What’s on in Northumberland – week ending April 10

Stage/theatre

Saturday, April 5

MET Opera: La Boheme. Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Alnwick Playhouse. 5.55pm. Premier £21, standard £20, conc £19, child/student £10, Friends £18. 01665 510785.

Sunday, April 6

National Theatre - War Horse. Encore broadcast of The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse on the West End. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. 01289 330999.

Films

Tonight, Wed, April 9, Thurs, April 10

12 Years a Slave (15). Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow to Thurs, April 10

Rio 2 (U). Various times. Maltings, Berwick. £7, £6 conc, child £4, U2 free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, April 5

The Lego Movie (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tues, April 8, and Thurs, April 10

The Monuments Men (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, U2 free. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 9

Frozen Sing-a-Long (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Live music

Today

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Marian Anderson Trio. Musicians/listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.

Tomorrow

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Schubert - Death and the Maiden. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £12, £10.50 conc, Child £5. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

The Searchers In Concert. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £20.50, standard £19.50. 01665 510785.

Saturday, April 5

Choir concert. Felling Male Voice Choir in concert. Morpeth Methodist Church. 7pm. £8, including refreshments. Contact 01670 511078.

Saturday, April 5

Koostie Music Session. Acoustic duo perform debut gig. Railway Hotel, Rothbury. 8.30pm.

Monday, April 7

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 01665 722835.

Tuesday, April 8

Michael Collins and Vanessa Latarche. Alnwick Music Society. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £16, conc £15. More details, see p50. 01665 510785.

Events

Today

Untold Stories. Look at Cragside House and the Armstrong family from a different perspective. Cragside. 11am-noon. £5. Booking essential. 0844 2491895.

Today

Ranges Conservation. Chris Livsey gives a talk on conservation on the Otterburn ranges at a meeting of Alnwick and District Natural History Society. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50.01665 602614.

Tonight

Nick Pope. UFO lecture. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12.50, £11 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.

Tonight

Fight Night. Night of boxing presented by North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club. At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. Doors open 7pm, boxing starts 8pm. Bar available. Tickets £12 from the leisure centre in advance or on the night.

Tonight

Poetry Evening. With guest poet Kirsten Luckins. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 8pm. £3, including glass of wine. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow and Sat, April 5

Twilight Tours. Wander the rooms at twilight. At Belsay Hall. 8.30pm. Adults £15, children/concession £13, members £10, £8. Booking essential. Normal admission applies. 0870 3331183.

Tomorrow and Mon, April 7

Budding Chefs. Sessions to teach children (5-13yrs) how to cook all kinds of simple and tasty dishes. At Alnwick Garden. 2pm–4pm. £12.50. To book, 01665 511378.

Tomorrow, Wed, April 9, and Thurs, April 10

Easter Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Fun-packed family event including an interactive multimedia presentation, talks with astronomers and a tour of the Observatories. Ages 5+. 5pm–6.30pm. £13, conc £11, family £40. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Sat, April 5, Mon, April 7, and Wed, April 9

Egg Cosy Making. Make an egg cosy at a free arts and crafts session. At The Alnwick Garden. Eight sessions, between 10.30am and 3.40pm. Free. Normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511350.

Sat, April 5, to Thurs April 10

Belsay Wonderland. Follow the trail and discover characters including Alice, The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 10am-6pm. Normal admission applies. Contact 0870 3331183.

Saturday, April 5, to Thurs, April 10

Easter Family Fun. Fun-filled programme of activities for the whole family. At Woodhorn. 10am-5pm. Free.

Sat, April 5, to Thurs, April 10

Bunny Hunt. Follow the clues, discover where the bunny is hiding and receive a Lindt Gold Bunny as a reward. At The Alnwick Garden. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511350.

Sat, April 5, to Thurs, April 10

Lambing. Take a tractor trailer ride through the Wallington estate to Broomhouse and see lambing on this working farm. At Broomhouse Farm. Adults £6, children £5. Normal admission applies. Booking essential. Contact 01670 773600.

Sat, April 5, to Thurs, April 10

Science Quest. Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the world of science on this one-mile trail. At Cragside. 10am to 5pm. £1, Normal admission applies. 0844 2491895.

Sat, April 5, to Thursday, April 10

Alnmouth Village Easter Trail. Search for rabbits, record their colour and claim an Easter egg. Trail maps (£1) available from Alnmouth Post Office where the trail starts and ends. Profits to Hipsburn First School, where there will also be an Easter Bonnet Parade tomorrow at 2.45pm.

