What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, March 29


Tonight: Family Film Night. Johnny English Reborn. Children up to 16 years to be accompanied by an adult. Sweets, crisps, soft drinks, tea and coffee on sale. At Shilbottle Community Hall. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm. £3, £1 up to 16-years. More information, visit www.shilbottlecommunityhall.co.uk

Tomorrow: Film. Marilyn. At Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. 7pm. £3.

Tomorrow: A Tomb With A View. Whittingham Players Amateur Dramatic Group perform this comic murder mystery by Norman Robbins. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7pm. Tickets £5, children free, pay at the door.

Tomorrow and Saturday, March 24: The Pied Piper and the Mayor of Hamelin Town. Wooler Community Panto will provide fun for all the family in this musical romp. At Glendale Middle School, Wooler. Tomorrow and Saturday, 7pm, as well as Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets £5, children £3, available from Brands newsagent, on High Street, Mick Hope’s garage and Farm to Freeze, South Road, as well as at the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place.

Saturday, March 24: 4Words. Northumberland Theatre Company’s latest production - four new short plays by Northern writers. At Morpeth Town Hall. 7.30pm. For tickets, call 01670 510743. More information, visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk


Tonight: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Neil Hardie Band perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. In the Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Admission, members £4.50, non-members £6, includes supper. Bar available. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Guitar virtuoso Claude Bourbon performs. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £8. To book in advance, contact 01669 620470. More information, visit www.rothburyroots.com

Monday, March 26: 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, March 28: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.


Today: Meet Belford’s local policeman for a cup of tea and chat. At The Bell View Centre, Belford. Noon–2pm.

Today and Thursday, March 29: Silver Singers – Taster Course. The fifth and sixth 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. You don’t need to read music. It is hoped regular sessions will start in Wooler from April. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 10.30am–noon. £3 per session. Visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-in-wooler or call 01670 852445.

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: Knit 2gether. Local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Quiz Night. Prizes for winners and losers. At Shilbottle Community Hall. 7pm. More information, visit www.shilbottlecommunityhall.co.uk

Tomorrow: The Bell View Centre, Belford, Quiz Night. 7pm.

Tomorrow and Saturday, March 24: Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, March 24: Belford Diamond Jubilee Woodland Tree Planting. On corner of High Street and Croft Field, Belford. 10am. All welcome.

Saturday, March 24: Acklington Parish Litter Pick. Any volunteers should meet at Acklington Village Hall at 10am. All welcome, including children. Refreshments available. More information, visit www.acklingtonparish.org.uk

Saturday, March 24: The Working Lives Symposium. Featuring presentations and talks about some of the county’s hidden history. At Woodhorn Museum and National Archives, Ashington. 10am–1pm. Admission free, with tea/coffee provided, but booking essential. Contact 01670 528025 or email slittlefear@woodhorn.org.uk or for more information, visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Saturday, March 24: Memory Share. For all those who remember St Mary’s Church, Alnwick, which is now the Bailiffgate Museum. Bring memories, photographs and other memorabilia. At Bailiffgate Museum. 10am to 2pm. Free entry. More information, contact 01665 605908.

Saturday, March 24: Bushcraft Family Taster Course. One-day workshop giving an insight in to the world of campcraft and outdoor living skills. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £20 per person, £15 National Trust members. Maximum two U5s free. Book by calling 0844 249 1895 or by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Saturday, March 24: Sing with Me. Pre-school music and singing session. Free taster session. Refreshments provided At Seahouses Sports Community Centre. 11am–noon. More information, contact Avril Huntly on 07772 794872.

Saturday, March 24: Jubilee Tree Planting. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Shilbottle Community Hall is holding a tree planting event in the field next to the hall for all villagers. Meet at the hall at 2pm.

Sunday, March 25: Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile. At Druridge Bay Country Park. Event opens 9.30am. More information, visit my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result/id/894

Sunday, March 25: Yoga Workshop. Springing Forward. A focused and affirmative asana practice in the morning following by deep rest in the afternoon. At Shilbottle Community Hall. 10am–4.30pm. £15 to attend either the morning or afternoon session, or £27 to attend all day. Places must be pre-booked. Contact Lucy on 01665 581431. More information, visit www.aspacetobe.co.uk

Monday, March 26: Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. For children aged six months to three years. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. For more, call the library on 01665 602689.

