What’s on in Northumberland – week ending December 5

Stage/Theatre

Tonight

Lucy Porter. Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, child/student £10.50. 01665 510785.

Tonight to Sat, Nov 30

Maltings Youth Theatre presents The Phantom of the Opera. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm each day, as well as a 2.30pm show on Saturday. £12, £10 conc, family £35. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Blast from the Past - A Victorian Christmas. St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. 7.30pm. £7.50, children free. To book, 01668 214634.

Saturday, November 30

The Way of the Drum. A fusion of primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £19, standard £18, Friends £17. 01665 510785.

Monday, December 2

Mango Music Shed Celebration Event. Maltings, Berwick. Free. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, December 3

The Magic of Christmas. Alnwick & District Floral Club presents a Christmas floral art demonstration, with Tom Hodge. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10. 01665 510785.

Thursday, December 5

National Theatre Live – The Habit of Art (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

FILMS

Tomorrow and Tues, Dec 3

Captain Phillips (12a). Tom: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm, 01665 510785. Tues: Maltings, Berwick, 1pm, 01289 330999.

Tuesday, December 3

Berwick Film Society - Wadjda (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, December 4

Sunshine on Leith (U). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight

Rothbury Roots. Dana and Susan Robinson with Andy Broderick. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. £10. To book, 01669 620470.

Tomorrow

Open Mic Night. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Saturday, November 30

Concert. Jazz guitar duo James Birkett and Giles Strong, as well as Amble’s Harbour Lights Choir. Alnwick Garden. From 11.30am. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, November 30

Cancer Charity Night. Various music. In aid of Macmillan Nurses and Breast Cancer. Seahouses Club. 7.30pm. £10. Dress code a splash of pink.

Saturday, November 30

Spacey. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. 01665 576658.

Sunday, December 1

Stephen Wilkinson Brass players. Alnwick Garden. 1pm & 3pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, December 1

Advent Carols. Performed by the Rock Festival Choir. St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 3pm. Tickets on the door, £8, £7 conc.

Sunday, December 1

Concert. Highbury Players perform Haydn’s cello concerto and other classical works. In aid of St Maurice’s church, Ellingham. Doxford Hall Hotel. 7pm. £20, including buffet. Book by 9pm tonight. 01665 589289.

Monday, December 2

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, December 4

Kathryn Tickell & The Side. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £15, £12.50, circle £17, box seat £18, child £7. 01289 330999.

Thursday, December 5

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers: Holly at Christmas. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £17, £15 conc, circle £19, box seat £21, child £8. 01289 330999.

EVENTS

Today

Volunteer Days. Kielder Forest. Bring a packed lunch. All protective equipment, tools and refreshments provided. 10.30am–3.30pm. Free. 01434 250209.

Today to Thursday, December 5

Christmas Market. Various stalls and seasonal refreshments. Alnwick Garden’s Treehouse car park. Noon-8pm. Free.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Comet Ison at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow

Christmas Fair. Stalls and auction. Wooler First School. 6pm-8pm.

Tomorrow

Ladies Christmas Shopping Evening. Belford First School. 7pm.

Tomorrow

The White Gardenias. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 8pm. Tickets £8 from Post Office. Bring your own booze.

Tomorrow and Sat, November 30

Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Age 5+. 5pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 30

Ford Country Auctions. Lots include vintage furniture, ceramics, art and more. Etal Village Hall. Viewing, 4pm-6pm tomorrow and from 8.30am on Saturday’s auction, 11.30am-4pm. fordcoun tryaucs@btinternet.com

Saturday, November 30

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

Saturday, November 30

Coffee Morning. Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School is working with Alnwick Rotary Club to build a primary school in Sri Lanka. The coffee morning, which includes stalls, tombola, raffle and the Great Duchess’s Bid Off of cakes, will be in aid of the project. Alnwick Cricket Club. 10am-noon.

Saturday, November 30

Christmas Coffee Morning. 10am-noon Gallery, St Mary’s, Belford.

Saturday, November 30

Christmas Fair. Summerhill Care Home, Alnwick. 2pm.

Saturday, November 30

St Cuthbert’s Christmas Fair. Bric-a-brac, stalls, children’s activities, raffle, Santa Claus and more. Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, Amble. 2pm. Free.

Sat, Nov 30, and Sun, Dec 1

Willow Lantern Making. Alnwick Garden. 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. £3, inc all materials. 01665 511350.

Sat, Nov 30, and Sun, Dec 1

Big Winter Adventure. Activities, workshops and magical encounters, including with Santa Claus himself. Alnwick Garden. £19, children £25, infants £5. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com. To book, 01665 511083.

Sat, Nov 30, and Sun, Dec 1

Budding Artists - Magical Elf Seeds. Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, December 1

Christmas Market. Stalls, music, seasonal refreshments and Santa. Free parking. Ford village and Lady Waterford Hall. 11am-3pm. 01890 820338.

Sunday, December 1

Wedding Fair. Morpeth Town Hall. 11am–3pm. Refreshments available. Free.

Sunday, December 1

Wedding Open Day. Alnwick Garden. Entry free to brides, all other guest must pay Garden admission. 3pm–7pm. 01665 511081.

Monday, December 2

Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetdale Group. Talk by Ian Fletcher, chief forester of Cragside. Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2. 01669 621972.

Mon, Dec 2, and Wed, Dec 4

Seeds of Learning. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Tuesday, December 3

Friends of Alnmouth Station AGM. Lesbury Village Hall. 7pm. 01665 604970.

Wednesday, December 4

Christmas Shopping Night. Charity raffle for Children’s Cancer Ward at Newcastle RVI. Mini-facials, nibbles, wine and more. Bex Hair and Beauty Boutique, Alnwick. 5pm.

Wednesday, December 4

Northumbria for the Philippines. Celebration of Northumberland in picture and song to raise funds to help the folks in the Philippines. Seahouses Social Club. 7pm. £5 on the door.

Wednesday, December 4

Informal meeting for the new official Alnwick Branch of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society. Learn more about the branch. St James Hall, Alnwick. 7.30pm. 01665 604502.

Thursday, December 5

Alnwick & District Natural History Society. Talk by John Steele on Natural Wonders of Northumberland. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. 01665 602614.

WALKS

Sunday, December 1

Alnwick Ramblers. Hepple–Holystone Circular. 6.5-miles. Meet lay-by north side Hepple Bridge. 10.30am. 0191 2364549.

Sunday, December 1

Shepherds Walks Tour of Northumberland – Budle Bay and Bamburgh. Seven miles. Starts 10.30am, Bamburgh. £10. 01669 621044.

Attractions

Alnwick Castle

Closed for winter.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. 11am–7pm weekdays, 10am–7pm weekends.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

Closed for winter for refurbishment.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Weekends only, 11am– 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Daily, 9am-5pm, but opens Saturdays, 9am–7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Saturday and Sunday only. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

Closed for winter.

Chillingham Castle

Closed for winter. Guests welcome by special appointment.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

Closed for winter.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House closed for winter. Garden/woodland, Friday–Sunday only, 11am-4pm. Gift Aid – £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Sat and Suny only, 10am–4pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

Closed for winter.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Closed for winter.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

Closed. Visits by prior arrangement.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for times. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for times. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens

01665 570382. Closed for winter. Open by prearrangement (all sections).

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh

01668 214910. Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House closed for winter. Walled garden open daily, 10am-4pm. Gift Aid – £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Warkworth Hermitage closed.