What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, April 12


Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Robert Whitehead Band perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At the Queen’s head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. More information, contact 01668 281307.

Tonight: Dos. World-class Italian guitar duo Dos visit Northumberland as part of their UK tour. They play a mixture of gypsy, hot club, swing and jazz standards as well as their own arrangements of contemporary covers. They will be joined by locals Angie and Robert Turnbull. At Marabinis Restaurant, Morpeth. 8pm. Free.

Tonight: Open Mic Night. Live music at the Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm.

Saturday, April 7: Easter Rock Party. Classic rock from two bands, NE Guns and special guests Into The Void. At The Trap Inn, North Broomhill. 7pm. Free entry.

Saturday, April 7: Dos. As above. At The Red Lion, Alnmouth. 9pm. Free.

Saturday, April 7: The Mothertruckers. Live music at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, April 8: Dos. As above. At La Bodega, Morpeth. 2pm. Free.

Sunday, April 8: Dos. As above. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8pm. Free.

Monday, April 9: Northumberland Traditional Music session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, April 11: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.


Today: Alnwick and District MS Branch. Drop-in for a coffee and a chat. 11am–1pm. At Costa Coffee, Alnwick. Branch helpline 07581 460207.

Today: Krafty Kidz. Get creative with Krafty Kidz and have a go at making some fantastic craft items. At Wallington. 11am–3pm. Normal admission charges apply, plus charge for items made from £2-£6. Contact 01670 773600.

Today: Medieval Jesting. Join Peterkin, a jester of international repute, back into the Castle grounds for medieval fun and frivolity. At Alnwick Castle. Normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511100.

Today: Soup Lunch. With cakes, produce and raffle. In aid of Save the Children. In the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. Noon–1.30pm. £3.

Today and Thursday, April 12: Cragside Another Side. Step back in time to the year 1880 as Cragside House comes to life. Journey through a day in the house and watch Lord Armstrong’s servants as they go about their daily chores. See Lord Armstrong and Joseph Swan discussing the electric light bulb and Lady Armstrong planning her dinner menu with the cook. 1pm–5pm. Booking not needed, normal admission applies. Contact 01669 620333.

Today to Sunday, April 15: Woodcraft Workshops. Jon Perkins provides hands-on woodcraft workshops. Using heritage skills and tools, he will offer demonstrations and have-a-go sessions. At Lee Moor Farm, near Rennington. 10am–4pm. £40, including materials. More information and to book, contact Jon by emailing b.logrhythm@yahoo.co.uk or calling 01665 571071.

Tonight: Talk. Andrew Sawyer gives a talk entitled Birds of Cragside and Upper Coquetdale to Alnwick & District Natural History Society. At the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Tonight: Talk. Glanton Heritage Group presents a talk by Freda Thompson on Admiral Collingwood plus an exhibition of Women at Work in the 19th Century. At Glanton Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Admission free.

Tomorrow: Swing & Climb Day. Brave the exhilarating king swing, fly through the air like superman or challenge the fantastic indoor climbing wall. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 11am–4pm, £10 per activity for two goes on each. Booking not required. Contact 01434 250 232.

Tomorrow: Knit 2gether. Local knitting group for experienced and beginners alike. Bring needles and wool. Spares available for those who need them. The group will meet every Friday. At Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1pm–3.30pm. £1.50 per session, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Anyone interested, call Dianne on 01665 510603 or the museum on 01665 605847.

Tomorrow and Saturday, April 7: Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, how to see them and tour the observatory. 8pm. Adults £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow to Sunday, April 8: The Shadow Cutter. Using the timeless art form of silhouette cutting, The Shadow Cutter will make beautiful traditional hand-cut silhouettes, mounted on card as a keepsake. At the Alnwick Garden. 10am–6pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8: Survival Training UK Course. These courses, led by James Reay, are designed to be fun and safe, while passing on the knowledge to live comfortably in the wilderness. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 24-hour session, £160. Eight-hour session, £85. Contact 07712172768.

Sunday, April 8: Car Boot Sale. At Alnwick Town Football Club. 10am–2pm. Free admission. Refreshments and clubhouse bar open. Sellers arrive 9am. Cars £10, vans £12. Information and bookings to Alan on 01665 720395. The boot sale will take place every Sunday to raise money for the club.

Sunday, April 8: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature reserve. 10am–4pm. Free, Contact 0191 284 6884.

Sunday, April 8: Sharp Shooters. Challenge your family and friends to a shoot-out. Test your shooting and aiming skills with laser clay pigeon shooting and archery range. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 11am–4pm. £20 (includes 30 clay and 15 arrows). Booking not required. Contact 01434 250232.

Sunday, April 8 to Thursday, April 12: Potter-inspired Characters. Put on your best robe and watch some of your favourite characters come to life as they are back after overwhelming demand with all kinds of magic and mayhem. At Alnwick Castle. Normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511100.

