What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, September 22


Alnwick Playhouse

Tomorrow: Caladh Nua – Young Irish band perform a mix of traditional Irish dance music, songs and more recently-composed pieces. 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc/child/student.

Saturday, September 17: Phillip Dyson – International concert pianist, including works by Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin. 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc/child/student.

Tuesday, September 20: Back To Broadway – Songs from the world’s favourite musicals, including Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, Grease and Les Miserables. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50, £17 conc/child/student.

Thursday, September 22: Musical Arson! – Pluck is a group of three hilarious musicians who compete, ridicule, argue and seduce their way through Bach to The Beatles. 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc/child/student.


Tonight: Cell 211 (18; 112mins) – Thriller. 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5.50.

Monday, September 19: Horrid Henry The Movie (U; 92mins) – Children’s comedy. 4.30pm. Tickets £6, £5.50.

Wednesday, September 21: Beginners (15; 104mins) – Drama. 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £5.50.

The Maltings

Tonight and tomorrow: Equus – London Classic Theatre’s production of Peter Schaffer’s acclaimed play. 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £12 conc, £16 circle, £18 box.

Tomorrow and Saturday, September 17: Wanting for Anghus – Written by Laura Lindow and directed by Rachel Glover. 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50, £6.50 conc.

Saturday, September 17: Uncharted Waters – An aerial dance theatre triple bill in collaboration with Strange Bird Zirkus. 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £10 conc, £14 circle, £16 box.

Sunday, September 18: Kids Sleeping Beauty Panto Auditions – Age 8-12yrs, 10.30am-noon; age 13-18yrs, 1pm-3pm. Completed application form and photograph must be provided.

Sunday, September 18: Berwick Broadcasting Corporation, Live Radio Plays – Watch a 1940s-style radio show performed and broadcast. 7pm. Free.

Wednesday, September 21, and Thursday September 22: Tempests – An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 7pm. Tickets £8, £5 conc.

Wednesday, September 21: Mark Steel’s In Town – Live recording of BBC Radio 4’s Sony Award-winning show. 7pm. Tickets free but must be booked online.

Thursday, September 22: Jo Caulfield, Cruel To Be Kind 2011 – One of the country’s most popular female stand-up comedians. 7.30pm. Tickets £12/£10.


Saturday, September 17 and, Sunday, September 18: The Smurfs (U; 103mins) – Children’s comedy. 1pm Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday. Tickets £5.

Monday, September 19: The Devil’s Double (18; 118mins) – Drama. 8pm. Tickets £2.50.

Tuesday, September 20, and Thursday, September 22: Super 8 (12A; 111mins) – Sci-fi. 8pm Tuesday, 7pm Thursday. Tickets £5.

Wednesday, September 21: The Consequences of Love (15; 105mins) – Italian drama. 8.30pm. Tickets £5.


Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Adam Cole. Back by very popular demand, Adam is already a Wellwood crowd-pleaser, playing all those songs you want to hear, from the Killers to the Beatles. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Free.

Saturday, September 17: Lush Acoustic Night. Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with Shipcote and Friends, country bluesman Carl Cape, finger-picking from Bill Read, Jamie Robb (fiddle), Tom Beels (percussion) and singer-songwriter David Ainsworth. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm-11pm. Free.

Sunday, September 18: Ann Wilkinson Sings. A collection of popular folk songs in the Central Hall at Wallington. 2pm and 3pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773600.

Monday, September 19: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Railway, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Today: Film Show and Talk. Warkworth and Amble District Royal British Legion hosts a film show and talk which will be presented by Ranald Leask, focusing on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), giving people an insight about the work CWGC does all over the world to commemorate the war dead, as well as building and maintaining cemeteries and memorials, and establishing and preserving records. At The Sun Hotel, Warkworth. 7.30pm. £4 per person, which can be paid on entry, and includes a donation to CWGC. Also a raffle. Everyone welcome.

