What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, October 25

Stage/theatre

Tonight and tomorrow

Amazing Grace. Paying tribute to Grace Darling, the north Northumberland heroine who rescued 13 survivors from SS Forfarshire. At Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm (Thurs) and 7.30pm. £12/£11, conc £10, child/student £8. Info/booking, call 01665 510785.

Tomorrow

Bard Heads. Three new monologues take a modern-day look at what might have happened next to three of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Tickets £7, children £4.50. Contact 01665 574964.

Tomorrow and Saturday, October 20

Allo Allo. Still going strong after over 90 years, Berwick Operatic returns with the hilarious stage adaptation of the hugely-popular TV sitcom. The Maltings, Berwick. 2pm (Sat) and 7.30pm. £8.50, £6.50 conc.

Sunday, October 21

Bolshoi – Swan Lake. A satellite screening of this performance captured live in September 2010. At Alnwick Playhouse. 3.30pm. Tickets £15, £16 premier, £14 conc, £5 child/student. Contact 01665 510785.

Wednesday, October 24

The Johnny Cash Story. Roger Dean sings The Johnny Cash Story with his band The Lazy Boys, a must for any fans of the man himself or the hit film Walk The Line. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50, £19.50 premier, £17.50 conc.

Thursday, October 25

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Northumberland Theatre Company tour comes to Glanton Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Contact 01665 578229.

Thursday, October 25

Three Men in a Boat. Original Theatre Company perform Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £12 conc, circle £16, box seat £18.

live music

Tomorrow

Organ Recital. Francesca Massey, from Durham Cathedral, will perform at Morpeth Methodist Church. 12.30pm. Free admission. Light refreshments available at 1.30pm. Contact 01670 511078.

Tomorrow

Hear No Evil. A trio of musical performances at 3 Wise Monkeys in Alnwick - Kris Thomassen, Hague and acoustic duo Summerland all play. From about 8.30pm.

Tomorrow

Concert. Seahouses Middle School Band perform in aid of Craster Church, In Holy Trinity Church, Embleton, 7pm. Tickets £8, including refreshments, from Embleton Post Office.

Saturday, October 20

NE66. At the Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Saturday, October 20

The Singers present Autumn Song. A miscellany of choral and instrumental music, both religious and secular, including early Victorian and modern composers. At St Peter and St Paul’s Church. 7pm. Tickets £7 in aid of church funds to include light refreshments. Available from Margaret on 01665 572028 or on the door.

Sunday, October 21

Philip Clouts Quartet. The quartet play an evening of exuberant, accessible and melodic contemporary jazz influenced by Clouts’ own musical roots in African and Latin music. At the Cheviot Centre, Wooler, 7.30pm. Tickets £7, £6 conc, £4 child and £19 family ticket. Contact 01668 282406.

Monday, October 22

Piers Lane. Pianist plays as part of the Alnwick Music Society’s programme. At Alnwick Castle Guest Hall. 7.30pm. SEE PAGE 55

Monday, October 22

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, October 25

Gordon Brown Band. The group perform at the Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club night in the Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Musicians and listeners welcome. Membership £8 and £4.50 admission, non-members £6, includes a buffet supper. Bar available. Contact Sheila Smales on 01668 281535.

Thursday, October 25

Billy Mitchell and guests perform at Rothbury Roots. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Admission £10. For tickets, Call 01669 620470.

Events

Today

Poetry workshop. Poet and tutor Anne Ryland will be inspiring budding writers to turn their thoughts and ideas into poetry. The Berwick Library. 9.45am-12.15pm. £10. Call 01289 334051.

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 and organise sessions to teach each other new skills. Wool and needles available for both groups. At Bailiffgate Museum. Both sessions, 1pm-3pm. Call 01665 605847.

Tonight

Talk by Andrew Sawyer. As part of the East Coquet Local History Society. At St Mark’s URC Hall, Amble, at 7.30pm.

