What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, January 19

LIVE MUSIC

Monday, January 16: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, January 18: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, January 18: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

EVENTS

Today: Field Trip. A field trip with Alnwick & District Natural History Society to observe the wildlife at Coquet Estuary. Meet at Warkworth Dunes car park. 1.30pm. More information and to book, call 01665 602614 or visit www.nwt.org.uk

Tomorrow: Surgery. MP Sir Alan Beith continues his 2012 programme of regular surgeries. If residents have any concerns, they are invited to go along to the surgery and Sir Alan will offer advice and help. No appointment is needed. At Sir Alan’s Constituency Office, 54 Bondgate Within, Alnwick. 10.30am–11.30am.

Tomorrow: Talk. Ron McCombe, ARPS, Nature Photographer of the Year 2010, presents an illustrated talk to the North Northumberland Bird Club entitled Birds, Birds, Birds. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2. More information, contact Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.

Tomorrow: Dance with Robert Whitehead. Pooled Supper. Bring own drink. Tea and coffee provided. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 8pm–11.30pm. Admission £3.50.

Tomorrow and Saturday, January 14: The Big Universe. A night about scientific efforts to understand the Big Bang to the cold, dark, empty end of everything. At Kielder Observatory. Includes a tour of the facility and use of the powerful telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6. Booking essential. Call 07805 638469 for assistance or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Saturday, January 14: Coffee Morning. Home-made scones and cakes. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 10am–noon.

Sunday, January 15: Nordic Pole Walking. A 10k Nordic walk. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12, including pole hire. £7 with own poles. Booking essential, call 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Sunday, January 15: Alnwick Pipers’ Society. Hear the Society play at their monthly meeting. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 2.30pm–4pm. Refreshments available. No charge, but donations to village hall funds.

Monday, January 16: Talk. Steve Scoffin, Druridge Bay development manager, presents an illustrated talk to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetmouth Group about ongoing work at Druridge Bay. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. £1.50 including tea and biscuits. More information, contact Atholl Swanston on 01665 711177 or Diana Webber on 01665 713439.

Wednesday, January 18: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about the incredible dark sky with your naked eye, binoculars or the observatory’s 14” and 20” telescopes – or bring your own. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the instruments. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6. Booking essential. Call 07805 638469 for assistance or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Thursday, January 19: Talk. Dr Carol Bainbridge from Easter Howgate presents a talk to the North Northumberland Rock Garden Group entitled Bainbridges’ World of Bulbs. In the Community Club, Belford. 2.15pm. All welcome. £2 for visitors, including tea and biscuits after the lecture.

Thursday, January 19: Talk. Bill Fawcett crosses the border from Yetholm to present a talk to the Aln Valley Railway Society entitled Thomas Elliot Harrison: An exemplary engineer. At 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.

Thursday, January 19: Warkworth & District Flower Club. AGM, followed by slides from the 2011 World Flower Show in Boston. Bring contributions towards a pooled supper. In the Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 7.30pm.

WALKS

Sunday, January 15: Guided Walk. A seven-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers from Hipsburn to Greenrigg. Meet at Alnmouth Cricket Ground. Starts 10.30am. For more information, or if weather is inclement, call walk leader Ronnie Knox on 01665 575328.

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. The autumn/winter display from Alnwick and district arts association. Lighting up the winter days with an exhibition of paintings and photographs displaying their varied talents. Until February 4. Open during box office hours.

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. For the archaeologist, antiquarian or historian of the family you’ll discover an exciting hoard of historic ceramic replicas from Roman hunt cups to tactile Willendorf Venuses. 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. Gallery & Picture Framing Service. Christmas Exhibition with four contrasting artists – Derek Jones, Sue Fenlon, Mike Bell and Daphne Harrison, all of whom specialise in their own field. Runs until Sunday, January 22. Gallery open Wednesday to Friday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Visit the gallery website for more information and to confirm opening times.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Closed for essential maintenance. Re-opens February 10.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Closed. Re-opens Tuesday, January 17. Museum is then open daily, 10am–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. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child £4, family £21.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. 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 special appointment. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Closed until February 11.

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. 01668 216216. Closed until March.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. 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. Open Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15, 10am to 3pm. Closed today and tomorrow, as well as Monday, January 16, up to and including Thursday, January 20. Gift Aid admission: Adult £6.95, child £3.50, family £17.40.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, 9.30am to 2.45pm, tomorrow up to and including Sunday, January 15, 9.30am to 3.15pm, and Monday, January 16, and Tuesday, January 17, 10.15am to 3.45pm. Closed Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19. Adults £3, children (5 to 15 years old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, member free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free.

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 closed. Walled garden open daily, 10am to 4pm. Gift shop/cafe open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm. Farm shop (outside turnstile) open daily 10.30am to 4pm. Garden and grounds including Gift Aid: Adult £7.50, child £3.75, family £18.75.

Warkworth Castle. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, members free.