What’s On in April?
Can you believe it’s already April? That means three things, the start of spring, Easter and half term! But don’t worry if you haven’t got any plans just yet, as we have rounded up some amazing pieces for this months What’s On including a What’s On for kids at the bottom; so if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do over the half term, we have you covered! Below there are things on for you, your family, friends and well…pretty much anyone really, aren’t we good. Check them out and let us know what ones you will be attending, enjoy!
DANCE: Salsa Estrellas, Tues 2 Apr, 7:30pm – 11:00pm.
Fancy doing something a little different this Tuesday? Spend the evening learning the skills of salsa dancing by The Salsa Estellas. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner or an expert, this will be a class fit for you! Bring out the salsa fire in you and soak up the Latin vibes! 7:30pm – 8:20pm £7, beginners only. 8:30pm – 9:30pm £7, Improvers/Intermediate/Advanced. Find out more information here.
Head down The Picturedrome for a barrel of laughs at their Comedy Club Special, with acts including Kate Lucas, Scott Bennett, Will Duggan and headliner Dane Baptiste who has appeared on Live at the Apollo (BBC), Tonight at the Palladium (ITV) and 8 out of Ten Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4). Tickets are £16.50 and can be brought online through their ticket site.
FILM: The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long, Derngate, Sat 6 Apr.
One for the kids, but after the success of The Greatest Showman, this might even be your guilty pleasure? Sing-a-long to the iconic songs from the musical with their very own host to teach you unique moves. Oh, and fancy dress is strongly recommended. Tickets from £17.
BEAUTY: No34 Beauty, 34 Billing Road, Northampton.
Say hello to the new beauty place to be, opening end of March. No34 Beauty, a collaborative and stylish beauty studio in the heart of Northamptonshire offers dermaplaning, bridal hair and make up, hd brows and lash extensions just to name a few incredible treatments. Friends Ruth, queen of skin and Aimee, an award winning hair and make up artist are excited to open to the public on 30th of March, so pop down, say hello and treat yourself to a glamorous day of pampering. Be sure to check out their website and social media for more information.
EVENT: The Big Lunch, Sat 6 Apr, Market Square, Northampton.
Saturday 6th April from 12-4pm, The Big Lunch and Lewis Foundation are teaming up to invite residents across the city to take part in a celebration in Market Square in Northampton to shine a light on community connection and to inspire even more people to hold a Big Lunch on 1&2 June. The Market Square Big Lunch will be held in partnership The Lewis Foundation, a Northampton based charity which provides free gift packs to adults receiving cancer treatment in hospital. The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery, designed to inspire people to take a small step that can make a big difference. This year the annual event takes place on the 1 & 2 June. To get your free pack go to thebiglunch.com
FOOD AND DRINK: The Grain Store Coffee House, Manor House Farm, Woodford.
Opening on 2cnd April at 9:30am, this new, cosy coffee shop is nestled away in the beautiful Manor House Farm Estate. Enjoy something from their selection of breakfasts, light lunches and delicious home made cakes. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for more information.
MUSIC: Toyah: Acoustic, Up Close and Personal. Sat 6 Apr. Roadmender, Northampton.
Iconic pop icon, TV presenter and stage/screen actress Toyah is hosting an intimate up close and personal show at The Roadmender. Enjoy a unique chance to get close to Toyah where music and stories take centre stage. As well playing her well-loved hits and classic songs, Toyah will be talking about unforgettable stories and memories from her thirty-five year career. Tickets are £24.95 and can be brought online.
EVENT: Kelmarsh Country Show, 21st – 22nd April.
Spend the day, or the whole weekend in the great outdoors at the annual Kelmarsh Hall and Country Fair. We can’t guarantee the sun, but we can guarantee an enjoyable day out with something for everyone. Whether it is a girly day out browsing the country inspired gifts, home ware and clothing followed by some food and drink or watching a variety of shows with your family, you can guarantee an action packed weekend. Book your tickets online here.
THEATRE: Girl on The Train, Derngate, Monday 22 April – Saturday 27th April.
Selling over twenty million copies worldwide, the international phenomenon Girl on The Train is coming to Derngate. Starring Eastenders actress Samantha Womack, this mystery thriller will have you gripped from start to end with What’s on Stage saying this is a must see. With tickets starting from £11, treat yourself to a night in the theatre.
EVENT: Mind, Fashion, Soul. The Platform Nightclub, 24th April.
Second year Fashion Marketers from the University of Northampton are hosting a catwalk fashion event plus entertainment to raise money for graduate fashion week. 10% of funds raised will be donated to mental health charity Mind UK, tying in with their concept of mental health awareness through fashion and lifestyle, Mind Fashion Soul. Every ticket sold gets you raffle tickets where you can win some amazing prizes including Hotpod Yoga classes and happiness hamper worth over £40, winners announced on the night. For tickets email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDDING: Wedding Open Evening, Whittlebury Hall, Thursday 25th April, 18:00 – 21:00
Are you or somebody you know getting married and looking for that perfect venue to host your special day? Look no further, the beautiful Whittlebury Weddings offers four stunning venues set in over 600 acres of picturesque parkland. Join them on their open evening on Thursday 25th April from 18:00 and take a tour around the options available for the best venue with the top exhibitors and latest ideas. Find out more information here.
