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To March 31, 10am-4pm, Snowdrops at Belsay, Belsay Hall, english-heritage.org.uk

As the daylight hours gradually extend, the Grade I registered gardens fill with thousands of snowdrops, creating a thick carpet of white flowers.

To April 21, Wansbeck Music Festival, (01670) 823384, www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk

This vibrant music festival has been enjoyed in various towns along the river Wansbeck for over 100 years. This year it takes place in several locations in Newbiggin and Morpeth. Each year it attracts more than 1,000 musicians who specialise in a range of disciplines and perform as individuals, duos or large ensembles.

To October 28, 1pm-4pm, Pressroom Demonstrations, Cherryburn, Station Bank, Mickley, (01661) 843276.

Every Sunday afternoon. Printing demonstrations using traditional methods on original hand presses. Pressroom demonstrations also carried out most weekdays.

Price: Adult pounds 4, children pounds 2.

To end of October, 10am-5pm, Highland Cattle Centre, Dere Street Farm, near Stocksfield, (07968) 865591 or (01661) 843228, www.thehighlandcattlecentre.co.uk

The Tyne Valley's newest attraction which opened on March 22. Discover that Highland cattle come in a number of different colours and meet a range of other animals from geese and goats to rabbits and rare breeds of pigs and guinea pigs.

Price: Adults, pounds 4, children pounds 3, family pounds 13.

March 30, 2pm-2.30pm, Bounce and Tickle With Your Baby, Berwick Library, Walkergate, Berwick. Contact Diane Wright on (01289) 334051.

Rhymes, songs and stories for babies, toddlers and their carers. For children aged nine months to two-and-a-half years. Please note children under eight must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Price: Free

March 30, 2.15pm-2.45pm, Stories and Songs at Wooler Library, 55 High Street, Wooler. Contact Diane Wright on (01289) 334051.

We welcome all toddlers, young children and their parents and carers to join us for rhymes, songs and stories aimed at children aged from two-and-a-half years to four years.

Price: Free.

March 30, 9am onwards, Alnwick Farmers' Market, Market Place, Alnwick.

Price: Free.

April 1, 11.30am-3.30pm at intervals, Indigo Moon Theatre ( The Worm that Squirmed, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Inspired by European, Indian and Indonesian traditions, Indigo Moon present puppet theatre performed to enchanting music, creating unique and enjoyable shows. This is the tale of a journey, in pursuit of a squirmy worm who causes chaos wherever he goes. A visual feast of farce for both children and adults. The 50-minute show is suitable for age five and over.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 1, from 9am-12.30pm, Morpeth Farmers' Market, Town Hall and Market Place, Morpeth.

Price: Free.

April 1, 1pm-4pm, Make Things at Easter, Cherryburn, Mickley, (01661) 843276, www.nationatrust.org.uk

Perfect chance to make and take away your own Easter gifts.

Price: Normal NT admission charges plus pounds 2 for the event.

April 1, 3pm, Spring Tales for the Turning Year, Allendale Village Hall, (01434) 652477.

Storyteller Chris Bostock and musician Ken Patterson bring together their interests and talents in a celebration of the seasons.

Original music and songs combine with ancient stories and audience participation. Music, song, story and visual surprises for family audiences of five years plus to share, hear and take away.

Price: Adults pounds 4.50, children pounds 3.

April 1, 11am-3pm, Craft Activity At Woodhorn, Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, (01670) 528080, www.experiencewoodhorn.com Make a cute fluffy lamb brooch.

Price: Free

April 2, 11.30am-3.30pm at intervals, Edmond Tahl, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

A state-of-the-art amplified suitcase provides the soundtrack for an innovative and high energy improvised walkabout. From swarming bees and spaghetti westerns to freight trains and crashing glass, Edmond attempts to keep his composure as his surroundings provide the props for his witty wanderings.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 2, 10.30am-11.30am, An Easter Eggstravaganza at Haltwhistle Library, Mechanics Institute, West Gate, Haltwhistle. Call Jean McConnochie on (01434) 320462. Seasonal stories and craft activities for Easter. Suitable for children aged three to eight years. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Free.

April 2-9, 10am-5pm, Easter Trail, Kielder Castle, Kielder, (01434) 250209. Follow the self-led Easter Bunny trail and hunt for all the answers to enter the prize draw.

Price: pounds 1.

April 2-14, 10am-5pm, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, Court Jester, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, (01665) 510777, www.alnwickcastle.com The castle's Castle Jester will perform one-to-one magic with visitors and perform two magic shows throughout the day.

Price: Included in castle admission ticket, adults pounds 9, children pounds 4, family pounds 24.

