What’s on in Northumberland – week ending April 14

Tonight: You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy. Created and performed by Caroline Horton, this critically-acclaimed show tells the extraordinary true story of her French grandmother’s romance with a tongue-tied English teacher from Staffordshire. At The Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Tickets, adult £7, family £19, conc £6, children £4, contact the box office on 01668 282406. More information, visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Tomorrow: Xolisile’s Song. Performers from South Africa and North East England create a rich, visual story-telling show that links the two. This family show is woven with themes of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as music and dance from South Africa and songs from the North East. The show is performed by Dodgy Clutch at Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Tickets, adults £6, children £4.50. To book, call 01665 574964.

Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. The Occasionals perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Tonight: Tanners Arms Unplugged. Open mic acoustic night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

Tomorrow: Concert. Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band, conducted by Ray Thompson, presents a spring concert to raise funds in aid of St John’s Church, Acklington. Concert takes place at the church. 7.30pm. Tickets, £6, available from Margaret Denholm on 01670 760220.

Monday, April 11: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, April 14: A Spring Opera Gala. Three internationally acclaimed performers – mezzo soprano Andrea Baker, tenor John Marshall and musical director Richard Lewis – appear in a one-off concert. Presented by The Rotary Club of Alnwick, all proceeds from the concert will go to local charities, in particular Alnwick’s Gallery Youth Project. At The Guest Hall, Alnwick Castle. 7.30pm. £20 per ticket. For tickets and more information, contact Marion Long on 01669 620045. Also available from G Penrose and Sons, Bondgate Within, Alnwick.

Tonight: Gfw-Renewables holds a free seminar, talking about the constraints of wind and other Solar PV projects. At Longhirst Hall. 6.30pm.

Tonight: Illustrated Talk. Conservation and management of coastal waters with Neil Wellum of the Marine Management Organisation. Hosted by Alnwick and District Natural History Society. 7.30pm at the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. Contact Coral Turnbull 01665 602614.

Tomorrow: Film trilogy. Through the Seasons, Herons and Finland by expert photographers John Wilson and Cyril Guthrie at North Northumberland Bird Club. 7.30pm at Bamburgh Pavilion. Members free, visitors/non-members £2. Contact Richard Narraway on 01668 214759.

Tomorrow and Saturday, April 9: Night Watch. An introduction to the night sky through high-powered telescopes (clear skies permitting) at Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential, contact 07805 638469 or visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, April 9: Coffee Morning. Monthly coffee morning in Newton-on-the-Moor Village Hall including home baking and an exhibition of photographs, prints and paintings of the village. 10am–noon.

Saturday, April 9: Coffee Morning. Event to mark the re-instatement of the area’s NSPCC branch. At the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury. 10am–noon.

Saturday, April 9: Mountain Biking Skills – Level 2. A full-day course to equip the rider with skills to tackle the majority of natural cross country and purpose-built trails in the UK. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. Cost £79. Booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Saturday, April 9: Watercolour Painting Workshop. In the gardens at Wallington, with instruction and advice from local artist and tutor Sandra Taylor. Some watercolour painting experience is desirable. £45 per person including tuition, refreshments and lunch. 10am–4pm. Booking essential. Contact 01670 773600.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10: Northumberland Residents’ Festival. Discounted and free entry to many of Northumberland’s attractions for the county’s residents. You will need the 2011 Residents’ Festival leaflet containing the vouchers for free/discounted entry. Each leaflet contains sufficient vouchers to visit up to five attractions during the Festival weekend and are now available at various outlets throughout the county such as libraries, leisure centres, council information offices, tourist information centres and Sure Start Children’s centres. For more information and to see which attractions are taking part, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/festival2011 or call 0845 600 6400.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10: Driving challenge. Drive an array of vehicles at Albermarle Barracks near Heddon on the Wall in aid of Grace House North East Hospice Appeal. Morning and afternoon sessions. £35 per person. Also, a children’s driving event. Two hour sessions, £25 per child aged 11–16 and 1.5metres or more tall. Includes 15 minutes driving in a dual-controlled car, team-building activities and assisting Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. Contact Karen Larkin 07846542929 or kl@gracehouse.co.uk

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10: Knight School. Roll up your sleeves and join in the knight’s training school at Alnwick Castle. With sword training, medieval weapons training and jousting practice. At intervals. Contact 01665 510777.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10: Alnwick Spring Show. Attractions throughout the weekend include an embroidery exhibition, woodturning demonstrations, floral art demonstrations, sugar craft exhibition and tombola. At Alnwick Garden. Saturday, 11am–5pm, Sunday, 10am–4pm. Free.

Sunday, April 10: Lindisfarne Photography Workshop. With popular award-winning landscape photographer David Taylor at the Barn at Beal Visitor Centre. Subject matter will include the harbour, castle, causeway and priory. All abilities welcome. From 9.30am, tickets £70. Contact 01434 607637.

Sunday, April 10: In Focus. Try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm.

Sunday, April 10: Photography Workshop. Join photographer Jason Friend as he explores the spectacular Northumberland Heritage Coast near Bamburgh. Meet at car park opposite Bamburgh Castle at noon. Tickets £55. Contact 0800 9540234.

