What’s on in Northumberland – week ending September 26



Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. Suggested age 14+. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £15.50, £12 conc, circle £16.50, box seat £18. 01289 330999.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Black Coffee Theatre presents Found. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm today, 2pm tomorrow. £8, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 21

Soddin Flodden. Show recounting the life of James IV and charts the events leading up to the calamitous defeat at Flodden. Lady Waterford Hall, Ford Village. 7.30pm-10pm. £8, from Etal Post Office (01890 820777) and Ford Post Office (01890 820230).

Sunday, September 22

Sid’s Show, Live on Tour. Maltings, Berwick. 1pm. £11, £9 conc, circle £12, box seat £13. 01289 330999.

Thursday, September 26

Othello (National Theatre Live Streaming). Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15, standard £14, conc £13. 01665 510785.


Tomorrow and Wednesday, September 25

Alan Partridge - Alpha Papa (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 21

Planes (U) Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785. Also at Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, baby free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 21

Grow Your Own (U). Maltings, Berwick. Berwick Organic Gardeners produce display, 6pm-7.30pm. Film starts, 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 21

The Lone Ranger (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, September 24

What Maisie Knew (15) Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, September 24

The Way Way Back (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, baby free. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26.

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Annual, international celebration of the art of film returns to The Maltings, Berwick, and other locations in the town. Runs until Sunday, September 29. Visit www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com for festival guide.



Rothbury Roots. Hungrytown with We Steal Flyers. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. Tickets, 01669 620470.


Jazz in the Village. Saxophone and piano jazz duo Ian Millar amd Dominic Spencer. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 8pm. Bring your own booze. £8. For advance tickets, 01665 830444.


Steve Howe Trio. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £20, £18 conc, circle £22, box seat £24, child £10. 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 21

Royal Opera: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 21

Lush Acoustic. Pirate Night, with special guests Shipcote and Friends. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Saturday, September 21

Spacey. Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. 01665 576658.

Sunday, September 22

Morpeth Waites. Street, secular and sacred music. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Free but normal admission applies. Visit www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Sunday, September 22

Bands at Belsay. Backworth Colliery Band plays in front of Belsay Hall. Bring deck chairs or rugs. Gates open 10am, performance 2.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sunday, September 22

Concert. Vocal and instrumental music in aid of the Breast Care Unit at Wansbeck Hospital. Vicky Johnson (soprano), Alison Rudd (flute), Isabel Morrison (clarinet) and Margaret Spence (organ). St John the Baptist church, Alnmouth. 7pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, September 23

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



Rock Garden Club AGM. Community Club, Belford. 2pm. Grand Picnic, 1pm. Bring own food, drinks provided.


Aln Valley Railway. David Fraser presents a talk entitled NER High Level Coal Wooden Staiths in Blyth Harbour. Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and guests welcome for small donation. Refreshments from 7pm. 01665 606168.


Alnwick Silver Singers. New members welcome for this weekly singing class. The choir sings a wide range, from gospel and folk to songs from around the world and closer to home. Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre, Alnwick. 1.15pm–2.45pm. £3.50. 01670 797136 or info@20000voices.org


Quiz. With raffle. Wine and soft drinks available. Bell View, Belford. 7pm. Teams of up to four. £2pp, includes tea/coffee and biscuits.


Big Universe at Kielder Observatory. Includes tour of facility and use of the telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 21

Survival and Bushcraft Courses. Learn the basics of outdoor survival. Kielder. 9am. Choose between an eight-hour (£65) or 24-hour (£125) session. Age 15+. Booking essential, 07712 172768 or email james@survivaltraininguk.co.uk

Saturday, September 21

Family History Society. Andy Griffin presents a talk entitled In Search of Emily Wilding Davison, Northumbrian Suffragette: Sorting the facts from the fiction. Bell View, Belford. 10am.

Saturday, September 21

Rag Rug Workshop. One-day workshop learning the traditional craft of rag rugging. RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh. 10am-3pm. £30, includes materials, tea/coffee and homemade cake. Booking essential, £10 deposit required. 01289 388741.

