What’s on in Northumberland – week ending August 21

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight

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

Tomorrow

Monty Python Live (mostly) - Encore. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £15, standard £14, conc £13, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Saturday, August 16

Edinburgh Fringe Preview - Russell Kane in The Closure of Craig Solly. 16yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £5. 01289 330999.

Saturday, August 16

Outdoor theatre – The Pirates of Penzance. Touring company Illyria, an Equity Outdoor Touring Guidelines compliant company, return with a swashbuckling version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved comic opera. Wallington. 7.30pm. £19, child £9.50. 0844 249 1895.

Saturday, August 16

Outdoor theatre - All’s Well That Ends Well. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Gates open 6.30pm, starts 7pm. £15, £13, £11 on the night; or £13, £11, £9 in advance. Booking recommended. 0870 1111183.

Wed, Aug 20, and Thurs, Aug 21

Courtship and Consequences - Alnwick Theatre Club. Romance and what it leads to. Alnwick Playhouse. £10, conc £9, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

FILMS

Tonight and Sat, Aug 16

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (15). Alnwick Playhouse. Tonight: 7.30pm. August 16: 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight, and Thurs, Aug 21

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 21

Traditional Northumbrian Music Concert. With Margaret and Andrew Watchorn. Tonight: St Mary’s Church, Low Newton, 7.30pm. Aug 21: Creighton Hall, Embleton, 7.30pm. Tickets for each, £7.50, accompanied U12s free. 01665 576245.

Saturday, August 16

Lunchtime Concert. Voices of Hope. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 17

Belford Singers. Belford Priory. 2pm. Priory admission applies for non-English Heritage members.

Monday, August 18

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, August 20

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm.

EVENTS

Today

Budding Artists – Peg Friends. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow

Longbow Demonstrations. Alnwick Castle. Normal admission. 01665 511100.

Today and Tomorrow

Jesting with Zooted. Blend of comedy, fire-eating and sword-juggling. Alnwick Castle. Normal admission. 01665 511100.

Today, to Thurs, Aug 21

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

Today to Thurs, Aug 21

Science Quest. Family trail. £1 per pack at Cragside. 10am-5pm. Normal admission. 01669 622003.

Today and Thurs, Aug 21

St Abbs Summer Markets. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. 07970 697433.

Today, Tues, Aug 19, to Thurs, Aug 21

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 coquet shorebase.org.uk

Tomorrow

Workshop. Paper and fabric shibori. Gallery 45, Felton. 10am-12.30pm. All materials, drinks and cake provided. £30. Booking essential, with £10 deposit. 01670 783424.

Tomorrow

Family Craft Event. At the Window on Wild Lindisfarne (NU129419). Drop-in, 11.30am-1.30pm. Free. 01289 381470.

Tomorrow

Budding Artists – Everlasting Flowers. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Tomorrow

Family Friday. Handle some items from the Second World War. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 11am-2pm. Free admission for children if booked in advance. 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

Bare Toed’s Big Baby Boogie - Beach Party. Alnwick Playhouse. 2.30pm and 4pm. There is a minimum of one adult to a maximum of three children. Tickets are £7.50 which includes adult and child admission. Additional adult or extra child ticket is £4. Maximum of 20 child places available. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow to Sun, Aug 17

Kirknewton Festival. Visit www.north umberlandnationalpark.org.uk or call 01434 605555.

Saturday, August 16

Warkworth Show. Traditional village show set in the magnificent Warkworth Castle. Castle opens from 10am, marquee at 12.30pm. Admission charges apply. Visit warkworth.co.uk

Saturday, August 16

Whittingham Show. Traditional sheep show, plus dogs, flowers and vegetables, art and crafts, cookery, children’s categories and more. North of the National Park, off the A697 to Wooler. Visit www.whittinghamshow.co.uk

Saturday, August 16

St Peter’s Church Fete. 10.30am-4pm. By Craster harbour.

Saturday, August 16

Budding Artists – Bug Buddies. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 16

Workshop. Spoon Carving. Gallery 45, Felton. £45. All materials, tools, and refreshments provided. Age 14+. Full-cover footwear required. Booking essential, with £10 deposit. 01670 783424.

Sat, Aug 16, and Sun, Aug 17

Raphael Falconry. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Sat, Aug 16, and Sun, Aug 17

The Making of the Gospels. 11am to 5pm (tides permitting). At Lindisfarne Priory. Normal admission. 01289 389200.

Sunday, August 17

Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. See p45.

Sunday, August 17

Crafts, Arts & Antiques Market. Alnwick Market Place. 10am-3pm.

Sunday, August 17

Workshop. Wildlife Watercolours. Gallery 45, Felton. £40. All materials, drinks and lunch provided. 10.30am–3.30pm. Booking essential, with £10 deposit. 01670 783424.

Sunday, August 17

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.

Sunday, August 17

Budding Artists – Gnome Making. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sun, Aug 17, and Mon, Aug 18

Rusty Bodkins Medieval Archer. Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515.

Sun, Aug 17, to Wed, Aug 20

Small Axe Woodcraft Project. See various woodcraft techniques. Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission. 01668 214515.

Monday, August 18

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. 01669 622003.

Monday, August 18

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

Monday, August 18

Budding artists – Finger Puppet Friends. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Monday, August 18

Budding Artists – Flowerpot People. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission. 01665 511350

Monday, August 18

River Coquet Estuary Tours. With the Coquet Shorebase Trust. 10am–1pm. £25. All equipment provided, including wetsuits. Bookings/inquiries, 01665 710367.

Mon, Aug 18, to Thurs, Aug 21

Potter-Inspired Characters. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Tuesday, August 19

Create Some Wild Art. Natural materials provided. Cragside. 11am-3pm. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Tuesday, August 19

Workshop. Family felt making. Gallery 45, Felton. 10am-12.30pm. All materials and refreshments provided. £25. If two children attend this course an adult may join in with no extra charge. Booking essential, with £10 deposit. 01670 783424.

Tuesday, August 19

At Home with the Trevelyans. Go behind the scenes at Wallington Hall. 2pm-4pm. £15, including afternoon tea, the Trevelyan Way. Normal admission. Booking recommended on 01670 773600.

Tuesday, August 19

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.

Tues, Aug 19, and Wed, Aug 20

Soldiers of the Roses. A journey back to 1464. Warkworth Castle. 11am-5pm. Normal admission. 01665 711423.

Wednesday, August 20

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. 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 20

Budding Artists – Pencil Pals. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 20

Victorian Baking Day. Volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes. Cragside. 1pm-5pm. Normal admission. 01665 622003.

Wednesday, August 20

St Ebba’s Church Fete. In the WI hall, Beadnell. 2pm-4pm.

Wednesday, August 20

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 20

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.

Wed, Aug 20, and Thurs, Aug 21

Death Row Jethro. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 21

Budding Artists - Wooden Pets. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

WALKS

Saturday, August 16

Butterfly Walk. Guided walk around Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Meet at the Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (NU129419). 11.30am–1.30pm. Free, but booking is essential, 01289 381470.

Sunday, August 17

Alnwick Ramblers. The right-mile Powburn to Titlington circular. Meet Powburn Village Hall car park, 10.30am. 01665 575129.

Sunday August 17

Geo-walk. 4k walk exploring igneous rocks beneath Bamburgh Castle and along the shore. 2pm-4pm. Meet at war memorial under castle. 01289 309503.

Wednesday, August 20

Northumberland Coast path. Guided 12-mile walk from Fenwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Starts 10.35am at Fenwick A1 bus stop. Free, but booking essential, 01670 622660.