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What’s on in August in Northants

No one is more excited than Team Muddy that socially distanced summer fun is starting to happen. There's loads going on this August from outdoor cinema to mini festivals, theatre and pop-up food events. Masks on, step this way.

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

Althorp Food and Drink Festival

The park and gardens at Althorp, family seat of the Spencer family, will be open to visitors for the month of August, with a one way system in place to allow visitors to flow safely through the gardens. Don your fave vintage Laura Ashley dress and take a picnic along to enjoy on the beautiful lawns and absorb the serene atmosphere of Princess Diana’s childhood home.

The gardens and park at the magnificent Boughton House will re-open on Saturday 1 August. It’s known as the English Versailles and it’s not hard to see why. Make like Marie-Antoinette and let the kids eat cake in the beautifully landscaped grounds, which include a rather spectacular inverted pyramid.

Head to Wicksteed Park on Saturday 1 August for their Fundraiser in the Park event, with entertainment from Big Bopper, a chance to meet Spiderman and plenty of fun stalls.

Attention! The Visitor Centre at Weedon Royal Ordnance Depot re-opens on Sunday 2 August, Wednesdays and Sundays only. If you’ve got family members with an interest in military history then they’ll love finding out all about what was once the epicentre of British military might. Whilst you’re here, there is plenty to do and explore, from bouldering to yoga and vintage shopping.

All aboard! Northampton and Lamport Railway will be re-opening on Sunday 2 August, with steam and heritage diesel train rides alongside the very lovely Brampton Valley Way. Please make sure you book in advance.

DRIVE-IN MOVIES

NN FILMOUSE DRIVE IN DELAPRE ABBEY

Oh, Sandy, drive-in movies have well and truly arrived and with our newfound need for social distancing they are a fab way of getting out whilst staying safe. The rather picturesque Delapré Abbey is hosting a brilliant season of films courtesy of Northampton Filmhouse and what a fantastic venue, with it’s grassy lawn sloping down towards the giant screen, there’s plenty of space to take your camping chairs and sit out on in the fresh air. You can even grab some dinner from the fabulous Frank’s Hamburgers while you’re there. Oh, and the loos are lovely – good to know. Features include Knives Out, Fargo, The Lego Movie, Romeo and Juliet, David Copperfield, Back to the Future, Parasite, Grease and The greatest Showman. Phew! With loads more on over the next few weeks.

Luna Flix has lined up an exciting program of films at Sywell Aerodrome this month, so grab your blankets and a bottle of fizz for such gems as Stand By Me, Grease, Dirty Dancing, The Lost Boys and heaps more. Retro heaven from 25-31 August.

Movies by the Lake is at Stanwick Lakes for an outdoor cinema extravaganza from 14-16 August, with big hitters including Toy Story 4 and Mama Mia! Here we go Again.

FITNESS AND WELLBEING

Ironstone Kettering

Ironstone Wellbeing in Kettering are re-opening fully on Monday 3 August AND if you download their booking app you can enter for you chance to WIN a month of free classes. Sounds pretty good to us.

Fancy a core a work out? I know I need to give it a go after all this lockdown laziness. Join Jo Moore from Yoga for All on Saturday 29 August at Whitemills Marina, Earls Barton for a spot of paddleboard yoga courtesy of Gaia SUP. Get in touch with nature, enjoy a spot of floatation meditation and a gentle river paddle in gorgeous surroundings.

EVENTS

Carry on Kelmarsh

In light of the cancellation of this year’s gorgeous Shambala Festival in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, they will instead be hosting a series of pre-pitched pop-up mini-festival camping events throughout August. Book a pitch now for the 7-10th, 14-17th and 21st – 24th, and take your pick from bell tents, Mongolian Gers and gorgeous luxury vintage tents, or take along your own tent. There will be loads going on in over 200 acres of grounds including music, cocktails, magic yoga, art, street food, campfire marshmallows and, err, sock wrestling. See you there.

One for the Potterheads. Grab your wands for a Witchcraft and Wizardry themed treasure hunt in Kettering on Saturday 1 August. Get your team together and get dressed up to see if you can be the first to crack the mystery.

THEATRE

On Thursday 6 August Looking Glass Theatre will be live streaming their Mystery Tours show from The Royal stage in a fundraiser for Royal & Derngate and Looking Glass. You can tune in here from 7.30pm.

Expertly coiffed facial hair, brightly coloured socks and, err, bicycles. The Handlebards Present Romeo and Juliet on the grass at Lamport Hall on Sunday 16th August. The Handlebards always guarantee a lorra lorra laffs and some hilarious audience participation. You can even pre-order your champagne picnic hamper and a gazebo. Pass the scotch eggs.

KIDS

Pond-Dipping

Nene Wetlands will be running pond dipping and mini beast sessions for the Mudlets every Tuesday and Thursday during the school summer holidays. You could always make a day of it, hire a canoe from Canoe2 and get out on the river.

“Hang spring cleaning” and get the kids down to Evenley Wood Garden on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August for a colourful outdoor performance of Wind in the Willows at Uncle Geordie’s Shed. There are measures in place to enable safe social distancing, but still plenty of opportunity for audience participation and singing along to the toe-tapping tunes.

Limes Farm drive-thru coffee shop and farmer’s market in Farthinghoe are running kids treasure hunts from Saturday 1 August, just rock up and collect your treasure map then set off around the farm to collect the golden horseshoes.

FOOD AND DRINK

BURNT-LEMON-SUPPER-CLUB

Burnt Lemon Chefs have pulled it out of the bag this month with a pop-up residency at Saints ground Franklin’s Gardens every Friday and Saturday night throughout August, they’ll be showcasing their wonderful food in a choice of 5-course and 9-course tasting menus, dished up in a private hospitality box overlooking the ground. And if that’s not enough they will also be hosting a live cook along on Sunday 16th August to mark Saints vs. Wasps. You can either cook along live via Instagram, or watch live whilst enjoying the pre-prepared meal and Jelley’s Vodka cocktails delivered straight to your door.

Ibiza off the cards this summer? Get your flamenco on and head down to Bar Encore in Towcester for their Spanish evening on Wednesday 26th August for live guitar music, flamenco, paella buffet and sangria in the lovely courtyard garden.

Street food spectacular Bite Street is on at Duston Mill on 7-8 August and 21-22 August, with a second go at the Smoke Pit dream collab, Smoke Street, taking place across the August Bank Holiday weekend and plenty of grassy space to spread out the picnic blanket and chow down on your artisan delights.

Mallets ahoy. The Safari Bar is a brand new and rather special summer pop up bar and restaurant at the vO Polo Club in Middleton, with 360 degree views of the beautiful surrounding Northamptonshire countryside. Running every Friday night from now until 11 September you can enjoy sundowners and a selection of tapas or mains overlooking the incredible vista, or book one of the private safari huts for up to 8 people. There will be polo on most evenings to watch and expertly mixed drinks from Muddy faves The Occassion Bar.

Saxby’s Cider will open their brand new tap room with a socially distanced launch party on Saturday 29th August. Head down to their Farndish HQ for a pint or two of their award-winning golden nectar. There’ll be an interactive jukebox, a BBQ by Franks Hamburger House, and some experimental cider cocktails… sounds like our kind of dangerous. Advance bookings only.

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