: £7, £5 conc. Matinee: £6, £4 conc. Information/booking, contact 01289 330999.

Thursday, July 19

The Price of Everything. A stand-up lecture about value, performed by Daniel Bye’s. Age 12+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £5. Information/booking, contact 01289 330999.

live music

Saturday, July 14

Neil Diamond Tribute Show. At the Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Monday, July 16

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. Contact Jack or Pam, 01665 722835.

Wednesday, July 18

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, July 18

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

events

Today to Sunday, July 15

Bee Happy. The Alnwick Garden will be buzzing with talks, walks, arts and crafts, honey-tastings and visits to show hives, bringing the world of bees alive from fun and facts. As part of Bee Happy comes an innovative outdoor theatre performance – the Bee Detective – for children aged 6+ and their grown-ups. Performances will take place tomorrow (4pm), Saturday (11am, 1pm, 4pm) and Sunday (11am, 4pm). Also, a Waggle Dance workshop on Saturday at 2.30pm. All events are free with admission, although booking is recommended. Contact 01665 511350.

Today to Sunday, July 15

Northumberland Wildlife Trust/Botanical Society of the British Isles Plant Recording Week. A survey over several days of the flora. At Etal. To book, email coordinator@bsbi.org.uk

Today to Thursday, July 19

Archeological Dig. At Barrowburn Mill. The dig will run until July 22, with a rest day on July 17. Visitors welcome. More details, see p53.

Tonight

Bingo. At the Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 7.30pm.

Tonight

Concert. Traditional music and song from Northumberland and Beyond with Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, with Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, voice and guitar. At St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 6pm. Admission £7.50, payable at the door. Accompanied U12s free. Contact 01665 576245.

Tomorrow

Swing and Climb Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Brave the King Swing or challenge the climbing wall. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 per activity (two turns). Contact 01434 250232.

Tomorrow

Learn about the Hubble Space Telescope at Kielder Observatory. Also use the facility’s telescopes. 8pm. Adult £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.

Tomorrow to Sunday, July 15

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival. Set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the Coquet Valley. Contact 01669 620849. More details, see p55.

Saturday, July 14

Outdoor First Aid Course with Shepherds Walks. At Cambo. 9am. £37.50. Information/booking, contact 01830 540453.

Saturday, July 14

Adventure Northumberland Activities. Bushcraft/Survival Skills, coasteering and rock climbing. Activities range from £40 to £75. Information/booking, contact 01665 605280.

Saturday, July 14

Felton & Thirston Fair. The 20th fair of its kind will offer fun for all the family, with stalls, rides, sports, displays, junior football, dog show, spacehopper challenge, fun run, music, Punch & Judy, bar, teas, craft show and much more. At the Recreation Field, Felton. 11am-5pm. Contact Marion, 01670 787206.

Saturday, July 14

Concert. Standing Stones, who sing acappella and tell stories, often with a twist in words and music, perform at Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 07913 400924.

Saturday, July 14

Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Explore how science behind the aurora in the sky. Then tour the facility taking in the telescopes and how they work. 8pm. Adult £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.

Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15

Aln Valley Railway Open Days. Look around the site, see the progress being made and take part in a guided tour. Open days will then take place subsequent Thursdays to Sundays. More details, see p38.

Saturday, July 14 to Thursday, July 19

Festival of Archeology. Meet the specialists and get involved with sifting and cleaning small finds. At Bamburgh Castle. Until July 29. For times/costs, contact 01668 214208.

Sunday, July 15

Seahouses Food & Craft Market. Home-produced delights. At The Bunker (opposite the RNLI car park), Seahouses. 10am–4pm. For details and to hire a stall, contact Chris, 01665 720263. If weather is inclement, contact 07811 169200.

Sunday, July 15

Cars in the Courtyard – Minis. In Wallington courtyard. 11am–3pm. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, July 15

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

Sunday, July 15

Concert. New Voices, whose repertoire ranges from folk songs to local North East songs, perform at Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 07913 400924.

Sunday, July 15

Adventure Northumberland Activities. Kayaking and coasteering. Each activity is £40. Information/booking, contact 01665 605280.

Sunday, July 15

Scottish Country Dancing. In the courtyard at Wallington. Weather permitting. 2pm–3pm. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, July 15

Embleton Flower Club - Strawberry Teas. In the Creighton Hall, Embleton. 2.30pm. £2.50 per tea.

Monday, July 16

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

Monday, July 16

Coasteering with Adventure Northumberland. £40. Information/booking, contact 01665 605280.

Monday, July 16, to Wednesday, July 18

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

Monday, July 16, to Wednesday, July 18

Wand-making and Dressing Up in Knight’s Quest. At Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Tuesday, July 17

Talk Time at Wallington - Peeling Back the Layers. Medieval historian Michael Thomson gives a talk/tour to uncover Wallington’s medieval past.Followed by light lunch. £22, including coffee and lunch. 10am–2pm. Booking essential, 01670 773600.

Wednesday, July 18

High Ropes Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Hanging cargo net, beams and swinging logs. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10. Contact 01434 250232.

Wednesday, July 18

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about the night skies, study the constellations and get advice on how to use your own kit for observing and astrophotography. Also, use the facility’s telescopes. 8pm. Adult £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.

WALKS

Saturday, July 14

Wild Walk at Wallington - Greenleighton Walk. Guided walk on the rugged but beautiful Greenleighton Moor in the northern part of the Wallington Estate. Explore the ecology of the open moor, abandoned quarries and evidence of Bronze Age ancestors. Adult £4, child (Age 10+) £2, family £10. 10am–2pm. Booking essential, 01670 773963.

Sunday, July 15

Fontburn Reservoir Circular. An 8.5-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers. Start at Harwood near village. 10.30am. For information and if weather is inclement, contact walk leader Penny on 01670 788278.

Sunday, July 15

Pennine Way, Part 12 - Three rivers to Kirk Yetholm. A 10.5-mile walk with Shepherds Walks. Starts near Kirk Yetholm, 10.30am. After meeting at Kirk Yetholm you will be transferred to the top end of the College Valley. Transfer included in the price, which is £15. Information/booking, contact 01830 540453.

Monday, July 16

Walk through the Breamish Valley with Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetmouth Group. 6.30pm. Meet at Bulbys Wood car park, Breamish Valley. Contact Atholl on 01665 711177 or Diana on 01665 713439.

exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. New exhibition – Annual Open Exhibition – starts tomorrow. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Work by well-known North East artists Harry Bell and Tony Montague. Until Monday, July 30. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £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. Photography display in the Courtyard Gallery by Brian Rogers titled A Year in the Life of a Northumberland Farm. Opens on Tuesday. 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. Running alongside this is a photographic exhibition celebrating the work of Victorian Society. Until July 29.

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.

Gate Gallery

Bondgate Within, Alnwick, 01665 602165. New exhibition by pupils at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School. Starts tomorrow and runs until Friday, July 20. Gallery open 9am–5pm daily, except Sundays when it is closed. More details, see p57.

Summer Art Tour

Various venues. Tomorrow to Sunday, July 16. Also July 20-23. Visit www.networkartists.org.uk. More details, see p55.

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 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.