What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, March 22

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Chris Newman Trio – Still Getting Away with It. With his new trio of guitar, mandolin and bass, Chris performs an evening of boundary-crossing music interspersed with warm anecdotes delivered in his trademark laid-back style. At Rennington Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50, £5 children. To book, call 01665 577535.

Saturday, March 17: Chris Newman Trio – Still Getting Away with It. Same as above. At Berwick United Reformed Church, Spittal. 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50, £3.50 children. To book, call 07752 403409.

Saturday, March 17: X-Factor hopeful Lewis Denny hosts a St Patrick’s Day open mic night and disco at The Burnside Inn, Longhoughton, from 8.30pm. Contact Pippa Frost on 01665 577303.

Monday, March 19: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. Information from Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 21: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, March 21: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

Thursday, March 22: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Neil Hardie Band perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. In the Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Admission, members £4.50, non-members £6, includes supper. Bar available. More information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

EVENTS

Today to Saturday, March 17: Wansbeck Music Festival – Recorder and Woodwind Festival. More information, visit www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk or call secretary Gillian Stewart on 01670 823384.

Today and Thursday, March 22: Silver Singers – Taster Course. The fourth and fifth sessions of six taster classes in Wooler, led by Veronica Gilbert, to introduce the fun of singing. Open to anyone aged 50 and over, no previous experience necessary. You don’t need to read music. It is hoped regular sessions will start in Wooler from April. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 10.30am–noon. £3 per session. Visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-in-wooler or call 01670 852445.

Tonight: Demonstration. Judith Clancy gives a demonstration to Warkworth and District Flower Club entitled All Shapes and Sizes. At the Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 7.30pm.

Tonight: Talk. Professor Iain Moffat gives a talk and PowerPoint presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society about How they built the Railways. 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. For more, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Tonight: Bingo. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 7.30pm. More information, call 01665 576658.

Tonight: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow: Silver Singers – Alnwick. Open to anyone aged 50 and over. New members welcome. No experience needed. At Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre, Alnwick. 1.15pm–2.45pm. £3. For more information, visit www.20000voices.org/projects/silver-singers-groups or call 01670 852445.

Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. New 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: Blood Donor Session. At Thropton Memorial Hall. 2pm–4pm and 4.45pm–7pm. To book a place, contact 0300 123123.

Tomorrow: Beetle Drive. Organised by Alnwick Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland and the Great North Air Ambulance. At Pottergate Centre, Alnwick. 7pm. Tickets £5, including pie and pea supper. Booking essential, call James on 01665 605185.

Tomorrow: Dance with Pooled Supper. Bring own drink, although tea/coffee provided. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 8pm. £3.50 on the door.

Saturday, March 17: Car Boot Sale. Alnwick Lions Club host the event in the car park of the Homebase store in Alnwick. 9am–noon. £10 for a car, admission to the sale is free. Proceeds to Lions’ local charities. For a car, call Richard on 01665 603729.

Saturday, March 17: Table Top Sale. At the Creighton Memorial Hall, Embleton. 10am. Admission £1, including tea and biscuits.

Saturday, March 17: St James’s United Reformed Church Centre’s annual Spring Fair and Coffee Morning. In the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am. Stalls include cakes, bric-a-brac, books, tombola, jewellery and more. There will also be a decorated Easter egg competition for the children of Alnwick first schools. Eggs should be brought to the Northumberland Hall, ready to stand on a table by 10.30am. Judging by local artist, Pam Vardy, will take place at 11am. Admission £1, includes coffee and biscuits.

Saturday, March 17: Aln Valley Railway Information Event. Members of the Aln Valley Railway team will have a stall in Alnwick Market Place to give out information leaflets about the project to revive the Alnmouth to Alnwick branch line. There will also be an audiovisual display of the Railway’s progress. The team is also keen to speak to any businesses who want to get involved with the scheme in any way, in return for possible sponsorship opportunities.

Saturday, March 17: Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally (spectators only). Competitors travel from across the UK to compete in a variety of vehicles, from the most modern WRC challengers to classic cars. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 9am–4pm. £10 per car day pass for spectators, including event programme. More information, visit www.visitkielder.com/events

Saturday, March 17: 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

Monday, March 19: Blood Donor Session. At Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 10am–11.30am and 1pm–4pm. To book a place, contact 0300 123123.

Monday, March 19: Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers, their parents and carers. For children aged six months to three years. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt, Alnwick. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. For more, call the library on 01665 602689.

Monday, March 19: Talk. Professor John Richards presents an illustrated talk entitled Flowers of Northumberland to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetmouth Group. 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.

Monday, March 19: Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. More information, call 01665 576658.

Tuesday, March 20: Public Meeting. To discuss setting up a new branch of the Rotary Club to cover Coquetdale. At the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Anyone interested in being invited to join Rotary, but who cannot attend the meeting, can send a message via iannewebb@hotmail.com

Wednesday, March 21: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

WALKS

Sunday, March 18: March Nordic Walk. A 10km Nordic walk through Kielder Water and Forest Park. Age 16+. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential, email Nordic@staykielder.co.uk or call 01434 250462.

Sunday, March 18: Walk. A 7.5-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers from Branton to Great Ryle. Starts 10.30am. Meet at grass verge south of Branton. For more information or if weather is inclement, call walk leaders David and Wila Bradbrooke on 01670 787771.

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. Alnwick District Arts Association Spring Members’ exhibition starts tomorrow and runs until April 28. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition, As They Really Were. Unique drawings by 19th Century Alnwick artist Percy Forster. The sketches are of Alnwick folk in the 1830s at the time of the first ever census and show a cross-section of society. Until Monday, March 26. 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. 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 daily 10am–4pm, except for Wednesdays, when the gallery is closed.

The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Closed. 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. Open evening with wine on Sunday, March 18, 4.30pm–7pm.

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–Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschool gallery.co.uk. The next exhibition, featuring John Fieldhouse, runs at Easter. New Ken Spencer work has just arrived. Original artwork, hand-made prints, photography and prints always on display. 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.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily 10am–4pm. Prices, including optional £1 Gift Aid donation, £11, £9 conc, 1p child, group (14 or more) £7pp.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except for Mondays when the museum 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 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 Saturdays and Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adults £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage 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. Open Tuesdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gardens/woodlands open 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, Saturdays–Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, last admission 4pm. During Northumberland school holidays, open daily 11am–5pm. 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 Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English heritage members free.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open Wednesdays–Sundays, 10.30am–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. Open today–Sunday, March 18, noon–5pm, and Tuesday, March 20–Thursday, March 22, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, March 19.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, 9.30am–3.45pm, tomorrow, 11.15am–3.45pm, Saturday, March 17, 12.15pm–3.45pm, Sunday, March 18, 10.15am–3.45pm, Wednesday, March 21–Thursday, March 22, 9.30am–12.45pm. Closed Monday, March 19–Tuesday, March 20.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, 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 Tuesdays–Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm, farm shop open daily 10.30am–5pm. 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. Open Saturdays–Sundays, 10am–4pm. Closed Mondays–Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.