What’s on in Northumberland - week ending August 7

Poster for the new Jersey Boys film showing at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, August 1, and Tuesday, August 5.
Poster for the new Jersey Boys film showing at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, August 1, and Tuesday, August 5.


Thursday, July 31, to Saturday, August 2: The Tideline Runners Theatre Company in association with The Maltings Theatre presents Sam & Isla Forever. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12, £10.50 conc, circle £14, box seat £16, child £6. 01289 330999.

Saturday, August 2: Monty Python Live (mostly). Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £15, standard £14, conc £13, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, August 6: The Singing Kettle - Jungle Party. Maltings, Berwick. £12, family £44 (minimum of one adult). 1pm. 01289 330999.


Fri, Aug 1, and Sat, Aug 2, and Tues, Aug 5, to Thurs, Aug 7: How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Fri, Aug 1, and Tues, Aug 5: Jersey Boys (15). Tomorrow: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm, premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, 01665 510785. Tuesday: 1pm and 7.30pm, £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, 01289 330999.

Sunday, August 3: Maleficent (PG). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Mon, Aug 4, and Wed, Aug 6: Mrs Brown’s Boys D Movie (15). Maltings, Berwick. Monday: 1pm, 6pm and 8.30pm. Wednesday: 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.


Thursday, July 31: The Peatbog Faeries. High-octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before. Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. Premier £17.50, standard £16.50. 01665 510785.

Thursday, July 31, and Thurs, Aug 7: Buskers’ Night. Hosted by Lee Brown. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion provided or bring your own instrument. At Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm-midnight.

Thursday, July 31, and Thurs, Aug 7: Traditional Northumbrian Music Concert. With Margaret and Andrew Watchorn. Tonight: St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, 7.30pm. August 7: St Mary’s Church, Holy Island, 6.30pm. Tickets for each concert are £7.50, accompanied U12s free, on the door. 01665 576245.

Saturday, August 2: Martin Alvarado - Tango de Amor. Mesmerising evening of tango with the exceptional tenor voice of Argentina’s world-renowned tango soloist, Martin Alvarado. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £14, £12.50 conc, child £8. 01289 330999.

Monday, August 4: Lunchtime Concert. Designer Strings. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Monday, August 4: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, August 6: Lunchtime Concert. Tom Wyllie. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Wed, Aug 6, and Thurs, Aug 7: Alnwick International Music Festival. Evening concerts. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £9, conc £8. 01665 510785.

Thursday, August 7: Lunchtime Concert. The Larks. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 7: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Gordon Brown Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members admission £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.


Thursday, July 31: Family Bushcraft. Cook food on the barbecue and have a go at making an elder-wood pea-shooter or a string bracelet among other events. 12.30pm-5.30pm. £10, £30 family of four. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 01388 529154.

Thursday, July 31: Budding Artist - Poppy Making. Alnwick Garden. Various times through the day. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Thursday, July 31, and Friday, August 1: Adult Landscape Photography with Stephen Whitehorne. Maltings, Berwick. Today: Talk/slideshow/theory (10am-noon), Practical session (12.30pm-2.30pm). Tomorrow, there is also a talk and practical session. Ages 16+. £40 per day or £65 for both days. Visit maltingsberwick.co.uk

Thursday, July 31, to Sun, Aug 3: Peterkin the Jester. High jinks all round from a madcap medieval fool. Alnwick Castle. Normal admission. 01665 511100.

Thursday, July 31, to Sun, Aug 3, and Tues, Aug 5, to Wed, Aug 7: Events at Kielder Observatory. Visit http://kielderobservatory.org/

Thursday, July 31, to Thurs, Aug 7: Activities at Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland. Including Fusilier trail and musket firing. At Alnwick Castle. 01665 602152.

Thursday, July 31, to Thurs, Aug 7: Splash! Family-friendly water-pistol fun. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350. The Alnwick Garden Shop has water pistols in stock to buy should people arrive unarmed.

Thursday, July 31, and Thurs, Aug 7: St Abbs Summer Markets. Etal Village Hall. 11am-3pm. 07970 697433.

Friday, August 1: Family Friday. Design a postcard or stamp and learn how your ancestors would have enjoyed a day at the seaside. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 11am-2pm. Suitable for children. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Free entry for children if booked in advance. Call 01665 605847.

Friday, August 1: Budding Artists - Willow Crafts. Alnwick Garden. Various times through the day. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Friday, August 1, to Thurs, Aug 7: Science Quest. A trail for inquisitive families. Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the wonder of science on a one-mile trail. £1 per pack at Cragside. 10am-5pm. Normal admission. 01669 622003.

Saturday, August 2: Embroiderers’ Guild National Stitch Day, Alnwick Playhouse. 10am-1pm. Visitors welcome.

Saturday, August 2: The Acklington Scarecrow Trail. 10.30am-4.30pm. The best place to start the trail is at Acklington Village Hall. Collect a map for £1, proceeds in aid of Acklington Church. Coffees, snacks and homemade lunches will also be available at the village hall. 01670 760414.

