What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, November 1



Three Men in a Boat. Original Theatre Company perform Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £12 conc, circle £16, box seat £18. Info/booking, call 01289 330999.


Julian Clary: Position Vacant, Apply Within. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. The show is sold out, but there is a waiting list open. To be added, call 01289 330999 (option 2).

Saturday, October 27

JuNk – And Then There Were 4. An action-packed and interactive percussion show for all ages from the winners of Sky 1’s Don’t Stop Me Now. The show incorporates many performing arts areas including musical theatre, mime, comedy, song and a little dance as well. Age 3+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 4pm. Stalls £12, £11 conc, circle £15, box seat £18. Info/booking, call 01289 330999.

Thursday, November 1

The Incredible Book Eating Boy. A unique performance in Bookworks Theatre’s Black Box theatre. This adventure for 4+ year olds, and their grown-ups, uses live performance, puppetry and back projection and offers a one-to-one performance which lasts five minutes. At Alnwick Playhouse. At various times. Also runs November 2-November 4. £5. Call 01665 510785. More details, see page 57.

Thursday, November 1

Timon of Athens. Live streaming from the National Theatre to the Alnwick Playhouse. Performance rated 12A. Running time around three hours, including a host introduction and one 20-minute intermission. Tickets £15 premier, £14 standard, £13 conc, £10 child/student. Info/booking call 01665 510785. More details, see page 57.

Thursday, November 1

Amazing Grace. Tribute to Grace Darling. Age 13+. At the Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £13, £11 conc. Also on November 2 (1pm/7.30pm). Info/booking, call 01289 330999.

Live Music


Gordon Brown Band. The group perform at the Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club night in the Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Musicians and listeners welcome. Membership £8 and £4.50 admission, non-members £6, includes a buffet supper. Bar available. Contact Sheila Smales on 01668 281535.


Billy Mitchell and guests perform at Rothbury Roots. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £10. For tickets, Call 01669 620470.

Saturday, October 27

Los Twangeros. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, October 28

The Nova Scotia Jazz Band. Toe-tapping, uplifting and swinging jazz. At The Maltings, Berwick. £12, £10 conc. 7.30pm. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Monday, October 29

Folk Singers Night. Listeners and singers welcome. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8pm. Free. Call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Thursday, November 1

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Ian MacPhail Band perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members admission £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.


Today and Tomorrow

Free Weekly Knitting Groups. Today’s session is for knitters who like to work on shared projects. Tomorrow’s group is the new autumn session for existing K2Tog group and members work on their own projects/organise sessions to teach each other new skills. Wool and needles available for both groups. At Bailiffgate Museum. Both sessions, 1pm-3pm. Call 01665 605847.


Annual Super Quiz. With cash prizes, general knowledge and specialised rounds, as well as joker/beer rounds. Also a bar and raffle. At Alnwick Cricket Club. 7.30pm. Teams of four players maximum to call Ted on 01665 602958.


Baby Boogie and Coffee and Crayons. A movement and dance class for toddlers and their grown-ups, followed by a relaxed craft session suitable for the under 5s. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am-noon. £2 (no Garden admission ticket required), including coffee and biscuits. More information, call 01665 511350.


Murder Mystery Night at The Alnwick Garden. Event cancelled.


Quiz Night. With spot prizes, a music round, a joker round and general knowledge rounds. At Bailiffgate Museum. Teams of up to six people. £2 per head. Light refreshments available but teams can bring their own bottles. Doors open 7pm, quiz starts 7.30pm. Call 01665 605847 to book place.


Fashion Show. By Zebra Boutique, Berwick. At Seahouses Sports Community Centre. 7.30pm. £5 including wine/nibbles. Call 01665 721868 for tickets.


Aurora Night, at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora and tour the observatory. 8pm. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, October 27

Vintage Market. A mixture of retro fashions, new and reworked textiles and a wide range of books, antiques and collectables. At The Maltings, Berwick. 50p on the door, on the day.

