Fun galore is in store

Share this article

Fun for all the family is on the cards this half-term, with an action-packed bill of events taking place throughout north Northumberland.

Whether you’re a budding chef, a creative kid or fascinated about the night-time sky, there is sure to be something to suit all tastes.

For food fanatics, a trip to The Alnwick Garden should be well and truly on the menu.

The visitor attraction holds a five-day cookery course for youngsters in its Jamie’s Ministry of Food facility.

A unique new partnership between the Garden and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has led to the ground-breaking Ministry programme coming to the venue.

It aims to provide a community-focused initiative that teaches basic cooking skills to non-cooks, as well as promoting learning about food in an inspiring and fun environment.

And from Monday, October 29, to Friday, November 2, the Ministry of Food teaching kitchen will host a series of classes to inspire young ones to use locally-sourced produce to make fantastic dishes.

On Monday, there will be an introduction to Jamie’s Ministry of Food, before a session to learn to cook quick and easy soups.

This will be followed on the Tuesday by the class entitled Muffins Galore.

A spooky pizza session takes place a day later before a pumpkin pie and pumpkin hedgehog bread rolls session on the Thursday.

The course will conclude on the Friday by making and shaping healthy cookies.

There will be two classes each day. The first will be from 10am to 11.45am for those aged five to nine years old, followed by an afternoon session, from 2.30pm to 4.15pm, for 10 to 13-year-olds. The five-day course costs £45 per person, or £10 per session. For more information or to book a place, call 01665 511378 or email ministry

Creative youngsters can put their art skills to the test during a special event at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, at Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington.

On Sunday, October 28, between noon and 3pm, North East artist and illustrator Daniel Weatheritt will be at the venue for a Big Draw drop-in art session for kids of all ages.

Daniel worked with young people from Northumberland to create the fascinating Time Vault exhibition which is on show at the museum until November 4.

This session will give people the chance to be inspired by the exhibition and to help create a giant artwork celebrating vintage sports and the modern Olympic Games.

Other events at Woodhorn include a birds of prey display on Wednesday, October 31, from 11am to 3pm, with demonstrations at noon and 2pm.

Half-term fun will also take place at the likes of Bamburgh Castle, Kielder Observatory and Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum.