What’s on in Northumberland – week ending November 28



Kathakali, The Classical Dance Drama of Kerala, South India. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12, £10 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.


Treasure Island. Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier 9, standard £8, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Tue, Nov 26, and Wed, Nov 27

Fiddler on the Roof. See page 45 for more details.

Wed, Nov 27, and Thurs, Nov 28

Maltings Youth Theatre present The Phantom of the Opera. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12, £10 conc, family £35. 01289 330999.



Le Week-end (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. 01665 510785.



Thursday, November 21

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Wayne Robertson and Davie Stewart perform. Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm.


Whole Lotta Led. Led Zeppelin tribute act. Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. Premier £18.50, standard £17.50. 01665 510785.


Tamsin Davidson - Music I Love. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £9.50, £8 conc, child £6. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow to Sunday, November 24

Northumberland Music Festival. Final weekend. See p47 for more details.

Saturday, November 23

Weekend Concert. Alnwick Clarinet Trio - Act. Alnwick Garden. 11.30am. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, November 23

Winter Warblers. Rock Choir. Alnwick Garden. 1pm and 2.30pm. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, November 23

Tyde. Seth Tinsley (guitar/vocals), Andrew Waite (accordion) and Emma Sweeney (fiddle/vocals). Etal Village Hall. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. £10. Booking recommended, 01890 820566.

Saturday, November 23

Heidi Talbot. Award-winning folk singer. Alnwick Playhouse. Standard £15, conc £14.50. 01665 510785.

Saturday, November 23

Barely Human. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. 01665 576658.

Sunday, November 24

Winter Warblers. Ellington Colliery Band. Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. 01665 511350.

Monday, November 25

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Thursday, November 28

Rothbury Roots. Dana and Susan Robinson, with support from Andy Broderick. Queens Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. £10. To book, 01669 620470.



Warkworth and District Flower Club. Christmas demonstration by Judith Clancy entitled With Christmas in Mind. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. £6, inc refreshments.


Christmas Fair. Tombola, soaps, raffle, potting-shed plants, Pottergate Pantry, light lunches and more. Pottergate Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick. 10.30am-2.30pm.


Christmas Workshops - Stained-glass decorations. Kielder Castle. 10.30am–3.30pm. £25, includes lunch. Booking essential, 01670 620450.


Race Night. Raising money for scouts and explorers to go to Switzerland in the summer. Newcastle Hotel, Rothbury. Hotpot served 5.30pm-6.45pm. First race, 7pm. £6. 01665 574638.


Traditional Craft Series. Age 16+. Kielder. 6pm–8pm. £10. Booking essential, www.northernadventure.org.


Christmas Shop. Lesbury Village Hall. 7pm-9pm. £2, for St Oswald’s Hospice.


Talk. The Holy Land by Barbara Mckenzie. St Mary’s Church Gallery, Belford. 7pm.

Tomorrow and Saturday, November 23

Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Age 5+. 5pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tom and Sat, Nov 30

Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Age 10+. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 23

Coffee Morning. Fund-raising for Alnwick scouts’ adventure training. Hot refreshments, cake sales, stalls, a raffle and tombola. Town Hall, Alnwick. 9am-11.30am.

Saturday, November 23

Gala Day. As part of the children’s book festival. Face-painting, crafts and activities, pop-up bookshop and book signings. Woodhorn Museum. 9.30am-4.30pm. Free.

Saturday, November

Christmas Craft Fair. Refreshments available. Seahouses Sports & Community Centre. 10am-3pm. £1, children free. 01665 721868.

Saturday, November 23

Wool Craft Fair. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10.30am-4pm.

Saturday, November 23

Christmas family fun/shopping day. Stalls, face-painting, bouncy castle, tarot reading and Northumberland reared pigs food van. In aid of children’s cancer charities. Belford Community Club. 11am-2pm.

Saturday, November 23

Big Universe at Kielder Observatory. Age 10+. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Sat, Nov 23, and Sun, Nov 24

Winter weekend opening and family trail. Lindisfarne Castle. Normal admission applies. 01289 389244.

Sat, Nov 23, and Sun, Nov 24

Pole Lathe Turning in Green Wood. Full-day workshop, 10am-4pm. Howick Hall Gardens. £60. Booking essential, 01665 571071.

Sat, Nov 23, and Wed, Nov 27

Christmas Workshops. Sat: Proggy rug/Christmas tree/wreath, 10am-4pm, £45 inc lunch/coffee. Wed: Decorated Christmas gift boxes, 10am-noon, £20 inc coffee/biscuits. Gallery 45, Felton. To book, 01670 783424.

Sat, Nov 23, to Thurs, Nov 28

Christmas Market. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Sat, Nov 23, and Sun, Nov 24

Wartime Christmas with Father Christmas. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sunday, November 24

Christmas Food and Craft Market. Donation to chemotherapy unit at Wansbeck Hospital. Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 10am–4pm. Free.

Sunday, November 24

Christmas Fair. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. More than 60 arts, crafts and food stalls. Refreshments available. Linden Hall, Longhorsley. 11am-5pm. £3.50, inc glass of mulled wine. U12s free. 01665 606515.

Sunday, November 24

Tree Planting. Wallington. 11am–noon and 1pm–2pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773600

Monday, November 25

Western Front Association. A 1911 German outlook on the impending war, with Derek Gladding. Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Alnmouth. 7.15pm.

Monday, November 25

Talk. Mark Forsyth presents The Elements of Eloquence. Barter Books, Alnwick. Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm. Booking essential, 01665 604888. £5, inc glass of wine/nibbles.

Mon, Nov 25, and Wed, Nov 27

Seeds of Learning. Various activities. Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, November 27

North Sunderland & Seahouses Local History Society. Andy Griffin on Emily Wilding Davison, Northumbrian Suffragette. St Paul’s Church Hall, North Sunderland. 7.30pm. Tea/coffee and biscuits from 7pm. Visitors welcome.

Wednesday, November 27

Alnwick Wildlife Group. Jane Delaney presents a talk entitled The Life Aquatic, an exploration of the North East Coast. St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Followed by free refreshments. Non-members £2. 01668 214403.

Wednesday, November 27

Networking event for local businesses in Alnwick and the surrounding area. Find out the top 10 ways referral marketing can transform your business. The White Swan, Alnwick. 5.30pm-7pm. 07768 755244.

Wed, Nov 27, and Thurs, Nov 28

Comet Ison at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Thursday, November 28

Volunteer Day. Kielder. Bring packed lunch. All protective equipment, tools and refreshments provided. 10.30am–3.30pm. Free. 01434 250209.


Tuesday, November 26

Nordic Walking for Beginners. Two miles. Starts Rothbury, 10am. £4. Call Shepherds Walks, 01669 621044.


Alnwick Castle

Closed for winter.

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Daily, 11am–3pm.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

Closed for winter for refurbishment.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Weekends only, 11am– 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Daily, 9am-5pm, but opens Saturdays, 9am–7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Saturday and Sunday only. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

Closed for winter.

Chillingham Castle

Closed for winter. Guests welcome by special appointment.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

Closed for winter.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House closed for winter. Garden/woodland, Friday–Sunday only, 11am-4pm. Gift Aid – £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Sat and Suny only, 10am–4pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

Closed for winter.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Closed for winter.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

Closed. Visits by prior arrangement.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for times. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for times. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens

01665 570382. Closed for winter. Open by prearrangement (all sections).

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh

01668 214910. Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House closed for winter. Walled garden open daily, 10am-4pm. Gift Aid – £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Saturday and Sunday only, 10am–4pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Warkworth Hermitage closed.