What’s On in March
FOOD: The Love Northampton Food Fair is back, Saturday 2 March, 10.30am to 3pm
Returning to the Guildhall on , the fair will be showcasing mouth-watering stalls from local businesses, producers and makers. In addition to a wide variety of stalls offering delectable delights, Fruitful Abundance Northampton will be on site at 11am, giving you ideas of how you can reuse your bread, bananas and bags!
And as an extra special treat, you can learn more about the history of the Guildhall during two free tours by Looking Glass Theatre at 12pm and 2pm.
Entry to the event is free! See you there!
FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Mar
Northampton Filmhouse have announced a huge list of upcoming films throughout March. With the likes of Mary Poppins Returns, Singin’ in the Rain and some Tom Burton classics- they have something going on for everyone. Grab your popcorn and pick n mix and get ready for a fun filled evening.
The Hidden Garden, Blacks Design, throughout Mar
Philippa Jeffrey’s latest series of contemporary paintings will be exhibited in Brackley, hosted by Black Designs. Black Designs work with UK based artists who have a story to tell and Philippa’s exhibition will run for two months.
FOOD: Les Olives, throughout Mar
In need of a girly night out with some friends? Aren’t we all, and what better than cocktails, wine and delicious tapas? The Spanish restaurant and bar offers a wide range of menus to cater everyone’s needs- including much loves tapas. Eat and drink the night away at Les Olives this March.
MOTHERS DAY: Afternoon Tea at Delapre Abbey, throughout Mar
Who doesn’t love afternoon tea? Treat your mum (and yourself) this March to an afternoon tea with the beautiful scenery of Delapre Abbey. Only costing £14.95, this is an ideal gift if you are looking to spend some more quality time with your mum. Why not get the whole family together and make it a big celebration?
THEATRE: The Remains Of The Day, Royal & Derngate, now until Sat 16 Mar
A deeply atmospheric drama about time and memory, loneliness and longing, The Remains of the Day depicts the morally-compromised truth behind a world of manicured gardens, formal dinners and grand houses. As the fires rage through England during and after the Second World War, we get an intimate glimpse into one man’s half-lived life, realised too late.
Theatre: Abigail’s Party, Royal & Derngate, now until 9 Mar
Made famous by Alison Steadman in the 1970s, Mike Leigh’s ground-breaking comedy classic, Abigail’s Party, arrives at the Royal & Derngate from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 March, with Jodie Prenger heading up the cast. One of Britain’s most celebrated comedies, it sees Beverly and her husband Laurence throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences. We bagged a ticket for the first night and squirmed through a couple of scenes, purely because we recognised them from dinner parties we’ve been to. Get yourself a long, we think you’ll recognise them too!
FILM: Milton Malsor Film Club, Fri 1 Mar
Why not grab all of your friends and family and head down to Milton Malsor to kick start your March with this film club. They will be showing the critically renowned film, Selma, that tackles the fight for the right to vote in 1965 in Alabama city. Refreshments will be provided and tickets only cost £5 so make sure to grab yours and head down with some popcorn.
BEAUTY: Flawless Face Beauty Experience, Holiday Inn Milton Keynes, Sat 2 Mar
This free event will have you feeling flawless in no time. With expert sessions from one of America’s best selling cosmetics brand, Mary Kay Cosmetics, you will learn all about makeup and skincare. Not only is the event free, you will also received your own goody bag at the end of the event! To book your place, just head online and fill in the form.
THEATRE: Lipstick On Your Collar, Castle Theatre, Sat 2 Mar
Direct from London’s West End to Castle Theatre, Wellingborough comes Lipstick On Your Collar, a trip back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn’t touch the floor. Audiences should get their dancing shoes ready for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s, performed live.
FITNESS: Lululemon Pilates Class, Bicester Village, Sun 3 Mar
Are you a secret fitness fanatic? Head down to Bicester Village this March to enjoy a FREE pilates class with Lululemon. Rumour says, Lululemon do the best yoga leggings in the industry so whilst you are there make sure you have a cheeky look at their clothing. Treat yourself!
