What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, February 23


Saturday, February 18: Tom Mitchell. At the Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. Free.

Monday, February 20: Traditional Music Session. At the Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, February 23: Steven Carcary and Malcolm Ross Duo. At Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club Night. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 members, £6 non-members, £8 membership. Supper included and bar available. Musicians and listeners welcome. Contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.


Today to Saturday, February 18: Drawing Inspiration. At the Alnwick Garden. Roll up your sleeves for hands-on creative fun in the Garden, partnered with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Contribute to a giant Olympics-inspired banner which will go on display outside the Baltic in the run-up to the Games this summer. 11am–4pm. Contact 01665 511350.

Today to Sunday, February 19: Historical Valentine Trails. At Belsay Hall. 10am–4pm. Admission charges apply.

Today to to Sunday, February 19: Water Wizards At Cragside. 11.30am–3pm. Investigate the wonder of water and experiment with its power. Take a walk around Tumbleton Lake and join Cragside’s volunteers at each water station for interactive fun. Free entry but some small charges may be made for activities. Booking not essential.

Today to Sunday, February 19: Historical Valentine Trails. At Lindisfarne Priory. 10am–4pm. Admission charges apply.

Today and tomorrow: Wake Up at Wallington. Wildlife-themed art and craft activities, from bird-box making and crafty creatures to leaf mask-making and wild art. Dress for mess. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. 11am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–3pm. Free entry but there will be a small charge for items. Booking not essential. Contact 01670 773600.

Today to Sunday, February 19: Historical Valentine Trails. At Warkworth Castle. 10am–4pm. Admission charges apply.

Today: Cricket and Hockey. At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. Cricket. Boys only, aged 12 to 15-years, 10am–noon, £6; Hockey. Boys and girls, ages 13 to 16 years, 1pm–3pm, free session.

Tonight: Bingo. At the Cottage Inn, Dunstan. Eyes down 7.30pm.

Tonight: Talk. Gordon Hall gives a slide-show presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society entitled Carlisle: Railway Border City: 1980s to the present day. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Tonight: Warkworth & District Flower Club Demonstration. Kathleen Gibson – Having Fun With Flowers. Memorial Hall, Warkworth. 7.30pm.

Tomorrow: Street Dance. At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. Boys and girls, aged nine to 14 years, 1.30pm–3.30pm, £6.

Tomorrow: Family Astronomy. At Kielder Observatory. Chat with an expert astronomer, learn to use the powerful telescopes and understand how to spot celestial objects in the night sky. 7pm. Booking essential. Tickets £9, £7 conc, £25 family. Contact www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow: Swing And Climb Day. At Calvert Trust, Kielder. Brave the exhilarating King-Swing or challenge the fantastic indoor climbing wall. Age 5 plus. Drop in 11am–3pm. £10 per person (two turns on each activity). Contact 01434 250 232.

Tomorrow: Planet Night. At Kielder Observatory. A chance to see Jupiter, Mars and Venus. Enjoy an expert talk, tour the facility and use the telescopes. 7pm. Booking essential. Tickets £10, £8 conc, £27 family. Contact www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, February 18: 4x4 Safari. A family-orientated event, follow guides trail-blazing in the heart of the park in the comfort of your own vehicle. Pitch your driving skills and vehicle against a disused quarry. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–4pm. £50 per vehicle (includes breakfast voucher for driver). Booking essential. Contact 08445 889 965 or www.gton.co.uk

Saturday, February 18: Family Weaving Drop-in, Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Free admission, booking not required.

Monday, February 20: Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetmouth Group AGM and Social Evening. At St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm. £1.50 including tea and biscuits. Book on 01665 711177.

Monday, February 20: Quiz Night. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan.

Wednesday, February 22: Illustrated Talk. John Grundy talks about Northumberland’s Church Heritage for Alnwick Cive Society. At St James URC Church, Alnwick. 7.30pm. All welcome.

Wednesday, February 22: Steve Holbrook. See Event of the Week, above. At The Wellwood, Amble. 7.30pm. Tickets £17, £16 advance.


Sunday, February 19: Walk. Alnwick Ramblers – Felton/West Thirston and the Coquet. 10.30am. Meet in car park opposite Northumberland Arms. Contact Daphne Kelly on 0191 2586834.

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. An exhibition by Amble Photographic Group. Until March 10. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Historic Alnwick. Travel back in time to see historic Alnwick through Bailiffgate’s new exhibition of fascinating images, maps and texts celebrating some of Alnwick’s old buildings, and telling their stories. Until March 4. Also, there is a second chance to see beautiful photographs of inspiring Northumbrian landscape and wildlife from last year’s successful exhibition A Stroll in the Parks. Open daily, 10am–4pm, except Mondays, when it is closed. 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

Crown Studio Gallery, Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street Rothbury, 01669 622890, www.crownstudio.co.uk, Twitter @northumberart. Winter exhibition. A sophisticated selection of work by professional artist makers. Exquisite jewellery, Northumbrian landscape paintings, limited edition prints, studio glass, designer silk scarves, etchings, sculptural ceramics, domestic stoneware and other tempting treats. Free gift wrapping service on all purchases. Open daily, 10am to 5pm.

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

Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth, 01665 830363. A photographic exhibition by Alnmouth Camera Group. Open daily.

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 daily 10am to 4pm, except for Wednesdays, when the gallery is closed.

The Congregational Gallery, High Street, Rothbury, NE65 7TL. 01669 621900. Closed until March. Check website for events and suppers, www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. Exhibition of original coastal work by Joanne Wishart and abstracts by Paresh Nrshinga. Open Mondays to 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. Re-opens Saturday, February 18. Visit website for more information.

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 Garden. 01665 511350. Open daily 10am to 4pm. Prices, including optional £1 Gift Aid donation, £11, £9 conc, 1p child, group (14 or more) £7pp.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, except for Mondays. 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 to 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 until Sunday, February 19, 10am to 4pm. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, members free.

Chillingham Castle. 01668 215359. Closed. During the closed season – November to April – the castle welcomes groups by appointment.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open until Sunday, February 19. Gardens/woodlands open 11am to 4pm, house (ground floor only) noon to 4pm, last entry 3pm. Admission free.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, members free.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90, members free.

Fenton Centre. Closed until March.

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

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285. Snowdrop Festival. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 4pm. 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.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open daily except Monday, 10am to 3pm. Prices, including Gift Aid, adult £6.95, children £3.50, family £17.40.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open today, 11.15am to 3.45pm, tomorrow, 12.15pm to 3.45pm, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 10.15pm to 3.45pm, Thursday, February 23, 9.30am to 1.15pm. Closed Monday to Wednesday, February 20 to 22.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open to Sunday, February 19, open daily 10am to 4pm. Adults £4.80, conc £4.30, child £2.90, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open by pre-arrangement.

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 Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am to 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Free entry.

Wallington Hall & Gardens. 01670 773600. Open to Sunday, February 19, noon–3pm. Cafe, gift and farm shop opem daily 10.30am–5pm. Walled garden open daily 10am–4pm. Free entry. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington for opening times.

Warkworth Castle. Open to Sunday, February 19, open daily 10am to 4pm. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, members free. Closed Monday, February 20, to Wednesday, February 23.