What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, May 31

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THEATRE/FILM

Saturday, May 26: Teasel Theatre Company – Grisly Tales from Tumblewater. Grisly Tales is like Charles Dickens crossed with Roald Dahl via Horrible Histories with laughs, frights and live music. Daniel Dorey is a fearless orphan armed only with his wits and a satchel of spine-chilling stories. Can he bring down evil landowner Caspian Prye? Can he even stay alive long enough to tell his tales? A funny, spooky and playful adaptation of Bruno Vincent’s deliciously dark novel. Suitable for ages eight and over. At Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. 7pm. Tickets £7, £4 child, £18 family. To book, contact 01665 721868.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Singer/songwriter Jez Lowe performs. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Tickets £8. To book in advance, contact 01669 620470. More information, visit www.rothburyroots.com for more information or follow the Roots on Twitter @rothburyroots

Tomorrow: LUSH Acousitc. Live music at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.

Saturday, May 26: Brian Marlowe performs at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.

Sunday, May 27: Acoustic Afternoon Session. Singer/songwriter Hague performs at Tomlinson’s of Rothbury from 3pm. This event will take place every Sunday in May. More information, visit haguemusic.co.uk

Monday, May 28: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Ship Inn, Newton-by-the-Sea. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, May 30: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

EVENTS

Today: Talk Time at Wallington: Reiving – The Dark Tradition. Join medieval historian Michael Thomson as he traces the origins of Reiving, through the era of Braveheart back to the time of British resistance to Rome, and considers the influence of landscape, climate, politics and Celtic tradition on the people of the Borders. The talk will be followed by a light lunch in the Clocktower Café. At Wallington. 10am–2pm. £22, including coffee and lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

Today: Spring in the Gertrude Jekyll Garden. Discover what Gertrude Jekyll planned for this summer flowering garden in this unique location. See how her 1911 plan will unfold into huge sweeps of colour and scent over the next three months. At Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm. More information, contact 01289 389244.

Today and Tomorrow: Fashion from the Past – Costume Display. Tudor costume fit for a King and Queen on display. A variety of replica costume for Tudor nobles men and women, plus hands on activity for children. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 10am–5pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01661 881636.

Tonight and Wednesday, May 30: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Use the Observatory’s equipment under supervision – including the computer-controlled 14”” Meade telescope and the 20”” Newtonion reflector telescope. Experts on hand to help beginners and experienced astronomers alike. 8pm. Adult £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.

Today to Thursday, May 31: Alnwick Castle Grounds Tour. Hear fascinating stories of the Castle’s history and architecture with an informed guide. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, May 31: Broomstick Training. Take part in a broomstick lesson on the very spot where Harry Potter had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. At Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, May 31: Archery. At Alnwick Castle. Daily weather permitting. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, May 31: Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour. Find out about Alnwick Castle’s two famous Harrys – Potter and Hotspur – and how they shaped the future of Alnwick. At Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, May 31: Crafts and Dressing-up In Knight’s Quest. Choose a medieval costume and discover all aspects of castle life, from swordplay and games to a medieval toilet. At Alnwick Castle. Also join the castle’s entertaining knights and ladies and become a master craftsman in the themed medieval arena, Knight’s Quest. Take part in a different craft activity each day, from dragon catchers and wand-making to herbal soaps and the traditional art of scriptorium. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.

Today and Thursday, May 31: Cragside Another Side. Step back in time to the year 1880 as Cragside House comes to life. Journey through a day in the house and watch Lord Armstrong’s servants as they go about their daily chores. See Lord Armstrong and Joseph Swan discussing the electric light bulb and Lady Armstrong planning her dinner menu with the cook. 1pm–5pm. Booking not needed, normal admission applies. More information, contact 01669 620333.

