What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, February 8

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Steven Todd Trio 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: Open Mic Night. At The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Saturday, February 4: Brian Marlowe. Live music at the Cottage Inn Hotel, Dunstan. 9pm. Free entry.

Monday, February 6: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, February 8: Open Mic Night. Hosted by We Steal Flyers. At The Trap, North Broomhill. 8.30pm. Free.

EVENTS

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

Today: Afternoon Bingo. Eyes down 2pm. At The Cottage Inn Hotel, Dunstan.

Tonight: Talk. Dr Burvill presents a talk to the Alnwick & District Natural History Society entitled Magic Beneath the Waves. At Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Visitors £1.50. Refreshments served from 7.15pm. More information, contact Coral Turnbull on 01665 602614.

Tomorrow: Spiritual People Aloud. Meditation group. Good for stress and people who look for a better way of life. A social group which meets on the first Friday of the month. At Alnwick North Community Centre, Howling Lane. 6.30pm–9pm. £5, includes food and drink. Maximum number per meeting is 40. Book a place by calling 07976 263391 or 01665 798258.

Tomorrow and Saturday, February 4: Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the observatory and use the telescopes. 8pm. Adults £10, conc £8, family £27. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Monday, February 6: Interact Club of Coquet and Aln. The inaugural meeting of this new club, which is a junior Rotary club for 12–18 year olds. The new club’s activities will be decided by its members with guidance from Rotarians (if requested). At The Sun Hotel, Warkworth. 7pm for 7.30pm.

Monday, February 6: Talk. Richard Poppleton gives a talk to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust Coquetdale Group entitled The Plant Life of a Northumbrian Farm. At the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members free, visitors/non-members £2. More information, contact Ian A Armstrong on 01669 620142.

Monday, February 6: Quiz Night. At the Cottage Inn Hotel, Dunstan. 8pm.

Wednesday, February 8: Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use the telescopes. 7pm. Adults £8, conc £6, family £22. Booking essential via www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, February 8: Talk. Kim Bibby-Wilson gives a talk to Glendale Local History Society entitled A Northumbrian Identity The heritage of our county – Music, Song, Dance, Customs and Crafts. At the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. Visitors £2. More information, email glhs@btinternet.com or call 01668 283703.

WALKS

Sunday, February 5: Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential, email Nordic@staykielder.co.uk or call 01434 250462.

Sunday, February 5: Thrunton Woods Circular. A 7½-mile walk with Alnwick Ramblers. Meet at the car park (OS Ref – NU085096/Exp332). Starts 10.30am. More information or if the weather is inclement, contact walk leader Margaret Wallhead on 0191 2364549.

Thursday, February 9: Wildlife on the River Aln. Join Alnwick & District Natural History Society for a walk through Alnwick Pastures. Meet at Lion Bridge, Alnwick. 1.30pm. More information, 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.

EXHIBITIONS

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. New exhibition, by Amble Photographic Group, starts tomorrow and runs 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. For the archaeologist, antiquarian or historian of the family you’ll discover an exciting hoard of historic ceramic replicas from Roman hunt cups to tactile Willendorf Venuses. 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. Original artwork, hand-made prints, photography and prints always on display. Gallery closed from Sunday, January 29, to Wednesday, February 15, for maintenance and winter break. Re-opens Saturday, February 18. Visit website for more information.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350. Closed for essential maintenance. Re-opens February 10.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, except for Mondays, when it is closed. 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 Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £6.80, conc £6, child £3.20, family £16.80.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. 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. Closed until February 11.

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. Re-opens Saturday, February 4, for the Snowdrop Festival. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 4pm. Prices include 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. Closed until Saurday, February 11.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Call for opening times and prices.

Lindisfarne Priory. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. 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. House closed. Walled garden open daily, 10am to 4pm. Gift shop/cafe open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm. Farm shop (outside turnstile) open daily 10.30am to 4pm. Garden and grounds including Gift Aid: Adult £7.50, child £3.75, family £18.75.

Warkworth Castle. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays to Fridays. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, members free.