Things to do this week

MON 22 - SUN 28 MAY 2017

Live on Mars. A Tribute to David Bowie, 8pm, Mon 22 May

Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live On Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with elements of mime, dance, and stunning big screen visuals and animation.  Er – you had me at Bowie.  Ticket £25.50.

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

Running wild, Royal & Derngate, 23 – 27 May

This going to be brilliant.  Imagine all the puppetry genius of War Horse with a touch of Animal Magic.  For Lilly, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit.  Charging deep into the jungle, Oona and Lilly escape the danger of the beach. Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures amongst the orangutans. But, as thoughts turn to mum left behind on the beach, wild tigers prowl, hunger hits, and Lilly must learn to survive the rainforest.  Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity.

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Outdoor Cinema – BLADE RUNNER: FINAL CUT (15), Stanwick Lakes, 8pm, Fri 26 May

The outdoor cinema experience returns to the lake-side amphi-theatre! The summer season begins with Ridley Scott’s special version of his visionary sci-fi masterpiece on a HUGE outdoor screen!  ON-LINE Tickets Only – Adult: £12. Doors 8.00pm Film Approx 9.40pm (free parking) Bring a picnic! Book on-line early – limited audience!

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Northamptonshire NN9 6GY

Cider and Ale festival, The Wharf, Bugbrooke, from  Fri 26 – 29 May

Situated next to the Grand Union Canal and in the picturesque countryside of Bugbrooke, Northampton, The Wharf is a pub-restaurant selling traditional pub food and drinks.  So how do you improve a Pub, which is already so picture perfect?  You hold a Cider and Ale festival is how.  Get your nominated driver sorted (Or Narrowboat pilot if you will) and enjoy nearly 50 different variations – all in the name of good times mind you.

The Wharf, Cornhill Lane, Bugbrooke, Northampton NN7 3QB

Outdoor Cinema, Mama Mia at Highgate House Fri 26 May

It’s set to be scorchio at the weekend, and we’re heading across to Highgate House on Friday to enjoy Mama Mia and a BBQ – the start of their outdoor cinema season. And we’ve booked a room too!  Wahoo.  It promises to be a lovely evening and the film will start between 9.30pm and 9.45pm with a BBQ being served between 7.30pm – 9.30pm. General tickets: £12.50pp, Under 15’s: £8.50pp. VIP tickets, to include: VIP front of crowd seat on inflatable sofa/armchair with blanket, BBQ ticket (Burger, Chips & Salad) and a glass of Prosecco: £22.50pp

Highgate House, Grooms Lane, Creaton, Northampton NN6 8NN

Drag Racing Championship – The Main Event, Santa Pod, Friday 26 to Monday 29 May

FIA European Drag Racing Championship – The Main Event Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European drag racing gears up for one of Europe’s most prominent Drag Racing meetings, ‘The Main Event’. Taking place over Spring Bank Holiday weekend, this hugely popular, televised event is the first round of the prestigious European Drag Racing Championship featuring one of the largest race entries and most thrilling motorsport content anywhere in Europe! Witness the ground-shaking 10,000bhp Top Fuel Dragsters as they reach 300mph in under 5 seconds. Over 200 teams, 17 bike and car race classes will take to the strip to start their 2017 FIA/FIM championship season. With Jet Car, Monster Trucks, Air Displays and Live Action Arena shows, this is the perfect event for the steadfast drag racing fan and families alike!

Day Entry: 8am – 6pm. Tickets starting from £12. Kids under 16 go free, max 3 per adult. Contact the Box Office on 01234 782828
Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN29 7XA

Vintage & Craft fair, Abington Park Museum, , 11am- 5pm, Sat 27 May

I’m looking forward to this already.There’s going to be a selection of reworked and handmade stalls selling fashion, accessories. jewellery, collectibles and homeware.  And although there’ll be tea and coffee on offer I’ll be indulging in a spot of Pimms daaaahling.  Admission is free.

Abington Park Museum,Park Avenue South, Northampton, NN1 5LW

Outdoor Cinema, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Stanwick Lakes, Sun 28 May

Lunaflix invite us to a bargain outdoor cinema experience at Stanwick Lakes. All tickets discounted to £8! This is one of Muddy’s favourite movies, and the setting in the (not quite) wild of Stanwick lakes is perfect. If you haven’t seen this sleeper hit of a movie, it’s your turn to discover a brilliant heart-warming comedy starring Sam Neill. We LOVE it as much as we love a bargain.  Click here to book your tickets.

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Northamptonshire NN9 6GY

Crick Boat Show,  Crick Marina, Sat 27 – Mon 29 May 

Britain’s biggest inlands waterways festival.  A marina full of boats, over 250 exhibitors, live music, food, 26,000 visitors, lots of dogs, and more!

Since opening in 1996, Crick Marina has become one of the most sought-after marinas in the country.  Its peaceful rural setting with pleasant landscaped grounds and location on a 21-mile lock-free pound, make the marina ideal for relaxed weekends afloat, yet handy for all major cruising routes.  Its close proximity to a friendly village with pubs, shops, Post Office and restaurant plus friendly, helpful marina staff are all extra factors in making Crick Marina an ideal place to moor.  You can find out more about Crick Marina by visiting www.crickmarina.com

Crick Marina, West Haddon Rd, Crick, NN6 7SQ

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