Monday, April 9: Car Boot Sale. 10am–2pm. At The Horseshoes Inn, Rennington. Pub open. £5 a pitch. Book in advance. Free entry. Bookings and information, contact 01665 577665.

Monday, April 9: Craft Fair. Top-quality products from local crafters, including skin products, leather goods, breeze block sculptures, bags, wooden accessories, artwork, homeware soft goods, beaded tapestry kits, jewellery. At Warkworth Memorial Hall. 10am–4.30pm. Refreshments available. Entry free. More information, contact 07501 676963.

Monday, April 9: Water Day. Have a go at canoeing and kayaking on the beautiful Kielder water. At Calvert Trust Kielder. Half-hour sessions make it great for beginners. 11am–4pm. £10 per half hour. Booking not required. Contact 01434 250232.

Monday, April 9: Family Fortunes Quiz. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 8.30pm.

Tuesday, April 10: Druridge Bay Coal and Coast Project Wildflower Identification. Take part in a survey to identify the common plants within a 1km grid square near North Togston as part of the North East common plants survey by the Botonical Society of the British Isles (BSBI). At North Togston. 10am–4pm. Contact Northumberland Wildlife Trust on 0191 284 6884.

Tuesday, April 10: Budding Artists Programme – Nature’s Window. Create and design your very own nature’s window, using natural materials from The Alnwick Garden such as pine cones, twigs, leaves and petals. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.

Tuesday, April 10: Bushcraft Family Taster Course. One-day workshop giving an insight into the world of campcraft and outdoor living skills. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. £20 per person, £15 National Trust members. Maximum two U5s free. To book contact 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Wednesday, April 11: High Ropes Day. Tackle the hanging cargo net, balance on the beams, will you make it across the swinging logs? If you do will you dare to take the leap of faith? At Calvert Trust Kielder. Age 5+. Drop in anytime between 10am–4pm. £10. Contact 01434 250232.

Wednesday, April 11: Potty Friends. Create your own potty friend to guard your plants at home. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.

Wednesday, April 11: Tree Climbing. Climb up the tall trees and discover with experts how Cragside manage their forest and woodland. At Cragside. 11am–4pm. £6. Minimum weight restrictions apply. Booking essential on 01669 622033

Wednesday, April 11: AGM. Glendale Local History Society’s AGM followed by refreshments and exchange of ideas. At the Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. More information, visit www.wooler.org.uk/community/ or contact 01668 283703.

Wednesday, April 11: Talk. Adrian Ions gives a talk entitled The History of the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, to the Aln and Breamish Local History Society. Refreshments will be served. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Non- members welcome, £3. More information, contact Helen on 01665 574319.

Thursday, April 12: Small Mammals. Join Naomi Waite and Kara Jackson to search for harvest mice and other small mammals at East Chevington Nature Reserve. Meet at Druridge Bay Country Park at 9.30am. Booking essential on 0191 284 6884.

Thursday, April 12: Junior (8–16years) Easter Watersports Activities – Sailing. At Druridge Bay Country Park. Sessions in the morning and afternoon. £35 for half a day. To book, call Coquet Shorebase Trust on 01665 710367. There will also be a Go Canoe event on April 13, 10.30am–3.30pm. Just turn up, £3 per person

Thursday, April 12: Building for Birds. Make your very own bird box or bird feeder to make birds feel at home in your garden. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm or 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission charges, plus £5 per bird box or £2 per bird feeder. Contact 01670 773600.

Thursday, April 12: Herbtastic. Choose your favourite herb to plant up and take home in a funky-looking pot. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or contact 01665 511350.

Thursday, April 12: Bingo. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 7.30pm.

Thursday, April 12: Deer Safari. An evening exploring deep into Kielder Water and Forest Park for roe deer and other wildlife with an expert ranger. 7.30pm–9.30pm. £10. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.


Saturday, April 7: Guided Walk. A six to seven-hour, 10 to 12-mile walk over the hills Of Upper Coquetdale. 10am. £10. Walk must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Late booking accepted by phone up until 8pm on the evening prior to walk, subject to availability. Visit www.walknorthumbria.co.uk or contact 0191 257 2601/07764 584382.

Monday, April 9: Introduction to Nordic Walking. Try the latest health and fitness walking technique while exploring Kielder Water and Forest Park. £12. Booking essential on 01434 250462.

Tuesday, April 10: Heritage Walk. This very popular six-mile walk starts and ends at Weetslade Country Park and takes in Big Waters Nature Reserve where a free buffet will be waiting in the hide to fuel the walkers for their return journey. At Craster. 10.55am. Contact Northumberland Wildlife Trust on 0191 284 6884.

Thursday, April 12: Walk. Alnwick & District Natural History Society explore the Craster coastline looking for early flowers and migrant birds. Meet at Craster main car park. 2pm. Contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

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 seahouseswalking@hotmail.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. Alnwick District Arts Association Spring Members’ exhibition. Until April 28. Open during box office hours.

