What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, September 13



A Midsummer Night’s Dream. First performance of Northumberland Theatre Company’s latest production. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, contact 01665 602586.


Desperado – A Tribute to The Eagles. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £18, standard £17. Information/booking, contact 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 8

Brendan Healy. An unforgettable evening in the company of one of the North East’s favorite comedian, Brendan Healy. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £17.50, standard £16.50. Information/booking, contact 01665 510785.

Thursday, September 13

Indian Takeaway with Hardeep Singh Kohli. A delicious night of laughter and cooking. Age 14+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £14, £12 conc, circle £16, box seat £18. Information/booking, contact 01289 330999.



The Village Voices Choir. The choir, from Seahouses, perform a concert of songs from the shows and sacred music. At Alnwick Methodist Church. 7pm. £3, pay on the door. Includes refreshments.

Saturday, September 8

Oil City Connection. Playing proper Rhythm and Blues. At The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9.15pm.

Sunday, September 9

Brinkburn String Quartet. A brand new supernova of a string quartet that crashed onto the Northumberland musical scene in 2010. The Brinkburns play everything, from Baroque to Boogie-Woogie and beyond, often making their own arrangements of popular tunes. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free but normal admission applies. Contact 07913 400924.

Monday, September 10

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, September 13

Alice Earll - Violinist. Tunes of Bach and Mozart. At Saint Mary’s Church, Newton-by-the-Sea. 7.30pm. Tickets £10, conc £7.50, to include interval refreshments. Available from Judy Foster-Smith on 07709 885005 and The Ship Inn, Low Newton-by-the-Sea on 01665 576262. Proceeds to Saint Mary’s Church & The Mission to Seafarers.



Gideons International Friends’ Evening. Music by the famous Bedlington Salvation Army Band. Guest speaker, Stephen Waring of Liverpool. Free buffet supper. In the St James’ Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. At 7.30pm. A collection will be taken during the evening.


Aurora Night. The science behind aurora is extraordinary. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, how to see them, and tour the facility. At Kielder Observatory. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.

Saturday, September 8

Bamburgh Show. Based at the Pavilion beneath Bamburgh Castle, it features flowers, cookery and all the usual selections as well as a pet show. Also events for children and this year’s theme for the kids is sport. Children’s activities and viewing of exhibits in Pavilion from 2pm. Entry £1, U16s free. Contact Judy on 01668 214584.

Saturday, September 8

Longframlington and Brinkburn Show. Featuring classes for fruit, vegetables, flowers, cookery, handicraft and photography. Also a sale of exhibits at the end of the show. At Longframlington Memorial Hall. 2pm–4pm. Contact Simon on 01665 570023.

Saturday, September 8

Physical Mediumship Workshop. Experienced mediums Jo Bradley and Gail Peacock have teamed up to pool their diverse abilities in the field of physical mediumship and will conduct a one-day workshop to bring awareness to those who are interested in physical phenomena. At the Tankerville Arms Hotel, Wooler. 10am-4pm. Tickets £60 including two-course lunch. Contact Gail on 07724 088430 or email gail@spiritconnexions.com to secure a place.

Saturday, September 8

Hypnotist. With Adam Knight, who has been voted as the best UK comedy stage hypnotist. At The Salmon, Belford. 9pm. Donations to Minibus fund.

Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9

Berwick Food Festival. Find out more about the thriving food scene in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Highlights include producers’ market, beer festival, cookery demonstrations and animal farm. 10am-5pm. Entry £2, U12s free – includes entry to festival and all Barracks attractions and museums

Sunday, September 9

Summer Arts Workshops at Kielder Castle. With sessions throughout the day. Booking recommended or pay on day if space. Call 01434 250209 or visit www.visitkielder.com

Sunday, September 9

In Focus. Try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am-4pm. Contact Jim on 01665 711578.

Sunday, September 9

Creature Creations. An animal-themed craft session. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 9

Vintage Car Show and Bands. A wide array of vintage cars from the North East Pre-War Austin Club on display with models ranging from 1920’s to the 1970’s. Plus an afternoon performance of one of the North’s best traditional bands, The Bilsdale Silver Band. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Cars from 11am, band at 2.30pm. Normal admission applies. Contact 01661 881636.

Sunday, September 9

Sunday Teatime Treats. An afternoon tea on the Pavilion terrace from 4-6pm, with a performance from local professional opera singer Reemer Jane Bailey, with pianist Mark Deeks and guitarist Andrew Holden. At The Alnwick Garden. £15. 4pm-6pm. Pre-booking is essential, call 01665 511081 or email events.admin@alnwickgarden.com.

