What’s on in Northumberland – week ending March 17

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Pianist and singer Mark plays some of his favourites from Paul Weller, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder, with Finn McCardle on percussion. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Becks £2.25 a bottle. Happy Hour on selected cocktails all night from 5pm.

Monday, March 14: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, March 16: Charity Gig. Northumberland duo We Steal Flyers, aka Derek Allan and Jason Vare, continue their charity buskathon – in aid of children’s hospices around the UK, in particular Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal – to play 100 gigs in 100 days. On March 16, they play at The Trap, Broomhill, at 8pm, on what is day 44 of their fund-raiser. For more information, visit www.westealflyers.co.uk

Tonight: Northumberland Astronomical Society. Introduction to astronomy, with some practical activities. Earth–Moon System. At The Beehive function room, The Trap, North Broomhill. 7.30pm. £3. More information, visit www.nastro.org.uk

Tomorrow: Volunteers Meeting. Find out more about volunteering at The Alnwick Garden. In the Pavilion, at The Alnwick Garden. 9.45am.

Tomorrow: Presentation. Graham Bell gives a presentation about Images of the Arctic to the North Northumberland Bird Club, which will be illustrated with images, poetry and music. At Bamburgh Pavilion. 7.30pm. Interval with tea/coffee. Visitors £2.

Tomorrow and Saturday, March 12: 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, call 07805 638469 or visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow to Sunday, March 13: Luxury Antiques Weekend. An array of goods is being offered by 20 expert dealers. At Linden Hall. Open Friday 11am–6pm, Saturday 10.30am–6pm, Sunday 10.30am–5pm. £5, including catalogue (and re-admission). Ample free parking. Tickets & enquiries call 01797 252030, email info@adfl.co.uk or for more information, visit www.lindenhallfair.com

Saturday, March 12: Coffee Morning. Coffee morning including home-baking and an exhibition of photographs, prints and paintings of Newton on the Moor. In Newton on the Moor Village Hall. 10am–noon. The coffee mornings are to be held every second Saturday of the month from March 12.

Saturday, March 12: Mountain Biking Maintenance Level 1. Learn basic skills including tyre and tube fitting, chain and pedal removal, cable fitting, gears, brakes and more. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–2pm. £59, including refreshments. Booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Saturday, March 12: Beer and Cheese evening. Join brewer and beer enthusiast Robert Millichamp for a night of beer and cheese at the Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, with a presentation about how the two match. Starts 8pm, tickets £10 including six beer and cheese pairings. Contact 01665 720283.

Sunday, March 13: Mountain Biking Maintenance Level 2. Move onto more difficult skills such as fitting and removing bottom bracket, and crank and chain rings. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £79, including lunch. Booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Sunday, March 13: International Women’s Day Centenary Celebrations. Event organised and presented by the Berwick Trade Union Council, featuring a talk, workshops and films. At The Maltings, Berwick. From 10am. For more information contact Moira Kay on 01289 386066, Philip Thompson on 01361 883540 or visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Sunday, March 13: Fishing Event. The Fishing For Everyone Ladies Fishing Club holds its first fly fishing event of the year. At Whinney Loch. 10am–4pm. For more information visit www.blog.fishingforeveryone.com or email lucy@fishingforeveryone.com

Sunday, March 13: Wallington Woofs. Bring your dog to Wallington for a day of canine fun. Enter the dog show, join a guided dog walk through the woods and enjoy games and activities for dogs and their owners. 11am–4pm. Normal admission applies. More information, contact 01670 773600.

Sunday, March 13: Open Mic/Open Art. Open Mic Night giving anyone the opportunity to showcase their musical skills in front of a live audience. Meanwhile 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. More information, visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Tuesday, March 15: Talk Time at Wallington. Uncover the story of the infamous portrait of Sir Walter Calverley Blackett’s niece Suki Trevelyan, rumoured to be the work of two great English artists. The truth about Suki’s portrait will finally be revealed after months of painstaking research and investigation by Northumbria University. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20 including lunch. Booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Tuesday, March 15: AGM. The annual general meeting of Alnwick Civic Society, followed by a talk by David Lovie on Civic Voice – linking Alnwick to the really big society. At Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm.

Wednesday, March 16: Pub Quiz. St Paddy’s Pub Quiz Special at The Hairy Lemon, Alnwick. 8.30pm.

Thursday, March 17: Tourism Fair. The fair, organised by Northumberland County Council, will provide networking and commercial opportunities for local businesses associated with the tourism trade. At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick. Free. 10.30am–2.30pm. Contact Gary Campbell on 01665 511270 or email gary.campbell@northumberland.gov.uk

Thursday, March 17: Workshop. A workshop by Marian Hinchley for the Warkworth Flower Club. 7.30pm. At the Memorial Hall, Warkworth.

Saturday, March 12: GPS Training – Getting Started. An easy-to-understand introduction to using GPS and digital maps. The day is a mixture of practical outdoor exercises and classroom activities. You do not have to own a GPS or have any experience of using one. £79, including handouts, tea, coffee, biscuits and use of all equipment. Starts 9.30am at Kirkharle Courtyard. Save £33 by booking on this course and the Going Further course (on March 13, see below) at the same time. Call Shepherds Walks on 01830 540453. More information, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Sunday, March 13: GPS Training – Going Further. Route planning and creation using digital maps on a PC, transferring to and from a GPS and further practical aspects and features of using the GPS out and about. Starts 9.30am at Kirkharle Courtyard. £79 including handouts, tea, coffee and biscuits and use of all equipment. See above for booking details.

Sunday, March 13: Introduction to Nordic Walking. Learn the basics with a qualified instructor. Limited pole hire available. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–1pm. £12. Booking essential, call 01434 250462 or email nordic@staykielder.co.uk

Sunday, March 13: Nordic Walk. A five-mile walk for people who are already Nordic walking. Coaching will be given throughout the walk, but it is not a training course for beginners. Starts 10.30am at Wooler Common. £10. Pole hire available for an extra £5 which can be paid for on the day. More information, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

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 Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Amble Photographic Group Exhibition. A return visit for this group of camera enthusiasts who, over the last five years, have met every week to discuss their photographs and improve their individual techniques. Until Saturday. Open during box office hours. New exhibition – Members’ Spring Exhibition, Alnwick District Arts Association – starts Saturday, March 19.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Robert and the Railways: The Art of Robert Stephenson. A joint exhibition between the Robert Stephenson Trust and the museum will look at the achievements of Stephenson, one of the greatest engineers of the 19th century, through images of the man and his works. There will also be a large display of local and regional railway memorabilia. Until April 1. 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.

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 Lillias Blackie. 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.

The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, 01665 511350. Open Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm. Free.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon and on bank holiday weekends. 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 Thursday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Adult £8, conc £6.80, child £4, family £20. English Heritage members free.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Opens for summer from Saturday, March 12. 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 Thursday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Adult £3.80, conc £3.20, child £1.90. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm.

Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm, from Monday, March 14. 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.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285 or at weekends call 01665 577191. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10.30am–4pm. Closed Monday–Tuesday. 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, from Monday, March 14. 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 Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 13, 10am–3pm, and then Tuesday, March 15 up to and including Thursday, March 17, noon–5pm. Closed today, tomorrow and Monday.

Lindisfarne Centre, 01289 389004. Open daily, up to and including Sunday, March 13, 10am–3.45pm, Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15, noon–3.45pm, and Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 9.30am–12.45pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 10am–4pm daily. Adult £4.50, conc £3.80, child £2.30. 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 Saturday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday–Friday. Adults £4.50, conc £3.80, child £2.30, family £11.30.