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Alnwick Area & Heritage Coast
The Alnwick Garden is open throughout the Autumn and Winter, offering daily Poison Garden Tours. They also have a Lunchtime Concert on Tuesday 2nd October and Budding Artists on 5th October.Weekend Concerts kick off on Sunday 6th October with the Kentucky Cow Tippers! For more information see their website.
Alnwick Castle is open until 30th October before it closes down for the Winter season. Daily activities until then include Broomstick Training, Historical Grounds Tours, Battleaxe to Broomstick Tours and Daily Crafts and Dressing Up. Check their website for more information and dates.
The Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick has a rolling program of exhibitions and is a great activity for a cold and wet Autumn day!
There's always lots going on at the Alnwick Playhouse! Film this week includes The Way Way Back and Elysium. There's live music from Le Moulin Magique on Tuesday 1st October and magic on Wednesday 9th October.
Alnwick Market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 4pm in the Marketplace, a great opportunity to pick up quality local food. Amble has its usual Sunday market at the harbour between 10am and 3pm and also a new Wednesday Market as well. There will be lots of local produce on sale and you'd be hard pressed to find a more attractive location for a market!It's Morpeth Market day on Wednesday in the Marketplace, another great opportunity to pick up some of our regions best local produce and support our local businesses. Saturday 5th October sees Morpeth's first ever Food and Drink Festival in the town centre. There will be loads of stalls and cooking demonstrations around the cafes and restaurants from 1am to 3pm!
Morpeth & Mid Northumberland
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate (National Trust) is open for the Autumn/Winter season, but please note that they are not open on a Monday. This year You can take part in their 150th anniversary celebrations with a range of activities and events over the week ahead. They have Dream Flags for the kids and each Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm they have a Victorian Baking Day where you can be greeted by the smell of freshly baked cakes as you step through the door. Volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes in the magnificent kitchen, each week there will be a different recipe. Visit their website for more information.
Also in Mid Northumberland Wallington Hall (National Trust) is celebrating Autumn, the gardens will be bursting with colour, the Walled garden is always a favourite at this time of year, packed full of colour and vibrant plant life. Belsay Hall (English Heritage) is also open every day and also has beautiful gardens to enjoy, especially in Autumn.
The Congregational Art Gallery on the upper High Street in beautiful Rothbury is a great place to stop off and enjoy an exhibition, sit by the cosy log burner and have a drink in the Cafe. It's a unique and innovative art space and high recommended, a personal favourite.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens have a host of activities and events throughout Autumn. They always have a great range of daily events plus Zoo Schools and Pirate and Princess days.
There are a host of events along Hadrian's Wall throughout Autumn. English Heritage have even put together a really useful planner of ideas and things to do in the North East and Cumbria! Chesters Roman Fort is always worth visiting and Housesteads Roman Fort Museum is open again with their amazing new visitor centre and Roman inspired events throughout the season. The National Park Centre at Once Brewed, Hadrian's Wall, is also open, you can have a look at the designs for www.TheSill.org.uk, have a coffee, buy a souvenir or catch the Hadrian's Wall Bus.
At Queens Hall Arts Centre in Hexham has a packed program of events for the week ahead with the Counterfeit Sixties Show on Thursday and the new play Cuddy and His Mates on Saturday. Sunday is a day of Tapping Traditions and in the evening there's folk music from the Mighty Donnans.
Cherryburn (National Trust), the birthplace of Thomas Bewick, perhaps Northumberland's greatest artist. There are activities every Sunday including Live Printing Demonstrations. See the processes used by Thomas Bewick demonstrated using traditional methods on our original hand presses.
Kielder Water and Forest Park is in the Northumberland National Park close to Hadrian's Wall Country and is a very special place to explore for the whole family. The Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England. Visit their website for more information.
Nearby Kielder Observatory is also incredibly popular and is the number two rated attraction for Northumberland on Trip Advisor. It's a great day out and their events fill up really quickly so remember to book in advance. Public Observing sessions generally take place on a Wednesday evening with Family Astronomy at the weekends, visit their website to book a place.
The Garden Station near Hexham is a restored Victorian Railway Station in a woodland garden in Langley-on-Tyne and is now open 7 days a week. They have their beautiful garden, woodland walks, a cafe and art exhibitions as well as courses in gardening, art, the environment, sculpture, writing and food. Bellingham Heritage Centre is a volunteer run local history museum established in 1994 and have 5 permanent collections and a whole host of exhibitions throughout the year. Current exhibitions include The Border Counties Railway 1862-1958, a Mining Heritage, The Photographs of W P Collier, The Border Reivers, The Stannersburn Smithy and The Farming Gallery.
The Maltings Theatre in Cinema in Berwick has a plenty of film coming up including We're the Millers, This is Us and Despicable Me Two. The Arts are well represented with Othella from the National Theatre, 20,000 Voices and even Michael Portillo! For more information visit their website.
Ford and Etal Estates is a great day out with such attractions as the Duddo Standing Stones, Etal Castle, Flodden Battlefields, Heatherslaw Light Railway (above right) and Visitors Centre, Lady Waterford Hall, The Fenton Centre and the Old Dairy.
The Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS) has opened its Exhibition Centre on the Heatherslaw Mill site in the old Bakery building opposite the Mill entrance. The extensive exhibition, 'Life in a Border Village 1830-1930' include maps, photographs and some artefacts, with a focus on the local villages of Crookhamn and Branxton.
Lindisfarne Castle has to be part of one of the best days out on the Northumberland Coast. Holy Island (pictured right) is just beautiful at any time of the year and has always been a family favourite but please check the tide times carefully before your visit. Throughout the Summer the Castle is playing host to a range of family events including a Family Trail, 50 Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 and Sea Watch (Part of Whale and Dolphin Watch).
Bamburgh Castle is also now open for the Autumn season, perhaps one of the country's most spectacular castles! There's always a great range of activities here for the kids, including Celebrating the Gospels and The Clarence Household.
South & South-East Northumberland
Woodhorn Museum, located at the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, have a winding house demonstration throughout the weekends (on Saturdays and Sundays) It's the last Victorian Engine House in Northumberland and you can see how it all works. They also have Family Colliery Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and the Narrow Gauge Railway that runs through the park (Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 3pm, subject to weather conditions).
The Newbiggin Maritime Centre have weekly activities including Jo Jingles on a Monday, an under 5's music and movement groups session. They also have their wonderful museum and a range of film screenings at various times of the month, visit their website for more information.
Seaton Delaval Hall is one of the newer estates to be taken into the care of the National Trust. This Autumn they have loads of activities to entertain including the Mini Gardening Classes, Make and Do: Shell Art and various Guided Walks around the Estate.