Tonight: The Stu Brown Sextet – Raymond Scott Project. An evening of wacky, hyper-animated, eyeball-popping ‘cartoon jazz’ widely recognisable for its use in the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940s onwards and, more recently, in Ren and Stimpy and The Simpsons. The show celebrates the music’s composer and opens with a short documentary film about this little known bandleader, composer and inventor – Raymond Scott. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Tickets £7, £4.50 child. To book, contact 01665 574964.
Tomorrow: Paul Brydon. Live music at Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.
Saturday, May 12: Classic rock with King For A Day. At The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle. 9pm–11pm. Free admission. More information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 14: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.
Wednesday, May 16: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.
Today: Trade Secrets: Conservation in Action – Ceramics. Join a member of Wallington’s Conservation Team as they reveal the secrets of conservation and demonstrate how to care for ceramics in the Central Hall. At Wallington. 10am–3.30pm.
Free. More information, contact 01670 773600.
Tonight: Dramatic Recitation of St Mark’s Gospel by Rev Christopher Wardale. At The Creighton Hall, Embleton. 7.30pm. Followed by wine and nibbles. Entry by donation. All welcome.
Tonight: Bingo. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 7.30pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.
Tonight: Night Watch at Kielder Observatory. Learn to find naked-eye observable objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy, how to spot the Pole star and understand the constellations. Bring binoculars, telescopes and cameras, and also use the observatory’s own telescopes. 8pm. Adult £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469.
Today and Tomorrow: Fashion from the Past – Costume Display. Tudor costume fit for a King and Queen on display. A variety of replica costume for Tudor nobles plus hands on activity for children. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 10am– 5pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01661 881636.
Today to Thursday, May 17: Alnwick Castle Grounds Tour. Hear fascinating stories of the Castle’s history and architecture with an informed guide. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, May 17: Broomstick Training. Take part in a broomstick lesson on the very spot where Harry Potter had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. At Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, May 17: Archery. At Alnwick Castle. Daily weather permitting. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, May 17: Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour. Find out about Alnwick Castle’s two famous Harrys – Potter and Hotspur – and how they shaped the future of Alnwick. At Alnwick Castle. Daily at intervals. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or contact 01665 511350.
Today and Thursday, May 17: Cragside Another Side. Step back in time to the year 1880 as Cragside House comes to life. Journey through a day in the house and watch Lord Armstrong’s servants as they go about their daily chores. See Lord Armstrong and Joseph Swan discussing the electric light bulb and Lady Armstrong planning her dinner menu with the cook. 1pm–5pm. Booking not needed, normal admission applies. More information, contact 01669 620333.
Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. Local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.
Tomorrow: Talk. Steve Newman presents a talk to North Northumberland Bird Club entitled From Pole to Pole and East to West - Adventures of a journalist birder. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. More information, contact Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.
Tomorrow: Quiz Night. With quiz master Irene Hilsden. Organised by the Friends of Bailiffgate Museum. Teams of six people are invited to compete for prizes at a cost of £2 per head. At Bailiffgate Museum. 7.30pm.
Saturday, May 12: 4x4 Safari. A family-orientated event with guides trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Water and Forest Park. In the comfort of your own vehicle, drive some of the more challenging and rough trails the forest has to offer. 10am–4pm. £50, includes cooked breakfast for driver. Booking essential, contact 08445 889965.
Saturday, May 12: Adventure Northumberland Activities. Kayaking, 10am, rock climbing, 1.30pm, and surfing. More information and booking, visit www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk or contact 01665 602925.
Saturday, May 12: Watercolour Painting Day. A special painting day in the enchanting gardens at Wallington, with demonstrations and advice from local artist Sandra Taylor. Soak up the atmosphere of the tranquil landscape and take home your own beautiful watercolour. 10am–4.30pm. £45, including coffee and lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.
Saturday, May 12: Walk. A 10-mile walk following the Border Ridge and along the Pennine Way taking in Brownhart Law, Black Halls and broad Flow, before reaching the Mountain Refuge Hut. Starts near Alwinton, 10.30am. £15. After meeting at Wedder Leap Car Park, there will be a short transfer up the Valley to Chew Green. Information and booking, visit shepherdswalks.co.uk or contact 01830 540453.
Saturday, May 12: Concert. The Rock Festival Choir performs a short concert of choral classics, including Gorecki, Bruckner, Elgar, Barber, Rachmaninov and Whitacre. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 0191 2853059 or www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk
Saturday, May 12, to Sunday, May 13: Survival Training UK Course. This course, led by James Reay, is designed to be fun and safe, while passing on the knowledge to live comfortably in the wilderness. All courses are hands on and ran in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Choose between an eight-hour session (£65) or a 24-hour session (£120). Contact 07712 172768.
Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13: Fashion from the Past – Costume Presentations. To commemorate the Titanic’s first and only voyage, travel back to April 1912 and go on an evocative journey into Edwardian society. Lucy Adlington from The History Wardrobe follows the story of famous dress designer Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon – known in Society as Lucile. A unique presentation of historical costumes, documents and survivor testimonies offers a fascinating glimpse into life on board Titanic and the aftermath of the tragedy. Plus presentations dressing the Jacobeans, 17th Century costume from rich to poor. Plus Tudor costume on static display. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–5pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01661 881636.
Saturday, May 12: Concert. The acclaimed Lemington Male Voice Choir perform. In St John The Divine Church, Acklington. 7pm. Tickets, £7, include admission to the two-hour concert and also admission to Acklington Village Hall afterwards for refreshments. There will be a prize raffle draw on the evening and visitors will be made most welcome. To reserve a ticket, contact Ken or Margaret Denholm on 01670 760220.
Sunday, May 13: Forest Fun. Follow in the footsteps of the Trevelyans who loved to play outdoors and get out in the wild and have lots of fun learning woodland skills like fire making, shelter building, and tool making. At Wallington. 10am–2pm. Age 14+. Parental consent required for unaccompanied participants age 14-17. £10. Booking essential, contact 01670 773963.
Sunday, May 13: Adventure Northumberland Activities. Mountain biking, 10am, coasteering, 1.30pm, as well as a one-day bushcraft session and surfing. More information and booking, visit www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk or contact 01665 602925.
Sunday, May 13: Car Boot Sale. At Alnwick Town Football Club. 10am–2pm. Free admission. Refreshments and clubhouse bar open. Sellers arrive 9am. Cars £10, vans £12. Information and bookings to Alan on 01665 720395. The boot sale will take place every Sunday to raise money for the club. Weather permitting.
Sunday, May 13: In Focus. Try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Contact Jim Martin on 01665 711578.
Sunday, May 13: WaterAid Pairs 2nd Heat. Fly-fishing pairs event on Kielder Water. Age 17+. 10am–5pm. £72 per pair. Booking essential, contact 01434 251000.
Sunday, May 13: Kielder Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show. Vintage tractors, classic cars and motorbikes are the order of the day at the sixth annual show. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10.30am–4pm. Free, but £4 car-parking charge. More information, contact Wes Turnbull on 07800 853475.
Sunday, May 13: Budding Artists Programme – Wicked Art. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.
Sunday, May 13: David Taylor Photography Workshop. Join award-winning landscape photographer David Taylor for a day’s exploration of Wallington through the camera lens. This workshop will focus on macro and flower photography, and take full advantage of the walled garden, conservatory and woodland. Open to enthusiastic photographers of all abilities, encouraging them to make progress with their photography both technically and creatively. Although a macro lens will be useful, it is not essential: one of the aims of the day will be to enable participants to get the most out of their own camera equipment, and David will have a limited supply of spare equipment for participants to borrow. £67.50, including coffee and lunch, for National Trust members. £75, including coffee and lunch, for non-members. Prices include admission charge. Booking essential, contact 01434 607637.
Sunday, May 13: Robson’s Choice. Traditional and new tunes played on the bagpipe. Robson’s Choice play a selection of music from slow airs to foot-tapping jigs and hornpipes, including sets from their new CD, which is sold in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Concert free, normal admission applies. Contact 0191 2853059 or www.theheritageconsultant.co.uk
Monday, May 14: Stories, Rhymes and Crafts. An afternoon of stories, rhymes and crafts for babies and toddlers. For children aged six months to three years, and their parents or carers. At Alnwick Library, Green Batt. 2pm–2.45pm. Free. More information, contact 01665 602689.
Monday, May 14: Elderberries Programme – footcare sessions. Give your feet a little TLC by booking a half-hour slot with Marjorie, the footcare specialist. At The Alnwick Garden. Each half-hour slot costs £6. Book a slot by calling 01665 511350. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com
Monday, May 14: Quiz Night. At Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8pm. More information, contact 01665 576658.
Monday, May 14, to Friday, May 18: Fashion from the Past – Costume Display. Tudor costume fit for a King and Queen on display. A variety of replica costume for Tudor nobles, plus hands on activity for children. At Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 10am–5pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01661 881636.
Tuesday, May 15: Propagation Workshop. Join the gardening team at Wallington for a hands-on workshop to discover the secrets of propagation and take the fruits of your labour back to your own garden. There may even be the chance to propagate some of the plants in the Wallington Garden. £10, including coffee. 1pm–4pm. Booking essential contact 01670 773600.
Tuesday, May 15: Boot Camp. Fourth session of six fun fitness classes at The Alnwick Garden. Participants will be pushed to their maximum ability during the classes which will comprise of training using various spaces around the attraction. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. 6pm–7pm. £4 per session. Booking is essential on 01665 511350 (option 4).
