What’s on in Northumberland – to Thursday, September 29

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. The Elles. This female duo will have you off your seats, hips swinging. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Free.

Monday, September 19: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At The Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. Free. More information, contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, September 29: Willie McFarlane Band. Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club’s first night of the season. At the Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Admission £4.50 members, £6 non-members, includes supper. Contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.

EVENTS

Today: Public Observing. Experts on hand to help you learn about the incredible dark sky. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Today, Tuesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 29: Guided tour of The Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. Join a member of the gardening team on a tour of the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden 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.

Tomorrow: Dance for Fun. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The session is light-hearted and focuses on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. 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 to Sunday, September 25: Alwnick Food Festival and Alnwick Beer Festival (Sat and Sun only). The popular event returns for its seventh year. Alnwick. See www.alnwickfoodfestival.com and www.alnwickbeerfestival.com

Tomorrow and Saturday, September 24: The Summer Night Skies. A tour of the southern constellations and some of the objects that lie within the rich star fields of the Milky Way. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Tomorrow, Monday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 28: 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. Free with admission ticket. Noon–1pm. Meet by the what’s on board. For more information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, September 24: Tabletop Sale and Coffee Morning. Hosted by the Rothbury branch. At the Jubilee Hall. From 10am. Tables £5 each. Entry £1 per person to include coffee, tea and biscuits. Contact David Brown on 01669 620835.

Saturday, September 24: Map and Compass Training. Course led by Russel Tait. Maps/compasses provided. Bring strong shoes/outdoor gear. Starts 10am at Rothbury. £39. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Saturday, September 24: Nordic Walking Festival. Family and adult taster sessions and walks for those with more experience. At Druridge Bay Country Park, 1pm-4pm. Ring 01670 542343.

Saturday, September 24: Upper Redesdale Show. Traditional show at the Showfield, High Rochester. 10am to 6pm. Contact Ella Shaw on 01830 520717.

Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25: Children’s Food Festival. The Alnwick Garden hosts the children’s festival with various fun activities over the weekend including fruit kebabs making, rangoli rice mosaic workshops and vegetable pets. Drop in 11am to 4pm Free with admission ticket. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25: Wartime Wallington. Step back in time and see what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War. At Wallington. 11am-4pm. Free with admission ticket. Contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, September 25: Children’s Vegetable Show. A chance to see the results of all the hard work in the Roots and Shoots Vegetable Garden. The 200 children who will have taken part in our Healthy Schools Garden project this year are coming back to show everyone what they have been growing. In the Pavilion Room at Alnwick Garden. 12-3pm. Free with admission ticket. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 25: Brass Band Sundays. Traditional brass bands play on the lawn. Bring along your own deck chairs or rugs. At Belsay Hall. 3pm. Normal admission. Contact 01661 881636.

Sunday, September 25: Uranus in Opposition. When Uranus is in opposition, it is the best time to see this blue-green planet. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Monday, September 26: Salsacise. 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. Meet at The Pavilion Room, in The Alnwick Garden. 11am-noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, September 28: Compost Corner. Learn how to make compost and the work of the humble earth worm who will help recycle kitchen waste into a rich compost ideal for top dressing pot plants. 2pm. At the Roots & Shoots Vegetable Garden, at The Alnwick Garden. Booking essential, call 01665 511356. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Wednesday, September 28: Talk. The first meeting of the season for Alnwick Wildlife Group. A talk on Red Squirrels in the North East by Nick Mason. Followed by free refreshments and plenty time to chat. At St. Michael’s Church Hall. 7.30pm. All welcome. Visitors £2.

Wednesday, September 28: Talk. Medieval historian Michael Armstrong recounts the tale of the Battle of Otterburn, the legendary Chevy Chase and the role of Harry Hotpsur. At Wallington. 10am-1pm. £20, including refershments/lunch. Booking essential on 01670 773600.

Thursday, September 29: Jupiter Night. Get a bird’s eye view of the largest planet in the solar system. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential at www.kielderobservatory.org. Call 07805 638469 for assistance.

WALKS

Monday, September 19, to Sunday, September 25: Walking Festival. The eight Morpeth Riverside Walking Festival, organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust. Guided walks, heritage walks and activities in and around the town. £6-£8. Booking essential. Contact 01670 503641.

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. The Annual Open Exhibition by Alnwick District Arts Association. Until October 1. Open during box office hours.

Amble Social History Group. A display of photographs in the Town Council meeting room, at the Warkworth Harbour Commissioners building, on the Quayside. Until September 16. The exhibition focuses on the Harbour and includes the Brickworks, the train line, the Greasy pole and more. Open 10am–4pm, Monday–Friday. A representative of the Social History Group will be on hand on occasions to answer any questions.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Alnwick has the Art Factor. This new exhibition is 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. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. 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 squirrel photography by Will Nicholls. Until September 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. 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, 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–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 until Saturday, September 24 noon-5pm, and then, Sunday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 27 to Thursday, September 29, 10am-3pm. Closed Monday, September 26.

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.

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.