What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, December 15


Tomorrow: Hansel and Gretel. A new telling of an old tale from Northumberland Theatre Company at Lowick CofE School. 6pm. Tickets £6.50, £3.50 child, £16 family. Contact 01289 388 268.


Tonight and Thursday, December 15: Buskers Night. Come along and play. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm. Free. More information, call 01670 760320.


Today, tomorrow and Saturday, December 10: Willow Lantern Parade. Make a lantern at an Alnwick Garden workshop ready for the evening lantern parade. 4pm to 7pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Today until Sunday, December, 19: Christmas Lunches. Enjoy a luxurious three-course meal in Cragside’s stables tearooms with mince pies to finish. £25 per person, booking essential call 01669 622040.

Today: Guided Tour. Free guided tour for English Heritage of Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece. Discover more about its fabulous Pillar Hall, cellar and behind the scenes servants quarters which are not available to view on a daily basis. 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.

Tonight and Wednesday, December 14: Public observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about the incredible dark sky with your naked eye, binoculars, 14” and 20” telescopes - or bring your own. 8pm, £8, £6 conc. Contact 07805 638469 or book online at www.kielderobservatory.org

Tonight: Auriga 50th anniversary dinner. Members and ex-members are invited to the club’s dinner at Blackmores. 7.30pm for 8pm. Contact Lionel Bryan on 01665 714788.

Tomorrow: Festive Wreath Making. Join Alison Pringle, Cragside’s head gardener, for a festive wreath-making demo followed by a three-course meal. £30 per person, booking essential call 01669 622033.

Tomorrow: Tastes of Christmas. Join Jane Lovett for a practical cooking demonstration and learn how to make all kinds of delicious Boxing Day treats at Alnwick Garden. 4pm to 6pm. Normal admission applies.

Tomorrow and Saturday, December 10: An Evening With The Hubble Space Telescope. Enjoy expert discussion and use of telescopes at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8, £6 conc. Contact 07805 638469 or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11: Secret Santa. Meet Santa in his magical forest grotto at Cragside. £10 per child, normal admission charges apply.

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11: Christmas at Wallington Hall. Admire the decorations in the house and enjoy carol singing and seasonal music. Festive workshops will also take place with a Christmas trail and stories from Mrs Santa. Also meet Santa in his grotto. Normal charges apply, plus a small charge for some activities. Santa visits, £6, includes a gift. Contact 01670 773600.

Saturday, December 10: Christmas Wreath Making. Join the head gardener for a winter tour at Belsay and be inspired to create your own Christmas wreath with expert guidance. All materials provided and lunch or afternoon tea. 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm. £55, members £50. To book contact 0870 3331183.

Saturday, December 10: A Christmas Carol Bike Ride. A guided mountain bike ride along a blue trail at Kielder Forest Park. Includes mulled wine, mobile carol singing and mince pies. 11am to 1pm. £8, £5 children. Contact 01434 250532.

Saturday, December 10: Christmas concert. The Belford Singers return to Wallington Hall with a Christmas concert full of festive melodies and harmonies. From 10.30am to 3.30pm. Adults £12, children £6 including seasonal refreshments. To book contact 0844 2491895.

Saturday, December 10: Christmas Fair. At Hillcrest Care Home with cakes, sweets, wine and water, Santa’s grotto, a chocolate shop, raffle and tombola. From 10am to 4pm in aid of the residents’ fund.

Saturday, December 10: Christmas Crafts. Join glitter-filled workshops to make a range of Christmas cards and gift bags, decorations, bath bombs and reindeer food. at Alnwick Garden. 11am to 3pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Saturday, December 10: Kielder 4x4 Safari. A family-orientated event with guides trail-blazing in the heart of the Kielder Forest Park. For drivers of 4x4 vehicles. Cost £50 per vehicle, including a breakfast voucher for the driver. Boooking essential at www.gton.co.uk

Sunday, December 11: Wreathmaking. Make a Christmas wreath at Alnwick Garden to take home. 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Sunday, December 11: Nordic Pole Walking. A 10k Nordic walk at Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am to 1pm. £12 per person (includes pole hire) £7 with own poles. Booking essential contact 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Sunday, December 11: Festive Carols and Seasonal Songs. Enjoy seasonal Carols and an assortment of other tunes and songs with the Caedmon Choir at Belsay Hall. Doors Open at 10am. Performances at 2pm and 3pm. Finish at 4pm. £7.50, £4.50 15 and unders, £6 conc.

Sunday, December 11: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment at Haxuley Nature Reserve. 10am to 4pm.

