What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, February 16

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STAGE/FILM

Saturday, February 11: Pip Utton is Charles Dickens. Award-winning actor and Edinburgh Fringe favourite, Pip Upton performs his one-man show which describes Charles Dickens’ final moments and then relives what he believes were the happiest years of his life – the last 12. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Tickets £7, £4.50 children. To book, call 01665 574964.

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Northumbrian Concert. An evening of traditional music, song and stories, featuring the likes of Alistair Anderson, and raising money for the 45th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, which takes place in April. Interval refreshments available. At The Ballroom, The Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth. 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50, conc £7.50, available from Morpeth Chantry TIC (01670 535200) or Kim Bibby-Wilson on 01670 513308. More information, visit www.northumbriana.org.uk

Monday, February 13: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, February 15: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, February 15: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

EVENTS

Tomorrow: Talk. Graham Bell gives an illustrated talk to North Northumberland Bird Club about why birds are called what they are. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2. Contact Richard Narraway 01668 214759.

Tomorrow: Nightwatch at Kielder Observatory. An introduction to astronomy. Includes talk, tour and use of the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, February 11: Beadnell Village Get Together. With mid-winter coffee and cakes and a raffle. At Beadnell Women’s Institute. 2pm–4pm. The event also features Limekilns and Lobsterpots, when local author Katrina Porteous brings the past alive with a journey back over more than a thousand years of Beadnell’s fishermen and fisherlasses. Bring along Beadnell mementoes and old photos to share. 2.30pm–3.30pm. Tickets £2 from Beadnell Post Office or on the door. Door-to-door transport can be provided within the parish if required, call 01665 720993.

Saturday, February 11: Passions and Potions Valentine’s Party. Torch-lit Potions and Aphrodisiacs Tours of the Poison Garden, and salsa/tango DJ and demonstrator. Also available to purchase are Valentine’s-themed cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and chocolate fountain fruit and marshmallow skewers. In The Alnwick Garden’s starlit Pavilion, with a view of the Grand Cascade, which will be specially lit up in pinks and reds for the party. £10, including a drink on arrival and sharing platters. 7pm–midnight. Email events@alnwickgarden.com or call Lee McKinnell on 01665 511080 to book places.

Saturday. February 11: The Universe at Kielder Observatory. Expert talk, tour the facility and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Sunday, February 12: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. More information, contact Jim Martin on 01665 711578.

Tuesday, February 14: Lanterns and Lyrics Valentine Dinner. Three-course meal and live music from swing-singer Sean McKenzie. In The Alnwick Garden’s Pavilion. 7pm–midnight. £30 per person including a drink on arrival. Email events@alnwickgarden.com or call Lee McKinnell on 01665 511080 to book.

Tuesday, February 14: Family Fortunes Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm.

Thursday, February 16: Talk. Gordon Hall gives a slide-show presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society entitled Carlisle: Railway Border City: 1980s to the present day. 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.

Wednesday, February 15: Talk. Michael Almond talks to the North Northumberland Rock Garden Group about The Dolomites. In the Community Club, Belford. 2.15pm. All welcome.

Thursday, February 16: Bingo. Eyes down 7.30pm. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan.

WALKS

Today: Wildlife on the River Aln. Join Alnwick & District Natural History Society for a walk through Alnwick Pastures. Meet at Lion Bridge, Alnwick. 1.30pm. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Saturday, February 11: Alnwick Town Walk. Discover Alnwick through the eyes of Adrian Ions - well-known local historian and great storyteller who will bring tales about the town and Northumberland to life. Starts 10am from the Bailiffgate Museum. Coffee and biscuits available in the museum after the walk. Numbers limited to 12 people. Tickets £2.50. Booking essential by visiting the museum or by emailing ask@bailiffgate.co.uk.

Sunday, February 12: Nordic Walk. A 10k Nordic walk through Kielder Water and Forest Park. Age 16+. 10am–1pm. £12pp (£7 if have own poles). Booking essential, call 01434 250462 or email Nordic@staykielder.co.uk

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. An exhibition by Amble Photographic Group. Until March 10. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Historic Alnwick. Travel back in time to see historic Alnwick through Bailiffgate’s new exhibition of fascinating images, maps and texts celebrating some of Alnwick’s old buildings, and telling their stories. Until March 4. Also, there is a second chance to see beautiful photographs of inspiring Northumbrian landscape and wildlife from last year’s successful exhibition A Stroll in the Parks. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except Mondays, when it is closed. 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

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Winter exhibition. A sophisticated selection of work by professional artist makers. Exquisite jewellery, Northumbrian landscape paintings, limited edition prints, studio glass, designer silk scarves, etchings, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware and other tempting treats. Free gift wrapping service on all purchases. Open daily, 10am to 5pm.

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

Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth, 01665 830363. A photographic exhibition by Alnmouth Camera Group. Open daily.

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 daily 10am to 4pm, except for Wednesdays, when the gallery is closed.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Closed until March. Check website for events and suppers, www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Exhibition of original coastal work by Joanne Wishart and abstracts by Paresh Nrshinga. Open Mondays to 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. Re-opens Saturday, February 18. Visit website for more information.

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. Opens on Saturday, February 11, and runs 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.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Closed today for essential maintenance. Re-opens tomorrow. From tomorrow, open daily 10am to 4pm. Prices, including optional £1 Gift Aid donation, £11, conc £9, child, 1p, group (14 or more) £7pp.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, except for Mondays, when it is closed. 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. Closed today and tomorrow. From Saturday, February 11, open daily 10am to 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. Closed today and tomorrow. From Saturday, February 11 up to and including Sunday, February 19, open 10am to 4pm. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Closed. During the closed season – November to April – the castle welcomes groups by appointment.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Closed today and tomorrow, as well as Monday, February 13. Open Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12, and then Tuesday, February 14, up to Sunday, February 19. Gardens/woodlands open 11am to 4pm, house (ground floor only) noon to 4pm, last entry 3pm. Admission free.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, members free.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90, members free.

Fenton Centre. Closed until March.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Snowdrop Festival. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 4pm. 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.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Closed today and tomorrow. From Saturday, February 11 up to and including Sunday, February 19, open daily 10am to 3pm. Prices, including Gift Aid, adult £6.95, children £3.50, family £17.40.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Call for opening times and prices.

Lindisfarne Priory. Closed today and tomorrow. From Saturday, February 11, up to and including Sunday, February 19, open daily 10am to 4pm. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement.

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 Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am to 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. House open from Saturday, February 11, to Sunday, February 19, (except Tuesday 14) 12–3pm. Cafe, gift and farm shop opem daily 10.30am–5pm. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm. Free entry. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington for opening times.

Warkworth Castle. Closed today and tomorrow. From Saturday, February 11, up to and including Sunday, February 19, open daily 10am to 4pm. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, members free.