What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, October 27


Tuesday, October 25: Tartuffe. Northumberland Theatre Company continues its tour of Britain with its adaptation of Moliere’s hilarious and outrageous classic – Tartuffe. At the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm. For more information and tickets details, call 01665 602586 or visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk


Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Singer-songwriter Kieran Halpin performs at the latest instalment of Rothbury Roots. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £8. To book, call 01669 620470. For more information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

Tomorrow: Live Music. Anthony Simm plays covers from all tastes. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm. More information, call 01670 760320.

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Rugged acoustic vocalist Gareth Beddard plays a non-collective set. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Free.

Saturday, October 22: Fiddle Fest with Fiddlezonely and Guests and Alnwick Pipers Society. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 7.30pm. Pooled supper. Event in aid of the village hall. Pay £3.50 at the door or to book a table, call Susan on 01665 575232.

Monday, October 24: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. For more information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, October 27: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Andy Kaine Trio performs. Bar available. At The Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Admission, members £4.50, non-members £6, includes supper. For more information, contact Sheila on 01668 281535.


Today, Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 27: Guided tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Meet by the what’s on board. 2pm–2.45pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tonight: Talk. Dennis Fancett talks to the Aln Valley Railway Society about the activities of SENRUG (South East Northumberland Rail Users Group) and plans relating, particularly, to the attempts to restore a rail service to the former Blyth & Tyne route south of Morpeth. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, call Roger Jermy 01665 606168.

Tonight: Warkworth Flower Club. A workshop by Winn Alderslade. At Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. For a work sheet contact for work sheet Linda Bell 01665 712895.

Tonight: Shooting Stars at Kielder Observatory. A talk and tour of the observatory and use the equipment to hopefully see some shooting stars. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. The sessions are light-hearted and focus on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Footcare. For the over 50s which might include toe nails trimming, hard skin removal or perhaps a massage. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–1pm. £6. Book in advance by calling Heather on 01665 511350, option 4.

Tomorrow: Volunteer Taster Day. Join Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Volunteers for a taster day to find out what it’s all about. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Meet at the temporary Visitor Centre. Free event but booking required, call 0191 284 6884.

Tomorrow: The Bailiffgate Fun Quiz, with Irene Hilsden. With bar and nibbles. Teams of six, or come along and join in. At The Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7pm–9pm. £2pp. Contact the museum on 01665 605847 or email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Tomorrow and Saturday, October 22: Astronomy of Halloween at Kielder Observatory. 9pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Tomorrow, Monday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 26: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Meet by the what’s on board. Noon–1pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, October 22: Star Watch at Kielder Castle. Enjoy a clear view of the night sky. Telescopes provided. 7pm–9pm. £6 adult, £5 conc, £16 family of four, booking essential, 01434 250209.

Sunday, October 23: Friends of the Bullfield Community Orchard – Apple Pressing Day. Thousands of apples will be chopped and pressed to make fresh apple juice and cider. Also apple-themed games, a table of shared food and drink. Bring along your spare apples to add to the pot and a container to take home some juice and bring something to add to the shared picnic table or a packed lunch for yourself, as well as anything else you need to be comfortable for a day out in the open. Chairs, chopping boards, kitchen knives warm clothes and waterproofs recommended. 10am–3pm. Everyone welcome. The orchard is in Alnwick, adjacent to Glovers Green, behind Arkle Court and with Weavers Way at the far end. For more information, call Rachael Roberts on 01665 605812.

Sunday, October 23: Canoeing at Calvert Trust Kielder. Half-hour session in a quiet inlet – great for beginners. Age 5+. 10am–4pm. £5 per person. More information, call 01434 250232.

Monday, October 24: Northumberland History Fair. Organisations from across the region will be on hand to share their passion about the diverse history and heritage of North East and its people. Visitors will be able to discover new facts about the past and meet some of the individuals who explore and preserve it. At Woodhorn. 11am–4pm and from noon–3pm younger visitors to Woodhorn will be able to enjoy heritage-inspired storytelling and craft activities.

