What’s on in Northumberland – week ending June 9


Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. AGM followed by the West Telferton Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Tonight: Tanners Arms Unplugged. Open Mic Acoustic Night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. Free. Starts 9pm.

Tomorrow: Dr Robert’s Sound Lab. Alnwick band The Tuckers perform at an explosive night of live music at Boulevard, Churchill Street, Newcastle. There will be other acts, including The Righteous Bees, as well as DJ sets and more. 8pm–late. Tickets £7 or £10 VIP balcony, available from the box office on 0191 2507068.

Monday, June 6: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Today: Junior Mountainbiking Skills Level 1. Learn beginner skills and explore the forest. Age 9+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £29pp, booking essential, email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk or call 01434 250532.

Today: Field Trip. Alnwick & District Natural History Society field trip to look at flora and fauna. Meet main park entrance, Hulne Park, Alnwick. 2pm. Contact Coral on 01665 602614.

Tonight: Workshop and Concert. Musicians Andrew and Margaret Watchorn hold a traditional music workshop and concert. The informal workshop takes place in the Parish Church Room, Embleton, from 2pm–4pm, and is for anyone who plays melody instruments and will give them the chance to learn a selection of tunes related to the area. Then, participants are invited to the evening concert, which takes place in Rennington Village Hall, from 7.30pm, where they can join the duo in performing at least one of the tunes from the workshop. The workshop, £8, must be booked in advance to guarantee a place and free refreshments are available. Concert tickets – £7.50, and free for accompanied children U12 – are available at the door. For more information, contact Andrew or Margaret Watchorn on 01665 576245 or info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk

Today and tomorrow: Castle Explorer and Fossil and Rocks Hunt. At Lindisfarne Castle. Events are free but normal admission applies. Check tide times before visiting. 10am–3pm, last entry 2.30pm. More information, contact 01289 389244.

Today and tomorrow: Cragside Summer Bash – Magical Summer Evenings. Until 9pm over the half-term week. Barbecue food sourced from the Wallington estate, finished off with a Doddington ice cream, for £8 per person. There will also be live music, rhododendrons in bloom and natural play for the kids. Activities include entertainment from a street magician today and a free treasure hunt tomorrow. Call 01669 620333 for more details. Reduced admission from 5pm. Cragside open from 10am.

Today until Saturday, June 4: Half-term Activities. Activities at Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum. Try a sock puppet workshop, textile crafts including knitting, crochet, weaving, rug making, bobbin knitting and tapestry in a craft workshop. Both events, 1pm–3pm. On Saturday, take part in a textiles workshop, as part of Free Entry Weekend. Children must be accompanied by an adult when taking part in all the activities. Museum open daily 10am–4pm. For more information, email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or call 01665 605847.

Today until Saturday, June 4: Go Wild at Wallington. Den building to bug hunting and woodland crafts. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Small charge for some activities. Normal admission applies. More information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.

Today until Sunday, June 5: The Path to Paradise. Follow the mysterious labyrinth while costumed guides help you on your way with song lines, poetry and music. At Lindisfarne Priory. 11am–4pm. Check tide times when planning your visit. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, children £2.90. English Heritage members and U5s free.

Today until Sunday, June 5: Puppet Garden at The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Junior Mountainbiking Skills Level 2. Develop techniques that will last. Requires good existing skills. Age 9+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £29pp, booking essential, email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk or call 01434 250532.

Tomorrow and Saturday, June 4: Big Universe. A night about scientific efforts from the Big Bang to the cold, dark, empty end of everything. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, June 4: Bird Watching. An opportunity to visit one of our beautiful hill valleys with David Noble-Rollin and look for birds such as Ring Ouzel, Tree Pipits and Redstart. Harthope Valley. 10am. Meet at National Park car park near Middleton Hall. Contact 0191 232 6386.

Saturday, June 4: Bike School. With a chance to learn mountainbike skills in a safe, fun environment, 10am–1pm. £12.50. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 4: Surfing. Enjoy a refreshing ride on some of the coolest waves Northumberland has to offer. All abilities welcome. 10am–1pm. Adults £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 4: CragAttack. Follow the instructions and complete the mission at Cragside. 10am–5pm. See the Cragside House, Gardens and Estate Facebook page for details.

Saturday, June 4: Rock Climbing Taster Session. Experience Northumberland from a whole new perspective. Enjoy a day of climbing one of the county’s many great crags. 1pm–3pm. Adults £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5: 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.

Sunday, June 5: Kayaking Taster Session. A great way to explore Northumberland – see its charms, castles and coast as your kayak travels through rapids and waves. All Abilities welcome. Adults £30, children £25. 10am–2pm. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, June 5: Car Show. Admire a gathering of Morris Minors in the courtyard at Wallington. 11am–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773967.

Sunday, June 5: Concert. The Brinkburn String Quartet perform. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is 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

Sunday, June 5: Homebrew and Food Fair. Etal Village Hall. Contact Lyn on info@thebrewbarn.co.uk

Sunday, June 5: Open Garden. At Lilburn Tower. 2pm–6pm. £3.50. Contact 01665 606515.

Tuesday, June 7: Demonstration. Margaret Earl presents Summer Outdoors to the Alnwick and District Flower Club. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. More information, call secretary Jean O’Hanlon on 01665 602736.

Wednesday, June 8: Plant Sale. Flowering and vegetable plants. Tea, coffee and home-made biscuits. At The Pottergate Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick. 10am–noon. More information, call 01665 602181.

Wednesday, June 8: Talk. Behind the Scenes: The Northumberland Himalayas. Discover the story of Cragside’s fantasy landscape. Hear about the Armstrong vision for the house built on the Crag with our landscape and conservation officer Andrew Sawyer. 11am. Ticket £12 to include buffet lunch. Booking essential on 0844 849 1895.

Wednesday, June 8: Book Signing. Ken Warren, author of Armstrong: The Life and Mind of an Armament Maker, will be available to sign copies of his newly published book. At Cragside. 1pm onwards. Normal admission. More information, call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, June 8: Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers’ Cup. Disabled fly and bait fishing competition at Leaplish Waterside Park, from both the bank and boats. Booking essential, email pat.redfern@blueyonder.co.uk or call 0121 429 6107.

Wednesday, June 8: Talk. Alistair Anderson talks to the Aln & Breamish Local History Society about The History of Traditional Music in Northumberland. At Whittingham Memorial Institute, Whittingham. 7.30pm. Non-members welcome £3. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served. For more information contact Geoff Hoskin on 01665 574964.


Sunday, June 5: Walk. A four-to-five-hour, ten-mile walk on the Hartside Circular. Start at Hartside Farm at 10.30am. £1 for non-members. Contact morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Wednesday, June 8: 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 Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 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 (Long). First and third Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. One-hour walk. 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.

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 5, 10am–3pm, and then Tuesday, June 7 up to and including Thursday, June 9, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, June 6.

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.