Sat, April 5, and Sun, April 6

Jesting with Zooted. Fun with the sword-juggling jesting duo. At Alnwick Castle. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, April 5

Crochet Workshop. Mini crochet egg basket workshop. At Galley 45, Felton. 10am to noon. £20, including drinks and cake. All materials supplied. Booking essential, £10 booking fee. 01670 783424.

Saturday, April 5

Family History Drop-in Sessions. At least one research assistant will be present from Alnwick Family History Society Branch (AFHSB), to help members and non-members carry out online research of their family history using certain public and subscription websites and other information sources. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-1pm. Normal admission applies. Non-members of AFHSB to make donation. 01665 605847.

Saturday, April 5

Music and Dance performance. Step this Way Appalachian Cloggers and the Bones Creek Band are a Durham based group of men and women who perform songs, tunes and dance steps from the Appalachian mountains of America. At Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, April 5

Longframlington Local History Society Open Day. Find out more about the history of Longframlington, Weldon, Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst. With archaeological finds, old photographs and maps and much more. Talk to the people who have carried out the research and visitors can bring along any information or memories they have. Memorial Hall, Longframlington. 10am-1pm. Entry/refreshments free. 01665 570259.

Saturday, April 5

Spring Sports. Play games and join in with races, from cricket to the egg and spoon race. At Wallington. 11am. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Saturday, April 5

Talk. Textile conservation at the National Museum of Scotland by Lynn McClean, curator of paper and textiles. Alnwick Embroiderers’ Guild, St Michael’s Church Hall, Alnwick. 2pm. Visitors welcome, admission £4.

Sat, April 5, and Sun, April 6, and Tues, April 8, to Thurs, April 10

Craft Activities for youngsters. 4yrs+. All materials provided. Muddy Boots, Ingram. 10.30am-11.30am. £5 per session. To reserve a place, call 01665 578120.

Sunday, April 6

Trail Building. Join the Kielder Trail Reavers, a volunteer group who design, build and maintain mountain bike trails in the Park. Kielder Forest. No special skills required. Meet at the Kielder Trail Reavers hut next to the Kielder Cycle Centre. 9.30am. Visit www.kieldertrail reavers.co.uk.

Sunday, April 6

Spring Craft Fair. Refreshments available. Seahouses Sports Community Centre. 10am-3pm. To book a table, please phone Anne, call 01665 721868.

Sunday, April 6


Food and Drink Festival. A range of stalls with the best of the North East’s food and drink. At Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland. 10am-4pm. Free. Contact 01670 841235.

Sunday, April 6

Sharp Shooters Day. Calvert Trust Kielder. Test your aiming skill on laser clay shooting and archery ranges. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 per activity. 01434 250232.

Sunday, April 6

Hunt for Bugs. See what creepy crawlies you can find in the wood. At Wallington. 11am and 1.30pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, April 6

North East of England & Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Set up by Alnwick man James Stewart. Dinnington Village annex room. 2pm.

Sun, April 6, Tues, April 8, and Thurs, April 10

Finger Puppet Friends. Make a finger puppet. Alnwick Garden. Eight sessions, between 10.30am and 3.40pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511350.

Mon, April 7, to Wed, April 9

Small Axe Woodcraft Project. See Jon demonstrate various woodcraft techniques and have a go. At Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission applies. Contact 01668 214515.

Mon, April 7, and Tues, April 8

Potter-inspired Characters. Meet characters inspired by Harry Potter. At Alnwick Castle. Normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511350.

Monday, April 7

Water Day. Canoeing or kayaking on Kielder Water. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 for half-hour session. 01434 250232.

Monday, April 7

Ranger Experience. Learn countryside skills with hands-on activities in the West Wood. At Wallington. 12.30pm. Free, normal admission applies. For more information, contact 01670 773600.

Monday, April 7

Return of the Red Kites. Harold Dobson, secretary of the Friends of Red Kites, gives a talk on the birds’ return to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetdale Group. At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Non-members £2. Contact 01669 621972.

Tuesday, April 8

Science Lab. Investigate Victorian inventions and have a go at making your own. At Cragside. 11am-3pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.

Tuesday, April 8

Budding Gardeners. Find out about plants and how to grow them. 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm. At Wallington. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Tuesday, April 8

At Home With The Trevelyans. Go behind the scenes to learn about objects used by the family or discover rooms not normally open. At Wallington. 2pm-4pm. £15, including afternoon tea. Normal admission applies. Booking recommended. 01670 773600.

Tues, April 8, to Thurs, April 10

Quick Cook Cookery Sessions. Perfect for those in a hurry or who don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen. Alnwick Garden. Sessions at 11am-noon, 1pm–2pm and 3pm–4pm. To book, 01665 511378.

