What’s on in Northumberland – week ending August 15

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Tonight

Festival Frolics. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. Groups from Georgia, Slovenia and India due to perform. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £9, conc £8. 01665 510785.

Tonight to Saturday, August 10

Black Waves Theatre - All Shook Up. Musical including Elvis Presley songs. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £8, £6 conc, family £20. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Truly Northumbrian. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. Northumberland’s unique heritage of music, song and dance. Alnwick Playhouse. £10, conc £9. 7.30pm. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow

The Wind in the Willows. Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens. 7pm. Gates open 6.30pm. Bring low-back seating. Refreshments available. In advance, £13, conc £11, child £9. On night, £15, conc £13, child £11. Tickets from 01661 881636 or 0870 3331181.

Saturday, August 10

Festival Finale. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. All the overseas groups perform. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9. 01665 510785.

Sunday, August 11

Northumberland Wooden Spoon presents: Treorchy Male Choir. Maltings, Berwick. 3pm. £15. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, August 13

Live digital broadcast - Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition, David Bowie is happening now. Maltings, Berwick. 6.45pm. Stalls £10, £9 conc, circle £12, box seat £14, child £6. 01289 330999.

Thursday, August 15

The Tideline Runners - The Words in the Wires . Comedy drama. Also August 16/17. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £10, £8 conc. 01289 330999.

Thursday, August 15

Twelfth Night. Bring rugs/low-backed seating. Warkworth Castle. 7.30pm. Grounds open for picnics from 6.45pm. In advance, £13, conc/child £11. On the night, £15, conc/child £13. Tickets from 01665 711423 or 0870 3331181.

Films

Today to Saturday, August 10

Monsters University (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, U2s free. 01289 330999.

Tonight to Saturday, August 10

Pacific Rim (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, U2s free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, August 10

Despicable Me 2 (U). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, August 14

Despicable Me 2 (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, U2s free. 01289 330999.

Thursday, August 15

Fast and Furious 6 (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. 01289 330999.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight and Thursday, August 15

Traditional Music Concert. With Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. Tonight, Cheviot Centre, Wooler. August 15, St Mary’s Church, Low Newton. Both 7.30pm and £7.50 payable at the door, accompanied U12s free. 01665 576245.

Saturday, August 10

Cobweb Orchestra. Programme includes music by Corelli, Handel, Elgar and Faure. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Free, normal admission applies. www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Saturday, August 10

Kieran Goss. House concert featuring this double-platinum-selling Irish singer-songwriter. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. £10, available by calling 01665 720456.

Saturday, August 10

Baktrak. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, August 11

Summer Music Day. Pop-in any time all-day music event featuring musicians from the Borders and north Northumberland. Buskers welcome. Refreshments, snacks, light lunches available. At Lady Waterford Hall, Ford Village. 11am-4pm. Free but donations welcome for Lady Waterford Hall Charitable Trust. 01890 820338.

Sunday, August 11

Brinkburn String Quartet. Baroque, Boogie-Woogie, and beyond. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Free, normal admission applies. www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Sunday, August 11

The Mikado. Wallington. 7.30pm. £19, child £9.50. 0844 2491895.

Monday, August 12

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Thursday, August 15

Hear No Evil Sanctuary Sessions. With Tallis Morris, Hannah Lamb and Hague. Doors 8pm. £5 on door. Bring your own bottle.

EVENTS

Today

Pond Dipping. Nets, trays and ID charts provided. Leaplish Waterside Park. 10am–10.30am and 10.30am–11am. Donation £3 per child, £1 per adult. To book, 01434 251000.

Today

Pop-up Summer Markets. Etal Village Hall. 11am. 07970 697433.

Today

Budding Artists - Bagtastic. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Today

Clash of Kingdoms. A trio of costumed actors retell the conflict of England v Scotland which was brought to a head in 1513 at the Battle of Flodden. Etal Castle. 11am-5pm. £5, child £3, conc £4.50, family £13. EH members free. 01890 820332.

