What’s on in Northumberland – week ending August 29

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Tomorrow and Saturday, August 24

39 And A Half Steps. 1930s-themed evening as Alnwick Theatre Club performs the show as a radio play live on stage. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Sunday, August 25

Billy Budd. Sung in English with English surtitles. Alnwick Playhouse. 3.30pm. Premier £18, standard £17, conc £16, child/student £10, Friends £15. 01665 510785.

Monday, August 26

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, As you Like It. Bamburgh Castle. Gates 5.30pm, performance 6.30pm. £14.50, children £10. 01668 214208 for tickets.

FILMS

Today

The Croods (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. 01289 330999.

Tonight to Sat, Aug 24

The Heat (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow to Sun, Aug 25, and Wed, Aug 28

The Smurfs 2 (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. 01289 330999.

Tues, Aug 27, and Wed, August 28

The World’s End (15). 7.30pm. 01289 330999.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight

Traditional Music Concert. With Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, featuring Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, voice, guitar and more. Creighton Hall, Embleton. 7.30pm. £7.50 on the door, accompanied U12s free. 01665 576245.

Tomorrow

Elvis Tribute. Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm.

Saturday, August 24

Happy Cats. Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. 01665 721868.

Saturday, August 24

Fitzsimons Choir. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies.

Saturday, August 24

The Longsands. The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. 01665 576658.

Sunday, August 25

The Kentucky Cowtippers. Bluegrass band. Railway Inn Acklington. 6pm.

Thursday, August 29

The Nathan Carter Show. Irish country music singer. Age 15+. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm.

Thursday, August 29

Rothbury Roots. Boo Hewerdine with Jess Morgan. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, start 8pm. £10. 01669 620470.

Monday, August 26

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

EVENTS

Today to Sat, Aug 24

Free Percussion Workshop. Maltings, Berwick. 10.30am. 01289 330999.

Today

Nest-box Making. Kielder. 10.30am–noon. £5 per nest box. Booking essential, 01434 251000.

Today

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

Today

Clash of Kingdoms. Warkworth Castle. 11am-5pm. £6, conc £5.50, child £3.50, family £15.50, EH members free. 01665 711423.

Tonight

Family Night. Seahouses Social Club. 7pm. £1.

Today to Saturday, August 24

Bee Week. Includes tours and talks. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow and Monday, August 26, to Thursday, August 29

Budding Chefs. 5-13yrs. Alnwick Garden. Sessions, £10 each, 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. Info/booking, 01665 511378.

Today and Thursday, August 29

Wild Play at Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773600.

Today to Thursday, August 29

Dream Flags. Until September 1. Cragside. £4.50 per family, normal charges apply. 01669 620333.

Tomorrow

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

Tomorrow

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

Tomorrow

Darts and Dominoes Night. Belford Club. 8pm. £1 per sport with a cash prize for the winner.

Tomorrow

River Falls Saxophone Quintet Concert. Alnwick Garden. 8pm. £25.95pp, includes three-course meal. Booking essential, 01665 511350.

Tomorrow and Saturday, August 24

Family Astronomy, Kielder Observatory. Age 5+. 5pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, August 24

Garmin BaseCamp. Half-day workshop going over the basics of the BaseCamp software. Starts in Rothbury, 9.30am. £15. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01669 621044.

Saturday, August 24

Seahouses Food and Craft Market. The Bunker, opposite the RNLI car park. 10am–4pm. To book a stall, 01665 720263. Inclement weather, 07811 169200.

Saturday, August 24

Alnwick Book Fair. Antiquarian and secondhand books and often maps and prints for sale. Also a signed copy of a rare Get Carter script. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 10am-4.30pm. Free admission. 0191 296 0664.

Saturday, August 24

Floweries – Budding Artist Programme. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 24

Sunny Hills (Belford) Summer Fair. Hog roast, real ales, bistro, birds of prey. 11am-5pm.

Saturday, August 24

Car Boot Sale. Ingram Village Hall. In aid of St Michael’s Church, Ingram. 1pm. £5 a boot. Free to attend. 01665 578442.

Saturday, August 24

Falstone Show, 3D Scanning Project. Kielder. Drop-in, 1pm-5pm. Free to show visitors.

Saturday, August 24

Smugglers and Pirates Beer Evening. Lifeboat display, curry, live music, Zorb-ing, ales, fun, games, fancy dress. Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service hut. 6pm. £7.50, child £3.75, £20 family. For tickets, 07811 727282.

Saturday, August 24

Murder Mystery Night. Pimm’s and canapés on arrival followed by three-course meal. Alnwick Garden. 7pm-11pm. £35. To book, 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 24

Volcano Night. Alnmouth. 4.30pm. Details/booking, 01665 830444.

Sat, Aug 24, and Sun, Aug 25

Survival Training UK. Age 15+. Kielder. 9am. Eight hours (£65) or 24-hour (£125) session. Booking essential, 07712 172768.

Sat, Aug, 24, and Sun, Aug 25

Flodden Cycle Rides. See p26 for more details.

Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25

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

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

Rennington Scarecrow Festival. See p38 for more details. Call 01665 577535.

