What’s on this week in Northants
All the gear and no idea? Leave it with us, we've got all the latest on what's happening this week in Northants, so slip on your stilettos and skip this way.
FITNESS AND WELLBEING: Ironstone, Kettering, re-opens Mon 3 Aug
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.
THEATRE: Northampton Mystery Tours Livestream, Thurs 6 Aug
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.
EVENT: Carry On Kelmarsh pop-up glamping, 7-10 August (and other weekends).
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 August, 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.
POP-UP RESTAURANT: Burnt Lemon Chef at Franklin’s Gardens, Friday 8 Aug and every Friday and Saturday evening throughout August).
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.
STATELEY HOME: Boughton House, open daily.
It’s known as the English Versailles – it’s not hard to see why – and the gardens and park at the magnificent Boughton House are officially open for the season. Make like Marie-Antoinette and let the kids eat cake in the beautifully landscaped grounds, which include a rather spectacular inverted pyramid.
DRIVE-IN MOVIES: Delapre Abbey, showing all week and throughout August
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. Showing this week are LeMans 66, Casablanca, Judy, Notting Hill, Get Out, The Italian Job, Rocketman, Paddington and Downton Abbey.
LUXURY TENTED SAFARI BAR: vO Polo Club, Middleton, every Friday in August.
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.
KIDS: Pond Dipping, Nene Wetlands Centre, every Tuesday and Thursday
Nene Wetland Nature reserve are running pond dipping and mini beast sessions for the Mudlets every Tuesday and Thursday during the holidays check the website for details.
STREET FOOD POP-UP: Bite Street, 7-8 Aug
Street food spectacular Bite Street is on at Duston Mill on 7-8 August with plenty of grassy space to spread out the picnic blanket and chow down on artisan delights including Patty Freaks, East Africa flame grillers Nyama Choma, and Punjabi streetfood masters Saf’s Kitchen.
CIDERY TOUR: Saxby’s Cider, Sat 8 Sug
Sexy Saxby’s Cider are opening their doors for a cidery tour this Saturday 8 August, with a trailer ride around the apple orchards and a lovely refreshing cider tasting afterwards, we can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon getting tipsy. If you miss this one there are a few more planned in the coming weeks.
MUSEUM: The Royal Ordnance Depot, Weedon, open Wednesdays and Sundays.
Attention! The Visitor Centre at Weedon Royal Ordnance Depot has re-opened on – 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.
STATELEY HOME: Althorp, open daily.
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.
KIDS: Heritage train rides, Pitsford and Brampton Station, every Sunday
All aboard! Northampton and Lamport Railway is now open again, with steam and heritage diesel train rides alongside the very lovely Brampton Valley Way. Please make sure you book in advance.