Tonight: Talk. Belford-based Photographer Andrew Tunnard MFA presents a talk entitled Cultures and Cameras: The Representation of Culture and Heritage within Contemporary Photography. The lecture investigates the difficult task of representing culture by looking at contemporary photographers working within fine art contexts and aims to provide an insight into how images speak to us about culture. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7pm. Free. More information, email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or contact 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. Local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Baby Boogie, followed by Coffee and Crayons. Movement and dance class for toddlers and their grown-ups, followed by a relaxed craft session suitable for the U5s. At The Alnwick Garden. £2 per child (no Garden admission ticket required), including coffee and biscuits. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Elderberries Programme - footcare sessions. Give your feet a little TLC by booking a half-hour slot with Marjorie, the footcare specialist. At The Alnwick Garden. Each half-hour slot costs £6. To book, contact 01665 511350. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Author Talk. Karen Charlton will be talking about her debut novel, Catching the Eagle. When she started researching her family history she didn’t expect to discover a connection to a notorious villain who was convicted of one of the biggest robberies in 19th Century Northumberland. The discovery inspired her debut novel. At Alnwick Library. 6.30pm–7.30pm. Tickets £2, including glass of wine. To book, email alnwicklibrary@northumberland.gov.uk or contact 01665 602689.

Saturday, May 26: Adventure Northumberland Activities. Kayaking, 10am, rock climbing, 1.30pm, and surfing. More information, visit www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk or contact 01665 602925.

Saturday, May 26: Jubilee Celebration. Activities and a pooled afternoon tea. At Thropton Village First School. 11am–3pm. From 6pm, there will be a BBQ at The Three Wheat Heads, Thropton.

Saturday, May 26: The Priory Singers. The Singers will perform Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine. At St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. Noon. Entry is on a donation basis.

Saturday, May 26: Concert and Workshop. Chris Stout and Catriona McKay bring their critically-acclaimed duo to Alwinton Church. Their music has been described as physically engaging and breathtaking with a startling freshness and spontaneity. The Kudos Percussion Duo - aka Emma Crossley and Rhys Matthews – who play marimbas and African djembe drums will also perform. At Alwinton Church. 7.30pm. Tickets range from £12- £4. Tickets available from www.alwintonconcerts.org or Tully’s of Rothbury. Before the concert though, at 2pm, Kudos hold a percussion workshop in the church. Open to all ages and abilities. Bring any percussion instruments or objects capable of making interesting sounds when you hit them, but this is not a requirement to be able to attend. £5, payable on the day. To reserve a place, contact 01669 650378. More information from www.alwintonconcerts.org

Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27: Fashion from the Past – Costume Presentations. A weekend of fashion from the past, taking a look at fashion with rations from the 1940s contrasting with displays of Regency dress for dandies and ladies. Plus sumptuous Tudor costume on static display. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–5pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01661 881636.

Sunday, May 27: Adventure Northumberland Activities. Mountain biking, 10am, coasteering, 1.30pm, one-day bushcraft session and surfing. More information, visit www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk or contact 01665 602925.

Sunday, May 27: Car Boot Sale. At Alnwick Town Football Club. 10am–2pm. Free admission. Refreshments and clubhouse bar open. Sellers arrive 9am. Cars £10, vans £12. Information and bookings to Alan on 01665 720395. The boot sale will take place every Sunday to raise money for the club. Weather permitting.

Sunday, May 27: Northumbrian Clog Dancers. Clog and highland dancing in the courtyard at Wallington (weather permitting). Noon–1.30pm. Free. More information, contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, May 27: Ask the Gardener. Ask the head gardener at Wallington for expert advice in the conservatory and buy special plants to help raise money for The National Gardens Scheme. Noon–4pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, May 27: Concert. Border Tarts, who are six women who sing various musical styles a cappella, with vivacity and verve, perform at Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. More information, email tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk or contact 0191 2853059.

Monday, May 28: Book-signing with the Duchess of Northumberland. Her Grace will be signing copies of the new book Alnwick Castle – The Home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, written by James McDonald. In the Pavilion of The Alnwick Garden. From noon. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Monday, May 28: Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.

Tuesday, May 29: Boot Camp. Last session of fun fitness classes at The Alnwick Garden. Participants will be pushed to their maximum ability during the classes. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. 6pm–7pm. £4 per session. Booking essential on 01665 511350.

Wednesday, May 30: Swarland Craft Group. New members welcome. In Swarland Village Hall. 1.30pm–3.30pm. More information, contact Margaret on 01670 787705 or Joyce on 01670 787855.