April 2-15, from 9am Good Friday to Easter Monday and 10am otherwise, Easter Extravaganza, Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth, (01670) 789998, www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk

Fun for all the family, with lambing underway, the chance to bottle feed lambs and goats, magic shows, Easter egg trail, Easter Bunny between 9am-11am over the Easter weekend, tractor rides and the opportunity to meet Whitehouse's newest exotic arrivals ( iguanas, tortoises and boa constrictors.

Price: Adults pounds 6.75, children (three-16) pounds 5.75, family pounds 22.50.

April 3, 2pm-3pm, An Easter Eggstravaganza at Hexham Library, Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham. Call Jenny Kinnear on (01434) 652488.

Seasonal stories and craft activities for Easter. Suitable for children aged three to eight years. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Free.

April 3, 10.30am-2.30pm, Red Kite Fun Day, Wallington Hall, Cambo, Morpeth, (01670) 773600, www,nationaltrust.org.uk

Childrens crafts, games and trails. Find out more about the Northern Kites Project. Dress for mess. Booking not required. Meet at the conservatory.

Price: Normal NT admission charges apply.

April 3, 1pm-5.30pm, Cragside House, Rothbury, re-opens, (01669) 620333, www.nationatrust.org.uk

The first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and the home of the revolutionary inventor, Lord Armstrong, reopens after a closure for rewiring and other works.

Thirty miles of cable have been used in the rewiring of 150 historic light fittings in more than 100 rooms. The rewiring forms part of a pounds 6m regeneration project of the house and estate.

April 4, 6, 7 and 21, 1pm-1.30pm, 1.50pm-2.20pm and 2.40pm-3.10pm, Magical Storyplace, Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, (01670) 528080, www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Sessions for youngsters, with storyteller Gary Cordingly.

Price: Free.

April 4, 3pm-4pm, Easter Story and Activity Session at Bedlington Station Library, Station Road, Bedlington. Call Deirdre Cooper on (01670) 813245.

Story Telling. Activities and Easter Egg Hunt for ages five-12 years. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Free.

April 4, 3.30pm-4.30pm, Easter Fun Session at Guide Post Library, The Square, Guide Post. Call Linda Alderson on (01670) 822745.

Easter crafts and stories for children under 12 (children under eight must be accompanied by an adult).

Price: Free.

April 5, 5.30pm, Magic of the Mummy ( Tales of Ancient Egypt, The Queen's Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, (01434) 652477, www.queenshall.co.uk

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present this rod and shadow puppet performance for children aged five to 12. Adults welcome too.

Price: Adults pounds 6.50, children pounds 5.50, family ticket pounds 20.

April 5, 2pm, Red Riding Hood's Magic Purse, The Queen's Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, (01434) 652477, www.queenshall.co.uk

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present this production of rod-glove puppets and shadow theatre, combining original music and sounds. Find out how Red Riding Hood's Magic Purse saves the day. For three to seven-year-olds.

Price: Adults pounds 6.50, children pounds 5.50, family ticket pounds 20.

April 5, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1.15pm-2.15pm, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Easter stories and egg-rolling with Taffy Thomas, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Celebrated storyteller Taffy Thomas invites you to gather round for a selection of wonderful Easter stories. Then decorate an egg to race in The Garden.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 5, 10.30am-11.30am, Easter Story/Activity Session at Ashington Library, Kenilworth Road, Ashington. Call Lynne Riddell on (01670) 813245.

Stories and crafts with a seasonal theme for children aged five to 12 years. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Free.

April 5, 1.30pm-3pm, Kite Making, Tyne Riverside Country Park, Station Road, Prudhoe, (01661) 834135.

Try your hand at making your own kite and fly them afterwards ( weather permitting.

Price: pounds 2.50.

April 5 onwards, 11am-4pm Friday-Monday, Easter Activities, Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre, Crowden Hill Farm, Ulgham, Morpeth, (01670) 791778, www.wildlife-sanctuary.co.uk

Unique visitor centre specialising in wildlife rescue and care. Easter weekend activities will include chicken and turkey racing, egg hunt with a prize, throw-the-wellie, animal bingo, meet the bunnies, some free crafts activities and grooming the donkey.

Price: Adults pounds 5, children pounds 4, family pounds 16, all proceeds to the upkeep of the sanctuary. Pony rides pounds 2 extra.

April 5-15, 11am-4pm, Easter Trail, Cherryburn, Mickley, (01661) 843276, www.nationatrust.org.uk

Time to dig out those Easter bonnets, as you are welcomed to follow a trail or clues, questions and a word search to receive a reward. Don't forget warm clothing and wellies, as this is an outdoor event covering the grounds.

Price: Normal NT admission charges. pounds 2 for the trail.

April 5 and 20, 2pm-4pm, Children's Gardening Day, Wallington, Cambo, (01670) 773967, www.nationtrust.org.uk

How does your garden grow? Dress for mess. Booking not required. Meet at the conservatory.