Wednesday, April 9

Victorian Baking Days. Volunteer cooks recreate authentic Victorian recipes in the kitchen. At Cragside. 1pm-4pm, subject to volunteer availability. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.

Wednesday, April 9

Conservation Cleaning. Meet the conservation volunteers and watch how they handle and clean items from Cragside’s collection. At Cragside. 1pm-4pm, subject to volunteer availability. Free, normal admission applies. 0844 2491895.

Wednesday, April 9

Knights and Dragons. Paint your own shield to become a knight for the day and battle a dragon. At Wallington. 11am-1.30pm. £4, normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Wednesday, April 9

Kirkley Kritters. Get up-close and personal to megabugs. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am-4pm. Contact 01670 841235.

Wednesday, April 9

High Ropes Day. Tackle the hanging cargo net, sprint along the swinging logs, make it across the balancing beams. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 per circuit. 01434 250232.

Wednesday, April 9

Glendale Local History Society. Talk about the history of the forced enlistment into the Navy in the North East. Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Visitors £2 at the door.

Thursday, April 10

Ranger Experience. Learn countryside skills. At Wallington. 12.30pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Thursday, April 10

Talk. Jan Leeming talks about Rene Mouchotte, who was a fighter pilot with the Free French forces. Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm. £5. To book, call 01665 604888.

Walks

Saturday, April 5

The Pilgrims’ Way. Join Footsteps for a guided walk along The Pilgrims’ Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. 10.30am-3.30pm. Adults £10, children £5. 01668 213775.

Saturday, April 5, to Monday, April 7

Berwick Walking Festival. The Shepherds Walks programme includes a walk from Holy Island to Berwick and a walk up the Tweed. 01669 621044.

Sunday, April 6

Alnwick Ramblers. 10.5-mile walk from Barrowburn to Windy Gyle via The Street. Meet Wedder Leap car park. 10.30am. For details or if weather is inclement, call 01665 830313.

Tuesday, April 8

Nordic Walking for Beginners. Join Shepherds Walks for an introduction to Nordic walking. At Rothbury. 10am. £4. Contact 01669 621044.

Thursday, April 10

Spring Flowers and Bird Activity. Join members of Alnwick and District Natural History Society for a walk at Ford Moss Nature Reserve. 2pm. Contact 01665 662614.

Attractions

Aln Valley Railway

0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Reopens Easter.

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily 10am-5.30pm, last entry 4.15pm. State rooms open 11am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. At the gate admission - £14.50, conc £12, child £7.50, 0-4yrs free, family £38. Joint tickets for the Castle and Alnwick Garden are also available. alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-7pm, and Sundays 10am-5pm. Includes 10 per cent donation - £13.75, conc £11.90, child £4.40, 0-4yrs free, family £33. Joint tickets for the Garden and Alnwick Castle are also available. www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Reopens Easter.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-4pm, and Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays. £4, conc £3, children £1, U5s free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. £9.95, child £4.50, senior £9, family £25, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open 9am-7pm daily.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am-6pm. £8, child £4.80, conc £7.20, family £20.80.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-6pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Re-opens Sunday. From then, open Sundays-Fridays, noon-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Closed Saturdays. £9, £8 conc, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Reopens April 14.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today and tomorrow, 1pm-5pm, and then daily, 11am-5pm. Gardens/woodland open daily, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid - whole property: £15.85, child £7.90, family £39.45. Gardens and woodland only: £10.20, child £5.20, family £24.65.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily 10am-6pm. £4.30, child £2.60, conc £3.90.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 10am-6pm. £4.10, child £2.50, conc £3.70, family £10.70.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily 11am-3pm. Last admission 2.15pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, child free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Hourly trains 11am-3pm. £6.50, conc £6, child £4.50, U5s £2.50, infant/dog free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open daily, 11am-3pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open daily 10.30am–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission, £7.70, Over 60s £6.60, child free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am-3pm. £3, conc £2.50, family £8, child free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. Gift Aid admission, £7.40, child £3.70, family £18.50.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. £4, child £2, conc £3.50, family £10, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 10am-6pm. £5.40, child £3.20, conc £4.90.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am-5pm. Gardens admission is £4.25, accompanied U16s free. Nursery/cafe admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am-4pm, and Bank Holidays. Last admission 3.30pm. Closed Mondays. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open Wednesdays-Mondays, noon–5pm, and Tuesdays, by tour, 2pm–4pm. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. Gardens/estate/woodland open daily, 10am–dusk. Shops and cafe open daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Gift Aid admission, £12.20, child £6.10, family £30.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70, family £13.50. Warkworth Hermitage is open Sundays and Mondays, 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays-Saturdays. £3.50, child £2.10, conc £3.20.