What’s on in Northumberland – week ending April 9

The Globe Theatre performs Romeo and Juliet at Alnwick Playhouse. Picture by Jane Coltman
The Globe Theatre performs Romeo and Juliet at Alnwick Playhouse. Picture by Jane Coltman
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STAGE/THEATRE

Today: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre On Tour – Romeo & Juliet. Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm and 7.30pm. Premier £21.50, standard £20.50, conc £19.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow and Saturday, April 4: Here Come The Girls – The Maltings 25th Birthday Bonanza. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12.50, £10 conc. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, April 7: MET Opera - La Donna Del Lago – Rossini. Encore streaming. Alnwick Playhouse. 4.55pm. Premier £21, standard £20, conc £19, child/student £10, Friends £18. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, April 8: Royal Opera – Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Encore broadcast. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16.75, £15.75 conc, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 8: A Night of Dirty Dancing. The Ultimate Tribute Show. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £20. 01665 510785.

Thursday, April 9: Neil Diamond Story. Maltings, Berwick. Sold out.

FILMS

Tomorrow and Thursday, April 9: The Theory of Everything (12a). Tomorrow: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785. Thursday: Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. £7.50, £6.50 concs, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, April 4: Shaun the Sheep Movie (U). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, April 7, to Thursday, April 9: Home (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. Autism-friendly screening on Wednesday, 2.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Thursday, April 9: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Thursday, April 9: Selma (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

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

Saturday, April 4: Feast of Fiddles. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £18.50, standard £17.50. 01665 510785.

Sunday, April 5: Dave May. Classic rock guitarist. Railway Inn, Acklington. 7pm.

Bank Holiday Monday, April 6: House Concert. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, with support from Hattie Briggs. St Cuthbert’s House B&B, Seahouses. £12.50. Doors open 7pm for pre-concert drinks from the bar. Music starts around 7.45pm. To book, 01665 720456.

Bank Holiday Monday, April 6: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

EVENTS

Today: Jay’s Animal Encounters. The Alnwick Garden. 12.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow and Tuesday, April 7, to Thursday, April 9: Broomhouse Farm Event - Lambing Apprentice. Get hands-on lambing experience. 10yrs+. 1pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm. Evenings £30, afternoons £60. Booking Essential 07786 171819.

Today and Thursday, April 9: Sure Start - Messy Play. 5yrs and under. Seahouses Sports Community Centre. 1.30pm-2.30pm. 07826 954319.

Today to Saturday, April 4, and Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7: Budding Artist - Koinobori. Make a Koinobori Fish. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Today and Monday, April 6, to Thursday, April 9: Space Kids – Rockets and More. Kielder Observatory. 2pm-4pm. Adult £16, conc £14, family £45.0. Information/booking, visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Today and Thursday, April 9: Gateway Drop-in. Free drop-in to meet friends, play cards, read newspapers, watch TV, use the internet and join the craft group. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am–4pm.

Today and Thursday, April 9: Alnwick Writing Group. At the Northumberland Gazette office, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm. Email kemp_m@mail.com

Today to Thursday, April 9: Rhododendron Spectacular. Colourful rhododendrons at Howick Hall Gardens. 10.30am-6pm. £7.70 adults, £6.60 over 60s, children free. Contact 01665 577285.

Today to Thursday, April 9: Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. Collect an activity pack and discover where the Gold Bunny is hiding. At the end of the hunt, hand in your completed clue sheet and receive a Lindt Gold Bunny. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, April 9: Lambing Shed Live. Take a tractor trailer ride through Wallington to Broomhouse Farm and experience lambing on a working farm. Enjoy a tour of the lambing shed, help to bottle feed the lambs and meet the other animals. At Broomhouse Farm. Adult £5, child 2-16 £4. Booking recommended via Broomhouse Farm on 07786171819 or ircairns@outlook.com

Today to Thursday, April 9: Spring Play. Celebrate the arrival of spring at the home of the adventurous Trevelyan family and enjoy indoor activities and outdoor adventures. At Wallington. Noon-3pm. Normal admission applies but small charge for some activities. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Today to Thursday, April 9: Spring Wildlife Hats. Make your own spring wildlife hat. At Woodhorn Museum. Noon-3pm. Contact 01670 624455.

Today to Thursday, April 9: Toobelz House. New indoor play space at Wallington. 11am-3pm. Check for property open/closed days. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Tonight: Alnwick & District Natural History Society - A Season of Wildflowers. Illustrated talk by botanist Judy Summerson. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. 01665 602614.

Tonight and Thursday, April 9: Meditation Self-Development Course. The fifth and sixth weeks of a six-week meditation course (every Thursday). Gallery 45, Felton. 6pm–7pm. £10 per session. To book, www.journey-with in.weebly.com

Tomorrow: Swing and Climb Day. King-swing (10am-12.30pm) and indoor wall (1pm-4pm). Calvert Trust, Kielder. £10 per activity. Complimentary session on Velcro Olympics included with price of indoor wall. 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Family Friday. Easter-themed activities specifically designed for families. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 11am-2pm.

