What’s on in Northumberland – week ending March 10, 2011

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YOUR guide to what’s happening in the world of entertainment.

Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Andy Kain Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Tonight: Tanners Arms Unplugged. Open mic acoustic night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Singer and acoustic guitar duo Summerland play tunes from Pink, Duffy and Paloma Faith. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Becks only £2.25 a bottle and Happy Hour on selected cocktails all night from 5pm.

Saturday, March 5: Charity Music Event. Something Old, Something New is a musical evening in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service. At St Mark’s United Reformed Church, Amble. Light refreshments available. 7.30pm. Free entry. More information, call 01665 711177.

Monday, March 7: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 9: Day 37 of We Steal Flyers’ – aka Derek Allan and Jason Vare – charity buskathon to perform 100 gigs in 100 days. The event is in aid of children’s hospices across the UK, in particular Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal. At The Trap, Broomhill. 8pm. For more information about the gig and for more information about other gigs in the buskathon, visit www.westealflyers.co.uk

Tonight: Alnwick & District Natural History Society. A short AGM followed by a talk and slide-show presentation. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50

Saturday, March 5: Women’s Mountain Biking Skills Level 1. Learn core skills, how to negotiate small trail objects, correct positioning and improve control and confidence. Includes an introduction to climbing and cornering. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £79, including instruction, one-to-one feedback, morning coffee, packed lunch and 10 per cent off voucher for future courses. Booking essential, visit www.purplemountain.co.uk or call 01434 250532.

Saturday, March 5: Bike School. Cyclelife Alnwick is forming a junior Mountain Bike Club. The club is aimed at those new to mountain biking or those wanting to improve their skills and is open to anyone aged 7–17 years of age. It will meet every other week at 10am, with the first meeting taking place on Saturday at the Cyclelife shop, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick. More information, call Cyclelife on 01665 602925.

Saturday, March 5: Field Trip. A Field Trip for Alnwick Wildlife Group. Meet at Alnwick Castle for a walk down the Aln riverside. All welcome. Younger children should be accompanied and well-behaved dogs are welcome. 10.30am–12.30pm.

Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6: Northern Downhill Enduro Mountain Biking Event. For the first time on the Deadwater trails is a mass start, gravity endurance event. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 8am. Booking essential, visit www.northerndownhill.co.uk

Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6: Fantasy Forest Trail. Pick up a forest trail and get lost in the landscape. At Cragside, Rothbury. 11am–4pm. Free admission to Coquetdale residents. More information, call 01669 620333.

Monday, March 7: Talk. Mike Pearce talks to Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetdale Group about mining lead in the North Pennines. At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members free, visitors/non-members £2.

Tuesday, March 8: Church Service. To celebrate International Women’s Day centenary year, an open invitation is being extended to members of the public to join a church service in memory of Emily Wilding Davison, one of the county’s most famous women. There will be a special address by two inspirational women, Carolyn Collette and Sandra Kerr. At St Mary’s Church, Kirkhill, Morpeth. Noon.

Wednesday, March 9: Talk. Dr Ian Roberts talks to Glendale Local History Society about The Last Feudal County! Estates and Estate Management in 19th Century Northumberland. At The Cheviot Centre, Wooler, 7.30pm.

Wednesday, March 9: Observe The Night Sky. In these public observing sessions there is no talk or lecture; just an opportunity to use the incredible equipment and ask the experts for advice. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469.

Wednesday, March 9: Pub Quiz. The Lionheart Radio Pub Quiz at The Hairy Lemon, Alnwick. Have a laugh and a chance to meet the volunteers from Alnwick’s community radio station. 8.30pm. £1 to enter. First, second and third prizes.

Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6: Goshawk Walk. Join a local expert guide on a five-mile spring walk to see the ‘sky-dance’ display flight of this magnificent large hawk. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10.30am–1.30pm (Saturday), 9am–noon (Sunday). £6 adult, £5 conc, £16 family of four. Booking essential, call 01434 220242.

Sunday, March 6: Walks. A five hour, eight-mile walk exploring Thrunton Woods and Long Crag and giving a superb vantage point of Thrunton Woods. This walk is good under foot, but come well prepared for the weather. Starts 10am at Thrunton Woods. £10. For more information and booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

Sunday, March 6: Nordic Walk. Explore Kielder Water and Forest Park with a qualified instructor in this 10K Nordic walk. Suitable for regular walkers comfortable with the distance. Limited pole hire available. Age 16+. 10am–1pm. £12 pole hire, £7 own poles. Booking essential, email nordic@staykielder.co.uk or call 01434 250462.

Alnwick Health Walks (Long). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, Market Place. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Intermediate). First and third Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. One-hour walk. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

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. Long walk Monday, 3pm. Meet at Market Cross. Shorter walk Monday, 1.30pm. Meet at Bell View Resource Centre. Contact Rob Woods at 07918 731708 or email rob.woods@activeberwick.co.uk

Berwick Health Walks (Beginner and Intermediate). Both Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm at The Maltings. Contact Stephanie Glas-Thompson on 07894 803115.

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. Ring Kelvin Rushworth on 01665 721868 or email Jennifer Brown on seahouseswalking@hotmail.com

Wooler Health Walks (Intermediate). Every Thursday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Cheviot Centre. Contact Rob Woods at 07918 731708 or email rob.woods@activeberwick.co.uk

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Amble Photographic Group Exhibition. A return visit for this group of camera enthusiasts who, over the last five years, have met every week to discuss their photographs and improve their individual techniques. Until March 12. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Robert and the Railways; The Art of Robert Stephenson – a joint exhibition between the Robert Stephenson Trust and the museum. It will look at the achievements of Robert Stephenson, one of the greatest engineers of the 19th century, through images of the man and his works. There will also be a large display of local and regional railway memorabilia. Until April 1. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Open Thursday and Friday, 10am–5pm, but closed between 12.30pm–2pm, Saturday, 10am–5pm all day and Sunday 1pm–5pm. Closed Monday–Wednesday.

Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street, Rothbury, 01669 622890. Spring Exhibition, with a selection of new landscapes of Rothbury and district by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Also jewellery by Michael Peckit and other local makers, ceramic animal sculptures, glass, etchings and prints. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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

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 pieces of porcelain by designer and maker Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, Sundays 11am–4pm.

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler NE71 6BD. New original work now in the gallery for 2011 by artists Jim Edwards & Lillias Blackie. New limited edition prints by Iain Faulkner and Kevin Day. Open Monday–Saturday, 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. The Gallery’s first major exhibition of 2011 commences on Saturday, April 9 with Cliff Blakey’s fourth consecutive Spring exhibition Catching Light. Call or visit website for opening times.

The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, 01665 511350. Open Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm. Free.

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 Thursday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Adult £8, conc £6.80, child £4, family £20. English Heritage members free.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. Gardens and Estate open 11am–4pm and the house, ground floor only, open noon–4pm, last admission 3pm. Garden and Estate, adults £4.40, children (5–17 years-old) £2, family (two adults and up to three children) £10.40. Additional charge to visit the house, adults £2, children £1.25, family £4.75.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Thursday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Adult £3.80, conc £3.20, child £1.90. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285 or at weekends call 01665 577191. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10.30am–4pm. Closed Monday–Tuesday. 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.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Closed until March 12.

Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Open daily, today up to and including Tuesday, March 8, 9.30am–12.45pm, and Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10, 10am–3.45pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 10am–4pm daily. Adult £4.50, conc £3.80, child £2.30. English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open 8.30pm–5pm daily.

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, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Closed Monday. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open Saturday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday–Friday. Adults £4.50, conc £3.80, child £2.30, family £11.30.