Wednesday, May 30: Words Across Northumberland. Authors Kate Williams (6pm) and Val McDermid (8pm) talk about what inspires them, their work, and what it is to be a top-selling writer. At The Alnwick Garden. Tickets £6, £4 conc, available from admissions or by calling 01434 652477.

Wednesday, May 30: Talk. Stewart Sexton presents a talk to Alnwick Wildlife Group called Moths – Howick’s Dark Secrets. Followed by free refreshments and time to meet and greet other members. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2. More information, contact Barbara Welch on 01668 214403.

Thursday, May 31: An Evening with John Grundy. Meet TV personality and building historian John Grundy in Wallington’s Central Hall, as he shares his experiences of the castles and cowsheds, palaces and pubs, churches and chippies he’s explored over the years. 7.30pm. £15, including refreshments. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington – booking fee applies.

Thursday, May 31: Words Across Northumberland. Joanne Harris talks about what inspires her, her work, and what it is to be a top-selling writer. At The Alnwick Garden. 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £4 conc, available from admissions or by calling 01434 652477. More information, visit www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk/2012programme or www.alnwickgarden.com

WALK

Today and Thursday, May 31: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9.30am. £15. Contact 01665 576012.

Tuesday, May 29: Walk. A five-mile circular walk of Warkworth. 6.30pm. More information, visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

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. Pam Vardy, Land, Sea and Sky. Until June 2. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Olympic Torch: Shrove Tuesday Football Match. Until May 29. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 concession) £6.70, family (two adults/one concession) £7.60.

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

Cragside, Rothbury. 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about the untold stories of life in service. Discover the romance of James McDougle and see his original footman’s livery uniform. Learn the Victorian recipe for brown bread ice cream, served to Cragside’s Royal guests. With close up photographs of original parts of the servants’ tower you’ll get a real glimpse behind closed doors. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission charges apply.

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Made March Hares! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. New original coastal work by Joanne Wishart, as well as original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, Sundays, 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Summer exhibition, featuring work by Judy Appleby, Barbara Franc, Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, Beth Roberts Fiddes, Allan Scott and Walter Holmes. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open Tuesdays as well as 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, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Featured artist Paresh Nrshinga and new originals by Ken Spencer. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Cliff Blakey returns with a fine display of acrylic/mixed media works entitled Looking North, as well as work from Ken Spencer. Also, other original works, hand-made prints, photography and prints constantly on display. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays–Sundays and Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. A truly out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion, the new exhibition at Woodhorn. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. Until September 3. Also, new exhibition, My Life As A Pitman, starts Saturday, May 26. The exhibition is a unique collection of paintings by Ashington Group artist Oliver Kilbourn giving an insight into his working life experiences. Until August 26. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for opening times and more information.

Wallington, Morpeth. 01670 773600. A Tale of Two Dresses. Explore this exhibition which unpicks the threads of a 250-year-old mystery surrounding two society beauties, two famous artists and one dress, as a well-loved portrait of Suky Trevelyan is joined by the portrait of the Countess of Dysart on a special visit from Ham House. Open daily, noon–5pm. Until July 1. Normal admission charge applies.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Castle. 01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.

Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill. 01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission charges apply.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (two adults and up to three children).

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £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. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open daily, except for Saturdays when it is closed. Noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm. £8.50, conc £7.50, children £4, U5s free, family £21.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm, and Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 children, £14 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens/woodlands open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, and Saturdays–Sundays, 11am–5pm. Cragside closed Mondays. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

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

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £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. Open daily. Train times – from Heatherslaw, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm. From Etal, every hour on the half-hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Return journey prices, £6.50, children £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. Railway shop and ticket office open from 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. Prices, including 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation, adults £6.60, over 60s £5.50, children 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. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions. Call 01890 820503 to check.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today and tomorrow, 10am–3pm, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, as well as Tuesday, May 29, to Thursday, May 31, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, May 28. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. £4.90, £2.90 child, £4.40 conc. 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. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am to 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, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. £3.30, child £2, conc £3.