What’s On – week ending Thursday, March 3

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Tomorrow and Saturday, February 26: Star Quality. Northumberland Theatre Company showcases its new show, Star Quality. Twenty-year-old singer Julian King is hotly tipped to win the glittering Saturday night TV spectacular, Star Quality. So why does he flee the production company that is owned by super-impresario, Martin Powell? And for what reason is the eccentric shopkeeper, with whom he hides, desperate that he should make the grand finale? At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. For more information, visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01665 510785.

Tuesday, March 1: Star Quality. Same as above. At Bamburgh Pavilion. 7.30pm. Tickets, £7.50 are available from Shirley Porteous on 01665 721723. Bar and raffle available.

Tonight: 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.

Saturday, February 26 until Monday, February 28: Charity Buskathon. Derek Allan and Jason Vare, of We Steal Flyers, continue their 100 gigs in 100 days buskathon to raise money and awareness for children’s hospices. On Saturday (Day 26), they perform at Red Row Brick Club, Red Row, at 8pm, before appearing at The Alnwick Gate, Alnwick, on Sunday (Day 27), at 6pm, and then The Railway Inn, Acklington, on Monday (Day 28), at 8pm. For more information and to find out more about other gigs in the buskathon, visit www.westealflyers.co.uk

Monday, February 28: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 2: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Masons Arms, Amble. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, March 3: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Andy Kain Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. At Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Thursday, March 3: Tanners Arms Unplugged. Open mic acoustic night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Today until Sunday, February 27: Half-Term – Railway bonanza. Design the train of the future and try your hand at railway craft activities. Also, taking place today are special railway activities by the Robert Stephenson Trust. At Bailiffgate Museum. Museum open 10am–4pm. More information, call 01665 605847.

Today 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, from lantern making and dragon puppets to porcelain painting and calligraphy. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission applies. More information, call 01670 773600.

Tonight: 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.

Tonight: 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.

Tomorrow: Zip Wire Day. Dare you step off the edge? Have a go on the exciting Zip Wire. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in anytime, 11am–4pm. £5 for two sessions. More information, call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Cockney Treble. Raffle, auction and live 50s & 60s music in aid of Seahouses First Responders, Seahouses & District Cancer Research & Relief Fund & RNLI Seahouses Lifeboat Station. At Seahouses Social Club. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50. All enquiries, call Alan Haile on 07775 524438.

Tomorrow and Saturday, February 26: Get Going at Wallington. Find out about the many volunteering opportunities available at Wallington, from being in the Countryside Green Team, welcoming visitors or assisting with school visits to being a Room Guide, volunteering in the café or shop or helping with events. Meet the staff and find out more about different volunteer roles and how to get involved! At Wallington. Normal admission applies. More information, call 01670 773600.

Tomorrow and Saturday, February 26: An Evening with the Hubble Telescope. Expert talk about Hubble and how it works. Includes tour of facility, refreshments and use of equipment. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential, visit www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469.

Saturday, February 26: Women’s Mountain Biking Skills, Level 2: Learn how to tackle the majority of natural cross-country and purpose built trails in the UK. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £79 (instruction, one-to-one feedback, morning coffee, packed lunch and 10% off voucher for future courses), booking essential, visit www.purplemountain.co.uk or call 01434 250532.

Saturday, February 26: Forest Art. The forest at Cragside is huge. Pick one of the attraction’s trails to follow and explore the hidden pathways then create an artwork from the materials the forest has to offer. At Cragside. 1pm–3pm. More information, call 01669 620333.

Saturday, February 26: No Fear Mountain Biking Night Ride. Plunge into the darkness for an exhilarating ride you won’t forget. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 7pm–9pm. £15, booking essential, visit www.purplemountain.co.uk or call 01434 250532.

Sunday, February 27: Berwick Farmers’ Market. Buy fresh locally-grown produce and meat, as well as cakes, breads and pastries and herbal products. At The Maltings, Berwick. 10am–1.30pm. Free admission.

Sunday, February 27: Pub Quiz. Entry to the bar is free, but to take part in the quiz itself is £1.50 for entrance fee, which goes towards the bar tab prize. Maximum four people per team. Prizes: £20 bar tab and four film tickets to The Maltings Theatre & Cinema each year. At The Stage Door Bar, The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm.

Monday February 28: Talk. Barter Books, in co-operation with the University of Newcastle Institute of Neuroscience and the Aln Valley Railway Society, hosts a talk by Professor John Mollon of the University of Cambridge on the Lagerlunda Railway Accident of 1875 with special emphasis on its role in the development of colour vision tests. At Barter Books. 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Free admission. To book, call 01665 604888.

Monday, February 28: Tim Ralph, who fulfilled an ambition to climb the highest peak on every Continent of the world, will tell his story. In aid of a charity which provides for visually impaired and disabled people, as well as the Seahouses Cancer Care and Relief Fund. At The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses. 7.30pm. Tickets £5, available from Seahouses Resource Centre on 01665 721868 or St Cuthbert’s House on 01665 720456.

Wednesday, March 2: AGM. Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers (ALF) AGM. At Lifeboat Station, Amble. More information, call 01665 713479.

Thursday, March 3: Alnwick & District Natural History Society. A short AGM followed by a talk and slide-show presentation. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50

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. 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. 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.

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 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 today, 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, today, up to and including Sunday, February 27. Closed from Monday, February 28 until March 12.

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. From Tuesday, March 1, 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.