Sunday, April 10: Open Mic/Open Art. Open Mic night gives anyone the chance to showcase their musical skills in front of a live audience. Open Art is an opportunity to express your artiness no matter what your level of experience. Each event will focus on digital photography, design, illustration, textile art and creative writing. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Free.

Monday, April 11: Salad Box Workshop. Choose a selection of salad crop seedlings to plant and grow in a container under the guidance of a gardener at Alnwick Garden. Roots and Shoots vegetable garden. 2pm–3pm. Free with admission ticket (12 max per group) Booking essential. Contact 01665 511855.

Tuesday, April 12: Easter Bingo. Raffle & tuck shop. Everyone welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Plenty of prizes to be won. At St Michael’s C of E First School, Howling Lane, Alnwick. Doors open 6pm, eyes down 6.30pm. 50p admission which includes refreshments, children go free. Tickets available on door. More information, call 01665 602850.

Wednesday, April 13: Adopt A Grassy Pet. Create your own unique pet from old tights, compost, plastic eyes and grass seed. In the Roots and Shoots vegetable garden at Alnwick Garden. Free with admission ticket. No booking required, drop-in workshop from 1pm–4pm. Contact 01665 511350.

Thursday, April 14: Observe The Night Sky. An opportunity to use the incredible equipment and ask the experts for advice. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential. Contact 07805 638469 or visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, April 9: Guided Walk. A three-hour, six-mile walk around Bolam Lake near Belsay. Starting at 11am at the lake. £10 per person. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Sunday, April 10: Nordic Walking Training Day. Designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. At Kirkharle Courtyard from 10am. £19 per person. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, April 13: Things That Go Bump In The Night. Join the countryside team on a short guided walk to discover the nocturnal creatures who live around the woods and ponds at Wallington. 7.45pm–9.30pm. Adult £4, child £2 and family £10. Booking essential. Contact 01670 773600.

Thursday, April 14: Walk. A short stroll in and around Edlingham looking for signs of spring with Alnwick and District Natural History Society. Meet Edlingham Church at 1.30pm. 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 (Intermediate). First and third Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. One-hour walk. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

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. Long walk Monday, 3pm. Meet at Market Cross. Shorter walk Monday, 1.30pm. Meet at Bell View Resource Centre. Contact Rob Woods at 07918 731708 or email rob.woods@activeberwick.co.uk

Berwick Health Walks (Beginner and Intermediate). Both Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm at The Maltings. Contact Stephanie Glas-Thompson on 07894 803115.

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. Ring Kelvin Rushworth on 01665 721868 or email Jennifer Brown on seahouseswalking@hotmail.com

Wooler Health Walks (Intermediate). Every Thursday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Cheviot Centre. Contact Rob Woods at 07918 731708 or email rob.woods@activeberwick.co.uk

Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, 01665 511350. Newcastle College of Art exhibition. Art students from Newcastle College have been given a commission to produce artwork on the theme of nature’s creativity. The selected pieces will be displayed in the Courtyard Room at Alnwick Garden. Starts Wednesday, April 13, and runs up to and including Wednesday, April 20. Free (admission ticket not required). 10am–6pm.

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Members’ Spring Exhibition. Alnwick District Arts Association showcases work from some long-standing members together with some from new recruits. Until Saturday, April 30. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. New exhibition – Cultural Connections. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Alnwick with Time in Norway, Voerde in Germany and Lagny Sur Marne in France. Until May 20. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Open Thursday and Friday, 10am–5pm, but closed between 12.30pm–2pm, Saturday, 10am–5pm all day and Sunday 1pm–5pm. Closed Monday–Wednesday.

Cragside, Rothbury, 01669 620333. The Palace of the Modern Magician. See some of the major 19th Century inventions that changed modern life and their contemporary counterparts. Until Tuesday, May 3. Free, normal admission. Today until April 15, 1pm–4pm weekdays and 11am–4pm weekends. April 16–May 3, 11am–4pm. Not open on Mondays, apart from Bank Holiday Mondays. Contact 01669 620333.

Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street, Rothbury, 01669 622890. Spring Exhibition, with a selection of new landscapes of Rothbury and district by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Also jewellery by Michael Peckit and other local makers, ceramic animal sculptures, glass, etchings and prints. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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

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 pieces of porcelain by designer and maker Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, Sundays 11am–4pm.

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler NE71 6BD. New original work by artists Jim Edwards and Natalie Bell. New limited edition prints by Iain Faulkner and Kevin Day. Open Monday–Saturday, 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. The first major exhibition of 2011 starts on Saturday, April 9 with Cliff Blakey’s fourth consecutive Spring exhibition Catching Light. Call or visit website for opening times.

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 £2.50, 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 Thursdays–Mondays, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, English Heritage members free.

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, senior citizens £5.50. Specials at Easter and October. All tickets are for return journeys and can be purchased 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 for entry to Lady Waterford Hall & Heatherslaw Mill also available.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today and tomorrow, 10am–3pm, and then Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, as well as Tuesday, April 12 up to and including Thursday, April 14, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, April 11.

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 Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Closed Monday. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75.

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 Sunday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 13, 11am–5pm. Closed all other days. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.