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What’s on : Muddy guide up to 11 January

Wakey Wakey!! It’s 2017 and we’re already picking up the pace here in Muddy Northants. This week there are some great events in the offing and lots of brilliant places to visit in our county.  It’s a big year for Muddy Stilettos too as we’ll be one year old in February and we’ve just been nominated for Best UK Blog – Arts and Culture.  Yep – we know what we’re on about – see what’s on this week…

ABBA Tribute Night, Westone Manor, 9.30pm, 7 January


Voulez Vous? Aha

Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun with the brilliant tribute ensemble, ABBA Angels. You can dance the night away to some of their greatest hits including Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Dancing Queen along with many more show stopping numbers. The four parts vocal harmonies come together to create a packed show with all the popular songs we all knows, loves and sings in the shower. The tribute show 2 x 45 mins starts at 9.30pm, Disco until 12am with food, drink and snacks available throughout the evening. Overnight accommodation available for a double or twin room at a special rate of £36.00, room only (subject to availability). A pre- show 2 course Tribute Indian Menu is available for just £13.99 (this is included in Pre-Tribute Meal tickets) in Spice Garden Restaurant or you can have Lounge Menu throughout the evening.

Westone Manor, Northampton, NN3 3DS

Vintage Bazaar, The Vintage Retreat Tea Rooms, 10am – 3pm, 8 January


I spy with my little eye something beginning with bargain

I LOVE a bit of vintage shopping, simply because there are bargains and glamour to be uncovered, none of it available on the high street, and in this case, it’s a great opportunity to support local Northants businesses – giving it a go!!  So if you’re in a vintage state of mind why not pay a visit and check out Antiques/Collectables/Vinyl Records/Vintage Clothing and loads more, all at January prices. Afterwards, you have over 120 dealers to browse through, and of course there’s always The Vintage Retreat Tea room to whet your whistle. £1 entry, children go free.

The Art Deco Room, The Vintage Retreat, Lower Harding St Northampton Northamptonshire NN1 2JL

La La Land, Errol Flynn Filmhouse,  4.30pm, 8 January

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And Ryan dances as well? Swoon

Did you know that World class artists and actors have been (and continue to be) regular visitors to Northampton for over 125 years, but perhaps the most famous of all is Tasmanian born Errol Flynn, who spent 6 months as a member of the acting company of Northampton Rep (now known as Royal & Derngate), before heading to Hollywood where he made his name and fortune. Well that was a short history on why it is The Errol Flynn filmhouse, but did you know that the most comfortable Cinema in Northamptonshire has an array of mainstream and er, not so mainstream movies showing on most days – it’s a real gem.  This Sunday we see the arrival of Ryan Gosling (be still my beating heart) in La La Land.  The movie is an original musical written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), telling the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. And you can watch all of this unfold in a very comfy seat with a glass of wine in hand. Lovely.

Tickets £6.50 – £8

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

Sunny Afternoon, Royal & Derngate Theatre, 10-14 January


We forecast bright but chilly afternoons in the next week or so

Arise Sir Ray. The life’s work of recently knighted Ray Davies is celebrated and showcased in this Olivier award winning musical – Sunny Afternoon – which tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. Step into swinging ’60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation and influenced generations. Featuring the iconic hits You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, All Day And All Of The Night, Sunny Afternoon and more, this production fizzes with energy, and is a fresh new “Great British Musical” (The Times) that will make your spirits soar. I’m so excited I’m going on my Birthday!

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

Hale Training Camp, Kettering, 10 January


WARNING. Might hurt

We remember that lovely Chap, Adam Hale, winner of the Muddy Award 2016 for Best Fitness Instructor. Well that was before New Year, New You. No more Mr Nice Hales, as Adam puts Northamptonshire through it’s paces in a rigorous and focused schedule of training to help reduce body fat, amongst lots of other benefits. The six week courses start on on January 10th with limited spaces, and involve 3 classes a week.  Yikes – but it will definitely be worth it. Each space on the course costs £150. HALE TRAINING CLUB is Kettering’s newest functional training facility. The club is a unique and well-equipped fitness facility with a focus on fun (errrrr) and functional training to get the very best results.

Hale Training, Kettering, NN14 1QF

Comedy at The Ark, Northampton, 7.45pm, 11 January


All aboard *two by two not necessary.

As quirky goes, Muddy is intrigued by The Ark – it’s Northampton’s first and only floating restaurant and this week it’s opening it’s doors for a night of comedy. And tonight’s star turn is Paul Revill – an award winning comedian and one of the most likable acts on the UK comedy circuit. Expect stories with vivid characters and a little audience participation. The line up is completed with stand up from Josh Pugh Thomas (Tom) Rackham and Mike Dryburgh. The venue has a fully licensed bar, and doors open from 6pm, Show Starts 7.45pm Tickets £5 or 2 for £9.

The Ark, Midsummer Meadow, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 5FY

Eat and Drink @ Rose and Crown, Yardley Hastings, £15 discount* until February 9th


Book early to avoid the crowds…

…meanwhile in the other corner… As far as tasty food goes, Mr Muddy and I decided our first foray in 2017 would be to this wonderful establishment, recently nominated for Chef of the year at the recent 2016/2017 Carlsberg Northamptonshire Food and Drink awards. It didn’t disappoint, and we were especially impressed at the brilliant value for high quality bistro food. And lo and behold – there’s a great voucher available on their Facebook page – terms and conditions noted. *One Voucher per table, when two or more Guests order two courses each from the Bistro menu.  The Voucher can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer and is only available between Sunday evenings and Thursday evenings until 9 February 2017.

Rose and Crown Bistro, 4 Northampton Road, Yardley Hastings, Northampton NN7 1EX

Nature Tots at Fermyn woods, 10am until 11.30am, 12 January


Yes yes, I know this is one day over our weekly What’s on, but it’s New Year, and these things take some planning. January indoors with the mudlets is somewhat of a daunting prospect, so why not head down to one of Muddy’s favourite nature spots in the county, Fermyn woods take 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.

Fermyn woods Country Park Northamptonshire NN14 3HS

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