What’s on in Northumberland – week ending May 5

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Monday, May 2: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, May 4: Buskers Night. Acoustic duo We Steal Flyers – aka Derek Allan and Jason Vare – host a buskers night at The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free. All welcome.

Wednesday, May 4: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Masons Arms, Amble. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, May 5: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Scott Band Trio perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Thursday, May 5: Tanners Arms Unplugged. Open Mic Acoustic Night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick, Free. Starts 9pm.

Tonight: Observe The Night Sky. 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.

Tonight: Make a Treasure Keeper. Make a special book to keep treasured memories, using recycled cardboard, material and found things. In Courtyard Room at Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. Contact 01665 511350.

Tonight: Open Day. At Ford Castle. Contact 01890 820257.

Tonight: Mysteries and Mazes – Children’s workshop. Author and Illustrator, Teresa Flavin will introduce you to The Blackhope Enigma world of mazes, monsters and pirates. She’ll show you how to draw an illustrated maze of your own. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. At The Maltings, Berwick. 11.30am. £5, £3 for a sibling.

Tonight: Ann Coburn – Prose Writing Workshop. Ann Coburn, playwright and children’s novelist leads a two-hour adults’ creative writing workshop that will guide and inspire. At The Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £10, £8 conc. For more details email info@hexhambookfestival.co.uk

Tonight: Gardening Talk. Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler sets out to prove growing and cooking fruit is not as difficult as imagined. At the Alnwick Garden. She will talk about how she transformed her garden into a place where lettuces sit happily next to sunflowers and peas climb up roses, proving that vegetables and flowers can live happily in the garden together. In the Pavilion Room. 6.30pm–8.30pm. Tickets £5. Contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Sunday, May 1: Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. Three-day festival, including exhibitions, dance, music and songwriting workshops, street entertainment, walks and tours, concerts and a pageant. For tickets, contact Morpeth Tourist Information Centre on 01670 535200. For Gathering details, visit www.northumbriana.org.uk

Tomorrow to Monday, May 2: Fairy Family Fun Trail. Concealed within the enchanting gardens at Belsay Hall are the mini model Victorian fairies who promise a small prize to those who can find them. 10am–6pm. Normal admission. Contact 01661 881636.

Tomorrow and Saturday, April 30: Planet Night. Saturn will rise by nightfall and with no moon in the sky it will be bright and stunning at Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 concessions. Booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469.

Tomorrow: Make a Bug House. Play with sticks, moss straw and natural treasures to build your very own bug house to take home for the bugs in your garden at the Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Drop-in workshops. Contact 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: King Swing Day. Fly through the sky on the giant King Swing at Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5 and over. Drop in 11am–4pm. £5 for two sessions. Contact 01434 250232.

Saturday, April 30 to Saturday, May 7: Tulip Festival with De Jager. Celebrating the versatility of the fabulous tulip. Visit the wonderful tulips in the Cherry Orchard at Alnwick Garden and see the fantastic display of tulips provided by De Jager. Tulip experts will be on hand to help with selection, planting tips and care. Collect your free festival booklet ‘A Festival of Tulips’ which summarises the history of the tulip, types and general care from De Jager. Free (admission ticket not required). 10am–6pm. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, April 30 to Monday, May 2: Rosa Mundi’s Medieval World. Medieval craftsmen and woman come to life at Alnwick Castle. Contact 01665 510777.

Saturday, April 30: Tulip-lantern-making. Using willow and bamboo, create a special tulip-inspired lantern to brighten up your garden. Education Room at Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Demonstrations on the hour, between 11am and 3pm, followed by a workshop. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, April 30: Behind the Scenes: Tree Climbing. Fancy being a forester? Don’t look down as you are harnessed in for a climb up the tall trees. 11am–3pm. Booking essential, contact 01669 622033, £6 per person, pay cash on the day. Normal admission.

Saturday, April 30: Women’s Mountain Biking Skills Level 1. Learn core skills, how to negotiate small trail objects, correct positioning and improve control and confidence at Kielder Water and Forest Park. Includes an introduction to climbing and cornering. 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 contact 01434 250532.

Saturday, April 30: Ceilidh. Ceilidh in aid of Help for Heroes, featuring a raffle and an auction. Soft drinks available on the night and a supper will be provided. Bring your own alcohol. At Chatton Old School Hall. 6pm. Tickets, £8, £4 children, available from the Glendale Garden Centre, Wooler, The Good Life Shop, Wooler, and George Murray on 01668 281007.

Saturday, April 30: No Fear Mountain Biking Night Ride. Plunge into the darkness for an exhilarating ride you won’t forget at Kielder Water and Forest Park. Age 16 and over. 7pm–9pm. £15 per person. Booking essential, visit www.purplemountain.co.uk or call 01434 250532.

Saturday, April 30: Bat Night. Join licensed bat workers on an evening walk around Kielder Castle to see and hear (through ultrasound detectors) these flying mammals emerge to feed on flying insects. 8.30pm–10pm. £6 adults, £5 concessions, £16 family of four. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Saturday, April 30: Get Ready for the Romans. Prepare for the arrival of the Romans. Learn some Latin with a special Roman trail, have a go at making mosaics and help build a version of Hadrian’s Wall at Wallington. 11am–4pm. Normal admission charges apply with small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, May 1: Dawn Chorus. Get out and listen to the dawn chorus in Kielder Forest with bird expert Martin Davison and have a hearty breakfast afterwards at the Duke’s Pantry. At Kielder Castle. 5am–8am. £14, including breakfast. Booking essential, contact 01434 250209.

