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Mon 18 - Sun 24 Mar 19

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.

Tickets cost £10; arrive from 7pm for drinks – a glass of wine is included in your ticket price.

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.

Maternity & Baby Event


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.

Wedding Fair & Open Day


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

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?


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.


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

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

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.

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