Saturday, August 2: Powburn Show. The traditional start of the Northumberland show season, with classes for horticulture, cookery and handicrafts. Also children’s classes, sheep section, sheepdog trials, dog show, terrier racing, pony sports, fell race, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. Contact 01665 578567, www.powburnshow.co.uk

Saturday, August 2: Swarland Show. Traditional village show. At Vyner Park, Swarland. All your favourite attractions from noon-4pm.

Saturday, August 2: Supper Club. Join a unique dining experience in the Lighthouse Garden on the Farne Islands. With a limited capacity diners join each other at a long table to be served a culinary delight devised by Anna Hedworth of the renowned Grazer Supper clubs in Newcastle. £99, booking essential on 01289 389244.

Saturday, August 2: Tango de Amor – Tango Workshop. No need for a partner in this class which is aimed at absolute beginners. Ages 16+. Maltings, Berwick. 6pm. £7. 01289 330999.

Sat, Aug 2, to Thurs, Aug 7: Budding Artist - Musical Instrument Making. Alnwick Garden. Various times through the day. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 3: Diesel Gala Day. With brake van or coach rides behind a diesel locomotive. Several diesel locomotives will be in operation throughout the day. Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick. 10am-4pm. Visit alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Sunday, August 3: Art and Craft Fair. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 10am-4pm. Free entry.

Monday, August 4: Science Lab. Investigate Victorian inventions and have a go at making your own. At Cragside. 11am-3pm. Small charge for some events and normal admission charges apply. 01669 622003.

Mon, Aug Aug, to Thurs, Aug 7: Potter-Inspired Characters. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Tuesday, August 5: Create Some Wild Art. Cragside. Natural materials provided. 11am-3pm. Normal admission. 01669 622003.

Tuesday, August 5: At Home with the Trevelyans. Join experts and go behind the scenes to learn about many of the objects used by the family at Wallington Hall. 2pm-4pm. £15, including afternoon tea the Trevelyan Way. Normal admission. Booking recommended on 01670 773600.

Tues, Aug 5, to Wed, August 6: Soldiers of the Roses. Learn about medieval combat. Warkworth Castle. 11am-5pm. Normal admission. 01665 711423.

Tues, Aug 5, and Wed, Aug 6: Lights, Camera, Action - An Intro to Filmmaking. Write a script, film, act and edit with professional filmmaking equipment in this two-day summer school. Ages 12yrs+. Alnwick Playhouse. 10am-3pm. £20. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, August 6: Ross Milligan’s Guitar workshops. Maltings, Berwick. Introduction class, 11am. Intermediate class, 1.30pm. Limited space. Workshops, £4. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, August 6: Victorian Baking Day. Volunteer cooks recreate authentic Victorian recipes at Cragside House. 1pm-5pm. Normal admission. 01665 622003.

Wednesday, August 6: Forest Fun-pond Dipping & Mini-beast Hunt. Find the hidden wildlife; explore the forest for its unseen inhabitants. Dress for the weather, strong footwear (wellies if you have them and midge repellant). Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder. 2pm-4pm. Single ticket £5, family of four £15. 01388 529154.

Wednesday, August 6: Time to Dress. Children get the chance to dress up in child-sized Victorian clothing, from bloomers to hat, with a personal maid to assist. Maximum three children per session. 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. £10 per one hour session. Normal admission. Booking essential on 0844 2491985.

Wednesday, August 6: Heavy Horse Centre Talks & Demonstrations. Traditional horse dressing demo and historical talk, ridden display (weather permitting), meet the horses up close. Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, at Ford and Etal Estates. 2pm-4pm. 01890 820601.

Wed, Aug 6, and Thurs, Aug 7: Big Rory and Ochie the Dog. Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 7: Fools Parade. Creative character workshops with Miscreations Company. Ages 12yrs+. Alnwick Playhouse. 10am-4pm. Free with a returnable deposit of £5. Spaces are limited, email carrie.morrison@alnwickplayhouse.co.uk for more information.

Thursday, August 7: Gardens of Imagination. Be inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens to create your own miniature garden with the materials provided. 11am-3pm. Cragside. Normal admission, plus £2.

Thursday, August 7: Wildlife safari. Discover the secretive wildlife that often goes unnoticed in the forest. Bring binoculars if you have them. At Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder. 2pm-4pm. £5. 01388 529154.

Thursday, August 7: Poetry @ the B Summer Special. Guest poet, Paul Tutleman, and guest singer, Andrew Lobb. Also an open mic for local poets and musicians. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm. £3, includes complimentary glass of wine. 01665 605847.


Saturday, August 2: Nordic Walk – Hauxley Nature Reserve and Coast. A 5-mile moderate walk. From Hauxley. 1pm. £8.50. 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Sunday, August 3: Alnwick Ramblers. Craster to Longhoughton circular (eight miles). 10.30am. Meet at Craster car park (charges apply). For information and in the event of inclement weather, call walk leader Penny Ford on 01670 788278.

Wednesday, August 6: Northumberland Coast Path. Guided 10.5-male walk from Seahouses to Belford. Starts 10am at Seahouses TIC. Free, but booking is essential. Call 01670 622660.