Tomorrow to Easter Sunday, April 5: The Amazing Mr Fish. Circus, comedy and mime, including unicycles and goldfish. At The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies.

Tomorrow to Easter Monday, April 6: Flower Festival - Moments in Time. With cream teas. St Andrew’s, Wallace Green, Berwick. Tomorrow and Sunday, noon-4pm, Saturday and Monday, 10am-4pm. Some proceeds to the League of Friends of the Berwick Hospital.

Tomorrow to Easter Monday, April 6: Curioser & Curioser. Easter events and activities at Ford & Etal. For information visit www.ford-and-etal.co.uk

Tomorrow to Easter Monday, April 6: Trouvère Minstrels. Be transported back to medieval times with the Trouvère Minstrels’ traditional musical performances. At Alnwick Castle. Appearances at intervals. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

Tomorrow to Easter Monday, April 6: Easter Bunny. The Easter bunny will be visiting Woodhorn, Find him on site and receive a small treat. At Woodhorn Museum. Contact 01670 624455.

Tomorrow to Easter Monday, April 6: Cadbury Easter Trail. Take part in a science-themed Easter trail. Chocolate rewards at the end of the trail, sponsored by Cadbury. At Cragside. 10am-3pm. £3 per child.

Tomorrow to Easter Monday, April 6: Easter Adventure. Meet characters from the past and crack the clues on a hunt to reap a chocolate reward, 11am-5pm. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Members £1, adult £8.30, child 5-15 £6, concession £7.50, family £21.60.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, April 8: Cooking in the Kitchen. Costumed interpreters cook 1930s recipes. Subject to volunteer availability. Wallington. Noon-3pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Tomorrow to Thursday, April 9: Cadbury Castle Easter Trail. Complete the Easter trail and then claim your Cadbury Egghead. At Lindisfarne Castle. 10am-3pm and noon-5pm. Normal admission applies.

Saturday, April 4, to Easter Monday, April 6: Easter Bunny Weekend. Includes Easter bunny hunt. Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. 10.30am-4.30pm. More information, visit alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Easter Sunday, April 5: Sharp Shooters Day. Laser clay shooting/archery. Calvert Trust, Kielder. 10am-4pm. £10. 01434 250232.

Easter Sunday, April 5: New Diesel. Heatherslaw Light Railway. Official naming ceremony of new loco. 10am. 01890 820244.

Easter Sunday, April 5: Easter Egg Hunt. At Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. 10am-4pm. Contact 01670 841235 or visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk

Easter Sunday, April 5: Egg-making. Create your own Faberge egg to take home. At Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission applies. Contact 01668 214208.

Easter Sunday, April 5, and Easter Monday, April 6: Open Garden Event. Stalls, raffle and tombola. The Whitehouse, 5 Swinhoe Road, Beadnell. 2pm—6pm. Admission £1. In support of Barnardo’s North East, St Oswald’s Hospice and Newcastle Young Carers.

Easter Sunday, April 5, and Easter Monday, April 6: Cadbury Easter Trail on the Beach. Beach-based Easter egg hunt, with a Cadbury Egghead prize at the end. Also rock-pooling activities with National Trust Rangers. Bring wellies. At Embleton and Newton Links. 11.30am, Sunday, 10.30am, Monday. £2. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Easter Sunday, April 5, and Easter Monday, April, 6: Beastly Egg Hunt. The Bamburgh Beast has hidden her golden eggs around
Bamburgh Castle. Find them all to enter a draw for golden treasure. Normal admission applies. Contact 01668 214208.

Easter Sunday, April 5, to Tuesday, April, 7: Medieval Archery. Join Rusty Bodkins as he explains the life of a medieval archer, his weapons and training, then have a go yourself. At Bamburgh Castle. (Small charge to have a go). Normal admission applies. Contact 01668 214208.

Easter Sunday, April 5, to Wednesday, April 8: Small Axe Woodcraft. Explore traditional woodworking techniques with Jon Purkins, and have a go yourself. At Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission applies. Contact 01668 214208.

Easter Monday, April 6: Easter Fair and Egg Competition, Ellingham Village Hall. 10am-noon. 01665 589289.

Easter Monday, April 6: Water Day. Canoeing or kayaking on Kielder Water. 10am-4pm. £10 per half-hour session. 01434 250232.

Easter Monday, April 6: Birds of Prey. See birds of prey on display and enjoy flying displays by the team at Ridgeside Falconry. At Woodhorn Museum. 11am-3pm, flying displays at noon and 2pm. Contact 01670 624455.

Easter Monday, April 6: Easter Market. Variety of items and goods for sale. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. Free admission.

