What’s on in Northumberland – week ending June 16


Sunday, June 12: Open-air Theatre. Enjoy Illyria’s hilarious version of one of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. At Wallington. 7.30pm. Tickets £15, child £7.50. Contact 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events


Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Rick Taylor performs covers from the likes of U2, Bon Jovi and more. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm.

Monday, June 13: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, June 15: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.


Today, Tuesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 16: 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 to learn about the growing of fruit and vegetables and how healthy eating and home-growing is encouraged. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.45pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. Designed with the over 50s in mind. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The sessions are light-hearted and focus on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. In the education room at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow, Monday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 15: Guided Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Join a member of the gardening team at The Alnwick Garden for a tour to share their love of the garden and all it has to offer. Noon–1pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow and Saturday, June 11: An Evening with the Hubble Telescope. Listen to an astronomer detail how this telescope works and see some of the most incredible images it has taken. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, June 11: Coffee Morning. Newton-on-the-Moor Village Hall hosts a coffee morning from 10am–noon, featuring home-baked scones and cake to eat in or take away.

Saturday, June 11: Surfing. Enjoy a refreshing ride on some of the coolest waves Northumberland has to offer. All abilities welcome. 10am–1pm. Adult £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 11: Mountain Biking Skills Level 2. Develop techniques that will last. Requires good existing skills. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £79pp, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk

Saturday, June 11: Fairy Houses. Enter the miniature world of fairies and create a fairy house to take home for your own garden. The Alnwick Garden, 11am–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 11: Northumberland Miners’ Picnic. Traditional family day with brass band, Morris dancing, craft fair, fun fair, folk music and activites for youngsters. At Woodhorn. Contact 01679 528080.

Saturday, June 11: Scottish Dancing. Join in with Scottish country dancing in the courtyard at Wallington, weather-permitting. 2pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773967.

Saturday, June 11: Music for a Summer’s Evening. Following the successful concert last year, St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, welcomes back the St Andrews University Madrigal Group. The group will offer a programme of madrigals and part-songs from their superb repertoire. 7.30pm. Admission to the concert is free but a retiring collection will be taken afterwards.

Saturday, June 11: Deer Safari. Spend the night exploring Kielder Forest for roe deer and other wildlife. 7.30pm–9.30pm. £10. Contact 01434 250209.

Saturday, June 11: Concert. A musical tribute to Motown by Diane Shaw to raise money for Rothbury Projects. At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 8pm. £8. Contact 01669 620930.

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12: Stained Glass Weekend. Two-day course to learn how to make a leaded panel. Beginners or those with some experience welcome. At Whittingham Village Hall. 10am–4pm. £48pp plus materials. Equipment and materials available at the class. Booking essential. Contact Dawn Watson on 01669 650215 or email dawnwatson@harbottle.net. Other dates available.

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12: Kielder Osprey Watch 2011. Free event for a chance to view the ospreys on the nest through high powered telescopes at Leaplish Waterside Park, with volunteer experts on hand to tell the osprey story. 10am–5pm. More information, visit www.visitkielder.com or call 01434 251000.

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12: Wizard Weekend. A weekend of Hogwartian magic at Alnwick Castle. Hagrid, and Dumbledore are back for more fun and antics. Dress up or down, witches and wizards, goblins and house elves especially welcome. Noon and 2pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12: Mountain Bike Race. Kielder Water and Forest Park hosts round two of the Gravity Enduro MTB series. Contact www.ukgravityenduro.co.uk

Sunday, June 12: Intermediate MTB Course - Jumps & Drops. You may have heard terms like ‘pumping, power lift, manual, roll or wheelie’. Understand these terms and how to use the techniques and develop your skills enabling you to ride ramps, steps, steep drops, jumps and more. 10am–2pm. Adult £30. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, June 12: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Contact 01665 711578.

Sunday, June 12: Morpeth Fair Day. The annual summer fair, organised by Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, runs from 10am–4.30pm.

Sunday, June 12: Coasteering. Whet your appetite for adventure by trying coasteering, which is a unique, action-packed and fun activity which includes the exhilarating experiences of cliff jumping, rock climbing, sea level traversing and sea cave exploration. 18+ only. 11am–2pm. Adult £30. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, June 12: Open Day. Calvert Trust volunteering open day at the centre at Kielder Water. 11am–3pm. Contact 01434 250232.

Sunday, June 12: Outdoor Art School. Spend time drawing or painting. All ages welcome. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. See What’s On board for location. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, June 12: Open Garden. Glanton Pyke open garden in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. 1pm–5pm. £4 admission With raffle, tombola, plant stall, homemade cakes, refreshments and more. Contact 01665 606515.

Sunday, June 12: Northern England Qualifier. Fly fishing competition from boats to compete for England. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. For information and to book, contact 0191 416 3517 or 07780 304364 or email Alan202@btinternet.com

Sunday, June 12: Concert. New Voices at Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to concerts free but normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply. Contact Tony on 0191 285 3059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Monday, June 13: Elderberries Salsacise. A medium to low impact workout designed with the over 50s in mind. Salsacise is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. In the pavilion room, at The Alnwick Garden. 11am–noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, June 13: Zumba. Zumba class delivered by Dance Northumberland. This is the second of an eight weekly sessions. At Alnwick Garden. 12.15pm–1.15pm. £3 per session. Booking essential, call 01665 511350, option 4.

Wednesday, June 15: Salad Box Workshop. Choose a selection of salad crop seedlings to plant and grow in a container under the guidance of a gardener. Learn how to maintain your plants to give you a succession of delicious salads. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–3pm. Free with admission ticket (12 max per group). Booking essential on 01665 511350. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, June 15: Jesus Is Coming Again. Evangelist the Rev Peter Scothern is giving a talk at Alnwick Methodist Church, 7.30pm. All welcome. Any inquiries, contact 01665 603455.


Tuesday, June 14: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Craster car Park, 8am. £25. Contact 01665 576012 to reserve a place.

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 01665 605030.

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. Alnwick District Arts Association presents Evolving Vision. Until June 18. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. It Happens, a textile art exhibition, runs until July 15, and The Aln Valley Railway Society exhibition – The Close of the Steam Age – runs until June 12. Exhibitions are 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. Spring Exhibition, with a selection of new landscapes of Rothbury and district by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Also jewellery by Michael Peckit and other local makers, ceramic animal sculptures, glass, etchings and prints. 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 oil paintings by Ian McMean. Prints are for sale and can be purchased at the Gift Shop. Runs until June 30.

Northumberland Artist Network Tour. Six local artists showcase their work in The Alnwick Garden Courtyard Gallery. Starts this Saturday and runs up to and including July 3. 10am–6pm daily. Free (admission ticket not required). More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

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. Porcelain by Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, 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. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, 10.30am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work by Roy Francis Kirton and new originals by Kate Philp. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. A superb selection of original artwork and prints always on display supported by a first class picture framing service. The gallery’s next major exhibition features the return of John Fieldhouse, starting July 2. Open Wednesday-Sunday and Bank Holidays. Visit website for further details.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QE II Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Personal Views, by Alnwick and District Camera Club. Until July 3. Open Wednesday–Sunday (plus Monday & Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am–5pm.


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 afternoon. Adult £2.50, 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 up to and including Sunday, June 12, noon–5pm, and then Tuesday, June 14 up to and including Thursday, June 16, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, June 13.

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.