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Mon 10 - Sun 16 August: Super-cool foodie pop-ups, art exhibitions, outdoor movies and theatre and some blushingly large sticks. It's all happening near you this week. .

COMEDY: Comedy Club in the Garden, The Old White Hart, Thurs 13 Aug

Esther Manito at Old White Hart Northampton

I think we all deserve a bit of a giggle right now, don’t we? If you need to work on the old laughter lines then head to the Old White Hart in Far Cotton on Thursday for some corkers courtesy of a fantastic line-up that includes Paul McCaffrey, Mark Simmons, the super cool Esther Manito (pictured above), and local hero Ross Smith.

OUTDOOR THEATRE, Romeo and Juliet, The Handlebards at Lamport Hall, Sun 16 Aug

Romeo and Juliet Handlebards Lamport

Expertly coiffed facial hair, brightly coloured socks and, err, bicycles. The Handlebards Present Romeo and Juliet on the grass at Lamport Hall this Sunday. 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.

EAT: Saints Social live from Althorp, Sun 16 Aug

Saints Social with Burnt Lemon Chefs

If you’ve got a rugby fan at home then this will score you a try. If not… well you’ll love this anyway tbh. To mark this weekend’s Saints vs Wasps match. Burnt Lemon Chefs have teamed up with Saints to present an absolutely top-notch pre-match meal delivered to your doorstep. You can choose to cook along with the livestream from Althorp via Instagram, or simply enjoy it ready made for you, watch along and enjoy the match.

OUTDOOR MOVIES: Movies by the Lake, Stanwick Lakes, 13-16 Aug

Movies-by-the-lake Stanwick Lakes

Grab a comfy cushion and some nibbles and settle in for a socially distanced outdoor cinema extravaganza with fab views to boot. Big hitters this week include Grease, Trolls, The Lion King and Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.

ART EXHIBITION: Glen Badham at 78 Derngate, from 15 Aug

Glenn Badham at 78 Derngate

Fancy a trip to the coast but can’t stand the thought of beaches teeming with other people right now? The gorgeous 78 Derngate launches a new exhibition of coastal paintings this week. Our English Coast by Glenn Badham, who features on Sky Artist of the Year 2020, is a bold display of colourful coastal landscapes in oil, with a percentage of profits from sales going towards the National Trust Neptune Coastal Campaign.

EVENT: Jousting at Rockingham Castle, Sun 16 Aug

Jousting at Rockingham Castle

You can’t get more socially distanced than a spot of jousting. I mean, you literally have a massive pole to poke at anyone within six feet, which is pretty much two metres. So, if you fancy getting your Game of Thrones on, hurry along to Rockingham Castle on Sunday for the clash of the medieval titans on the Tilting Lawn.

GLAMPING: Carry On Kelmarsh pop-up, Kelmarsh Hall, 14-17 Aug

Carry on Kelmarsh

This weekend sees the second of three gorgeous pop-up weekend camping events in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall. 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.

PICK YOUR OWN SUNFLOWERS: Overstone Grange Farm, 15-16 Aug

Overstone Grange Sunflowers

If you haven’t seen the social media posts since they opened last weekend then you’ve definitely had too much sun and IF they’ve got any sunflowers left unpicked by this weekend then head to Overstone Grange PYO to gather a bunch of beauties to take home. There’s also a bale maze and refreshments – no loos though! Check opening times before setting off as they are currently waiting for new flowers to come into bloom and BYO secateurs.

EAT: Plant-based breakfast pop-up at Re, Flore, Sat 15 Aug

Plant Based Breakfast Pop-Up

We are huge fans of Re, here at Muddy, and are super excited about their pop-up plant-based brekkie event which will take place outside the store this Saturday. If you’ve ever been curious about vegan food, then now is your chance to get stuck in to some truly tasty, colourful treats.


EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, 1 Aug – 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

DRIVE-IN CINEMA: The Drive In, North London (Troubadour Meridian Water), until 10 Aug 

A 1950s nostalgia fest with great films, classic cinema refreshments and stand-up comedy. The event is fully contact-free with snacks ordered through an app and delivered to your car. 

EXHIBITION: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, until 6 Sept 

I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career, including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above).

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