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Things to do this weekend

Fri 3 - Sun 5 August 2018

KIDS: Camp Wilderness, Broughton Woods, Kettering, now – Mon 20 Aug

Camp Wilderness offers kids aged 6-15 the chance to unplug and have some old-fashioned summer fun. The camp brings its magical outdoor adventures to Kettering just in time for the school holidays by offering 3-day residential summer camps. Camp Wilderness connects children with the natural world, giving them the chance to camp in ancient woodlands, build and cook over open campfires, try new pursuits like archery and learn traditional bushcraft skills.  The camps run each week and cost £249, places can be booked online.

Camp Wilderness, Broughton Woods, Kettering

 

KIDS: Summer Fun, Rushden Lakes, Rushden

Child-friendly activities with a side-order of adult retail therapy – now you’re talking! The Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre at Rushden Lakes, is hosting six weeks of wildlife-themed activities this summer. The Mudlets will be introduced to all manner of creatures and natural wonders, including butterflies, flowers, birds, amphibians, mammals and insects. Activities range from meeting Archie the owl to decorating ceramic frog houses to take home. Once they’ve had their fill, you can mooch around the shops and refuel at one of the lakeside restaurants.

 

KIDS/THEATRE: Matilda The Musical (in 20 minutes), Royal & Derngate, Northampton, now – Fri 3 Aug

Take part in creative activities, meet new people and have loads of fun at the Royal & Derngate’s Holiday Projects. Theatre-based fun for kids from 10am – 4am including an informal performance for family and friends. Rehearse and perform an abridged version of this ever-popular tale, filled with action-packed scenes and show-stopping songs.

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

 

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

 

COMEDY: Screaming Blue Murder, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, now – Fri 16 Nov

Don’t miss our Friday night comedy club in the Underground Studio with compere Dan Evans. This season features many of comedy’s rising stars. Visit the website to book and to see what comedy stars are on this week.

Doors 7.45pm, Show 8.15pm. Tickets £13.50.

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

 

ART: Arts, Crafts & Collectables, Daventry Museum, now – Fri 24 Aug

Daventry Museum are looking for local artists, crafters and collectors to exhibit their work and showcase collections to celebrate Daventry Arts Festival. It is free entry so you can browse around the work of the best of Northants. Opening times are Tues – Fri 9:30am – 1:30pm and the first Sat of the month 10am – 4pm.

Daventry Museum, 3 New Street, Daventry, NN11 4BT

 

EVENT: Sunday BBQ, Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Kettering, Sun 5 Aug

Head to Kettering Park Hotel & Spa from 12 noon for the ultimate summer day out and indulge in a delicious BBQ (there’s Pimms on arrival too!). Enjoy for only £21.95 per person and book by calling 01536 416666.

Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Kettering Parkway, Kettering, NN15 6XT

 

FURTHER AFIELD:

KIDS: Warwick Castle, Warwick

Looking for something exciting to entertain kids aged 8+? This is Warwick Castle’s first night-time experience telling the tale of 10th century warrior Guy as he battles monsters and dragons in a bid to gain a knighthood and win the heart of his one true love – Princess Felice, daughter of the Earl of Warwick. It’s an explosive epic tale depicted over the course of an evening using live action, animation, equestrian acrobatics, fire and pyrotechnics. Boom!  There’s also the regular birds of prey demos, the mighty trebuchet, archery and ramparts to rampage for day time fun.

Tickets start from £15 for show only with immersive dining packages also available, warwick-castle.com/dragonslayer

 

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
KIDS: The Maize Maze,  Cotswold Farm Park, now – Sun 2 Sep

Venture down the rabbit hole into this Wonderland themed maze over the summer holidays and find the White Rabbit. If you find your way to the middle there will be a Tea Party and you may spot The Mad Hatter. There’ll be various games and puzzles.

cotswoldfarmpark

 

Bath on the Beach, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, now

Hammocks, cabanas, palm trees, beach volleyball, boules and a beach bar – Bath’s version of the Caribbean.

bathonthebeach.co.uk

 

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.

hattonworld.com

 

EVENT: Circus Sampler, Somerset House, London, Now – Tues 7 Aug

More circus celebrations with a free exhibition Circus Originals opening on 25 July plus live circus events. Dance artists Far From The Norm perform Union Black that combines humour, hip hop and circus using Chinese poles and tight-wire. Between performances, you can watch international record-breaking hula hooper extraordinaire, Marawa. She’s joined by her team of hoop performers, The Majorettes, and they’ll teach you to hula hoop after the show.

somersethouse.org.uk

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