What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, August 18

STAGE

Tomorrow: Open-air Theatre. Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Performance takes place inside the ruins of Warkworth Castle. Grounds open for picnics from 6.45pm, performance starts at 7.30pm. Free car-parking on site. Tickets: In advance £12 adults, £10 conc/children. On the night: £14 adults, £12 conc/children. Tickets and information from Warkworth Castle on 01665 711423 or See Tickets on 0871 2200260 or at www.seetickets.com

Saturday, August 13: Open-air Theatre. Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Cranford. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Performance takes place in the walled garden at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens. Free parking on site. Shop open during the interval. Gates open for picnics from 6.45pm, performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: In advance £12 adults, £10 conc/child. On the night £14 adults, £12 conc/child. Tickets and information from Belsay Hall & Gardens on 01661 881636 or See Tickets on 0871 2200260 or at www.seetickets.com

Sunday, August 14: Open-air Theatre. Illyria return with a swashbuckling version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s much loved comic opera The Pirates of Penzance in the beautiful setting of Wallington courtyard. Full of wonderful melodies, wit and humour, this promises to be a performance not to be missed. 7.30pm. Adult £19, children £9.50. Contact 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. With her new act Divas of Song, Madelaine Stuckey will blow you away with her powerful voice. With songs from Adele & Ella Fitzgerald. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm.

Saturday, August 13: Rock Band. Live rock band King For A Day perform at The Burnside Inn, Longhoughton. 9pm. Free. More information, call Pippa on 01665 577303.

Monday, August 15: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, August 17: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Adrian Ions on 01665 606033.

Thursday, August 18: Concert. Traditional music concert with Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. At St Mary’s Church, Newton. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50, accompanied children U12 free, and are available at the door. For more information, contact Andrew or Margaret Watchorn on 01665 576245 or info@pipesandfiddle.co.uk

Thursday, August 18: Rothbury Roots. Singer/song-writer Reg Meuross performs at the latest instalment of Rothbury Roots. At The Queens Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets £8 can be booked in advance by calling The Queens Head on 01669 620470. More information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

EVENTS

Today and tomorrow: Medieval Raphael Falconry. Step into the historical world of medieval falconry. Raphael Falconry are the only professional historical falconers in the United Kingdom, they blend expert falconry, history and theatre to create an exciting and entertaining falconry show. At Alnwick Castle. The birds of prey can be viewed all day in the medieval mews. Flying displays will be at intervals throughout the day between 11am–4pm. Check times on arrival. More information, call 01665 510777 or visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Today and Thursday, August 18: Nature’s Helpers – Bird Feeders. A really good way to recycle empty plastic bottles, make a bird feeder for your garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Drop in, 11am–4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today and Thursday, August 18: Go Wild at Wallington. Be a Wild Child and join the countryside team for untamed adventures in the woods. Help build a bug hotel, find out about tree-mendous trees, try your hand at wild art and lots more. At Wallington. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission applies plus a small charge for some activities. For more information, call 01670 773600.

Today, Tuesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 18: Guided tour of The Roots andShoots 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. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.45pm. Meet by the what’s on board. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Friday, September 2: Summer Watersports Activities. Water sports for juniors (8-16 years). Kayaking, sailing, windsurfing in Druridge Bay Country Park from August 1 to September 2 from 10am–3.30pm each day. £40 per day, if more than one day is booked subsequent days at £35 per day. All equipment is provided. Office hours for booking and inquiries, Monday–Friday, between 9am–1pm, call the Coquet Shorebase Trust on 01665 710367.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. Designed with the over 50s in mind. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The sessions are light-hearted and focus on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. Meet in the education room at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: King Swing and Climbing. Fly through the air or challenge the indoor climbing wall. At Calvert Trust Kielder.

10am–4pm. £5 per activity (two turns). Booking not required. Call 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Scarecrows. Made with twigs and straw, your scarecrow can take pride of place with a great big smile on its face. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop-in sessions, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow, Monday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 17: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. Every week The 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. Noon–1pm. Meet by the what’s on board. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Gravity Sucks. Re-enact ancient experiments with gravity to see how it works. At Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Tomorrow: Summer Concert. Village Voices summer concert in St Ebba’s Church, Beadnell. Music for everyone in a beautiful setting. 7pm. £5 including refreshments.

Tomorrow and Saturday, August 13: Shooting Stars. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. Enjoy a talk and tour of the observatory and use the equipment to hopefully see some shooting stars. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, August 13: Mountainbiking Skills Level 1. Aimed at beginners and novice cyclists. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £79, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Saturday, August 13: Church Fete. St Peter’s, Craster, Church Fete, in aid of church funds, with coffee, refreshments, teas by the harbour, as well as a variety of stalls including home-made cakes, tombola, books and plants. 10.30am–4pm.

Saturday, August 13: Tales of the Trees. Follow a story walk through the valley. At Cragside. Noon and 2pm. Normal admission applies. For more information, visit 01669 620333.

Saturday, August 13: Glanton Show. A family show including horticulture, cookery and handicrafts. Also a sheep show. sheep dog trials, exemption dog show, pony sports, children’s sports and more. Contact 01665 574992.

