What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, August 11

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Acoustic Session. Birdsong acoustic songs and ballads from Carol and John on guitar and piano from James Taylor through the Everly Brothers to Joan Armatrading. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8.30pm. More information, visit www.railway-inn.co.uk or call 01670 760320.

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Carly McKee is back by popular demand. She already knows how to charm you with her versions of Duffy and Amy Winehouse’s Valerie. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Budweiser £2.25 a bottle. Happy Hour on selected cocktails all night from 5pm.

Sunday, August 7: Blues & Roots. Let the Ellington Dukes and guests entertain you with their unique sound. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 5pm. Free. More information, visit www.railway-inn.co.uk or call 01670 760320.

Monday, August 8: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Tuesday, August 9: Concert. Traditional music concert with Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. In St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 5.30pm. Tickets £7.50, accompanied children U12 free, and are available at the door. For more information, contact Andrew or Margaret Watchorn on 01665 576245 or info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk

EVENTS

Today: Junior Mountainbiking Skills – Level 1. Aimed at beginner and novice cyclists. Age 9+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £29. Booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Today: Alnwick and District MS Branch. Drop-in for a coffee and a chat. 11am–1pm. At 10 Market Square, Alnwick. Branch helpline 07581 460207.

Today: Do Dream-Catchers. Work with Rob Caton from Wildharmony to make a native American dream-catcher. This special invention catches all dreams and filters out the bad ones to make sure only good dreams enter the sleepers head. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £1 per child. Normal admission applies. More information, call 01669 620333.

Today: Medieval Courtly Combat. Enjoy a living history spectacular and marvel at the weapons and martial skills on

display at Warkworth Castle. There’s also chance to try your hand at archery (small extra charge applies). 11.30am–5pm. Car parking charges apply. Adults £5.50, concession £5, children £3.50, family £14.50. English Heritage members and U5s free. Contact 01665 711423.

Today: Gravity and Space. Re-enact ancient experiments with gravity and see how it works. At Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Today: Sailing. The Coquet Shorebase Trust is running a sailing course for 14-24-year-olds which begins with four

evening sessions on the lake at Druridge Bay Country Park, which will give the skills needed to carry on as a club

member of the Coquet Windsurfing Club or Coquet Sailing Club. The first session starts today. Places are limited and participants must be able to attend at least three of the four sessions. £5 per session. For more details, and to book,

contact 01665 710367.

Today to Saturday, August 6: Alnwick International Music Festival. The final few days of the annual eight-day festival of music and dance from around the world. This year, acts include groups from Togo, India, Russia and Romania, amongst others, while home-grown talent will also perform. Daily performances take place in Alnwick Market Place, scheduled from 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–4.30pm. There are also performances in the Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle, children’s workshops, the Alnwick Flower Festival (see below) and night-time performances in Alnwick Playhouse (see Playhouse listings). For more information, visit the information stall, which is located in the Market Place.

Today to Sunday, August 7: Alnwick Flower Festival. The annual festival will this year celebrate the theme of Creative Community, with beautiful and colourful flower arrangements. There will be a variety of local craft stalls,

demonstrations, selection of fresh hand-tied bouquets for sale, live music and refreshments, including home-baked cakes. At St Michael’s Church, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. Festival open 10am–4pm from Thursday to Saturday and 1pm–4pm on the Sunday and will conclude later that day will an ecumenical Songs of Praise service at 6pm.

Today, Sunday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 9: Flower Petal Bath Bombs. Capture the fragrance of summer in a bath bomb making workshop. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today, Tuesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 11: 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, August 11: Go Wild at Wallington. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free but normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30–3pm. Normal admission applies plus a small charge for some activities. More information, visit

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.

Today to Friday, September 2: Summer Watersports Activities. Water sports for juniors (8-16 years). Kayaking, sailing, windsurfing in Druridge Bay Country Park from August 1 to September 2 from 10am–3.30pm each day. £40 per day, if more than one day is booked subsequent days at £35 per day. All equipment is provided. Office hours for booking and enquiries, Monday–Friday, between 9am–1pm, call the Coquet Shorebase Trust on 01665 710367.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. Designed with the over 50s in mind. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The sessions are light-hearted and focus on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. In the education room at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Junior Mountainbiking Skills – Level 2. Requires good existing skills and fitness. Age 9+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £29. Booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Tomorrow: King Swing and Climbing. Fly through the air or challenge the indoor climbing wall. At Calvert Trust, Kielder. 10am–4pm. £5 per activity (two turns). Call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Natures Helpers – Bird Baths. Help the birds enjoy a summer splash by making a bird bath to hang in your garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow, Monday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 10: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. Join a member of the gardening team for a tour to share their love of the garden and all it has to offer. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Noon–1pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, August 10: How The Sun Works. Build a solar oven out of tin foil and a pizza box. Learn how the sun works and see it yourself through a solar telescope. At Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Tomorrow: South to Antares. A tour of the southern constellations and some of the objects that lie within the rich star fields of the Milky Way. Listen to an expert talk and use state of the art telescopes to see these incredible objects. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, August 6: 4X4 Safari. Drive some of the more challenging trails the forest has to offer. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–4pm. £50 per car (includes cooked breakfast for driver). Booking essential, call 08445 889965 or www.gton.co.uk.

