What’s on in Northumberland – to July 30

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LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: 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

Tomorrow: Concert. An evening of traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, led by Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, who are well-known across the region for their performances of pipe, fiddle and voice. At St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. 7.30pm. Tickets £5 at the door.

Monday, July 25: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, July 28: Concert. Traditional music concert led by Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. In Holy Trinity Church, Embleton. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, accompanied children U12 free, and are available at the door.

EVENTS

Today: 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

Today and Wednesday, July 27: Bug Houses. Build a 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. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today, Tuesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 28: Guided Tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. Join a member of the gardening team 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. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today and Thursday, July 28: Nordic Walking. Free Nordic Walking taster sessions. From Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. 10am–11am today and noon–1pm on July 28. Call Leah Flynn on 01665 511494 to book a place.

Tomorrow: Footcare. Footcare for the over 50s which might include toe nails trimming, hard skin removal or perhaps a massage. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–1pm. Each session costs £6 and must be booked in advance by calling Heather on 01665 511356 or main reception 01665 511350, option 4. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

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

Tomorrow and Saturday, July 23: 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 638 469 for assistance.

Tomorrow, Monday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 27: Guided Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Join a member of the gardening team for a tour of The Alnwick Garden. Noon–1pm. Free with admission ticket. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, July 27: Butterfly Gardening. Tips to make your garden butterfly-friendly. Suitable for all ages. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, July 23: Coffee Morning and Silent Auction. Warkworth Flower Club hosts a coffee morning and silent auction. At The United Reformed Church Hall, Warkworth. 10.30am–noon. Auction to be announced at 11.15am. £1 admission to include coffee/tea and a scone.

Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24: Mad About Monks. Discover the Age of Bede at this fun event for all the family at Wallington Hall, from 11am–4pm. Try on monks’ habits, find out all about medieval medicine, have a go at making your own illuminated manuscript and help reconstruct a monastery from its ruins. Normal admission charges apply plus a small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24: Wizarding Weekend. A weekend of Hogwartian style magic and mayhem. Hagrid and Dumbledore are back for more fun, antics, and magic. Witches and wizards, house elves and Harry Potters especially welcome. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, July 23 to Sunday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 27: 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 23 to Monday, July 25: Flower Festival. The Four Elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The festival will also have home-made teas, photos of Old Newton, music, book stall and children’s activities. Hannah Bayman – North East Weather Girl – will be present on Saturday afternoon and there will be a Songs of Praise service at 5.30pm on Sunday. The festival takes place at Saint Mary’s Church, Newton-by-the-Sea. 11am–5pm daily. Event in aid of Saint Mary’s Church. All welcome.

Saturday, July 23 and Thursday, July 28: Butterfly and Bug Masks. With face paints and fabrics, create your own butterfly or bug mask. Suitable for all ages. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, July 23: Concert. Northern Sinfonia Chorus conducted by Alan Fearon, with flautist Gavin Osborn. An unusual concert Brings this well-known chorus together with a solo flautist. Choral items range from Tallis to Messiaen and include folk-song arrangements for chorus by Holst and Whittaker. Flute pieces range from Marin Marais to Debussy and Takemitsu. The evening ends with the first performance of a new work for flute and chorus by John Casken. At Alwinton Church. 7.30pm. Admission by programme, £12, £10 senior citizens, U21s free.

Sunday, July 24: Coffee Morning. Coffee morning held by the Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers. In aid of the RNLI. In the Lifeboat House, Radcliffe Quay, Amble. 10am–1pm.

Sunday, July 24: Coasteering. Coasteering is a unique, action-packed and fun activity which includes the exhilarating experiences of cliff jumping, rock climbing, sea level traversing and sea cave exploration. 18+ only. 11am–2pm. £30. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, July 24: Zumba Mania Day. The Alnwick Garden hosts Zumba Mania Day. 11am–3pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, July 24: Woodland Creatures. Make a woodland creature with clays and items foraged from the woods such as feather and twigs. Suitable for all ages. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Drop in 11am–4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, July 24: Songs of Praise. Coquet Churches Together hold Songs of Praise on Little Shore, Amble, and will be accompanied by the Bedlington Salvation Army Band. 2.30pm. All welcome.

Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25: Gorilla Walkabout. Come and spot two realistic mountain gorillas emerging from the Bamboo Labyrinth or the Serpent Garden. Learn all about their lifestyles and habitats as you get a gorilla cuddle. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–3pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, July 25: 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, at The Alnwick Garden. 11am–noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, July 25: Jays Animal Encounters. Meet Jay and his wonderful selection of animals. See Mica the Meerkat taking his morning walk or have Amber the snake gently coiled around your shoulders. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in from 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, July 25: Martin the Magician. Join Martin for his marvellous magic show and meet his delightful baby Dragon. 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.

Monday, July 25: Adopt a Grassy Pet. Create your own unique pet from old tights, compost, plastic eyes and grass seed. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 1pm–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, July 25: Gertrude Jekyll Centenary Day. Gertrude Jekyll Centenary Day in association with the National Gardens Scheme. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of planting being undertaken at Lindisfarne. Events will include the unveiling of the new Gertrude Jekyll plaque. At Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm–5pm. Tickets cost £1.50 each with all garden entrance proceeds going to the National Gardens Scheme. For more information, email lindisfarne@nationaltrust.org.uk, visit www.lindisfarne.org.uk or call 01289 389244.

Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26: Outdoor Art School. Take part in an outdoor art school. All ages welcome. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in 11am–4pm. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, July 26: Working Forest Visit. Behind the scenes tour and a chance to see monster machines in one of Europe’s largest planted forests. At Kielder Water and Forest park. 2pm–4pm. £10 per person. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27: Medieval Clash of Knights. Brave, bold and noble knights demonstrate the reality of medieval combat with a series of thrilling living history displays at Warkworth Castle from noon to 5pm. Watch as the pageantry of medieval England is brought to life before your very eyes. Car parking charge applies. Costs £5.50 adults, £5 concessions, £3.50 children, £14.50 family ticket. English Heritage members free. Contact 01665 711423.

Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27: Wizarding with Hagrid & Dumbledore. Hogwartian style magic and mayhem. Hagrid and Dumbledore are back for more fun, antics, and magic. Witches and wizards, house elves and Harry Potters especially welcome. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Wednesday, July 27: Propagation Demonstration. Work alongside the garden team who will show you the simple methods of propagating plant material from soft wood cuttings. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. Starts 2pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511356. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Wednesday, July 27: WI Fete. Fete featuring teas, barbecue, cakes, crafts, children’s games, tombola, collectable and much more. In the WI Hall, Beadnell. 2pm–4pm.

Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28: Raphael Medieval Falconry. Step into the historical world of medieval falconry. Raphael Falconry are the only professional Historical Falconers in the United Kingdom, they blend expert falconry, history and theatre to create an exciting and entertaining falconry show. The Birds of Prey can be viewed all day in the medieval mews. Flying displays will be at intervals throughout the day between 11am–4pm. At Alnwick Castle. Check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Thursday, July 28: The Duchess & Ian August Booksigning. The Duchess of Northumberland and Ian August will be available for signing The Making of The Alnwick Garden. In the Atrium at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Thursday, July 28: Go Wild at Wallington. Be a wild child and join the Wallington Hall countryside team for adventures in the woods – help build a bug hotel, find out about tree-mendous trees, try your hand at wild art and lots more. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission charges apply, plus small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

Thursday, July 28: Workshop. Special workshop for players of Northumbrian smallpipes F pitch with Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. At the Parish Church Room, Embleton. 2pm–4pm. Free refreshments available. £8. Book in advance to guarantee a place. Contact Andrew or Margaret by emailing info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk or call 01665 576245.

WALKS

Today: Guided Walk. Find out about the natural and local history of Holy Island. The dunes are full of summer flowers including the rare Grass of Parnassus. With the right conditions you’ll see butterflies, birds and seals. Wear suitable shoes for rough tracks. 2pm–4pm. Meet at the main car park on Holy Island at the village exit. Booking not essential, just turn up. Adults £7, U12s free. Visit www.holyislandhikes.co.uk or contact Mary Gunn on 01289 389225.

Saturday, July 23: Map and Compass Training. Russell Tait of Shepherd’s Walks will lead you through maps, scales, grid references and how they work before moving onto some basic compass work, including how to create and follow compass bearings. At Rothbury 10am, costs £39, booking essential on 01830 540453. Half of all takings will be donated to Northumberland Mountain Rescue.

Wednesday, July 27: Guided Walk. The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is offering the chance to walk the Northumberland Coast Path this summer with the path originator, Iain Robson. Each Wednesday, between July 27 and August 31, he will lead a walk along a section of the path in the company of a coastal expert. Do one section or do them all. The start time for each section coincides with the arrival of a bus and then return to the starting point by bus. July 27 is Stage One, with a 10.5-mile, five-hour walk from Cresswell to Warkworth. Start 9.45am at Cresswell Ices to coincide with the arrival of the No 1 from Ashington (change here from Newcastle). Return on the 3.52pm on the 472/1 to Ellington or to Newcastle on the 4.12pm 518 service. Walk free, but bus fare needed. Booking essential. For more information or to book, email coastaonb@northumberland.gov.uk, visit www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org or call 01665 511206.

Wednesday, July 27: Wildlife Wednesdays – Squirrel Walk. Part of the Activity Taster Day programme – join a trek looking for Kielder’s native red squirrel. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 1pm–3pm. £2 per child. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Thursday, July 28: Guided Walk. Find out about the natural and local history of Holy Island. The dunes are full of summer flowers including the rare Grass of Parnassus. With the right conditions you’ll see butterflies, birds and seals. Wear suitable shoes for rough tracks. 9am–11am. Meet at the main car park in Holy Island at the village exit. Booking not essential, just turn up. Adults £7, U12s free. Visit www.holyislandhikes.co.uk or contact Mary Gunn on 01289 389225.

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. 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. New exhibition, What’s in a Name? runs until September 2. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

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

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.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Iconic north east lifeboat heroine Grace Darling has inspired a new exhibition. Giulia Resteghini’s ‘Sea-like Sea’ exhibition contains over 20 works exploring the relationship between Grace Darling and the sea. The display, in the museum’s Lantern Room, opens Sunday, July 24 and runs until Sunday, September 4. Open daily 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Normal museum admission charges apply. Family friendly activities, such as lessons in drawing with felt-tip pen, will accompany this exhibition.

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 24 as well as Tuesday, July 26, noon–5pm, and then Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, July 25. 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. Summer holiday fun at Wallington takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday between Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, August 31. There will be themed crafts, games and activities throughout the school holidays, from Punch and Judy and kite-making to sandcastle building and scavenger hunts. Drop in from 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission charges apply, plus a small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

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.