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Things to do for a splendid September

September 2018

MUSIC: Bands in the Park, Abington Park, now – Sun 16 Sep

Enjoy live music every Sunday afternoon from 2pm – 5pm at the Abington Park bandstand and be surrounded by the relaxing and beautiful environment of the park.

Abington Park Museum, Wellingborough Road, NN3 3HN


THEATRE: The Lovely Bones, Royal & Derngate, from now – Sep 22

Haunting, beautiful and surprisingly funny, this is two hours of your evening VERY well spent. Maybe pack some tissues though… Muddy review here, still time to get tickets & I promise you, these performances are worth it!

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP


FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Sep and Oct

Brilliant new independent films this season include the thought provoking drama The Wife, Anton Chekhov adaptation The Seagull and introspective drama Lucky. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including heist drama King of Thieves, as well as Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. The classics offering includes a selection of films celebrating Black History Month in the UK this October. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera. They’ve also announced a new series of screenings aimed at welcoming even more 16-25 year-olds into the cinema, thanks to support from the BFI Film Audience Network – one for the not so little Mudlets!

Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD


MUSIC: The Opera Boys, Castle Theatre, Sat 1 Sep

Leading men from London’s West End combine in a powerhouse of vocal harmony to deliver a stunning blend of music. Ranging from Opera to Pop and everything in between, The Opera Boys deliver an evening of music not to be missed on Sat 1 Sep, 7.30pm.

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


EVENT: Heritage Open Days, Thurs 6 – Sun 9 Sep

Over 30 historic buildings, churches and Venues across Northampton will be open to the public from free as part of the national Heritage Open Days event. It’s an opportunity to explore some of the town’s unique historic buildings, many of which are usually restricted. Guided tours are also on offer as well as other activities taking place around the town.



THEATRE: Julie, Castle Theatre, Thurs 6 Sep

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in Julie, a brand-new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to Castle Theatre on Thu 6 Sep, 7pm.

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


EVENT: An Evening with Teddy Sheringham, Castle Theatre, Fri 7 Sep

Football fans can spend an evening in the company of Teddy Sheringham, an English born footballer who boasts a 25-year playing career. Teddy will be talking about his great career and giving audiences an insight of what his life was like with some fantastic stories on Fri 7 Sep, 8pm.

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


ART: Life Drawing from the Nude Form course, Yardley Arts, from Tues Sep 11
Whether you are new to life drawing or would like some time drawing a model, everyone can be catered for in this 5 week course. The course is led by Sara Myers, a classically trained artist and sculptor, and her approach is very much based on individual help and feedback.
Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall, The Square, Yardley Hastings, NN7 1EU
THEATRE: Guess How Much I Love You, Castle Theatre, Wed 12 Sep

I love you right up to the moon – and back! This Autumn, Selladoor Family bring to life the much-loved characters Little & Big Nutbrown Hare from the bestselling Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You All Year Round collection. The pair leap off the page and onto the stage in Guess How Much I Love You, a magical journey through the seasons, performed live at Castle Theatre.

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

ART: Open Sculpture workshops, Yardley Arts, from Wed Sep 12
Never made sculpture before? Want to make something 3-D but need help? Yardley Arts are piloting a new 4 week open sculpture workshop where advice, materials and tools will be available for making small table top size pieces in clay or plaster with the guidance of experienced sculptor Sara Myers.
Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall, The Square, Yardley Hastings, NN7 1EU
MUSIC: Matt Ridley Quintet, Castle Theatre, Thu 13 Sep
Jazz enthusiasts can look forward to a live performance from the Matt Ridley Quintet when they perform live at Castle Theatre. Taking the listener on an absorbing journey, which marries the exhilaration of jazz improvisation with intricately sculpted arrangements, the quintet perform on Thu 13 Sep, 8pm.
Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
EVENT: Wedding Open Evening, Natalya James, Fri 14 Sep
To celebrate their new studio and bridal boutique at Nene Court in Wellingborough, Natalya James will be hosting, along with B Jewellery and LG Beauty Suite a wedding open evening from 6-8pm. You will be greeted by a glass of bubbly from the Prosecco Van Gin and Fizz company and their authentic Italian Piaggio Ape before you browse round Natalya’s latest wedding dress collections. Collections by Stephanie Allin and Harriet’s Wardrobe will also be there. Their courtyard neighbours B Jewellery will also be open for any couples looking for wedding rings or bridal jewellery and LG Beauty suite will be on hand to discuss any pre-wedding beauty treatments at their salon. In addition Natalya will also be offering special discounts on any Natalya James branded dresses or accessories.
Natalya James, Nene Court the Embankment, 4, Wellingborough NN8 1LD

MUSIC: Jive Talkin’ perform The Bee Gees in Concert, Castle Theatre, Sat 15 Sep

Following their 2017 appearance at Castle Theatre, Jive Talkin’ Perform The Bee Gees are back by popular demand! They are guaranteed to bring the house down with their magnificent renditions of Bee Gees favourites Massachusetts, Stayin Alive, Grease, Night Fever, Words & the show stopping finale Tragedy!

