What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, February 2


Tonight: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The George Rennie Trio perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm–11pm. Admission £4.50 members, £6 non-members, includes supper. Bar available. Membership £8. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

Saturday, January 28: Music Night. Two Alnwick open mic regulars join forces. Middle Name John and Cliff Blakey will be serving up a mix of acoustic rock and pop interspersed with some of the finest flamenco playing to be heard on these shores. At the Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm.

Monday, January 30: Folk Singers Night. Listeners and singers welcome. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, February 2: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Steven Todd Trio perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. More information, contact 01668 281307.

Thursday, February 2: Open Mic Night. At The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.


Tomorrow: Sample Our Sweets. Taste tempting sweets in aid of RNLI SOS Day, the charity’s biggest fund-raising day of the year. At the Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh. For more information, call the museum on 01668 214910.

Tomorrow: Telescope and Imaging Workshop. 30-minute talk, imaging slideshow, telescope and imaging workshop followed by observing. At Druridge Bay. 7.30pm–9.30pm. Wrap up warm. Bring binoculars or telescopes if you have them. Hot drinks available to buy at the cafe. Booking essential, email Emma at emma@nastro.org.uk or call her on 01670 511536. For more information, visit www.nastro.org.uk/stargazing-live-2012.html

Tomorrow: Burns’ Night at Alnwick Castle. Meal, traditional Burns’ Night ceremonies and music. 7.30pm. £29.50. Booking essential (guests share tables of 10). Information/booking, email events@alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 511080. More information, right.

Saturday, January 28: Table Top Sale. Refreshments on sale. At Shilbottle Community Hall, Grange Road. 10am–noon. Free admission. Tables cost £5 each. Call 01665 575257 to book a table.

Sunday, January 29: Choral Evensong for Candlemas. With the Rock Festival Choir, directed by Peter Brown. At St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Longhoughton. 6pm. Everybody welcome. Mulled wine and mince pies served after the service.

Tuesday, January 31: Public Meeting. Find out more about Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club. At Alnwick North Community Centre, Howling Lane. 6.30pm–7.30pm. More information, contact Gary Pattinson on gary.pattinson2@btinternet.com or call 07738 364349.

Tuesday, January 31: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Use the equipment under supervision to observe the night sky. 8pm. Parking provided at the observatory. Adults £8, conc £6. Booking essential. Call 07805 638469 or visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Thursday, February 2: Alnwick and District MS Branch drop-in for a coffee and a chat. At Costa Coffee, Alnwick. 11am–1pm. Branch helpline 07581 460207.

Thursday, February 2: Afternoon Bingo. Eyes down 2pm. At The Cottage Inn Hotel, Dunstan.

Thursday, February 2: Talk. Dr Burvill presents a talk to the Alnwick & District Natural History Society entitled Magic Beneath the Waves. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Refreshments served from 7.15pm. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.


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. Historic Alnwick. Travel back in time to see historic Alnwick through Bailiffgate’s new exhibition of fascinating images, maps and texts celebrating some of Alnwick’s old buildings, and telling their stories. Until March 4. Also, there is a second chance to see beautiful photographs of inspiring Northumbrian landscape and wildlife from last year’s successful exhibition A Stroll in the Parks. 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. 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 daily, 10am to 5pm.

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. Open daily.

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

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Closed until March. 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. Exhibition of original coastal work by Joanne Wishart and abstracts by Paresh Nrshinga. Open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Original artwork, hand-made prints, photography and prints always on display. Gallery closed from Sunday, January 29, to Wednesday, February 15, for maintenance and winter break. Re-opens Thursday, February 16. Visit website for more information.


Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Closed for essential maintenance. Re-opens February 10.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, except for Mondays, when it 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 Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £6.80, conc £6, child £3.20, family £16.80.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, 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. Closed until February 11.

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

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

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

Fenton Centre. Closed until March.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. 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. Open Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29, 10am to 3pm. Closed today and tomorrow and also Monday, January 30, up to and including Thursday, February 2.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, 10.15am to 2.45pm, and then tomorrow up to and including Sunday, January 29, 10.15am to 3.45pm. From Monday, January 30, opening times to be announced. Adults £3, children (5 to 15 years old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement.

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 to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am to 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. House closed. Walled garden open daily, 10am to 4pm. Gift shop/cafe open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm. Farm shop (outside turnstile) open daily 10.30am to 4pm. Garden and grounds including Gift Aid: Adult £7.50, child £3.75, family £18.75.

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