Saturday, August 13: Concert. The Brinkburn String Quartet perform. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free but normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply.

Saturday, August 13: Family Event. Free family fun event, including games, face painting, hair brading and a magic show at 3pm. Supported by Coquet Churches Together. At Amble Town Square. 2pm–4.15pm.

Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14: Festival. The Festival of Crafts, Flowers and Music. At Holy Trinity Church, Embleton. 11am–4pm. No admission charge. Donations to Holy Trinity and local cancer charities. Refreshments on the Saturday in nearby parish church room, 10am–4pm. Event runs in conjunction with Food and Craft Fair in the Creighton Hall, Embleton on Sunday, August 14, 10am–4pm.

Saturday, August 13 to Sunday, August 14: Kielder Osprey Watch 2011. Free event for a chance to view the ospreys on the nest through high-powered telescopes at Leaplish Waterside Park, with volunteer experts on hand to tell the osprey story. 10am–5pm. Visit www.visitkielder.com or call 01434 251000.

Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14: Jays Animal Encounters. Meet Jay and his wonderful selection of animals. See Mica the meerkat taking his morning walk or have Amber the snake gently coiled around your shoulders. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in from 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14: Dragon Quest. An enormous 10ft high animatronic dragon with moving wings, blinking eyes and smoke bellowing from its nostrils roars into Alnwick Castle. The dragon is led by a Goblin Queen. Come and enjoy a truly unique walkabout performance. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals throughout the day between 11am–4pm. Check times on arrival. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14: The Riddle of the Labyrinth. Inside lives the monstrous Minotaur. Help the mighty Theseus and his love Ariadne solve the riddle of the labyrinth and find your way out. At Cragside. 11am–4pm. This is a free event, although there is a suggested donation of £2. Normal admission applies. For more information, call 01669 620333 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Sunday, August 14: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. More information, call 0191 284 6884.

Sunday, August 14: Jumps and Drops Mountainbiking. Develop your skills, technique and confidence. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3.30pm. £89, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Sunday, August 14: Simonside Country Fair. Traditional country fair with events such as Cumberland wrestling, international egg throwing competition, birds of prey in flight, terrier racing, children’s sports, children’s fancy dress (open theme), clay pigeon shooting, local crafts & produce in the marquee, plus much much more. Gate opens at noon for visitors. Four miles south west of Rothbury on B6342. For further information, visit www.simonsidefair.co.uk or leave a message for the committee on 01669 620512.

Monday, August 15: Canoeing. Half-hour session in a quiet inlet. Great for beginners. Age 5+. At Calvert Trust Kielder. 10am–4pm. £5 per person. Booking not required. More information, call 01434 250232.

Monday, August 15: 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. Meet in the Pavilion Room at The Alnwick Garden. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, August 15: Nature’s Helpers – Bird Baths. Help the birds enjoy a summer splash by making a bird bath to hang in your garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. Drop in, 11am–4pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16: Solar Observing. Learn how the sun works and watch the latest space movies. At Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Monday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 17: Wizarding with Hagrid and Dumbledore. Hogwartian style magic and mayhem as Hagrid and Dumbledore return to Alnwick Castle. Witches and wizards, house elves and Harry Potters are especially welcome. At Alnwick Castle. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19: Viking Boat. Come face to face with the Vikings. A splendid replica boat with its own Viking sailors will visit Lindisfarne Priory in advance of the forthcoming Viking raiders on August 20 and 21. The boat with its carved head will be on display at the Priory all week. Plus a chance for junior Vikings to help find the missing mini gods and goddesses around the priory. At Lindisfarne Priory. 11am–5pm. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, children £2.90, English Heritage members/U5s free.

Tuesday, August 16: Instant Friends. Never be alone. Make yourself instant friends in this crafty workshop, using natural materials we have collected or by taking a walk in the Woodland Walk to see what you can find. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tuesday, August 16: Working Forest Visit. A chance to get up close with some monster machines in England’s largest working forest. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 2pm–4pm. £10, booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17: King Henry’s Horrid History. Tudor England could be a gruesome place. Discover the head-chopping antics of King Henry VIII with light-hearted performances of Top of the Chops! plus meet the barber surgeon and King Henry VIII himself in person and hear their terrible tales. At Warkworth Castle. 11am–5pm. Adults £5.50, conc £5, children £3.50, family £14.50, English Heritage members/U5s free.

Wednesday, August 17: Wildlife Wednesdays – Kielder Safari. Search for roe deer, red squirrels, birds of prey and other wildlife beside Kielder Water and along the stunning Forest Drive. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–4pm. £60 adults, £40 children, booking essential, visit www.northernexperiencewildlifetours.co.uk or call 01670 827465.

Wednesday, August 17: Victorian Day. Meet the Victorian servants, hear their stories and have a go at spinning tops and playing with other Victorian toys in the family room. At Cragside, in the house. 11am–3pm. For more information, call 01669 620150 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Wednesday, August 17: Chainsaw Carving Demonstration. Watch the skills of our chainsaw expert. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. Normal admission applies. For more information, visit 01669 620333.

