What’s on in Northumberland: week starting Thursday, December 29

STAGE/FILM

Today: A Christmas Carol. Storytellers Theatre Company present this timeless classic, which will entertain young and old alike. Sample English Heritage’s own range of liqueurs and seasonal treats. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Performances at 11am and 2pm. Wrap up warm. Adults £7.50, conc £6.80, children £4.50 and families £19.50. English Heritage members and U5s free. More information, call 01661 881636.

Tonight: Hansel and Gretel. Northumberland Theatre Company continue their winter tour, showcasing Hansel and Gretel. Gothic, funny, scary and exciting, this classic tale is re-told by Mike Kenny. Hansel and Gretel are starving, living in a house where there’s nothing to eat. However, they soon find themselves living in a house where everything is to eat – including the house itself – but they themselves are the main thing on the menu. At Chatton Village Hall. 6.30pm. For tickets and information, call 01668 282271 or 07801 981377.

Tuesday, January 3: Hansel and Gretel. Same as above. At Glanton Memorial Hall. 6.30pm. For tickets and information, call 01665 578548.

Wednesday, January 4: Hansel and Gretel. Same as above. At Kielder County First School. 6.30pm. For tickets and information, call 01434 250257.

Thursday, January 5: Hansel and Gretel. Same as above. At Rothbury Middle School. 6.30pm. For tickets and information, call 01669 621292.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Live Music Gig. Caught in the Act perform their first gig, playing tracks from the likes of the Foo Fighters and Ted Nugent. At The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle. Starts approx 9pm. Free.

Sunday, January 1: NE Guns. Band NE Guns perform rock tracks. At The Masons Arms, Amble. 6pm. Free entry.

Monday, January 2: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, January 4: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free

Thursday, January 5: Open Mic Night. At The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Thursday, January 5: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Club night/buffet supper. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Annual membership £8. More information, call 01668 281307.

EVENTS

Today: Christmas Fact Finding Trails. Specially designed for little ones to learn some intriguing festive facts. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 10am–4pm. Free event but normal admission applies.

Today to Saturday, December 31: Film Screenings. Warm up in the Pavilion Cafe at The Alnwick Garden and enjoy screenings of festive favourites. 10am–4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, December 31: Willow Lantern Walk. See The Alnwick Garden in glowing light, collect a beautiful hand-made willow lantern for an evening walk through The Garden. 4pm–7pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, December 31: Children’s Lantern Workshop. At The Alnwick Garden. 4pm–7pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, December 31: See Lindisfarne Castle dressed for Christmas. Normal admission charges apply. Check for safe crossing times. More information, call 01289 389244.

Saturday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Party in The Pavilion. For a memorable New Year’s Eve, join a party in the Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden with great food and dancing for all the family, featuring swing-singer Sean McKenzie, followed by a disco. Starts 7pm until late. £45pp, including a five-course meal and drink on arrival. Call 01665 511081 to book. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Saturday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Dance. At Jubilee Hall, Newton on the Moor. 8pm. £3.50 on the door.

Saturday, December 31: Belford Torchlight Procession. Procession walks up behind the piper from the Golf Club leaving at 11.45pm. For more information, visit www.belfordnorthumberland.co.uk

Sunday, January 1: New Year’s Day Communion. At St Cuthbert’s Church, Amble. 9.30am.

Tuesday, January 3, and Wednesday, January 4: Shooting Stars. What are shooting stars and why can we see them? After the talk, tour the observatory and use the telescopes. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm on Tuesday, 9pm on Wednesday. Adults £8, conc £6. Call 07805 638469 for assistance or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Thursday, January 5: Talk. Chris Metherill gives an illustrated talk to Alnwick & District Natural History Society about The New Flora of Northumberland. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Thursday, January 5: Alnwick Stage Musical Society. A meeting will be held for interested adults to read and sing through the Society’s next show, The Sound of Music, which will be performed in May 2012. At Alnwick South School. 7.30pm. More information, email info@alnwickstagemusical.co.uk

WALKS

Sunday, January 1: Guided Walk. A seven-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers around the Cresswell circular. Meet at car park on coast road opposite caravan park. Starts 10.30am. For more information or if weather is inclement, call walk leaders Tony and Linda Law on 01665 575633.

Sunday, January 1: Walk. At Kielder Water & Forest Park to mark the 150th anniversary of Kielder Viaduct. Meet at the viaduct, near Kielder Castle, at 11.30am. Booking not required. Refreshments will be provided, but bring waterproofs and wear sturdy footwear. The walk is over fairly level terrain but it may be a bit boggy in places.

EXHIBITIONS

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. The autumn/winter display from Alnwick and district arts association. Lighting up the winter days with an exhibition of paintings and photographs displaying their varied talents. Until February 4. Open today and tomorrow during box office hours. The Playhouse re-opens on January 3.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Winter exhibition. A sophisticated selection of work by professional artist makers. Exquisite jewellery, Northumbrian landscape paintings, limited edition prints, studio glass, designer silk scarves, etchings, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware and other tempting treats. For the archaeologist, antiquarian or historian of the family you’ll discover an exciting hoard of historic ceramic replicas from Roman hunt cups to tactile Willendorf Venuses. Free gift wrapping service on all purchases. Open daily, 10am to 5pm.

Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information, visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk

Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth, 01665 830363. A photographic exhibition by Alnmouth Camera Group. From noon and runs until early 2012. Open daily.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Autumn display by Joanne Wishart with limited edition and original hare prints. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open today, tomorrow and Saturday, January 31, 10am to 3.30pm, and Tuesday, January 3, 10am to 4pm. Closed New Year’s Day and Monday, January 2 and Wednesdays and Thursdays until March.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Closed until March. Check website for events and suppers, www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Exhibition of original coastal work by Joanne Wishart and abstracts by Paresh Nrshinga. Open daily, 10am–4pm but closed New Year’s Day and Monday, January 2. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Gallery & Picture Framing Service. Christmas Exhibition with four contrasting artists – Derek Jones, Sue Fenlon, Mike Bell and Daphne Harrison, all of whom specialise in their own field. Open today, tomorrow then closed until Wednesday, January 4. Visit the gallery website for more information and to confirm opening times.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, but today and tomorrow and Thursday, January 5, it hosts winter lights and evening events from 4pm to 7pm. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. For winter lights and evening events, standard admission prices apply, tickets are valid for the full day and include a hot drink upon arrival.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Closed until January 17.

Bamburgh Castle. Closed until January 6.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturday, December 31, 10am to 4pm. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. During the closed season – November to April – the castle welcomes groups by special appointment. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Closed.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturday, December 31 and Thursday, January 5, 10am to 4pm.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. Closed. Open Saturday, December 31, 10am to 4pm. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Closed until March next year.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. 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.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today, tomorrow and Saturday, December 31, 10am-3pm. Gift aid prices – adult £6.95, child £3.50, family £17.40.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, 9.30am to 2.45pm, tomorrow and Saturday, December 31, 10.15am to 2.45pm, Wednesday, January, 4, 12.15pm to 3.45pm, and Thursday, January 5, 10.15am to 3.45pm. Adults £3, children (5 to 15 years old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. Closed. Open Saturday, December 31 and Monday, January 2, 10am to 4pm. Adults £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free.

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

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open today up to and including Saturday, January 31, and also Tuesday, January 3, up to and including Thursday, January 5, 10am–4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Closed New Year’s Day and Monday, January 2. Free entry.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. Closed every day except for Saturday, December 31, 10am–4pm. Re-opens Saturday, January 7. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, EH members free.