What’s on in Northumberland – week ending June 13



Dyad Productions & Theatre Tours International: Austen’s Women. Thirteen of Jane Austen’s most celebrated female characters are brought to life in this bold revisiting of the most exciting moments from Austen’s Two Inches of Ivory. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £14, £12 conc, circle £16, box seat £18, child £6. 01289 330999.

Saturday, June 8

The Unfolding Sky - Turner in the North. Vibrant re-imagining of the extraordinary depictions of the Northumberland countryside, captured on canvas by the great English landscape painter JMW Turner. Open-air performance. Bring deckchairs/rugs. Lindisfarne Priory. 7pm–8pm. £12. To book, call 0191 261 0505.

Saturday, June 8

Northumbria Sinfonietta Concert. Fund-raising concert, featuring Alistair Anderson. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12

Alnwick Playhouse Middle Youth Theatre presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8, conc £7, child/student £6. 01665 510785. See p37 for more details.

Thursday, June 13

National Theatre Live Streaming - The Audience. Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, broadcast as part of National Theatre Live. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15, standard £14, conc £13. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £14 cons, child £8. 01289 330999.



Eye of the Storm (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm & 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.


21 and Over (15). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. 01289 330999.


Belford Cinema - Les Miserables. Ferguson Hall. 6.30pm. Refreshments available.

Tomorrow and Saturday, June 8

Star Trek Into Darkness (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm tomorrow, 11am Saturday. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9

All Stars (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, June 11

Love Is All You Need (15). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, June 12

Star Trek Into Darkness (12a). Maltings, Berwick. £7, £6 conc, child £4. 7.30pm. 01289 330999.



Rothbury Accordion & Fiddle Club. AGM & Gavin Piper. Musicians/listeners welcome. Queen’s Head, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.


The Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £8, £6 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.

Saturday, June 8

St Marys Cathedral Choir. Performance of secular music and sacred song. Refreshments available. Bamburgh Castle. 7pm. £8, child £5. To book, call 01668 214208.

Saturday, June 8

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

Monday, June 10

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



Charity Ladies Night. Handbags and accessories from Shopafrolic, hand-made jewellery and more. 10 per cent of all sales made on the night donated to a charity of the landlady’s choice. Farriers Arms, Shilbottle. 7.30pm.


Poetry and Music. Local poets read their own words, or the audience read their own favourite poems. Also with music. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 8pm. £3, includes glass of wine. 01665 605847.


Robert Whitehead and Friends. Old-time dance/ceilidh/caller. Wine bar and a raffle. Thropton War Memorial Hall. 8pm. £7. Proceeds for the hall.

Tomorrow and Saturday, June 8

New Moon Observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about the dark skies with experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Saturday, June 8

Survival and Bushcraft Course. Learn the basics of outdoor survival. Either eight hour (£85) or 24-hour (£160) session. Booking essential, call 07712 172768.

Saturday, June 8

50 Things Fun. Wallington. 11am–3pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773600.

Saturday, June 8

Charity Vintage Tea Party. Tea, coffee, cakes, scones, raffle, crafts, bric-a-brac, stall. In aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 1pm–4pm.

Saturday, June 8

Dancing to the Paton Sound. Bring drinks/pooled supper. Bolton Village Hall (NE66 2EE) near Whittingham. 8pm–11.30pm. £3.50 on the door. In aid of the hall. 01665 574623.

Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9

Splash Alnwick! Family-friendly water-pistol fun. Alnwick Garden. Subject to weather conditions. 01665 511350.

Sunday, June 9

Food and Craft Fair. Etal Village Hall. 10am–4pm. Free entry. 01890 771794.

Sunday, June 9

In Focus. Opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. 01665 711578.

Sunday, June 9

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

Sunday, June 9

Open Farm Sunday. North Bellshill Farm, Belford, is one of the farms taking part. Visit www.farmsunday.org

Sunday, June 9

North Northumberland Wildlife Watch Group. See what you can create out of sticks with a little imagination. U8s to be accompanied by an adult. Hunting Hall, Beal. 2pm–4.30pm. £2.50. 01289 388867.

