What’s on in Northumberland – week ending March 27

Stage/theatre

Tomorrow

Love and Red Tape. Alnwick Playhouse. 1.15pm. Premier £9, standard £8, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Saturday, March 22

National Theatre’s War Horse. Broadcast from London’s West End. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Saturday, March 22

Northern Ballet - Three Little Pigs. Maltings, Berwick. 12.15pm, 2pm and 4pm. £5.50 adults, £4.50 children. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 22

Berwick Broadcasting Corporation - The Birds and the Bees. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £8, £7 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.

Wed, March 26, and Thurs, March 27

Berwick Operatic Society - Calamity Jane. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £11.50, £9.50 conc, family £32. 01289 330999.

Films

Tonight and Tomorrow

August: Osage County (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Today and Tomorrow

12 Years a Slave (15). Maltings, Berwick. Today, 1pm (subtitles) and 7.30pm. Tomorrow, 6pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, baby free. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Philomena (12a). Inaugural film night at Lesbury Village Hall. 6.30pm for 7pm. £4.

Live music

Tonight

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. With the Robert Black Duo. Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm.

Tomorrow

King Bee. Eight-piece jazz funk band. Maltings, Berwick. 8.30pm. £14, £12 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Saturday, March 22

Longframlington Music Festival Spring Soiree. Featuring Sing Out Choir and local musicians. Wine, cheese and raffle. Community Rooms, St Mary’s Church, Longframlington. 7pm-8.30pm. Free, donations to the music festival.

Saturday, March 22

Bailiffgate Singers Concert. Spring in the Air. St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 7.30pm. In aid of church restoration fund. £6 from Brands newsagents, Wooler or on the door.

Monday, March 24

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

Thursday, March 27

Rothbury Roots. Patsy Matheson performs. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm for 8pm. £10. To book, 01669 620470.

Events

Today

Talking Objects. Guided walk and talk and interview three interesting objects. Cragside, Rothbury. 11am–12.30pm. £5. Booking essential, 0844 249 1895.

Tonight

Psychic Night. Chillingham Castle. 6.30pm-8pm. £35. To book, visit www.chillingham-castle.com

Tonight

Aln Valley Railway. John Young gives a talk entitled Railways to Richmond – the military connection. Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. Visitors and members welcome for small donation. Starts 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm. 01665 606168.

Today and Thursday, March 27

Qi Gong. Medicinal form of Tai Chi. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Tonight

Watching the Detectives. Retired Detective Chief Inspector John Halstead will investigate whether the likes of Rebus, Taggart, Vera or Morse would survive in the real world of policing. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Admission £5, including glass of wine. To book, 01665 605847.

Saturday, March 22

Spring Coffee Morning. Alnwick’s St James’s United Reformed Church Centre holds its annual spring coffee morning, with a range of stalls. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am. £1, including refreshments.

Saturday, March 22

Plant sale and coffee morning. Seasonal flowering plants. Refreshments. Pottergate Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick. 10am–noon. 01665 602181.

Saturday, March 22

Make a Mother’s Day Gift. Alnwick Garden. Bookable half-hour slots between 10.30am and 3.40pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, March 22

Willow Crafts. Alnwick Garden. Bookable half-hour slots between 10.30am and 3.40pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, March 22

Budding Chefs. Indian theme. Ages 5-13yrs. Alnwick Garden. £12.50 per session. 11.30am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. To book, 01665 511378.

Saturday, March 22

Dansformation with Alistair Anderson – Northumbriana. Fusion of traditional and contemporary dance. Includes a post-show audience ceildh. Howick Village Hall. 7pm. £8, £4 child, £20 family. To book, 01665 577384.

Saturday, March 22

Stargazing. Organised by the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership and Northumberland Astronomical Society (NASTRO). Bring torch. Hunting Hall Farm, Lowick. 8pm-10pm. Free. Booking essential, visit http://tinyurl.com/qy9qtju

Sunday, March 23

Family Cooking Session. Indian theme. Alnwick Garden. £15 per family. 11.30am-1.30pm or 2.30pm-4.30pm. To book, 01665 511378.

Monday, March 24

Salsacise. Latin-style dance lesson. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Monday, March 24

Make a bath bomb/soap. Age 16+. Kielder Castle. Includes buffet lunch. 11am–1pm. £15. To book, athenaevents@rocketmail.com.

Monday, March 24

Arty Spring. Arts/crafts sessions. Kielder Castle. 1.30pm–4pm. 50p to £3 per item made.

Monday, March 24

Western Front Association. Prof John Derry talks about Haig: A Reappraisal. Alnmouth Ex-Servicemen’s Club. 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

Tuesday, March 25

Give blood session. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 11.15am–1pm and 2.30pm–5pm. To make an appointment, call 0300 123 2323.

Wednesday, March 26

Untold Stories. Guided walk around Cragside house. 11am–noon. Normal admission applies. £5, to book call 0844 249 1895.

Wednesday, March 26

Conservation in Action: Conservation cleaning. Watch how the conservation volunteers delicately handle and clean items from Cragside’s collection. Subject to volunteer availability. 1pm–4pm. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, March 26

Tea Party and Talk. History and Healing Powers of Aloe Vera. Includes opportunity for a mini-facial with Jaqueline Brewster or a massage with beauty therapist Emma Matthewson. Doxford Hall, Chathill. 1.30pm to 4.30pm. £15, including afternoon tea. To book, 01665 606515.

Wednesday, March 26

North Sunderland & Seahouses Local History Society. Barry Mead gives a talk on Cresswell Curiosities. St Paul’s Church Hall, North Sunderland. 7.30pm. All welcome.

Walks

Saturday, March 22

Training Walk. Preparing for the Coastal Challenge (May) - part one. 12 miles. Starts Beadnell, 10am. £9. To book, contact Shepherds Walks, 01669 621044.

Tuesday, March 25

Nordic Walking for beginners.

Two miles. Free pole loan. Starts Rothbury, 10am. £4. To book, contact Shepherds Walks, 01669 621044.

ATTRACTIONS

Aln Valley Railway

0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Reopens Easter.

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Reopens Friday, March 28

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open Sundays to Fridays, 10am-4pm, and Saturdays, 10am-7pm. The Garden will be closed on Sunday due to a private function. www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Reopens Easter.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-4pm, and Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays. £4, conc £3, children £1, U5s free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open 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. Open Sundays-Fridays, 9am–5pm, Saturdays, 9am-7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays-Fridays. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Reopens Sunday, April 6.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Reopens Monday, April 14.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open Tuesdays-Fridays, 1pm-5pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-5pm. Gardens/woodland open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-7pm. Cragside closed Mondays. 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. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays-Fridays. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays-Fridays. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Reopens Monday, and then open daily 11am-3pm. Last admission 2.15pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, child free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Reopens Sunday, March 30.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Reopens Monday, and then open daily, 11am-3pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10.30am-4pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Gift Aid admission, £7.70, Over 60s £6.60, child free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Reopens Monday, and then open daily, 11am-3pm. £3, conc £2.50, family £8, child free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. 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. £4, child £2, conc £3.50, family £10, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Opens Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays-Fridays. £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, or dusk, whichever is earlier. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am-4pm, and Bank Holidays. Last admission 3.30pm. Closed Mondays. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open Wednesdays-Mondays, noon–5pm, and Tuesdays, by tour, 2pm–4pm. Walled garden open daily, 10am–-6pm. Gardens/estate/woodland open daily, 10am–dusk. Gift Aid admission, £12.20, child £6.10, family £30.50.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Castle open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays-Fridays. £5, child £3, conc £4.50, family £13. Warkworth Hermitage closed.