Saturday, April 14: Baktrak perform. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.
Saturday, April 14: Mike Memphis – The Elvis Experience. At the Farriers Arms, Shilbottle. 9pm. Tickets £3.50. Contact 01665 575253 for tickets.
Monday, April 16: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.
Wednesday, April 18: Northumberland Traditional Music session. Live music at the Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Adrian Ions on 01665 606033.
Wednesday, April 18: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.
Thursday, April 19: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Annual general meeting and music from the Iain MacPhail Band. At the Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7pm. Members £4.50, non-members £6, includes supper. Bar available. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.
Thursday, April 19: Rothbury Roots. Singer/songwriter Michael Weston King performs. His material ranges from political protest songs to country. At the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. £8. For tickets, call the Queen’s Head on 01669 620470 to book in advance. More information, call Andy on 01665 576012 or visit www.rothburyroots.com
Today: Building for Birds. Drop in and make a bird box or bird feeder to make birds feel at home in your garden. At Wallington. 11am and 1.30pm. £2 per bird feeder. £5 per bird box. Booking not needed. More information, contact 01670 773600.
Today: Small Mammals. Join Naomi Waite and Kara Jackson to search for harvest mice and other small mammals at East Chevington Nature Reserve. Meet at Druridge Bay Country Park at 9.30am. Booking essential on 0191 284 6884.
Today: Potter-inspired Characters. Put on your best robe and watch some of your favourite characters come to life as they are back after overwhelming demand with all kinds of magic and mayhem. At Alnwick Castle. Normal admission applies. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511100.
Today: Junior (8–16years) Easter Watersports Activities – Sailing. At Druridge Bay Country Park. Sessions in the morning and afternoon. £35 for half a day. To book, call Coquet Shorebase Trust on 01665 710367. There will also be a Go Canoe event on April 13, 10.30am–3.30pm. Just turn up, £3 per person
Today: Herbtastic. Choose your favourite herb to plant up and take home in a funky-looking pot. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Sunday, April 15: Easter Water Wizards. Get hands on and investigate the wonder of water. Become a water wizard just like Lord Armstrong and experiment with the power of water. Take a walk around Tumbleton Lake and have interactive fun at water stations. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. Normal admission applies. Some small charges may be made for activities. Contact 01669 620333.
Today to Sunday, April 15: Easter Bunny hunt with an Easter egg prize for the winner. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Normal admission applies (children free but must be accompanied by an adult). More information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01665 605847.
Today to Sunday, April 15: Daffodil Festival. The Alnwick Garden’s very own Alnwick Magic daffodil will be officially launched at the highly-anticipated Daffodil Festival, which will allow visitors to experience the rare daffodil in full bloom. Guests will also be invited to discover and purchase a striking variety of new daffodil breeds as they are showcased for the first time. At Alnwick Garden. 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today and Thursday, April 19: Cragside Another Side. Step back in time to 1880 as Cragside House comes to life. Journey through a day in the house and watch Lord Armstrong’s servants as they go about their daily chores. See Lord Armstrong and Joseph Swan discussing the electric light bulb and Lady Armstrong planning her dinner menu with the cook. At Cragside. 1pm–5pm. Booking not needed, normal admission applies. More information, contact 01669 620333.
Tonight: Bingo. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 7.30pm.
Tonight: Deer Safari. An evening exploring deep into Kielder Water and Forest Park for roe deer and other wildlife with an expert ranger. 7.30pm–9.30pm. £10. Booking essential. Contact 01434 250209.
Tomorrow: Easter Holiday Fun. Hear the story of Northumberland’s own heroine Grace Darling and make your own Longstone Lighthouse. At Amble Library. Suitable for ages 4–12–years. U8s must be accompanied by an adult. 10.30am–11.30am. Free. Contact 01665 710419.
Tomorrow: Junior (8-16years) Easter Watersports Activities. Go Canoe. Just turn up on the day. At Druridge Bay Country Park. 10.30am–3.30pm. £3. All equipment provided. More information, contact Coquet Shorebase Trust on 01665 710367.
Tomorrow: Swing and Climb Day. Brave the exhilarating King-Swing or tackle the indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kiedler. Drop in, 11am–4pm. £10 (two turns on each activity). Booking not required, pay on day. More information, contact 01434 250232.
Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. 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: Talk. Harold Dobson presents a talk to the North Northumberland Bird Club entitled Red Kites Return – The story of Red Kites in the North East. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. More information, contact Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.
