Today: Willie McFarlane Band. Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club’s first night of the season. At the Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Admission £4.50 members, £6 non-members, includes supper. Bar available. Contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.
Sunday, October 2: Blues and Roots. The Ellington Dukes will entertain with their unique sound. At The Railway Inn, Acklington. 6pm. Free. More information, call 01670 760320.
Monday, October 3: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.
Thursday, October 6: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Neil Caul Band performs. Musicians and visitors welcome. At The Queens Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Admission, members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.
Today, Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 6: Guided tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. Join a member of the gardening team on a tour of the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden to learn about the growing of fruit and vegetables. Meet in the Roots and Shoots Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.30pm. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Today to Thursday, October 6: Broomstick Training. Every witch and wizard needs to learn to master their broomstick. Come and join Hogwarts Professors and Prefects for a broomstick lesson, on the very spot where Harry Potter learned to fly. At Alnwick Castle. At intervals every day, weather dependent. Check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Today to Thursday, October 6: Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tours. Take a Battleaxes to Broomsticks Tour around the grounds of Alnwick Castle and follow in the footsteps of its famous inhabitants, from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter. Tours take place at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm. Check the meeting place upon arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Today to Thursday, October 6: Archery. Test your skill and try your hand at archery with our experienced instructors. At Alnwick Castle. £3 for eight arrows. Monday-Friday, 12.30pm–4.30pm. Saturday and Sunday, 11am–12.30pm and 1pm–4.30pm, weather permitting. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Today to Thursday, October 6: Tours of the Castle and Grounds. Join an expert guide on a tour of the grounds of Alnwick Castle to learn all about its history and architecture, and hear fascinating tales of its inhabitants. Guides will also be on hand to answer any questions in the majestic state rooms. Daily, check times on arrival. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Tonight: Rotary Open Meeting. The first meeting of Alnwick Rotary Club’s new Satellite Club. The meeting is open to anyone who wants to see if the club is for them. The Satellite Club will be part of the Rotary Club of Alnwick. It will be involved with projects supported by the main club, but can have projects and events of its own. It will have a more casual approach to the meeting structure and aims to attract a younger membership profile with a ‘can do’ attitude. The club will be supported by Rotary guidelines. At The Oaks Hotel, Alnwick. 7pm. To eat with the group, meet at 6pm. For more information, call Terry or Marion Long on 01665 572784.
Tonight and tomorrow: Jupiter Night. Learn all about this incredible planet. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.
Tomorrow: Coffee and Crayons. A free play session for U5s. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–noon. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Tomorrow, Monday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 5: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. Every week The Alnwick Garden changes. Join a member of the gardening team for a tour to share their love of the garden and all it has to offer. Free with admission ticket. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Noon–1pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Tomorrow: Ladies Night. Ladies Night to help raise funds for the Brambles Children’s Centre. With Champagne cocktails, chocolate canapes and Henna tattoos! Be the first to preview its Christmas Collections and take advantage of amazing offers. At Sunaina’s salon: Factor K, 102 Queen Street, Amble, NE65 0DQ. 6pm–11pm. For tickets, call 01665 710226.
Saturday, October 1: Amble Darts Open. Radcliffe Workingmens Club presents The Amble Darts Open. £500 (added). Registration from 10.30am–12.30pm. Draw 12.45pm. Toe the oche 1pm. Entry £5. At Radcliffe Workingmens Club, Charles Road, Amble. Contact Stevie James on 07828 173393 for pre-entry or TUG on 07748 486013.
Saturday, October 1 to Thursday, October 6: Halloween Spooktacular & Ghostly Trail. Poisonous plants, giant pumpkins, ghostly going on. Visit The Alnwick Garden for a Halloween treat. Dress as your favourite witch or wizard, ghost, fiend or ghoul. Follow a ghostly trail across The Alnwick Garden to solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Phoenix Feather. Come solve the puzzle. Trail cards available from admissions. 10am–6pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Saturday, October 1: Ukulele Hot shots. HospiceCare North Northumberland is having an evening of singing and toe-tapping, with the fantastic Ukulele Hotshots. At Rennington Village Hall. Tickets £8, including supper. 7.30pm. More information, call 01665 606515.