Price: Normal NT admission applies.

April 6, 11.30am-3.30pm, Hats and toppers art workshop, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Let Easter and the spring inspire ideas to fashion a hat from colourful card and crafty materials with artist Mark Todman, or have a go at making an egg topper.

Price: Free after paying admission to the Garden. Drop-in.

April 6, 11am-3pm, Punch and Judy, Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth, (01670) 773967, www.nationtrust.org.uk

Free shows on the lawn. Face painting pounds 2 per child. Booking not required.

Price: Normal NT admission charges apply.

April 6-8, 10am-4.30pm, Easter Egg Hunt, Kielder Castle, Kielder, (01434) 250209.

Search the castle grounds for wooden eggs. If you find them all, you'll get an edible one.

Price: Children pounds 2.50.

April 7, 11.30am-3.30pm, The Flying Buttresses ( Hodman Dodmanott and Cash, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

The hugely popular and enchanting Hodman Dodmanott and Cash return to The Garden with their puppetry walkabout.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 7, 9am-4pm, Easter Market, Alnwick.

In addition to the regular market there will be stalls with local produce, arts and crafts. Entertainments will include songs from St Michael's School, local music, Easter Bunny and fun and games.

Price: Free.

April 8, 10.30am-3.30pm, Easter Egg Trail, Tyne Riverside Country Park, Station Road, Prudhoe. Call (01661) 834135 or email tyneriverside@northumberland.gov.uk

Follow the trail through the park and come back to the visitor centre to receive your reward.

Price: pounds 2.50.

April 8, 8.30am-1.30pm, Hadrian's Wall Farmers' Market, Greenhead.

Price: Free.

April 8, 11am-3pm, Easter Trail, Cragside, Rothbury, (01669) 620333 ext 7, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Suitable for children of all ages. Find the wooden eggs on this fun family trail to get a chocolate reward. No booking required with trail leaflets available from the visitor centre.

Price: Normal NT admission charges apply.

April 8, 11am-3pm, Easter Fun Day, Wallington, Cambo, (01670) 773600, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Activities include an Easter trail with chocolate reward, children's races and Easter crafts. There will be a small charge for any items made which will not exceed pounds 5.

Price: Normal NT admission charges apply. pounds 2 for the Easter trail.

April 8, 1pm-4pm, Canny Crack, Cherryburn, Mickley, (01661) 843276, www.nationatrust.org.uk

Try out a simple instrument or sing along with the band.

Price: Normal NT admission charges.

April 8-9, from 10am, Easter Egg Hunt, Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, (01289) 389200, www.english-heritage.org.uk

Can you crack the clues to complete this "egg-citing" trail and collect your yummy Easter prize?

Price: Adults pounds 3.90, children pounds 2.90. EH members free. Pre-booking not necessary.

April 8-9, from 10am, Secret Fairies Trail for Children, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Belsay, (01661) 881636, www.english-heritage.org.uk

Do fairies exist? You'll only know for sure after completing this secret fairy trail. Each Fairy Hunter will leave with a free fun sticker.

Price: Adults pounds 6.10, children pounds 3.10, family pounds 15.30. EH members free.

April 8-10, 9am-4pm, Continental Market, Alnwick Market Place.

Enjoy the atmosphere of a busy, colourful market for three days over Easter while tasting the flavours of Europe and beyond with food and drink from France, Spain and Italy to name but a few. Or buy locally produced goods from these countries.

Price: Free to look around.

April 9, 10.30am-12pm, Make Your Favourite Animal, Tyne Riverside Country Park, Station Road, Prudhoe. Call (01661) 834135 or email tyneriverside@northumberland.gov.uk

Make animals from off-cuts of wood.

Price: pounds 2.50.

April 9, 3pm-4pm, Easter Duck Race, Tyne Riverside Country Park, Station Road, Prudhoe. Call (01661) 834135 or email tyneriverside@northumberland.gov.uk

Choose the fastest duck and watch the race. Prize for the first and second fastest!

Price: pounds 1.

April 9, 10.30am-12.30pm, Woodland Activities, Wallington Hall, Cambo, Morpeth, (01670) 773600, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lots of fun things to do while learning about the small creatures that live in woods. Bookable through Wallington estate office. Dress for mess. Not suitable for under fives.

Price: Normal NT admission charges apply. Extra for event, pounds 2.

April 11, 7pm-8.30pm, Rentapeasant present the life in a day of a Tudor peasant, Morpeth Chantry, Morpeth, (01670) 535000.

Join Rentapeasant and the Friends of Carlisle Park for a fascinating journey through the seasonal culinary curiosities of Tudor times. See more of Rentapeasant at Morpeth Gathering, on April 14-15 in The William Turner Garden, Carlisle Park.