EVENT: An evening with Harry Redknapp, Park Inn, Northampton, Friday 26th April, 7:30pm – 10:30pm.
Mr King of the jungle and one of the most loved managers in the history of the premier league, the iconic Mr Harry Redknapp will be at The Park Inn Hotel in an exclusive live and unscripted interview, reminiscing about those glorious ‘I’m a celebrity’ & football memories and get an real life insight to the behind the scenes of the Jungle and all those top clubs he’s played and managed at. Book your tickets online here.
MUSIC: Hed Kandi, 20th Anniversary, Roadmender, Saturday 27th April.
Who says you have to take a trip to Ibiza to get some of the finest dance music? I mean, it would be nice, but you can still get your glamorous groove on at The Roadmender this April. The iconic record dance label Hed Kandi are hosting their 20th Anniversary featuring legendary DJ’s Stonebridge and Freemasons on Saturday 27th April. Expect a glamorous filled night not to be missed, starting at 9pm finishing 4am, last entry midnight! Buy your tickets here
FOOD AND DRINK: Food and Drink Fair, Castle Ashby, Saturday 27th April.
Say a warm hello to the local producers who supply the delicious food at The Deli at Castle Ashby and discover new flavours of food and drink. Located in the rural shopping yard at Castle Ashby, spend the day indulging in the delicious offerings from producers including Brockleby’s Pies, Maison Des Macarons and The Tipsy Mule Gim. Don’t forget to visit the selection of quirky shops to discover something new. More information found here.
FAMILY: Coton Manor Garden.
The last week of April is the start of the beautiful time where Coton Manor Garden’s turns full bloom. Take a relaxing day out visiting The Bluebell Wood, amongst seeing the beauty of other magical flowers at The Water Garden. April and May are often their busiest periods due to how beautiful it is when the different areas come to life. Check out more images here, but I promise, photos do not do it justice so be sure to check it out yourself.
FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout April.
If the weather isn’t on your side but still want something to do and get out the house, take a trip to the Northampton Filmhouse to catch screenings of Ray & Liz, Fisherman’s Friends and Dumbo! Who said it was just a kids film? Purchase tickets online. Oh and P.S, if you become a Northampton Filmhouse Member you can enjoy three free tickets per member, per year*. You can also save on food and drink purchased from the bar with 10% off and £1 off all subsequent tickets purchased for the members use. Sounds good doesn’t it? More information here.
WELLBEING: Hotpod Yoga, College St. Mews, Northampton.
Trying to get that summer body scheduled in? Or just want to try something a little new and exciting? Hotpod yoga is an incredibly unique way to yoga, in a dimly lit heated pod, expect to sweat harder, stretch further and immerse yourself deeper. The warmth of the pod and the physicality of the flows will work your body, while the dim lights, purple hues and immersive soundscapes will calm your busy mind. Expect an intense hit of yoga. A great way to unwind and relax and be a little more mindful whilst keeping fit. Find out more and book online.
SHOPPING: Nene Court, Northampton.
Offering a range of unique shopping experiences from cafes to salons, home ware to fashion boutiques, Nene Court is located in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Take a look online to see the fantastic selection of shops available.
MUSIC: Live Music Night, The Old White Hart, Northampton, Saturday 27th April 8pm.
If you like live music, in a cosy relaxed atmosphere and fancy a catch up with your friends over a glass, or bottle, of wine, head down to The Old White Hart on Saturday 27th April to see live music from Joe Church. This is the first of many live music events The Old White Hart will be hosting, so be sure to head down and support. Joe plays a selection of acoustic covers featuring the classics to more moderns songs that will guarantee to have you singing and dancing along. Check out The Old White Hart’s event page for future live music events.
MUSIC: Bands in the Park, Abington Park, Northampton
Bands in the Park is back, starting 7th April with Moulton 88 Brass Band. Visit every Sunday from 2pm – 5pm to listen to a new incredible band every weekend in the beautiful surroundings of Abington Park. Relax with a coffee and cake at Abington Park Cafe whilst soaking up the sun and listening to bands including Daventry Brass Band and Brackley and Distric Band. Hosted by the council, check out their website for more information and their other events here and their Facebook for a weekly introduction to who’s playing.
Easter half term ideas for you and the kids.
Easter Trail, Stanwick Village, 8th April – 22cnd April.