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
EXHIBITION: Siblings Cannot Agree, The Heseltine Gallery, Mon 17 – Sat 29 Sep
An exhibition of self-portraits and portraits by brother and sister, Nick Trench and Cally Trench. They are both artisits and this is their second exhibition together. The title of the exhibition, and the work shown, reflects a seldom-acknowledged phenomenon: that brothers and sisters can have a shared background, family and upbringing and yet end up with very different outlooks, visions and ways of doing things. Free entry and free parking available.
Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney, OX17 2QR
THEATRE: Kinky Boots, Royal & Derngate, Wed 19 Sep – Sun 6 Oct
Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots comes home to Northampton, the very place that the story is about. Don’t miss the “freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade” (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
FESTIVAL: Nene Valley Festival, Wed 19 – Sun 27 Sep
The festival presents an eclectic programme of outdoor family events, guided tours, water pursuits, concerts, cycle rides, local walks, foodie events and much more! Featuring over 50 events at key locations along the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival is a must for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages looking for inspiration, tranquillity and new experiences.
THEATRE: Snow White and the Seven Ugly Blighters! Castle Theatre, Fri 21 Sep

Panto cheeky chappy Dickey fancies Snow White, but she won’t let him have his way because he isn’t a prince! With rude, crude, fun and frolics included, Dickey enrols in Prince School in a bid to get his girl! Add some horrible dwarfs, an ugly old evil queen, and a couple of scantily dressed girls for no reason, this is the adult panto that everyone’s talking about! This one’s strictly for adults.

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

THEATRE: King Lear, Castle Theatre, Thu 27 Sep

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear at Castle Theatre on Thu 27 Sep, 7pm. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
EVENT: Whittlebury Charity Shopping Fair, Wed 26 – Thurs 27 Sep

For the 3rdyear running the fair will be raising funds for Child Bereavement UK, Helen and Douglas House, Oxford and Macmillan, Northampton. There are over 65 stall holders from all over the country attending the fair for the two days selling a huge array of items from clothes, homewares, gifts, food, toys, gardening accessories, personalised stationary, jewellery and much more.  There is a £5 entry fee, raffle, refreshments and food available.

Whittlebury Park, Nr. Towcester, NN12 8WP


MUSIC: T. Rextasy, Castle Theatre, Fri 28 Sep

Accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management, T.Rextasy have been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’. They have been performing all over the world for more than 25 years, a career that ironically out-lives Marc’s very own T.Rex.

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


ART: Sculpt the Torso in Clay, Yardley Arts, Sat 29 – Sun 30 Sep
An intensive 2-day clay workshop where tuition from Sara Myers will be given throughout. The main purpose is to model a torso from life looking at the anatomy. There will be some short demonstrations/talks about how to build an armature, sizing down, and handling clay.

Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall, The Square, Yardley Hastings, NN7 1EU



KIDS: Hatton Adventure World, now – Sept 2

New this summer is Land Zorbing. Step into a large inflatable Zorb bubble and propel yourself around. Back by popular demand is ‘Water Wars’, a water-based interactive game – a massive hit in previous summers. Other attractions on this 50-acre site include up to 30 daily shows and activities, a 4-acre laser combat field, one of the largest indoor play areas in the Midlands and 100 creatures great and small, plus food in 5 outlets, a shopping village and free parking.  The summer sees the arrival of two new baby wallabies, lizards in Scales and Tails known as ‘Rankin’s Dragons’ and a new kid goat called Bruce.


ART: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4

The V&A Museum will explore more than 200 personal objects that belonged to Frida Kahlo, one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. The Mexican artist’s belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. From her ‘Ebony’ eyebrow pencil and beautifully embroidered clothes to a painted prosthetic leg, this exhibition is fascinating to say the least.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Wedding Showcase, Rockingham Stables, Sun 9 Sep

Got a lot of wedding planning ahead? Head to the Wedding Showcase on Sept 9th to get your wedding head spinning! Rockingham Weddings and Events will give fabulous inspiration for what you could create with their blank canvas for your big day. With handpicked local wedding and event specialists (including Muddy fave The Vino Van Events Ltd) all in one place and ready to discuss your ideas, you can prepare for your dream wedding! It’s FREE to attend too!

The Stables, Rockingham Road, LE16 8XS Cottingham, Leicestershire

FESTIVAL: Chilterns Heritage Festival, Sat 22 Sep – Sat 6 Oct

In case you didn’t know, you either live in or very close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No, not Aylesbury rather the gorgeous Chilterns and for the first time there’s a festival to celebrate the diverse heritage of our region. The Chiltern Society has organised 25 special events which include an Iron Age weekend at Wendover Woods (where families will have the opportunity to meet the Iron Age inhabitants of Boddington Hillfort, and help them with their everyday jobs like grinding grain, making butter and cooking stew), pop-up cinema screenings at the National History Museum in Tring and the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe, a Roald Dahl guided trail and afternoon tea in Great Missenden, an afternoon at the Wormsley Estate owned by the famous Getty family and history walks around some of the area’s market towns including Berkhamsted and High Wycombe. That little lot should keep you busy. If you’ve always meant to visit some local attractions but never got round to it now’s your chance.

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