What’s on in Northumberland – to July 21

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Concert. Traditional music concert with local musicians Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. In the Methodist Church, Seahouses. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, accompanied children U12 free, and are available at the door. For more information, contact Andrew or Margaret on 01665 576245 or info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk

Monday, July 18: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, July 20: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, July 21: Rothbury Roots. Dana and Susan Robinson, from the USA, appear at music session Rothbury Roots. The pair’s music explores rural America with elegant simplicity. Rich, intimate harmonies are supported by Dana’s powerful guitar and fiddle playing and Susan’s delicate, sometimes funky, sometimes haunting mountain banjo sound. At The Queens Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets are £8 and can be booked in advance by calling 01669 620470. For more information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

EVENTS

Today: Summer Fair. Alnwick South First School hold a fete d’ete where guests can enjoy a taste of France, be entertained with French songs or visit the art gallery and craft stalls. In the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am–3pm. Gymnasts will also provide street entertainment in Alnwick Market Place.

Today, Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 21: Guided Tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. Join a member of the gardening team at The Alnwick Garden on a tour of the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden to learn about the growing of fruit and vegetables. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm-2.45pm. Free with admission ticket. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today: Talk. Two large screen presentations about roses, offering advice, simple tips on how to care for your roses and background information about David Austin Roses and the breeding process. At The Alnwick Garden. 3pm-6pm. Free entry and if you would like to visit The Gardens after admission will be given for £7. For further information call 01665 511350 and choose option 4.

Tonight: Twilight Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Begin with a glass of wine on the terrace followed by a guided tour of The Garden with head gardener Trevor Jones. 8pm–9pm. Free with admission ticket or Friends Subscription. Booking essential on 01665 511356. For more information call 01665 511350 or visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Tomorrow, Monday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 20: Guided Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Every week The Alnwick Garden changes, join a member of the gardening team for a tour to share their love of the garden and all it has to offer. Noon-1pm. Free with admission ticket. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Garden Baby Boogie. Music and dancing, laughter and love are part of Lynn Campbell’s Baby Boogie classes. At The Alnwick Garden in the Pavilion. 11.15am-12.15pm. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: King Swing and Climbing. Brave the exhilarating king-swing and fly through the air like superman, or challenge the fantastic indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 10am–4pm. £5pp (for two tries per activity), booking not required. For more information call 01434 250232.

Saturday, July 16: What Lies Beneath? Explore the medieval foundations of Wallington Hall by joining the attraction’s Reiver for a special tour of the cellars. Tours run between 11am–4pm. Normal admission charges apply + £2 per tour. Contact 01670 773967.

Saturday, July 16: Jay’s Animal Encounters. Meet Jay and his wonderful selection of animals at The Alnwick Garden. See Mica the meerkat taking his morning walk or have Amber the snake coil around your shoulders. 11am–4pm, free but normal admission applies. Contact 01665 510350.

Saturday, July 16: Rock Climbing Taster Session. Experience Northumberland from a whole new perspective. Enjoy a day of climbing one of the county’s many great crags. 1pm–3pm. Adult £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, July 16: The Hot Trod. The Bike Place Marathon Series returns this year to challenge all those who think they can tame the great Kielder wilderness on bike. Booking essential on 0845 634 1895 or visit www.thebikeplace.co.uk

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17: Otterburn Festival. Fun for all the family, with entertainment throughout the weekend including vintage vehicle displays, a motorcycle stunt team and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. Held at Otterburn Mill. In support of the Great North Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes. Contact 01830 521014, email info@otterburnfestival.com or visit www.otterburnfestival.com for further information.

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17: St Cuthbert’s Land. Taking us back to the time of Anglo-Saxons St Cuthbert’s Land are meticulous in the representation of the lifestyle. An encampment brings it to life with ongoing cooking, weaving and all aspects of daily life. There are demonstrations about military training and a guide to Saxon status. The day ends with a battle between rival factions. At Bamburgh Castle. Event included in admission. More information, contact the castle on 01668 214515.

Saturday, July 16 to Sunday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 20: Kielder Osprey Watch 2011. Free event for a chance to view the ospreys on the nest through high-powered telescopes at Leaplish Waterside Park, with volunteer experts on hand to tell the osprey story. 10am–5pm at the weekend and 10.30am–12.30pm on Wednesday. Visit www.visitkielder.com or call 01434 251000.

