What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, October 20

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Guitarist Jonny Boyle performs at The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Free.

Monday, October 17: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. For more information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, October 19: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, October 20: Rothbury Roots. Singer-songwriter Kieran Halpin performs at the latest instalment of Rothbury Roots. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £8. To book, call 01669 620470. For more information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

EVENTS

Today and Tomorrow: The Big Universe at Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Today and tomorrow and then Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20: Medieval Crafts. At Alnwick Castle. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Today, Tuesday, October 18, and Thursday, October 20: Guided tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Meet by the what’s on board. 2pm–2.45pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, October 20: Broomstick Training. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals every day, weather dependent. Check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Today to Thursday, October 20: Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tours. Around the grounds of Alnwick Castle to follow in the footsteps of its famous inhabitants, from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter. Tours take place at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm. Check the meeting place upon arrival. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Today to Thursday, October 20: Tours of the Castle and Grounds. Join an expert guide on a tour of the grounds of Alnwick Castle to learn all about its history and architecture, and hear fascinating tales of its inhabitants. Guides will also be on hand to answer any questions in the majestic state rooms. Daily, check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Today to Thursday, October 20: Archery. Test your skill and try your hand at archery with our experienced instructors. At Alnwick Castle. £3 for eight arrows. Monday-Friday, 12.30pm–4.30pm. Saturday and Sunday, 11am–12.30pm and 1pm–4.30pm, weather permitting. For more, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. Explore dance genres of the 20th century. 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: Volunteer Taster Day. Join Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Volunteers for a taster day to find out what it’s all about. At Hauxley Nature Reserve – meet at the temporary visitor centre. 10am–4pm. Free event, but booking required, call 0191 284 6884.

Tomorrow: Talk. North Northumberland Bird Club hosts Birds of Thailand; an illustrated talk by Tom and Julia Lawson. At Bamburgh Pavilion. 7.30pm.

Tomorrow: Dance, with a pooled supper. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 8pm–11.30pm. Admission £3.50.

Tomorrow, Monday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 19: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. Noon–1pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, October 15: Coffee Morning. Hosted by the Alnwick branch of Save the Children. With cake stall, mystery parcels and toys. Tea and coffee and scones. £2. Brethren Hall, Percy Street, Alnwick. 9.30am.

Saturday, October 15: Make a Witch Pot. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16: Ghostly Trails and Twilight Tales. Uncover some of Alnwick Castle’s hidden secrets. Booking essential, call 01665 511350. Due to the historic nature of the castle there is limited access on this tour for wheelchairs. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Saturday, October 15: Oktoberfest Mountain Biking. Part of The Bike Place Marathon Series. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. Entry fee £24 online, £28 on the day. Booking essential, visit www.thebikeplace.co.uk.

Saturday, October 15: Make a Wizard Wand. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop-in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, October 15: Badger Watch. Tour deep in the heart of the forest and watch badgers feed and play. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 6pm–8.30pm. £10, booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Saturday, October 15: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to help you learn about the incredible dark sky. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16: Food and Craft Festival. Celebrate the variety and quality of food and crafts from Northumbria and Cumbria with over 60 stalls of local produce along with cookery demonstrations and children’s activities. At Wallington. 10am–5pm. Reduced admission charges to the garden and grounds for the weekend – £2 adults and children go free. Exhibitors should contact Northumbria Larder on 0845 4562340.

Sunday, October 16: Make a Wizard Wand. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Sunday, October 16: Firewood Fair. At Meldon Park, Morpeth, NE61 3SW. Opens 10am for visitors, with firewood auction starting at midday. For more information visit www.northwoods.org.uk or call 01670 513292.

Sunday, October 16: Fungi Foray. Search for rich autumnal harvests of fungi with expert local mycologists. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10.30am–12.30pm and 2.30pm–4.30pm. £6 adult, £5 conc, £16 family of four, booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Sunday, October 16: Wedding Fair. The Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle host their wedding open day allowing you to view both The Pavilion Room and Guest Hall respectively. Both venues will be showcased, and the events team will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss suitable dates for your very special day. Admission is free. 11am–3pm. Booking is not required, and should visitors wish to look around either the Alnwick Garden or Alnwick Castle, tickets can be purchased in advance or simply on the day. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Sunday, October 16: Spell Books. Make a book for your favourite spells. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop-in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, October 16: Eduardo Niebla in Concert. Formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso, Eduardo Niebla accompanied by Matthew Robinson on guitar, play a night of flamenco gypsy jazz fused with Latin, Arabic, classical and Indian influences to produce the most electrifying, brilliant and poetic guitar playing. At Whittingham Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £6, £4.50 child. To book, call 01665 574964.

