What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, September 20



Indian Takeaway with Hardeep Singh Kohli. A delicious night of laughter and cooking. Age 14+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £14, £12 conc, circle £16, box seat £18. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northumberland Theatre Company’s latest production. At Etal Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, call 01890 820777.

Tomorrow and Saturday, September 15

Bridging the Gap – Daniel Bye presents Ash. Performance about love, grief, international politics, betrayal and the protest movement. At The Maltings, Berwick. £8.50, £6.50. 7.30pm. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 15

Hairy Maclary and Friends. Official stage adaptation of five Hairy Maclary books, with live music, singing and mememorable characters. Age 2+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 2pm. £7, £6 conc. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 15

Shaken not Stirred: An Evening with Henry Blofeld. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Sunday, September 16

Berwick Broadcasting Corporation – Live Radio Play. A 1940s-style radio show performed before your very eyes. At The Maltings, Berwick. Stage Door Bar open from 6pm. Age 14+ Free/donation. Information, call 01289 330999.

Tuesday, September 18

Farm Boy. Touching family show which has received national and international acclaim. Families/children 7+. At The Maltings, Berwick. 1.30pm. Stalls £10, conc £8, circle £12, box seat £14, schools bookings £6 per student and teachers go free. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Tuesday, September 18

Lucy and the Hawk. Comedy about loneliness and peregrine falcons. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Standard £9, conc £8, child/student £6, Friends £8.50. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Wednesday, September 19

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northumberland Theatre Company’s latest production. At Bamburgh Pavilion. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, call 01665 721061.

Thursday, September 20

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As above At Acklington Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, call 01670 761941.



Alice Earll, Violinist. Tunes of Bach and Mozart. At St Mary’s Church, Newton-by-the-Sea. 7.30pm. Tickets £10, conc £7.50, to include interval refreshments. Available from Judy Foster-Smith on 07709 885005 and The Ship Inn, Low Newton-by-the-Sea on 01665 576262. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church and The Mission to Seafarers.

Saturday, September 15

LUSH Acoustic. Pirate songs, shanties, plank dancing and jiggery-pokery music. Featuring LUSH regulars and guests Shipcote and Friends. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm. Free.

Saturday, September 15

Fickle Lilly. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, September 16

Ann Wilkinson Sings. Collection of popular folk songs. In the Central Hall, Wallington. 2pm and 3pm. Free. Call 01670 773600.

Monday, September 17

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. Call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, September 19

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.



Harry Pearson Book Launch. Harry talks about his new book, Housekeepers, Shortlegs and Flemish String. Free copies of the book will be available at the event. At Wooler Library, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7pm. Free. Call 01668 282123.


Glendale Local History Society. The Battle of Homildon Hill: The Percys’ Neglected Victory – presentation by Michael Thomson. At the Cheviot Centre, Wooler. At 7.30pm. Members/visitors welcome.


North Northumberland Bird Club. Skydancers: The Story of the Hen Harrier – illustrated talk by Blanaid Denham. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. Contact Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.


Waning Moon Stargazing. Learn about Northumberland’s dark skies. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Tomorrow to Sunday, September 16

Weekend of Celebrations. Marking the opening of the new community room at St Mary the Virgin Church, Longframlington. A flower festival runs during the weekend. Tomorrow night, there is a preview evening from 7.30pm. Tickets £5, including wine and nibbles. On Saturday and Sunday, the church/community room are open, 10am-5pm. On Saturday night, there is a concert featuring the Ashington and District Male Voice Choir in support of The Reedham Trust, from 7pm. Tickets £8. On Sunday, there is a festival service and blessing of the new community room by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle at 10.45am. All invited. Tickets for preview evening and/or concert available from Audrey Truman, 01665 570922, or Veronica Thomson, 01665 570807, or on the door.

Saturday, September 15

Family History Society. Margaret Brown and Anna Turnbull – sheep farming in the Cheviots. At Bell View, Belford. 9.45am.

Saturday, September 15

Art Class. For beginners and more experienced painters alike, to learn about mixing colours, perspective and all the basic skills needed. Tutor Helen Blakeman. Basic materials, equipment and refreshments provided. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. £35. Booking essential. £10 deposit is payable with each booking. Call 01665 605847 or email via ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk.

