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What’s on: actual things to do in real life this weekend

Craving a break from the same four walls? Things are stirring in the shire, here's our pick of socially distanced stuff to get up to this weekend.

EVENT

Car Park Party What's On

Safe and socially distanced night out ahoy! Brand new event Car Park Party is bringing the classic American drive-thru to Northampton Saints. There’s a hilarious line-up from The Comedy Store on Friday 17th, which includes the devastatingly funny Jen Brister (read our interview with her here), PLUS Horrible Histories Barmy Britain as well as Car Park Karaoke (how fun does that sound?!) on Saturday 18th. The event is in partnership with live band Massaoke (they’ve played Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe) with two themed events: A Night At The Musicals and Back To The 80s.

FOOD AND DRINK

Streetfood delapre abbey

Can’t be bothered to cook yet another meal in your own kitchen and fancy something different with real humans at a safe distance? Voila! Streetfood Convention returns to Delapre Abbey on Friday 17 July. There’ll be craft beers, ales, ciders, wines, fizz and over 100 gins, plus soft drinks – something for all the family. PLUS the World Street Food Quarter will be dishing up international flavours from South African charcoal grills to Italian wood-fired pizza ovens, to Tex-Mex, all to the buzzing soundtrack of Afro-Cuban, jazz fusion and funk tunes from Northampton’s very own DJ Jazzi Vibes. To enable social distancing, attendance is limited and pre-booking is essential to get your place on one of the timed entry slots.

Feast your eyes (and your belly) on this: Muddy faves The Smoke Pit and bite Street pop up food fest have joined forces to bring you Smoke Street, a BBQ outdoor cooking extravaganza taking place at Duston Mill this weekend 17-18 July with a bar and grassy picnic area.

Rothwell Food Fair will be taking place this Saturday 18 July from 9am-4pm and the third Saturday of every month from here on in. From artisan producers to street food and wedding caterers, look no further for local food heroes dishing up joy on a plate.

ONLINE

Northampton Pride

Don your sequins on Saturday 18th July for Northampton’s Virtual Pride festival with performances from local bands and artists including Smashby and Peachy Rae. Catch the whole shebang on Northampton Borough Council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Saturday, 18 July 12-5pm.

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