What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, October 4



Return to Treasure Island. A reading from Sir Andrew Motion’s sequel to Treasure Island. Suitable for ages 15+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £13, £11 conc, circle £15, box seat £19. Schools bookings, £5 per student and teachers go free. Info/booking, call 01289 330999.


The Radio Revellers. A 1930s extravaganza evening designed to entertain as The Radio Revellers in association with The Theatre Royal Newcastle present 39 & A Half Steps. Free glass of 1930s punch on arrival. At Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £10.50, standard £9.50, conc £8.50. Info/booking, call 01665 510785.

Tonight to Saturday, September 29

An Evening of Age and Sex. Performed by Warkworth Drama Group. At Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets, £6, available from N&F Young of Amble and Warkworth Village Store, or order forms are available online at www.warkworthdrama.org.uk


Hats Off to Led Zeppelin. Hats Off are the only UK tribute act officially endorsed by Marshall Amplifiers. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Stalls £12, conc £10, circle £14, box seat £16. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 29

Strangebird Zirkus – Ornithology. Using absurd theatrical comedy, Chinese pole and gravity-defying aerial work, Ornithology will transport you to an exotic world. Age 8+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. Stalls £12, conc £10, circle £14, box seat £16. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

live music


Rothbury Roots. Rod Clements and support from Paddy Rogan. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £8. For tickets, call 01669 620470.


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Johnny Duncan Duo. Musicians and listeners welcome. In the Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Admission £4.50, non-members £6. Includes buffet supper. Bar also available. Call Sheila on 01668 281535.

Saturday, September 29

Concert. Coquet Singers perform at Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free but normal Priory admission applies. Contact 0191 2853059.

Saturday, September 29

Northumbria Sinfonietta. Fund-raising concert for the Alnwick Playhouse featuring Tristan Gurney. At the Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £10, standard £9. Info/booking, call 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 29

The Klassix. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Saturday, September 29

Caught in the Act. 70s and 80s rock music. At the Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free. Call Ian on 01665 603283.

Sunday, September 30

Bands at Belsay. The Backworth Colliery Band. At Belsay Hall. Bring deck chairs/rugs. 2.30pm. Normal admission applies.

Sunday, September 30

Rod Clements, We Steal Flyers and Mike Slaughter. At The Cart Shed, Cavil Head farm, Acklington. 6pm-9pm. No alcohol. £6, limited tickets available. Visit www.westealflyers.co.uk

Monday, October 1

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. Call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Thursday, October 4

Alnwick Music Society Concert. First concert of the new season. See p51 for details.

Thursday, October 4

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Ian Cruickshanks Duo. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8, members £3, non-members £5. Call 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 and 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.


Macmillan Coffee Morning. Join the world’s biggest coffee morning. In the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth.


Uranus in Opposition, at Kielder Observatory. View Uranus at its closest position to earth. 8pm. £10, £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, September 29

Upper Redesdale Show. Traditional show at the Showfield, High Rochester, with the likes of junior/adult fell races, children’s sports and an industrial tent. 8.30am-6pm. Call Ella on 01830 520717.

Saturday, September 29

Macmillan Cancer Support Fund-raising Day. Stalls throughout the day, a tug-of-war challenge and from tea time on-wards a Wild West-themed night with live entertainment. At the Harbour Inn, Amble. 9am-midnight. Call 01665 711317.

Saturday, September 29

Water Walk. Sponsored water walk from the Aln Estuary to Hipsburn First School. In aid of Hipsburn First School and the John Wesley Kosi Bay School. Bring own containers. 10am-2pm. With a BBQ and raffle. Donations to the raffle welcome before 10am on the day. More details, visit hipsburnsponsoredwalk.blogspot.co.uk.

Saturday, September 29

4x4 Safari. Trail blaze in your own vehicle with the Kielder guides in Kielder forest. For standard or lightly-modified road-legal 4x4 vehicles. 10am-4pm. £50, inc breakfast voucher for driver. Call 08445 889965.

Saturday, September 29

Buddhism and Space, at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30

Potter-inspired characters. At Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30

Rag Rugging Weekend. The Saturday is for beginners while more experienced rag ruggers can work on a project on Sunday. At The Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. £30 or £50 for both days. Basic materials, equipment and refreshments provided. Booking essential and £10 deposit is payable. Call 01665 605847.

Saturday, September 29, to Sunday, September 30

Mushrooms Workshop. Workshop with mycologist Gordon Beakes for more seasoned enthusiasts who want to explore the subject in more depth. Both indoor and outdoor sessions. At Kielder. 10am-4pm. £25. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30

Alnwick Baptish Church’s Harvest Celebrations. On Saturday, there will be a ceilidh with NE Time band and a harvest supper, in the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, from 7.30pm. On Sunday, there will be an all-age harvest celebration from 10.30am. No charge. Donations to Tearfund.

