What’s on (Thursday, February 10 to Thursday, February 17)

Saturday, February 12: Middle Name John. Acoustic covers and originals. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 16: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Tomorrow and Saturday, February 12: Big Universe. Expert talk on the universe. Includes tour of facility, refreshments and use of equipment. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–11pm. £8 adults, £6 conc. Booking essential, call 07805 638469 or visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, February 12: Beetle Drive. Family event for all ages, with a raffle and pooled supper. Tea, coffee and juice will be available. At St James’s Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. 7pm. Entry at the door, adults £3, children U15 £1.

Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13: Valentine’s Activities. Themed Valentine’s activities at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. For more information, call 01665 605847.

Sunday, February 13: Steep and Rocky Mountain Biking Event. Develop riding skills on natural trails and improve your technique, skills and confidence on steep and rocky terrain. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £89. Booking essential, call 01434 250532 or visit www.purplemountain.co.uk

Sunday, February 13: In Focus. An opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Call 0191 2846884.

Wednesday, February 16: Talk Time at Wallington – Chinese Ceramics; A Taste of the Orient. Join Lloyd Langley to find out about the beautiful collection of 18th century Chinese ceramics at Wallington and see the star items in the collection. 10am–1pm. At Wallington. £20 including lunch, booking essential, call 01670 773600.

Thursday, February 17: A Taste of Tai Chi. Try Tai Chi in Wallington’s Central Hall. Suitable for beginners, wear comfortable clothing and footwear. 2pm & 3pm. Normal admission applies. Call 01670 773600.

Thursday, February 17: AGM. The AGM of the RNLI Alnwick Guild. Interested parties welcome. 4pm. At The Oaks, Alnwick.

Thursday, February 17: Talk. John Irving presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society illustrating The Railways of Cornwall. In the Waiting Room, Alnwick Station, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Open to members, their guests and visitors for a small donation towards costs. Refreshments will be available from 7pm. More information, contact Roger Jermy on 01665 606168.

Saturday, February 12: Guided Walk. A six-mile, three-hour walk starting and finishing at the 100-acre beauty spot of Bolam Lake. Starts 11am, at Bolam Lake, near Belsay. Costs £10. For information and booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

Sunday, February 13: Nordic Walk. This Nordic Walk is 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 Hepburn Woods car park. £10. Nordic Walking poles available on the day for an extra £5, which can be paid for on the day. For information and booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01830 540453.

Sunday, February 13: Valentine’s Day Introduction to Nordic Walking. Explore the Park and learn the basics of this new fitness craze 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

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 fromAlnwick 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 March 12. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Then and Now – photography exhibition showing scenes of Northumberland’s past and what the same scene looks like now. Pictures come from two of the outreach groups from the Pottergate Centre as well as from the museum’s Introduction to Digital Photography Course participants. Running today and tomorrow, 10am–4pm. From Tuesday, Robert and the Railways; The Art of Robert Stephenson, a joint exhibition between the Robert Stephenson Trust and the museum. It will look at the achievements of Robert 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. The new exhibition will be on show, 10am–4pm, daily from Tuesday.

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. More information visit www.fenwickgallery.co.uk

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original landscapes by Emma Holliday. Limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. Open every day but Wednesday. 10am–4pm.

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler NE71 6BD. New original work now in the gallery for 2011 by Artists Jim Edwards & 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. Closed until Tuesday for maintenance and annual holiday. Re-opens on Wednesday. The Gallery’s first major exhibition of 2011 commences 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.

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 Saturday and Sunday, 11am–4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. 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. Closed.

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.

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

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.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Closed until Saturday, February 19.

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 by pre-arrangement.

Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Border Pele Tower. 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. House closed for winter. Garden usually open daily 10am-7pm. Gift Shop and Cafe, 10.30am-4.30pm.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open Saturday–Monday, 10am–4pm. Closed Tuesday–Friday. Adults £4.50, conc £3.80, child £2.30, family £11.30.