Leisure listings


Saturday, March 10: Open Clasp Theatre Company – Swags & Tails. This new show from the North East’s only all-women theatre group is a comedy-drama that casts its net wide to capture multiple stories of life after 70 as they intertwine against a backdrop of austerity, cuts, handcuffs and taking a stand. Inspired by the stories of 127 older women in the North East, Swags & Tails is a brave, humorous and thought-provoking show. At Seahouses Sports & Community Centre. 7pm. Tickets £7, £4 children, £18 family. To book, call 01665 721868.

Saturday, March 10: 4words. Latest Northumberland Theatre Company production, presenting four short new plays by Northern writers. In Bamburgh Pavilion. 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Tickets £7.50, available from the Wyndenwell in Bamburgh or call 01665 721061 or 01668 214634. All proceeds from the night go towards the upkeep of the Pavilion. For more information, visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk


Tomorrow: Band Night. An array of musical acts. All money raised will go towards an expedition to Botswana. At Alnwick Cricket Club. 7.30pm. The bar will be open. £5, including entry and sausage sandwich. Limited entry. To book tickets, text Jack on 07538 327906.

Tomorrow: We Steal Flyers. Live music from the award-winning international acoustic duo. At Northumberland Arms, Felton. 9pm.

Saturday, March 10: We Steal Flyers. Same as above. At The Red Lion, Alnmouth. 9pm.

Saturday, March 10: Folk ’n’ Locals. Alnwick Rotary Club hosts an evening of live music to raise funds to support local activity programmes for young people. The Tyneside folk, sea-shanty and sing-a-long band presents north country ballads, songs of the sea, Northumbrian songs and more. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm. Bring own drinks. Tickets £6, available from Alnmouth Post Office, Alnwick Tourist Information Centre or Mike Smith by calling 01665 711360.

Saturday, March 10: Dave May. Live music at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. More information, call 01665 576658.

Monday, March 12: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 14: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.


Today: International Women’s Day. To celebrate the event and honour the memory of Emily Wilding Davison, one of the county’s most famous women, a service is being held at St Mary’s Church, High Church, Morpeth from noon. There will be a special address by Reverend Fiona Sample, the High Sheriff of Northumberland. Afterwards, Northumberland County Council chairman George Todd and members of the congregation will lay flowers on Emily Davison’s grave on behalf of the authority and the people of Northumberland.

Today: Field Trip. Alnwick & District Natural History Society hosts a field trip to observe early spring on the Aln Estuary. Meet at Duchess Bridge, Alnwick. 1.30pm. Free. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Today and Thursday, March 15: Silver Singers – Taster Course. The third and fourth sessions of six taster classes in Wooler, led by Veronica Gilbert, to introduce the fun of singing. Open to anyone aged 50 and over, no previous experience necessary and you don’t need to read music. It is hoped regular Silver Singers sessions will start in Wooler from April. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 10.30am–noon. £3 per session. More information, visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-in-wooler or call 01670 852445.

Tomorrow: Silver Singers – Alnwick. Open to anyone aged 50 and over. New members welcome. No experience needed. At Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre, Alnwick. 1.15pm–2.45pm. £3. For more information, visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-groups or call 01670 852445.

Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. New local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Talk. Brian Clasper presents an illustrated talk to North Northumberland Bird Club entitled The Pantanel Paradise – A birdwatcher in South America. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2. More information, contact Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.

Tomorrow: The Universe at Kielder Observatory. An expert talk, tour the facility and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £9, conc £7, family £25. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, March 10: Coffee Morning. Organised by the Friends of Bailiffgate Museum, the event features everything from embroidery, patchwork, rag rugging and jewellery to home-baking and fudge, bric-a-brac, books, table decorations and a wide range of gifts. There will also be a craft table and a grand raffle, with prizes donated from a range of local businesses. Jane Jackson, locally-based textile artist, has provided a piece of rag rug artwork as the star raffle prize. A silent auction for her art work Matisse Dancers 1, 2 and 3 will also be launched at the coffee morning and will run until October. The art work will be on display at the Bailiffgate Museum throughout spring/summer. There will also be a display about the museum’s work and future plans, and a chance to contribute thoughts and ideas. At the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am–12.30pm. Admission £1.50 including coffee and biscuits. More information, email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or call 01665 605847.

Saturday, March 10: Car Boot Sale. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 10am. More information, call 01665 576658.

Saturday, March 10: Coffee Morning. With Fairtrade samples provided by Alnwick Co-operative to promote Fairtrade Week. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 10am–noon.

Saturday, March 10: Cafe Concert. Alnwick Baptist Church holds a Fairtrade cafe concert with singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones in the church on Lisburn Street. 7.30pm. Tickets £5, available from the church or call 01665 604252.

Saturday, March 10: Jodrell Bank and ET at Kielder Observatory. Astrophysics research – after the talk enjoy a tour of the observatory and use the telescopes to gaze into space. 8pm. Adults £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Sunday, March 11: In Focus. Opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Free. Contact Jim Martin on 01665 711578.

Sunday, March 11: Concert. Alnwick & District Choral Society presents Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, accompanied by harmonium and piano. Soloists: Claire Boulter, soprano, Marion Ramsay, contralto, Paul Rendall, tenor, Paul Gibson, baritone. At St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Admission £9, conc £8, on the door.