Saturday, October 1: Juliet Kelly. Exceptional singer/songwriter, Juliet Kelly, presents her tribute to the jazz divas that have inspired and influenced her. Accompanied by a jazz pianist, Juliet performs the songs of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday amongst others, in her distinctive velvety voice and glam jazz style. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. Tickets, £7, £6 conc, £4 children £19 family. To book, call 01668 282406.
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2: Make a Wizard Wand. 11-inches holly and phoenix feather or 10 and 3/4 inches vine wood and dragon heartstring? Cast a spell with your own wand which you can decorate using wool, feathers, beads and glitter. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2: Ghostly Trails and Twilight Tales. Meet up with Gothic Guides at Alnwick Castle and uncover some of the castle’s hidden secrets. Booking essential on arrival. Limited access on this tour for wheelchairs. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Sunday, October 2: Gardening Tour. Discover the secrets of pruning and learn how to keep your garden in tip-top condition at Wallington. 1pm–3pm. Meet at the Clocktower. Normal admission.
Monday, October 3: Footcare. Footcare for the over 50s which might include toe nails trimming, hard skin removal or perhaps a massage. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–1pm. £6 and must be booked in advance by calling Heather on 01665 511350, option 4.
Monday, October 3: Salsacise. Salsacise is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. The routine is a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. 11am–noon. At the pavilion, at The Alnwick Garden. £3 payable on the day, no admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.
Monday, October 3 to Thursday, October 6: Medieval Crafts. Each day there will be a different traditional medieval craft on offer. Try making herbal soap balls and learn about the different healing properties of plants, or become a tiler’s apprentice to make your own authentic medieval tile. Also have a go at scriptorium and create your own illuminated manuscript, or experience one of Britain’s oldest industries – wool spinning. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.
Monday, October 3: Talk. Richard Maudslay, a Director of Hardy and Greys, gives a talk on Edward James and The Garden of Las Pozas. Edward James created something astonishing – a garden in Mexico like no other. He also had a passion for surrealism. At Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Entrance fee, £3. To be assured of a seat, it might be advisable to come early. Doors open at 7pm.
Monday, October 3: Talk. Phil Hanmer talks to Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetdale Group about Flowers and Wildlife of the South African Fynbos. At Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm–9.15pm. Members free, visitors/non-members £2. More information, contact Ian A Armstrong on 01669 620142.
Tuesday, October 4: Floral Demonstration. Ann Burke presents A World of Flowers to Alnwick and District Flower Club. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm. More information, call secretary Jean O’Hanlon on 01665 602736.
Wednesday, October 5: Pruning Demonstration. Join one of the gardening team from The Alnwick Garden for a practical demonstration on pruning. Learn the tools to use, the techniques involved and the results expected from your hard work. (Max 12 persons) At the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511855.
Thursday, October 6: Alnwick and District Multiple Sclerosis Branch. Drop-in for a coffee and a chat. At 10 Market Square, Alnwick. 11am–1pm. More information, call the branch helpline on 07581 460207.
Sunday, October 2: Walk. Alnwick Ramblers’ next walk is an eight-mile walk from Ilderton to The Dod. Meet at Catspaw lay-by on the A697. Starts 10.30am. More information or if the weather is inclement, call Janet or Nigel Towers on 01665 830313.
Sunday, October 2: Walk. A five-hour, ten-mile walk on Holy Island. Start at car park at start of Lindisfarne Causeway at 11am. £1 for non-members. Contact morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com
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 email@example.com
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. Annual Open Exhibition. Alnwick District Arts Association. The popular summer exhibition where members of the Association are joined by other local artists to exhibit work in various media, much of it showing the scenic beauty of the county. Until October 15. Open during box office hours.
Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnwick has the Art Factor. An open art exhibition with a twist. Each artist can submit up to four works with visitors to the museum able to vote on which artist’s work they enjoy the most. Until November 1. Open 10am–4pm, daily.
Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com
Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk Twitter @northumberart. Poppies and Butterflies – A Celebration of Summer. An exhibition of original summer landscapes by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus the launch of her newest limited edition prints of Northumberland. Also, an eclectic selection of jewellery created by professional artist makers, designer silk scarves, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware, studio glass, etchings, prints and cards. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information visitwww.fenwickgallery.co.uk
Kielder Castle, Kielder, 01434 250209. Kielder Castle’s Duchess Gallery plays host to an exhibition of squirrel photography by Will Nicholls. Until tomorrow. New exhibition – an exhibition of photography by Infinity Group – starts Saturday, October 1, and runs until October 30.
The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original and limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. New works in the Coastal Cottage Series including Craster lobster pots. Original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open daily, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.
The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. A new art space with café, sofas and a log fire. Current exhibition Contemporary British art with a northern edge, as well as a summer exhibition. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk
The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Exhibiting at Newcastle and Gateshead Arts Fair at The Sage, Gateshead. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk
The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk 01665 830600. Superb original artwork, prints and photography always on display. Photography by Lee Frost, Jeremy Preston and Nigel Lowder; David Hall and Mike Bell prints; Alison Read hand made prints; Tom Davidson, Pam Grimmond and Penny Berry lino-cuts, and much more. Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Wallington Hall, Cambo, Morpeth, 01670 773600. Wallington celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Bell Scott – the 19th century poet, writer, artist and teacher – with an exciting new contemporary art exhibition entitled Unfinished Business. The contents will not remain static – artworks will be introduced and removed throughout the following months. Closes end of October
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick. 01665 510777. Open 10am–6pm daily, state rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £13, conc £10.40, child (5–16) £6, U5s free, family £34, group £9pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden also available.
Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open 10am–6pm daily. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle also available.
Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, children £1. All proceeds go to local charities.
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 10am–5pm daily. From Saturday, open 10am–4pm daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when it is closed. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.
Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open today and tomorrow, 10am–5pm. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices. From Saturday, the Barracks are closed for winter.
Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open today and tomorrow, 11am–4pm. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, English Heritage members free. From Saturday, the Priory is closed for the winter.
Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Open noon–5pm daily, closed Saturdays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21. Combined tickets to visit both the Castle and the Chillingham Wild Cattle are available at a discounted rate.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Monday–Friday, tours start 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. Sunday tours start 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Tour route not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Adults £6, children (4–16yrs) £2, conc £4, family (of five) £14. Combined tickets available at discounted rate to visit both the cattle and the castle. Ask Warden for details.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, Gardens and Estate, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Saturday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Friday, 1pm–5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission (gift aid prices), House, Gardens and Estate, adults £14.60, children (5–17) £7.35, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £36.50. Gardens and Estate, adults £9.45, children £4.80, family £22.70, U5s/National Trust members free.
Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open today and tomorrow, 10am–5pm. From Saturday, open 10am–4pm, daily. Adult £4, child £2.40, £3.60 conc. English Heritage free. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.
Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.
Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open 11am–4.30pm daily. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.
Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm.
Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £3.75, conc £2.75, family (2 adults/2 children) £10. Last entry to mill is 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets for entry to Heatherslaw Mill & Lady Waterford Hall are also available.
Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am. Train times, from Heatherslaw, every hour from 11am, up to and including 3pm, and from Etal, every hour from 11.30am, up to and including 3.30pm. Return journey prices: Adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, OAPs £5.50. All tickets are for return journeys and can be bought at the ticket office, or at Etal from the guard.
House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. Free.
Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285 or at weekends call 01665 577191. Open noon–6pm daily, last entry 5pm. 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.
Lady Waterford Hall. 01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Adult £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Last entry to Hall 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets to Lady Waterford Hall & Heatherslaw Mill also available.
Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today until Sunday, October 2, 10am–3pm, and then, Tuesday, October 4 to Thursday, October 6, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, October 3.
Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today and tomorrow, 10am–5pm. From Saturday, open 10am–4pm daily. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.
Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open today and tomorrow, 9.30am–5pm. From Saturday, open 9.30am–4pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, English Heritage members free.
Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. 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 today and tomorrow, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Open 10am–4pm from Saturday, last entry 3.30pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.
Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.
Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm today and tomorrow then 10am-4pm from Saturday. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.