What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, January 26

LIVE MUSIC

Saturday, January 21: Acoustic Circles. Live music at the Cottage Inn Hotel, Dunstan. 9pm. Free entry.

Monday, January 23: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, January 25: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

Thursday, January 26: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The George Rennie Trio perform. At The Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm–11pm. Admission £4.50 members, £6 non-members, includes supper. Bar available. Membership £8. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

EVENTS

Today: 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.

Tonight: 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.

Tonight: 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.

Tomorrow: Stargazing Live. Dr Paul Lewis presents a talk entitled The Sun: Our Nearest Star, followed by stargazing. In this session, learn exactly why the sun shines, and what will happen when the fuel runs out. At Druridge Bay Country Park. 7.30pm–9.30pm. Free. Wrap up warm and bring binoculars or telescopes if you have them. Hot drinks available to buy at cafe. Booking essential. To book, email Emma on emma@nastro.org.uk or call 01670 511536. For more information, visit www.nastro.org.uk/stargazing-live-2012.html

Tomorrow and Saturday, January 21: Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, how to see them, tour the observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6. Booking essential. Call 07805 638469 for assistance or book online at www.kielderobseratory.org

Saturday, January 21: Stargazing Live. 3D Solar System Tour by Dr Adrian Jannetta FRAS, followed by stargazing. This lecture will give a summary of the solar system and highlight some of the outstanding images returned by spacecraft studying the sun, the planets, their moons and comets and asteroids too. It will be followed by a brief Q&A session and, weather permitting, a laser-guided tour of the night sky and views of Jupiter and its moons through telescopes. 3D glasses will be provided. Wrap up warm and bring binoculars or telescopes if you have them. At Fenham Farmhouse, Beal. 7.30pm–9.30pm. Free. Booking essential. To book, contact Mel Nicholls by emailing mel.nicholls@northumberland.gov.uk or calling 01670 534059. For more information, visit www.nastro.org.uk/stargazing-live-2012.html

Saturday, January 21: Dance, with music by Rob Dalkin. Pooled supper. At Shilbottle Community Hall, Grange Road, Shilbottle. 8pm–11.30pm. Admission £3.50 on the door.

Sunday, January 22: Wedding Open Days. Guyzance Hall and Eshott Hall Hotel host Wedding Open Days. The event at Guyzance runs from 11am–4pm while the Eshott open day is noon–4pm. Traditional afternoon teas will be available at Eshott Hall during the event but will need to be booked in advance. For further information, contact Eshott Hall on 01670 787454, email info@eshotthall.co.uk or visit www.eshotthall.co.uk

Monday, January 23: Quiz Night. At the Cottage Inn Hotel, Dunstan. 8pm.

Wednesday, January 25: Talk. Phil Hanmer talks to the Alnwick Wildlife Group about Barn Owls in Northumberland. Followed by free refreshments and a time to chat. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2, including refreshments.

Wednesday, January 25: Burns’ Night Supper Celebration. With the traditional piper, canapés, a wee dram or two, and dinner, which will include the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties. £40. At Eshott Hall Hotel. Booking essential. For more information contact Laura Brydon on 01670 787454, email info@eshotthall.co.uk or visit www.eshotthall.co.uk

WALKS

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.

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 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £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. 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. Christmas/Winter Exhibition featuring Mike Bell, Sue Fenlon, Derek Jones and Daphne Harrison, which runs until Sunday. Original artwork, hand-made prints, photography and prints always on display. Gallery closed from Sunday, January 29, to Wednesday, February 15, for maintenance and winter break. Re-opens Thursday, February 16. Visit website for more information.

ATTRACTIONS

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

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. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £6.80, conc £6, child £3.20, family £16.80.

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.

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. 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. Closed until Saturday, January 28.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open tomorrow and Saturday, January 21, 10.15am to 3.45pm, and then Thursday, January 26, 10.15am to 2.45pm. Closed today and also from Sunday, January 22, up to and including Wednesday, January 25. 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.

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.