What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, October 13

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Neil Caul Band performs. Musicians and visitors welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Admission, members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Tonight: Acoustic Open Mic. Come along to play or listen. At The Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Maddy Stuckey back by popular demand with her Divas of Song act. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Free.

Monday, October 10: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

EVENTS

Today: 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.

Today, Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13: Guided tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. At The Alnwick Garden. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. 2pm–2.45pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Today to Thursday, October 13: Broomstick Training. 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 13: Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tours. Around the grounds of Alnwick Castle to 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 13: 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.

Today to Thursday, October 13: 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 13: Halloween Spooktacular and Ghostly Trail. Dress as your favourite witch or wizard, ghost, fiend or ghoul. Follow a ghostly trail to solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Phoenix Feather. Help solve the puzzle. Trail cards available from admissions. At The Alnwick Garden. 10am–6pm. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tonight: Open Evening. For prospective pupils and parents at St Mary’s C of E Middle School, Belford. Have a look around and meet the pupils and staff at this small and friendly village school. 6pm–8pm.

Tonight: Friends of Alnmouth Station AGM. In the waiting room at Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm. All welcome.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. 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: Garden Baby Boogie. Music and dancing, laughter and love. In The Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden. 11.15am–12.15pm. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow to Sunday, October 9: Alnmouth Beer Festival. The second festival of its kind. Thirty beers and ciders from across Britain on offer. Festival raising money for Shine the Light on Aniridia campaign in aid of Moorfields Eye Hospital. Also live music and auction on Saturday night. At The Red Lion Inn, Alnmouth. Entry £5, includes commemorative glass, programme and first two drinks. Tomorrow, 4pm–11pm, Saturday, noon–midnight, Sunday, noon–10pm. For information, call 01665 830584 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Tomorrow, Monday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 12: Guided tour of The Alnwick Garden. 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 and Monday, October 10 to Thursday, October 13: Medieval Crafts. Each day there will be a different traditional medieval craft on offer. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Tomorrow: Diamond Jubilee Meeting. A working party meeting in Amble for interested residents, local schools, community groups, organisations, churches and businesses to see if an event can be organised to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. At 5pm in the town council meeting room, Harbour Commissioner’s building, Amble. Anyone who is attending the meeting, or is interested but cannot attend, should contact Elaine Brown by emailing Elaine.brown@amble.gov.uk or call 01665 714695.

Tomorrow and Saturday, October 8: Aurora Night. Northern Lights! What are they, how do we see them? Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora and how to see them. At Kielder Observatory. Also, tour the observatory during the event. 8pm–11pm. Adult £8, conc £6. Booking essential, call 07805 638469. For more information, visit www.visitkielder.com

Saturday, October 8: Coffee Morning. The Alnmouth & Alnwick Branch of the Royal British Legion, in conjunction with the Air Cadets, hold the event with raffle, cake, produce stall, brick-a-brac. Proceeds to Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. All welcome. At Alnmouth’s Ex-servicemen’s Club. 9.30am–noon.

Saturday, October 8: Coffee morning. With home produce for sale. At Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 10am–noon.

Saturday, October 8: Spell Books. Make a book for your favourite spells. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop-in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, October 8: Make a Wizard Wand. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Saturday, October 8: Morgan & West – Time Travelling Magicians. Winners of ITV’s Penn and Teller’s Fool Us bring Victorian Magic to Northumberland, featuring baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. At Hepscott Parish Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £10, £4 children. To book call 01670 514031.