Saturday, July 16 to Monday, July 18: Theatre of Alchemy - Dragon Show. Meet a hatching of baby Dragons from a Dragon Sanctuary in the Welsh Marches and join in a Daily Dragon procession. Great fun for all ages with the excellent storytellers from Theatre of Alchemy. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals throughout the day between 11am-4pm. Check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17: Medieval Crafts - Company of Artisans. Medieval crafts brought back to life. Kate the Tile Maker brings her skills to Alnwick and invites visitors to watch her demonstration and then to roll up their sleeves and make their own tile to take away. Meanwhile, test your medieval building skills with Charlie the Builder. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Sunday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 19: Woodland Creatures. Make woodland creature with clays and items foraged from the woods such as feather and twigs. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Suitable for all ages. Drop in 11am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, July 17: Dansons Music Group and Choir. Live music in The Alnwick Garden with performances throughout the day. 11am-4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, July 17: Mountain Bike For Beginners Course. Adventure Northumberland provides a beginners mountainbike course that covers all the essential mountainbike skills, making sure that you are out making the most of your mountain bike in no time. Over 17+. 10am–2pm. £30. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, July 17: Kielder WaterAid Pairs. Fly fishing competition from boats on Kielder Water. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–5pm. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Sunday, July 17: Digging up the Past. Discover what lies under the beautiful Walled Garden and find out about its history and development on a guided walk with one of the expert Wallington Hall gardeners. Normal admission charges apply and donations welcome. Meet at the Clocktower at 1.30pm. Contact 01670 773967.

Sunday, July 17: Concert. The Standing Stones sing alive stories of lives, in ways that delight, entertain, provoke. Six women living and working in Northumberland and Tyneside they bring performances of humour, energy and sensitivity – a cappella, with a Northeastern Women’s twist. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free but normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply.

Sunday, July 17: Garden Opening. Shawdon Hall, near Glanton, opens its doors. Raffle, tombola, homemade cakes, teas and coffee, fairy treasure hunt, woodland walks and much more. All proceeds from the open garden event go to HospiceCare North Northumberland. 2pm–5pm. Entrance £3.50, U12s free. No Dogs. For more information, call 01665 606515.

Sunday, July 17 and Monday, July 18: Big Universe. A night about scientific efforts from the Big Bang to the cold, dark, empty end of everything. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Monday, July 18: Adopt a Grassy Pet. Create a unique pet from old tights, compost, plastic eyes and grass seed. Add water and watch the grass germinate to provide the pet with a full head of hair. Trim and style the hair in the latest fashion. At the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden in The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 1pm-4pm. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, July 18: Salsacise. Salsacise is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. The routine is a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Meet at The Pavilion Room, in The Alnwick Garden. 11am-noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, July 18: Canoeing. Half-hour session in a quiet inlet. Great for beginners. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 10am–4pm. £5pp, booking not required. For more information call 01434 250232.

Monday, July 18 and Thursday, July 21: Nordic Walking. Free Nordic Walking taster sessions. From Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. July 18, 2pm–3pm, July 21, 10am–11am. There is also a session on July 28, noon–1pm. Call Leah Flynn on 01665 511494 to book a place.

Wednesday, July 20: Propagation Demonstration. An opportunity to work alongside the garden team at The Alnwick Garden who will show the simple methods of propagating plant material from soft wood cuttings allowing you to increase your plant stocks at home. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm-3pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511356.

Wednesday, July 20: Butterfly Gardening. Get tips on how to make your garden butterfly-friendly. Suitable for all ages. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21: Bug Houses. Play with sticks, moss straw and natural treasures to build your very own bug house to take home for the bugs in your garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop-in 11am-4pm. Free with admission. All ages welcome. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, July 20: Open Library Meeting. An open evening is being held in Seahouses to discuss the future of the library and other services. Find out more information, ask questions and have a look round the new building. At Seahouses Sports and Community Centre, Stone Close, Seahouses. 6.30pm. For more information, contact Jon Riley on 01665 721868.

Thursday, July 21: Early Summer in the Jekyll Garden. As the garden begins to take shape, join gardeners at Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island to see how the annuals planted in spring begin to give form and colour to this unique setting. Starts 1pm. Contact the Castle for information on causeway crossing times on 01289 389244, email lindisfarne@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit www.lindisfarne.org.uk

WALKS

Wednesday, July 20: Discover the Uplands. Join the Wallington Hall countryside team for a challenging all day six-mile walk centred on the rugged but beautiful northern part of the Wallington Estate. Explore the ecology of the open moor, abandoned quarries and even discover evidence of our Bronze Age ancestors. £4 per person. Booking essential through the Estate Office on 01670 773600.

