What’s on in Northumberland – week ending May 26

Saturday, May 21: Downsideup – Taking Back The Power. Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company. A series of sketches, music, physical theatre and comedy. At Amble Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, Amble. 7.30pm. Tickets £6 adult, £4 conc, box office 01670 760007 or from N&F Young (Decorators), 8 Queen Street, Amble. Also that day, a public drama workshop for people aged 12–18 is being held at Amble Parish Hall. £5 each. Places limited. For more information contact Mike Dixon 01670 760007.

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Three-piece band The Monologues, fronted by Adam Cole, play the likes of The Beatles, The Who and Marvin Gaye. At The Wellwood, Amble. Starts 9pm.

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

Today until Sunday, May 22: Look out for Lambs! Help welcome Wallington’s newest arrivals as newborn lambs from the Estate come for a visit. Get up close to the lambs and you may even have the opportunity to feed them. At Wallington. Normal admission plus a small charge to visit the lambs.

Tonight: Observe The Night Sky. Star gaze and learn about the incredible dark sky. Experts on hand. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, May 21: Coffee Morning. Alnwick Centre WI holds a coffee morning with tombola, raffle and produce stall. At the Town Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am–11.30am. Entry £1 with coffee/tea and biscuits.

Saturday, May 21: Table Top Sale/Plant Sale. Sale tables can be provided and cost £5 each. Outside if the weather is fine. Booking and advance payment preferred, or turn up on the day. For more information contact 01668 219220. The annual plant sale also takes place, and there will also be a raffle, refreshments, bric-a-brac and a display of paintings by Belford Art Group. Both at Bell View Resource Centre, West Street, Belford, 9.30am–noon.

Saturday, May 21: Dance. Mixture of classical ballet, modern jazz, tap and traditional British folk dances performed by local amateur dance company Dance Kaleidoscope. At Wallington. Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773967.

Sunday, May 22: Cross-Border 100. A new cycle ride with a difference, offering a choice of starting points, one in England and the other in Scotland. The Cross-Border England starts in Alnwick and this new 100-mile circular ride offers some of the best cycling through the Northumberland hills. In aid of Action Medical Research. Visit www.action.org.uk

Sunday, May 22: Coffee Morning. Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers hold a coffee morning in aid of the RNLI. At the Lifeboat House, Radcliffe Quay, Amble. 10am–1pm.

Sunday, May 22: Fast and Flowing Mountain Biking Event. Learn to ride faster, smoother and safer. Age 16+. 10am–3.30pm. At Purple Mountain Bike Centre, Kielder Castle, Kielder. £89pp, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk

Sunday, May 22: Kielder WaterAid Pairs (second heat). Fly fishing competition from boats on Kielder Reservoir. At Leaplish Waterside Park. 10am–5pm. For information and to book contact 01434 251000.

Sunday, May 22: Pipe Band. Traditional sounds of Scottish pipes and drums in the courtyard at Wallington. 2pm–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773967.

Sunday, May 22: Garden Party. Howick family garden party. Music from the Northumbria Army Cadet Force Band, variety of stalls, raffle and grand tombola, children’s activities, Champagne bar and more. In the West Wing Garden and Croquet Lawn at Howick Hall Gardens. 2pm–4pm. Contact 01665 577285.

Sunday, May 22: Garden Opening. Mindrum Garden opens it doors for charity, in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. The day will also feature a duck race. 2pm–6pm. £3.50 entry, U12s free. Contact 01665 606512.

Monday, May 23: Talk. Medieval historian Michael Thomson examines the arrival of Christianity and explores the continuity of ceremonial practice, place and politics in the landscape of Anglo-Saxon England. Followed by light lunch. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20, including refreshments/lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

Monday, May 23 to Sunday, May 29: Putting MS on the Map. As part of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Week 2011, the MS Society’s Alnwick & District Branch holds an event to put MS on the map. During the event, held at Number Ten, Market Street, Alnwick, people will be able to drop-in and chat and find out the latest information about MS. Refreshments available. Held daily, 11am–4pm. More information call the Branch’s helpline on 07581 460207 or call the free MS helpline on 0808 8008000.

Wednesday, May 25: Talk. Alastair Laverty talks to Alnwick Wildlife Group about The Till Wetlands Projects – floods, droughts and wildlife. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2, includes refreshments. Contact Barbara Welch, 01668 214403.

Thursday, May 26: Cracking Pots and Containers. A workshop to learn how to make the most of your pots and containers throughout the season and take home your creation. At Wallington. 10am–3pm. £20 per person, including materials, refreshments and lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, May 22: Nordic Walk. Nordic Walk to celebrate World Nordic Walk Day. Aimed at those who have already done an introductory session – emphasis on outdoor walking rather than teaching the technique. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12pp, £7 with own poles. Booking essential, call 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Tuesday, May 24: Walk. A five-mile evening walk around Longhorsley with Morpeth Footpaths Society. Meet near village green, 6pm. Visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Wednesday, May 25: Trip Around the World. Join Wallington’s tree experts for a walk and talk, learning about the Estate’s tree heritage. Followed by light lunch. 10am–1pm. £20, including refreshments/lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

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. 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.

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Alnwick District Arts Association presents Evolving Vision. Until June 18. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Cultural Connections. The 40th anniversary of the twinning of Alnwick with Time in Norway, Voerde in Germany and Lagny Sur Marne in France. Until tomorrow. It Happens, a textile art exhibition, starts Tuesday, May 24, and runs until July 15. The Aln Valley Railway Society exhibition – The Close of the Steam Age – starts Saturday, May 28 and runs until June 12. Exhibitions are open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm.

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 visitwww.fenwickgallery.co.uk

Kielder Castle, Kielder, 01434 250209. Kielder Castle’s Duchess Gallery plays host to an exhibition of land and seascape photographs by several artists from the Hexham Photography Group. Open daily, as well as Bank Holidays, 10am–5pm. Up to May 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. Porcelain by Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, 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 featuring the work of Mark Solifas, Tommy Fitchet, Eri Griffith, Lionel Playmore, Susan Entwistle, Jo Westgate and Heather Blanchard, bold abstracts, stylish Japanese sketches, delicate pointillist gardens and striking images of Northumberland. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, 10.30am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work by Roy Francis Kirton and new originals by Kate Philp. 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. General exhibition of work. Open Wednesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Call or visit website for opening times.

Woodhorn Musuem and Northumberland Archives, QE II Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Personal Views, by Alnwick and District Camera Club. Until July 3. Open Wednesday–Sunday (plus Monday & Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am–5pm.

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 afternoon. 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 10am–5pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices.

Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, 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–5pm 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–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.

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. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. 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 up to and including Saturday, May 21, 10am–3pm, and then Sunday, May 22, as well as Tuesday, May 24 up to and including Thursday, May 26, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, May 23.

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

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–5pm 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.

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 daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.