Tomorrow and Saturday, April 14: The Universe at Kielder Observatory. An expert talk, tour the facility and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £9, conc £7, family £25. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org
Tomorrow and Sunday, April 15: Krafty Kidz. Get creative with Krafty Kidz and have a go at making craft items. At Wallington. 11am–3pm. Charge for items made from £2–£6. Booking not needed. More information, contact 01670 773600.
Tomorrow to Sunday, April 15: Animatronic Dragon. A 10ft-high animatronic dragon with moving wings, blinking eyes and smoke bellowing from its nostrils roars into Alnwick Castle. Normal admission applies. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511100.
Tomorrow to Sunday, April 15: Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. Three exciting days presenting Northumberland’s traditions, with concerts, street events, dances, exhibitions, childrens events, crafts, dialect, puppets, tour, competitions and a storyteller’s garden. More information, visit www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering or contact 10670 513308.
Saturday, April 14: Run Northumberland Cragside 10k. 9.30am. Visit www.runnorthumberland.org for entry form.
Saturday, April 14: Coffee Morning. Event to raise awareness of the 49-year exchange between Shilbottle and the French village of Héry, as well as to raise funds in the run up to the 50th anniversary in 2013, which will be celebrated when a party come across from France. There will be a cake stall, raffle and tombola and a demonstration of the traditional craft of clooty (or proggy) mat making. People can also share memories of the exchange. In the Community Hall, Shilbottle. 10am–noon. Adults £1, including coffee and biscuits, children free, including juice and biscuits.
Saturday, April 14: Victorian Family Day. Children and parents can dress up in replica Victorian clothes and experience life as the Victorians might have. Sit at a Victorian desk, do some old-fashioned sums with old coins, write with an ink pen or slate pencil, play with some Victorian toys and see how household chores were done in the days before washing machines existed. At the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm. Normal admission applies. Children free but must be accompanied by an adult. More information, contact museum on 01665 605847 or email email@example.com
Saturday, April 14: Talk and Lunch. Simon Henderson talks to Glendale Local History Society about The Culley Brothers and The History of Farming in Glendale. At the Fenton Centre. Midday talk and lunch (extra charge of £10 per head). After lunch, explore Fenton’s nature trail and archaeological features. Visitors £2. More information, visit www.wooler.org.uk/community, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01668 283703.
Saturday, April 14: 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. £20. For tickets and more information, visit www.northeastparanormalinvestigations.co.uk
Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15: The Shadow Cutter. Using the timeless art form of silhouette cutting, The Shadow Cutter will be visiting The Alnwick Garden to make beautiful traditional hand-cut silhouettes for visitors, mounted on card as a keepsake of the day. 10am–6pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Sunday, April 15: Car Boot Sale. At Alnwick Town Football Club. 10am–2pm. Free admission. Refreshments and clubhouse bar open. Sellers arrive 9am. Cars £10, vans £12. Information and bookings to Alan on 01665 720395. The boot sale will take place every Sunday to raise money for the club.
Sunday, April 15: Beginners Rag Rugging Workshop. One-day workshop learning the traditional craft of rag rugging (also known as clippy, proggy and hooky mats). At Cheviot Room, Rothbury. 10am–3.30pm. No previous experience required, all material provided. More information, contact 01665 579422.
Sunday, April 15: Sharp Shooters. Test your shooting and aiming skills with laser clay-pigeon shooting and the archery range. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 11am–4pm. £20 (includes 30 clay and 15 arrows). Booking not required. Pay on the day. More information, contact 01434 250232.
Sunday, April 15: Budding Artists Programme – Japanese kite-making. Design and assemble your very own kite to fly around The Alnwick Garden in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival. 11am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Monday, April 16: TV Digital Switchover Public Meeting. Andy Guy, who is regional project coordinater for the BBC Switchover Team, presents a talk about the switchover. At the Cheviot Centre, Wooler. Refreshments at 10am, talk starts at 10.30am. Admission free. Talk followed by a brief U3A meeting, all welcome.
Monday, April 16: Stories, Rhymes and Crafts. An afternoon of stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers. For children aged six-months to three-years, and their parents or carers. At Alnwick Library. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. More information, contact 01665 602689.
Monday, April 16: Talk. Dr Burville presents an illustrated talk to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetmouth Group entitled Magic beneath the Waves. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. More information, contact Atholl Swanston on 01665 711177 or Diana Webber on 01665 713439.
Monday, April 16: Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm.
Wednesday, April 18: Talk Time at Wallington – The ‘Other’ 1066. Medieval historian Michael Thomson examines the significance of the northern Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge and pulls them out of the shadows of the notorious Battle of Hastings. Followed by light lunch in the Clocktower Café. At Wallington. 10am–2pm. £22, including coffee and lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.
