What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, November 8

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Stage/Theatre

Tonight

Timon of Athens. Live streaming from the National Theatre to the Alnwick Playhouse. Performance rated 12A. 7pm. Running time around three hours, including a host introduction and one 20-minute intermission. £15 premier, £14 standard, £13 conc, £10 child/student. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Amazing Grace. Local girl Grace Armstrong sets out to make a film about her idol Grace Darling, but things don’t turn out quite how she expects. Age 13+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm tonight and tomorrow. Also 1pm tomorrow. £13, £11 conc. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, November 3

The Chicago Blues Brothers Show. Europe’s No.1 Blues Brothers production is coming to Berwick with their all-singing, all-dancing show to celebrate 30 years of The Blues Brothers phenomenon. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Stalls £14, conc £12, Circle £15, box seat £18. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, November 7, to Thursday, November 8

The Crucible – Duchess’s Community High School Senior Drama Group. Arthur Miller’s parable of mass hysteria draws a parable between the Salem witch hunt of 1692 and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Also on Friday, November 9. Tickets, standard £8, conc £7, child/student £6. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Thursday, November 8

Berwick Academy / BACstage Productions – Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. Blood Brothers is a play based loosely on the 1844 novella The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Tickets £6.50, £5.50 conc. Also on Friday, November 9. At The Maltings, Berwick.

Live Music

Tonight

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Ian MacPhail Band perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members admission £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Saturday, November 3

Midnight Slaves. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Monday, November 5

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Events

Today and Tomorrow

Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Budding Chefs Cookery Course. At The Alnwick Garden. In today’s class, make pumpkin pie and pumpkin hedgehog bread rolls. Tomorrow, learn about healthy cookies. 10am–11.45am (five–nine years), 2.30pm–4.15pm (10–13 years). £10 per session. For information or to book, call 01665 511378.

Today and Tomorrow

Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Demonstration and taste for families. Learn how to make a number of Hallowe’en-themed dishes. At The Alnwick Garden. Today’s class is called Pumpkin Bread Rolls. Tomorrow’s is called Fiendish Fish Cake. 12.15pm–1.15pm both days. Sessions £3.50. For information or to book, call 01665 511378.

Today and Tomorrow

Free Weekly Knitting Groups. Today’s session is for knitters who like to work on shared projects. Tomorrow’s group is the new autumn session for existing K2Tog group and members work on their own projects/organise sessions to teach each other new skills. Wool and needles available for both groups. At Bailiffgate Museum. Both sessions, 1pm–3.30pm. Call 01665 605847.

Tonight

Talk. Blainad Denman gives a talk to Alnwick & District Natural History Society entitled The North East Hen Harrier Project. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Contact Coral on 01665 602614.

Today to Sunday, November 4

Pumpkin Trail. Explore the historic colliery buildings to find the hidden pumpkins and complete the special trail. At Woodhorn. Free, 50p suggested donation.

Today to Sunday, November 4

Halloween Water Wizards. Head to Cragside for wizarding fun with water. Take part in water experiments just like Lord Armstrong and with the wave of a wand and a squirt of water you too can make electricity. 11am–3pm. Booking not needed £1 per child. More information, call 01669 620333.

Today to Sunday, November 4

Time Travellers Go Ghosts and Ghouls. Creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting. Also meet a Victorian costumed performer for shocking tales of grave robbing. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–4pm. Normal admission applies, but £1 extra admission per child. More information, call 01661 881636.

Tomorrow

Amble Photographic Group Coffee Morning. With stalls and photographic exhibition. The group is also offering to take family portrait photographs and produce greetings cards. At The Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Percy Street, Amble. 10am–11.30am. £1 entrance to include raffle ticket and refreshments.

Tomorrow

Swing and Climb Day. Fly through the air on the king-swing or conquer the indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 11am–3pm. £10 per activity (two turns). More information, call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow

Family Friday Guy Fawkes Workshop. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 11am–12.30pm. Normal admission applies. Children free but must be accompanied by an adult. More information, call 01665 605847.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, November 7

Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the observatory and use the telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 3

Clean Free Energy Event. Discover how renewable energy can help lower energy bills. Installers of solar-electric, solar-thermal, biomass, wind, ground and air source heat and anaerobic digestion will all be available. Anyone whose installation takes place as a result of a meeting at the event will receive a free Energy Performance Certificate for their house. Refreshments available. In the Town Hall, Alnwick. 9am–3pm. Free. More information, call Paul on 01665 604869.

