What’s on in Northumberland – week ending March 24

Tomorrow: Star Quality. Northumberland Theatre Company continues its tour of its latest production, Star Quality. At Morpeth Town Hall, Northumberland. 8pm. More information contact 01670 510743 or visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk

Saturday, March 19: Star Quality. Same as above. At Glanton Village Hall. 7.30pm. More information, contact 01665 578548 or visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Continuing the St Patrick’s theme, legend Kenny ‘the sax’ and Sue jam with his many instruments. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Becks £2.25 a bottle. Happy Hour on selected cocktails all night from 5pm.

Monday, March 21: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, March 24: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. The guest artiste for the evening will be the Gordon Clark band. Musicians and listeners welcome. In The Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Members £4, non-members £5.50, includes supper and a bar will be available. More information, contact Sheila on 01668 281535.

Thursday, March 24: Rothbury Roots. The much anticipated return of the supremely gifted singer-songwriter Steve Tilston. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £8 can be booked in advance by calling 01669 620470. More information visit www.rothburyroots.net

Today until Sunday, April 3: Mad Mirrorworld. Find the clues, spot the characters and unravel the story. What will you see in the mirror? Mad Mirrorworld takes you on an adventure around Nelly’s Moss lake and is just over a mile long. Visitors are asked to bring their own small hand-held compact mirror that can be folded away between clue points, to take part in this event. At Cragside. 10am–5pm. Not open on Mondays. Free. Normal admission applies. More information contact 01669 620333 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Today: Tourism Fair. The fair, organised by Northumberland County Council, will provide networking and commercial opportunities for local businesses associated with the tourism trade. At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. Free. 10.30am–2.30pm. Contact Gary Campbell on 01665 511270 or email gary.campbell@northumberland.gov.uk

Tonight: Workshop. A workshop by Marian Hinchley for the Warkworth Flower Club. 7.30pm. At the Memorial Hall, Warkworth.

Tonight: Talk. John Almond talks to East Coquet Local History Society about Bastions and Battles. At St Mark’s URC Hall, Amble. 7.30pm.

Tonight: Talk. Bob Payne appears at the latest meeting of the Aln Valley Railway Society to show some of the colour slides he took in the North East in the middle of the last century. They are mainly, but not exclusively, steam. In the Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Open to members, their guests and visitors for a small donation towards costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Tomorrow: Comedy Night. Regular TV personality and stand-up comedian, Jo Caulfield, is to appear at the latest instalment of The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club as one of their headline acts. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Morpeth. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8.30pm. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door. To book tickets or for more information, visit www.thegrinningidiot.com

Tomorrow: Night Sky Explained. Enjoy the breathtaking sight of the Milky Way and other distant galaxies through high powered telescopes (clear skies permitting). At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469.

Saturday, March 19: Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally. One of the premier events in the rallying calendar. Competitors wishing to enter the event can do so through the event website at www.bordercountiesrally.co.uk. No age restrictions for spectators. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 9am–4pm. Spectator day pass £10 per car (including event programme).

Saturday, March 19: 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 (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 19: A Great Night Out, Jones & Stewart – North by East. Wylam-based musician Gareth Davies-Jones teams up with flautist Callum Stewart for an evening of music inspired by the coastal and maritime heritage of the British Isles. At Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. £7, conc £6, child £4, family £19. To book call 01668 282406.

Sunday, March 20: Militaria Fair. From David Douglas Militaria Fairs (organisers of the Scotch Corner and Kingston Park Militaria Fairs). At The Maltings, Berwick. Open to the public from 9am–2pm. £2.50. For more information, visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Monday, March 21: Talk. John Almond presents a talk to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetmouth Group entitled Upland Wildlife of Northumberland. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. More information, contact Atholl Swanston on 01665 711177.

Wednesday, March 23: 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.

Thursday, March 24: Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth. A double bill of films. Collapse/The ‘?’ Motorist. Views from opposite ends of the age of oil, with a film about peak oil and economic collapse prefaced by an optimistic short from the early days of motoring. At St James Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7.30pm, £3 admission. Home-made ice cream and wine available.

Thursday, March 24: Presentation. Amble Photographic Group presents Mario Soave, BA(Hons) LBIPP Photographer, In the Footsteps of the Snow Leopard....Travels in Nepal and Tibet. Members’ photographs will also be on display. At Dovecote Centre, Dovecote Street, Amble. 7.30pm. Tickets £3.50, including refreshments, from members or from 01665 710177.

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. New exhibition – Members’ Spring Exhibition, Alnwick District Arts Association – starts Saturday, March 19. 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 will look at the achievements of 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. For 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 by artists Jim Edwards and Natalie Bell. 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 first major exhibition of 2011 starts 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.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon and on bank holiday weekends. Adult £2.50, 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 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 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 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.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm.

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.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. 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.

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 for entry to Lady Waterford Hall & Heatherslaw Mill also available.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today, noon–5pm, and then tomorrow up to and including Sunday, March 20, as well as Tuesday, March 22 up to and including Thursday, March 24, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, March 21.

Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Open today up to and including Tuesday, March 22, 9.30am–12.45pm and Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24, 9.30am–1.45pm. 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.