Wednesday, May 16: Trip. Bus trip with Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Coquetdale Group with a two-hour visit to Moorbank Botanic Garden, Newcastle. 1pm. Light refreshments available. £8. More information and to book, contact Ian Armstrong on email@example.com or 01669 620142.
Wednesday, May 16: Swarland Craft Group. New members welcome. In Swarland Village Hall. 1.30pm–3.30pm. More information, contact Margaret on 01670 787705 or Joyce on 01670 787855.
Thursday, May 17: Annual Quiz. The Aln Valley Railway Society team will take on the Gunnerton Railway Circle team in the annual quiz to see who will hold the Flat-bottomed Trophy for the next twelve months. This year the quiz will be held at Alnwick. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments available from 7pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.
Today and Thursday, May 17: 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, 9.30am. £15. Contact 01665 576012.
Sunday, May 13: Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. Age 16+. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential, contact 01434 250462.
Sunday, May 13: Walk. A 12-mile walk exploring a remote section of the Pennine Way, taking in the Windy Gyle. Starts near Alwinton, 10.30am. £15. Information and booking, visit shepherdswalks.co.uk or contact 01830 540453.
Tuesday, May 8: walk for International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Meet at 1pm at Crookham United Reformed Church. More information, contact Rev Dave Herbert on 01668 219584 or 07773 038393.
Thursday, May 17: Walk. A walk along the Harthope Valley looking at late spring flora and fauna with Alnwick and District Natural History Society. Meet at Carey Burn Bridge, 2pm. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. New exhibition – Pam Vardy, Land, Sea and Sky. Until June 2. Open box office hours.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition – Olympic Torch: Shrove Tuesday Football Match. Until May 29. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 concession) £6.70, family (two adults/one concession) £7.60.
Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com
Cragside, Rothbury. 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about the untold stories of life in service. Discover the romance of James McDougle and see his original footman’s livery uniform. Learn the Victorian recipe for brown bread ice cream, served to Cragside’s Royal guests. With close up photographs of original parts of the servants’ tower you’ll get a real glimpse behind closed doors. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission charges apply.
Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Made March Hares! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information, visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk
The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. New original coastal work by Joanne Wishart, as well as original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.
The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am–4pm.
The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Featured artist Paresh Nrshinga and new originals by Ken Spencer. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 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. Work currently on display from many of the area’s leading artists in various styles and media including original works (Tony Marshall, Cliff Blakey, Sue Fenlon, Daphne Harrison, Jim Thompson) and stunning hand-made woodcut, linocut, collagraph prints and etchings (Tom Davidson, Hester Cox, Alison Read, Jonathan Lloyd, Pam Grimmond). Also photography from Lee Frost and Jeremy Preston together with standard prints and Sprungli necklaces. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays–Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. A truly out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion, the new exhibition at Woodhorn. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. Until September 3. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for opening times and more information.
Wallington, Morpeth. 01670 773600. A Tale of Two Dresses. Explore this exhibition which unpicks the threads of a 250-year-old mystery surrounding two society beauties, two famous artists and one dress, as a well-loved portrait of Suky Trevelyan is joined by the portrait of the Countess of Dysart on a special visit from Ham House. Open daily, noon–5pm. Until July 1. Normal admission charge applies.
Alnwick Castle. 01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.
Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for admission details, including information about the new Unlocked ticket.
Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Admission charges apply.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £7.60.
Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (two adults and up to three children).
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. English Heritage members free.
Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays–Sundays. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.
Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open daily, except for Saturdays when it is closed. Noon–5pm, last entry 4.30pm. £8.50, conc £7.50, children £4, U5s free, family £21.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm, and Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 children, £14 family.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens/woodlands open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier. House open Tuesdays–Fridays, 1pm–5pm, and Saturdays–Sundays, 11am–5pm. Cragside closed Mondays. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.
Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English Heritage members free.
Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.
Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10. English Heritage members free.
Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 mins before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.
Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Train times – from Heatherslaw, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm. From Etal, every hour on the half-hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Return journey prices, £6.50, children £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am.
Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.
House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.
Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Prices, including 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation, adults £6.60, over 60s £5.50, children free.
Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am to dusk.
Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington, 01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.
Lady Waterford Hall. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions. Call 01890 820503 to check.
Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today and Thursday, May 17, 10am–3pm, and tomorrow–Sunday, May 13, as well as Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, May 14. Gift Aid admission – £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.
Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm.
Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. £4.90, £2.90 child, £4.40 conc. English Heritage members free.
Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.
Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am to dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.
RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open daily 10am–5pm. Free entry.
Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–7pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.
Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free.
Warkworth Hermitage. Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. £3.30, child £2, conc £3.