What’s on in Northumberland – week to Thursday, March 8

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Saturday, March 3: Truly Yours C.B. Alison Neil portrays the story of Charlotte Brontë. At Middleton Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, call 01670 772600 to book.


Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Bon Accords perform. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £3 members, non-members £5. Musicians and listeners welcome. More information, call 01668 281307.

Saturday, March 3: Fickle Lilly. Live music at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. Free entry.

Monday, March 5: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 7: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.


Today and Thursday, March 8: Silver Singers – Taster Course. The second and third sessions of six taster classes in Wooler, led by Veronica Gilbert, to introduce the fun of singing. Open to anyone aged 50 and over, no previous experience necessary and you don’t need to read music. It is hoped regular Silver Singers sessions will start in Wooler from April. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 10.30am–noon. £3 per session. More information, visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-in-wooler or call 01670 852445.

Today: Alnwick and District MS Branch drop-in. Coffee and a chat. At Costa Coffee, Alnwick. 11am–1pm. Branch helpline 07581 460207.

Tonight: Alnwick & District Natural History Society AGM followed by a talk from one of the club’s members. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Tonight: Talk. As part of Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth’s Growth Delusion series, author and activist Sandy Irvine will be arguing for the impossibility of endless growth on a finite planet. He will also be explaining what the alternatives are and how we might create the political space to get a steady-state economy discussed. At St James Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Open to members and non-members. Entry is a donation. More information, visit http://alnwickfoe.blogspot.com

Tomorrow: Silver Singers – Alnwick. Open to anyone aged 50 and over. New members welcome. No experience needed. At Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre, Alnwick. 1.15pm–2.45pm. £3. For more information, visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-groups or call 01670 852445.

Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. New local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Spiritual People Aloud. Meditation group. Good for stress and those who look for a better way of life. At Alnwick North Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick. 6.30pm–9pm. £5 includes food and drink. Maximum number per meeting is 40. Booking essential, call 07976 263391 or 01665 798258.

Tomorrow and Saturday, March 3: Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the Observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, March 3: Coffee Morning. Seahouses & District Cancer Research and Relief Fund host the event, featuring cakes, tombola, grand raffle and more. At Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses. 10am–noon. Admission £1.50 includes coffee and scone.

Saturday, March 3: Coffee Morning. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. At Felton Village Hall. 10am–noon.

Saturday, March 3: Ghost Hunt/Paranormal Tour. Investigate and use a variety of top of the range paranormal equipment under the direction of a professional team of paranormal investigators, courtesy of North East Paranormal Investigations Ltd. At Preston Pele Tower. Starts 8.30pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.northeastparanormalinvestigations.co.uk

Sunday, March 4: Debate. Tom Shakespeare and Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick debate whether assisted suicide should be legalised. Shakespeare will be taking the For position while Dr Fitzpatrick OBE will be taking the Against position. At Barter Books. 7.30pm. Entry £5, with wine and cheese afterwards. To be assured of a seat, it is advised to arrive early with doors opening at 7pm.

Monday, March 5: Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. For children aged six months-three years. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. More information, call the library on 01665 602689.

Monday, March 5: Talk. Dr John Lazarus presents a talk to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetdale Group titled Darwin and Evolution. At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2. More information, call Ian A Armstrong on 01669 620142.

Monday, March 5: Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm.

Tuesday, March 6: Action on Hearing Loss drop-in. Information and advice for people with a hearing loss. At Wooler Library, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 10am–noon. Free. More information, contact the library on 01665 282123.

Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7: Seminar/conference. An opportunity for Northumberland’s tourism businesses to learn from experts about how to gain competitive advantage by being more sustainable and to share and develop these ideas with others involved in tourism. Manda Brookman, director of the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Network will explain the ethos behind the successful Cornwall network and chair a series of presentations from experts on topics that affect tourism businesses. Topics will include reducing waste, reducing energy bills, walking and cycling, local food and seasonal produce, landscape, communication and marketing, finance and much more. At Berwick Guild Hall. 10.30am–3.30pm. £10. To book a place, email to event@nnta.org or call Iain Robson on 01665 511206.

Wednesday, March 7: Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers Annual General Meeting. In the Lifeboat House, Amble. Arrive by 7pm prompt.

Wednesday, March 7: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Thursday, March 8: International Women’s Day. To celebrate the event and honour the memory of Emily Wilding Davison, one of the county’s most famous women, a service is being held at St Mary’s Church, High Church, Morpeth from noon. There will be a special address by Reverend Fiona Sample, the High Sheriff of Northumberland. Afterwards, Northumberland County Council chairman George Todd and members of the congregation will lay flowers on Emily Davison’s grave on behalf of the authority and the people of Northumberland.

Thursday, March 8: Field Trip. Alnwick & District Natural History Society hosts a field trip to observe early spring on the Aln Estuary. Meet at Duchess Bridge, Alnwick. 1.30pm. Free. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.


Sunday, March 4: Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential, email Nordic@staykielder.co.uk or call 01434 250462.

Sunday, March 4: Guided Walk. A nine-mile walk from Ingram to Prendwick with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at Ingram Bridge car park. Starts 10.30am. More information or if weather is inclement, call walk leader Nigel Towers on 01665 830313.

Alnwick Health Walks (Long). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, Market Place. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665605030.

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. An exhibition by Amble Photographic Group. Until March 10. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Historic Alnwick. Travel back in time to see historic Alnwick through Bailiffgate’s new exhibition of fascinating images, maps and texts celebrating some of Alnwick’s old buildings, and telling their stories. Also, there is a second chance to see beautiful photographs of inspiring Northumbrian landscape and wildlife from last year’s successful exhibition A Stroll in the Parks. Both run until Sunday, March 4. New exhibition, As They Really Were, starts Wednesday, March 7, and runs until Monday, March 26. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except Mondays, when it is closed. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 concession) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 concession) £7.60.

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. Made March Hares! An exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a fine selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and an eclectic selection of fine crafts all created by established professional artist makers. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. New original coastal work by Joanne Wishart, as well as original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily 10am–4pm, except for Wednesdays, when the gallery is closed.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Closed. Re-opens March 15. 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 Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschool gallery.co.uk. The next exhibition, featuring John Fieldhouse, runs at Easter. New Ken Spencer work has just arrived. Original artwork, hand-made prints, photography and prints always on display. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080, A truly out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion, the new exhibition at Woodhorn. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. Until September 3. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for opening times and more information.


Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily 10am–4pm. Prices, including optional £1 Gift Aid donation, £11, £9 conc, 1p child, group (14 or more) £7pp.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except for Mondays when the museum is closed. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open daily 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (two adults and up to three children).

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adults £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Closed. During the closed season – November to April – the castle welcomes groups by appointment.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Closed until Saturday, March 3. From Saturday until November 4, Cragside is open Tuesdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gardens/woodlands open 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, Saturdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, last admission 4pm. During Northumberland school holidays, open daily 11am–5pm. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English heritage members free.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90, English Heritage members free.

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

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Snowdrop Festival. Open Wednesdays–Sundays, 10.30am–4pm. Prices, including 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation, adults £6.60, Over 60s £5.50. Children 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. Open daily, 10am–3pm, except for Saturday, March 3, when it is closed. Prices, including Gift Aid, adults £6.95, children £3.50, family £17.40.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today and tomorrow, 10.15am–3.45pm and Saturday, March 3, 12.15pm–3.45pm. Closed Sunday, March 4–Thursday, March 8.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.

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 Tuesdays–Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm, farm shop open daily 10.30am–5pm. House closed. Re-opens Saturday, March 3. From Saturday, house open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesday, March 6, when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.