What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, November 17

STAGE/FILM

Saturday, November 12: Lester Simpson – Standing in Line. On Armistice weekend, this show tells the story of Lester’s great uncle who died in the battle of Passchendaele. Powerfully told by a cast of three with songs, stories and visual footage from the In Flanders Field Museum in Belgium as well as poems by Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and Siegfried Sassoon. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, £4 children, £19 family. For bookings, call 01668 282406.

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Live music with Carly McKee. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Free.

Monday, November 14: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, November 16: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

EVENTS

Today: From Reivers to Rooftops. A tour of Wallington from the cellars to the roof. 10am–2pm. £22 including coffee and lunch. Booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Today to Saturday, November 12 and Thursday, November 17: Children’s Lantern Workshop. Make and decorate your very own glowing tea light lantern to carry with you as you explore The Alnwick Garden after dark. 4pm–7pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, November 12 and Thursday, November 17: Willow Lantern Walk. See The Alnwick Garden in glowing light, collect a beautiful hand-made willow lantern for your evening walk through The Garden. 4pm–7pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, November 17: Film Screenings. Every day warm up in the Pavilion Cafe at The Alnwick Garden. Watch classic family films. 10am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Volunteering Fair. Join local charities and groups to find out more about their work and what you can do to help. Among the organisations that will be available to speak to members of the public are Age Concern, Alnwick and District Mencap, Northumberland Credit Union and Northumberland County Blind Association. At The Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 3pm–7pm. Entry to the museum will be free during these times. For more information, contact Terri by emailing terri.bearhope@wansbeckcvs.org.uk or calling 07900 998933.

Tomorrow: North Northumberland Bird Club. AGM at 6.30pm, followed by a film night at 7.30pm. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. Visitors and non-members welcome, £2 donation. More information, call Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.

Tomorrow and Saturday, November 12: The Big Universe. A night about scientific efforts to understand the Big Bang to the cold, dark, empty end of everything. Includes a tour of the facility and use of the powerful telescopes. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. Adult £8, conc £6. Book online at www.kielderobseratory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, November 12: Family Open Day. Wooler Library has moved from its High Street premises into the town’s Cheviot Centre. The revamped centre is hosting an open day to show what it has to offer. A range of events will be laid on with children’s crafts and story-telling and an introduction to family history research included in the line-up. Places are free, and there is no need to book in advance. Activities run 10am–3.15pm.

Saturday, November 12: Coffee Morning and Workshops. Music performed at intervals by members of Alnwick Pipers Society during the coffee morning which runs from 10am–noon. The Pipers Society will then hold an afternoon of piping workshops from 1.30pm for anyone playing compatible traditional instruments in F-Pitch eg mouth organ, fiddle, guitar, and whistle. Afternoon tea and drinks are provided. £5 entry and membership of Alnwick Pipers Society included plus £5 for afternoon tea and refreshments. The afternoon culminates in a joint session from 5pm–6pm. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. Anyone wanting to join in can call Susan on 01665 575232.

Saturday, November 12: Archery and Indoor Climbing Wall. Learn the art of the flight bow or tackle the heights of the climbing wall. Ages 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in 11am–4pm. £5 per person for half an hour. Booking not required. For more information, call 01434 250232.

Saturday, November 12: Bingo. Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7pm. At Community Hall, Shilbottle. Admsission £1 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Saturday, November 12: Ghost Walk. A chance to have a ghostly encounter in the historic rooms and corridors of Kielder Castle. Ages 16+. 8pm. £10. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13: Christmas Crafts. Join glitter-filled workshops to make a range of Christmas cards and gift bags, decorations, bath bombs and reindeer food. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–3pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13: Build a Bridge Challenge. Be an engineer for the day and take on a bridge building challenge. Can you make the longest, tallest or strongest bridge? Materials provided. Prizes for the best bridges and the wackiest designs. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30–3pm. Normal admission applies. More information, call 01670 773600.

Sunday, November 13: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. More information, call 0191 284 6884.

Wednesday, November 16: From the Bob Gin Pitt to Jocky’s Knowe. Join an archaeologist as he reveals the surprising industrial archaeology hidden across the Wallington estate, from mines, lime kilns and mills to quarries, leats and railway lines. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20 including coffee and lunch. Booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Wednesday, November 16: Talk. Peter Bland from Goosnargh, near Preston, talks to North Northumberland Rock Garden Group. He will be posing the question: ‘Where should we put this?’ It promises to be a fascinating and informative talk. In the Community Club, Belford. 2.15pm prompt.

Wednesday, November 16: Public Observing. Learn about the incredible dark sky with your naked eye, binoculars or 14” and 20” telescopes – or bring your own. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the instruments. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. Adult £8, conc £6. Book online at www.kielderobseratory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Thursday, November 17: Talk. Steve Davies MBE, the NRM Director, will give a talk to the Aln Valley Railway Society about the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum and developments at the York National Railway Museum. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments available from 7pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Thursday, November 17: Shooting Stars. Talk about shooting stars and then tour the Observatory and telescopes. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. Adult £8, conc £6. Book online at www.kielderobseratory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

WALKS

Sunday, November 13: Nordic Pole Walking. A 10k Nordic walk. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12 (includes pole hire), £7 with own poles. Booking essential, email nordic@staykielder.co.uk or call 01434 250462.

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.

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. Autumn Colours – An exhibition of original Northumbrian landscapes by resident artist Lynda Taylor. A tempting selection of jewellery created by professional artist makers, designer silk scarves, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware, studio glass, etchings, prints and cards. Open Tuesday–Saturday 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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

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 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. Autumn Exhibition by Jo Hume, extended until Sunday, November 13. The Gallery’s Christmas Exhibition featuring Mike Bell, Sue Fenlon, Derek Jones and Daphne Harrison commences on Saturday, November 19. 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 today to Sunday, November 13, and also Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17, 11am–4pm. Closed Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15. 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 Centre. 01289 389004. Open today and tomorrow, 9.30am–12.45pm, Saturday, November 12 –Tuesday, November 15, 9.30am–1.45pm, and Wednesday, November 16–Thursday, November 17, 10.15am–3.45pm. 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.

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.