What’s on in Northumberland until Thursday, June 28

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STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight to Saturday, June 23

Maltings Youth Theatre & Maltings Junior Youth Theatre perform His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. A coming of age story of two children who share a special and mysterious destiny. At The Maltings, Berwick. Tonight-Saturday, 7pm, as well as 2pm on Saturday. 7pm. £8.50, £7.50 conc, £29 family. Information/booking, contact 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Border Connections. A new band formed by highly respected local musicians from both sides of the border. They bring a truly vibrant, passionate and exciting mix of music. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Tickets, premier £12.50, standard £11.50, conc £10.50.

Saturday, June 23

Private Lives. Outdoor theatre at Belsay Hall by Heartbreak Theatre. Booking recommended. Bring chairs and picnics. Gates open 6.45pm, performance starts 7.30pm. Tickets, in advance £13, £11 conc/children; on the night, £15, £13. English Heritage members pay same price. To book, 01661 881636.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight

An Evening of Traditional Music from Northumberland and Beyond. With Andrew and Margaret Watchorn featuring Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle and voice. At St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. 7.30pm. Tickets at door £5, U12s free. In aid of Friends of St Aidan.

Saturday, June 23

King For A Day. At Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. Contact 01665 576658.

Monday, June 25

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

events

Today

Food Glorious Food. Learn how to grow your own vegetables. Don’t forget your free pack of seeds! Gardeners will also be talking about Gertrude Jekyll and the garden she created. At Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm. Contact 01289 389244.

Today and Tomorrow and Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28

Adventure Northumberland Activities. Kayaking, coasteering, rock climbing and bike hire. Information and booking, www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk or 01665 602925.

Tonight

Charity Ladies Night. In aid of Breast Cancer Care. Includes fashion show, beauty presentation, flower arranging class, car-safety demonstration, gift, jewellery, art, fitness and accessory displays. Guests served complimentary pink fizz, canapés and cup cakes, and there will be the chance to win some fabulous prizes in a Grand Raffle draw. At Blackshaws of Alnwick, at the town’s Lionheart Enterprise Park. Entry £3. Contact 01665 602123.

Tomorrow

Knit 2gether. Knitting group for experienced/beginners. Bring needles/wool. Spares available. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50. Contact Dianne, 01665 510603 or the museum, 01665 605847.

Tomorrow

Elderberries Programme - Footcare Session. Book a half-hour slot with Marjorie, the footcare specialist. £6. To book, contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow

Dolphin Spotting. Join Northumbria Mammal Group, the Natural History Society of Northumbria (Mammal Sector) and Martin Kitching, of North East Cetacean Project, for a boat trip off the coast looking for marine mammals, such as dolphins and seabirds. 6pm-10pm. £30, £10 non-refundable deposit. Booking essential on zappa99@live.co.uk.

Tomorrow

The Universe at Kielder Observatory. Exploration of the origins/evolution of the Universe and mankind’s scientific attempts to explain what we can never experience or observe. Tour the observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adult £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, 07805 638469.

Tomorrow and Saturday, June 23

An Evening with Steve Price - Gospel Illusionist. Steve is a member of The Magic Circle and uses a mix of comedy, magic and mayhem. At Alnwick Methodist Church tomorrow and Seahouses Methodist Church on Saturday. Both shows start 7pm. Pay on door, adult £5, children 14 or under £3. On Sunday, June 24, Steve will lead a family worship at Seahouses Methodist Church at 10.45am.

Saturday, June 23

Alnwick Silver Singers at Brinkburn Priory, 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 0191 285 3059 or www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk.

Saturday, June 23

Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Crash course in stargazing and tour the facility. 6.30pm. Adult £8, conc £7, family £22. Contact 07805 638469.

Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24

Fallodon Hall Garden Opening. In aid of the National Gardens Scheme and the British Red Cross. See page p18 for details.

Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24

Alnmouth Arts Festival. Visit www.alnmouthartsfestival.com or p55 for details.

Sunday, June 24

Car Boot Sale. At Alnwick Town Football Club. 10am–2pm. Free. Sellers arrive 9am. Cars £10, vans £12. Information and bookings, 01665 720395. Weather permitting. The event is in aid of Alnwick Town Football Club.