Easter Monday, April 6, to Thursday, April 9: Zoo Club. A week of events with daily activities. Help the zoo keepers with their daily checks, feeding the lemurs, training the cockatoos and walking the Shetland ponies. £30 per day with a 20 per cent discount when booking all five days. For children aged 5-8 and 9-15, lunch included. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am to 4pm. www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk

Tuesday, April 7: Pace Egg Rolling and Decorating. Cragside. 11am-3pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 622003.

Tuesday, April 7: Webinar – Getting Started with your Garmin GPS. Online introduction webinar. 6.30pm. £19.99. Information/booking, visit shepherdswalks.co.uk

Tuesday, April 7: Alnwick and District Flower Club. Demonstration by Kathleen Gibson entitled Around the World. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm.

Tuesday April 7: Tracing the Family History of your Home. Talk by Trish Jones. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.15pm Free to NDFHS members. Contribution invited for non-members.

Tuesday, April 7 to Thursday, April 9: Peterkin the Jester. Peterkin is a jester of international repute, an unrivalled historical comedian. Meet the traditional English fool who ‘hath not so much brains as earwax’ – medieval high jinks. At Alnwick Castle. Appearances at intervals. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

Tuesday, April 7, to Thursday April 9: Alice and the Magic Mirror Garden. Curious characters including Alice, The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit are hiding. Join the hunt to find them. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am to 5pm. Normal admission applies with additional £1.

Wednesday, April 8: High Ropes Day. Cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. Calvert Trust, Kielder. 10am-4pm. £10 per circuit. 01434 250232.

Wednesday, April 8 : Time to Dress. A Victorian costume activity session for children led by the Learning Team ending with an ‘over the ropes’ photo opportunity. At Cragside. Various times. Group £10.

Wednesday, April 8: Spring Fling. Fund-raising shopping event with a variety of stalls, a raffle and children’s activities. Beadnell WI Hall. 11am-7pm. Adult £1, children free. In aid of Hall funds.

Wednesday, April 8: Victorian Baking Days. Costumed volunteer cooks recreate authentic Victorian recipe. Subject to volunteer availability. Cragside. 1pm-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9: Works. A creatively funny, chain reaction of a show including a Heath Robinson/Rube Goldberg-esque contraption, assembled by two non-speaking workmen. At The Alnwick Garden. Noon and 2.30pm. Normal admission. www.alnwickgarden.com

Wednesday, April 8: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm–9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, April 8: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm–9.30pm. £2. More details from the Facebook page entitled Village Of Swing.

Thursday, April 9: Easter Stories and Crafts. 4–8yrs. Alnwick Library. 10.30am-11.30am. Free. Booking essential, 01665 602689.

Thursday, April 9: Wickham Day. Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. 10.30am-4.30pm. More information, visit alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Thursday, April 9: Green Square Seminar. Find out about renewable technologies available to the domestic market and the Government’s Renewable Heating Incentives scheme. With refreshments and Q&A session. Lady Waterford Hall. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Free admission. 01573 225235.

WALKS

Today: Ingram Valley Walk. Join Alnwick and District Natural History Society for a short walk looking for early migrants and wildlife. Meet Ingram village car park, 2pm. Visitors £1.50.

Today to Easter Sunday, April 5, and Tuesday, April 7, to Wednesday, April 8: Explorer Walks. Follow a way-marked walk to explore Cragside. 10am-7pm, last admission 5pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Saturday, April 4: Ranger Walk. Ranger-led walk to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Easter Sunday, April 5: The Drake Stone and Harbottle Castle. A voluntary ranger-led walk starting from Harbottle Forestry Commission car park, 10.30am to the Drake Stone and Harbottle Castle. Visit www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

Easter Monday, April 6: Stony Stories. A 2km family geo-walk with Dr Ian Kille exploring the rocks and fossils at Cocklawburn beach. 10am. Meet in the car park by the Near Skerrs. Information/booking northumbrianearth.co.uk

Tuesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 8: Garden walks. Guided walk through the formal gardens at Cragside. Noon-1pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, April 8: Nordic Walk for Beginners. Guided two-mile walk. Starts Rothbury, 10am. £5. Free pole hire. Information/booking, visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, April 8: Family Engineering Walk. Guided walk at Cragside. 1pm-3pm. Normal admission applies. 01669 620333.

Thursday, April 9: Red Squirrel Morning. Short stroll along the Beeches trail. Look for signs of red squirrels and visit the wildlife hide. Followed by red squirrel mask-making. Leaplish Waterside Park. 10am-noon. Adult £2, child £3. 01434 251000.

Thursday, April 9: Lindisfarne - A Place of Pilgrimage. Follow in the footsteps of St Cuthbert and walk from the mainland across the Pilgrims’ Causeway to Lindisfarne Priory. Light lunch and meeting with properties curator Mark Douglas for a talk about the site as an ancient place of pilgrimage. At Holy Island. 10.30am-3pm. Adult £35. For tickets, contact 0370 3331183.