Things to do this weekend
Fri 31 Aug - Sun 2 Sep
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
FILM: Pretty Woman, LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Rockingham, Fri 31 Aug
LUNA FLIX debuts at the beautiful grounds of Rockingham Castle Northamptonshire to bring the classic 90’s romantic smash starring Julia Roberts & Richard Gere. This is one for the girls! Doors from 7.00pm. Bring a picnic (and wine) too! Book online here.
LUNA FLIX Outdoor Cinema, Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough, LE16 8TH
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
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
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.
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.