Tonight

Talk by Mike Thompson. The Stainmore Railway - the second this year with a North Eastern railway flavour. Mike, the chairman of the Stainmore Railway, makes his first visit to talk to the Aln Valley Railway. Visitors welcome. At the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tonight

Bingo Eyes Down. The Cottage Inn, Craster. 7.30pm. Contact 01665 576658.

Tonight

Silver Threads. Marion Hinchley gives a demonstration at Warkworth and District Flower Club, meeting in Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm.

Tomorrow

History talk. The Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives are holding an autumn lecture, From Prussia With Love. Martha Andrews and Chris Pawon will talk on the cosumes and archives of Paxton House. Come and hear about the Prussian and Caribbean connections with Paxton House. All welcome. In the Parish Centre, Berwick, at 7pm.

Saturday, October 20

Badger watch. Tour deep into the heart of Kielder Forest to watch badgers as they emerge from their sett. At Stonehaugh, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. £10. Contact 01434 250209.

Saturday, October 20

Coffee Morning. It takes place in Rothbury’s Jubilee Hall to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease, with raffle, tombola, bring and buy and more. 10.30am. £1.50 including coffee and biscuits.

Saturday, October 20

Weaving Workshop with Eta Ingham Lawrie. It will appeal to both beginners and more experienced weavers and you will produce a wall hanging to take home.At the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am to 4pm. £30.

Saturday, October 20

Jamie’s Ministry of Food - Budding Chefs cookery classes. Children can learn how to cook fajitas. At the Alnwick Garden. 2.30pm to 4pm. £8 per child (suitable for ages 5-13 years). Contact 01665 511378 for more information.

Saturday, October 20

Community Event. Northumberlandia, the world’s largest human landform, will showcase the best of Northumberland at a community event marking the beginning of full opening hours for the sculpture near Blagdon. A full day of entertainment features local food and drink, music, dancing and family activities. From 11am. Visit www.northumberlandia.com

Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21

Northumberland Vintage Tractor Club Rally. At Brunton Airfield, near Christon Bank. See event of the week.

Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21

Wallington Food and Craft Festival. Celebrate the variety and quality of food and crafts from across the region with over 80 stalls of local produce along with demonstrations and children’s activities. 10am to 5pm. £4 for adults and children go free. Contact 01665 511378.

Sunday, October 21

Jamie’s Ministry of Food - family fun cooking. Learn how to cook mini muffins. At the Alnwick Garden. 2pm to 3.45pm. £12 per family (1 adult and up to 2 children). Contact 01665 511378.

Sunday, October 21

Apple Day. See a selection of more than 40 apples, displayed in the Orchard House at Cragside. Enjoy delicious apple recipes in the Tearooms. 10am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply. Contact 0844 249 1895.

Sunday, October 21

Trafalgar Day Toast. Toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood to celebrate Trafalgar Day. Collingwood House, Old Gate, Morpeth. Noon.

Wednesday, October 24

Talk. Seahouses and North Sunderland History Society hosts a talk from David Donaldson on The Seafield Affair at St Paul’s Church Hall, North Sunderland, at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Admission £3 including coffee and biscuits, served from 7pm.

Wednesday, October 24

Cream Tea. In aid of Christian Aid from 1.30pm to 4pm at St Ebba’s Church, Beadnell. Cake stall, books, Fairtrade produce and raffle. £1.50 includes cream tea.

Wednesday, October 24

Book Launch. Nature in Northumber-land’s Upper Coquetdale. Meet the local authors over a glass of wine. Everybody welcome. At Clennell Hall Hotel, near Alwinton. 7pm–9pm. No tickets necessary.

