What’s on in Northumberland – week ending June 30


Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Brooks Williams, one of the premier guitarists, singers and songwriters on the roots ‘n’ blues scene, performs at Rothbury Roots. At The Queens Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets, £8, and bookings can be taken in advance by calling 01669 620470. More information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

Saturday, June 25: Live Music. Amble-based, four-piece rock outfit, NE GUNS, cover songs from bands such as Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Guns and Roses and more, as well as original material produced by the band. At Masons Arms, Amble. Free entry. Starts 9pm.

Monday, June 27: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Today: Talk. The Descent of the Danes. Medieval historian Michael Thomson reconsiders the Viking era and examines the impact the Vikings had as raiders, traders and settlers and the legacy they left behind. Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20 including refreshments and lunch. Booking essential on 01670 773600.

Today: Gardening Display. Gardeners demonstrate how to grow your own vegetables easily and affordably at home and don’t forget your free pack of seeds. At the Gertrude Jekyll garden, Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm. Contact 01289 389244 or www.lindisfarne.org.uk

Today, Tuesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 30: 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. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.45pm. Free with admission ticket. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Alnwick Farmers’ Market. Sample the best local produce and crafts including fresh local pork, beef, poultry, fish and game, home-made fudge, chocolates, cakes and pies or locally-produced ginger wine and cider. There will also be fresh local seasonal fruit and veg on sale, plants and many crafts including hand-made jewellery, soaps and photographic prints from local artists. Also take part in a market survey. In Alnwick Market Place. 9am–2pm.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. Light-hearted sessions designed with the over 50s in mind. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. In the education room, at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Coffee and Crayons. A free play session for under-fives. In the education room at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–noon. No admission ticket required. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Royal British Legion Dinner. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Royal British Legion, as well as the 90th anniversary of the Warkworth and Amble Royal British Legion branch, the branch is holding a special dinner, with guest speaker and raffle. 7pm. At The Sun Hotel, Castle Terrace, Warkworth. All profit to the 2011 Poppy Appeal. Tickets £12. For tickets, contact the branch secretary on 07785 753100.

Tomorrow: Alone in the Dark. Paranormal evening at Kielder Castle. 8pm. Booking essential, call 0191 440 0078, email enquiries@aloneinthedarkentertainment.com or visit www.aloneinthedarkentertainment.com.

Saturday, June 25: Car Boot Sale. Bamburgh Pavilion Association hosts a car boot sale. Refreshments served. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of Bamburgh Pavilion. On the village green in front of Bamburgh Pavilion. 9am–1pm. Pitches are available at £5. To reserve a pitch contact Bill Brook on 01668 214634.

Saturday, June 25: 4x4 Safari. Drive some of the more challenging and rough trails at Kielder Forest. 10am–4pm. £50 per vehicle including breakfast. Contact 01434 220242.

Saturday, June 25: Exploring Plainsong Workshop with Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir. Led by choir director Jonathan Adams. Explore a taste of medieval chant from an early morning call to hymns for all. At Brinkburn Priory. 11am. Open to all. No need to book, but call 0191 5251881 to let organisers know you are coming.

Saturday, June 25: Music in Market Place and Church. Morpeth Waites perform songs and dances of the 15th and 16th centuries. At Brinkburn Priory. 2.30pm. Admission to the concert is free. Normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply. Contact Tony on 0191 285 3059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Saturday, June 25: Garden Tour. Exclusive evening tour of the walled garden, followed by light refreshments in the conservatory at Wallington. 6.30pm–8.30pm. £10. Booking essential on 01670 773600.

Saturday, June 25: No Fear Night Time Mountainbike Ride. Plunge into the darkness for an exhilarating ride with a skilled guide. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 7pm–9pm. £15pp, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk

Saturday, June 25: Summer Concert. Northern Sinfonia (Ensemble) perform music from Central Europe: Ligeti’s lively and humorous Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, Janáček’s youthful Mládi for wind sextet and Schubert’s ravishing Octet. At Alwinton Church, Upper Coquetdale. 7.30pm. Admission at the door, £12, £10 senior citizens, U21s free. www.alwintonconcerts.org

Saturday, June 25: Concert. The Young ‘Uns are a trio hailing from Hartlepool. Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes are three fine singers who sing with passion and gusto. At Etal Village Hall. 8pm. Tickets are £10 and can be booked in advance by calling 01890 820566 or emailing swt22etal@aol.com.

