What’s on in Northumberland – week ending May 9



Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £17, £15 conc, circle £18, box seat £20. Call 01289 330999.

Tomorrow and Saturday, May 4

An Audience with Jenni Murray. Tomorrow: Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £18.50, standard £17.50, child/student £14, Friends £16.50. Call 01665 510785. Saturday: The Maltings, Berwick. £16, £15 conc, circle £18, box seat £20, child £5. 7.30pm. Call 01289 330999.

Tomorrow and Saturday, May 4

Jo Caulfield – Better The Devil You. See p36.


Today and Tuesday, May 7

A Late Quartet (12a). At Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm & 7.30pm today, 7.30pm Tuesday. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.

Sunday, May 5

The Croods (U). At The Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. Call 01289 330999.

Tuesday, May 7

Les Miserables (12a). At The Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, babies free. Call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9

Trance (15). At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. Call 01665 510785.



Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Iain Stewart Trio performs. Musicians/listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £3, non-members £5. Call 01668 281307.


Guss Giggs. Male vocalist. At the Salmon Inn. 9pm.

Saturday, May 4

Dave Black. At the Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Saturday, May 4

80s Disco. At the Salmon Inn, Belford. 9pm.

Sunday, May 5

Tyneside Sacred Harp Singers. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free but Priory admission applies. Visit www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Sunday, May 5

Music Night. Richard Gardner, Ben Holland, We Steal Flyers. At The Cart Shed, Acklington. £6 entry, 6pm–9pm. For tickets, contact www.facebook.com/acousticmagicc

Sunday, May 5

Soul Singer. At the Blue Bell, Belford. 9pm.

Monday, May 6

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Call 01665 722835.


Tomorrow and Saturday, May 4

Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Learn about Northumberland’s dark skies, the constellations and beyond. Use the telescopes to explore the universe. Age 5+. 5pm–6.30pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Saturday, May 4

North Northumberland Bird Club Dawn Chorus Walk. About three hours of leisurely walking, with frequent stops to listen and identify the many birds singing. Bring binoculars. At Ford and Etal. 5am–8.30am. Contact the bird club, via www.northnorthumberlandbirdclub.co.uk

Saturday, May 4

Monthly Community Market. In Belford. 11am–3pm.

Saturday, May 4

Survival and Bushcraft Courses. Learn the basics of outdoor survival; shelter building, fire starting, food prep and cooking and natural navigation. Choose between an eight hour (£85) or a 24-hour (160) session. Booking essential, call 07712 172768.

Saturday, May 4

BDMC Berwick Classic Rally 2013. Visit www.berwickmotorclub.co.uk for more details.

Saturday, May 4

A Northumbrian Evening. Featuring comedian/singer Bob Bolam, mouth-organ champion Jimmy Little, the voices of the Silver Singers, and members of Alnwick Pipers Society on a range of traditional instruments. At Jubilee Hall, Newton on the Moor. 7.30pm. Refreshments provided. Bring own drink. £5, payable at the door, or book a table by calling 01665 575232. In aid of hall restoration fund.

Saturday, May 4, to Monday, May 6

Craster Art Club Exhibition. At Howick Village Hall. 11am–5pm. Entry free. Tea/cake available.

Saturday, May 4, to Thursday, May 9

Historic Handicrafts – Quilters’ Display. Individual exhibits of quilting by local crafts people from the North East, on display inside the Hall. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Runs until Sunday, May 12. Call 01661 881636.

Sunday, May 5

Dawn Chorus. Early morning walk listening for the spring song birds with expert ornithologist. Bring binoculars if you have them. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 5am–8am. £12, £10 conc (includes cooked breakfast). Booking essential, call 01434 220242.

Sunday, May 5

Rusty Bodkins Medieval Archer. Rusty explains the life of a medieval archer, his weapons and training, then have a go yourself. At Bamburgh Castle. Part of general admission, small charge to have a go.

Sunday, May 5

Cooking Up A Storm - One-day Course. Learn some new cooking ideas and hone your skills. Adults only. At The Alnwick Garden, 9.15am–3.15pm. £60. Information/booking, call 01665 511378.

Monday, May 6

Art and Craft Fair. Top-quality genuine handcrafted products from some of the region’s best artisans. At Warkworth Memorial Hall. 10am–4pm. Free entry.

Monday, May 6

Rusty Bodkins. Same as left. At Heatherslaw Cornmill. 10.30am-3.30pm.

Tuesday, May 7

Alnwick and District Flower Club. That Wow Factor, by Irene Parker. Costello Centre, Bailliffgate, Alnwick. 7pm.

Wednesday, May 8

Victorian Baking Days. Volunteer cooks dress in costume and recreate authentic Victorian recipes in the kitchen at Cragside. 1pm and 4pm. Call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, May 8

Aln and Breamish Local History Society. Alistair Sinton gives a talks entitled Alnmouth Ancient Corn Port. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Refreshments served. Non-members £3. Call 01665 574319.

Wednesday, May 8

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, May 8, to Thursday, May 9

Berwick International Dance Festival. Runs until May 12. Visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Thursday, May 9

Bible Table Talk. Led by John Crawford. Small group discussion over a cup of tea. In the Ferguson Hall, Belford. 2pm-3.30pm.



Alnwick & District Natural History Society. Walk through Hepburn Woods in search of typical birds of conifer woods. Starts Hepburn Woods car park, 2pm. Visitors £1.50. Call 01665 602614.

Sunday, May 5

Alnwick Ramblers. Felton Fence circular (6.5 miles). Meet at lay-by at South Weldon Bridge. 10.30am. For details or if weather is inclement, call 01665 710807/01665 711876.

Monday, May 6

Guided Walk. Discover Woodhorn’s colliery buildings. 11am, 1pm and 3pm Free. Call 01670 624455.


Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms, 11pm–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. Visit 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, last admission 4pm. 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. Buffet hours, 10am–5pm.

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, last entry 4.30pm. 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/tomorrow & Tuesday–Thursday, 1pm–5pm, and Saturday–Monday, 11am–5pm. Garden/woodland open daily, 10am–7pm. Gift Aid admission – 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, last admission 3.15pm. £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: £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am–5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift Aid admission – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick

Open 11am–sunset. Free

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington

01830 540362. Shops, workshops and food outlets in a 15th century courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am–4pm, last admission 3.15pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

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

Lindisfarne Centre

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

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check Holy Island 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. Garden admission, £4.25, accampanied 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, last admission 4.15pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

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

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Hermitage open Sundays & Mondays, 11am-4pm. Closed all other days. £3.40, child £2, conc £3.10.