What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, September 6

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Thursday, September 6

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. First performance of Northumberland Theatre Company’s latest production. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 7.30pm. Tickets/information, contact 01665 602586.



Open Mic Night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Saturday, September 1

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

Sunday, September 2

Andante Chamber Choir. Acappella music through the seasons. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free but normal admission applies. Contact 07913 400924.

Sunday, September 2

North Tyneside Pipe Band. At Wallington. 2pm. Free but normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, September 2

Bands at Belsay. The Ellington Colliery Band plays outside the front of Belsay Hall. 2.30pm. Normal admission applies. Contact 01661 881636.

Sunday, September 2

Northumbrian Music and Song. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 8pm. £8, child £4, U12s free. To book, call 01670 761872.

Monday, September 3

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



Go Wild at Wallington. Celebrate the great outdoors from woodland and farmland to the seaside through themed activities, crafts and trails. Charge for some activities. 11am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3pm. Contact 01670 773600.


Medieval Jesting with Peterkin. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals, 11am-4pm. Call 01665 511350.


Herb-tastic. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.


Chivalry and The Knight. At Warkworth Castle. 11am–4.30pm. £5.50, conc £5, child £3.50, EH members free. Call 01665 711423.

Today to Sunday, September 2

Dahlia Festival. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. Call 01665 511350.

Today to Sunday, September 2

Splash Festival. Dancing fountains/water-themed activities. At Cragside. 10am–5pm. Flume racing takes place today. Call 01669 620333.

Today to Monday, September 3

Summer Holiday Activities at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. Until Monday Call 01670 528080.


The Universe at Kielder Observatory. Tour of the facility and use the telescopes. 8pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.


Comedy at the Castle. A selection of acts. 16+. At Bamburgh Castle. 6.30pm. Advanced tickets £10. Cash bar, hog roast available. Contact 07885 650383.


Gideons International Friends’ Evening. Music by the Bedlington Salvation Army Band. Guest speaker, Stephen Waring of Liverpool. Free buffet supper. A collection will be taken during the evening. Not a ticket event. In the St James’ Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7.30pm.


King Swing and Climbing Wall at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in, 10am–4pm. £10 per activity (two turns). Call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow to Sunday, September 2

Crafts with the Company of Artisans. Learn about plaster cast work, scriptorium (illuminated manuscript), soap-making and medieval tiles. At Alnwick Castle. 10am-5pm. Contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Sunday, September 2

Raphael Falconry. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals, 11am-4pm. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, September 1

Car Wash Day. The Fire Fighters Charity is gearing up for a national car wash day, which will be supported by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. Fire stations taking part in north northumberland are Belford, Alnwick and Amble.

Saturday, September 1

Summerhill Care Home Summer Fair. Includes tombola, raffle, cake stall, craft Stall and guess the weight of the cake, as well as refreshments. At Summerhill Care Home, Alnwickk. 2pm.

Saturday, September 1

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

Saturday, September 1

The Opera Dudes. Mixing music with laughter. The Dudes are described as where Il Divo meets Morecambe and Wise At Rennington Village Hall. 6.30pm with early evening buffet before the Dudes perform about 7.30pm. Tickets, £18, in advance only. Contact Anne on 01665 577535.

Sunday, September 2

Design and create a Sketch and Smudge Diary. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 2

Summer Arts Workshops at Kielder Castle. With sessions throughout the day. Booking recommended or pay on day if space. Call 01434 250209 or visit www.visitkielder.com

Monday, September 3

Create an imaginative flower. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 2

Etal Horticultural Show. With traditional and much-loved competitive exhibition of flowers, vegetables, handicrafts and artwork, music, craft and charity stalls, children’s carousel and bouncy castle, companion dog show, with both obedience and fun classes, refreshments, traditional quoits, vintage agricultural vehicles, archery and more. There will also be a historical theme with a live skirmish re-enactment on the field, led by the Flodden and 16th Century Living History group. They will have an encampment set up where visitors can see authentic 16th century crafts being demonstrated. 1pm. Entry at the gate, £3, £1 children. Parking free.