FAMILY: Family Storytelling, Canons Ashby, Sat 9 Mar
This beautiful national trust location is putting on a family storytelling event this March. Bring the kids along and listen to the guest storyteller from Usborne Books at Home. The event is focused towards children of 7 and under and there will be an opportunity to purchase some new or second hand books at the end of the event! Why not have a wonder around Canons Ashby and end with some fun family stories sure to keep the kids entertained.
FILM: The Greatest Showman Fundraising Event, Cineworld, Sun 10 Mar
The greatest film of all time (excuse the pun) returns this March with a one off showing at Cineworld! iDiD Adventure is hosting the fundraising event and has made it baby and autistic friendly meaning no one is left out. Go along and sing your heart out whilst also raising money for a local group – why not get all the family involved? Tickets are available to buy online.
FOOD: Showcase Menus at Paris House, throughout Mar
Award-winning chef, Phil Fanning, has announced the launch of a series of Showcase Menus to celebrate 5 years ownership of Bedfordshire’s fine dining restaurant Paris House in Woburn. March is the month of the Fish & Shellfish Showcase. Paris House may be about as far as one can get from the sea, but this is a tiny island, and they have wonderful seafood suppliers, so serve fabulous fresh fish. This menu will be 5 delicious courses celebrating the very best of the sea.
MUSIC: KT Tunstall, Derngate Theatre, Northants, Tues 12 Mar
Winning Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall performs as part of her European and US tour just over the border at Derngate Theatre, just half an hour north of MK. The BRIT Award winner’s hit songs include The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, which was used in the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada – if Miranda Priestly approves, so do I.
FOOD: The Gin and Rum Festival, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, Sat 16 Mar
What’s your favourite flavour of gin? Head down to Northamptonshire’s cricket club and try out over 60 different gins and rums. This is the UK’s largest gin and rum festival and it is heading to Northampton for one day only! On arrival, you will receive a branded Copa glass, guide and glass satchel. With live entertainment, themed bars and your own glass to take around with you- it’s sure to be a fun filled day. You can purchase tickets online now.
FILM: The Princess Bride, Dementia-Friendly screening, Tues 19 Mar
This 1987 classic returns to the big screen this March with a one off showing at the Northampton Filmhouse. This is a dementia-friendly screening and offers specially trained staff throughout the show to help out with any of your needs. No one is going to be left out this March so grab all of your friends and family and head down to the Filmhouse to watch this timeless classic.
ART: First Impressionist Exhibition with art historian Elaine Kilmurray, Yardley Arts, Thurs 21 Mar
The First Impressionist Exhibition was the first of eight shows held In Paris between 1874 and 1886, and has often been seen as the moment when Modern Art began. The reality is subtler and more nuanced, the artists broadly identified as ‘Impressionist’ were not a coherent group and they had different aims and aesthetics. In this talk, we shall look at the art world as it was in Paris at the time, discuss some of the work in the exhibition and other work produced at the time. We’ll consider the issues of subject and style, and of continuities as well as rupture.
COMEDY: Scummy Mummies, The Lighthouse Theatre, Thurs 21 Mar
Do you ever feel like parenting can sometimes leave you feeling alone and stressed? Well, this show is here to prove that we are all less than perfect parents. Grab all of your mummy friends together and head down to the theatre to have an evening of laughs, wine and quality time with your friends. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are back after their first sell out UK tour with this popular comedy show. With a wide range of parenting topics and hilarious scummy stories- you’re in for a treat this March.
MUSIC: Sinfonia on Tour, Milton Keynes The Chrysalis Theatre, Sat 23 Mar
Is classical music your guilty pleasure? Sinfonia is coming to Milton Keynes with this one off magical Paris themed show. Conductor David Knight will have you dancing the night away with this spectacular performance. Tickets start at £10 and can be booked online.
