Fun and games to keep the youngsters busy in Northumberland this half-term.
1 – Lego Batman Movie
Treat your little (and big) people to the latest flicks with the Lego Batman Movie, which is screened at Alnwick Playhouse from Friday until a week on Saturday at various times. It is also being shown at Berwick Maltings from Friday until the beginning of March. Visit www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk
2 – The Gruffalo
Meet the Gruffalo at The Alnwick Garden on the first day of the half-term holidays. The mythical monster has a wart at the end of his nose, but is a children’s favourite. Throughout the day on Monday. For more, see www.alnwickgarden.com
3 – Shark in the Park
Nonsense Room Productions presents a children’s stage show version of all three of Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books. At Alnwick Playhouse on Thursday, February 23. Book online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk.
4 – Family Thursday
– at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, next Thursday. Activities for all the family based on the current First World War Home Front exhibition. Children will walk away with items they have made themselves, while learning lots about life for children and families in Alnwick 100 years ago. Normal admission charges apply, 11am to 3pm.
5 – Lambing week
Flock to Whitehouse Farm Centre, near Morpeth, this February half-term and ewe may be lucky and see a lamb being born as there are sheep due to lamb and baby goats too. Open every day during the half-term holidays with lots of friendly baby animals to hold and stroke, including cute bunnies, guinea pigs, mice and rats.
6 – Storytelling
Join the Alnwick Playhouse’s Creative Cocoon storytellers and jet off on magical journeys of discovery from your very own comfy cushion on Wednesday. Sessions are free but must be booked online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk
7 – Half-term fun at Heighley Gate
Get crafty during bird week at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, near Morpeth. The events, aimed at children aged between three and eight years old, are designed to entertain, inspire and encourage little ones to engage with the joy of the garden by offering them a chance to make a bird feeder, paint a nest box, bake delicious seeded flapjacks, design their very own bird finger puppets and turn a terracotta pot into an owl in which to plant seeds ready to grow this spring. Various sessions throughout the week.
8 – Northumbrian night
Enjoy music, stories, poems and more at an annual fund-raising concert in aid of the 50th Morpeth Gathering. With performers such as Alistair Anderson, Bob Bolam and lots of other local names. On Friday night at Morpeth Town Hall. Tickets available from Morpeth Chantry TIC.
9 – Bird fun
Enjoy feathered-friend workshops at Berwick and Wooler libraries on Wednesday to mark the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. From 10.30am to noon at Berwick and 2.30pm to 4pm at Wooler. Spaces must be booked in advance. Visit www.eventbrite.com or call 01670 620250.
10 – The Bear
Pins and Needles Productions bring their adaptation of the well-loved children’s book The Bear, by Raymond Briggs, to Berwick Maltings on Wednesday at 2pm, following their hugely successful adaptation of Father Christmas. Featuring inventive design, original music and magical puppetry, this captivating show tells the story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear.