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12 cool things to get you off the sofa this week

It’s up to us Northamptonshire types to make up our minds this week. Do we go out, do we stay in? If Storm Doris didn’t put you off there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you and yours fit and healthy (wrap up warm though). On the other hand, our theatres are putting on rather a good show, what. Decisions, decisions…

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age, Castle Theatre, 8pm, Thursday 2 March

I’d place you at about 41 Russell (thank you Wikipedia)

It’s all about growing up and growing down. Are you 16 years old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Don’t worry, this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age – it is the beauty and the curse of being human. In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance straight to our door Northamptonshire step, about growing up and growing down. Tickets: £17.

The Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA

Volunteer Day at Sywell Country Park, 10-4pm Saturday 4 March

Stunning views at Sywell, but it doesn’t look after itself

The Rangers at Sywell Park have sent out the rallying cry; Come along to the monthly public volunteer day and help them with park improvement projects. Sywell is a beautiful and inspiring place, especially as the seasons move into Springtime. The morning session 10am to 12.30pm, afternoon 1.30pm to 4pm. Depending on what fettle you find yourself in, you can stay for one session or all day (bring a packed lunch if you plan to stay all day). Suitable for all ages 11+. If you fancy the challenge, it’s best to call ahead and let the Rangers know if you intend joining a volunteer day to ensure sufficient tools have been prepared for the day. Email: [email protected] Phone: 0300 12 65935.

Sywell Country Park, Washbrook Lane, Ecton, NN6 0QX.

Grey Walls Garden for NGS, 12-3pm, Sunday 5 March

Hmmm – I don’t think that’s a plant is it?

Last week in our What’s on guide we told you all about the National Garden Scheme  and the participating Northants Gardens opening their doors for Charity. This week another celebrated garden opens it’s doors in Farndish. It’s a wonderful 2 acre mature garden surrounding an old vicarage (not open). Over 100 varieties of snowdrops, drifts of hardy cyclamen and hellebores. Alpine house and raised alpine beds. Water features and natural ponds with views over open countryside. Rare breed hens. Admission £3.50, children free. Light refreshments (obvs).

Greywalls, Farndish, Northamptonshire NN29 7HJ

Charles Chipperfield Circus, Kettering, Wednesday 8 Mar – Sunday 12 Mar


The Charles Chipperfield Circus is the 7th generation of the original Chipperfield Circus family, and as if it wasn’t already exciting enough, he’s promising us fun, danger, laughter, and amazement in this latest show. A bold statement Mr Chipperfield, although you do have Flying Trapeze, Wheel of Death and award winning clowns, so I’ll give you that. There are numerous show times and tickets can be bought directly from the venue or via contact telephone: 07500365231. Call to check latest times. Weekdays – 5pm and 7.30pm, Saturdays , 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 2pm and 4pm.

Charles Chipperfield circus, Northampton road Recreation Ground Northamptonshire NN15 7JU

A Passionate Woman, 2.30pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 7-11 March

..and perhaps also a Giant woman, or are they snogging in a miniature Village? I’ll have to go to find out

On the morning of her son’s wedding, Betty retreats to her attic where she relives her long-lost youth and the love affair she had in the 1960s. Surrounded by her memories and ghosts from her past, Betty finds herself torn between a husband she never loved, a son about to leave and the man she shared a passionate affair with. With Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Yes Honestly) in the lead role, this romantic comedy is written by Kay Mellor (In the Club, Band Of Gold) and directed by Paul Milton. Tickets £9-£29

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 8.45pm, Tuesday 7 March

Star man. Will there ever be another like him?

This documentary and concert film captures David Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement, shocking fans and media alike by stating “it’s the last show we’ll ever do”. Rather than marking his withdrawal from music, his declaration signalled the retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona, and the end of a hugely influential chapter in Bowie’s own story. In addition to the concert movie, the evening will include a new film produced by MOJO magazine exclusively for these screenings. This film will feature MOJO’s Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander in conversation with The Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, whose own acclaimed memoir, My Life With Bowie: Spider From Mars, has just been published by Sidgwick & Jackson. As well as re-living that fateful night in 1973, Woody will provide further insight into what he describes as “the adventure of a lifetime.” Every attendee will receive a copy of the magazine which will fully document the Ziggy-era, and which will also feature an exclusive David Bowie/Spiders From Mars Collectors’ Cover. This special souvenir cover will not be available in the shops, and is destined to become one of the rarest covers ever produced by the award-winning MOJO team with a retail value of £7.99.  Ticket Prices and timings for Errol Flynn Filmhouse screenings can vary so please check their website for the most accurate and up to date information.