Today to Sunday, August 11

Flower Festival. Theme of The Lindisfarne Gospels...coming home. Also craft stalls, demonstrations and refreshments. The event runs concurrently with Alnwick International Music Festival and some of the groups will be performing in the church during the flower festival. At St Michael’s, Church Baillifgate, Alnwick. Opening times, today and tomorrow, 11am-4pm, August 10, 11am-2pm, August 11, 11am-1.45pm and 4pm-5.45pm, followed by Songs of Praise at 6pm.

Today to Thursday, August 15

Dream Flags. Design a flag then display it in the tree hut. Cragside. £4.50 per family, normal charges apply. 01669 620333.

Today to Thursday, August 15

Time Travellers Go Highwaymen and Pirates. Includes storytelling, sword and cutlass drill and craft activities. Until August 26. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am-5pm. Normal admission, plus extra £1pp. 01661 881636.

Today, Mon, August 12, and Tues, August 13, and Thurs, August 15

Budding Chefs. Ages 5-13. Alnwick Garden. 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. Each session £10. Info/booking, 01665 511378.

Tonight

Poetry and Music. Includes a reading from guest Steve Urwin. 8pm. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick/ £3 admission includes glass of wine.

Tomorrow

King-swing or indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. 10am-12.30pm, king-swing; 1pm-4pm, indoor climbing wall (comes with session on Velcro Olmypics). £10 per activity. 01434 250232.

Tomorrow

Mini scarecrows - Budding Artist Programme. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Tomorrow and Saturday, August 10

Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Family event including an interactive multimedia presentation, talks with astronomers, a tour of the observatories and using our powerful telescopes to investigate the sun. Age 5+. 5pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, August 10

Farne Churches Youth Outreach. Games, music and entertainment on the North Beach. 8yrs+. Register at Seahouses Methodist Church, 9.30am. Bring packed lunch. Email pauline@fellows50.plus.com

Saturday, August 10

4x4 Safari. Family-orientated event, follow guides trail-blazing in the heart of the park at Kielder. 10am–4pm. £55 per vehicle. Booking essential, 08445 889965.

Saturday, August 10

St Peters Annual Church Fete. Coffee, tea and refreshments served from 10.30am, by Craster harbour. Stalls include tombola, cakes, books, plants, kippers and bric-a-brac.

Saturday, August 10

Budding Artists - Pencil Pals. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 10

Warkworth Drama Theatre Workshop. Age 16+. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 2pm-4.30pm. To book, 07853 068195/07884 358441.

Saturday, August 10

Ceilidh and Supper. In aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Glendale Hall , Wooler. 7pm. Tickets £7.50 at Brands paper shop, Wooler.

Saturday, August 10

Big Universe at Kielder Observatory. Includes tour of facility and use of the telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, August 10

Dancing to the Paton Sound. Bolton Village Hall, near Whittingham. 8pm–11.30pm. £3.50 on the door. Bring pooled supper/drinks. 01665 574623.

Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11

Stained Glass Workshop. Whittingham Memorial Hall. Booking essential, 01669 650215.

Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11

Coast and Sky. Exhibition of paintings by Brian D Powell. Old Chapel, Alnmouth. 10am-6pm.

Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11

Aln Valley Railway’s Charity Event. Local charities have been invited to bring a stall along to the Lionheart Station site.

Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11

Survival Training UK. Learn the basics of outdoor survival. Age 15+. Kielder. 9am. Either eight hour (£65) or 24-hour (£125) session. Booking essential, 07712 172768.

Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11

Splash Alnwick. Family-friendly water-pistol fun. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 10, to Monday, August 12

Medieval Jesting with Zooted. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission, check times on arrival. 01665 511100.

Sunday, August 11

Simonside Country Fair. See p40.

Sunday, August 11

Seahouses Food & Craft Market. At The Bunker, opposite the RNLI car park. 10am-4pm. To book a stall, 01665 720263. If weather inclement, 07811 169200.

