What’s on in Northumberland: week ending Thursday, August 16

stage/theatre

Tonight

Truly Northumbrian. Northumberland’s music, song and dance. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9. To book, call 01665 510785.

Tomorrow

Festival Fiesta. Diverse performances from Mexico, Sweden and more. As part of Alnwick International Music Festival. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £9, conc £8. To book, call 01665 510785.

Saturday, August 11

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Emma. Bring chairs/picnics for an evening of outdoor theatre. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Gates open 6.45pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets, in advance, £13, conc/child £11. On the night, £15, conc/child £13. To book, call 01661 881636.

Saturday, August 11

Festival Fling. Final performances by groups at this year’s Alnwick International Music Festival. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9.

Saturday, August 11

Laughing Bear Comedy Club. Suitable for age 16+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8.30pm. £5. To book, call 01289 330999.

live music

Tonight

Bad Bob and Oil Slick Mick. Live music with eclectic acoustic covers from the 1970s pub rock era. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 9pm.

Tomorrow

NE Guns. A night of classic rock. At the Masons Arms, Amble. 8.30pm. Free.

Saturday, August 11

Festooned Djugal. Three-piece acoustic rock’n’roll. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 9pm.

Sunday, August 12

Brinkburn String Quartet. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Call 07913 400924.

Sunday, August 12

Friendly Neets. Concert of Northumbrian music and song. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 8pm–10pm. £8, child £4, accompanied U12s free. Includes cheese and wine. To book, call 01670 761872.

Monday, August 13

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. Call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, August 15

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, August 15

Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

Thursday, August 16

Traditional Music Concert. With local musicians Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. At St Mary’s Church, Low Newton. 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50, accompanied U12s free, and are available at the door. Call Andrew or Margaret Watchorn on 01665 576245.

events

Today

North Sunderland/Seahouses WI Strawberry Cream Tea. With cake stall, raffle, tombola and books. At Seahouses Methodist church hall. 2.30pm. £1.50.

Today and Tomorrow

Viking Week at Lindisfarne Priory. Come face-to-face with Viking and Saxon boats, plus other activities. 11am–5pm (check tide times). £4.90, conc £4.40, child £2.90, English Heritage members free. Call 01289 389200.

Today to Saturday, August 11

Alnwick International Music Festival. See p36/37 for details.

Today to Sunday, August 12

Beer Festival. Five cask ales from Kelso’s award-winning Tempest Brewery, on sale for as long as they last. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick from 5pm.

Today, Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16

Chivalry and The Knight. Discover the life of a knight. At Warkworth Castle. 11am–4.30pm. £5.50, conc £5, child £3.50, English Heritage members free. Call 01665 711423.

Today to Thursday, August 16

Summer Holiday Activities at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. Daily events, such as alien egg hunt, throughout school summer holidays. Each Tuesday, Woodhorn’s learning team show the facts behind Northumberland folklore. Noon–3pm. Call 01670 528080.

Today to Thursday, August 16

Splash Festival. Dancing fountains and water-themed activities. Until September 2. On August 15, is family challenge, Flume Racing. At Cragside. 10am–5pm. Call 01669 620333.

Today to Thursday, August 16

Time Travellers Go Medieval. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–4.30pm. £7.70, conc £6.90, child £4.60, family £20, English Heritage members free. £1 extra admission per child for Time Travellers activities. Until August 24.

Tomorrow

King Swing and Climbing Wall at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am–4pm. £10 per activity (two turns). Call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow to Sunday, August 12

Best of British. Celebration of British history/tradition/culture. Until August 12. At Wallington. Call 01670 773600.

Saturday, August 11

Medieval Swordsmanship with Time Bandits. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals, 11am-4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 11

Glanton Show.

Saturday, August 11

Learn about the sun at Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, August 11

Bless the Community. Face-painting, hair braiding, magic and more in Amble Town Square or the Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, if bad weather. Free. 2pm-4.15pm.

Saturday, August 11

Learn about the Aurora, at Kielder Observatory. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12

Flower and Craft Festival. Showcasing the skills and interests of Lesbury WI members over the years. At St Mary’s Church, Lesbury. Free. 10am-4pm. On Sunday, a sing-along of hymns in the church, 6pm.

Sunday, August 12

In Focus. Try out a range of optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am-4pm. Call Jim on 01665 711578.

Sunday, August 12

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

Sunday, August 12

Medieval swordsmanship with Hotspur School. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals, 11am–4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 12

Laser clay pigeon and archery at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 11am-4pm. £20 (20 clays and 15 arrows). Call 01434 250232.

Sunday, August 12

Create a Creature Cabin. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 12

Summer Arts Workshops at Kielder Castle. With sessions throughout the day. Booking recommended or pay on day if space. Call 01434 250209 or visit www.visitkielder.com

Sunday, August 12

Perseid Meteor Shower – a talk – at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Monday, August 13

Canoeing/kayaking at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 (half-hour session). Call 01434 250232.