Wednesday, August 17: Forest Art. The forest at Cragside is huge. Help create an artwork from the materials the forest has to offer. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. Costs £1 per child. Normal admission applies. For more information, visit 01669 620333.

Wednesday, August 17: Treasure Keepers. Make your very own bag to keep your treasures safe. Using felt and twigs, decorated with buttons and beads. Every one will be unique. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop in sessions, 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 17: Butterflies and Bees, Walk and Talk. Learn the importance of these gardener’s friends on a Butterfly and Bee safari. Watch the bees and butterflies searching for nectar in our dedicated flower border before observing the bees working from our beehive in the Roots & Shoots garden. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, August 17: Rocket Building. Learn about space flight, vectors, projectiles and trajectories. Build your own rocket to take home. At Kielder Observatory. 1pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Thursday, August 18: Tomahawk Throwing Competition. Learn the Native American technique of tomahawk throwing with Rob Caton from Wildharmony. At Cragside. 11am–3pm. All tickets £2 per person. Normal admission applies. For more information, visit 01669 620333.

Thursday, August 18: Medieval Gong Farmer. Be entertained by his bizarre sense of comedy. At Alnwick Castle. Shows at intervals throughout the day between 11am–4pm. Check times on arrival. For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Thursday, August 18: Summer in the Jekyll Garden. Enjoy the garden in its peak. All talks hosted by Philippa Hodkinson, Gardener-in-charge, plus her volunteers. At Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm. For more information, call 01289 389244.

Thursday, August 18: Quiz Night. Charity quiz night in aid of Help for Heroes. Quiz teams are 2-6 people per team and charged at £1 per person. There will also be a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses. At the Percy Arms, Chatton. Starts 8.30pm.

WALKS

Today: Guided Walks. Find out about the natural history and local history of Holy Island. The dunes are full of summer flowers including the rare Grass of Parnassus. With the right conditions you’ll see butterflies, birds and seals. Wear suitable shoes for rough tracks. Meet at the main car park at the village exit. 9am–11am. Adults £7, U12 free. No need to book, just turn up. More information, contact Mary Gunn visit www.holyislandhikes.co.uk or call 01289 389225.

Wednesday, August 17: Guided Walk. The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is offering the chance to walk the Northumberland Coast Path this summer with the path originator, Iain Robson. Each Wednesday up to August 31, he will lead a walk along a section of the path in the company of a coastal expert. Do one section or do them all. The start time for each section coincides with the arrival of a bus and then return to the starting point by bus. August 17 is Stage Four – a 10.5-mile, five-and-a-half hour walk from Seahouses to Belford. Start 10am at Seahouses TIC to coincide with the arrival of the 501 from Alnwick/Newcastle. Return to Seahouses on 3.43pm 501 or 3.32pm 505 to Alnwick/Newcastle. Walk free, but bus fare needed. Booking essential. For more information or to book, email coastaonb@northumberland.gov.uk, visit www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org or call 01665 511206.

Thursday, August 18: Guided Walk. Find out about the natural and local history of Holy island. The dunes are full of summer flowers including the rare Grass of Parnassus. With the right conditions you’ll see butterflies, birds and seals. Wear suitable shoes for rough tracks. 10am–noon. Meet at the main car park at the village exit. Adults £7, U12s free. There is no need to book, just turn up. More information, contact Mary Gunn on 01289 389225 or visit www.holyislandhikes.co.uk

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. New exhibition – the Annual Open Exhibition by Alnwick District Arts Association – starts tomorrow. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition, What’s in a Name? runs until September 2. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Textiles inspired by Northumberland landscape and history, by Audrey Atkin. Until August 23. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm.

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 local landscape photographs by Big River Photography. Runs until August 31.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Iconic north east lifeboat heroine Grace Darling has inspired a new exhibition. Giulia Resteghini’s ‘Sea-like Sea’ exhibition contains over 20 works exploring the relationship between Grace Darling and the sea. The display, in the museum’s Lantern Room, runs until Sunday, September 4. Open daily 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Normal museum admission charges apply. Family friendly activities, such as lessons in drawing with felt-tip pen, will accompany this exhibition.

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. Porcelain by Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, 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. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, 10.30am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Rolf Harris limited edition prints now available at the gallery. 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, 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.

ATTRACTIONS

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 afternoon. 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. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices.

Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, English Heritage members free.

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 10am–5pm 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–5pm.

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 up to and including Thursday, August 18, 10am–3pm. From now until September 4, the castle hosts the Castle Explorer – giving people the chance to discover the castle’s old secrets and uncover the ‘everyday’ aspects of castle life through the centuries – and a Fossil and Rocks Hunt. Both are free, but normal admission applies.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free. Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–5pm 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 daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times. Summer holiday fun at Wallington takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday until Wednesday, August 31. There will be themed crafts, games and activities throughout the school holidays, from Punch and Judy and kite-making to sandcastle building and scavenger hunts. Drop in from 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Normal admission charges apply, plus a small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.