What’s on in Northumberland - week ending August 14

Gergent Ensemble from Sicily at the 2014 Alnwick International Music Festival.

Gergent Ensemble from Sicily at the 2014 Alnwick International Music Festival.

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STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight: Festival Frolics, Alnwick International Music Festival: An evening of music and dance featuring Gergent from Sicily and Doinita from Romania, at Alnwick Playhouse. £9 adults, £8 concessions. Contact 01665 510 785

Tomorrow: Outdoor Theatre - Sherlock Holmes. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Gates open 6pm, performance 6.45pm. Tickets £15, conc/children £13 on the night; £13, conc/children £11 in advance, contact 0870 1111183.

Tomorrow: Truly Northumbrian, Alnwick International Music Festival: An evening showcasing our unique local heritage of music, song and dance, at Alnwick Playhouse. £10 adults, £9 concessions. Contact 01665 510 785

Saturday: Festival Finale, Alnwick International Music Festival: Tour the world as the groups from Sicily, Romania, Taiwan, Poland and USA present their showpiece before the final curtain falls on the 39th festival, at Alnwick Playhouse. £9 adults, £8 concessions. Contact 01665 510 785

Sunday, August 10: La Traviata - Verdi. Live steaming. Alnwick Playhouse.. 5.30pm. Premier £18, standard £17, conc £16, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Thursday, August 14: Outdoor Theatre - Much Ado About Nothing. At Warkworth Castle. 6.45pm opens, 7.30pm performance. Tickets £15, £13 on the night; or £13, £11 in advance. Booking recommended. Contact 0870 1111183.

FILMS

Today and Saturday, August 9: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG). Today: Alnwick Playhouse., 2pm, premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, 01665 510785. Saturday: Seahouses Hub, 3pm, £6, conc £5.50, child £4, family £18, 01665 721868.

Sat, Aug 9, and Tues, Aug 12: Jersey Boys (15). Alnwick Playhouse.. Sat, 2pm. Tues, 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, August 14: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (15). Alnwick Playhouse.. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Today: Lunchtime Concert. The Larks. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Gordon Brown Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members admission £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.

Tonight, and Thurs, Aug 14: Buskers’ Night. Hosted by Lee Brown. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion provided or bring your own instrument. At Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm-midnight.

Tonight and Thurs, Aug 14: Traditional Northumbrian Music Concert. With Margaret and Andrew Watchorn. Tonight: St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, 6.30pm. August 14: St Mary’s Church, Low Newton, 7.30pm. Tickets for each - £7.50, accompanied U12s free - on the door. 01665 576245.

Saturday, August 9: Lunchtime Concert. Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 10: Lunchtime Concert. Designer Strings. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 10: Brinkburn String Quartet. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Priory admission applies to non-English Heritage members.

Monday, August 11: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 01665 722835.

Tuesday, August 12: Acoustic Buskers’ Night. All styles and abilities welcome. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm. 07939 498879.

EVENTS

Today: Silk Paper-making. Materials, drinks and cake are provided. Gallery 45, Felton. 10am–12.30pm. £30. Booking essential. £10 deposit when booking. Call 01670 783424.

Today: Big Rory and Ochie the Dog. Street theatre. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Today: Wildlife safari. Discover the secretive wildlife that often goes unnoticed in the forest. Bring binoculars if you have them. At Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder. 2pm-4pm. £5. Contact 01388 529154.

Today: Gardens of Imagination. Be inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens to create your own miniature garden with the materials provided. Cragside. 11am-3pm. Normal admission, plus £2.

Today to Sunday, August 11: Beer Festival. Tempestival Total Tap Takeover. All cask ales from Kelso’s award-winning Tempest Brewery. The Tanners Arms, Alnwick, from 5pm today.

Today, to Thurs, Aug 14: Splash! Family-friendly water-pistol fun. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350. The Alnwick Garden Shop has water pistols in stock to buy should people arrive unarmed.

Today to Thurs, Aug 14: Science Quest. Family trail. £1 per pack at Cragside. 10am-5pm. Normal admission. 01669 622003.

Today and Thurs, Aug 14: St Abb’s Summer Markets. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. 07970 697433.

Mon, Aug 13, to Fri, Aug 15: Kids Theatre - A Play-in-a-Week. Maltings, Berwick. Visit maltingsberwick.co.uk.

Today and Mon, Aug 11 to Wed, Aug 13: Potter-Inspired Characters. Alnwick Castle. 01665 511100.

Today, Tues, Aug 12, to Thurs, Aug 14: Summer Holiday Water Activities for Juniors. Run by the Coquet Shorebase Trust for 8-16-year-olds on the lake in Druridge Bay County Park. Half day £25, full day £40. For information and bookings, call 01665 710367 or visit coquetshorebase.org.uk.

Tonight: Poetry @ the B Summer Special. Guest poets and open mic for local poets and musicians. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm. £3, includes glass of wine. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Swing and Climb Day. King-swing (10am-12.30pm) or indoor climbing wall (1pm-4pm). Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. £10 per activity. 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Family Fridays. Learn about flight and make a flying toy or a balancing bird. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 11am-2pm. Free. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow, to Sunday, August 10: Raphael Falconry. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

Saturday, August 9: Alnmouth Local History Group’s Annual Coffee Morning and Exhibition. The exhibition will have the theme, Alnmouth’s History: What’s New? Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am-noon.