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1YU, 01665 511350. Images of Northumberland – A time and a place. Exhibition by Darryn Wade, show-casing stunning images of the county through the eyes of a Northumbrian. The exhibition will be accompanied by a sound installation from Geoff Sample conveying some of the evocative moods and special moments in the local landscape. Starts Saturday and runs until Sunday, July 24. 10am–6pm. In the Retail Gallery. Free, admission ticket not required.

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Exhibition entitled Showcase. Open during box office hours. Until Saturday, August 6.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. It Happens, a textile art exhibition, and also The Close of the Seam Age exhibition, both run until tomorrow. Open 10am–4pm, daily. New exhibition, What’s in a Name? starts July 19.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm. New exhibition, Brian Rogers’ photographic showcase of A Year in the Life of a Northumberland Farm. Until July 29.

Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk Twitter @northumberart. Poppies and Butterflies – A Celebration of Summer. An exhibition of original summer landscapes by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus the launch of her newest limited edition prints of Northumberland. Also, an eclectic selection of jewellery created by professional artist makers, designer silk scarves, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware, studio glass, etchings, prints and cards. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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

Kielder Castle, Kielder, 01434 250209. Kielder Castle’s Duchess Gallery plays host to an exhibition of water colours and photography by Shirley Jennings & Gary Cole. Until July 31.

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original and limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. New works in the Coastal Cottage Series, including Craster lobster pots. Porcelain by Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. A new art space with café, sofas and a log fire. Current exhibition Contemporary British art with a northern edge. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, 10.30am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Rolf Harris limited edition prints now available at the gallery. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk 01665 830600. The return of John Fieldhouse – a real must see exhibition featuring John’s broad stroked watercolour and charcoal works. Until July 31. Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth, 01670 773600. Wallington celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Bell Scott – the 19th century poet, writer, artist and teacher – with an exciting new contemporary art exhibition entitled Unfinished Business. The exhibition opened earlier this month and the contents will not remain static – artworks will be introduced and removed throughout the following months.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick. 01665 510777. Open 10am–6pm daily, state rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £13, conc £10.40, child (5–16) £6, U5s free, family £34, group £9pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden also available.

Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open 10am–6pm daily. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle also available.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon. Adult £4, children £1. All proceeds go to local charities.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc, seniors, students, unemployed £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults plus 2 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £8.50, child £4 (under 5 free), senior £7.50, family £21. Groups call 01668 214 208. Schools £2 per pupil.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices.

Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open noon–5pm daily, closed Saturdays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21. Combined tickets to visit both the Castle and the Chillingham Wild Cattle are available at a discounted rate.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Monday–Friday, tours start 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. Sunday tours start 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Tour route not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Adults £6, children (4–16yrs) £2, conc £4, family (of five) £14. Combined tickets available at discounted rate to visit both the cattle and the castle. Ask Warden for details.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, Gardens and Estate, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Saturday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Friday, 1pm–5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission (gift aid prices), House, Gardens and Estate, adults £14.60, children (5–17) £7.35, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £36.50. Gardens and Estate, adults £9.45, children £4.80, family £22.70, U5s/National Trust members free.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4, child £2.40, £3.60 conc. English Heritage free. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open 11am–4.30pm daily. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm.

Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £3.75, conc £2.75, family (2 adults/2 children) £10. Last entry to mill is 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets for entry to Heatherslaw Mill & Lady Waterford Hall are also available.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am. Train times, from Heatherslaw, every hour from 11am, up to and including 3pm, and from Etal, every hour from 11.30am, up to and including 3.30pm. Return journey prices: Adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, OAPs £5.50. All tickets are for return journeys and can be bought at the ticket office, or at Etal from the guard.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285 or at weekends call 01665 577191. Open noon–6pm daily, last entry 5pm. Adults £6, Over 60s £5, children free. Prices include 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation.

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

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

Lady Waterford Hall. 01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Adult £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Last entry to Hall 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets to Lady Waterford Hall & Heatherslaw Mill also available.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today up to and including Sunday, July 17 as well as Tuesday, July 19, 10am–3pm, and then Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, July 18. From July 19 until September 4, the castle hosts the Castle Explorer – giving people the chance to discover the castle’s old secrets and uncover the ‘everyday’ aspects of castle life through the centuries – and a Fossil and Rocks Hunt. Both are free, but normal admission applies.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free. Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open 8.30pm–5pm daily.

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

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.