Thursday, April 19: Presentation. Author and distinguished railway modeller, Dave Dunn, shows the Aln Valley Railway Society a collection of photographs from various sources on the subject of The Border Counties Line. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.
Today: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour photo trail on the Northumberland coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club. 9.30am. £15. Contact 01665 576012.
Today: Walk. Alnwick & District Natural History Society explore the Craster coastline. Meet at Craster main car park. 2pm. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.
Saturday, April 14: Cunyan Crags. An eight to 10-mile walk in the hills around Ingram. 10am. £10. Walk must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Late booking will be accepted by phone up until 8pm on the evening prior to walk, subject to availability. Visit www.walknorthumbria.co.uk or contact 0191 257 2601/07764 584382.
Sunday, April 15: Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential. Email Nordic@staykielder.co.uk or contact 01434 250462.
Sunday, April 15: Guided Walk. A 7.5-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers taking in Hartside, Little Dod and Low Bleakhope. Starts 10.30am. Meet at Hartside. If weather is inclement or for more information, contact walk leader Judy Williams on 01665 581531.
Sunday, April 15: Get Walking and Celebrate 100 Years of Nature Conservation. Northumberland Wildlife Trust hosts a guided walk around Holystone North Wood. The 5k circular walk includes a picnic at the end. 10.30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult and it is not suitable for U5s. £4. Booking essential. Contact 0191 284 6884.
Sunday, April 15: Nordic Walk – Alnmouth/Lesbury. A 4.5-mile walk with a qualified Nordic Walking instructor. Starts 1pm at Alnmouth. £8.50. Information and bookings, visit shepherdswalks.co.uk or contact 01830 540453.
Wednesday, April 18: Druridge Bay Coal and Coast Project – Discovering Migrant Birds on Druridge Bay. A seven-mile guided costal walk from Cresswell up to Hauxley with local expert Tom Cadwallender visiting all the habitats that are occupied by birds. Meet at Hauxley Nature Reserve car park at 9.30am. Booking required. Contact 0191 284 6884.
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 email@example.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. Alnwick District Arts Association Spring Members’ exhibition. Until April 28. Open during box office hours.
Amble Photographic Group exhibition. At the town council office, at The Quayside, Amble. Until April 30. For opening times, email carolmckay177@btinter net.com or call 01665 710177.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition – Bailiffgate 10: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition is a captivating reminiscence of the first ten years of the Bailiffgate Museum and the museum’s history as a Catholic church. The exhibition showcases a variety of themes from previous exhibitions as it prepares for the next ten years of exhibitions and projects. Until April 29. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 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
Cragside, Rothbury. 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about the untold stories of life in service. Discover the romance of James McDougle and see his original footman’s livery uniform. Learn the Victorian recipe for brown bread ice cream, served to Cragside’s Royal guests. With close up photographs of original parts of the servants’ tower you’ll get a real glimpse behind closed doors. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission charges apply.
Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Made March Hares! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. 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 Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.
The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Exhibition – Traces of Being – Andrea Roberts and Jo Hume. Roberts’ huge stitched paper installation soars above an exhibition that also features her fine ink drawings and blackleaded fabric creations. Hume is a painter of land and sea scapes. Until April 15. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am–4pm.
The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Featured artist Paresh Nrshinga and new originals by Ken Spencer. 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.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Original paintings by John Fieldhouse. Until Sunday, April 22. All welcome. 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 Castle. 01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Visit
www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.
Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.
Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon and every Bank Holiday weekends. Admission charges apply.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. 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 daily, 10am–5pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. English Heritage members free.
Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.
Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open daily, except for Saturdays when it is closed. Noon–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. £8.50, conc £7.50, children £4, U5s free, family £21.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm, and Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 children, £14 family.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens/woodlands open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open today–Sunday, April 15, 11am–5pm, last admission 4pm, and then Tuesday, April 17–Thursday, April 19, 1pm–5pm. Cragside closed on Mondays. 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 daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English Heritage members free.
Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.
Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10. English Heritage members free.
Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.
Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Train times – from Heatherslaw, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm. From Etal, every hour on the half-hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Return journey prices, £6.50, children £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am.
Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.
House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.
Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. 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.
Lady Waterford Hall. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions. Call 01890 820503 to check.
Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today–Sunday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 17, noon–5pm, and Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, April 16. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.
Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm.
Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. £4.90, £2.90 child, £4.40 conc. 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 daily 10am–5pm. Free entry. There will also be an exhibition, called Grace’s Environment, running throughout the Easter school holidays.
Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays 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. 01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free.
Warkworth Hermitage. Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. £3.30, child £2, conc £3.