Saturday, August 6: Natural Music. Try your hand at making a musical instrument from the natural materials of the forest. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £1 per child. Normal admission applies. More information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside or call 01669 620333.

Saturday, August 6: Den Building. Use natural materials to build a den in the woodland at Cragside. 11am–3pm. £1 per child. Contact 01669 620333.

Saturday, August 6: Hobofishing. Try your hand a hobofishing at Cragside. Make your own fishing kit and see what bites. 11am–3pm. £1 per child. Normal admission. More information, contact 01669 620333.

Saturday, August 6: Powburn Show. Annual event with industrial, horticultural and handicraft exhibition. Including a sheep show, pony sports, dog rally, trade stands and more. Contact 01665 578576 or www.powburnshow.co.uk

Saturday, August 6: Concert. The Alnwick Pipers Society perform. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free but normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply.

Saturday, August 6: Wild in the Woods. Test your survival skills by foraging the woodland for materials to construct a forest shelter. Enjoy a bite to eat on the BBQ and finish off with marshmallows around the fire. At Cragside. 2pm–6pm. £6pp. Booking essential on 01669 622033.

Saturday, August 6: Aurora Night. The Northern Lights! What they are and how we see them. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora and take a tour of Kielder Observatory. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7: Medieval Family Fun Weekend. Travel back in time to the middle ages as the Knights of Monymusk invade Wallington. Discover all about life in medieval times. 11am–4.30pm. Normal admission charges apply plus small charge for some activities. More information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7: Fashion From The Past Weekend. Taking place inside and outside Belsay Hall will be a variety of historic fashion displays. From Tudor to Georgian and the 20th Century. Plus music and children’s dressing up. 11am–4.30pm. Adults £7.50, conc £6.80 and children £4.50, family £19.50. English Heritage members free and U5s free. Contact 01661 881636.

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7: Meet the Saxons. Uncover the secrets of the life of a Saxon and watch as the lives of our ancestors are brought to life. Explore the various crafts and meet warriors too. Displays and presentations including burials and crafts taking place throughout the day. At Lindisfarne Priory. 11am–5pm. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, children £2.90, English Heritage members/U5s free. More information. 01289 389200.

Saturday, August 6 to Sunday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 10: 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, August 6 and Wednesday, August 10: Instant Friends. Make yourself instant friends in this crafty workshop, using natural materials. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7: Spurting Man. Come and see a new human fountain, a spectacle for everyone to enjoy. At The Alnwick Garden. Performances at noon and 2pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, August 7: Powfest (Powburn Music Festival). Family fun day with bands (The Poorboys, Gladstone, The Fabulous Balls Brothers, AllShineNoShoes, Nuclear Age), large marquee, bar, kids’ rides, face painting, stalls, hog roast, bouncy castle. At the show field, Powburn. Noon–6pm. Pre-booked tickets: Adult £6.50, U12s £4.50, family (2+2) £20, U5s free. On the gate (if available): Adult £8, U12s £5, family £23. More information, visit www.powfest.biz or call 01665 574572.

Sunday, August 7: Garden Party. St Paul’s Church, North Sunderland hosts a garden party in the church grounds with various stalls, cream scones, children’s games and morris, clog and Scottish dancers. 2pm. Admission 50p, U14s free.

Sunday, August 7: Concert. Medieval Mixture, who are a group of enthusiastic singers who meet monthly to explore a wide range of unaccompanied sacred and secular music from early plainsong to 16th century catches and rounds, perform. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free but normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply.

Monday, August 8: Canoeing. Learn how to canoe in a quiet inlet – great for beginners at Calvert Trust Kielder. For ages five and over. Drop in 10am–4pm. £5 per person for 30-minute session. Contact 01434 250232.

Monday, August 8: 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, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, August 8: Scarecrows. Made with twigs and straw your scarecrow can take pride of place with a great big smile on its face. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in sessions, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, August 8: Posy Making. Learn how to create a posy from the flowers in your garden. Gardening staff will show you how to select and condition the flowers to use. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511356. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com.