Tuesday, March 27: Aglow International - Alnwick. Christian Songs of Praise and a talk by an invited speaker giving their personal testimony and a message from the word. All ladies welcome. In the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. £6.50, including evening meal. More information and to book, contact Pam on 01665 605017.

Wednesday, March 28: Talk. David Noble-Rolins gives a talk to Alnwick Wildlife Group about the Birds of Florida. Followed by free refreshments and a time to meet and greet and chat about the local wildlife. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. £2 entry for non-members.

Wednesday, March 28: Talk. Chris Burgess talks to Belford History Society about Flodden. At the Community Club, Belford. 7.30pm.

Wednesday, March 28: Talk. Barry Mead talks to North Sunderland and Seahouses Local History Society about Monkey Business at a Medieval Abbey. At Seahouses Hostel, St Paul’s Church. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Membership £6 single, £10 couple, £2 per meeting. All welcome.

Wednesday, March 28, to Saturday, March 31: Wansbeck Music Festival. More information, visit www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk

Thursday, March 29: Coffee Morning and Library Website Demonstration. Discover all the services you can access via the new library website. From renewing books to tracing your family tree, and much more. Drop-in demonstrations by librarians Fiona and Nicola. At Alnwick Library. 10.30am–12.30pm. Free. More information, contact 01665 602689.

Thursday, March 29: Domino Drive. In aid of St Hilda’s Church. At the Watson Memorial Hall, Lucker. 2pm. £4.50.

Thursday, March 29: Afternoon Tea. Includes entertainment from children from Acklington C of E First School. At Acklington Village Hall. 2pm. Entry £1, including refreshments. More information, visit www.acklingtonparish.org.uk


Saturday, March 24: Goshawk Walk. A five-mile walk with bird of prey expert Martin Davison to spot these impressive birds of prey during their aerial spring display. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 9am–noon. £6, £5 conc, £16 family of four. Booking essential, call 01434 220242.

Saturday, March 24: Walk. A six-hour, eight to 10-mile walk in the hills north of Alwinton. 10am. £10. Walk must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Late booking is accepted by phone up until 8pm on the evening prior to the walk, subject to availability. Information and booking, email info@walknorthumbria.co.uk or call 0191 257 2601/07764 584382.

Sunday, March 25: Nordic Walk. A five-mile Nordic walk exploring the Kirkharle Estate. Poles provided free. No dogs. Starts at Kirkharle, 1pm. £7.50. Information and booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

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. Alnwick District Arts Association Spring Members’ exhibition. Until April 28. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. As They Really Were. Unique drawings by 19th Century Alnwick artist Percy Forster. The sketches are of Alnwick folk in the 1830s at the time of the first ever census and show a cross-section of society. Until Monday. 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. New exhibition – Bailiffgate 10: Yesterday, today and tomorrow – starts Friday, March 30.

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! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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

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, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Closed. Exhibition – Traces of Being – Andrea Roberts and Jo Hume. Roberts’ huge stitched paper installation soars above an exhibition that also features her fine ink drawings and blackleaded fabric creations. Hume is a painter of land and sea scapes. Until April 15. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am–4pm.

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.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. New exhibition, original paintings by John Fieldhouse, opens Saturday, March 24, and runs until Sunday, April 22. Drinks and nibbles at the gallery on March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 10am–4pm, to mark the exhibition opening. All welcome. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 when the museum 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 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. Adults £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. Open Tuesdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gardens/woodlands open 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, Saturdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, last admission 4pm. During Northumberland school holidays, open daily 11am–5pm. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

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. 01890 820332. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90, English Heritage members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Closed. Open daily from Monday, March 26, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family (2 adults/2 children) £10.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Closed. Open daily from Sunday, March 25. Train times – from Heatherslaw, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm. From Etal, every hour on the half-hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Return journey prices, £6.50, children £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. 01890 820338. Closed. Opens daily from Monday, March 26, 11am–3pm.

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

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open today–Saturday, March 24, 10.30am–4pm. From Sunday, March 25, open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. 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.

Lady Waterford Hall. Closed. Open daily from Monday, March 26, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions. Call 01890 820503 to check.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today–Sunday, March 25, as well as Tuesday, March 27, 10am–3pm, and Wednesday, March 28–Thursday, March 29, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, March 26.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today–tomorrow, 9.30am–12.45pm, Saturday, March 24, 9.30am–1.45pm, Sunday, March 25, 9.30am–2.45pm, and Monday, March 26–Thursday, March 29, 10.15am–3.45pm.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. 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 daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.

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. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.

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