Today and Thursday, September 22: Public Observing. Experts on hand to help you learn about the incredible dark sky. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Today, Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 22: Guided tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. Join a member of the gardening team on a tour of the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.45pm. Meet by the what’s on board. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The session is light-hearted and focuses 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 and Saturday, September 17: The Big Universe At Kielder Observatory. What’s really out there? At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Tomorrow, Monday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 21: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. Every week The Garden changes, join a member of the gardening team for a tour to share their love of the garden and all it has to offer. Free with admission ticket. Noon–1pm. Meet by the what’s on board. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18: Hedgehogs need somewhere to hibernate in the winter so here’s your chance to provide them with a cosy home. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 11am to 4pm Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18: Battle of Britain Activities. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Contact 01665 605847 or www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18: Forestry Show. Trade stands, activites, displays plus unique forestry demos like chainsaw carving and tree-climbing. At Cragside. Free, normal admission. Contact 01669 620333.

Saturday, September 17: Watercolour Painting Day. Enjoy a special painting day in the gardens at Wallington, with demonstrations and advice from local artist Sandra Taylor. 10am-4.30pm. £45 including coffee and lunch.

Saturday, September 17: 4x4 Safari. Family-orientated event for drivers of standard or lightly modified road legal 4x4 vehicles. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am-4pm. £50 per vehicle including breakfast voucher for driver. Booking essential on 08445 889965.

Saturday, September 17: Thropton Show. With a fell race, exhibitors’ tent, beer tent and demonstrations. Contact Melanie Scott on 07766 541679.

Saturday, September 17: War Memorial Ceremony. Organised by the Parish Council. At the Jubilee Hall, Newton on the Moor. 11am.

Monday, September 19: Salsacise. Salsacise is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. The routine is a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Meet at The Pavilion Room, in The Alnwick Garden. 11am-noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, September 21: Compost Corner. Learn how to make compost to feed your garden soil and the work of the humble earth worm who will help recycle kitchen waste into a rich compost ideal for top dressing pot plants. 2pm. At the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. Booking essential, call 01665 511356. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Thursday, September 22: Talk. Cross Country Trains. Richard Gibson, head of communications, will be giving an update on the current state of play and what is planned in the future of this company which serves local stations including Alnmouth. At the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station.7pm for 7.30pm.


Sunday, September 18: Walk. Alnwick Ramblers from Hepple to Wreighill via Holystone and Sharperton. Meet at lay-by north of Hepple Bridge. 10.30am. Contact Margaret Wallhead on 0191 2364549.

Sunday, September 18: Walk. A six-mile coastal walk past Dunstanburgh Castle with Morpeth Footpaths Society. Starts 1pm. Meet in the quarry car park at Craster – £2 all-day parking. Visit www.morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Monday, September 19, to Sunday, September 25: Walking Festival. The eight Morpeth Riverside Walking Festival, organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust. Guided walks, heritage walks and activities in and around the town. £6-£8. Booking essential. Contact 01670 503641.

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. The Annual Open Exhibition by Alnwick District Arts Association. Until October 1. Open during box office hours.

Amble Social History Group. A display of photographs in the Town Council meeting room, at the Warkworth Harbour Commissioners building, on the Quayside. Until September 16. The exhibition focuses on the Harbour and includes the Brickworks, the train line, the Greasy pole and more. Open 10am–4pm, Monday–Friday. A representative of the Social History Group will be on hand on occasions to answer any questions.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnwick has the Art Factor. This new exhibition is 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. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm.

Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk Twitter @northumberart. Poppies and Butterflies – A Celebration of Summer. An exhibition of original summer landscapes by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus the launch of her newest limited edition prints of Northumberland. Also, an eclectic 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 squirrel photography by Will Nicholls. Until September 30.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original and limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. New works in the Coastal Cottage Series, including Craster lobster pots. 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. A new art space with café, sofas and a log fire. Current exhibition Contemporary British art with a northern edge, as well as a summer exhibition. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Rolf Harris limited edition prints now available at the gallery. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk 01665 830600. Superb original artwork, prints and photography always on display. Photography by Lee Frost, Jeremy Preston and Nigel Lowder; David Hall and Mike Bell prints; Alison Read hand made prints; Tom Davidson, Pam Grimmond and Penny Berry lino-cuts, and much more. Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Wallington, 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.


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.

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.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, children £1. All proceeds go to local charities.

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–5pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices.

Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, 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. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, Gardens and Estate, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Saturday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Friday, 1pm–5pm, last admission 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–5pm 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–5pm.

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. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. 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 Saturday, 10am–3pm, and then Sunday, September 18 to Thursday, September 22, Noon-5pm. Closed Monday, September 19.

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

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–5pm 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.

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 daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.