Saturday, November 3

Rusty Bodkins. This 15th century bowman will give demonstrations and bring along a selection of his weapons. At Bamburgh Castle. 10am–5pm. Charges apply. Call 01668 214515 or visit www.bamburgh castle.com

Saturday, November 3

Felt Making Day. Experiment with fleece and fibre to produce a sample of colourful hand-rolled felt, then make a wall hanging, scarf or other item to take home. Bring an apron and own lunch. At The Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. £40. 10am–4pm. Booking essential and £10 deposit is payable with each booking. Call 01665 605847.

Saturday, November 3

Junior Universe at Kielder Observatory. Family session followed by tour of observatory and use of telescopes. Age 5+. 5pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 3

The Universe at Kielder Observatory. Tour the facility and use the telescopes to gaze into space. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 3, to Sunday, November 4

Public workshops in green wood craft, set up by Jon Purkins. Introduction to Pole Lathe Green Wood Turning. £40 each, inc materials. At Rock Hall School. 10am–4pm. Call 01665 571071 or visit small-axe-woodcraft.com

Sunday, November 4

Sharp Shooters Day. Test your aiming skill on laser clay shooting and archery ranges. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 11am-3pm. £20 (includes 30 clays and 15 arrows). More information, call 01434 250232.

Monday, November 5

Bookstart Bear Club – Stories & Crafts. Rhymes, songs and stories aimed at children aged from six months to three years. At Alnwick Library. 2pm. Free. Call 01665 602689.

Monday, November 5

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. £6. To book, call 01665 511350.

Monday, November 5

Talk. Dr Angus Lunn gives a talk to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s (NWT) Coquetdale Group entitled NWT – the first 40 years. In the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. At 7.30pm. Group members free. Non-members welcome, £2. Call Heather on 01669 621972.

Tuesday, November 6

Alnwick and District Flower Club AGM and Speaker. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. More information, call Janet on 01665 714429.

Tuesday, November 6

Milky Way Observing. See the Milky Way across the dark skies of Kielder and use the telescopes to look beyond our galaxy. Age 10+. 8pm-11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Wednesday, November 7

Qigong Session. Exercise helping to improve posture, flexibility and strength, as well as helping relaxation and balance. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. £2. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, November 7

Amble Art Group. At Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Amble. 7pm. Contact Pauline on 01665 798978.

Wednesday, November 7

Appalachian Clogging. Foot-tapping, high-stepping clogging to catchy hillbilly-type music. At the URC Church Hall, The Butts, Warkworth. 7.30pm-9pm. Call Pat on 01665 711635/Gwyn on 01665 577298.

Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8

Action on Hearing Loss Drop-in. Sessions to help people maintain and use their NHS hearing aids, including providing and refitting batteries. At Seahouses Library (01665 720923) on November 7, 3pm-4pm, and Alnwick Library (01665 602689), on November 8, 9.30am-10.30am. Free.

Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8

Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers – Unfolding Wallington. A promenade performance and journey through Wallington house. Not a seated performance. 7.30pm–9.30pm. £25, including refreshments. Runs until November 18. Booking essential, call 01665 833751.

Walks

Sunday, November 4

Bolam Lake Circular with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at Boathouse Wood car park (parking charges apply). At 10.30am. For more details or if weather is inclement, call Daphne on 0191 2586834.

Thursday, November 8

Boulmer Coastal Walk. Join Alnwick & District Natural History Society to observe winter migrants. Meet in Boulmer car park. At 1.30pm. Call Coral on 01665 602614.

Exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Members’ Selection – Alnwick & District Camera Club. Starts tomorrow and runs until December 1. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Artist Pam Vardy – Near and Far exhibition, and a Gunpowder Plot exhibition. Both start tomorrow and run until December 16. Open daily, 10am–4pm, but closed Mondays. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.

Cragside

Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side exhibition. Until November 4. Normal admission.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890. Work by Lynda Taylor, assemblages/jewellery by Linda Lovatt. Open Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.

Granary Gallery

Dewars Lane, Berwick. Work by Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman/Venetian glass, Japanese imari pottery and Ming porcelain. Exhibition Tour: 2.30pm every Thursday. Free, no booking necessary.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

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

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Works from leading local artists. With original works (including Jo Kirkham-Knaggs, Ken Spencer, Rob Newton), hand-made prints (Hester Cox, Tom Davidson), photography (Lee Frost) and prints. Gallery open Wednesday–Sunday. Closed Monday-Tuesday. www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn

Ashington, 01670 624455. Big Meetings. Work of photographer Julian Germain. Until December 23.