Monday, September 3

Talk – Birds of Cragside and Upper Coquetdale. By Andrew Sawyer for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetdale Group. At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members free, visitors/non-members £2. Contact David on 01669 621972.

Tuesday, August 4

Make a Mini Scarecrow. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Tuesday, September 4

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.

Tuesday, September 4

Alnwick and District Flower Club. Surprises by Karl Brunton. In the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. Contact 01670 787298.

Thursday, September 6

Heritage Open Days. Many cultural and historic properties in north Northumberland will be opening their doors. The event runs until Sunday, September 9. For more information, visit the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk


Sunday, September 2

St Cuthbert’s Way. A 13-mile walk with Shepherds Walks exploring part of St Cuthbert’s Way. This walk is the second section, from Wooler to Fenwick. After meeting at Fenwick there will be a short transfer to Wooler. Starts 10am, at Fenwick. £15. Booking/information, call 01830 540453.

Sunday, Septmebr 2

Nordic Walking Taster Session. A fully qualified Nordic walking trainer will take you through the basics of Nordic Walking At Kirkharle. Nordic Walking poles loaned at no cost. Booking/information, contatc 01830 540453.

Sunday, September 2

College Valley to Eccles Cairn circular. A 7.5-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at Hethpool Car Park. 10.30am. Information or if weather is inclement, contact Elidh on 01665 574839.

Tuesday, September 4

In the Footsteps of Lady Armstrong. Stroll with Andrew Sawyer, Cragside’s conservation and interpretation officer, around Tumbleton Lake and through the formal garden to find out more about the lady who developed the landscape at Cragside. At Cragside. Free. 1pm–3pm. Contact 01669 620333.

Thursday, September 6

The College Valley. A walk with Alnwick & District Natural History Society along the valley looking at autumnal flora and fauna. Meet at Hethpool car park. 2pm. Contact Coral on 01665 602614.


Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Annual Open Exhibition. Until September 8. Open box office hours.

Amble Photographic Group

Show of members’ work. Until September 3. In Amble Town Council Office. Open most days, 10am-4pm.

Bailiffgate Museum

Alnwick, 01665 605847. Photos by local photographer Darryn Wade and local art by students of Fiona White. Until tomorrow. Open daily, 10am–4pm. From September 5, new exhibition Our Agricultural Heritage begins. £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. Work by Judy Appleby, Barbara Franc, Hideyuki Sobue, Beth Roberts Fiddes, Allan Scott and Walter Holmes. Open Tues, Thurs–Sat, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sun, 11.30am–4.30pm. Closed Mon & Wed, but open Bank Holidays.

The Design Room Art Gallery

High Street, Wooler, 07921 436427. Work by Joanne Wishart. Until September 10. 6pm–9pm. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm. Sunday by appointment.

The Old School Gallery

Alnmouth, 01665 830600. Solo exhibition by artist Anthony Marshall. Until September 2. Also on show is selection of mixed work from the area’s leading artists, original works, hand-made prints, photography and prints. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays-Tuesdays. Visit www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Sci-fi exhibition, Invasion. Costumes, props and robots from TV and sci-fi film blockbusters come together in this exhibition. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Until September 3. Also running, Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitman. Until September 9. Free.


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. Daily events include The Garden Bunch. Open late tonight, 6pm–9pm, for Sounds of Summer Evenings. Normal admission applies.

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. Adult £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 admission 4pm. State rooms open 11am. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (2 adults/up to three children), U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £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. Adult £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc.

Chillingham Castle

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

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

01669 620333. Gardens and woodland are open daily, 10am–7pm. The house is also open daily, 11am–5pm. 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 for the cornmill is 45 mins before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. A 15 gauge steam engine railway Open daily. The 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

01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The 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 – adult £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. Adult £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. Adult £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, adults £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: Adult £10.80, £5.40 child, £27 family. Garden/grounds only: £7.50, £3.75 child, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. EH members free. The Hermitage is open on Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3.