What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, August 30



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.

Saturday, August 25

Fitzsimons Choir. At Brinkburn Priory. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 07913 400924.

Saturday, August 25

Tribute Night in aid of Upper Coquetdale Community Transport. Mark Barrie performs the music of Barry Gibb and Frankie Valli. At Rothbury Golf Club. 8.30pm. Tickets £7. Call 01669 620930.

Sunday, August 26

Macbeth. At Bamburgh Castle. 14.50, child 10. To book, call 01668 214208.

Wednesday, August 29

Chloë Smith – I’ve Been Dreaming of This Since I Was a Boy. Sharing stories and questioning activism, democracy, and what it means to turn these into performance. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £5. Info/booking, call 01289 330999.



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


Traditional Northumbrian Music Concert. With Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. 7.30pm. In St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. Tickets, £7.50, accompanied U12s free, available at the door. Call 01665 576245.


Rothbury Roots. Guitarist Michael Chapman performs, with support from Brendan and Chrissie. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. For tickets, £8, call 01669 620470.


King For A Day. Classic rock music from the past to the present. At The Plough, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Sunday, August 26

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

Monday, August 27

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. Call 01665 722835.



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


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


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


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

Today and Tomorrow

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 and Wednesday, August 29, and Thursday, August 30

Go Wild at Wallington. 11am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3pm. Charge for some activities. Call 01670 773600.

Today, Wednesday, August 29, and Thursday, August 30

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 30

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 Thursday, August 30

Splash Festival. Dancing fountains/water-themed activities. At Cragside. 10am–5pm. Flume racing will be held on August 30 as part of the festival. Call 01669 620333.

Tonight and Thursday, August 30

Comedy at the Castle. A selection of acts. 16+. At Bamburgh Castle. 6.30pm. Advanced tickets £10. Cash bar, hog roast available. Contact 07885 650383.


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

Tomorrow and Saturday, August 25

Krafty Kidz. At Wallington. £2–£6 charge for items made. Call 01670 773600.

Tomorrow and Saturday, August 25

Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, how to see them, tour the Kielder Observatory. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Tomorrow and Saturday, August 25

Family crash-course in astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Speak to an expert and use the telescopes. 5pm. £8, conc £7, family £22. Call 07805 638469.

Tomorrow to Monday, August 27

Animatronic dragon. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals, 11am-4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Thursday, August 30

Dahlia Festival. At The Alnwick Garden. Until September 2. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 25

Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service Fete Day. Fun fair, Boulmer helicopter (operations allowing) and more. At Boulmer Lifeboat Station. 2pm–4pm. From 7.30pm, music, BBQ, bar. Tickets £6 (inc BBQ pack) from Bernice on 07512 875120.

Saturday, August 25

Murder Mystery in the Pavilion. Actors play out clues during a killer three-course meal. At The Alnwick Garden. £40pp, arrival drink included. 7pm–11pm. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 25, to Monday, August 27

Rennington Scarecrows. Rennington is populated with scarecrows in this annual festival. Stalls/refreshments daily, 10am–4.30pm.

Saturday, August 25, to Monday, August 27

Rosa Mundi Encampment. Bringing the medieval world to life. At Alnwick Castle. 10am-5pm. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 26

Amble Lifeboat Station Harbour Day. To be opened by Olympic Torchbearer Lisa French at 10am. The Torch will be on show. With stalls, children’s rides, tombola, classic motorcycle display and much more. Refreshments in the Boathouse. Amble Lifeboats and Sea King helicopter perform an exercise around 11.15am.

Sunday, August 26

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 26

Bee Creative. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 26 to Monday, August 27

Bushcraft Taster Session. At Wallington. 9.30am-4.30pm. £20, child (age 8+) £10, family (2 adults/2 children) £45. Booking essential, call 01670 773963.

Sunday, August 26, and Monday, August 27

Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Bring your favourite bear along for a picnic and other activities at Wallington. 11am–4pm. Free. Call 01670 773600.

Monday, August 27

Seahouses Lifeboat Fete. Fund-raising activities and demonstration with the RAF rescue helicopter and RNLI lifeboat, subject to operations.

Monday, August 27

Elsdon Fete. Attractions include teas, home-made cakes, chainsaw demonstration and a car boot sale. Top prize in the raffle is a week’s stay in a penthouse on the Costa del Sol (does not include air fares and is self-catering). 2pm. On the Village Green, church and village hall.

Monday, August 27

Glendale Show. North Northumberland’s premier show celebrates its 120th birthday near Wooler. Plenty for all the family. Tickets, on the day, £12, seniors £8, child (up to 15yrs) free. Discount for tickets purchased in advance. Visit www.glendaleshow.com or call 0845 2305177.

Monday, August 27

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

Monday, August 27

Craft and Collectors Event. At Bamburgh Castle. 10am–4.30pm. Call 0191 522 9533.

Monday, August 27

Make Mini Scarecrows. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 28

Pond Dipping. At Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder. 10am–10.30am & 11am–11.30am. Donation £2 per child. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Tuesday, August 28

Working Forest. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 2pm. £10. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Tuesday, August 28

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

Tuesday, August 28, to Thursday, August 30

Medieval Jesting with Peterkin. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals, 11am-4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 29

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

Wednesday, August 29

Make a Grassy Pet. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 29

The Sun at Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Thursday, August 30

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


Tuesday, August 28

The Ingram Horseshoe. A five-mile walk with Shepherds Walks. Starts 10am, from Ingram. £10. Information/booking, call 01830 540453.


Alnwick Playhouse

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

Amble Photographic Group

Show of members’ work. 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.


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

Craster Art Club

August Bank Holiday exhibition. At Howick Village Hall. From August 25–August 27. 11am-5pm. Charitable donations to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Crown Studio Gallery

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

RNLI Grace Darling Musuem

Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Caring for Grace. Until August 27. 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–Monday. Closed 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.


Aln Valley Railway Site

0300 0303311. At its Lionheart site, Alnwick. Open days, Thursday–Monday, 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.

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. EH members free.

Berwick Barracks

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

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.

Etal Castle

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

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Last entry for the cornmill is 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. EH 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. EH members free. The Hermitage is open on Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3.