Monday, September 10

Bookstart Bear Club - Stories & Crafts. Rhymes, songs and stories for children aged from six months to three years old. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt. 2pm. Free. Contact 01665 602689.

Tuesday, September 11

Picture a Changing Landscape. Get a glimpse into the past which inspired Lord and Lady Armstrong to create the landscape and also how the National Trust took the landscape back to its original design. At Cragside. 1pm–3pm. Free. Contact 01669 620333.

Tuesday, September 11

Boot Camp at The Alnwick Garden. an hour-long session comprising of training using various spaces around The Alnwick Garden. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. Cost/bookings, call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, September 12

Talk. Barry Mead gives a talk to the Aln & Breamish Local History Society entitled Monkey Business at a Medieval Abbey. At Whittingham Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Non-members £3. Refreshments served. Contact 01665 574319.

Wednesday, September 12

Public Observing. Gaze at and learn about the incredible dark skies. At Kielder Observatory. £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.

Thursday, September 13

Harry Pearson Book Launch. Harry talks about his new book, Housekeepers, Shortlegs and Flemish String. Free copies of the book will be available at the event. At Wooler Library, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7pm. Free. Contact 01668 282123.



The College Valley. A walk with Alnwick & District Natural History Society along the valley looking at autumnal flora and fauna. Meet at Hethpool car park. 2pm. Contact Coral on 01665 602614.


Bat Walk. Join bat detectors to find out about bat ecology and see what you can spot. At Wallington. 7pm–9pm. £4, child £2. Booking essential, contact 01670 773936.

Saturday, September 8

Kielder Challenge 2012. Shepherds Walks are organising on behalf of The Kielder Partnership, a 25.3-mile challenge walk around the multi-million pound Lakeside Way at Kielder. Places are limited to a number of walkers and runners. 8am. £19.50. Information/booking, contact 01830 540453.

Sunday, September 9

Wild Goats of the Cheviots. A walk in the Cheviot Hills to see the wild goats that live there. A walk of around five miles in hilly terrain. 1.30pm. Free but booking essential on 0191 232 6386.

Sunday, September 9

Farenheit 2012? A two-hour walk of about 4km exploring Bamburgh’s hidden pre-history and looking at the rocks which underlie the castle at Bamburgh which form part of the Whin Sill. Meet by the entrance to the main car park in Bamburgh at 2pm.


Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Annual Open Exhibition. Until September 8. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition – Our Agricultural Heritage. Until September 30. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.


Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, 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.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Works from Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday, Jane Jackson and Linda Miller. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm, Sun 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 Tues, Thurs–Sat, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sun, 11.30am–4.30pm. Closed Mon & Wed, but open Bank Holidays.

The Design Room Art Gallery

High Street, Wooler, 07921 436427. Work by Joanne Wishart. Until September 10. 6pm–9pm. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm. Sunday by appointment.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Always on show – a large selection of mixed work from many of the areas leading artists : original works (incl. Jo Kirkham-Knaggs, Ken Spencer, Rob Newton), hand-made prints (Hester Cox, Tom Davidson), photography (Lee Frost) and prints. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays-Tuesdays. Visit www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Sci-fi exhibition, Invasion. Costumes, props and robots from TV and sci-fi film blockbusters come together in this exhibition. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Until September 3. Also running, Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitman. Until September 9. Free.


Aln Valley Railway Site

0300 0303311. At its Lionheart site, Alnwick. Open days, Thursdays–Sundays, from 10am to see how the railway is progressing and to see displays, trains and more.

Alnwick Castle

01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including the Unlocked ticket.

Alnwick Garden

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

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adult £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 admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. EH members free.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open daily, noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed on Saturdays. £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, U5s free, family £21.

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.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

01669 620333. Gardens and woodland open daily, 10am–7pm, but closed Mondays. House open 11am–5pm from today to Sunday, and 1pm–5pm Tuesday to Thursday. 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–5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60. EH members free.

Edlingham Castle

0191 269 1200. 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. EH members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm. 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 run every hour on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Return journeys, adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, seniors £5.50. Shop/ticket office opens 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. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.60, over 60s £5.50, child 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, Ford

01890 820503. 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. Call to check.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Adult £3, £1 child, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Adult £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40. EH 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, Chathill

01665 589227. Open daily 10am until dusk. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission is at 4.15pm. Entry free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. House open daily, noon–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Gift Aid admission – whole property: Adult £10.80, £5.40 child, £27 family. Garden/grounds only: £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. EH members free. The Hermitage is open on Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3.