Sunday, September 30

4x4 Navigation Day. Trail blaze in your own vehicle with the Kielder guides in Kielder Forest. For standard or a lightly-modified road-legal 4x4 vehicle. 10am-4pm. £50. Call 08445 889965.

Sunday, September 30

Woodland Heritage Day. Practical demos of wood working and woodland crafts. At Wallington. 11am–3pm. There may be a small charge for some activities. Call 01670 773600.

Sunday, September 30

Forest Discovery Day. Watch how the felled trees were moved years ago using horse power. Participate in red squirrel activities. For the family test yourself on a treasure trail. At Kielder Castle visitor Centre. 11am-4pm. Call 01434 250209.

Sunday, September 30

Boot Camp at The Alnwick Garden. An hour-long session comprising of training using various spaces around The Alnwick Garden. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. Cost/bookings, call 01665 511350.

Monday, October 1

Footcare Sessions. Give your feet some TLC by booking a half-hour slot with footcare specialist Marjorie. At The Alnwick Garden. £6.50. To book, call 01665 511350.

Monday, October 1

Talk. Phil Hanmer gives a talk to the Coquetdale Members’ Group entitled The Owl Box project. In the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Group members free, non-members welcome, £2. Contact Heather on 01669 621972.

Monday, October 1

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

Tuesday, October 2

Talk Time at Wallington - Time and Tide Wait for No Man. Lloyd Langley explores the artistic career of Jonathan Parker, the great-grandson of Wallington’s donor Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan. 10am–1pm. £20, inc refreshments and lunch. Booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Tuesday, October 2

Alnwick and District Flower Club. Let’s Celebrate, by Kathleen Gibson. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. Call Janet on 01665 714429.

Wednesday, October 3, and Thursday, October 4

Trade Secrets: Conservation in Action – Textiles. At Wallington. 1pm–3.30pm. Free. Call 01670 773600.

Wednesday, October 3

Qigong classes (the medicinal form of Tai Chi). In the Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden. 3pm. £2. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, October 3

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

Wednesday, October 3

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

Wednesday, October 3

Simply Stargazing, at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Thursday, October 4

Talk. Steve Scoffin presents a talk to Alnwick & District Natural History Society about the Druridge Bay Coal & Coast Project. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Call Coral on 01665 602614.


Saturday, September 29

Wild Walk at Wallington. Guided walk along the Wannie Line railway. Age 10+. 10am–2pm. £4, child,£2, family £10. Booking essential, call 01670 773963.

Saturday, September 29

Map and Compass Training. Starts 10am at Rothbury. Maps/compasses provided. Bring strong shoes/outdoor gear. £29. Info/booking, call 01830 540453.


Alnwick Playhouse

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

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Our Agricultural Heritage. Development of agriculture in Alnwick district from 1066. Until Oct 1. 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. Until Nov 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.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery

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

The Congregational Gallery

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

The Design Room Art Gallery

High Street, Wooler, 07921 436427. Work by artist Ken Spencer. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm. Sunday by appointment.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Selection of work from many of the area’s leading artists. With original works, hand-made prints, photography and prints. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays-Tuesdays. www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

Ashington, 01670 624455. Big Meetings. Featuring the work of photographer Julian Germain. Until December 23.


Alnwick Castle

01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details. Closed from October 1.

Alnwick Garden

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

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, near Alnwick (NE67 5HP)

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

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. Free entry. Open daily, 9am–7pm. The Station Buffet is open 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. EH members free. From October 1, open daily 10am–4pm.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. Closed from October 1.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open daily, noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm, but closed Saturdays. £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, U5s free, family £21.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour, 10am–4pm. Tours on Sundays, on the hour 2pm–4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 child, £14 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

01669 620333. Gardens/woodland open daily, 10am–7pm, but closed Mondays. House open 11am–5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 1pm–5pm Tuesday to Thursday. Closed Monday. Gift Aid admission – whole property: £14.60, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–5pm. From October 1, open daily 10am–4pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60. EH members free.

Edlingham Castle

0191 269 1200. Open daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

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

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick

01665 510027. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – adult £6.60, over 60s £5.50, child 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, Ford

07790 457580 or 07971 326177 (out of hours). Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 mins before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Hall may occasionally be closed. Call to check.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times – page 2 of the Gazette. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check Holy Island crossing times on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. £3, £1 child, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. From October 1, 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, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open daily 10am until dusk. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission is at 4.15pm. Entry free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. Walled garden open daily, 10am–7pm. From October 1, the Walled Gardne is open daily 10am–4pm. House open daily, noon–5pm, but closed Tuesdays. 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 and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am–5pm. From October 1, open daily 10am–4pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. EH members free. The Hermitage is open on Sunday, 11am–5pm. Admission is £3.30, child £2, conc £3. From October 1, it is closed.