Saturday, September 21

The Ancient Craft of the Pole Lathe. Try your hand at turning green wood on a traditional pole lathe. Bring a packed lunch. Kielder. 10am-4.30pm. £20. Booking essential, 01388 529154.

Saturday, September 21

Thropton Show. Perfect day out for all the family, with trade stands, variety of entertainment and the show tent. Showfield opens noon. £3.50, U16s £1.

Saturday, September 21

60s Disco. Community Club, Belford. In aid of Cancer Research.

Saturday, September 21

Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Age 10+. 8pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Sunday, September 22

4x4 Safari. Family-orientated event, following guides trail blazing in the heart of Kielder. 10am–4pm. £55 per vehicle. Booking essential, 08445 889965.

Sunday, September 22

Harvest Celebration. View some vegetables that have been grown by school children this year, who have taken part in The Alnwick Garden’s Roots and Shoots gardening programme. Also an exhibit of work completed through the Digging for Memories Project which looks back at gardening and

food during the Second World War. Also demonstrations from Jamie’s Ministry of Food. Demonstrations noon and 2pm. Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. 01665 511350.

Monday, September 23

Western Front Association. Rob Thompson presents a talk entitled The Wombles of the Western Front. Alnmouth ExServicemen’s Club. 7.30pm.

Tuesday, September 24

Quiz. With Fraser Suffield. Sun Hotel, Warkworth. 9pm. One to five players per team. £1pp.

Wednesday, September 25

Afternoon Tea Party and Talk. Chocolate making with Louise Frederique including afternoon tea at Doxford Hall Hotel. Also music by Alnwick Clarinet Trio. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. 2pm-4.30pm. £15. 01665 606515.

Wednesday, September 25

Alnwick Wildlife Group. Janet Simkin presents a talk entitled The World of Lichens. St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2, includes refreshments. 01668 214403.

Wednesday, September 25

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about Kielder’s dark skies. Experts are on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Thursday, September 26

Coffee Morning. The residents of Anchor’s Saint Oswald’s Court, in Amble, hold a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 10am–noon. With raffle and prizes, tombola, cake stall and more. £1.50 entry, including coffee/tea, cake/biscuits, and main raffle ticket.


Today and Thursday, September 26

Nordic Walk. Starts Seahouses Resource Centre, 2pm. Poles provided. £2. 01665 721868 / 01668 219220.


Untold Stories. Learn about Cragside’s past in this guided walk. £5, normal admission applies. 11am–12.30pm. Meet at front door of Cragside House. Suitable for children over 11years. 01669 620333.

Saturday, September 21

The Vale of Whittingham. Nine-mile walk. Starts Thrunton, 9.30am. £10. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01669 621044.

Saturday, September 21

Nordic Walk. Five-mile walk exploring the coastline south of Amble. Starts Amble, 10am. £8.50. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01669 621044.

Monday, September 23

Walking For Health. Hepburn Woods. Four miles. Meet Bell View, Belford, 2pm.

Tuesday, September 24

Nordic Walking for Beginners. Three miles. Starts Rothbury, 10am. £4. Info/booking, call Shepherds Walks on 01669 621044.

Wednesday, September 25

Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour miniPhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9am. £45. Contact 01665 576012 or @nland360 to reserve a place.


Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State rooms, 11pm–5pm. www.alnwick castle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. 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. 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.

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. 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 and tomorrow, as well as Tuesday to Thursday, 1pm–5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am–5pm. Garden/woodlands open 10am-7pm, Tuesdays–Sundays. Cragside closed Mondays. Gift Aid – 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. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains from Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am-3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am-3.30pm. Ticket office opens 10am. Returns £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, under fives £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am-5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

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

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

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

Lindisfarne Centre

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

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check 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. Gardens admission is £4.25, accompanied 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. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

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

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Warkworth Hermitage will remain closed until end of the summer season due to operational difficulties.