Sunday, June 24

Sketch and Smudge Diaries. Design and create a sketch and smudge diary. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, June 24

Meet the Grower. Receive expert advice from a grower and browse local and unusual plants and gardening products to buy. At Wallington, 11am-4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, June 24

Northumbrian clog and Highland Dancing. In Wallington Courtyard, weather permitting. Noon and 1.30pm. Normal admission charges. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, June 24

Have a Go Archery. Belsay Hall, noon-4.30pm. Normal admission charges. Contact 01661 881636.

Sunday, June 24

Open Garden Event. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. At Blagdon Hall Gardens, near Seaton Burn. 1pm-4pm. No dogs. £3.50, U12s free. Contact 01665 66515 or email jmawer@hospicecare-nn.org.uk

Sunday, June 24

Capheaton Hall Garden Opening. In aid of the British Red Cross. See p18 for details.

Sunday, June 24

Concert. Harps of the Clasarch Society perform at Brinkburn Priory, 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 0191 285 3059 or www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk.

Monday, June 25

Talk. A northern perspective on the Wars of the Roses with historian Michael Thomson. Followed by light lunch. At Wallington. 10am-2pm. £22 including coffee and lunch. Booking essential on 01670 773600.

Monday, June 25

Quiz Night. Takes place at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. Contact 01665 576658.

Monday, June 25

Elderberries Programme - Salsacise. Latin-style dance lesson - perfect for improving fitness while having fun. At The Alnwick Garden. Free. 11am-noon. Contact 01665 511350.

Tuesday, June 26

Aglow International, Alnwick. Network of caring Christian Women from all denominations. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. £6.50, including evening meal, Christian Songs of Praise and talk by guest speaker. All ladies welcome. Information/booking, contact Pam, 01665 605017.

Tuesday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 27

Kielder Osprey Watch. Free osprey watch events to view the birds on their nest two miles away though high-powered telescopes and chat to volunteer experts. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 9am-5pm. Contact 01434 251000

Wednesday, June 27

High Ropes Day. With cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 10am-4pm. £10 per half-hour. Contact 01434 250232.

Wednesday, June 27

Coffee and Crayons followed by Sing With Me. Craft session suitable for U5s, followed by session with instruments, sing songs, catch bubbles and chase ribbons. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am-noon. £2 per child (no garden admission ticket required) includes coffee and biscuits. Contact 01665 511350.

Wednesday, June 27

Swarland Craft Group. In Swarland Village Hall. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Contact 01670 787705 or 01670 787855.

Thursday, June 28

Night Watch at Kielder Observatory. Explore Northumberland’s dark skies. Bring your binoculars, telescopes and cameras or use the observatory’s telescopes. 8pm. Adult £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, 07805 638469.

walks

Today

Walk through the dunes at Newton Links, Newton-by-the-Sea. With Alnwick and District Natural History Society, looking at the flora and the tern colony. Meet at Newton Links car park, 2pm. Contact Coral, 01665 602614.

Today and Thursday, June 28

Guided Photography Walk. Join 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.

Saturday, June 23

Wild Walk at Wallington. Guided walk along the Wannie Line. 10am–2pm. Age 10+. £4, child £2, family £10. Bring light lunch, waterproofs/boots. Booking essential, 01670 773963.

Saturday, June 23, to Saturday, June 30

Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival. Series of walks, including themed and guided walks. See p53 for details.

Tuesday, June 26

Weldon Bridge Circular. 4.5-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at Anglers Arms, 10am start. Information/inclement weather, contact 01665 575328.

Tuesday, June 26

Circular five-mile walk in 2½ hours in Mitford area. Starts Morpeth Leisure Centre car park, 6.30pm. Visit morpethfootpathsociety.weebly.com

exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Bondgate Gallery: Sporting Showcase. Until July 7. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Helen Cowans: Art and Textiles. Also a film made for the People’s Record for the Olympic Year about Alnwick’s Shrove Tuesday football match and Photos taken during the match by Andrew Tunnard. Until June 30. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £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. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about life in service. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890. Work by Lynda Taylor, ‘assemblages’ and jewellery by Linda Lovatt, prints and crafts. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9am-5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Works from Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday, Jane Jackson and Linda Miller. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, Sundays 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 Tuesdays, 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

High Street, Wooler, 07921 436427. Artwork by Roz Bell and Allan Morgan. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Work by Ken Spencer. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays–Tuesdays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Invasion, featuring costumes, props and robots from TV and sci-fi film blockbusters. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Runs until September 3. Also, Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitman. Until September 9. Admission free.