What’s on in Northumberland: Week ending June 23

LIVE MUSIC

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Soulful Roots present tracks from classic R‘n’B artists. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm.

Monday, June 20: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Railway Hotel, Acklington. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, June 23: Rothbury Roots. Brooks Williams, one of the premier guitarists, singers and songwriters on the roots ‘n’ blues scene, performs at Rothbury Roots. At The Queens Head Hotel, Rothbury. 8pm. Tickets, £8, and bookings can be taken in advance by calling 01669 620470. More information, visit www.rothburyroots.net

EVENTS

Today, Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23: 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 to learn about the growing of fruit and vegetables. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm–2.45pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Dance For Fun. Designed with the over 50s in mind. This activity explores dance genres of the 20th century. The sessions are light-hearted and focus on the participants exploring their creativity and performance skills. At the education room, at The Alnwick Garden. 10am–11am. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Garden Baby Boogie. Music and dancing, laughter and love. All part of Lynn Campbell’s wonderful Baby Boogie classes at The Alnwick Garden. In the Pavilion room. 11.15am–12.15pm. £3 payable on the day. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Talk. Linda Bankier from Berwick Record office will be giving a talk on The Impact of Computers on Archive Research. Find out how to make best use of your computer when researching family and local history. At the William Elder Building, Castlegate, Berwick. 7pm–9pm. Free admission, everyone welcome and refreshments available.

Tomorrow to Sunday, June 19: Car Festival. Mighty Dub Festival to celebrate Volkswagens from the Beetle to the camper van. At Druridge Bay Country Park. £5, under 16s £2.50, weekend camping £20. Contact www.mightydubfest.co.uk

Tomorrow and Monday, June 20: Guided Tour of The Alnwick Garden. Join a member of the gardening team for a tour of The Alnwick Garden. Noon–1pm. Meet by the ‘what’s on’ board. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 18: Bike School. With a chance to learn Mountain Bike Skills in a safe, fun environment, Adventure Northumberland’s Children’s MTB Course is perfect for the younger rider. Tailored made to boost children’s confidence, the course provides kids with fun and games while teaching them the essential mountain biking skills they need. 10am–1pm. £12.50. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 18: Surfing. Enjoy a refreshing ride on some of the coolest waves Northumberland has to offer. All abilities welcome. 10am–1pm. Adults £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 18: Painting Workshop. A painting workshop to celebrate the summer solstice with Jenny Blayney in her studio near Alnmouth. Cost £15, (£12.50) half day, £30, (£25) whole day. 10.15am–4.30pm. Call 01665 830089 or email jennyblayney@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 18: Jay’s Animal Encounters. Watch as Mica the Meerkat, takes his morning walk or Amber the snake gently coils around your shoulders. The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 18: Outdoor Art School. Spend time drawing or painting taking inspiration from The Alnwick Garden. All ages welcome. At The Alnwick Garden. 11am–4pm. See What’s On board for location. Free with admission ticket. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 18: Rock Climbing Taster Session. Experience Northumberland from a whole new perspective. Enjoy a day of climbing one of the county’s many great crags. 1pm–3pm. Adults £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Saturday, June 18: Concert. Cappella Novacastriensis. The performance will include motets for Ascensiontide and Pentecost by Byrd, Tallis, Palestrina, and Stanford, as well as two pieces in praise of St Cuthbert, by John Roper, and Paul Spicer. At Brinkburn Priory. Admission to the concert is free, normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply. 2pm. Contact Tony on 0191 285 3059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Saturday, June 18: Coffee Morning. St Michael’s Church, Alnwick, holds a coffee monring with tombola, cake stall and raffle in the Northumbeland Hall, Alnwick, 9.30am to noon. Admission £1, including refreshments. Contact Audrey on 01665 603094.

Saturday, June 18: Fun Run. Forest 10k fun run at Cragside. Register by calling 01669 622033.

Saturday, June 18: Anglian Water Airflo International 2011. Fly fishing competition from boats for teams of six anglers. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. For information and to book, contact 01572 653021 or visit www.anglianwaterleisure.co.uk

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19: Kielder Osprey Watch 2011. Free event for a chance to view the ospreys on the nest through high-powered telescopes at Leaplish Waterside Park, with volunteer experts on hand to tell the osprey story. 10am–5pm. More information, visit www.visitkielder.com or call 01434 251000.

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19: Art Demonstration. As part of the Northumberland Artist Network Tour. Alnwick Garden Courtyard Gallery. 10am–6pm. Free. Contact 01665 511350.

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19: Craft Day. Craft something for Father’s Day at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. Contact 01665 605847.

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day Activities. Bring your dad along to join the Dad’s Army and learn bushcraft skills in the woods, have a go at woodland crafts and get gardening hints and tips. Wallington. 11am–4pm. Normal admission. Small charge for some activities. Contact 01670 773967.

Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19: Wizard Weekend. Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter Films and this weekend Alnwick Castle hosts a weekend of Hogwartian magic. Hagrid, and Dumbledore are back for more fun and antics. Dress up or down, witches and wizards, goblins and house elves especially welcome. Noon and 2pm. More information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 510777.

Sunday, June 19: Mountain Bike For Beginner Course. Adventure Northumberland provides a beginners course that covers all the essentials. 10am. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, June 19: Dads’ Mountain Biking Event. Make Father’s Day unforgettable – explore the great outdoors on this guided ride. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–noon. Adult £10 (£15 including bike hire), children £8 (£10 including bike hire), booking essential, call 01434 250532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk

Sunday, June 19: Kayaking Taster Session. A great way to explore Northumberland – see its charms, castles and coast as your kayak travels through rapids & waves. All Abilities welcome. 10am–2pm. Adults £30, children £25. Call 01665 602925 for more information.

