What’s on in Northumberland – week ending July 17


Tonight and Tomorrow

Alnwick Playhouse Senior Youth Theatre presents Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Standard £8, conc £7, child/student £6. 01665 510785.


Jack Bennett in association with ARC - Too Much, Too Young. Age 14+. Maltings, Berwick. £12, £10.50 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Saturday, July 12

Wuthering Heights. The Emily Bronte classic performed outside at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Gates open 6.45pm, performance starts at 7.30pm. £13 adult, £11 child in advance, £15/£13 on the door. Contact 0870 1111183.

Sunday, July 13

The Fields of War - Chrys Salt & Brian Johnstone - Original Poetry. Ages 16+. Maltings, Berwick. 2pm. £8. 01289 330999.

Tues, July 15, and Wed, July 16

Holy Trinity Summer Show. Maltings, Berwick. Tuesday, 7pm. Wednesday, 1.30pm and 7pm. Evenings: £7, £5 conc. Matinée: £6, £4 conc. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, July 16

Summer Shakespeare. The Handlebards present a night of tragedy and humour in an outdoor performance at Whalton Manor, in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. Gates open 6pm, performance 7pm. Tickets from £5. Contact 01665 606515.

Thursday, July 17

National Theatre Live Streaming - Skylight (12a). Alnwick Playhouse: 7pm, Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10, 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick, 7pm, £16, £15 conc, child £8, schools – student £5 & teacher goes free (with every 10 tickets booked), 01289 330999.


Tomorrow and Sat, July 12

The Fault in Our Stars (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow to Sun, July 13

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG). Maltings, Berwick. Tomorrow, 1pm. Saturday and Sunday, 2.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, July 12

Maleficent (PG). Seahouses Hub. 3pm. £6, £5.50 conc, £4 child, £18 family. 01665 721868.

Today and Sat, July 12

Belle (12a). Maltings, Berwick: Today, 7.30pm, as well as a hard-of-hearing showing, with subtitles, at 1pm. Admission for each is £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999. On Saturday, July 12, the film is being shown at Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £6, £5.50 conc, £4 child, £18 family. 01665 721868.

Saturday, July 12

X-Men - Days of Future Past (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, July 16

Grace of Monaco (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.


Tonight and Thurs, July 17

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.


The Acoustic Whoodlums. Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm.

Saturday, July 12

House Concert. Adam Holmes and The Embers. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. 7.30pm. £10. To book, 01665 720456.

Saturday, July 12

The Alistair Anderson Band. A programme of Northumbrian music. Alwinton Church. 7.30pm. For ticket details, visit alwintonconcerts.org

Saturday, July 12

Bailiffgate Singers. Programme of summer music. At the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Longhoughton. 7.30pm. In aid of church funds. Tickets, including refreshments, £7.50 on the door.

Sunday, July 13

Alnwick Silver Singers. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Non-English Heritage members must pay normal Priory admission.

Sunday, July 13

Lunchtime Concert. The Northumbrian Ranters. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm and 3pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, July 13

Concert. The King Edward VI School Jazz Band performs. At Acklington Village Hall. 6pm-8pm. £5, U18s free. Refreshments available. Also a BBQ afterwards in the village hall garden, (BBQs provided).

Monday, July 14

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

Tuesday, July 15

Jonny D. Fund-raising concert for the Forget-me-Not project. At Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick. 7.30pm. £6.50, £4.50 child. Tickets available from the school. Refreshments available on the night.

Wednesday, July 16

Rod Sinclair. Guitarist. At The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies.

Wednesday, July 16

Bailiffgate Singers. Programme of summer music. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm. In aid of St John the Baptist Church, Alnmouth. Tickets, including refreshments, £7.50, available from Alnmouth Village shop, Post office and Alnmouth Gift Shop.

Wednesday, July 16

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


Today and Thurs, July 17

St Abbs Summer Markets. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3.30pm.