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28

Public workshops in green wood craft, set up by Jon Purkins. 10 full-day sessions (£40 each, inc materials) held at Rock Hall School. The sessions are designed to give a real hands-on experience of green wood crafting in an outdoor workshop. Attend one or more sessions. Also dates in November. Children over the age of 14, if supported by an adult, are welcome, or those aged 16-18 years by arrangement. Dress appropriately for outdoor work and possible dampness. Strong shoes or boots are essential. Bring a packed lunch. Hot water is available for tea and coffee, there will also be an open fire in a brazier, seating, indoor toilet, ample parking. All materials, tools, safety clothing and workshop equipment is supplied. Call 01665 571071 or visit small-axe-woodcraft.com

Saturday, October 27, to Tuesday, October 30

Beyond the Ropes. Follow November Club as they reveal the secrets of the attics where you will encounter stories from the past. At Wallington. Not suitable for people using wheelchairs or for pushchairs. Age 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5. Booking essential, call 01665 833751.

Sunday, October 28

HospiceCare North Northumberland Craft and Food Fair. At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre. 10am-4pm. Entry £1.50.

Sunday, October 28

Northumberland History Fair. Celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of the region. Learn more about local history and meet some of the organisations who explore and preserve it. At Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, Ashington. 11am–4pm. There will also be screenings of Northern Flame from 1pm–4pm. On top of this, there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum library at 11am. Places are limited for this tour so to book. call 01670 624455. For details about the History Fair, call 01670 528080.

Sunday, October 28

Sharp Shooters. Test your shooting skills. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 10am–4pm. 30 clays, 15 arrows, £20. More information, call 01434 250232.

Monday, October 29

Water Day. Try canoeing or kayaking. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 11am-3pm. £10 per half-hour. More details, call 01434 250232.

Monday, October 29

Life Behind the Lens – An illustrated lecture by wildlife cameraman Doug Allan. Adventures, encounters and insights from this award-winning Scottish wildlife and expedition documentary cameraman. Afterwards, Doug will be on hand for a book-signing of his book, Freeze Frame: A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice, for sale. At The Maltings, Berwick. £12, £10 conc. 7pm. Info/booking, call 01289 330999.

Monday, October 29

Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm.

Tuesday, October 30

Working Forest. Find out what goes on behind the scenes at Kielder Water and Forest park in a minibus tour. 2pm-4.30pm. £10. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Wednesday, October 31

High Ropes Day. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 11am-3pm. £10 per half-hour. More information, call 01434 250232.

Wednesday, October 31

Appalachian Clogging. Foot-tapping, high-stepping clogging to catchy hillbilly-type music. At the URC Church Hall, The Butts, Warkworth. 7.30pm-9pm. Contact Pat on 01665 711635 or Gwyn on 01665 577298.

Wednesday, October 31

Amble Art Group. At Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Amble. 7pm. Contact Pauline on 01665 798978.

Wednesday, October 31

Talk. Peter Davis gives a talk to Alnwick Wildlife Group entitled George Johnston, Berwick’s Marine Biologist. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Talk followed by free refreshments and time to chat. Non members £2.

Wednesday, October 31

History Society. Pressed - the story of the press gangs, illustrated by contemporary ballads etc. At the Community Club, Belford. 7.30pm.

Thursday, November 1

Talk. Blainad Denman gives a talk to Alnwick & District Natural History Society entitled The North East Hen Harrier Project. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Contact Coral on 01665 602614.


Sunday, October 28

Wild Walk at Wallington - Foraging with Wild Harmony. Take a walk on the wild side and join a wild food expert on a special guided walk on the Wallington Estate looking out for seasonal wild food and learning how to use it. 10am–4pm. Age 10+. £15, child,£7.50, family (2 adults/2 children),£35. Booking essential, call 01670 773963.

Sunday, October 28

Alnwick Ramblers’ Walk and AGM. AGM held at St Michael’s Church Hall, Alnwick from 1pm. This will be preceded by a four-mile walk from the Hall starting at 10.30am.

