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Things to do this weekend

Fri 23 - Sun 26 August

KIDS: Summer Fun, Rushden Lakes, Rushden, now

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.

Rushden Lakes, Rushden


FAMILY FUN: Survive the Summer! Xscape Milton Keynes, throughout August

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time at Xscape over the last few months because there always seems to be something happening at this North Bucks activity Mecca. This week I’ll be pushing small children out of the way for a turn on the giant inflatable Hungry Hippos 18-19 Aug. Glen the Gorilla will also be making an appearance on Weds for a fun family show.


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


FESTIVAL: Shambala, 23-26 Aug

This is a mahoosive festival based in a stunning secret location in the Northants countryside that spans over four days in August and displays over 200 diverse musical acts on 12 different stages and also boasts world class cabaret, as well as nationally acclaimed poetry. The line up is a celebration of where the global music scene is at this moment in time, as well as paying homage to where it all began. Each year Shambala brings you a unique soundtrack that you won’t find elsewhere, handpicked to perfectly compliments the vibe, atmosphere and rhythm of your weekend. The festival also plays host to a multitude of other events including stand-up comedy shows, a wide array of motivational speeches as well as a series of acrobatic performances.

Shambala, Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire


FILM: The Goonies, LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Stanwick, Fri 24 Aug

LUNA FLIX says ‘never say die’ again! Don’t miss the classic kids adventure at Stanwick’s lakeside amphitheatre on a HUGE screen. Watch the sunset, enjoy a picnic and thrill to the essential 80’s treasure hunt! Doors from 7.30pm. Bring a picnic! Book online here.

LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY


FILM: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Stanwick, Sat 25 Aug

LUNA FLIX presents the hilarious blockbuster adventure at Stanwick’s lakeside amphitheatre on a HUGE screen. A charming cast and a humorous twist offer a solidly entertaining update on the 90’s original. Watch the sunset, enjoy a picnic and remember… the game has evolved! Doors from 7.30pm. Bring a picnic! Book online here.

LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY


EVENT: GoPro British Grand Prix MotoGP, Silverstone, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Aug

Silverstone is delighted to be hosting the British round of MotoGP in what promises to be a crucial part of the 2018 racing season. This year has already seen some of the most exciting races in the history of the MotoGP class; something that is almost guaranteed to carry on at Silverstone thanks to the fast, wide track’s ability to create great racing. Live music on Saturday night will be headlined by award-winning hip-hop and soul artist Plan B and there will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, NN12 8TN


FILM: The Greatest Showman, LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Stanwick, Sun 26 Aug

IMAGE © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

“Rewite the stars” under the stars! By unprecedented demand, LUNA FLIX brings Hugh Jackman’s smash hit circus musical back to Stanwick’s lakeside amphitheatre on a HUGE screen. Watch the sunset, enjoy a picnic and ‘Come Alive’ to the songs you’ve grown to love! Sing-along version on the 20th so belt out to your favourite songs. Doors from 8:30pm and tickets cost £8.50-£12.90 and can be booked online here.

LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY



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,


CULTURE: Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up, Convent Garden, until 26 Aug

If you’ve got a child with mini jazz hands, they will go nuts for this free pop-up experience in London’s Covent Garden. See the masks, costumes and puppets from The Lion King and step inside Aladdin’s cave to get a photo with the legendary lamp. There will also be events taking place each day, including a Mac make-up demonstration, a puppetry display, plus singing and dancing workshops.


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

EVENT: 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.


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.


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.

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