Monday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 10: Wizarding with Hagrid and Dumbledore. Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter Films. 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, call 01665 510777 or visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Tuesday, August 9: Working Forest Visit. A chance to get up close with some monster machines in England’s largest working forest. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 2pm–4pm. £10. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday 10: Medieval Worst Jobs. Meet colourful characters and hear tales of horrid tasks and awful jobs of medieval times. At Warkworth Castle. 11am–5pm. Car parking charge applies. Adults £5.50, conc £5, children £3.50, family £14.50. English Heritage members and U5s free. More information, contact 01665 711423.

Wednesday, August 10: Hogwartian Party. Hagrid and Dumbledore invite you to a Hogwartian Party at Alnwick Castle. Enjoy lessons in broomstick training, potions and spells as well as a chance to meet the characters and the Sorting Hat before the great feast commences. Tickets are priced at £20 per person (for adults & kids) and £60 for a family of four. To book tickets, contact Lee McKinnell on 01665 511080. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Wednesday, August 10: Willow Weaving. What could you make out of willow? Have a go. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £1 per child. Normal admission applies. More information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside or call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, August 10: Victorian Day. Meet the servants of Cragside House, hear their stories and have a go at spinning tops and other Victorian toys. 11am–3pm. Free event, normal admission applies. More information, visit

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside or call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, August 10: Wildlife Wednesdays – Nest Box Building. Learn how to build a nest box to take home. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 1pm–1.45pm and 2pm–2.45pm. £5 per nest box. Booking essential, call 01434 251000.

Wednesday, August 10: Butterflies and Bees, Walk and Talk. Learn the importance of these gardener’s friends on a Butterfly and Bee safari. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 11: Natures Helpers – Bird Feeders. A really good way to recycle empty plastic bottles, make a bird feeder for your garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Drop in, 11am–4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Thursday, August 11: Medieval Raphael 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. At Alnwick Castle. 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. Check times on arrival. More information, call 01665 510777 or visit www.alnwickcastle.com

WALKS

Today: Guided Walk. Find out about the natural and local history of the 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. 10am–noon. Meet at the main car park 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.

Today: Field Trip. Alnwick and District Natural History Society field trip to explore the wildlife around Harbottle

Crags. 2pm. Meet Harbottle Crags car park. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Sunday, August 7: Walk. An eight-mile four hour circular walk around Fontburn Reservoir. With Morpeth Footpaths Society. 10.30am. Contact morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Monday, August 8: Whin Grassland Walk. Join botanical and geological experts Dr Janet Simkin and Alistair Bowden to discover the fascinating plant life and geology of the Great Whin Sill. Waterproofs and suitable footwear such as walking boots are recommended. 2pm–5pm. Meet at the main car park on Holy Island. Booking essential, call 0191 2846884.

Wednesday, August 10: 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 up to 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. August 10 is Stage Three – a 9.5-mile, five hour walk from Craster to Seahouses. Starts 9.20am at Craster TIC to coincide with the arrival of the 501 from Alnwick/Newcastle. Return on the 3.47pm 401 to Alnwick and Newcastle via Craster. 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, August 10: PhotoHillWalk. Hillguide Roy Kennard and photographer Andy Craig combine their respective skills to offer a guided hill walk together with photographic tuition. This five-hour walk explores the Breamish Valley. Starts 10.15am. Meet at Ingram Car Park. £40. Book online at www.headforthecheviothills.com/index.html. There are some terms and conditions which you will need to agree to and guidance on equipment for hill walking at www.headforthecheviothills.com/terms.html

Wednesday, August 10: Meet the Morphs. Catch a glimpse of some very unusual creatures on a guided walk. At Cragside. 11am and 2pm. Free event. Normal admission applies. Booking essential on 01669 622033.

Thursday, August 11: Guided Walks. Find out about the natural history 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. Meet at the main car park at the village exit. 9am–11am. Adults £7, U12 free. No need to book, just turn up. More information, contact Mary Gunn visit www.holyislandhikes.co.uk or call 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 Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Exhibition entitled Showcase. Open during box office hours. Until Saturday, August 6. New exhibition – the Annual Open Exhibition by Alnwick District Arts Association – starts Friday, August 12.

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. Textiles inspired by Northumberland landscape and history, by Audrey Atkin. Until August 23. 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 local landscape photographs by Big River Photography. Runs until August 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, 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. John Fieldhouse exhibition extended until Sunday, August 7. Take this opportunity to see this superb solo show. David Hall prints and Pam Grimmond lino cuts now on display. 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 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 and Thursday, August 11, 10am–3pm, and then tomorrow up to and including Wednesday, August 10, noon–5pm. From now 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 until 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.