Saturday, August 9: Beatbox and Music Workshops. Maltings, Berwick. Visit maltingsberwick.co.uk.

Saturday, August 9: Fused Glass Jewellery Workshop. Two-part workshop, with the second part on August 16. Hot drinks and cake are provided. Gallery 45, Felton. August 9, 10am–1pm. £50. Booking essential. £10 deposit when booking. Call 01670 783424.

Saturday, August 9: Supper Club. Join a unique dining experience in the Lighthouse Garden on the Farne Islands. With a limited capacity diners join each other at a long table to be served a culinary delight devised by Anna Hedworth of the renowned Grazer Supper Clubs in Newcastle. £99, booking essential on 01289 389244.

Saturday, August 9: Craster RNLI Harbour Fete. Family fun with stalls, food (including the famous Craster crab sandwiches), refreshments, raffles, speedboat rides, games and lifeboats. 2pm. Entry free. 01665 576411.

Sat, Aug 9, and Sun, Aug 10: Family Sculpture Weekend. Leaplish Waterside Park. 10.30am–4pm (choose half or whole day). £5 per person, family £15. Booking essential, www.visitkielder.com/booktickets.

Sunday, August 10: Sharp Shooters Day. Calvert Trust Kielder. Laser clay shooting and archery. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per activity (30 clays or 15 arrows). 01434 250232.

Monday, August 11: Water Day. Canoeing or kayaking on Kielder Water. Age 5+. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per half-hour session. 01434 250232.

Monday, August 11: Science Lab. Investigate Victorian inventions and have a go at making your own. Cragside. 11am-3pm. Small charge for some events and normal admission charges apply. Contact 01669 622003.

Monday, Aug 11, to Wed, Aug 13: Medieval Courtly Combat. Warkworth Castle. 11am-5pm. Normal admission. Call 01665 711423 for more information.

Monday, August 11: Ranger Ramble. Wallington estate. 2pm. Meet under the Clocktower. Normal admission. 01670 773600.

Monday, August 11: The Perseid Meteor Shower. A short night walk. From Breamish Valley. 8pm. £15.50. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Tuesday, August 12: Create Some Wild Art. At Cragside. 11am-3pm. Normal admission. Natural materials provided. 01669 620333.

Tuesday, August 12: Working Forest. Find out what goes on behind the scenes in Kielder forest on this minibus tour. All ages welcome. 2pm–4pm. £10. Booking essential, 01434 220242.

Tuesday, August 12: At Home with the Trevelyans. Join experts and go behind the scenes to learn about many of the objects used by the family or discover rooms not normally open at Wallington Hall. 2pm-4pm. £15, incl. afternoon tea, the Trevelyan Way. Normal admission. Booking recommended on 01670 773600.

Tues, Aug 12, and Wed, Aug 13: Alnwick Garden Ice Cream Event. With events, activities and local producers. Visit alnwickgarden.com.

Wednesday, August 13: High Ropes Day. Tackle the hanging cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per circuit. 01434 250232.

Wednesday, August 13: Time to Dress. Children get the chance to dress up in child-sized Victorian clothing, from bloomers to hat, with a personal maid to assist. At Cragside. Maximum three children per session. 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. £10 per one hour session. Normal admission. Booking essential on 0844 2491985.

Wednesday, August 13: Forest Fun and Games. Experience nature like never before. Dress for the weather, strong footwear and midge repellant. At Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder. 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Single ticket £5; family of four £15. Contact 01388 529154.

Wednesday, August 13: Victorian Baking Day. Volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes. Cragside House. 1pm-5pm. Normal admission charges apply. Contact 01665 622003.

Wednesday, August 13: Heavy Horse Centre Talks & Demonstrations. Traditional horse dressing demo and historical talk, ridden display (weather permitting), meet the horses up close. Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, at Ford and Etal Estates. 2pm-4pm. 01890 820601.

Wednesday, August 13: Canoe Tours of the Coquet Estuary. Run by the Coquet Shorebase Trust. Equipment provided, including wetsuits. 6pm–9pm. £25 per head. Bookings and inquiries, 01665 710367.

Thursday, August 14: Family T-Shirt Printing. All materials, drinks and cake provided. Gallery 45, Felton. 10am–12.30pm. £25 per person (if bringing two children, one adult comes for £5). Booking essential. £10 deposit when booking and state T-shirt size. Call 01670 783424.

Thursday, August 14: Longbow Demonstrations. With a master archer. At Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

Thursday, August 14: Jesting with Zooted. A highly-entertaining blend of comedy, fire-eating and sword-juggling, Zooted, the jesting duo, never fail to entertain and amaze. At Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511100.

WALKS

Saturday, August 9: St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk. The chosen charity this year is HospiceCare North Northumberland. Self-guided (£30) or guided (£35). This 19.5mile difficult cross-border challenge takes in the best section of St Cuthbert’s Way as you start walking in Scotland and finish in England. From Wooler. 8am. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk.

Wednesday, August 13: Northumberland Coast Path. Guided walk of a section of the path, from Belford to Fenwick (seven miles). Starts 10.30am at Belford Market Cross. Free, but booking is essential on 01670 622660.