Price: Free.

April 12, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Cat in the Hat Easter Holiday Fun at Bellingham Library, Council Office Bellingham. Call Mark Benjamin on (01434) 652491 or Bellingham Library on (01434) 220495.

Half-term fun celebrating 50 years of Dr Seuss's anarchic feline. Suitable for four-eight years of age. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Price: Free tickets from Bellingham Library.

April 12, 10.30am-12pm, Stream Dipping, Tyne Riverside Country Park , Station Road, Prudhoe. Call (01661) 834135 or email tyneriverside@northumberland.gov.uk

Have a look at what creatures are lurking in the river. Wear your wellies and waterproof clothing.

Price: pounds 2.50.

April 12, 10.30am-2.30pm, Do it in yer wellies - Craft Day, Wallington Hall, Cambo, Morpeth, (01670) 773600, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Organised by the Fishermen's Mission, make interesting children's crafts ( don't forget your wellies! Wellies Passport holders free, otherwise pounds 1 charge to participate. Dress for mess, booking not required.

Price: Normal NT admission charges apply.

April 12, 1.30pm-3pm, Bird Boxes, Tyne Riverside Country Park, Station Road, Prudhoe. Book on (01661) 834135. Build a bird box to help your local garden birds this spring.

Price: pounds 2.50.

April 12, 11.30am-3.30pm, The Flying Buttresses ( Pongo, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Animatronic Pongo is the largest Easter bird you're likely to see. Inquisitive, affectionate, adorable and cheeky, this fluffy hatchling is loved by adults and children alike. The world's only 8ft baby Obobee bird is accompanied by his reluctant owner and causes mischief and laughter.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 12, 11.30am-3.30pm, Art workshop with Chun Chao Chiu, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Join artist Chun Chao Chiu in a drop-in workshop to make your own small window scroll, or join others to help make a large window scroll, using colourful tissue and sticky materials.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 13-15, 40th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, venues throughout Morpeth, (01670) 513308, www.northumbriana.org.uk

The Ruby anniversary Gathering has evolved from a single evening into a three-day festival of around 60 events presenting the very best of Northumberland's traditions at concerts, dances, children's events, displays, have-a-go workshops, stalls, races, folk sessions, historic tours, films, street theatre, competitions, walks and talks and even orienteering activities.

Festival of Northumbrian Language, music, song, crafts and dance.

April 14, Allendale Challenge, Allendale, www.northoftynesearchandrescue.org.uk

Walkers 8am, runners 10am. Endurance test over 25 miles. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult who has agreed to take responsibility for them. No applications accepted from persons under 14 years of age on April 9. Entry forms available from M Young, 16 Holburn Terrace, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3DQ, email: mgyoung@tinyworld.co.uk and Hexham Tourist Information Centre.

Price: pounds 12.50

April 14, 9am-1pm, Farmers' Market, Hexham Market Place.

Approximately 30 producers selling a wide selection of local produce. Choose from delicious lamb, beef and pork, fresh wild mussels from Lindisfarne, exciting pickles, chutneys and sauces, breads, cakes and jams, organic vegetables and fruit, and much more.

Price: Free to look around.

April 14, 11.30am-3.30pm, Oyster Opera Duo, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Oyster Opera are definitely not just for opera buffs, singing famous opera songs like Sull Aria from Figaro (Shawshank Redemption). They delight audiences of all ages with a combination of beautiful singing with fun audience participation.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 15, 1.30am-3.30pm, Oyster Opera Duo, Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, (01665) 511350, www.alnwickgarden.co.uk

Oyster Opera are definitely not just for opera buffs, singing famous opera songs like Sull Aria from Figaro (Shawshank Redemption). They delight audiences of all ages with a combination of beautiful singing with fun audience participation.

Price: Free after paying admission to The Garden.

April 17, 10am-4pm, Antiques Fair, Wentworth Leisure Centre, Wentworth Car Park, Hexham, (01434) 607080.

See a huge range of antiques and collectables at this very popular event, which draws people from all over the region.

Price: Small charge at the door.

April 20-21, Pirelli Rally, Kielder Forest, www.pirelliinternationalrally.co.uk

The Pirelli Historic Rally promises to offer a unique challenge to competitors in the 2007 MSA Historic Championship with the welcome news that the series is venturing North to sample the classic Kielder Forest stages. This event starts in Carlisle.

April 21-22, from 10am, St George's Day Dragon Trail for Children, Housesteads Roman Fort, Bardon Mill, (01434) 344363.

Calling all dragon hunters! St George needs your help to find all the dastardly dragons before they distress the damsels. Your dragon hunting skills will be rewarded with a fun sticker.

Price: Adults pounds 4.10, children pounds 2.10. Members Free. Pre-booking not necessary.
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