Talk. Rt Hon Michael Moore MP gives a talk entitled The Future of the UK. Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm. £5. To book, call 01665 604888 or call into the shop. All proceeds, at the request of the speaker, are to be donated to a charity.

Tonight to Thursday, July 17

Events at Kielder Observatory. Includes daytime astronomy and solar astronomy. Visit kielderobservatory.org


Quiz Night Friday. Teams of up to six. £2 per person. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Shilbottle Community Hall. 7pm. Prizes for winners and losers.

Saturday, July 12

Felton and Thirston Fair. Family fun including sports, rides, jazz band, dog show, archery, stalls, craft and flower show, dog agility, real ale and lots more. At Recreation Field, Felton. 11am-5pm. £2.50, children free. Contact 01670 787206.

Saturday, July 12

Lesbury Garden Fete. Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band, home-made teas, cakes, produce, books, games, raffle, ice-cream and more. At the Vicarage Garden, 2pm. £1.50, children free.

Saturday, July 12

Summer BBQ and Fair. Ice-cream van, fun-fair, stalls, sports, crafts, a raffle and more. Hosted by Alnwick’s Lindisfarne Middle School. 11am-3pm.

Saturday, July 12

Church Garden Party. Held by Eglingham and Old Bewick Churches. Home-made cakes, plants, tombola and ceilidh band. Also a fun dog show, with judging at 2.30pm, plus have the chance to explore the garden. At Lilburn Tower, near Wooler. 2pm. £2.50, U16s free.

Saturday, July 12

Writing & Book Readings. Local author Tricia Coxon will read from her writings and her newly published novel Sing Jess, Sing. Lady Waterford Hall. 2pm-4.30pm. Admission is free. Light refreshments available. Donations to Lady Waterford Hall Trust are welcome. 01890 820338.

Saturday, July 12

Heavy Horses - Open Evenings. Talks about the heavy horses, traditional tail-dressing demonstrations and ridden displays. There will also be a farrier demonstrating his skills. Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre. 6.30pm-8.30pm. 01890 820601.

Sat, July 12, and Sun, July 13

Primate Weekend. Learn about the diverse range of primates at Kirkley Hall. 10am-4pm. 01670 841235.

Sat, July 12, and Sun, July 13

Budding Artist - Poppy Making. The Alnwick Garden. Bookable slots on the day at 10.30am, 11.10am, 11.50am, 12.30pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm and 3.40pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sat, July 12, and Sun, July 13

Slash Alnwick! Family-friendly water pistol fun. The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. The Alnwick Garden Shop has water pistols in stock to buy if you need one.

Sat, July 12, and Wed, July 16

Workshops. Crochet - make a granny square with Cheryl Jackson. Gallery 45, Felton. 9.30am–12.30pm. Materials/refreshments provided. £25, deposit on booking, £10. 01670 783424.

Sunday, July 13

Open Garden. At Eland Green Farm, Ponteland, in aid of the Red Cross. 11am-4.30pm. 07786537424.

Sunday, July 13

Ask the Gardener. Expert advice in the Wallington conservatory. Noon-4pm. Normal admission. 01670 773600.

Sunday, July 13

Open Garden. Shawdon Hall gardens open up in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. 2pm-5pm. £4. 01665 606515.

Sun, July 13, to Wed, July 16

Small Axe Woodcraft Project. See Jon demonstrate various woodcraft techniques, have a go yourself or buy something ready made by Jon. At Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission. 01668 214515.

Tuesday, July 15

At Home with the Trevelyans. Join experts and go behind the scenes to learn about many of the objects used by the family at Wallington Hall. 2pm-4pm. £15, including afternoon tea, the Trevelyan way. Normal admission. Booking recommended, 01670 773600.

Wednesday, July 16

Victorian Baking Day. Volunteer cooks recreate authentic Victorian recipes at Cragside House. 1pm-5pm. Normal admission. 01665 622003.

