What’s on in Northumberland – week ending August 1



The Maltings Theatre presents Here Come The Girls. Show-stopping musical magic. Maltings, Berwick. £9.50, £7.50 conc, child £5. 7.30pm.

Sunday, July 28, and Monday, July 29

Steven Berkoff presents An Actor’s Lament. Ages 12+. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £10, child £5. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, July 31

National Theatre – The Audience with Helen Mirren. Maltings, Berwick. £16, £14 conc, child £8. 7pm. 01289 330999.



Hippolyte et Aricie. Alnwick Playhouse. 6pm. Premier £18, standard £17, conc £16, child/student £10, Friends £15. 01665 510785.


Man of Steel (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. 01665 510785.

Saturday, July 27

Despicable Me 2. Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. 01289 330999.

Saturday, July 27

World War Z (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, July 30

Behind the Candelabra (15). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. 01289 330999.


Today to Sunday, July 28

Music at Paxton. Festival of chamber music. Paxton House. Visit www.musi catpaxton.co.uk.


Village Voices Choir. Seahouses Methodist Church. 7pm. £5.


Terry Gorman. Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm.


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

Saturday, July 27

Christian Forshaw’s Sanctuary Ensemble. St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. Noon and 2pm. £11.50, £9.20 conc. Info/booking, www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Saturday, July 27

The Elles and Poor Boys. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, July 28

New Voices. Brinkburn Priory. Normal admission. 2pm. www.theheritagecon sultant.co.uk

Monday, July 29

The Marygate Singers. St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 2pm and 4pm. £11.50, £9.20 conc. Info/booking, www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Monday, July 29

Folk Singing Session. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Tuesday, July 30

Jeff Jolly Band. Maltings, Berwick. £10, £8 concs, child £5. 7.30pm. 01289 330999.

Thursday, August 1

Songs of Love and Prayer - Coquetdale Chamber Choir. Musical director, John Casken. Music by Holst, Elgar, Maxwell Davies, Britten, Gorecki, Casken and Part. Alwinton Church. 7.30pm. Free, voluntary contributions.

Thursday, August 1

Rothbury Roots. Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. £10. For tickets, 01669 620470.



Pop-up Summer Market. Etal Village Hall. 11am. 07970 697433.


Pond Dipping. Nets, trays and ID charts provided. At Kielder. 10am–10.30am or 10.30am–11am. Booking essential, 01434 251000.


Build a Gnome. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.


Peterkin the Jester. Alnwick Castle. This event is free with admission, check times and locations on arrival.


Elderberries Clinic Café. Free healthcare for the over 50s. Alnwick Garden. 1.30pm–4pm. To book, 01665 511080.

Today and Tomorrow

Summer Art Workshop 2013 - Enjoy Drawing and Painting. Ages 16+. Maltings, Berwick. 10am-4pm. £15 daily. 01289 330999.

Today, Monday, July 29, Tuesday, July 30, and Thursday, August 1

Budding Chefs. Ages 5-13. Alnwick Garden. Sessions 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. Each session £10. Info/booking, 01665 511378.

Today, Tuesday, August 30, and Thursday, August 1

Bee-friendly Tours. Alnwick Garden. 1pm and 3pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Today, Tuesday, July 30, and Thursday, August 1

Pump Room Tours. Alnwick Garden. Various times. Tours are £10. Booking compulsory and must be made five days in advance, 01665 511350 or 01665 511352 for groups.


Bingo. Eyes down 7.30pm. Cottage Inn, Dunstan.

Tonight and Thursday, August 1

Seahouses Social Club Family Fun Nigh. Kids disco, bingo for vouchers, entertainment for youngsters and parents in the Concert Room. 7pm. Cover Charge £1.

Today and Tomorrow

Fort Wallington Week. Recreation of imaginative adventures the Trevelyan children had at Wallington, with themed activities based around the play fort in the woods. Normal admission. Booking essential for some events. 01670 773600.

Today to Thursday, August 1

Dream Flags. Design a flag (DIY pack £4.50 a family) then display it at the tree hut. Until September 1. Cragside. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Today to Thursday, August 1

Time Travellers Go Highwaymen and Pirates. Includes storytelling, sword and cutlass drill and craft activities. Until August 26. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am-5pm. Normal admission, plus extra £1pp. 01661 881636.


King-Swing or indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. King-Swing, 10am–12.30pm, indoor climbing wall, 1pm-4pm. £10 per activity. 01434 250232.


Create Fairy and Pixie Houses. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Tomorrow and Saturday, July 27

Milkyway Stargazing at Kielder Observatory. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderob servatory.org.

Saturday, July 27

Farne Islands al fresco. Unique dining experience at the Lighthouse garden on the farne Islands. www.ourcoastoursea.org.uk

Saturday, July 27

Car Boot Sale. Organised by Alnwick Lions Club, in aid of local good causes. Homebase car park, Alnwick. 9am. £10 per car. 0845 8335931.

Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28

Seahouses Food & Craft Market. To be held at The Bunker, opposite the RNLI car park. 10am-4pm. To book stalls, 01665 720263. If weather is inclement, 07811 169200.

Saturday, July 27

Budding Artists - Fairy and Pixie Peg Friends. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, July 27

Hen Harrier Carnival. Celebrating this bird of prey with circus performances, workshops, games, and craft activities. Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28

Craster Arms Annual Beer Festival. Beer tent with 15 different ales. Wide selection of craft ciders and perrys. Also, outdoor barbecue and live music throughout the week, including The Happy Cats, Before The Mast, Kenny Kirsop and Maurice Suthurst. 01665 720272.

Sunday, July 28

Celebrating the Gospels. Join Rachel from Sticks and Stones to design and illuminate your own tile. Bamburgh Castle. Included in admission. 01668 214515.

Sunday, July 28

Northumbrian Homes and Interiors Fair. Public retail event showcasing a range of products for the home and garden. Willowburn Sports & Leisure Centre, Alnwick. 11am-4pm.

Sunday, July 28

Budding Artist Programme - Marvellous Mobiles. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, July 28

Teasy Dancing. Elegant afternoon of dancing and socialising. Alnwick Garden. 2pm-5pm, including afternoon tea. £14. To book, 01665 511350.

Monday, July 29

Canoeing/kayaking. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 10am-4pm. £10 per half hour. 01434 250232.

Monday, July 29

Budding Artists Programme - Bug Buddies. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Monday, July 29

Deer Safari. Bring binoculars if you have them. Kielder. 8pm–10pm. £10. Booking essential, 01434 220242.

Monday, July 29, to Thursday, August 1

Art Craft Exhibition. In aid of The Suzy Fund supporting an Ethiopian feeding station. Until August 3. Methodist Church Hall, Main Street, Seahouses. 10am-5pm.

Monday, July 29, to Thursday, August 1

Trevelyan Play at Wallington. Discover how the Trevelyan family lived and played at Wallington, with themed games and activities, indoors and outside. Until August 30. Normal admission. 01670 773600.

Tuesday, July 30

Nature Detectives. Age 8+. Kielder. 1.30pm–4pm. Children £5, accompanying adults free. Booking essential, 01388 529154.

Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31

Granny Turismo. Weird, wacky and funny entertainment. Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, July 31

Hanging cargo net, swinging logs and balancing beams. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop-in, 10am-4pm. £10 per circuit. 01434 250232.

Wednesday, July 31

Budding Artist Programme - Floweries. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, July 31

Make a dream catcher. Cragside. £2 per child, normal admission. 01669 620333.

Thursday, August 1

Nest-box Making. 10.30am–noon. Kielder. Noon. £5 per nest box. Booking essential, 01434 251000.


Saturday, July 27

Nordic Walking Training. Rothbury. 10am. £13.50. Morning training is followed by afternoon walk in Rothbury. £8.50 extra for Nordic Walk. Walking poles provided. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks, 01669 621044.

Saturday, July 27

Nordic Walk - Rothbury Carriageway Drive. 4.5-miles. Meet Rothbury. 1pm. £8.50. Free pole hire. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks, 01669 621044.

Saturday, July 27

Hole via Ros Castle. Eight miles. Meet Hepburn. 10.30am. £10. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks, 01669 621044.

Sunday, July 28

Craster to Low Newton. Eight miles. Meet at Craster car park outside the TIC (charges apply). 10am. £15, couple £25, child £5, family £30. Booking essential, 01289 389244.

Wednesday, July 31

Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour miniPhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9am. £45. 01665 576012 or @nland360 to reserve a place.

Wednesday, July 31

Craster to Seahouses. 9.5-miles. Stage 3 of the Northumberland Coast Path walking series. www.ourcoastoursea.org.uk


Aln Valley Railway

0300 0303311. Lionheart Station, Alnwick. Open Sunday, 10am–4pm.

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State Rooms, 11pm–5pm. www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

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

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holidays, 10am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, children free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am-5pm. State rooms open at 11am. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-5pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open Sundays-Fridays, noon-5pm. Closed Saturdays. £9, conc £8, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Monday-Fridays. Tours on the hour, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm; Sundays, 10am-noon. Closed Saturdays. £7, conc £5, children £3, family £15.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today and tomorrow, 1pm–5pm, then 11am-5pm daily. Garden/woodland, 10am-7pm daily. Gift Aid – whole property: £15.20, child £7.60, family £37.90. Gardens only: £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–6pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 10am-5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains leave Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am-3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am-3.30pm. Ticket office/shop opens at 10am. Return journeys cost £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, under fives £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am-5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily, noon–6pm. Gift Aid – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check crossing times on page two. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am-5pm. Gardens admission is £4.25, accompanied U16s free. Nursery/cafe admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily 10am-5pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open Wed-Mon, noon–5pm, but closed Tues. Walled garden open daily, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid – Garden/grounds only: £8, child £4, family £20. Whole property: £11.50, child £5.75, family £28.75. £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Hermitage closed until the end of the season due to operational difficulties with access.