Sunday, August 11

Laser Clay Shooting and Archery. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop-in, 10am–4pm. £10 per activity (either 30 clays or 15 arrows). Call 01434 250232.

Sunday, August 11

In Focus. Try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am-4pm. 01665 711578.

Sunday, August 11

Fairy and Pixie Houses - Budding Artists. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 11

Till Valley Archaeological Society. The search for Richard III. Coldstream Community Centre. 3pm. Tickets £3 available by post from Alan Urwin, 7 Broomey Road, Wooler, NE71 6NZ (enclose cheque and sae), or from Coldstream Newsagents or The Cheviot Centre, Wooler.

Monday, August 12

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

Monday, August 12

Budding Artist Programme - Marvellous Mobiles. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 13

Budding Artists Programme - Sketch ‘n’ Smudge Diary. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 13

Solar Telescopes at Kielder Observatory. A unique family daytime astronomy event. Age 5+. 1pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14

Mind Your Peas and Cues. Hugh Bushey Babcock shares his green-fingered secrets. Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 13, to Thursday, August 15

Potter-inspired characters. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission, check times on arrival. 01665 511100.

Wednesday, August 14

Hanging cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop-in, 10am–4pm. £10 per circuit. 01434 250232.

Wednesday, August 14

Make a Dream Catcher. Cragside. £2 per child, normal admission charges apply. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, August 14

Budding Artists Programme - Bug Buddies. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 14

St Ebba’s Church Fete. WI Hall, Beadnell. 2pm.

Wednesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 15

Clash of Kingdoms. A trio of costumed actors retell the conflict of England v Scotland which is brought to a head by the 1513 Battle of Flodden. Warkworth Castle. 11am-5pm. £6, conc £5.50, child £3.50, family £15.50, EH members free. 01665 711423.

Thursday, August 15

Alnwick Playhouse Summer Film-Making Project. Alnwick Playhouse. 11am-4pm. Also August 16/17. Email jo.potts@alnwickplayhouse.co.uk to book a spot.

Thursday, August 15

Floweries - Budding Artist Programme. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

WALKS

Saturday, August 10

St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk - Guided and Self-guided. More details, contact Shepherds Walks on 01669 621044 or shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, August 14

Guided Photography Walk. Professional photographer Andy Craig leads a two-hour miniPhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9am. £45. Contact 01665 576012 or @nland360 to reserve a place.

Wednesday, August 14

Northumberland Coast Path walk. Stage 5, Belford to Fenwick, seven miles. More details, visit www.ourcoastoursea.org.uk

Thursday, August 15

Red Squirrel Walk. Kielder. 10.30am-noon. Donations, £3 children, £1 adults. Booking essential, 01434 251000.

Thursday, August 15

Walk of Wonder. Evening walk led by artist Irene Brown. Cragside. 7pm. £6. 01669 620333.

ATTRACTIONS

Aln Valley Railway

0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Open Tomorrow to Sunday, 10am–4pm.

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms, 11pm–5pm. www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am-5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holidays, 10am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, children free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 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.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-5pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open Sundays-Fridays, noon-5pm. Closed Saturdays. £9, conc £8, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Monday-Fridays. Tours on the hour, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm; Sundays, 10am-noon. Closed Saturdays. £7, conc £5, children £3, family £15.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

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

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–6pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 10am-5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains leave Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am-3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am-3.30pm. Ticket office/shop opens at 10am. Return journeys cost £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, under fives £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am-5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily, noon–6pm. Gift Aid – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

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

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check crossing times on page two. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

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. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily 10am-5pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open Wed-Mon, noon–5pm, but closed Tues. Walled garden open daily, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid – Garden/grounds only: £8, child £4, family £20. Whole property: £11.50, child £5.75, family £28.75. £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Warkworth Hermitage closed until end of the season due to operational difficulties.