Sunday, October 28

Mysteries of the Magic Moor with Shepherds Walks. This seven-mile walk will explore the ancient Doddington landscape. Starts 10.30am at Doddington Village. £10. Information and booking, call 01830 540453.


Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Carry On Dreaming. Six large-scale paintings of comedy legends by artist Viv Dykes specially mounted in the main auditorium. Until October 27.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnmouth: The port and resort of Alnwick. An exhibition compiled by the Alnmouth Local History Group. Until October 29. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/2 conc) £7.60.


Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side exhibition. Until November 4. Normal admission.

Crown Studio Gallery

Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890. Work by Lynda Taylor, assemblages/jewellery by Linda Lovatt. Open Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon.

Granary Gallery

Dewars Lane, Berwick. Work by Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman/Venetian glass, Japanese imari pottery and Ming porcelain. Exhibition Tour: 2.30pm every Thursday. Free, no booking necessary.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Works from Joanne Wishart, Emma Holliday, Jane Jackson and Linda Miller. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery

Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900. Exhibition entitled Bold, Colour, Future. Headlining is Aneilka Hampson, Justine Hedley, Barbara Franc and Julie Flemming. Until October 30. Open Mon–Sat 10.30am–4.30pm. Sun 11.30am–4pm.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Works from leading local artists. With original works (including Jo Kirkham-Knaggs, Ken Spencer, Rob Newton), hand-made prints (Hester Cox, Tom Davidson), photography (Lee Frost) and prints. Gallery open Wednesday–Sunday. Closed Monday-Tuesday. www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

Ashington, 01670 624455. Big Meetings. Work of photographer Julian Germain, who was invited to chronicle the Durham Miners’ Gala. Until December 23.


Alnwick Castle

Closed for winter.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm

Closed for winter

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (two adults/one conc) £6.70, family (two adults/two conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last entry 4pm. State rooms open 11am. £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am–7pm, during summer clock hours. Winter clock hours, Barter Books is open 9am–5pm, except Thursdays when it is open 9am­–7pm. The Station Buffet is open 10am–5pm (summer clock hours) and 10am (winter clock hours).

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–4pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20 (2 adults, 3 children). EH members free.

Berwick Barracks

Closed for winter.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open daily, 12pm–5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed Saturdays. £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, U5s free, family £21 (2 adults, up to 3 children).

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open today and tomorrow, with tours every hour, 10am–4pm. £6, £4 conc, £2 child, £14 family (2 adults, up to 3 children).

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

01669 620333. Gardens/woodland open daily, 10am–7pm; closed Mondays. House open 11am–5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 1pm–5pm Tuesday to Friday. Closed Monday. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £14, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens/woodland only: £9.45, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily 10am–4pm. £4, conc £3.60, child £2.40. EH members free.

Edlingham Castle

01912691200. Open daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10 (2 adults, 3 children). EH members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Last entry for the cornmill is 45 minutes before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Train runs from Heatherslaw every hour on the hour, 11am–3pm. From Etal, the train runs every hour on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Return journeys, adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, seniors £5.50. Ticket office opens 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Free entry.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick

01665 510027. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, close Sunday. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open daily, 12pm–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.60, over 60s £5.50, children free. No dogs.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am to dusk. No dogs.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

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

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford and Etal Estates

07790 457580 or 07971 326177 (out of hours). Open daily, 11am–4pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, (cont.) conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Hall may occasionally be closed. Call to check.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Opening times either 10am-3pm or 12pm-5pm due to tides. Call to check opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of the Gazette. Closed Monday, October 29 and Thursday, November 1. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Opening varies due to tides, call to find out. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two before travelling. £3, £1 child, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–4pm. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40. EH members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily 9am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum £4.25, free for U16s accompanied by an adult. From November 1, the gardens are open by pre-arrangement only.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last admission is at 3.30pm. Entry free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. The Walled garden open daily, 10am–4pm. House open daily, 12pm–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. Gift-shop open daily, 10.30am-5.30pm. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £10.80, £5.40 child, £27 family. Garden/grounds only: £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am–4pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc £4.40, family £12.70. EH members free.