Amble Photographic Group exhibition. At the town council office, at The Quayside, Amble. Until April 30. For opening times, email carolmckay177@btinter net.com or call 01665 710177.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition – Bailiffgate 10: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition is a captivating reminiscence of the first ten years of the Bailiffgate Museum and the museum’s history as a Catholic church. The exhibition showcases a variety of themes from previous exhibitions as it prepares for the next ten years of exhibitions and projects. Until April 29. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 concession) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 concession) £7.60.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Visit www.belfordcraftgallery.com

Cragside, Rothbury. 01669 620333. The Servants’ Side. See the real faces of the Cragside servants and find out about the untold stories of life in service. Discover the romance of James McDougle and see his original footman’s livery uniform. Learn the Victorian recipe for brown bread ice cream, served to Cragside’s Royal guests. With close up photographs of original parts of the servants’ tower you’ll get a real glimpse behind closed doors. Until Sunday, November 4. Free, normal admission charges apply.

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Made March Hares! Exhibition of new, original hare-based ceramic designs, jewellery and cards by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Plus a selection of new small Northumbrian landscape paintings and limited edition prints and fine crafts. Open Tuesdays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information, visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. New original coastal work by Joanne Wishart, as well as original work and prints by Emma Holliday. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10am–5pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, 01669 621900, www.thecongregational.co.uk. Exhibition – Traces of Being – Andrea Roberts and Jo Hume. Roberts’ huge stitched paper installation soars above an exhibition that also features her fine ink drawings and blackleaded fabric creations. Hume is a painter of land and sea scapes. Until April 15. Cafe with real food and coffee. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10.30am–4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am–4pm.

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Featured artist Paresh Nrshinga and new originals by Ken Spencer. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 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. Original paintings by John Fieldhouse. Until Sunday, April 22. All welcome. Visit website for further details. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. A truly out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion, the new exhibition at Woodhorn. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. Until September 3. £3.95 adult, £3.50 conc, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2) family ticket. Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for opening times and more information.


Alnwick Castle. 01665 510777. Open daily, 10am–6pm, last admission 4.15pm. State Rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. £14, conc £12.60, child £7, family £36.

Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. Prices, including optional £1 Gift Aid donation, £11, £9 conc, 1p child, group (14 or more) £7pp. New season prices come into effect from March 31.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults/1 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. 01668 214515. Open daily 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £9, conc £8, child £4, family £22 (two adults and up to three children).

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £7.70, child £4.60, conc £6.90, family £20. English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open today and tomorrow, as well as Mondays–Fridays, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. £3.90, £2.30 child, £3.50 conc. English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Closed today–Saturday, March 31. Open daily, except for Saturdays when it is closed, except for Easter Saturday. Noon–5pm, last admission 4.30pm. £8.50, conc £7.50, children £4, U5s free, family £21.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Open Mondays–Fridays, with tours every hour from 10am with the last tour at 4pm, and Sundays, with tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. £6, £4 conc, £2 children, £14 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Gardens/woodlands open daily 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open daily 11am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £14.60 adults, £7.35 children, £36.50 family. Gardens and woodland only: £9.45 adults, £4.80 children, £22.70 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, English Heritage members free.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open daily, 11am–4.30pm. £3.90, child £2.30, conc £3.50, family £10.10. English Heritage members free.

Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Train times – from Heatherslaw, every hour on the hour from 11am to 3pm. From Etal, every hour on the half-hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Return journey prices, £6.50, children £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am–3pm. Admission free.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Open daily, noon–6pm, last entry 5pm. Prices, including 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation, adults £6.60, over 60s £5.50, children free.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am to dusk.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington, 01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall. Closed. Open daily, 11am–3pm, last entry 45 minutes before closing. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. The Hall may occasionally be closed for private functions. Call 01890 820503 to check.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open daily, today–Tuesday, April 10, 10am–3pm, Wednesday, April 11–Thursday, April 12, noon–5pm. Gift Aid admission - £6.95, £3.50 child, £17.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open daily, 9.30am–5pm. £4.90, £2.90 child, £4.40 conc. English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am–5pm. Admission for gardens/arboretum, adults £4.25, free for U16s who are accompanied by an adult.

Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am to dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open today–Sunday, April 8, 10am–4pm. From Monday, April 9, open daily10am–5pm. Free entry. There will also be an exhibition, called Grace’s Environment, running throughout the Easter school holidays.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm, cafe and gift shop open daily 10.30am–5.30pm. House open daily noon–5pm, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission, including Gift Aid – whole property: £10.80 adults, £5.40 children, £27.00 family. Garden and grounds only: £7.50 adults, £3.75 children, £18.75 family.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open daily, 10am–5pm. £4.90, child £2.90, conc 4.40, family £12.70. English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 11am–5pm. £3.30, child £2, conc £3.