EVENT: Maternity & Baby Event, Brampton Grange, Sat 23 Mar
Calling all families and parents-to-be! Head to Brampton Grange to speak to specialists in the maternity and baby/toddler field and to see what Northants’ best services have to offer. The free informative event is hosted by Fritz Photography and many of the attending businesses will have special promotions exclusive to this event.
WEDDING: Wedding Fair at Brampton Grange, Sun 24 Mar
Know someone who is trying to plan a wedding and struggling for venue ideas? Maybe it’s you… Well, head down to this Wedding Fair and check out the stunning location whilst you’re there. The event is free and you will be given a goody bag on arrival! Meet suppliers, chat with other bride-to-bes and have fun at this open day.
EVENT: Brampton Grange Spring Wedding Fair & Open Day, Brampton Grange, Sun 24 Mar
The Wedding Fair and Open Day is full of lovely suppliers who are happy to talk weddings all day long and they will be offering special discounts on the day too, so whether you’ve a venue booked or not, you should definitely put this date in your diary! Head down and start to plan your wedding, pick their Wedding Specialists brains for ideas and find out if your dream date is available.
THEATRE: Cirque Berserk! Royal & Derngate, Wed 27 – Sun 31 Mar
Combining contemporary cirque style artistry with adrenaline fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills. Featuring the world’s most hair raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.
ART: Doug Hyde at The Rose Gallery, Bell of Northampton, Fri 29 Mar
The Rose Gallery invite you to meet the nation’s favourite artist, Doug Hyde, in our gallery within Bell, Northampton on the evening of Friday 29th March between 6-8pm. Doug’s warm, uplifting art has led to him being named as the most popular living artist in Britain today and his work is now increasingly sought after. This event will be an exciting opportunity to acquire artwork by Doug and meet the man behind the smile.
EVENT: Year of The Pig Party, Saxby’s Cider, Sat 30 Mar
Come & celebrate The Year of the Pig with Saxby’s farm! Tickets are £5 per person and include a free pork roll. 1pm – 5pm at Grange Farm, Farndish. Book your tickets here or call in to the shop on the farm.
MUSIC: Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, Castle Theatre, Sat 30 Mar
Paul Lamb & the King Snakes are simply the best U.K. blues band; they deliver outstanding Blues with an amazing on-stage performance, to delight one & all. Lovers of the blues can expect a wonderful mix of real blues, boogie & swing.
MOTHERS DAY: Carvery Lunch, Whittlebury Hall, Sun 31 Mar
Why not treat your mother to a delicious carvery at the tranquil Whittlebury Hall. For £24.50 per person, you can enjoy an array of starters and all of the trimmings you would expect for a spectacular Sunday dinner. Taking place at the Atrium clubhouse, this is the perfect gift if you are not quite sure what to get her this mothers day.
FAMILY: Lamb bottle-feeding, Mini Meadows Farm, throughout Mar
Stuck on where to take the kids this March? Head down to Mini Meadows Farm and be in awe with the lambs. I don’t know about you but I would definitely use the kids as an excuse to head down here myself… Get muddy whilst looking around the farm at all of the other animals and end the trip with a visit to the huge indoor play area. Pre-booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, now – Sun 14 July
This exhibition’s focus is on how the Thames and its tributaries influenced William Morris’ work. He had a rural retreat in Oxon and enjoyed angling and boating and the influence of the river can been seen in his textiles and designs. Pieces have been collated from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery and the British Library to make this exhibition possible and it also delves into Morris personal life and his politics, so you get a sense of the man as well as his iconic work.
THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, now – Sat May 11
Not the recent fabulous TV series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun July 14
This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.
KIDS: Legoland reopens, Fri 12 Mar
Kids rejoice! Legoland reopens for the summer season this month and is hosting events at weekends to celebrate the new The Lego Movie 2, including building activities, character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more. The park will also be unveiling its newest ride next month, The Haunted House Monster Party, Sat 13 April.
CULTURE: Oxford Literary Festival, various locations, Sat 30 Mar – Sun 7 Apr
We love a good lit fest here at Muddy and this one’s 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 Micheal Morpurgo.