Sunday, May 1: Fenton Clydesdale Horse Show. One-day event with eight classes of horses being shown in the Glendale Valley. Also food/craft market and children’s entertainment. At The Fenton Centre. 10am–5pm. Adult £7, concession £4, family £15. Contact 01668 216216.

Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2: The Romans are coming! March back in time to the Imperial Age. Watch Roman soldiers put through their paces, complete with Latin drill, missile competitions and combat sparring and see the Cavalry squadron display their power and skill on horseback. Stroll through the camp to discover all about life in Roman times, see traditional crafts being demonstrated and have a go at Roman games and activities. At Wallington. 11am–4pm. Normal admission plus a small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

Monday, May 2: May Day Holiday. Celebrate Alnwick traditions. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Contact 01665 605847 or www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Monday, May 2: Good As New Sale. Good selection of clothes, jewellery, scarves, hats, and handbags and more. Also refreshments and cake stall and more. Changing room available. At All Saints Church, Rothbury. Free entry but donations available. 10am–12.30pm. More information contact 01669 620411.

Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 15: Working Horses. Working horses would have traditionally worked on the Cragside estate. Find out more about their jobs. At Cragside. 10.30am–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01669 620333.

Tuesday, May 3: The Alnwick Garden Boot Camp. In The Garden Boot Camp participants will be pushed to their maximum ability during an hour-long session comprising of training using various spaces around The Alnwick Garden. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. 6pm–7pm. This is the second of a six-week course. £4 per session. Booking essential for all classes on 01665 511350 (option 4).

Tuesday, May 3: Alnwick & District Flower Club. Demonstration from Philida Irving entitled Let Me Spin You a Yarn. Also a pooled supper. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. More information, contact secretary Jean O’Hanlon on 01665 602736.

Wednesday, May 4: Northumberland Image. In collaboration, the Northern Region Film & Television Archive (NRFTA) and Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives have organised a free film show. The event will showcase a number of important films and television news reports relating to the heritage and landscape of Northumberland during the 1960s and 1970s. The programme begins at 2pm at Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington. For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Woodhorn on 01670 528080.

Thursday, May 5: Talk. Medieval historian Michael Thomson unravels the power politics of Northern Britain in the age of the Romans to understand the rise and fall of Hadrian’s Wall. Followed by light lunch. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20, including refreshments/lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

Thursday, May 5: Field Trip. Field trip in the Ingram Valley with Alnwick and District Natural History Society. Meet 2pm, Ingram Bridge car park. Contact Coral Turnbull, 01665 602614.

Today: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 8am. £25. Contact 01665 576012 to reserve a place.

Sunday, May 1: Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking. Try out the latest health and fitness walking technique. For 16-years plus. At Kielder Castle. 10am–12.30pm. £12. Booking essential, contact Terry on 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Sunday, May 1: Walk. A 10.5-mile walk with Morpeth Footpaths Society exploring Shillmoor, Batailshiel Haugh, Clennel Street and Alwinton. Starts 11am at National Car Park in Alwinton. Visit morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Monday, May 2: Walk. The first Northumberland Coastal Challenge is a 26-mile linear walk covering the fantastic Northumberland Coastal line from just north of Bamburgh to Alnmouth, in aid of RNLI. Walk is self-guided, but supported throughout. Meet 8am at Alnmouth, before transfer (transport provided) to Bamburgh for start of walk. £25. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Monday, May 2: May Day Nordic Walk. A 10K Nordic walk. 16-years plus. At Kielder Castle. 10am–1pm. £12 including pole hire, £7 if you have own Nordic poles. Booking essential, contact Terry on 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Wednesday, May 4: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club. 8am. £25. Contact 01665 576012 to reserve a place.

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 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. 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 North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Members’ Spring Exhibition. Alnwick District Arts Association showcases work from some long-standing members together with some from new recruits. Until Saturday, April 30. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Cultural Connections. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Alnwick with Time in Norway, Voerde in Germany and Lagny Sur Marne in France. Until May 20. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Bakehouse Gallery, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick, 01665 602277. Celebrate National Ceramics Week at the Bakehouse Gallery with an exhibition featuring works from the likes of Peter Seddon, Emma George, Northumbrian Craft Pottery and Studio Two Ceramics. From May 3–7. For more information, visit www.thebakehousegallery.com

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Exhibition of watercolour paintings by Ron Curran. Until May 7. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm. Cragside, Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Palace of the Modern Magician. See some of the major 19th Century inventions that changed modern life and their contemporary counterparts. Until Tuesday, May 3. Free, normal admission. Today until April 15, 1pm–4pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends. April 16–May 3, 11am–4pm. Not open on Mondays, apart from Bank Holiday Mondays. Contact 01669 620333.

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

Kielder Castle, Kielder, 01434 250209. Kielder Castle’s Duchess Gallery plays host to an art exhibition by Allison & Hugh Harris. Photographic prints of local and seasonal landscapes will be on display, together with traditional and abstract pictures using the mixed medias of oils and watercolours. 10am–5pm daily. Until April 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 pieces of porcelain by designer and maker Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

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. Currently showing Catching Light – new mixed media works by Clifford Blakey. Runs until May 8. 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.

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, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. All tickets are for return journeys and can be purchased 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, noon–5pm, and then tomorrow up to and including Thursday, May 5, 10am–3pm.

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.