What’s On Near Slaley Forest this March

Springhouse Boutique Holiday Park, Slaley Forest, Northumberland

Welcome to What’s on in our area in March.  We’ve been scouring our sources for interesting events and activities to tempt you out of your winter hideaways. The are new places to try events. Familiar venues but more unusual performers.  The links mainly take you to the place where you can get best information. Try something new this month.  As always we hope you have fun.

I’ve given a web link in most cases.  Please check before you go.  As with all exploring, some of our ‘What’s on’ suggestions will be brilliant, some will give you completely new experiences, and others may be a disappointment. Some events have a fee or ticket price. I’m putting this list together based on what I think looks interesting.

Thank Abba for the Music

At the Queen’s Hall Saturday 7 March 7.30pm


Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves! Thank ABBA For The Music is a two-hour theatre spectacular that captures all of the magic and excitement of one of pop history’s most successful and entertaining live bands.

Featuring all of ABBA’s greatest hits including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance On Me, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Knowing Me Knowing You, Fernando, Super Trouper and many more!

With stunning costumes, live band, interactive video projection, some tongue-in-cheek Swedish humour and, of course, ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies, this is the ultimate feel-good party show!

ABBA and 70’s fancy dress optional … but encouraged!

Storiella. Female harmony trio

Sunday 15th March. The White Gallery in Stanley


Come to this great little venue …. small but beautiful. You might want to book tickets in advance to be sure of a seat – call 01207 238957. It’s on 15 Station Rd, Stanley DH9 0JL (on the corner of the one way road where the Market Hall is).

Lambing time at Hall Hill Farm

16 March 2020 to 08 May 2020


Come and see the new-born lambs during March and April. There are several different breeds of sheep which will lamb over 8 weeks. Feed the pet lambs and see the fluffy Easter chicks, as well as all the usual farm activities.

The Phantom of the Opera

At Hexham Abbey. Sat 21 Mar


Screening of a special restoration of the 1929 reissue of The Phantom of the Opera inside Hexham Abbey with live organ accompaniment by Jonathan Eyre, as part of Tyne Valley Film Festival

Black/ white and tinted silent film with live organ score

Directed by Rupert Julian, and based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, classic silent horror masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera stars Lon Chaney, in one of his most grotesque performances as the crazed man without a face, who lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, and falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated, he kidnaps her, dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him.

Mums Go Free on Mother’s Day at Raby Castle

On Mother’s Day Sunday 22nd March


What better way to celebrate with your wonderful Mum this Mother’s Day than by spending time together in the beautiful surroundings of Raby Castle?

With FREE admission* for mums on this special day, there has never been a better time to take a tour of the historic Castle, see the Spring flowers in bloom in the Walled Garden and stroll through the Deer Park.

Our Stables Cafe will be serving some delicious cakes and refreshments especially for the occasion.

*Free admission applies to Park and Gardens tickets and Castle, Park and Gardens tickets when accompanied by a paying adult or child purchasing the same ticket type.

Please note the final Castle Admission on Mother’s Day will be 2pm. After this the Castle will be closed to the public for our private Mother’s Day Tour and Tea in the Castle event.

‘Intentional Camera Movement’ – Talk by Andrew Gray

Hexham Photographic Society


24th March 2020 – 7:30 pm at The Torch Centre, Hexham

Andy Gray is a landscape photographer based on the Northumberland coast. But he’s a landscape photographer with a difference. He has made the skill of intentional camera movement into an art, creating stunning atmospheric images of Northumberland.

Make your own Traditional Shrink Pot

Learn new woodworking skills at The Sill 29th March 2020


The craft of traditional green woodwork aspires to use the unique nature of freshly harvested wood to create utility items of beauty. The shrink box is a perfect example of this craft.

Starting with a length of green, freshly felled log, traditional augers are used to bore down the grain then further hollowed with knives to create a wooden tube.