What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, March 1


Today to Saturday, February 25: The Wizard of Oz. Coquetdale Amateur Dramatics Society perform. Light refreshments and bar available. At the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Tickets are £7, £6 conc, £4 children, U5s free, and are available in advance from Tully’s of Rothbury, or on the door. (Review – Page 17)

Tomorrow: Monster Ceilidh Band. Newcastle’s four-piece Monster Ceilidh Band hurl the tradition of ceilidh into the 21st century. A lively evening of dance music with its feet in the tradition of the British Isles. At Pegswood Community Project, Longhirst Road, Pegswood NE61 6XG. 7pm. Tickets £6.50, £4.50 conc, £16 family. To book, call 01670 512185.

Sunday, February 26: Whitebone Productions – Bane. Multi-award-winning, one-man comedy set on the streets of a non-descript American city, performed to a live guitar soundtrack in which revenge-seeking, anti-hero Bruce Bane shoots first and asks questions later. A comic spoof and Edinburgh Fringe smash hit. At Hepscott Parish Hall, Hepscott Village, NE61 6LN. 7.30pm. Tickets £10, including buffet. To book, call 01670 514031.


Tonight: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Steven Carcary and Malcolm Ross Duo perform. At Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 members, £6 non-members, £8 membership. Supper included and bar available. Musicians and listeners welcome. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Award-winning folk duo Megson perform. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £10. To book in advance call 01669 620470. More information, contact Andy Craig on 01665 576012. Or visit www.rothburyroots.net or follow the Roots on Twitter @rothburyroots

Monday, February 27: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, February 29: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

Thursday, March 1: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Bon Accords perform. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £3 members, non-members £5. Musicians and listeners welcome. More information, call 01668 281307.


Today and Thursday, March 1: Silver Singers – Taster Course. The first and second 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.

Tonight: Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club Annual General Meeting. For anyone wanting to find out more about the club or wanting to join the committee or become a coach/take on another volunteer role. At Alnwick North Community Centre, Howling Lane. 6pm. More information, contact Gary Pattinson on gary.pattinson2@btinternet.com or 07738 364349.

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 and Saturday, February 25: Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the Observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobserva tory.org

Saturday, February 25: The Winter Warmer. The first of The Bike Place Marathon Series – a cross-country mountain bike ride that raises money for local charities. At The Angler’s Arms in Kielder village. Race Sign-on: 8.30am–9.30am. Race Start: 10am. Booking essential, visit www.thebikeplace.co.uk or call 01434 250457.

Sunday, February 26: Wedding Open Day. Hosted by the Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle. View both The Pavilion Room and Guest Hall respectively. Both venues will be showcased and the events team will be on-hand to answer any questions. Admission to the wedding day is free and from 11am–3pm. Booking not required and should visitors wish to look around The Alnwick Garden, tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day. Access to the grounds of Alnwick Castle – beyond the Guest Hall – is not permitted at this time. For more information, call 01665 511081 or email to mariza.ampaza@alnwickgarden.com

Monday, February 27: Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. For children aged six months-three years. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. More information, call the library on 01665 602689.

Monday, February 27: Aurora Spotting at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the Observatory and use the telescopes. 7pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tuesday, February 28: Knit & Natter Group. Friendly relaxed and informal group, open to all knitting abilities. Children welcome. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick. 10am–noon. Free. More information, call the library on 01665 602689.

Wednesday, February 29: Anne Ryland Poetry Workshop - Acquainted with the Night. Two inter-linked poetry workshops exploring the theme of night in all its diversity, from the familiar to the unknown. After reading poems for pleasure and inspiration, there will be a variety of exercises to spark off your own poems. Suitable for writers of all levels, including beginners. At Wooler Library, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 9.45am–noon. £5. Booking essential – preference will be given to people who can attend both workshops. More information, call the library on 01668 282123.

Wednesday, February 29: Talk. Blanaid O’Connell from the RSPB presents a talk to Alnwick Wildlife Group on Farmland and Ospreys. Followed by free refreshments and a chance to chat and keep up to date with what is happening with the local wildlife. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2.

Wednesday, February 29: Aurora Spotting at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the Observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22, booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

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

Thursday, March 1: Alnwick & District Natural History Society AGM followed by a talk from one of the club’s members. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.


Sunday, February 26: Nordic Walking Taster Session. During the 45 minute taster session, fully-qualified Nordic Walking trainers will take you through the basics of Nordic Walking. Walking poles can be loaned at no extra cost. At Kirkharle. £1. Book early as places are limited. Places left on sessions at 2pm and 3pm. Book by calling 01830 540453 or visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk – but online booking will incur a £1 charge, however this will be refunded on the day.

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.

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

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–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–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. Visit website for more information.

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. 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. Adult £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. Closed until Saturday, March 3.

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. Snowdrop Festival. 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 daily except Monday, 10am–3pm. Prices, including Gift Aid, adult £6.95, children £3.50, family £17.40.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, 9.30am–1.15pm, tomorrow, 9.30am–1.45pm, Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26, 9.30am–2.45pm, Monday, February 27–Thursday, March 1, 10.15am–3.45pm.

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 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–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 closed, re-opens Saturday, March 3. Prices, garden and grounds only, including Gift Aid, adult: £7.50, children £3.75, family £18.75.

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.