What’s on in Northumberland – week ending April 4

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STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight

Pulse – Youth Dance. Local dance groups from the area perform in this sub-regional dance event. Alnwick Playhouse. £7, child/student £5. Call 01665 510785.

Tonight to Saturday, March 30

Berwick Operatic Society: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm nightly as well as 2.30pm show on Saturday. £11.50, £9.50 conc, family £32. Call 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Appetite Dance Productions – Letter to my Father / Crush. Appetite Dance Productions present a double bill of contemporary dance. The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £10, £8 conc, child £5. Call 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Call Mr Robeson – A Life, With Songs. Tayo Aluko & Friends revive one of the 20th century’s most impressive but overlooked figures. Age 12+. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £11.50, standard £10.50, child/student £8.50, Friends £10. Call 01665 510785.

Saturday, March 30

Home. Playful celebration of the places where we live and where we wished we did. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8.50, conc £6.50. Buy a ticket for Home, and see the film We Are Poets for free at 5.30pm. Call 01665 510785.

Saturday, March 30

Call Mr Robeson – A Life, With Songs. Same as above. The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £12.50, £11 conc, child £6. Call 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 30, to Monday, April 1

The Machine. Interactive street theatre. The Alnwick Garden. Free with price of admission. 11.30–noon, 1.30pm–2pm and 3pm–3.30pm. Call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, April 2

Esmeralda (12a). Live satellite screening of the Bolshoi Ballet. Esmeralda is based on the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Alnwick Playhouse. 4pm. Premier £16, standard £15, conc £14, child/student £5, Friends £13.50. Call 01665 510785.

Tuesday, April 2

The Gospel of Matthew. Award-winning actor George Dillon presents a vision of Jesus. Age 13+. The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £10, £9 conc. Call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 3

Open Clasp Theatre – The Space Between Us. Fast-paced dramatic story that invites audiences into a world that is full of conflict, love and hope. Ages 13+. The Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. Free. Call 01289 330999.

films

Sunday, March 31, and Tuesday, April, to Thursday, April 4

Wreck-It Ralph (PG). The Maltings, Berwick. Sunday, 2.30pm & 5.30pm, Tuesday & Wednesday, 2.30pm, Thursday, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. Call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 3

Hyde Park on Hudson (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm and 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Wednesday, April 3

A Royal Affair (15). The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £6, Berwick Film Society passholders free. Call 01289 330999.

Thursday, April 4

Hitchcock (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm and 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow

Guitar Duo Los Twangeros. The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm.

Tomorrow

Open Mic Night. The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Saturday, March 30

The Onion Club. Felmoor Park, Eshottheugh Felton. Entertainment starts at 9pm, bar open 6pm–midnight. Contact 01670 787790.

Saturday, March 30

Paul Brydon. The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, March 31

The Acoustic Whoodlums. The Railway Inn, Acklington. 7.30pm.

Sunday, March 31

Abba Tribute Act. Blue Bell, Belford. 9pm.

Monday, April 1

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. More details, call 01665 722835.

Thursday, April 4

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Ewan Galloway Trio performs. Musicians/listeners welcome. The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Call 01668 281307.

EVENTS

Tonight

Talk. Judith O’Reilly talks about a Year of Doing Good. Barter Books, Alnwick. Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. £5, includes glass of wine/nibbles. Book in advance, call 01665 604888.

Tomorrow

Children’s Bread Day. The Alnwick Garden. 10am–3pm. £45. More details, call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow

Swing and Climb Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. King-swing, 10am–12.30pm, climbing wall, 1pm-4pm. £10pp per activity. Call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow to Sunday, March 31

Medieval Crafts with the Company of Artisans. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. More details, call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Monday, April 1

Medieval Jesting with Zooted. Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals, 11am–4pm. More details, call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Tuesday, April 2

Floral Frivolity. Flower displays and arrangements. Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens. Call 01661 881636.

Tomorrow to Thursday, April 4

Broomstick Training. Alnwick Castle. Daily, at intervals. Free with admission but ticket needed for time slot from admissions on arrival (limited availability). Call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Thursday, April 4

Historical Grounds Tour. Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. Tour is free with admission. More details, call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Thursday, April 4

Dream Flags. Grab a DIY pack and create a flag design. Then follow the Path of Dreams to the labyrinth and find the tree hut to display the flag. Cragside. 10am–5pm. Runs until April 14. £4.50 per pack, normal admission charges apply. Call 01669 620333.

Tomorrow to Thursday, April 4

Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour. Find out about two famous Harrys, Potter and Hotspur. Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. Free. Call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Thursday, April 4

Crafts and Dressing up in Knight’s Quest. Alnwick Castle. Daily. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, March 30

Alnick Lions Club’s Car Boot Sale. At the car park at Homebase, Alnwick. 9am. £10 per car. All money raised goes to charity. More details, call 0845 8335931.

Saturday, March 30

Youth Art Day. Taster workshops or sign up for more in-depth workshops in things like script writing and physical comedy. Also a flash mob at noon. Alnwick Playhouse. 11am–3pm. 12+. Call 01665 510785.