Whether you live in the village or not, everyone has the chance of entering Stanwick Village Trail, running up until 22cnd April. Purchase a map for £2 from the shop that you will use to discover large Easter eggs that have been placed all around the village and if you find them all, you can claim a prize by visiting the Stanwick Preschool stall in Stanwick Village Hall on Monday 22cnd April between 9:30am – 11:30am. This is a great event for you and the kids and is also in aid of Stanwick Preschool.
Easter Shoe Trail, Northampton.
Fancy an Easter hug hunt with a twist? Seeing as Northampton has a long shoe history and heritage, what best way to promote this by a shoe-style treasure hunt? Being ran for the first time ever, get your family together and explore Northampton town centre and hunt out the shops that have a Show Trail poster in their window. To find out more information about how to enter, just head to their website and get hunting.
ARTS: Children’s Easter Craft Workshops, Abington Park Museum.
THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live, Royal & Derngate Fri 19 – Sat 20 Apr
Step back in time and dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family. A special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. Don’t miss this entertaining and mind-expanding jurassic adventure, live on stage. Book now before tickets become extinct!
FOOD: Turtle Bay.
ARTS: Rainbow Cafe, Stanwick Lakes.
Got a Wednesday free with nothing planned? Stanwick Lakes Rainbow Cafe holds arts and craft workshops with music and movement ran by Lisa Matthewman, a fun and engaging educational session.
CLUB: The Otters Holiday Club, Stanwick Lakes.
We love a good lit fest here at Muddy and the Oxford Literary Festival (until Sun 7 Apr) is a biggie – over 100 events with talks from leading authors and public figures all in fantastic settings including Sheldonian Theatre and Blackwell’s. Highlights this year include interviews with Strictly’s Darcy Bussell, Ranulph Fiennes and Michael Morpurgo. Other speakers announced include Jo Brand, journalist Kate Adie and Nobel Prize winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.
Another one to check off the list is Chiplitfest, Thurs 25 – Sun 28. As you’d expect, not as many big names as Oxford but some great talks nonetheless including journalist Kate Spicer (The Sunday Times, Red, The Pool), author of Sunfall Jim Al-Khalil and Kate Williams, author of Rival Queens. Loads of workshops to get stuck into across the weekend as well. Chippy has a great programme for kids too with talks from Andy Stanton of the award-winning Mr Gum series and Paralympian Ade Adepitan. Jo Brand pops up again too.
EASTER EGG HUNTS
Tis’ the season for legitimately scoffing endless chocolate so here’s where to find it. Go posh with Blenheim Palace’s huge egg hunt around the grounds and pleasure gardens (19 – 22 Apr), there’s also interactive activities, princesses, clowns, stilt-walkers, bouncy castles, bungee trampolining and circus skills – phew! The Easter Bunny will be at Millets Farm dishing out gifts along with a bunny hunt around the Garden Centre and decorate your own chocolate egg workshops (8 – 18 Apr), while Waterperry Gardens (1 – 24 Apr) and Batsford Arboretum (6 – 22 Apr) are both offering a more lo-fi wooden bunny hunt. Then there’s Sudley Castle’s giant easter egg hunt in the garden (13 -22 Apr) and tiny chick hunt inside the venue (6 – 28 Apr); Highclere Castle’s egg trail and Easter Bonnet Parade through the Downton Abbey gardens and woodland in aid of The Murray Parish Trust (21 Apr). Finally pretty much all the big National Trust sites in our ‘hood are taking part in the Cadbury Easter Egg hunt – find your closest site here.
RACE: Duck Race, River Ock, Faringdon, Sun 28 Apr
Held on River Ock in Phoebe Woods, Faringdon Rotary Club’s annual Duck Race is some high stakes competition. Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks fight to the death to be crowned champion, with all proceeds going to The Air Ambulance and Be Free Young Carers. You can buy your own duck to race from the rotary club on 13, 14, 20. 27 and 28 Apr, plus you can snaffle £300 if you win.
WALK: The Great British Dog Walk, Henley on Thames, Sun 28 Apr
This is a great way to get you, your family and your pooch out into the spring air, while raising funds for the charity Hearing Dogs For Deaf People. It takes in a 4km family route or an 7k scenic one around the stunning Culden Faw private estate, where you might just spot deer or wallabies. There are also various stalls, activities and refreshments. It’s £10 for an advance adult ticket, with children under the age of 16 free, and a free doggie bandanna to jazz up Rover.
EXHIBITION: Mary Quant, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 6 Apr
This is going to be awesome! The iconic 1960s designer and the mother of miniskirts, Mary Quant, gets her own exhibit at the V&A with over 200 garments, accessories and exclusive unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive.
KIDS: Great Brick Safari, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Beds, Sat 6 Apr – Sun 2 Jun
More Lego! New for Easter, Whipsnade Zoo introduces its Brick Safari- there’ll be loads of LEGO brick beasts and animals around the mammoth zoo (it’s the biggest in the UK doncha know) made from over one million bricks, as well as hands-on family activities. Included in entry price.