What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, September 27



A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northumberland Theatre Company’s latest production. At Acklington Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, call 01670 761941.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Same as above At Chatton Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, call 01668 282271.

Saturday, September 22

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Same as above. At Longhirst Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, call 01670 790764.

Thursday, September 27

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. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Thursday, September 27

The Radio Revellers. A 1930’s 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. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Thursday, September 27

An Evening of Age and Sex. Performed by Warkworth Drama Group. At Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Also performed on the evenings of September 28 and 29. Tickets, £6, available from N&F Young of Amble and Warkworth Village Store, or order forms are available online at www.warkworthdrama.org.uk



Andrew Lobb. Felton-based singer/songwriter performs concert, which will include tracks from his new CD, Border Lines, which covers a range of local historical subjects such as the border reivers and herring girls. At The United Reformed Church, West Thirston. 7.30pm. Tickets, £5, available on the door or at the Running Fox in Felton.


Dave Black. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Saturday, September 22

Concert. The Border Tarts sing various musical styles a capella, with vivacity and verve. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free but normal Priory admission applies. Contact 0191 2853059.

Saturday, September 22

Emily Portman Trio. Emily is a singer and concertina player from Glastonbury. She now performs extensively with Rachel Newton and Lucy Farrell as the Emily Portman Trio. With support from Blackwing. At Etal Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. Tickets £10. To book, call Helen or Steve on 01890 820566.

Saturday, September 22

The Range. This rock outfit will perform all sorts of rock classics at the 3 Wise Monkeys, Fenkle Street, Alnwick. 9pm. The venue is also hosting an Alnwick ‘fringe’ beer festival, which is being sponsored by Allendale Brewery and Anarchy Brew Company.

Sunday, September 23

Bands at Belsay. One of the regions best traditional bands - The Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band, plays on the lawn outside Belsay Hall. Feel free to bring deck chairs or rugs. 2.30pm. Normal admission applies.

Sunday, September 23

Organ Recital. By Frederick Peacock FRCO, choirmaster at St George’s Church, Jesmond. Followed by light refreshments. At Saint Mary’s Church, Newton-by-the Sea, 3pm. Donations to St Mary’s and Friends of St George’s.

Monday, September 24

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. Call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Thursday, September 27

Rothbury Roots. The legendary Rod Clements performs. With support from young singer-songwriter Paddy Rogan. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £8. For tickets, call 01669 620470.

Thursday, September 27

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Johnny Duncan Duo perform. 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.



Rock Garden Group AGM Plant Sale. At Community Club West Street, Belford. Plant sale/produce stall at 2pm, with proceeds to group funds, preceded by Grand Picnic at 1pm.

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.

Today 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


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.


Talk. Andrew Lobb presents a talk to East Coquet Local History Society entitled History in Song. At St Mark’s URC Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. All welcome.


Belford Knights’ Medieval Knight. Fancy dress with entertainment led by the Belford Players, music by Ian Campbell, a buffet and disco. In aid of school/community mini-bus. At Belford Golf Club. 7pm. Tickets are limited and are £10 from the Blue Bell and Community Shop.


Big Universe, at Kielder Observatory. Learn about scientific efforts to understand the skies and tour the facility. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Saturday, September 22

Harvest Hop and Supper. With NE Time. At Eglingham Village Hall. 7pm. £10, £2.50 children. Call 01665 578342.

Saturday, September 22

Aurora Night, at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, how to see them and tour the facility. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Sunday, September 23

Talk and book-signing. Well-known and much-loved author, former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and wife Clare, as well as Northumberland artist Olivia Lomenech Gill will be at Barter Books, Alnwick. There will be a book-signing of the new book Where My Wellies Take Me. 11am-1pm. Free.

Sunday, September 23

Harvest Festival. Schoolchildren who have been growing food in the Alnwick Garden’s Roots and Shoots Garden will have their harvest on display for the general public. There will also be craft sessions for everyone to create veggie pets. In the Pavilion Room, at The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Contact 01665 511350.

Monday, September 24

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

Tuesday, September 25

Plants of the Formal Garden. Join the gardeners for a stroll through the gardens at Cragside. Find out more about the plants from around the world in the Formal Garden. Free. 1pm–3pm. Call 01669 620333.

Tuesday, September 25

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 26

Coffee and Crayons, followed by Sing With Me. A relaxed craft session suitable for the U5s before a session to play instruments, sing songs, catch bubbles and chase ribbons. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am-12.30pm. £3 per child. Garden ticket not required. Contact 01665 511350.

Wednesday, September 26

Bushcraft Experience - Adult Taster Course. One-day workshop giving an insight in to the world of campcraft and outdoor living skills. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £25, £20 National Trust members. Booking essential, call 0844 249 1895.

Wednesday, September 26

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 26

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 26

Public Observing, at Kielder Observatory. Learn about the dark skies with your naked eye, binoculars and the observatory’s telescopes, or bring your own. Experts on hand to help you use instrumentation. £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential, call 07805 638469.

Wednesday, September 26

Talk. Roger Manning gives a talk to Alnwick Wildlife Group entitled Haunts of the Highlands. Refreshments to follow. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. non-members £2.

Wednesday, September 26

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


Saturday, September 22

St Cuthbert – Lindisfarne’s First Nature Warden. Free guided walk in and around Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve with local historian and volunteer John Woodhurst. Wear suitable footwear. Bring a drink/snack. Children must be accompanied. Dogs on short leads welcome. Meet at Chare Ends Public Car Park, Holy Island. 1pm–3pm. Booking required, call 01289 381470.


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. 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 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. 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 at the site, as part of the Aln Valley Railway project, 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, 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.

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 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 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. 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.