Wednesday, July 16

Run Northumberland 5k. Run Northumberland is part of the RUNNATION series of events and takes in historic and scenic venues. The events are open to runners of all abilities and are ideal for anyone aiming to do the Great North Run. From 7pm, at Kirkley Hall. To enter and for more information go to www.runnation.co.uk or call 01670 330009.

Thursday, July 17

Afternoon Bingo. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.30pm. £1 per person. Enjoy tea and biscuits with your games.

Thursday, July 17

Crash, Bang, Wallop! Percussion workshop with O Duo. Maltings, Berwick. 4.30pm. £5, £3 conc. Booking advised. 01289 330999.

Thursday, July 17

Warkworth and District Flower Club. Demonstration by Anne Codd entitled Summer Time. Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 7.30pm.


Sunday, July 13

Craster to Low Newton. Meet at Craster car park outside the Tourist Information Centre (charges apply) at 10am.

Monday, July 14

Ranger Ramble. Join a ranger on a seasonal countryside walk to discover the wildlife and history of the Wallington estate. 2pm. Meet under the Clocktower. Normal admission. 01670 773600.

Wednesday, July 16

Northumberland Coast Path Guided Walk. The first part of a weekly series of walks along the coast path. The first stage is Cresswell to Warkworth (10.5 miles). Starts 9.20am at Cresswell Ices. Walk is free but booking is essential. Call 01670 622660.


Aln Valley Railway

0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Open Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Daily 10am–5.30pm, last entry 4.15pm. State rooms open 11am–5pm, last entry 4.30pm. At the gate – £14.50, conc £12, child £7.50, 0–4yrs free, family £38.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Daily, 10am–7pm. Entry £13.75, conc £11.90, child £4.40, 0-4yrs free, family £33.

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open Fridays, 10am–5pm. £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tues–Sun, 10am–4pm. £4, conc £3, child £1, U5s free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Daily, 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. £9.95, child £4.50, senior £9, family £25, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Daily, 9am-7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £8, child £4.80, conc £7.20, family £20.80.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm. Closed Sat and Sun. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Daily, noon-5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed Saturdays. £9, £8 conc, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Monday–Friday, with tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Open Sunday, with tours at 10am, 11am and noon. Closed Saturdays.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today, tomorrow and Tues–Thurs, 1pm–5pm, and Sat/Sun, 11am–5pm. Gardens/woodland open Tues–Sun, 10am–7pm. Cragside closed Monday. Gift Aid – whole property: £15.85, child £7.90, family £39.45. Gardens and woodland only: £10.20, child £5.20, family £24.65.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Daily 10am–6pm. £4.30, child £2.60, conc £3.90.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Daily, 10am–6pm. £4.10, child £2.50, conc £3.70, family £10.70.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily 11am–3pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, child free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Daily. Hourly trains 11am–3pm. £6.50, conc £6, child £4.50, U5s £2.50, infant/dog free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 11am–3pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily 10.30am–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid – £7.70, Over 60s £6.60, child free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Daily, 11am–3pm. £3, conc £2.50, family £8, child free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. See crossing times on page 2 of this newspaper. Gift Aid admission, £7.40, child £3.70, family £18.50.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two of this newspaper. £4, child £2, conc £3.50, family £10, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Daily, 10am–6pm. £5.40, child £3.20, conc £4.90.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Daily, 8.30am–5pm. Gardens admission is £4.25, accompanied U16s free. Nursery/café admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am–6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh

01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Last admission 4.15pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open Wednesdays to Mondays, noon–5pm, and Tuesdays, by tour, 2pm–4pm. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. Gardens/estate/woodland open daily, 10am–dusk. Gift Aid admission, £12.20, child £6.10, family £30.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am–6pm. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70, family £13.50. Hermitage open Sundays and Mondays, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesdays to Saturdays. £3.50, child £2.10, conc £3.20.