What’s On – May 2019.
THEATRE: Ghosts, Friday 19th April – Saturday 11th May, Royal and Derngate.
The Made in Northampton season is continuing at Royal and Derngate this month with the world premiere of a brand-new version of Henrik Ibsen’s, Ghosts. Mike Poulton will take this to the Royal stage and be directed by Lucy Bailey and starring Penny Downie who has appeared in Hamlet on the west end and ITV’s Downtown Abbey. The drama tells a shattering story of the consequences of secrets and lies, Ibsen’s Ghosts is a damning comment on the morality and hypocrisy of 19th century life and this searing new version asks if much has changed since it was written over 100 years ago. Book your tickets online.
WELL-BEING: Visualisation and Meditation with Sarah Tyler, Thursday 2nd May, Dapper Sandwich.
This month, the Happy Café is hosted by guest speaker Sarah Tyler, who will be helping you learn more about Visualisations and Meditation. Sarah is a licensed “Heal Your Life Workshop” instructor, who will guide you on ways to get rid of those negative thoughts and bring in positive vibes and be happy with self-criticism and self-approval. This is a free event and be sure to check out the Facebook page for more information.
DRINK: Gin Tasting, Friday 3rd May, The Drink Shed.
Gin lover? Isn’t everyone? Well, grab a friend and head down for The Drink Shed’s first ever event of the year. The evening will be hosted by their expert distiller from Wharf Distillery where you can learn the history of gin as well as trying out 5 samples of different flavoured gins where you can mix and experiment with different mixers and flavours. Tickets are £35 and can be brought online.
KIDS: Funfair Night, Saturday 4th May, Riverside Hub.
One for the kids, or if you want to be a big kid for the night! Join the Riverside Hub for their funfair night with unlimited rides on the carousel, go-karts, laser tag and the UK’s biggest indoor play frame with much more to do! Book tickets online here and you will receive free glitter face art or tattoos and free candy floss or popcorn for the kids!
DRINK: The Pomfret Arms Beer Festival, Friday 3rd May – Monday 6th May, The Pomfret Arms.
Spread across the whole bank holiday weekend, The Pomfret Arms in Cotton Ends has a weekend of finely selected Yorkshire beers and lots of local brews from Great Oakley Brewery and Siren Craft Brewery and more. From jazz music to indie, there is entertainment all weekend and will be an event worth attending. Check out the Facebook page for more information.
FOOD: Bite Street, Friday 3rd May – Saturday 4th May, Duston Mill.
Lover of trying new foods and discovering delicious and exciting flavours, then this new street food event is just what you need. With some amazing food and drink options to try from food traders including Little Urban BBQ and Good Time Cafe. Best of all, both days are free, so no excuses. Get your free tickets here.
THEATRE: Born to Mince, Julian Clary, Saturday 4th May, Royal and Derngate.
Get ready to laugh like you’ve never laughed before, with camp comedian Julian Clary who is back in Northampton with his Born to Mince stand up show. Julian is known for his very honest and open camp humor, that will have you crying with laughter from start to finish. He will sing, chat and read a sneak preview of this next memoir A Night at The Lubricant, need we say more? Tickets start from £25 and can be brought online.
WELL-BEING: Intro to Hotpod Yoga, Saturday 4th May, Hotpod Yoga Northampton.
Fancy a new way to yoga? Try this new experience, Hotpod yoga and book in for their introduction workshop where you can learn the ropes as a true beginner of yoga, so no pressure. This breakdown is a 90-minute class where you can become familiar with the poses, adjustment cues and more. Class is from 1pm – 3pm and can be booked online for £14.
EVENT: Charity Ball, Saturday 4th May, Sedgebrook Hall.
Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS) who provide support to families that have been affected by domestic abuse within the county are hosting a charity ball to raise funds to keep the fantastic service in operation. The night will be a lovely night to raise money as well as being in with the chance to silently auction on some prizes from Northampton Saints Tickets to touring car tickets. If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so online.
DRINK: The Hill Gin Festival, Saturday 4th May, The Hill Bar.
Everyone loves gin at the moment and The Hill Bar are hosting their very own gin festival to celebrate, kicking off at 2pm. You can spend the day with a selection of over 20 gins and a BBQ with live music from Grande Quatro. Entry to the event is free with more information on their Facebook page.
EVENT: Holdenby Home, Garden and Food Fair, Sunday 5th May – Monday 6th May, Holdenby House.
Brought to you by Battenburg Events, Holdenby are opening their stable doors and inviting you in to have a little gander around a variety of food, drink, plant and craft stalls all in the beautiful grounds and gardens. There will be expect advice on gardening, cookery theatre with a Korean twist, falcony displays, tours around the garden and much more. More information on the Facebook page here.
FAMILY: Springspeed Nationals | Santa Podraceway, Saturday 4th May – Sunday 5th May, Wellingborough.
Looking for an action-packed bank holiday weekend for your other half, your kids or just you? Then Springspeed Nationals is here and full of a large variety of race cars and bikes that will be running around all day for this action-packed weekend. Under 16’s goes free! And anyone else’s tickets are £14 and can be brought here.
FAMILY: Family Fun Day, Sunday 5th May, Brampton Heath Golf Centre.
Spend this bank holiday with your family at Brampton Heath Golf Centre where you can have fun all day with a variety of activities including archery, bouncy castle, BBQ, face painting and much more. Best of all, it’s free entry! More information here.
EVENT: Official 24Royale Launch Party, Sunday 5th May, AURA Cocktail Lounge.
