What’s on in north Northumberland - August 27- September 3

Glendale Show 2014'Judging one of the cake classes.
Glendale Show 2014'Judging one of the cake classes.

See what’s on in north Northumberland for the next seven days. Covering theatre, films, live music, walks and other events taking place in Northumberland this week. If you have an entry email the address above.


Wednesday, September 2

Derek Acorah: The Psychic Ether Tour. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Derek is one of the foremost names in the world of psychic phenomena. Tickets: £18.50 or £17.50, concessions £16.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, September 3

National Theatre Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Live streaming of George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash, directed by Simon Godwin. Tickets: £15.50 or £14.50, concessions £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.



Inside Out: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Governed by her emotions, which exist in headquarters in the control centre of her brain, chaos ensues as the different emotions all offer different advice to Riley. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (U). 01665 510785.


Love and Mercy: The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The Life, Love and Genius of Brian Wilson. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 concessions, child £4.75 (16 & under). Certificate (12A).


Amy: The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. From the award-winning filmmaking team behind 2010’s Senna comes a new documentary about the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011. Tickets: £7.75, £6.75 for concessions, child £4.75 (16 & under). Certificate (15).


Terminator: Genisys: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Kyle Reese teams up with a now-aging terminator to try to stop the judgement day that threatens the future. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Live Music


Rothbury Roots presents: An evening of tunes and songs from local fiddle player Stewart Hardy, guitarist Frank McLaughlin and folk singer Mick West. Support set from Devon-based duo Harbottle and Jonas. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. Admission £10. Tickets from the Queen’s Head, Rothbury, on 01669 620470.


Voice of the Heart: Karen Carpenter: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Carole Gordon’s superb vocals breathe life into the hits that every Carpenters fan adores. Tickets: £17.50 or £16.50, concessions £15.50. 01665 510785.


Open mic night at the Tanners Arms, Alnwick: 8.30pm.


Scocha: The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Hawick’s leading purveyors of folk and rock’n’roll don’t just play Scottish music and sing Scottish songs, they live and breathe Scotland in every performance. Tickets: £23 or £20 box and circle, £19 or £17.50 stalls (£17.50 & £16 concessions).

Monday, August 31

Northumberland traditional music session: The Tanners, Alnwick, singing session, 8pm. Contact Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

First Saturday of each month

Alnwick and District Dances: The monthly dances are now being held at St Michael and St Paul’s church hall. All dances are held on the first Saturday of the month with live music. September 5, 8pm to 11.30pm, Alan Chandler (Yorkshire). Raffle, tea proved, bring your own supper. Entry £4. Sequence and old-time dancing. Call Edith on 01670 856070 for details.

Thursday, September 3

Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle: St. Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. All concerts start at 7.30 pm. Admission is £7.50, payable at the door (accompanied children under 12 free). For further details, contact info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk or phone 01665 576245.

Thursday, September 3

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club: Gold Brothers Trio. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Members admission £3, non-members £5. Musicians/listeners welcome. 01668 281307.



First World War Recruitment Days: Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland. It is 1914 and war is upon us! Do you have a strong back, a will of steel and the patriotism necessary to serve your empire? Then come along to the Gun Terrace beside the museum to join the Northumberland Fusiliers as they prepare to go to war. activitiesfusnorthld@aol.co.uk


Pop-up local food and craft market, Ford & Etal Estates: 11am-3pm. Local produce including fresh fish, rare-breed pork and wild venison products, and many other food delights. Also quality arts and crafts, and gifts. The market takes place inside Etal Village Hall. www.ford-and-etal.co.uk

Today and throughout August

Daily sailing to the Farne Islands: Seahouses Harbour. Various times and costs. www.farneislandtours.co.uk

Today and throughout August

A Garden of Fairy Tales: A strange wind is blowing through the Alnwick Garden. Free with general admission.

Today until Monday, August 31

Sir Joseph Swan Exhibition: Cragside. Open every day, 1pm-5pm. Normal admission charge applies.


Shilbottle Baby and Toddler Group: Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am to 11am. Ages 0 to five years, older siblings welcome. £3 per family.

Today until September 27

Spirit of Twyne: Northumbrian artists working with textiles at Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. The artists, who all live and work near the Tweed and the Tyne, produce work in a variety of media and styles with a common element of fibre and stitch. This exhibition is in part a retrospective of some of this work, plus some new work inspired by their surroundings. Opening times and admission prices apply.


Druridge Bay County Park paddle sport: 10am to 12.30pm, and 1pm to 3pm. Half day £25, full day £40. Various activities included. Call 01665 710367 or email info@coquetshorebase.org.uk


Swing and climb day, Kielder Water and Forest Park: 10am-4pm. Fly through the air on the brilliant king-swing or conquer Kielder’s indoor wall. Complimentary session on Velcro Olympics included with price of indoor wall. 10am-12.30pm for king-swing, 1pm to 4pm for indoor wall. £10 per person for half-hour session. Full-day and half-day sessions also available by arrangement. 


Bamburgh Pavilion Association’s final car boot sale: From 9am to 2pm on the green in front of the pavilion. £5 entry and refreshments will be available. Enquires 01668 214634.

Saturday until Monday, August 31

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. Diesel trains running. 01665 606168.

Saturday until Monday, August 31

Knights’ tournament. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, 11am-5pm. Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval contest. Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered. 


