What’s on in Northumberland: week ending Thursday, August 23

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STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight to Saturday, August 18

Wyrd Sisters – Alnwick Theatre Club. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £10, conc £9, child/student £6. Info/booking, call 01665 510785. See Page 47.

Saturday, August 18

As You Like It. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Gates open 6.45pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets in advance, £13, conc/child £11. On night, £15, conc/child £13. To book, call 01661 881636.

Saturday, 18 August

HMS Pinafore. At Wallington. 7.30pm. Tickets £19, child £9.50. Booking essential, call 0844 249 1895 or at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Sunday, August 19

Berwick Broadcasting Corporation – Live Radio Plays. Age 12+. At The Maltings, Berwick. Free/donation. Call 01289 330999.

Thursday, August 23

The Railway Children. At Warkworth Castle. Gates open 6pm, performance 6.45pm. Tickets, in advance, £13, conc/child £11. On the night, £15, conc/child £13. To book, call 01665 711423.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight

Traditional Music Concert. With Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. At St Mary’s Church, Low Newton. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, accompanied U12s free, and are available at the door. Call Andrew or Margaret Watchorn on 01665 576245.Saturday, August 18

LUSH Acoustic. With special guests, The Stragglers. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm. Free.

Saturday, August 18

Baktrak. 9pm. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan.

Saturday, August 18

John Bailey. Sings 60s, country and rock ‘n’ roll. At Felmoor Park, near Felton. 9pm. Bar open from 6pm, food available. Free. Call 01670 787790 or 01665 575777.

Sunday, August 19

Northumbrian Music and Song. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 8pm. £8, child £4, U12s free. To book, call 01670 761872.

Monday, August 20

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. Call 01665 722835.

Thursday, August 23

Village Voices Summer Concert. At St Ebba’s Church, Beadnell. 7pm. £5.

Events

Today, Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23

Chivalry and The Knight. At Warkworth Castle. 11am–4.30pm. £5.50, conc £5, child £3.50, EH members free. Call 01665 711423.

Today to Thursday, August 23

Time Travellers Go Medieval. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–4.30pm. £7.70, conc £6.90, child £4.60, family £20, EH members free. £1 extra admission per child for Time Travellers activities. Call 01661 881636.

Today to Thursday, August 23

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

Today to Thurs day, August 23

Splash Festival. Dancing fountains/water-themed activities. At Cragside. 10am–5pm. On Tuesday, there is a water fight. Call 01669 620333.

Tonight and Thursday, August 23

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

Tonight and Thursday, August 23

Comedy at the Castle. 16+. At Bamburgh Castle. 6.30pm. Advanced tickets £10. Contact 07885 650383.

Tomorrow

Musical Instrument Workshop. Age 5+. At Wallington. 10am–noon & 2pm–4pm. £5. Booking essential, call 01670 773963.

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

Talk about the Big Universe, at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, August 18

Warkworth Show. At Warkworth Castle, with horticultural, industrial and children’s exhibits and much more. Castle opens 10am, marquee at 12.30pm. £6, conc £5, child £3, family £15.

Saturday, August 18

Navigation Weekend for Disco 3 Club. Trail blaze in Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–4pm. Call 08445 889965.

Saturday, August 18

Craster RNLI Harbour Fete. To be opened by Jack Charlton. With stalls, food, speedboat rides, games, lifeboats and more. 2pm. Free. Call 01665 576411.

Saturday, August 18

Family crash-course in Astronomy, at Kielder Observatory. Speak to an expert and use the telescopes. 8pm. £8, conc £7, family £22. Call 07805 638469.

Saturday, August 18

Ghost Hunt/Paranormal Tour. At Preston Pele Tower. 8.30pm. £20. Info/booking, www.northeastparanormalinvestigations.co.uk

Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19

Kielder Birds of Prey. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals, 11am-4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19

Flower and Craft Festival. At Holy Trinity Church, Embleton. 11am-4pm.

Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19

Fuchsia Society Show. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. From noon on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. £7.70, conc £6.90, child £4.60, family £20, English Heritage members free.

Sunday, August 19

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

Sunday, August 19

Seahouses Food and Craft Market. At The Bunker, opposite the RNLI car park, Seahouses. 10am–4pm. If the weather is inclement, call 07811 169200.

Sunday, August 19

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 19

Design and Create a Sketch and Smudge Diary. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 19

Food and Craft Fair. At Creighton Hall, Embleton. 10am.

Sunday, August 19

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

Sunday, August 19

Dog Walks and Dog Show in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Walks 11am–1pm, dog show, 2pm–4pm. At Northumberland Canine Centre, Rennington. To register, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/gowalkies or call 07990 540245.

Monday, August 20

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

Monday, August 20

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

Monday, August 20

Create an imaginative flower. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Monday, August 20, to Wednesday, August 22

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

Monday, August 20, and Tuesday, August 21

Krafty Kidz. At Wallington. 11am-3pm. Charge for items made from £2-£6. Call 01670 773600.

Tuesday, August 21

Children’s Outdoor Art. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 21

Boot Camp at The Alnwick Garden. Cost/bookings, call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22

Summer Watersports for Juniors with Coquet Shorebase Trust. Ages eight–16. At Druridge Bay County Park. 10am-12.30pm & 1pm–3.30pm. One session, £25, full day, £40. To book, call 01665 710367.

Wednesday, August 22

Beadnell WI Coffee Morning. With details about the digital switchover. 10am-noon. £1.50, including coffee. U10s free.

Wednesday, August 22

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

Wednesday, August 22

Herb-tastic. At Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 22

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

Wednesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 23

Celebrate the great outdoors. At Wallington. Charge for activities may apply. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Call 01670 773600.

Thursday, August 23

STILL. Human sculpture festival. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 23

Create a Potty Friend. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 23

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

Thursday, August 23

Summer in the Jekyll Garden. At Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm. Call 01289 389244.

WALKS

Saturday, August 18

The Cheviot, via the Hen Hole. Starts 9am at Hethpool, with transfer to Mounthooly. £14. Info/booking, call 01830 540453.

Sunday, August 19

Wild Walk at Wallington. Age 10+. 10am–4pm. £15, child £7.50, family £35. Booking essential, call 01670 773963.

Sunday, August 19

Shilbottle Circular. Meet at Shilbottle Working Mens Club, 10.30am. Info/inclement weather, call 01665 575633.

Tuesday, August 21

Family Nature Walk. Weather dependent. At Bakethin Conservation Area, Kielder. 10.30am. Donation £2, £1 child. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

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

Amble Photographic Group

Exhibition starts tomorrow, until September 3. In Amble Town Council Office. Open most days, 10am-4pm.

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.

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. Until September 10. 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

0300 0303311. 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 tonight, 6pm–9pm, 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. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, EH members free.

Edlingham Castle

0191 269 1200. Open during daylight hours. 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. The Hall 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. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission is at 4.15pm. Entry free.

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: £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

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