What’s on in Northumberland – week starting Thursday, December 22


Tonight: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Marion Anderson Trio perform. Bar available. At The Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Admission, members £4.50, non-members £6, includes supper. Membership £8. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

Wednesday, December 28: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, December 28: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free entry.

Thursday, December 29: Live Music Gig. Caught in the Act perform their first gig, playing tracks from the likes of the Foo Fighters and Ted Nugent. At The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle. Starts approx 9pm. Free.


Today and tomorrow: Willow Lantern Walk. See The Alnwick Garden in glowing light, collect a beautiful hand-made willow lantern for an evening walk through The Garden. 4pm to 7pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today and Tomorrow: Children’s Lantern Workshop. In The Alnwick Garden. 4pm to 7pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, December 24: Christmas Star Trail. Can you find the stars that are hiding in The Alnwick Garden? Each star guards a letter that will help you solve the Christmas puzzle. Collect a trail card from admissions. 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, December 24: A magical meeting with Father Christmas. Come and meet Father Christmas in his beautifully lit grotto, filled with decorations and magical displays. At The Alnwick Garden. Today and tomorrow, 10am to 7pm, Saturday, 10am to 4pm. £5 per child (plus standard Garden admission ticket), including a traditional gift. Tickets are available on the day and online. Limited availability, pre-booking recommended. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Saturday, December 24, and Thursday, December 29: Film Screenings. Warm up in the Pavilion Cafe and enjoy screenings of festive favourites. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Alnwick Christmas Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce on sale from the region with stalls packed full of delicious festive foods and regular favourites. Also a chance to win a hamper full of local produce from the market. Simply fill in an entry form at the Alnwick Markets stall, the winner will be announced just before the market closes. At Alnwick Market Place. 9am to 2pm.

Saturday, December 24: Family Wreathmaking. Get together as a family to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to take home and display to welcome in the festive season. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, December 26: Boxing Day Dance. In the Jubilee Hall, Newton on the Moor. 8pm. £3.50 on the door.

Tuesday, December 27, to Thursday, December, 29: Christmas Fact Finding Trails. Specially designed for little ones to learn some intriguing festive facts. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 10am to 4pm. Free event but normal admission applies.

Wednesday, December 28: Winter Walk. Join a member of the gardening team for a tour around The Alnwick Garden in its winter splendour and to learn about the exciting new developments taking place in time for spring. 11am. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.


Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. The autumn/winter display from Alnwick and district arts association. Lighting up the winter days with an exhibition of paintings and photographs displaying their varied talents. Until February 4. Open today and tomorrow during box office hours. The Playhouse is then shut from Christmas Eve and doesn’t re-open until January 3.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Winter exhibition. A sophisticated selection of work by professional artist makers. Exquisite jewellery, Northumbrian landscape paintings, limited edition prints, studio glass, designer silk scarves, etchings, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware and other tempting treats. For the archaeologist, antiquarian or historian of the family you’ll discover an exciting hoard of historic ceramic replicas from Roman hunt cups to tactile Willendorf Venuses. Free gift wrapping service on all purchases. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, but closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information, visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk

Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth, 01665 830363. A photographic exhibition by Alnmouth Camera Group. From noon and runs until early 2012. Open everyday except Christmas Day.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Autumn display by Joanne Wishart with limited edition and original hare prints. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, but closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and December 27.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Autumn and winter exhibition featuring the work of Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, as well as Stephen King, Liz Tainsh, Jo Kirkham-Knaggs and the sculptures of Lisa Delarny. Open today up to and including Christmas Eve, 10.30am to 4.30pm. The Gallery is then closed from Christmas Day until March. Check website for events and suppers, www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Exhibition of original coastal work by Joanne Wishart and abstracts by Paresh Nrshinga. Open daily, 10am–4pm but closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Gallery & Picture Framing Service. Christmas Exhibition with four contrasting artists – Derek Jones, Sue Fenlon, Mike Bell and Daphne Harrison, all of whom specialise in their own field. Open everyday up to and including Christmas Eve, closing at midday on Christmas Eve. Then closed Christmas Day up to and including Wednesday, December 28. Re-opens Thursday, December 29. Visit the gallery website for more information.


Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, but today and tomorrow and Thursday, December 29, it hosts winter lights and evening events from 4pm to 7pm. The Garden is closed on Christmas Day. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. For winter lights and evening events, standard admission prices apply, tickets are valid for the full day and include a hot drink upon arrival.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Closed until January 17.

Bamburgh Castle. Open Christmas Eve, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. The castle is closed from Christmas Day to January 6. Adult £6.80, child £3.20 (under 5 free), senior £6, family £16.80. Groups call 01668 214 208. Schools £2 per pupil.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Closed. Re-opens Saturday, December 31.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. During the closed season – November to April – the castle welcomes groups by special appointment. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens and Estate open today until Sunday, December 18, 11am to 4pm. From Monday, December 19, the Gardens and Estate are closed for the rest of 2011. Gift aid prices – adult £4.60, children £2.10, family £10.90. U5s/National Trust members free. House closed.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Closed. Re-opens Saturday, December 31.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. Closed. Re-opens Saturday, December 31.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open today up to and including Christmas Eve, 10am to 4pm. Closed from Christmas Day to March next year.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am to dusk.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington, 01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Closed. Re-opens Thursday, December 29.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today and tomorrow, 10.15am to 3.45pm, and Wednesday, December 28, and Thursday, December 29, 9.30am to 2.45pm. Closed Christmas Eve up to and including Tuesday, December 27. Adults £3, children (5 to 15 years old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. Closed. Re-opens Saturday, December 31.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free.

Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am to dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open today, tomorrow, Wednesday, December 28, and Thursday, December 29, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Closed from Christmas Eve up to and including Tuesday, December 27. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25. On Saturday, November 26, entry to the museum is free.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. Closed. Re-open Saturday, December 31.