What’s on (week ending February 24)

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LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Maguire makes her Roots debut. At The Queens Head, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £7. Call 01669 620470 to book. More information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

Saturday, February 19: Charity Gig. Derek Allan and Jason Vare continue their charity buskathon, to play 100 gigs in 100 days. Day 19 (Saturday, Feb 19) of their challenge takes them to The Stags Head, Felton. 8pm. For more information about the charity buskathon, visit www.westealflyers.co.uk

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

Thursday, February 24: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Guest artist for the evening is the Ewan Galloway Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. At Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Members £4, non-members £5.50. Membership fee £8. Admission includes supper. Bar available. More information, call Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

EVENTS

Today: A Taste of Tai Chi. Try Tai Chi in Wallington’s Central Hall. Suitable for beginners, wear comfortable clothing and footwear. 2pm & 3pm. Normal admission applies. Call 01670 773600.

Today: AGM. The AGM of the RNLI Alnwick Guild. Interested parties welcome. 4pm. At The Oaks, Alnwick.

Today: Talk. John Irving presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society illustrating The Railways of Cornwall. In the Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Open to members, their guests and visitors for a small donation towards costs. Refreshments will be available from 7pm. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Saturday, February 19: 4X4 Safari. Drive some of the more challenging and rough trails the forest has to offer.

At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–4pm. £50 per vehicle, including breakfast for driver, booking essential, call 08445 889965 or visit www.gton.co.uk

Saturday, February 19 until Sunday, February 27: Half-term Activities. Railway bonanza at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Design the train of the future and try railway craft activities. Also, on Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24, there are special railway activities by the Robert Stephenson Trust at the museum. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Normal admission applies. For more information, call the museum on 01665 605847. Also, on Saturday, February 19, the museum hosts a printing activity from 10.30am–1pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm.

Saturday, February 19 until Sunday, February 27: Wake Up at Wallington. Celebrate the start of spring and the Chinese New Year with Chinese-themed art and craft activities throughout the week, from lantern making and dragon puppets to porcelain painting and calligraphy. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission applies. More information, call 01670 773600.

Saturday, February 19: Brassed Up! Every brass instrument under the sun features in this unique duo concert, Brassed Up! It is performed with imagination and flair by virtuoso multi brass instrumentalist James Stretton, accompanied by Iain Jackson on the piano. At Rennington Village Hall. 7.30pm. Adults £8.50, U12s £5, includes buffet. Book tickets by calling 01665 577535 or 01665 577253.

Sunday, February 20: Kielder Fell Race (Kielder Borderer). Difficult bi-annual race covering a distance of 17K and a climb of 3,000ft through England’s last true wilderness. Navigation skills essential. 8.30am. Booking essential. £5 entry fee can be paid on the day. More information visit www.northumberlandfellrunners.co.uk

Sunday, February 20: Fast and Flowing Mountain Biking Skills Course. For the more confident biker – learn how to ride faster, smoother and safer. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £89, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Monday, February 21: Climbing Day. Conquer the indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust, Kielder. Drop in anytime, 11am–4pm. £5 for two climbs. More information, call 01434 250232.

Monday, February 21: AGM. Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetmouth Group AGM followed by members’ slide presentation. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm.

Wednesday, February 23: Fairy Houses. Be the first on site when Cragside opens in February half-term to build a forest home for a magical forest creature. An elf or fairy it’s up to you. At Cragside. 1pm–3pm. More information, call 01669 620333.

Wednesday, February 23: Talk. David Wood talks to Alnwick Wildlife Group about Wildlife on a Northumbrian Farm. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Meeting followed by free refreshments and time to chat. Non-members £2.

Thursday, February 24: Talk. Dr John Sadler of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Sunderland University gives a talk on the History of the Northumberland Fusiliers. At Alnwick Library. 7pm. Tickets £4, available in advance from Alnwick Library, call 01665 602689.

Thursday, February 24: Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth. Double bill of films – Microcosmos/Birth of a Flower – about the natural world as you’ve never seen it, as part of Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth’s Green on the Screen series. At St James’s Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7.30pm, £3 admission. Refreshments available.

WALKS

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 fromAlnwick 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

EXHIBITIONS

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. New exhibition – 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. 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, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original landscapes by Emma Holliday. Limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. Open every day but Wednesday. 10am–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.

ATTRACTIONS

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 Saturday and Sunday, 11am–4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. 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, February 19 up to and including Sunday, February 27. Gardens and Estate, 11am–4pm. The ground floor of the house only will be open noon–4pm, last admission 3pm. 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.

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. Open 10am–3pm daily from Saturday, February 19 up to and including Sunday, February 27.

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 by pre-arrangement.

Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Border Pele Tower. 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.