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD

Anything Goes, Castle Theatre, 7.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 7-11 March

Well hello sailor

Wellingborough amateur operatic & dramatic society welcome us aboard the S. S. American, sailing from New York to England in the 1920s. Passengers include an English heiress – Hope Harcourt, and fiance, Sir Evelyn Oakley and Hope’s mother. A stowaway, people changing disguises … great comedy with great numbers including You’re The Top, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Let’s Misbehave and title number Anything Goes to name a few. Wonderful 20s costumes – a show not to be missed.

The Castle, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA

Royal Mistresses: A quest for love,10.30-11.30am, 9 March

“Please can I touch your fan?”

This may be of no surprise to you, but did you know that English aristocratic families actually supplied the British royal family many mistresses over several generations to secure influence at court? So before Randy Andy and Koo, or Chaz and Camilla there was a right royal carry on, carrying on. During his talk Roger Powell (an expert investigative genealogist specialising in the British Royal Family) exposes the amazing stories behind those royal (bedroom) doors.

Court Room of The Guildhall, St Giles’ St, Northampton NN1 1DE

Sakura – Four-Course Teppanyaki Dining Experience for One, Two or Four at Sakura (Up to 46% Off)

See latest Muddy Reviews on the virtues of tattooed eyebrows. Just saying

I love eating Teppanyaki style. In fact if it wasn’t for the immediate presence of very sharp knives and spectacular flames within a couple of feet from my plate I’d be even more effusive. Teppanyaki is the unique culinary art that has established itself as one of the favourites of Japanese Cuisine, and Sakura, located in the centre of Northampton is a brilliant place to watch the theatre play out. Expect to see your food spectacularly prepared and presented as your chef does the business on a heated steel plate right in front of you and your plate. The specially trained chefs at Sakura are currently offering a fantastic deal via a Group on-line.

Sakura, 149-151 Bridge St, Northampton NN1 1QF

Choice of One-Hour Massage at Innovation Beauty (Up to 58% Off)

Relax – there’s up to 58% off

Short and sweet. One hour massages. Money off.  Brilliant.

Innovation Beauty

Get Outside – Visit Salcey Forest, Open 7am – 7 pm Hartwell, NN7 2HX

Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge?

Come on, let’s go and explore and learn shall we? This ancient woodland, the remains of a Royal hunting forest, is now a great place for a day out. Walk along the Tree Top Way, a canopy walkway rising to a height of 20 metres. The Tree Top Way rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor, with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres reached by steps. The lookout provides amazing views across the forest. And Elephants don’t forget do they? Apparently during the second world war elephants were used to move logs in the forest, and the nearby pond is where they used to cool off! Probably give a paddle a miss? Pay and Display Car Park open from 08.00 to 19.00 in the summer months/from 08.00 to 17.00 in the winter at a cost of £1 for an hour or £3 for the day.

Salcey Forest, Hartwell, NN7 2HX

BOOK EARLY The Take That Experience at Whittlebury Hall, 7.30pm – 12.30am, Friday 10 March

Could it be magic? I think it will be

It’s the  perfect party night out for we ladies – enjoying talented fit young men, sing and dance as we tuck into a lovely a three-course dinner and half a bottle of wine each. That should settle the stomach as we get all giddy during a really great night of entertainment from the acclaimed Take That Experience tribute band. From Pray, Back For Good to Patience, The Flood and many more, we’re guaranteed to hear all of our ‘Take That’ favourites and the best ‘Robbie’ hits at this fabulous show. If you’re a ‘Take That’ fan like me expect your fire to be re-lit. So make it a date, book online today or call the Whittlebury Hall Events Team on 0845 400 1406.

Whittlebury Hall,  NN12 8QH

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