Wednesday, October 24

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

Walks

Sunday, October 21

Walk. A four-hour waterfall walk at Linhope Spout. Meet at Ingram Valley. 10.30am. £10. Contact 01830 540453 or shepherds-walks.co.uk

Sunday, October 21

Walk. A four-hour seven-mile walk at Ashington Community Woodland and around the QE2 Lake. Meet at Aldi car park as you enter Ashington at 11am. Visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Carry On Dreaming. Six large-scale paintings of comedy legends by artist Viv Dykes specially mounted in the main auditorium. Until October 27.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnmouth: The port and resort of Alnwick. An exhibition compiled by the Alnmouth Local History Group. Until October 29. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £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 Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. Closed Sunday/Monday.

Granary Gallery

Dewars Lane, Berwick. It features works by Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman and 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, Sun 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery

Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Exhibition entitled Bold, Colour, Future. Headlining is Aneilka Hampson, Justine Hedley, Barbara Franc and Julie Flemming. Until October 30. Open Monday–Saturday 10.30am–4.30pm. Sun 11.30am–4pm.

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.theoldschoolgal lery.co.uk

Wallington

Cambo, Morpeth, 01670 773600. Time and Tide Wait for No Man. An exhibition of works by artist Jonathan Parker. Noon–5pm. Until Sunday, October 21.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

Ashington, 01670 624455. Big Meetings. Featuring the work of photographer Julian Germain, who was invited to experience and chronicle the 2011 Durham Miners’ Gala. Until December 23.

Attractions

Alnwick Castle

Closed for winter.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, near Alnwick (NE67 5HP)

01665 579443. Open Friday afternoons. Admission is for charity: £2.50, £1 child.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (two adults/one conc) £6.70, family (two adults/two conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last entry 4pm. State rooms open 11am. £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am–5pm, except Thursdays when open 9am­–7pm. The Station Buffet open 10am–4.30pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20 (2 adults, 3 children). EH members free.

Berwick Barracks

Closed for winter.

Attractions

Alnwick Castle

Closed for winter

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, near Alnwick (NE67 5HP)

01665 579443. Open Friday afternoons. Admission is for charity: £2.50, £1 child.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (two adults/one conc) £6.70, family (two adults/two conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last entry 4pm. State rooms open 11am. £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am–5pm, except Thursdays when open 9am­–7pm. The Station Buffet open 10am–4.30pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20 (2 adults, 3 children). EH members free.

Berwick Barracks

Closed for winter.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open daily, 12pm–5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed Saturdays. £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, U5s free, family £21 (2 adults, up to 3 children).

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour, 10am–4pm. Tours on Sundays, on the hour 2pm–4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 child, £14 family (2 adults, up to 3 children).

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

01669 620333. Gardens/woodland open daily, 10am–7pm, but closed Mondays. House open 11am–5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 1pm–5pm Tuesday to Friday. Closed Monday. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £14.60, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily 10am–4pm. £4, conc £3.60, child £2.40. EH members free.

Edlingham Castle

01912691200. Open daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10 (2 adults, 3 children). EH members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Last entry for the cornmill is 45 mins before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Train runs from Heatherslaw every hour on the hour, 11am–3pm. From Etal, the train runs every hour on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Return journeys, adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, seniors £5.50. Ticket office opens 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Free entry.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick

01665 510027. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, close Sunday. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open daily, 12pm–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.60, over 60s £5.50, children free. No dogs.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am to dusk. No dogs.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

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

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford and Etal Estates

07790 457580 or 07971 326177 (out of hours). Open daily, 11am–4pm, last entry 45 mins before closing. £2.50, (cont.) conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Hall may occasionally be closed. Call to check.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Opening times either 10am-3pm or 12pm-5pm due to tides. Call to check opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of the Gazette. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Opening varies due to tides, call to find out. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two before travelling. £3, £1 child, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–4pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40. EH members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily 9am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum £4.25, free for U16s accompanied by an adult.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last admission is at 3.30pm. Entry free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. The Walled garden open daily, 10am–4pm. House open daily, 12pm–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Gift-shop open daily, 10.30am-5.30pm. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £10.80, £5.40 child, £27 family. Garden/grounds only: £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am–4pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40, family £12.70. EH members free. The Hermitage is closed for winter.