Sat, Aug, 24, and Sun, Aug 25

Splash Alnwick. Water-pistol fun. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

Warkworth Cricket Club Beer Festival. 10 Northumbrian real ales and four ciders. Beer tokens £1.50 per half pint. Food available. Festival admission £5 (free to CAMRA members), including commemorative beer glass and two beer tokens. Children free. On Saturday, live music after Warkworth v Tillside. On Sunday, there is a memorial cricket match between Warkworth and Amble and Percy at 2pm. On Monday, there is a family fun day from 1pm.

Sat, Aug 24, and Sun, Aug 25

Weekend Family Cooking Sessions. Alnwick Garden. 11am-1pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. To book, 01665 511378.

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

Swordsmanship with The Time Bandits. Alnwick Castle. Check times/location on arrival. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

Crafts with the Company of Artisans. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

Craster Art Club Exhibition. Howick Village Hall. 10am-4pm. Tea and cakes available. Free entry, donations to The Great North Air Ambulance.

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

The Crookham Flower, Arts and Crafts Festival. Part of the Flodden 1513 project. Flower festival at the URC, Crookham. Artwork/crafts at Crookham Village Hall. Refreshments available. Free entry.

Sat, Aug 24, to Mon, Aug 26

The Clarence Household. Living history, talks and demonstrations. Bamburgh Castle. 10am-4pm. Included in admission. 01668 214515.

Sunday, August 25

Car Boot Sale. Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. 01665 721868.

Sunday, August 25

Amble Lifeboat Day. Stalls, children’s rides, refreshments, grand raffle, Fire Service representatives, paintballing, display of hornpipe by Sea Cadets, classic motorcycles. From 10am. Exercise involving the Sea King helicopter and Amble Inshore Lifeboat, operations depending, at 2.30pm.

Sunday, August 25

Laser Clay Shooting and Archery. Age 5+. Kielder. 10am–4pm. £10 per activity (30 clays or 15 arrows). 01434 250232.

Sunday, August 25

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

Sunday, August 25

Blue Bell (Belford) Garden Party. Teddy-bears’ picnic, live music, bouncy castle, barbecue and games. 2pm-late.

Sunday, August 25

Stargazing Night, Kielder Observatory. Age 10+. 8pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Monday, August 26

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

Monday, August 26

Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete. Life boats and RAF helicopter display, service calls permitting, at around 1pm. Stalls and entertainment in the boat house and boat-house car park. Seahouses harbour, 10am-4.30pm.

Monday, August 26

Craft Fair. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. Free admission/parking.

Monday, August 26

Hatter Crafts. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Monday, August 26

A Forest Adventure. Age 6+. Kielder. 1.30pm–4.30pm. £6, conc £5, family £16. Booking essential, 01388 529154.

Monday, August 26

Tea and Tatt from the Mad Hat. Alnwick Garden. Gates 6.30pm. £19.95. To book, 01665 511350.

Monday, August 26

Hatters Tea Party. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. £10.95, £6.95 child. 01665 511350.

Monday, August 26

St John the Baptist Church Fete, Alnmouth. 2pm. £1.50, children free.

Tues, Aug 27, to Thurs, Aug 29

Alnwick Summer School for Young Writers. Alnwick Playhouse. Visit www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk.

Tuesday, August 27

Potter-inspired characters. Alnwick Castle. Check times/location on arrival. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Tuesday, August 27

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

Tuesday, August 27

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

Tuesday, August 27

Working Forest. Kielder. 2pm–4pm. £10. Booking essential, 01434 220242.

Wednesday, August 28

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

Wednesday, August 28

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

Wednesday, August 28

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

Thursday, August 29

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

WALKS

Saturday, August 24

Walk the new College Valley Path with National Park Voluntary Rangers. Free bus from Hethpool Car Park to Southernknowe. Meet Hethpool car park, 10am or 2pm. Free, but booking essential. Call 01669 620414.

Saturday, August 24

Above and around the Harthorpe. Starts Harthorpe Valley, 10.30am. £10. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01669 621044.

Sunday, August 25

In the footsteps of St Cuthbert. Guided walk to St Cuthbert’s Cave. No dogs. Meet Bluebell Hotel, Belford. 11am. £15, couple £25, child £5, family £30. Booking essential, 01289 389244.

Sunday, August 25

St Cuthbert – Lindisfarne’s First Nature Warden? Join local historian John Woodhurst for a walk on the island, including a visit to St Cuthbert’s Island. Meet noon at Window on the Wild Lindisfarne Building on the Harbour Road between the village and the castle. Free but booking essential, 01289 381470.

Wednesday, August 28

Guided Photography Walk. A two-hour mini-photo trail on the Northumberland coast with professional photographer Andy Craig. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9am. £45. To reserve a place, 01665 576012 or @nland360.

Thursday, August 29

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

ATTRACTIONS

Aln Valley Railway

0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Open Today to Monday, 10am–4pm.

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State rooms, 11pm–5pm. www.alnwick castle.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 from Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am-3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am-3.30pm. Ticket office opens 10am. Returns £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 is closed until end of the summer season due to operational difficulties.