Monday, June 10

Quiz Night. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. 01665 576658.

Wednesday, June 12

Qigong. Medicinal form of Tai Chi. Alnwick Garden. 2pm–3pm. £2. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, June 12

Building Dreams Talk. Gain an insight into what led William and Margaret to move from Newcastle to Rothbury and how the building and the landscape evolved as they built their pioneering dream. Cragside. 7pm–9pm. £6. Booking essential, call 0844 849 1895.

Wednesday, June 12

Aln & Breamish Local History Society. AGM and talk by Ian Colcquhoun on the Whittingham Hoard. Refreshments served. Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Non-members £3. 01665 574319.

Wednesday, June 12

Public Observing Night at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £11, concessions £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org



Alnwick & District Natural History Society. Walk along Embleton Bay to Dunstanburgh Castle looking for breeding sea birds and typical dune flowers. Meet at the beach entrance, next to the golf course Club House. 2pm. £1.50. 01665 602614.

Saturday, June 8

Map and compass Training. Part tuition/part walk. Maps/compasses provided. Rothbury. 9.30am. £29. Information/booking, call 01669 621044.

Saturday, June 8

Alwinton Round Challenge Walks. Three walks designed for all abilities; 20, 15 and 6-miles. In aid of Mountain Rescue in Northumberland. Walks begin and end at The Rose and Thistle in Alwinton. Visit www.northoftynesearchandrescue.org.uk

Sunday, June 9

Discover the Coast - Beadnell to Low Newton. A four-hour, 7.5-mile walk led by Patrick and Louise from Footsteps in Northumberland, accompanied by National Trust rangers. Starts main Beadnell car park (charges apply). 11am. £15, couple £25, child £5, family (2 adults/3 children) £30. Booking essential, call 01289 389244.

Sunday, June 9

Ranger Ramble – Seasonal Countryside Walk. Join a ranger at Wallington on a seasonal walk on the Wallington estate. Age 7+. 1.30pm. Meet at the clocktower. Normal admission applies. Booking recommended, call 01670 773600.

Monday, June 10

Walking for Health. Three-mile walk. Meet Bell View, Belford. 1.30pm.

Tuesday, June 11

Photo Trail. With Andy Craig around Holy Island. Suitable for photographers of any level, primarily aimed at compact or SLR cameras. Bring own camera, memory cards and spare batteries. Meet at Lindisfarne Castle. 9am–1pm. £75. Booking essential, call 01665 576012.


Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Amble Photographic Group. Open box office hours. June 22

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Darryn Wade, Shilbottle Recreational Art Club and The Powburn Spinners. Until June 29.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Tom Fleming: A Life in Letters. Until September 30.


01669 620333. Building Dreams: Artworks. See p32 &33.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street, Rothbury, 01669 622890. Roads to Rothbury. Open Tues–Sat, 9am–5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Work by Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday, Jane Jackson and Tracy Savage. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, and Sundays, 11am–4pm.

The Congregational Gallery

Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Work by Jean Picton (includes open evening, 6pm–9pm tomorrow). Open daily, 10.30am-4.30pm, except for Sundays, 11.30am-4.30pm, and closed Wednesdays.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. General exhibition. Open Wed–Fri, 9am–5pm, Sat/Sun, 10am–4pm. Closed Mon/Tues.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Exhibitions include William Davisons Printing Shop. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more details.


Aln Valley Railway

03000303311. Alnwick, Lionheart site. Open Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Alnwick Castle

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

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. Visit 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, 11am-5pm, Tuesday–Thursday, 1pm-5pm. Garden/woodland, Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-7pm. Cragside closed Mondays. 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: £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, U5s £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. Garden admission, £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 and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Hermitage open Sundays/Mondays, 11am-4pm. £3.40, child £2, conc £3.10.