What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, January 12


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 Rothbury Middle School. 6.30pm. For tickets and information, call 01669 621292.


Tonight: Open Mic Night. At The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Tonight: 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.

Tomorrow: Toxic Sound. Fund-raising concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, featuring an array of music from a number of different acts. At James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road, Amble. Starts 7pm. Tickets £2 available from the school in advance or on the door on the night.

Monday, January 9: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, January 11: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free


Tonight: 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.

Tomorrow: Special Epiphany Service. At St Cuthbert’s Church, Amble. 7pm.

Tomorrow and Saturday, January 7: An Evening with the Hubble Space Telescope at Kielder Observatory. See Event of the Week above.

Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8: Recreate Your Junk. Is your house full of boxes and wrapping paper after your Christmas celebrations? Bring it along and nothing will go to waste in this Recreate Your Junk workshop. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, January 8: Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking. Try out the latest health and fitness walking technique while exploring Kielder Water and Forest Park. Age 16+. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential, call 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Sunday, January 8: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. More information and to book, call 0191 284 6884 or visit www.nwt.org.uk

Monday, January 9: Talk. Jason Gaskell, Northumberland Wildlife Trust head of people and wildlife gives an illustrated talk to NWT Coquetdale Group entitled Wildlife – What’s that got to do with me? At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2. More information and to book, call 01669 620142 or visit www.nwt.org.uk

Wednesday, January 11: Talk. Sandra Gann talks to Glendale Local History Society about The History of our National Parks, featuring the pioneering role of John Muir of Dunbar. At The Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership fee for the season is £8. Visitors £2. More information, visit www.wooler.org.uk/community or call 01668 283703.

Wednesday, January 11: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. See Event of the Week above.

Thursday, January 12: Field Trip. A field trip with Alnwick & District Natural History Society to observe the wildlife at Coquet Estuary. Meet at Warkworth Dunes car park. 1.30pm. More information and to book, call 01665 602614 or visit www.nwt.org.uk


Alnwick Health Walks (Long). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, Market Place. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665605030.

Amble Health Walks. Every Tuesday at 1.30pm from Amble Tourist Information Centre. Starter and intermediate. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Belford Health Walks. Short walk, every Monday, 1.30pm; long walk every Monday, 2pm. For both walks meet at Bell View Resource Centre, West Street. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.

Berwick Health Walks (Beginner and Intermediate). Both Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm at The Maltings. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.

Hadston Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 1pm from Hadston House. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Rothbury Health Walks (Starter). Every Friday at 10.30am from Rothbury TIC. Intermediate/long walks every Friday at 10.30am. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Seahouses Health Walks. Every Monday at 2pm. Meet at the Resource Centre. Contact Kelvin Rusworth on 01665 721868 or send a text to 07745 571802 or email seahouseswalking@hotmail.com

Wooler Health Walks (Intermediate). Every Thursday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Cheviot Centre. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.


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 during box office hours.

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. Open daily.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. New original coastal work by Joanne Wishart, as well as original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily 10am to 4pm, except for Wednesdays, when the gallery is closed.

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 Mondays to Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. 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. Runs until Sunday, January 22. Gallery open Wednesday to Friday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Visit the gallery website for more information and to confirm opening times.


Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily 10am to 4pm until Sunday, January 8, closed for essential maintenance from Monday, January 9. The Garden will re-open on February 10. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp.

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

Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, family £21.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, members free.

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 until February 11.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, members free.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90, members free.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Closed until March.

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. Closed until Saturday, January 14.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, tomorrow, and Saturday, January 7, 10.15am to 3.45pm and also Thursday, January 12, 9.30am to 2.45pm. Adults £3, children (5 to 15 years old) £1, family £8, U5s free. Closed Sunday, January 8, to Wednesday, January 11.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, member free.

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 Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am to 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. House closed. Walled garden open daily, 10am to 4pm. Gift shop/cafe open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm. Farm shop (outside turnstile) open daily 10.30am to 4pm. Garden and grounds including Gift Aid: Adult £7.50, child £3.75, family £18.75.

Warkworth Castle. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, members free.