Monday, October 17: Salsacise. Salsacise is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. 11am–noon. In the Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, October 18: Vote for my Daddy! The Life of Charles Phillips Trevelyan. Join Lloyd Langley to discover the life of Charles Phillips Trevelyan, the radical reformer who gifted Wallington to the National Trust 70 years ago this year. Find out more about this remarkable man and the legacy he left behind. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20 includes coffee and lunch. More information, call 01670 773600.

Tuesday, October 18: Druridge Bay Landscape – Past, Present & Future. A guided walk to discover how the landscape of the northern end of Druridge Bay has changed with Mike Pratt, chief executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust. At Hauxley Nature Reserve – meet at the temporary Visitor Centre. 2pm–4pm. Free event, but booking required, call 0191 284 6884.

Wednesday, October 19: Free Seminar. Investment Strategies - Revisiting the Dark Side. Lorraine Armstrong and Richard MacAlister look at the best way to invest amid resurfacing concerns over a double-dip recession and Government debt and banking crisis. At The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick. Registration 11.50am, starts noon. With one-course lunch. To book a seat or find out more, call 0191 279 7658, visit newcastleevents@brewin.co.uk or email www.brewin.co.uk/newcastle

Wednesday, October 19: Pruning Demonstration. A practical demonstration on pruning. Learn the tools to use, the techniques involved and the results expected from your hard work. In the Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511855. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Thursday, October 20: Talk. Dennis Fancett talks to the Aln Valley Railway Society about the activities of SENRUG (South East Northumberland Rail Users Group) and plans relating, particularly, to the attempts to restore a rail service to the former Blyth & Tyne route south of Morpeth. 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, call Roger Jermy 01665 606168.

Thursday, October 20: Shooting Stars at Kielder Observatory. A talk and tour of the observatory and use the equipment to hopefully see some shooting stars. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

WALKS

Sunday, October 16: Walk. A five-and-a-half-hour, nine-and-a-half-mile walk from Scots Gap to Elsdon. Meet at Morpeth coach station at 9.30am. £6 for coach, £1 for walk for non-members. Contact Mieke on 01670 514615.

Sunday, October 16: Walk. HospiceCare North Northumberland hosts a Sunday stroll in Hulne Park. Anyone welcome. For more information, contact Julie or Angela on 01665 606515.

Sunday, October 16: Walk. An eight-mile walk from Shilmoor to Fairhaugh with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at Shilmoor. Starts 10.30am. For more information, or if weather is inclement, call Ian Bullock on 01669 621289.

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. Annual Open Exhibition. Alnwick District Arts Association. The popular summer exhibition where members of the Association are joined by other local artists to exhibit work in various media, much of it showing the scenic beauty of the county. Until October 15. Open during box office hours. New exhibition, by Alnwick & District Camera Club, starts October 21.

Amble Photographic Group. The group is staging an exhibition of photographs in the Town Council Office, The Quayside, Amble. Until November 6. Open 10am–4pm daily, but Sundays are 12.30pm–4pm. Members of the Group will attend on Saturdays/Sundays.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnwick has the Art Factor. An open art exhibition with a twist. Each artist can submit up to four works with visitors to the museum able to vote on which artist’s work they enjoy the most. Until November 1. Also, A5RT is being held in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. It will feature work by local professional artists, photographers, patients, art clubs and others who have created A5 artworks. These will be on display at the museum until October 31 and can be purchased for only £5. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com

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 photography by the Infinity Group. Until October 30.

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. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily, 10am–5pm, 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, as well as a summer exhibition. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work exhibited by artist Roz Bell and Nigel Cooke. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–3pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk 01665 830600. Autumn Exhibition – Jo Hume. Jo paints with skill and enthusiasm and comes to Alnmouth for her first major exhibition of landscape, seascape, floral and abstract works in oil and acrylic. Runs from Saturday, October 15 to Sunday, November 6. Ring or visit website for further details. Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Wallington Hall, 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. Closes end of October.

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, 10am–5pm. 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–4pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, 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–4pm, 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–4pm.

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. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. 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 until Sunday, October 16, 10am–3pm, and then Tuesday, October 18 to Thursday, October 20, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, October 17.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open 10am–4pm daily. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–4pm 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. Other times, including groups and evenings, by pre-arrangement only. Garden and arboretum £4.25 adults, supervised children free. No charge to look around the plant centre.

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 Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.