Saturday, September 15

Space Planes. Learn about space planes and use telescopes to look into space. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Sunday, September 16

Bee Creative. A fact-filled crafty session about bees. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 16

Insect Safari. Guided safari walk around the Duchess Trail at Kielder Castle. Bug catchers, ID sheets and trays provided. 2pm. £5. Contact 01434 250209.

Sunday, September 16

Bands at Belsay. One of the region’s best traditional bands - Hexham Brass, plays outside the front of Belsay Hall. From 2.30pm. Normal admission applies.

Monday, September 17

Salsacise. Latin-style dance lesson for the over 50s. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-noon. £3. Call 01665 511350.

Monday, September 17

Bookstart Bear Club - Stories & Crafts. Rhymes, songs and stories for children aged from six months to three years old. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt. 2pm. Free. Call 01665 602689.

Monday, September 17

Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetmouth Group. Northern Orchids - a talk by Colin Scrutton. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. £1.50, including tea/biscuits. Call Alan Rapley on 01665 714870.

Monday, September 17

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

Tuesday, September 18

Tour of Rock Garden and Pinetum. Meet the gardeners at Cragside for a tour of one of the largest rock gardens in Europe and the Pinetum, a grand collection of conifers. At Cragside. 1pm–3pm. Call 01669 620333.

Tuesday, September 18

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.

Wednesday, September 19

Qigong classes (the medicinal form of Tai Chi). Exercise to improve posture, flexibility and strength. In the Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden. 3pm. £2. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, September 19

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, September 19, to Sunday, September 23

Berwick Upon Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival. Annual celebration of the art of film. Tickets are now on sale from www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com or from The Maltings Theatre and Cinema’s Box Office: 01289 330999

Wednesday, September 19

Alnwick Civic Society Conservation Awards. Awards and commendations presented by Chris Mullin, chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the North East of England, who will also talk on walled gardens and other matters. At Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm.

Thursday, September 20

Aln Valley Railway Society. Bishop Auckland: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Station – presentation by Andrew Everett. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments available from 7pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards costs. Contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.



Walking Safely in the Hills Course. Learn how to plan and follow a route and to use basic map skills to navigate successfully then walk in the Cheviots. Over 18s early. Information and booking, call 01289 466466.

Saturday, September 15

Natural History Society of Northumbria Wading Birds. Learn to identify some of the migrating wader birds that are found along the coast during autumn. At Low Newton. 3pm–5pm. Free event but booking is essential. Call 0191 232 6386.

Sunday, September 16

Fungi walks. The annual search for the rich autumnal harvest of fungi with expert local mycologists. Meet at Kielder Castle. At 10.30am and 2pm. £6, £5 conc, £16 family of four. Booking essential, contact 01434 250209.

Sunday, September 16

Cold Law-Hawsen Burn-Broadstruther circular. A seven-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at Carey Burn Bridge. 10.30am. For information or if weather is inclement, contact Judy Williams on 01665 581531.

Sunday, September 16

Alwinton to Biddlestone. Four-hour, eight-mile walk. Starts at Alwinton, 10.30am. Visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com


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. Tomorrow until October 27.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Our Agricultural Heritage. The development of agriculture in Alnwick district from 1066. Until October 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 Sunday, November 4. Free, 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. Seven bold and colourful artists come together in the Bold, Colour, Future exhibition. 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 Design Room Art Gallery

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

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Always on show – a selection of work from many of the area’s leading artists. Original works (including Jo Kirkham-Knaggs, Ken Spencer, Rob Newton), hand-made prints (Hester Cox, Tom Davidson), photography (Lee Frost) and prints. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays-Tuesdays. www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk


Aln Valley Railway Site

0300 0303311. At its Lionheart site, Alnwick. Open days, Thursdays–Sundays, from 10am.

Alnwick Castle

01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including the Unlocked ticket.

Alnwick Garden

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

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

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.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

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

Berwick Barracks

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

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 from today to 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. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60. EH members free.

Edlingham Castle

0191 269 1200. Open during 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 Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry, 2.15pm. £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 run every hour on the half-hour, 11.30am–3.30pm. Return journeys, adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, seniors £5.50. Shop/ticket office opens 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick

Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

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 on page two of this week’s Gazette before travelling. 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. 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. 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. Warkworth Castle is open daily, 10am–5pm. Admission is £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. EH members free. However, Warkworth Hermitage is open on Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. Admission is £3.30, child £2, conc £3.