Tuesday, October 25: Working Forest Visit. A chance to get up close with some monster machines. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 2pm–4pm. £10, booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Tuesday, October 25: Alnwick Shrove Tuesday Football Match Memory Share. Free Entry with all welcome to record memories of past football matches. At the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 3pm–6.30pm. More information, call 01665 605847.

Wednesday, October 26: Pruning Demonstration. A practical demonstration on pruning. Learn the tools to use, the techniques involved and the results expected from your hard work. At the Roots & Shoots, Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511855.


Saturday, October 22: PhotoHillwalk. Hillguide Roy Kennard and photographer Andy Craig combine their respective skills to offer a guided hill walk together with photographic tuition. This walk explores Goatscrag. £32. Meet at Wooler Car Park at 10am and then follow walk leaders in own vehicles. 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. More information, contact Andy Craig 01665 576012 or Roy Kennard 07932 006421.

Sunday, October 23: A 6.5-mile guided walk starting off at Bamburgh and then following the coastal path north to Budle Bay before returning to Bamburgh. Starts 10.30am. £14. For information and booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

Sunday, October 23: Alnwick Ramblers. AGM at St Michael’s Church Hall, Alnwick, at 1pm, preceded by a short walk at St Michael’s Hall, starting at 10.30am.

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. New exhibition by Alnwick & District Camera Club starts tomorrow until December 3. Open during box office hours.

Amble Photographic Group. The group is staging an exhibition of photographs in the Town Council Office, The Quayside, Amble. Until November 6. Open 10am–4pm daily, but Sundays are 12.30pm–4pm. Members of the Group will attend on Saturdays/Sundays.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnwick has the Art Factor. An open art exhibition with a twist. Each artist can submit up to four works with visitors to the museum able to vote on which artist’s work they enjoy the most. Until November 1. Also, A5RT is being held in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. It will feature work by local professional artists, photographers, patients, art clubs and others who have created A5 artworks. These will be on display at the museum until October 31 and can be purchased for only £5. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

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. Autumn Colours – An exhibition of original Northumbrian landscapes by resident artist Lynda Taylor. A tempting 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 photography by the Infinity Group. Until October 30.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Autumn display by Joanne Wishart with limited edition and original hare prints. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Autumn and winter exhibition featuring the work of Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, as well as Stephen King, Liz Tainsh, Jo Kirkham-Knaggs and the sculptures of Lisa Delarny. Closed Monday and Wednesday. Open Tuesday, as well as Thursday–Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm, Sunday 11.30am–4.30pm. 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. New work exhibited by artist Roz Bell and Nigel Cooke. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–3pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk 01665 830600. Autumn Exhibition – Jo Hume. Jo paints with skill and enthusiasm and comes to Alnmouth for her first major exhibition of landscape, seascape, floral and abstract works in oil and acrylic. Until Sunday, November 6. Ring or visit website for further details. Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Wallington Hall, Cambo, Morpeth, 01670 773600. Wallington celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Bell Scott – the 19th century poet, writer, artist and teacher – with an exciting new contemporary art exhibition entitled Unfinished Business. The contents will not remain static – artworks will be introduced and removed throughout the following months. Closes end of October.


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. On October 30, the castle will close at 4pm for the winter.

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. The Garden closes early tomorrow, at 4pm.

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–4pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, 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. Gardens and Estate, open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. Closed Mondays. House open today and tomorrow, 1pm–5pm, Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. Closed Mondays. From Tuesday, October 25 to Sunday, October 30, the house is open 11am–5pm, last admission at 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–4pm, 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–4pm.

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. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. 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 until Sunday, October 23, noon–5pm and then Tuesday, October 25 to Thursday, October 27, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, October 24.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open 10am–4pm daily. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–4pm 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. Other times, including groups and evenings, by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free. No charge to look around the plant centre.

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 Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

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