Car boot sale organised by Alnwick Lions Club, in aid of local charities: Homebase car park, Alnwick. 9am-noon, £10 per car boot. 0845 8335931.


Abseil at Bamburgh Castle: Join HospiceCare North Northumberland for a daring abseil from the castle’s 60ft Constable Tower. Registration fee £20, sponsorship £75. Contact 01665 606515 or fundraising@hospicecare-nn.org.uk

Sunday, August 30

Daylight astronomy, Kielder Observatory: 4pm-6pm. Price £15 and £13. www.kielderobservatory.org


Sharp-shooter day, Kielder Water and Forest Park: 10am-4pm. Test your aim on the Calvert Trust’s laser clay shooting and archery ranges during this family-friendly day. £10 per person for half-hour session. Full-day and half-day sessions also available by arrangement. 

Monday, August 31

St John the Baptist Church Summer Fete, to be held on the Church Green, 2pm. To be opened by Coun Gordon Castle. Admission £1.50, children free. Alnwick concert band, teas/cakes/grand raffle/games/tombola/books bric-a-brac and many other attractions.

Monday, August 31

Craft fair at Boulmer Village Memorial Hall: 10am-3pm. Tombola, jewellery, art, woodwork, photography, glasswork and cake stalls. Refreshments include crab sandwiches and teas. Raising funds for the Boulmer Memorial Restoration Fund.

Tuesday, September 1

Swarland Craft Group restarts after a summer break: Practise your existing hobby skills or try a new craft. The group meets on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Swarland Village Hall. £1 for entry and refreshments. For further information, call Joyce on 01670 787 855 or Margaret on 01670 787 705.

Tuesday, September 1

Northumberland & Durham Family History Society’s Alnwick branch: 4 Bailiffgate, Alnwick. A North East Life in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, talk by Andrew Clark, author and historian. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Book signing of his latest titles. alnwickbranch@ndfhs.org

Tuesday, September 1

Alnwick Flower Club: Demonstration by Lynda Fraser. Meetings held at the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick, at 7pm.

Tuesday, September 1

Osprey watch at Kielder Water and Forest Park (everday in September, 9am-5pm): Enjoy seeing the wild side of nature from the comfort of Kielder Castle Café. Free entry.


Today until Sunday, October 4

Villages in Time guided walks: Seahouses and Beadnell. Call 07951 823044 during office hours, email mick@villages-in-time.co.uk or go to www.villages-in-time.co.uk for specific walk times.

Thursday, September 3

Northumberland Coast Rocks!: Meet at Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion (park in the public car park). Starts 2pm. Walks are open to all and are free including tea and biscuits and a talk, will be informal and entertaining. 
Details can be found at www.northumbrianearth.co.uk


Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For full opening days and further details, visit www.www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Daily, 10am to 5.30pm, last entry 4.15pm. State rooms, 10.30am to 4.30pm, last entry 4pm. Entry at the gate: £14.75 / £12 concessions, child (five to 16 years) £7.60, child (0 to four years) free, family £39.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Daily 10am to 6pm. Entry at the gate: £12.10 / £10.45 concessions, child (five to 16 years) £4.40, child (0 to four years) free, family £29.70.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum: Off the A1 at Chatton: 01665 579443. Open Fridays, 10am to 5pm. £4.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm, but closed Mondays. £4 / £3 concessions, child £1, under-fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Daily 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. £10.50, child £5, senior £10, family £25.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Daily, 9am to 7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Daily, 10am to 6pm. £9.20 / £8.30 concessions, child £5.50, family £23.90.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. £4.80 / £4.30 concessions, child £2.90, family £12.50.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open Sunday to Friday, noon to 5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Closed Saturday. £9.50 / £8.50 concs, Child (five to 15 years) £5.50, under-fives free, family £23.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Monday to Friday: Tours 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. £8 / £6 concessions, child £3, family £16.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: House: Today, tomorrow and Tuesday to Thursday, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Garden/woodland: Today to Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 7pm. Cragside closed Monday. Gift Aid admission – gardens/woodland: £10.70, Child £5.40, Family £25.50. Whole property: £16.50, Child £8.30, Family £41.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90 / £4.40 concessions, child £2.90, family £12.70.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80 / £4.30 concessions, child £2.90, family £12.50.

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Daily, 10am to 5pm. £3.80 / £3.20 concessions, Family £10, Under fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Daily 10am to 4pm, first train 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50, seniors £6, children £4.50, under-fives £2.50, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Daily, 10am to 5pm.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry: £7.70, Over 60s £6.60, Children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Daily 11am to 5pm. £3 / £2.70 concessions, family £8, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, Child £3.90, Family £19.40.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. £4 / £3.50 concessions, child £2, Family £10, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid: £6.20 / £5.60 concessions, child £3.70, family £16.10.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington: 01665 570382. Daily, 8.30am to 5pm.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. £2, Child 50p, concessions/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. 10am to 5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home, near Cambo: Today to Monday and Wednesday to Thursday, noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Daily, 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Daily, 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, Child £6.30, Family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Daily, 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6 / £5.40 concessions, child £3.60, family £15.60. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, 11am to 4pm. £4 / £3.60 concessions, child £2.40, family £10.40.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives: 01670 624455, Museum, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.