Monday, March 12: Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. For children aged six months to three years. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. More information, call the library on 01665 602689.

Monday, March 12, to Wednesday, March 14: The Peregrini Lindisfarne scheme hosts a three-day information event, featuring a variety of walks, talks and displays. More information, visit www.peregrinilindisfarne.org or call Jon Riley on 07854 821800.

Tuesday, March 13: Talk. Professor Keith Middlemas, author of new book As They Really Were – the Citizens of Alnwick 1831, gives a talk about how fascinating sketches by 19th century Alnwick artist Percy Forster, which depict Alnwick folk in the 1830s, came to light, who the people were and what they did. At Bailiffgate Museum. Noon–1.30pm. Refreshments provided. Talk free but donations welcome. To book a place, email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or call 01665 605847.

Tuesday, March 13: Family Fortunes Quiz. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8.30pm. More information, call 01665 576658.

Wednesday, March 14: Poetry Workshops. Variety of exercises to spark off your own poems. Suitable for writers of all levels, including beginners. At Wooler Library, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 9.45am–noon. £5. Booking essential and preference goes to people who can attend both workshops. Information and booking, call 01668 282123.

Wednesday, March 14: Blood Donor Session. At Radcliffe Workingmen’s Club, Amble. 2pm–4pm and 4.45pm–7pm. To book a place, call 0300 123123.

Wednesday, March 14: Talk. Michael Thomson presents a talk to Glendale Local History Society entitled Hadrian’s Wall: Tribes and Tyranny. At the Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Visitors £2. More information, email glhs@btinternet.com or call 01668 283703.

Wednesday, March 14: Talk. Kay Easson gives a talk to the Aln and Breamish Local History Society entitled The Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society – Then and Now. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Refreshments served. Non-members welcome, £3. More information, call Helen on 01665 574319.

Thursday, March 15, to Saturday, March 17: Wansbeck Music Festival – Recorder and Woodwind Festival. More information, visit www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk or call secretary Gillian Stewart on 01670 823384.

Thursday, March 15: Talk. Professor Iain Moffat gives a talk and PowerPoint presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society about How they built the Railways. At the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Thursday, March 15: Bingo. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 7.30pm. More information, call 01665 576658.

Thursday, March 15: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org


Saturday, March 10: The Colour Walk – Thrunton. A five to six-hour, eight to 10-mile walk. 10am. £10. Walk must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Late bookings will be accepted by phone up until 8pm on the evening prior to the walk. Call 0191 2572601 or 07764 584382, email info@walknorthumbria.co.uk or visit www.walknorthumbria.co.uk

Saturday, March 10: Goshawk Walk. Join local bird-of-prey expert, Martin Davison, on a five-mile walk to spot these impressive birds of prey during their aerial spring display. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 9am–noon. £6 adult, £5 conc, £16 family of four. Booking essential, call 01434 220242.

Sunday, March 11: Guided Walk. A seven-mile walk exploring the Debdon Lake Circular, with beautiful views of Rothbury and the surrounding hills. Starts 10am at Rothbury. £10. To book and for more information, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

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. An exhibition by Amble Photographic Group. Until March 10. Open during box office hours. Next exhibition – Alnwick District Arts Association Spring Members’ exhibition – opens Friday, March 16, and will run until April 28.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition, As They Really Were. Unique drawings by 19th Century Alnwick artist Percy Forster. The sketches are of Alnwick folk in the 1830s at the time of the first ever census and show a cross-section of society. Until Monday, March 26. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except Mondays, when it is closed. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 concession) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 concession) £7.60.

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. Made March Hares! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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

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–4pm, except for Wednesdays, when the gallery is closed.

The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Closed. Re-opens Thursday, March 15, 10.30am–4.30pm. Exhibition – Traces of Being – Andrea Roberts and Jo Hume. Roberts’ huge stitched paper installation soars above an exhibition that also features her fine ink drawings and blackleaded fabric creations. Hume is a painter of land and sea scapes. Until April 15. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open evening with wine on Sunday, March 18, 4.30pm–7pm.

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–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschool gallery.co.uk. The next exhibition, featuring John Fieldhouse, runs at Easter. New Ken Spencer work has just arrived. Original artwork, hand-made prints, photography and prints always on display. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080, A truly out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion, the new exhibition at Woodhorn. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. Until September 3. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for opening times and more information.


Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily 10am–4pm. Prices, including optional £1 Gift Aid donation, £11, £9 conc, 1p child, group (14 or more) £7pp.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except for Mondays when the museum is closed. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open daily 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (two adults and up to three children).

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

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Closed. During the closed season – November to April – the castle welcomes groups by appointment.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open Tuesdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gardens/woodlands open 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, Saturdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, last admission 4pm. During Northumberland school holidays, open daily 11am–5pm. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

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

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open Wednesdays–Sundays, 10.30am–4pm. Prices, including 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation, adults £6.60, Over 60s £5.50. Children 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–Sunday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 13, 10am–3pm, Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, March 12.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open tomorrow–Sunday, March 11, 9.30am–1.45pm, and Wednesday, March 14–Thursday, March 15, 9.30am–3.45pm. Closed today and Monday, March 12–Tuesday, March 13.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, English Heritage 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. 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–Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm, farm shop open daily 10.30am–5pm. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.

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