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26: 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 25 and Sunday, June 26: Art Demonstration. As part of the Northumberland Artist Network Tour. Alnwick Garden Courtyard Gallery. 10am–6pm. Free. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26: Viking Day. Meet Viking Egil Scallithomsen, try on helmets and chainmail, hear tales of heroic warriors and deeds, learn to read and write runes, follow the trail about Viking voyages and help build a Viking longship. At Wallington. 11am–4pm. Normal admission. Small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26: Raphael Medieval Master Falconers and Birds of Prey. Raphael Falconry are the only professional historical falconers in the United Kingdom, they blend expert falconry, history and theatre to create an exciting and entertaining falconry show. At Alnwick Castle. The birds can be viewed all day in the medieval mews. Flying displays will be at intervals throughout the day between 11am–4pm. Check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26: Outdoor Art School. Spend time drawing or painting. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. All ages welcome. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26: Aurora Weekend. Learn about the science behind the aurora, a fantastic occurrence that has long been a point of folklore and mysticism, and how the sun plays a part. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Sunday, June 26: Kielder Ultra Duathlon. Run, hike or bike: 100k and 50k off-road duathlons, relay duathlons and a multi-terrain run. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 8.30am. For more information and to book visit www.highterrainevents.co.uk.

Sunday, June 26: Anniversary Service. 90th anniversary service for The Royal British Legion. At St Lawrence Church, Warkworth. 9am. Commander A Collier from HMS Calliope, Newcastle will give an address, while personnel from Regt of Fusiliers, RAF Boulmer and Amble Army Cadet Force will also attend. There will be a wreath-laying service on war memorial after main service, at about 10am.

Sunday, June 26: Coffee Morning. Coffee morning organised by the Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers in aid of the RNLI. At Lifeboat House, Radcliffe Quay, Amble. 10am–1pm.

Sunday, June 26: Kielder WaterAid Pairs (3rd heat). Fly fishing competition from boats on Kielder Water. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–5pm. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Sunday, June 26: Coasteering. Coasteering 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. £30. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, June 26: Country Fair. Blagdon Country Fair in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. Raffle, tombola, stalls, birds of prey, tractor rides, refreshments and much more. 11am–4pm. Entry £4.50. Contact 01665 606515 or info@hospicecare-nn.org.uk

Sunday, June 26: Archery. Have a go at the noble art of archery with the local team of experts. Belsay Hall. Noon– 4.30pm. Adults £7.50, concession £6.80, children £4.50, family £19.50. English Heritage members and under 5s go free. Small extra charge applies. Contact 01661 881636.

Sunday, June 26: Whitley Women Community Choir. Enjoy the sounds of the Choir. At The Alnwick Garden. 1.30pm–2.30pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, June 26: Concert. Harps of the Clarsach Society. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free. Normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply. Contact Tony on 0191 2853059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Sunday, June 26: Garden Open Day. British Red Cross Garden Open Day at Fallodon Hall, near Christon Bank, Alnwick. These formal gardens are set in traditional grounds with a lake, lovely woodlands, specimen trees and a kitchen garden. 2pm–6pm. Adult £3, accompanied children free.

Monday, June 27: Elderberries Salsacise. A medium to low impact workout designed with the over 50s in mind. In the Pavilion room, at The Alnwick Garden. 11am–noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, June 27: Let’s Zumba! The Zumba Fitness programme fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. In the Pavilion room, at The Alnwick Garden. 12.15pm–1.15pm. £3. Bookings can be made on 01665 511350. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com.

Tuesday, June 28: Theatre Group Recruitment. Alnwick Stage Musical Society will be performing Scrooge at the Alnwick Playhouse in December. There is a variety of roles in the show and the company is particularly hoping to recruit more men, either for speaking parts or to join the chorus. No experience necessary. A preliminary meeting for anyone who would like to learn more will take place on Tuesday at Alnwick South First School. 7.30pm.

Wednesday, June 29: Pot ‘n’ Go. Work alongside gardeners to learn how to pot up a range of plants that can be taken home and enjoyed. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in, Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden. 1pm-4pm. Free with admission ticket. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Thursday, June 30: Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth. Gasland/Shelter in Place. Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary about dangers of drilling for gas using the fast-growing technique of ‘fracking’. Accompanied by acclaimed short film about a community living on the fence line of big industry. At St James Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Admission £3. Wine and ice cream available.

Thursday, June 30: Alnwick Civic Society. The Society will be presenting its conservation awards for 2011 followed by a short talk on the role of Civic Voice and an illustrated talk entitled A Trip Through Old Alnwick by Philip Deakin. At Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm. All welcome. More information, call 01665 606371.


Today until Saturday, June 25: Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival. The final few days of the Festival. For more information about the event or to book any of the walks, visit www.rothburywalking.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

Sunday, June 26: Guided Walk. This free walk, led by local historian John Woodhurst, will explore some of Holy Island’s less well-known historic sites, visiting the Anglo-Saxon site of a possible ‘gospel factory’ at Green Shiel, as well as investigating Lindisfarne’s once thriving, but now mostly forgotten, industrial heritage. Meet John Woodhurst in the main car park on the island at 2pm. Numbers are limited, so book. To book or for further information, contact the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve on 01289 381470.

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. New exhibition, Showcase, starts tomorrow. Open during box office hours. Until Saturday, July 23.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. It Happens, a textile art exhibition, runs until July 15. 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.

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 26, noon–5pm, and then Tuesday, June 28 up to and including Thursday, June 30, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, June 27.

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.