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What’s On in Northants until 18 January

Right. We’re picking up the pace in Northamptonshire. Only two weeks into the new term and we’re already finding lots of things to be getting on with. This week’s What’s On gives us the opportunity to squeeze into our Christmas gladrags one more time before hitting the gym (or at least trying to be good and healthy). Oh, and did I mention that we’ve been shortlisted as Top UK Blog – Art and Culture? There’s a really good feel good factor about the county this week – let’s get busy shall we?

80’s Disco Night, Kettering Park Hotel, 13 January


I was there, in the 80’s, and it looked EXACTLY like this

The Kettering Park Hotel is especially good at giving us all great nights out, and they’re kicking the new year off with their own homage to the 80’s. The DJ will be rolling out all of the classic tunes, giving us teenegers of the eighties an opportunity to reminisce and belt out the tunes whilst we can still remember the lyrics. Friday you can enjoy a 2 course dinner and disco. Tickets £25.00 per person. Contact Francesca in the  Events team on 01536 416666.

Kettering Parkway, NN15 6XT

January Party Nights, The Stanwick Hotel 13, 21 and 28 January

photobooth stanwick

Yes, Stanwick Hotel knows how to party – witness their efforts at the 2016 Muddy Awards last June

Not to be outdone, the Muddy Award (2016) winning team at the Stanwick Hotel, have booked in 3 nights to help us dance away the post Christmas blues with their legendary January party nights. The price includes a three course meal & disco. £22.50 per person.

The Stanwick Hotel, West Street, NN9 6QY

The Burlesque Show, Royal & Derngate, 13 – 14 January


Have green ostrich plumes, will travel

The Burlesque Show returns with a triumphant medley of tricks, titters and tease. An uproarious revue of razor-wit, contemporary cabaret and frisky burlesque featuring the daring antics of scantily clad showgirls, the sultriest of sirens and the edgiest comic-cabaret masters. This is right up the Muddy Street, and promises to be a night not for the faint hearted. Bring it on. Tickets £22.

The Royal Auditorium,19-21 Guildhall Rd, NN1 1DP

An Evening with Matt Stevenson, The Core at Corby Cube, 7pm 14 January


Matt’s got talent. And a guitar.

Corby has talent. Actually Matt Stevenson has talent, and he’s going to show you, for free. The Lab at Corby Cube hosts Matt and an evening of contemporary, instrumental music performed on piano and guitar, featuring a guest vocal performance from Elio Andrade. With a programme comprising original and cover material from a wide range of styles and genres including progressive, easy listening, new age and blues. Tickets for this event are free but advance booking is recommended.

The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby,  NN17 1QG

The Ouse Valley Singles Club play The Wayfarers Inn, Kettering, 9pm, 14 January 


Yeah – they’re usually funnier than this

You must see this band. The Ouse Valley Singles Club is a comedy skiffle band who have been touring Northamptonshire and surrounds for years, and they are just brilliant. Musically they have been described as New Wave Skiffle. Acclaimed as “George Formby meets The Clash”, you know that it’s always going to be a brilliant night out in the company of these renegades. See you there (yup, we are going)…

The Ouse Valley Singles Club, Wayfarers Inn ,296 London Rd, Kettering NN15 6DX

The Oundle Cinema, Interstellar screening, 7.15pm Stahl Theatre, 15 January


Fears of flooding at Oundle marina were not unfounded

Here at Muddy we try to support local people doing their damndest to make the county a better place to live. So, we give you Oundle Cinema which is managed by Oundle Music Trust and run largely by volunteers. This week it’s showing “Interstellar” In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home. Phew. Note that internet sales stop at noon on the day of a screening or at noon on the Friday before a weekend screening. Tickets are then available from 30 minutes before the screening at the venue. Tickets only £3-£5

The Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle. PE8 4EJ

The Full Monty, The Royal & Derngate, 16-21 January


As you can see they didn’t keep their hats on…

My golly gosh, it’s 20 years since The Fully Monty hit the silver screen – a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose apart from their clothes, took the world by storm. Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production features great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, and Muddy hears that it’s been receiving standing ovations every night on tour and won Best Touring Production at the UK Theatre Awards. Tickets £11-£34.50

The Royal & Derngate,19-21 Guildhall Rd, NN1 1DP

Cinderella, Castle Theatre, 18 – 22 January


Can I try this in a five please?

Muddy’s very local theatre is already back in business in 2017 after a difficult 2016. The Wellingborough Theatre has always had the community at it’s heart, and has re-opened it’s doors just in time to welcome Wellingborough Pantomime society back onto the stage to celebrate their 50th Anniversary of the society. Music, dancing and comedy sprinkled with fairy magic to send Cinderella to the ball and meet her Prince Charming. Tickets – £14-£15.50

The Castle, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park, 10am until 11.30am, 17 January and Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park, 10am until 11.30am, 18 January


Shhh. I’m concentrating

With two events taking place at Sywell and Brixworth Country Park why not take the opportunity to breath in some fresh air and keep the little ones entertained in the bargain? The Nature Tots sessions feature across all Northamptonshire parks, where you can go on a nature walk with a Ranger exploring a different theme each month, followed by a craft activity. Booking essential by telephone 0300 126 5933 or 07703 160878. 10am until 11.30am £3.50 per child or £3 paid in advance.

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

Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Brixworth, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire NN6 9DG

Experienced Hands –  the art of the shoemaker, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 19 February 2017

Hall, Frederick; Experienced Hands; Northampton Museums & Art Gallery;

This man is a cobbler. See how he cobbles…

We love shoes right? I love everything about them, and to be honest this captivating exhibition ticks all the boxes for me because it’s great to learn new things, particularly when it’s all related to one of my favourite subjects/items. Using the painting ‘Experienced Hands’ by artist Frederick Hall as a starting point, this exhibition investigates the tools and techniques of traditional shoemaking, using tools and objects from the Shoe Collection at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Rd, NN1 1DP

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