What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, July 14


Saturday, July 9: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This magical evening is simply the best in family entertainment as flitting fairies, forest bound lovers and raucous tradesmen all join to create the perfect summer evening. With music especially written for Shakespeare’s magnificent verse, lovely costumes and a splendid band of travelling players, this promises to be a fine summer production. At Bamburgh Castle. Bring own rugs or low-backed seating. Cafeteria will be open serving a range of hot and cold meals and is fully licensed. Grounds open for picnics from 5.30pm and performance starts at 6.30pm. Adults £12, students and children £8, families (2 adults/2 children) £35, 10 per cent discount for parties of 10 or more. Tickets and information from Bamburgh Castle on 01668 214208, Alnwick Tourist Information on 01665 511333 or See Tickets on 0871 2200260 or visit www.seetickets.com. Production of ticket gets 20 per cent discount on entry to castle (not valid for car park or family ticket).

Sunday, July 10: Sense and Sensibility. Enjoy an evening in the land of romance, intrigue and Regency social etiquette within the gardens of Belsay Hall, when Chapterhouse Theatre Company return with another luscious helping of Jane Austen’s classics, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner. Performance starts at 7.30pm and takes place in the Walled Garden which will be open for picnics from 6.45pm. Bring own rugs or low-backed seating. Free parking on site. Shop open during the interval. Tickets in advance are £12 adults, £10 conc/children, and on the night cost £14 adults, £12 conc/children. To book call 01661 881636 or See Tickets on 0871 2200260 or visit www.seetickets.com


Monday, July 11: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, July 14: Concert. Traditional music concert with local musicians Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. In the Methodist Church, Seahouses. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, accompanied children U12 free, and are available at the door. For more information, contact Andrew or Margaret on 01665 576245 or info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk


Today: Dune Flowers and Terns. A field trip with Alnwick and District Natural History Society to explore the flora of the dunes and to view the tern colony. Meet at Low Newton car park at 2pm. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614 for more information.

Today, Tuesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 14: Guided Tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. Join a member of the gardening team on a tour of the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden to learn about the growing of fruit and vegetables. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.45pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. Designed with the over 50s in mind. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The sessions are light-hearted and focus on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. Meet in the Education room. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Tomorrow, Monday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 13: Guided Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Every week The Alnwick Garden changes, join a member of the gardening team for a tour to share their love of the garden and all it has to offer. At The Alnwick Garden. Noon–1pm. Free with admission ticket. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Saturday, July 9: Prudhoe Community Band. Enjoy a wide range of music from Latin and swing to music from films and musicals as Prudhoe Community Band return to Wallington Hall from 11am–1pm. Normal admission charges apply. Contact 01670 773967.

Saturday, July 9: The Wild Side of Rockpools. Join a walk with the Natural History Society of Northumbria and delve into the beautiful and bizarre world of creatures living at the edge of land and sea with naturalist John Steele. Meet at Boulmer 1.30pm. Contact 0191 232 6386 for more information.

Saturday, July 9: Felton and Thirston Fair. A fun day for all the family. Stalls, rides, side shows, sports, displays, dog show, fun run, music, Punch and Judy, bar, teas, craft show, shepherdess with sheep dogs and much more. 11am–5pm at the Recreation Field, Felton. For more information contact Marion Clark on 01670 787206.

Saturday, July 9: Traditional Music Workshop. Workshop for Northumbrian smallpipes F pitch with Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. Free refreshments available. In the Parish Church Room, Embleton. 2pm–4pm. £8. Book in advance to guarantee a place. Contact Andrew or Margaret on 01665 576245 or info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk

Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10: Butterfly and Bug Masks. With face paints and fabrics, create your own butterfly or bug mask. Suitable for all ages. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Saturday, July 9: Charity Cruise. The Sue Ryder Care shop in Seahouses has organised a ‘ride for Ryder’ cruise. The trip on the Golden Gate will leave Seahouses harbour at 5pm and travel to the bird sanctuary on Inner Farne and back, taking around two hours. Tickets are adults £12, children £8, U5s free and are available from the Sue Ryder shop on Main Street, Seahouses. More information call the shop on 01665 721652.

Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10: Rock Climbing Taster Session. Experience Northumberland from a whole new perspective. Climb one of the county’s many great crags. 1pm–3pm. Adults £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10: Wizarding Weekend. Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. Now join the castle for a weekend of Hogwartian style magic and mayhem. Hagrid and Dumbledore are back for more fun, antics and magic. Witches and wizards, house elves and Harry Potters especially welcome. At Alnwick Castle. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, July 9 to Sunday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 13: Kielder Osprey Watch 2011. Free event for a chance to view the ospreys on the nest through high-powered telescopes at Leaplish Waterside Park, with volunteer experts on hand to tell the osprey story. 10am–5pm at the weekend and 10.30am–12.30pm on Wednesday. Visit www.visitkielder.com or call 01434 251000.

Sunday, July 10: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment at Hauxley Nature Reserve with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, from 10am–4pm.

Sunday, July 10: Coasteering. Coasteering is a unique, action-packed and fun activity which includes the exhilarating experiences of cliff jumping, rock climbing, sea level traversing and sea cave exploration. 18+ only. 11am–2pm. £30. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, July 10: Heaton Voices Community Choir. Enjoy the sounds of Heaton Voices Community Choir at The Alnwick Garden. Performances at noon and 2pm. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Sunday, July 10: Scottish Country Dancing. Your chance to join in with Scottish Country Dancing in Wallington Hall’s courtyard (weather permitting) from 2pm. Normal admission charges apply. Contact 01670 773967.

Sunday, July 10: NGS Open Day. Ask Wallington Hall’s Head Gardener for expert advice in the Conservatory from noon–4pm and buy special plants to help raise money for the NGS. Normal admission charges apply but all admission money goes to the NGS. Contact 01670 773967.

Monday, July 11: Canoeing. Come along to Matthews Linn at Kielder Reservoir and have a go at canoeing in the quiet inlet from 10am–4pm. Great for beginners, costs £5 for 30 minutes, booking not required. For further information call 01434 250232.

Monday, July 11: Salsacise. Salsacise is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. The routine is a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–noon. Meet at The Pavilion Room. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Monday, July 11: Zumba. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. At The Alnwick Garden. 12.15pm–1.15pm. £3 per person. Bookings can be made on 01665 511356. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Tuesday, July 12: Bede – More than a footnote in history. Join Wallington Hall’s medieval historian Michael Thomson as he illuminates the world of Bede, a monk, historian, theologian and myth-maker in the Golden Age of Northumbria. The talk, from 10am–1pm, will be followed by a light lunch in the Clocktower Café. £20 per person, including refreshments and lunch. Booking essential through the Estate Office on 01670 773600.

Wednesday, July 13: Propagation Demonstration. An opportunity to work alongside the garden team at The Alnwick Garden, who will show simple methods of propagating plant material from soft wood cuttings. At the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–3pm. Booking essential, contact 01665 511356. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Thursday, July 14: Twilight Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Begin with a glass of wine on the terrace followed by a guided tour of The Garden with head gardener Trevor Jones. 8pm–9pm. Free with admission ticket or Friends Subscription. Booking essential on 01665 511356. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com


Tuesday, July 12: Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking sessions with qualified tuition are due to start on a weekly basis in Belford. The charity Bell View working in partnership with Age UK Northumberland and North Country Leisure Sport Development are encouraging people to sign up and give it a try. The walks start on Tuesday at 10am from Bell View on West Street, Belford. Poles provided and sessions cost £1.50. For more information or to register interest contact Bell View on 01668 219220 or turn up at the Resource Centre for the first session.

Wednesday, July 13: PhotoHillWalk. Roy Kennard (hillguide) and Andy Craig (photographer) combine their respective skills to offer a five-hour guided hill walk in the Breamish Valley with photographic tuition. Stops will be made along the way for Roy to discuss the surrounding history and landscapes and for Andy to offer insights into the techniques to use to capture the landscape. 10.15am. Meet at Ingram car park. £40. Book online at www.headforthecheviothills.com/index.html. There are some terms and conditions which you will need to agree to and guidance on equipment for hill walking at www.headforthecheviothills.com/terms.html. For more information and to book, contact Andy on 01665 576012 or Roy on 07932 006421.