Saturday, October 8: Public Observing. Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Use the equipment under supervision, including the computer-controlled 14” Meade telescope and the 20” Newtonion reflector telescope, and observe some of the most incredible objects in our universe. Experts will help beginners and experienced astronomers alike to use their own or the observatory’s equipment. Warm clothing needed, parking provided at the observatory. 8pm–11pm. Adult £8, conc £6. Booking essential, call 07805 638469. More information, visit www.visitkielder.com

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9: Salomon Kielder Marathon. A weekend of activities including the marathon, a 10k race, Run-Bike-Run relay and children’s races. For more information, visit www.kieldermarathon.com

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9: Ghostly Trails and Twilight Tales. Gothic guides uncover some of Alnwick Castle’s hidden secrets. Due to the historic nature of the Castle, there is limited access on this tour for wheelchairs. Booking essential, call 01665 511350. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com

Sunday, October 9: Make a Tudor Witch Pot. At Alnwick Castle. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Sunday, October 9: In Focus. Try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Contact 0191 284 6884.

Sunday, October 9: King-Swing and Climbing Wall. At Kielder. 10am–4pm. Over five years, £5. Booking not required. For more information call 01434 250232 or visit www.visitkielder.com

Sunday, October 9: Blood Donor Session. At the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 11am–1pm and 2.30pm–4pm. More information and to book an appointment, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

Sunday, October 9: Make Your Own Wizard Wand. At The Alnwick Garden. Drop-in 11am–4pm. Free with admission ticket. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, October 9: Morgan & West – Time Travelling Magicians. Same as Hepscott event (Saturday). At Pegswood Community Project, Longhirst Rd, Pegswood. 7pm. £6, £4.50 conc, £3.50 children. To book, call 01670 512185.

Monday, October 10: Salsacise. A very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavours. In the Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden. 11am–noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, October 12: Pruning Demonstration. Learn the tools to use, the techniques involved and the results expected from your hard work. In the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. Maximum 12 people. 2pm. Booking essential, call 01665 511855 For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Wednesday, October 12: Talk. Ian Glendinning talks to the Aln and Breamish Local History Society about metal detecting in Northumberland. Ian will be willing to look at any small discoveries that people bring with them and make observations on them. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Refreshments served. Non-members £3. For information, call Helen on 01665 574319.

Wednesday, October 12: Talk. Graeme Young talks to Glendale Local History Society. The talk is entitled The Heart of the Fortress – an archaeological investigation of the inner ward at Bamburgh Castle. At The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership fee for the season is £8. This covers all talks in the season. Trips may incur an extra charge. Visitor fee is £2 per talk. More information, call 01668 283703.

Thursday, October 13: Auriga. First meeting of the season. Auriga is continually seeking new membership (up to 40) which is open to men, particularly those who enjoy healthy, if not competitive discussion. At Alnwick Rugby Club. More information, contact Lionel Bryan on 01665 714788 or Brian Rochester on 01670 761426.

Thursday, October 13: Big Universe. A night about scientific efforts to understand what’s out there, from the Big Bang to the cold, dark, empty end of everything! At Kielder Observatory. Event includes tour of the facility and use the powerful telescopes to look back in time and space. Dress warmly. 8pm–11pm. Adult £8, conc £6. Booking essential, call 07805 638469. For more information, visit www.visitkielder.com

WALKS

Sunday, October 9: Guided Walk. A six-mile walk encircling Fontburn Reservoir, but not before visiting the Goats on the Roof. Starts 10.30am at Fontburn. £14. For more information and to book, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

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. 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.

Amble Photographic Group. The group is staging an exhibition of photographs in the Town Council Office, The Quayside, Amble. From October 10 to November 6. Open 10am–4pm daily, but Sundays are 12.30pm–4pm. Members of the Group will attend on Saturdays/Sundays.

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. Also, A5RT is being held in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. It will feature work by local professional artists, photographers, patients, art clubs and others who have created A5 artworks. These will be on display at the museum until October 31 and can be purchased for only £5. 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 photography by the Infinity Group. 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. New work exhibited by artist Roz Bell and Nigel Cooke. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–3pm, 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.

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, 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–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.

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–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. Call 01665 510027 for opening times. 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 and tomorrow, noon–5pm, and then Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, as well as Tuesday, October 11 to Thursday, October 13, 10am–3pm. Closed Monday, October 10.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open 10am–4pm daily. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. 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 Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am–4pm, 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 daily, 10am–4pm. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.