Sunday, June 19: Concert. Durham Singers with I Am A Pilgrim. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Admission to the concert is free, normal admission charges and concessions to the Priory and its grounds apply. Contact Tony on 0191 285 3059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Sunday, June 19: Concert. Rock Festival Choir present a concert of English choral music. The choir, directed by Peter Brown, will perform a varied programme of beautiful music from the 16th century to the 20th century, including pieces by Byrd and Howells, Tavener’s Song for Athene and two pieces by Finzi. In St Paul’s, Alnwick. 3pm. Tickets £6, conc £5.

Monday, June 20: Elderberries Salsacise. A medium to low impact workout designed with the over 50s in mind. Salsacise is 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. In the Pavilion room, at The Alnwick Garden. 11am–noon. £3 payable on the day. No admission ticket required. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, June 20: Lets Zumba! Zumba in the Pavilion room at The Alnwick Garden. 12.15pm–1.15pm. £3 per session. Bookings can be made on 01665 511350. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Monday, June 20: Sand Sculpture Challenge. Bamburgh WI sand sculpture challenge on the theme of the human form at Bamburgh Beach. Contact 01668 214584.

Wednesday, June 22: Evening Garden Party. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to visit The Alnwick Garden in the evening and join in with the celebrations of the Royal visit. There will be a range of live music performances in The Garden, from the traditional sounds of Northumbrian Pipes to a Brass Band. In the afternoon the Pavilion Cafe will be serving tea and scones with lashings of cream or visit in the evening for a summer-inspired menu overlooking the Grand Cascade. As the sun sets pick up a glass of Pimms and enjoy this rare opportunity to watch from the star-lit terraces of the Pavilion. 2.30pm–10pm, last admission 8.30pm. Usual admission prices apply. More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

Thursday, June 23: Talk. The Descent of the Danes – medieval historian Michael Thomson reconsiders the Viking era and examines the impact the Vikings had as raiders, traders and settlers and the legacy they left behind. Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20 including refreshments and lunch. Booking essential on 01670 773600.

Thursday, June 23: Gardening Display. Gardeners demonstrate how to grow your own vegetables easily and affordably at home and don’t forget your free pack of seeds. At the Gertrude Jekyll garden, Lindisfarne Castle. 1pm. Contact 01289 389244 or www.lindisfarne.org.uk

WALKS

Sunday, June 19: PotoHillwalks. Roy Kennard (Hillguide) and Andy Craig (Photographer) are set to provide a unique outdoor activity within Northumberland. By combining their respective skills they are offering a series of guided hill walks together with photographic tuition throughout the year. This five-hour walk will be in the Breamish Valley. Learn a new way to see the world and how to make beautiful photographs that document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Stops will be made along the way for Roy to discuss the surrounding history and landscape and for Andy to offer insights into photographic techniques. £40. Meet at Ingram car park, 10.15am. Book online at http://www.headforthecheviothills.com/index.html. There are some terms and conditions which you will need to agree to and guidance on equipment for hill walking at http://www.headforthecheviothills.com/terms.html

Sunday, June 19: Walk. A three-and-a-half-hour, seven-hour walk on the Scot’s Gap Railway Ramble. Start at 1pm at Scot’s Gap car park. £1 for non-members. Contact morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Tuesday, June 21: Walk. A three-hour, six-mile walk on Cottingwood Common. Start at Morpeth Leisure Centre at 6.30pm. £1 for non-members. Contact morpethfootpathssociety.weebly.com

Wednesday, June 22: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 8am. £25. Contact 01665 576012 to reserve a place.

Wednesday, June 22: Guided Walk. Join the Wallington Countryside Team for a 7-mile walk centred on the former train lines and discover the wildlife which has now taken over. 10am–3pm. £4. Booking essential on 01670 773600.

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 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. 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. Alnwick District Arts Association presents Evolving Vision. Until Saturday. Open during box office hours. New exhibition, Showcase, starts Friday, June 24.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. It Happens, a textile art exhibition, runs until July 15. 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. 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 visitwww.fenwickgallery.co.uk

Kielder Castle, Kielder, 01434 250209. Kielder Castle’s Duchess Gallery plays host to an exhibition of oil paintings by Ian McMean. Prints are for sale and can be purchased at the Gift Shop. Runs until June 30.

Northumberland Artist Network Tour. Six local artists showcase their work in The Alnwick Garden Courtyard Gallery. Starts this Saturday and runs up to and including July 3. 10am–6pm daily. Free (admission ticket not required). More information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.

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. Porcelain by Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, 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. Admission free. Open Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, 10.30am–4.30pm. www.thecongregational.co.uk, email Linda@thecongregational.co.uk

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler, NE71 6BD. New work by Roy Francis Kirton and new originals by Kate Philp. 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. A superb selection of original artwork and prints always on display supported by a first class picture framing service. The gallery’s next major exhibition features the return of John Fieldhouse, starting July 2. Open Wednesday-Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, QE II Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Personal Views, by Alnwick and District Camera Club. Until July 3. Open Wednesday–Sunday (plus Monday & Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am–5pm.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick. 01665 510777. Open 10am–6pm daily, state rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. However, Alnwick Castle will be closed to visitors all day on Tuesday, June 21 and will then re-open on Wednesday, June 22 at 2.30pm, due to the Royal visit. 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. However, on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, the Garden’s opening times will be changed due to the Royal visit, and instead, will close from 4pm on June 21 and then re-open on June 22 from 2.30pm–10pm, last admission 8.30pm.

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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 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 up to and including Sunday, June 19, 10am–3pm, and then Tuesday, June 21 up to and including Thursday, June 23, noon–5pm. Closed Monday, June 20.

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.