Sunday, December 11: Christmas Carols. 20,000 voices and local choirs share seasonal songs at Alnwick Garden. At noon and 3pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Sunday, December 11: A Christmas Carol. Seven Stars Theatre Company, Northumberland’s Learning Disabled Theatre Company, performs the Dickens classic In the Pavilion Room at Alnwick Garden. Normal admission charges apply.

Sunday, December 11: Christmas Craft Workshop. Make your own Christmas gifts and decorations at the Bailiffgate Museum. A range of crafts on offer and basic supplies provided. 1pm to 3.30pm. £5, £2.50 friends, under 16s free. Book by Friday, December 9 on 01665 605847 or email ask@bailiffgate.co.uk

Tuesday, December 13: Christmas Carol Service. At Wooler’s St Mary’s Church with a collection for the Alzheimer’s Society and Northumberland Search and Rescue. 6.30pm.

Wednesday, December 14: Talk. At Northumberland Wildlife Trusts’s Alnwick Wildlife Group at St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate Alnwick. The annual members’ evening with three short talks on Lindisfarne Geese, Britain’s rarest Orchid, and Walking in a Weedy Wonderland. Followed by free refreshments and a quiz. All welcome. Visitors £2.

Thursday, Decmber 15: Talk. The Members Entertain at Aln Valley Railway Society with the annual buffet, raffle and an evening of short presentations from members and guests. All welcome. with small donation towards costs. 7pm for 7.30pm in the Old Waiting Room at Barter Books. Contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.


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. The autumn/winter display from Alnwick and district arts association. Lighting up the winter days with an exhibition of paintings and photographs displaying their varied talents. Until February 4. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. A Stroll in the Parks. Until December 16. Display based upon the two great Parks in the area – Hulne Park on the edge of Alnwick, plus the Northumberland National Park. Featuring items and images on loan from both Northumberland Estates and the National Park, along with old images from the Museum’s own collection, this is an opportunity to revisit the beauty and majesty of the local parklands. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc, seniors, students, unemployed £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults plus 2 conc) £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. Winter exhibition. A sophisticated selection of work by professional artist makers. Exquisite jewellery, Northumbrian landscape paintings, limited edition prints, studio glass, designer silk scarves, etchings, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware and other tempting treats. For the archaeologist, antiquarian or historian of the family you’ll discover an exciting hoard of historic ceramic replicas from Roman hunt cups to tactile Willendorf Venuses. Free gift wrapping service on all purchases. Open every day of the week 10am to 5pm including Sundays until December 25. Mince pies and mulled wine for customers on Sundays.

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

Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth, 01665 830363. A photographic exhibition by Alnmouth Camera Group. From noon and runs until early 2012. Open daily.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Autumn display by Joanne Wishart with limited edition and original hare prints. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Autumn and winter exhibition featuring the work of Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, as well as Stephen King, Liz Tainsh, Jo Kirkham-Knaggs and the sculptures of Lisa Delarny. Closed Monday and Wednesday. Open Tuesday, as well as Thursday–Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm, Sunday 11.30am–4.30pm. Check website for events and suppers, www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work exhibited by artist Roz Bell and Nigel Cooke. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–3pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Gallery & Picture Framing Service. The Gallery’s Christmas Exhibition featuring Mike Bell, Sue Fenlon, Derek Jones and Daphne Harrison runs until Sunday, January 15. Visit the website for further details.


Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–4pm, but from Thursdays to Saturdays it also hosts winter lights and evening events from 4pm–7pm. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. For winter lights and evening events, standard admission prices apply, tickets are valid for the full day and include a hot drink upon evening on arrival.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays. Adults £2.50, conc, seniors, students, unemployed £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults plus 2 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. Open weekends only, 11am–4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. Adult £8.50, child £4 (under 5 free), senior £7.50, family £21. Groups call 01668 214 208. Schools £2 per pupil.

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

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. During the closed season – November–April – the castle welcomes groups by special appointment. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens and Estate open Wednesdays–Sundays, 11am–4pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Gift aid prices – adult £4.60, children £2.10, family £10.90. U5s/National Trust members free. House closed.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, £3.60 conc. English Heritage members free. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm.

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

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am–dusk.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington, 01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Closed until December 17.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today 9.30am–2.45pm, tomorrow 9.30am–1.45pm, Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 9.30am–1.15pm, , Monday, December 12, 9.30am–1.45pm, Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14, 9.30am–2.45pm and Thursday, December 15 10.15am–3.45pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm, and closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free.

Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am–dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25. On Saturday, November 26, entry to the Museum is free.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.