Saturday, March 30

Rusty Bodkins Medieval Archer. Join Rusty as he explains the life of a medieval archer, his weapons and training, then have a go yourself. Bamburgh Castle. Part of general admission, small charge to have a go. Call 01668 214515.

Saturday, March 30, to Tuesday, April 2

Flodden 1513 Flower Festival. Theme is peace, reconciliation and healing. Also watercolour paintings by Alyson Reynolds. St Michael & All Angels, Ford. 10am–5pm on Saturday & Tuesday, noon-5pm on Sunday & Monday.

Saturday, March 30, to Tuesday, April 2

Small Axe Woodcraft. Various demonstrations and join in. At Bamburgh Castle. Call 01668 214515.

Sunday, March 31

Sharp Shooters Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Laser clay shooting and archery ranges. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per activity, per person (includes either 30 clays/15 arrows). Call 01434 250232.

Monday, April 1

Car Boot Sale. Rotary Club of Seahouses District annual fete and car boot sale with teas, tombola, cake stall, bric-a-brac, books and grand raffle. Car Boots - Large £7, small £5; Internal stalls £7. Admission £1, OAPs 50p, U14s free. 9am.

Monday, April 1

Water Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Try canoeing or kayaking. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am–4pm. £10pp for half-hour session. Call 01434 250232.

Monday, April 1

Art and Craft Fair. Artwork and handcrafted products. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 10am–4pm. Free.

Monday, April 1

Quiz Night. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm.

Tuesday, April 2

Make a Finger Puppet. The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. More details, call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, April 2

Alnwick and District Flower Club. Members’ night/pooled supper. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm.

Tuesday, April 2, to Thursday, April 4

Budding Chefs. Cooking sessions for children. Ages 5-13 yrs. The Alnwick Garden. 10.30am-12.20pm and 2pm-4pm. Each session is £10 per child. Also April 5. nformation/booking, call 01665 511378.

Wednesday, April 3

High Ropes Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Tackle the hanging cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am–4pm. £10pp per circuit. Booking not required, call 01434 250232.

Wednesday, April 3

Victorian Baking Days. Cragside. 1pm and 4pm. Free. Call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, April 3

Public Observing Night at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Thursday, April 4

Make a Spinning Wheel. The Alnwick Garden. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. More details, call 01665 511350.

Thursday, April 4

Alnwick & District Natural History Society. Andrew Sawyer presents a talk about the flora of Coquetdale. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Call 01665 602614.

Exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Members of the Bondgate Gallery. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. The Percy’s and the Plot, as well as Oswald – Northumbrian King & Saint. See attractions listings for opening times/admission.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street, Rothbury, 01669 622890. Rites of Spring. Open daily, 9am–5pm.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Works by Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday and Jane Jackson. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11am–4pm.

The Congregational Gallery

Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Spring exhibition, including works by Ken Spencer. Open daily, 10.30am-4.30pm, except for Sundays, 11.30am-4.30pm, and closed Wednesdays.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Exhibition by Cliff Blakey. Open daily, but closed Tuesdays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Exhibitions include Dressing The Stars and Outside In North East. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more details.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Closed today. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms open 11pm-5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Chapel closes 3pm). Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including combined Castle/Garden ticket.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open today, 10am–4pm. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am-6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admisison details, including combined Garden/Castle 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. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, Family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70 or (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open at 11am. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Closed today. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am-6pm. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Closed today. Open tomorrow, as well as Monday, April 1, to Thursday, April 4, 10am-5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Closed today. From tomorrow, open daily noon-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. £9, conc £8, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Monday-Fridays, tours on the hour from 10am-noon, as well as 2pm-4pm. On Sundays, tours on the hour from 10am-noon. Closed Saturdays. £7, conc £5, children £3, family £15. For combined cattle/castle ticket, visit www.chillinghamwildcattle.com/prices

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today and tomorrow, 1pm-5pm, and then Saturday-Thursday, April 4, 11am-5pm. Garden/woodland open 10am-7pm daily. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £15.20, child £7.60, family £37.90. Gardens/woodland only: £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Closed today. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am–6pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Closed today. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am–5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains leave Heatherslaw every hour on the hour, 11am–3pm inclusive, and return from Etal on the half hour, 11.30am–3.30pm inclusive. Ticket office and railway shop opens at 10am.Return journeys: £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open today, 11am–3pm. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am–5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open today, 10.30am–4pm, tomorrow–Monday, 10.30am–5pm, Tuesday–Thursday, April 4, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, child free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am–sunset.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard. Also walk around the lake.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Joint tickets for Lady Waterford Hall/Heatherslaw Mill available.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two before travelling. Gift Aid - £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two before travelling. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Closed today. From tomorrow, open daily 10am-6pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two before travelling. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Garden admission, £4.25, accampanied U16s free. Nursery/cafe admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open today-Sunday, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. From Monday, April 1-Thursday, April 4, open 10am-5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open daily, noon-5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Walled garden open today-Sunday, 10am-4pm, and then Monday, April 1-Thursday, April 4, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid - Garden/grounds only: Whole property: £11.50, child £5.75, family £28.75. £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle closed today. From tomorrow, open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Hermitage open tomorrow, Sunday & Monday, 11am-4pm. Closed all other days. £3.40, child £2, conc £3.10.