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 Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1YU, 01665 511350. Images of Northumberland – A time and a place. Exhibition by Darryn Wade, show-casing stunning images of the county through the eyes of a Northumbrian. The exhibition will be accompanied by a sound installation from Geoff Sample conveying some of the evocative moods and special moments in the local landscape. Starts Saturday and runs until Sunday, July 24. 10am–6pm. In the Retail Gallery. Free, admission ticket not required.

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. New exhibition, Showcase. Open during box office hours. Until Saturday, August 6.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. It Happens, a textile art exhibition, runs until July 15. Open 10am–4pm, daily. New exhibition, What’s in a Name? starts July 19.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm. New exhibition, Brian Rogers’ photographic showcase of A Year in the Life of a Northumberland Farm, starts Saturday.

Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk Twitter @northumberart. Poppies and Butterflies – A Celebration of Summer. An exhibition of original summer landscapes by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus the launch of her newest limited edition prints of Northumberland. Also, an eclectic selection of jewellery created by professional artist makers, designer silk scarves, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware, studio glass, etchings, prints and cards. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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

Kielder Castle, Kielder, 01434 250209. Kielder Castle’s Duchess Gallery plays host to an exhibition of water colours and photography by Shirley Jennings & Gary Cole. Until July 31.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original and limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. New works in the Coastal Cottage Series, including Craster lobster pots. Porcelain by Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. A new art space with café, sofas and a log fire. Current exhibition Contemporary British art with a northern edge. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, 10.30am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work by Roy Francis Kirton and new originals by Kate Philp. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk 01665 830600. The return of John Fieldhouse – a real must see exhibition featuring John’s broad stroked watercolour and charcoal works. Until July 31. Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QE II Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Personal Views, by Alnwick and District Camera Club. Until Sunday. Open Wednesday–Sunday (plus Monday & Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am–5pm.


Alnwick Castle, Alnwick. 01665 510777. Open 10am–6pm daily, state rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £13, conc £10.40, child (5–16) £6, U5s free, family £34, group £9pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden also available.

Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open 10am–6pm daily. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle also available.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon. Adult £4, children £1. All proceeds go to local charities.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 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.

Bamburgh Castle. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. 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 10am–5pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices.

Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open noon–5pm daily, closed Saturdays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21. Combined tickets to visit both the Castle and the Chillingham Wild Cattle are available at a discounted rate.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Monday–Friday, tours start 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. Sunday tours start 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Tour route not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Adults £6, children (4–16yrs) £2, conc £4, family (of five) £14. Combined tickets available at discounted rate to visit both the cattle and the castle. Ask Warden for details.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, Gardens and Estate, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Saturday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Friday, 1pm–5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission (gift aid prices), House, Gardens and Estate, adults £14.60, children (5–17) £7.35, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £36.50. Gardens and Estate, adults £9.45, children £4.80, family £22.70, U5s/National Trust members free.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4, child £2.40, £3.60 conc. English Heritage free. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open 11am–4.30pm daily. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm.

Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £3.75, conc £2.75, family (2 adults/2 children) £10. Last entry to mill is 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets for entry to Heatherslaw Mill & Lady Waterford Hall are also available.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am. Train times, from Heatherslaw, every hour from 11am, up to and including 3pm, and from Etal, every hour from 11.30am, up to and including 3.30pm. Return journey prices: Adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, OAPs £5.50. All tickets are for return journeys and can be bought at the ticket office, or at Etal from the guard.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285 or at weekends call 01665 577191. Open noon–6pm daily, last entry 5pm. Adults £6, Over 60s £5, children free. Prices include 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation.

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.

Lady Waterford Hall. 01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Adult £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Last entry to Hall 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets to Lady Waterford Hall & Heatherslaw Mill also available.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today up to and including Sunday, July 10 as well as Tuesday, July 12, noon–5pm, and then Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, July 11.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free. Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open 8.30pm–5pm daily.

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 daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.