Monday, August 13

Krafty Kidz. At Wallington. 11am-3pm. Charge for items made. Call 01670 773600.

Monday, August 13

Family Bushcraft Taster Course. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £20, £15 National Trust members. Booking essential, call 0844 249 1895.

Monday, August 13

Make a Mini Scarecrow. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Monday, August 13

Quiz. At the Blink Bonny, Christon Bank. 8pm.

Monday, August 13, to Wednesday, August 15

Harry Potter-inspired Characters. At Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 14

Mini-beast Safari Hunt. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 14

Boot Camp. Hour-long session at The Alnwick Garden. Suitable for a range of ages/abilities. Every Tuesday until end of September. £4 per session or £20 booked as a six-week series. Booking essential, call 01665 511350 (option 4).

Tuesday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 15

Summer Holiday Activities for Juniors with Coquet Shorebase Trust. On Tuesday – sailing (am/pm) and windsurfing (pm). On Wednesday – canoeing/kayaking (am/pm). Ages eight–16. Held on the lake at Druridge Bay County Park. 10am-12.30pm & 1pm–3.30pm. One session, £25, full day, £40. On Tues/Weds until August 22. To book, call 01665 710367.

Wednesday, August 15

High Ropes Day at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10. Call 01434 250232.

Wednesday, August 15

St Ebba’s, Beadnell, Church Fete. Teas, games, bric-a-brac,cakes, face-painting and more. 2pm-4pm.

Wednesday, August 15

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16

Go Wild at Wallington. Outdoor-themed activities, crafts and trails. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Call 01670 773600.

Thursday, August 16

See the Milky Way, at Kielder Observatory. Observation event. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

WALKS

Today

A Coastal Walk – Howick & Cullernose Point. Meet Howick Seahouses Farm. 2pm. Call Coral on 01665 602614.

Saturday, August 11

St Cuthberts Way challenge walk. A 19.5-mile cross-border walk with Shepherds Walks. Starts 8am at Wooler, with transfer to Morbattle. To book, call 01830 540453.

Saturday, August 11

Lost Buildings of Lindisfarne Natural Nature Reserve. Explores some of Holy Island’s less well-known historic sites. Dogs on short leads welcome. Meet at main island car park at Chare Ends. Parking charges apply. 1pm–3pm. Free but booking essential, call 01289 381470.

exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Annual Open Exhibition. Until September 8. Open box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Photos/local art. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.

Belford Craft Gallery

Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Gallery closed Mondays but call for opening times/information.

Cragside

Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890. Work by Lynda Taylor, assemblages/jewellery by Linda Lovatt, prints/crafts. Open Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.

RNLI Grace Darling Musuem

Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Caring for Grace. Until August 27. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Free

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Works from Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday, Jane Jackson and Linda Miller. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery

Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Work by Judy Appleby, Barbara Franc, Hideyuki Sobue, Beth Roberts Fiddes, Allan Scott and Walter Holmes. Open Tues, Thurs–Sat, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sun, 11.30am–4.30pm. Closed Mon & Wed, but open Bank Holidays.

The Design Room Art Gallery

High Street, Wooler, 07921 436427. Work by Joanne Wishart opens August 11. Drinks preview, tomorrow, 6pm–9pm. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm. Sunday by appointment.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Solo exhibition by artist Anthony Marshall. Until September 2. Also on show is selection of mixed work from the area’s leading artists, original works, hand-made prints, photography and prints. Open Wednesday–Sunday, closed Monday & Tuesday. Visit www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Sci-fi exhibition, Invasion. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Until September 3. Also running, Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitman. Until September 9. Free.

Attractions

Aln Valley Railway Site

At its Lionheart site, Alnwick. Open days, Thursdays–Sundays, from 10am.

Alnwick Castle

01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including the Unlocked ticket.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admission details, including the Unlocked ticket. Open late, 6pm–9pm, on Thursday, August 16, for Sounds of Summer Evenings. Normal admission applies.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adult £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (two adults/one conc) £6.70, family (two adults/two conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. Adult £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open daily, noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed on Saturdays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, U5s free, family £21.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm. Tours also on Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. Adult £6, £4 conc, £2 child, £14 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

01669 620333. Gardens and woodland are open daily, 10am–7pm. The house is also open daily, 11am–5pm. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £14.60, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English Heritage members free.

Edlingham Castle

0191 269 1200. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. Adult £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10. English Heritage members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 mins before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. A 15 gauge steam engine railway Open daily. The train runs from Heatherslaw every hour on the hour, 11am–3pm. From Etal, the train run every hour on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Return journeys, adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, seniors £5.50. Shop/ticket office opens 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick

Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.60, over 60s £5.50, child free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am to dusk.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. May occasionally be closed. Call to check.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Adult £3, £1 child, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. Adult £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open daily 10am until dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. House open daily, noon–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Gift Aid admission – whole property: Adult £10.80, £5.40 child, £27 family. Garden/grounds only: Adult £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free. The Hermitage is open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3.