Top 10 things to do in Northumberland at half-term

1 '“ lego batman movie

Saturday, 18th February 2017, 5:18 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:37 am
The Lego Batman Movie

Treat your little (and big) people to the latest flicks with the Lego Batman Movie, which is on show at Alnwick Playhouse from Friday until a week on Saturday at various times. It is also being screened at Berwick Malting’s from Friday until the beginning of March. Visist or

2 – the gruffalo

Craft sessions during bird week and Heighley Gate.

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Meet the Gruffalo at Alnwick Garden on the first day of the half-term holidays. The mythical monster has a wart at the end of his nose, but is a children’s favourite. Throughout the day on Monday. For more, see

3 – shark in the park

Nonsense Room Productions presents a children’s stage show version of all three of Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books. At Alnwick Playhouse on Thursday, February 23. Book online.

4 – family thursday

Lambing at Whitehouse Farm

– at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, next Thursday. Activities for all the family based on the current World War One Home Front exhibition. Children will walk away with items they have made themselves while learning lots about life for children and families in Alnwick 100 years ago. Normal admission charges apply, 11am to 3pm.

5 lambing week

– Flock to Whitehouse Farm this February half-term and ewe may be lucky and see a lamb being born as there are sheep due to lamb and baby goats too. Open every day during the half-term holidays with lots of friendly baby animals to hold and stroke, including cute bunnies, guinea pigs, mice and rats.

6 – storytelling

The Bear at Beriwck Maltings

Join the Alnwick Playhouses’s Creative Cocoon storytellers and jet off on magical journeys of discovery from your very own comfy cushion on Wednesday. Sessions are free but must be booked online at

7 – half-term fun at heighley gate

Get crafty during bird week at Heighley Gate. The events, aimed at children aged between three and eight years old, are designed to entertain, inspire and encourage little ones to engage with the joy of the garden by offering them a chance to make a bird feeder, paint a nest box, bake delicious seeded flapjacks, design their very own bird finger puppets and turn a terracotta pot into an owl in which to plant seeds ready to grow this spring. Various sesions throughout the week.

8 – northumbrian night

Shark in the Park, Alnwick Playhouse

Enjoy music, stories, poems and more at an annual fund-raising concert in aid of the 50th Morpeth Gathering.

With names such as Alistair Anderson, Bob Bolam and lots of other local names. On Friday night at Morepth Town Hall. Tickets available from Morpeth Chatry TIC.

9 bird fun

Enjoy feathered friend workshops at Berwick and Wooler Libraries on Wednesday to mark the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. From 10.30am to noon at Berwick and 2.30pm to 4pm at Wooler. Spaces must be booked in advance. Visit or call 01670 620250.

10 The Bear

Pins and Needles’ productions bring their adaptation of the well-loved children’s book The Bear by Raymond Briggs to The Maltings on Wednesday at 2pm, following their hugely successful adaptation of Father Christmas. Featuring inventive design, original music and magical puppetry, this captivating show tells the story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear.

Craft sessions during bird week and Heighley Gate.
Lambing at Whitehouse Farm
The Bear at Beriwck Maltings
Shark in the Park, Alnwick Playhouse