What’s on in Northumberland – week ending April 25



Sweet Baby James plays the music of James Taylor. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £10,£9 conc, child £7. Call 01289 330999.

Today & Tomorrow

Berwick Academy Youth Theatre presents Our Day Out – A musical by Willy Russell. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £7.50, £5.50 conc, circle £8.50, box seat £10. call 01289 330999.


Four Farces – European Arts Company. An evening of one-act farces. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £12, standard £11, conc £10. Call 01665 510785.

Saturday, April 20

Trad Fest – a celebration of traditional music. Taster sessions and concerts throughout the day. At Alnwick Playhouse. Visit www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or call 01665 510785 for more details.

Sunday, April 21

Folk Music with Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £16, £14 conc, circle £18, box seat £20. Call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 24, & Thursday, April 25

Calendar Girls. Alnwick Theatre Club performs this much-loved play, based on a true story about the fund-raising efforts of Women’s InstituteImembers. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Also April 26/27, including a 2pm matinee on April 27. £10, conc £9, child/student £6. Call 01665 510785.



The Spirit of 45 (U). At Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm and 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Saturday, April 20

Oz The Great and Powerful (PG). At The Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. Also on April 27 and 28. Call 01289 330999.

Saturday, April 20

Flight (15). At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. Call 01289 330999.

Tuesday, April 23

Argo (15). At The Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. Call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, April 24

Departures (Okuribito). Japanese with English subtitles, and rated 12. Film shown as part of the Berwick Film Society’s 2012-13 season. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £6/BFS passholders free. Call 01289 330999.

Thursday, April 25

Lincoln (12a). At The Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. Call 01289 330999.

live music


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. AGM and The McLean Sisters Trio. In the Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7pm.


Hear No Evil. Featuring Rosie & the Hips, Hague and Rach Alana. In the B Lounge in The Plough, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. Doors at 8pm, starts 8.30pm. Free.

Saturday, April 20

Lush Acoustic. With special guests Horizontal Sunday (fiddle, harp and accordion trio). At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Saturday, April 20

Cloud City Trap. At Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Monday, April 22

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

Thursday, April 25

Rothbury Roots. Award-winning folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts perform. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. £8. Information/booking, call 01669 620470.



East Coquet Local History Society. Talk on Northumberland dialect by Kim Bibby-Wilson. At St Marks URC Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm.


Aln Valley Railway Society. Photographer Dave Collier gives a video/photo presentation on Recent Main Line Steam – UK and overseas. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7.30pm. Small donation. Refreshments from 7pm. Call 01665 606168.


Ceilidh. Dancing to Penny Dot. With pies, peas and pudding. At Watson Memorial Hall, Lucker. 7pm. Ticket only event (£10). Call 01668 219868.

Saturday, April 20

Family History Event. The Belford-based Family History Group invites the public along to start tracing their family history. Bring some names, dates and places along. At Bell View, Belford. 10am–noon.

Saturday, April 20

Roseden Hill Ride. 10 miles off-road, across Cheviot foothills five miles south of Wooler (NE66 4XU). In aid of horse welfare charity. First rider leaves 10am, last 1.30pm. £20, children £10. Call 07970 857603.

Saturday, April 20

Warkworth and District Flower Club. Coffee morning/silent auction. At United Reformed Church Hall, Warkworth. From 10am. £1.50, inc refreshments.

Saturday, April 20, & Sunday, April 21

St George’s Dragon Egg Trail. Find the nest of Northumbrian Ridgeback dragon eggs hidden somewhere within Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Check times/location on arrival. Call 01665 511100.

Saturday, April 20, & Sunday, April 21

Medieval St George’s Weekend. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–5pm, as well as St George pageant plays noon and 3pm. Normal admission applies. Call 01661 881636.

Sunday, April 21

Bread for Beginners. One-day workshop. At The Alnwick Garden. 9.15am–3.15pm. £60. Information/booking, call 01665 511378.

Sunday, April 21

First heat WaterAid Pairs Fishing Competition. At Kielder. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Tuesday, April 23

Talk Time. Talk by Lloyd Langley entitled Playing Rounders With Hitler, The Extraordinary Life of Molly Trevelyan. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £22 inc coffee & lunch. Booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Wednesday, April 24

Victorian Baking Days. Volunteer cooks dress in costume and recreate authentic Victorian recipes in the kitchen at Cragside. 1pm and 4pm. Call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, April 24

Alnwick Wildlife Group. Talk by John Steele about the wildlife of north Northumberland. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2, includes refreshments. Call 01668 214403.

Wednesday, April 24

History Society. George Cully and the watermeadows of Northumberland. At the Community Club, Belford. 7.30pm.

Thursday, April 25

Bingo. Eyes down 7.30pm. At Cottage Inn, Dunstan.


Sunday, April 21

Alnwick Ramblers. Ros Castle circular (seven miles). Meet at Hepburn Woods car park. Starts 10.30am. For details/if weather is inclement, Call 01670 788278.

Sunday, April 21

Five-mile Nordic Walk. Poles provided. Starts 1pm at Kirkharle. £8.50. Information/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01830 540453.

Sunday, April 21

Nordic walking Training Afternoon. Half-day activity planned concentrating on the theory and background of Nordic Walking and teaching the basic technique. Poles provided. Starts 1.30pm at Kirkharle. £13.50. Information/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01830 540453.


Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms, 11pm-5pm, last admission 4.30pm. www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & 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. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults /1 conc) £6.70 or (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. State rooms open at 11am. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open Sundays–Fridays, noon-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Closed Saturdays. £9, conc £8, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Monday-Fridays. Tours on the hour, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm; Sundays, 10am-noon. Closed Saturdays. £7, conc £5, children £3, family £15.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today and tomorrow, and Tuesday–Thursday, April 25, 1pm–5pm. Open 11am–5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Garden/woodland open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am-7pm. Cragside closed Mondays. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £15.20, child £7.60, family £37.90. Gardens only: £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–6pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains leave Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am–3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Ticket office/shop opens at 10am. Return journeys: £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am–5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am–sunset. Free

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

01830 540362. Shops, workshops and food outlets in a 15th century courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Garden admission, £4.25, accampanied U16s free. Nursery/cafe admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily 10am-5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open daily, noon-5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Walled garden open daily, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid - Garden/grounds only: Whole property: £11.50, child £5.75, family £28.75. £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Hermitage open Sundays & Mondays, 11am-4pm. Closed all other days. £3.40, child £2, conc £3.10.