A night of new and delicious cocktails, to celebrate 24Royale Ultra-Premium 21st Century Rum new and exciting product at one of Northampton’s cocktail lounges, Au-Ra. All cocktails will be mixed with the ultra-premium product, aswell as live PA’s and a great DJ line up to enjoy your bank holiday in style as you dance the night away. Tickets can be purchased here.
BEAUTY: The Mum Club, Thursday 9th May, NO.34 Beauty.
Enjoy a relaxing evening of pampering and indulgence at NO.34 Beauty, where The Mum Club have organised an evening of champagne, nibbles, expert beauty advice and a look into the owner’s secret 5 minute make up look and tailored skincare routines! Whether it’s a treat for your Mum, sister, auntie or friend, enjoy an evening of a little you time where you can get some discounted vouchers for all Mum Club members. Book tickets here.
FITNESS: Clubbercise, Thursday 9th May, Caroline Chisholm School
Fancy getting fit a whole new like never before? Clubbercise is the latest way to get fit and it’s just like being on a night out! It’s fun, easy to follow dance routines will have you feeling great in a darkened room full of neon disco lights to put you in the party mood. This is a great, fun and new way to get fit with friends and family and anyone of any fitness level can give it ago. Find out more information here.
FAMILY: Spring Fun Day, Thursday 9th May, The Bee Hive.
Raising money for Student Voice, students are hosting a fun day of a raffle and tombola and much more for their Spring Fun Day which will turn into a Summer Prom in the evening making this a special day. More information on their Facebook page.
FESTIVAL: Delapre Festival of Books, Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th May, Delapre Abbey, Northampton.
If you’re a book lover, Delapre Abbey are hosting their Festival of Books, spread over four days where you can meet authors after their talk, as well as other workshops and activities for you and your kids. Find out more information and see if one of your favourite authors are attending here.
MUSIC: Brixworth Music Festival, Friday 10th May – Sunday 19th May, Brixworth.
Created in 2014, the Brixworth Music Festival brings together a variety of music talent to perform a range of intimate concerts right in the centre of Brixworth. Many are held in the beautiful, historic Brixworth Saxon Church which will provide for an incredible acoustic setting perfect for the variety of genres expected to perform. This event is becoming more and more popular with local and global performers expected to perform, including some of the best orchestras, choirs, bands and soloists. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
FILM: The Greatest Showman Sing-Along Outdoor Cinema, Friday 10th May, Wicksteed Park.
If you have already seen The Greatest Showman and want to re-watch it in a whole new way, or want to see what all the hype is, head over to Wicksteed Park with friends or family and enjoy this sing along version of the film outside at Wicksteed Park. With standard and VIP tickets available, book them online here and sing your heart out.
WALK: 5/10 km Friendship Walk, Friday 10th May, Castle Theatre.
One of the many walks ran by Castle Theatre, this is a great place to keep fit, walk through beautiful and scenic routes whilst making friends. This is a great way to meet like minded people that you can get to know over a refreshing walk, either 5 km, or 10km. This is one of many walks available so for more information on booking, click here.
DANCE: Dancing with Kristina, Friday 10th May, Overstone Park.
Learn to dance from the best with this class for all levels hosted by former Strictly Come Dancing star, Kristina Rihanoff. This is a class for all that lasts 2 hours and will be full of spectacular routines and moves you will love and enjoy with friends or family or even yourself. If you want to bring out the hidden dancer in you, book your tickets online here.
FESTIVAL: Althorp Food and Drink Festival, Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May, Althorp Park.
Food and drink lovers will have a fantastic day at the scenic Althorp Park at the food and drink festival, packed full of diverse and eclectic food and drink stands with unique events and experiences throughout. This is their fifth-year hosting and will not disappoint in tickling your taste buds. For tickets and more information on who will be attending and what to expect, visit their website.
ART: Art in the Park Exhibition, Saturday 11th May – Sunday 16th June, Abington Park Museum.
Back for the annual open exhibition which is now in its 58th year in 2019, this exhibition is full of amazing art work with most up for sale. This is a free event and is open for all artists.
CHARITY: Colour Run, Saturday 11th May, Overstone Park.
Last year saw hundreds of people running for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and it’s now time for the 2019 run! Back at Overstone Park, participants will either walk, run, dance, or another way you can think of to the finish line of the 5k cross-country course with plenty of paint to splash around making this a fun and colourful way to keep fit whilst raising money for an incredible cause. More information here.
MUSIC: Souled Out, Saturday 11th May, The Charles Bradlaugh.
Get into the groove down at The Charles Bradlaugh with an exclusive night of Soul and Rare Groove live music, performed by popular soul singer Sophia Soul, as well as DJ’s Derek G and Mark Manning. Tickets are £12 and can be purchased online.
FILM: Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again, Outdoor Cinema, Saturday 11th May, Wicksteed Park.
Another film to watch at Wicksteed Park’s outdoor cinema season, this time it’s Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again. This is a chance to re-watch this film in their amazing park so be sure to book your tickets here, standard and VIP tickets available with camping offers available.
FOOD: Italian Cookery Workshop, Saturday 11th May, Abington Park Museum.
The first of a series of workshops designed to bring out the budding cook in you, hosted by Italian cook and author Carmela Sereno Hayes, where she will be leading a workshop on how to make a basic but delicious semola pasta including other coloured pastas using a variety of tasty ingredients. She will teach you tips and tricks to make cooking less of a ball ache and more fun! More information on prices and future workshops here.
COMEDY: Bill Bailey, Larks in Transit, Sunday 12th May, Royal and Derngate.
Bringing his Larks In Transit comedy show to Derngate, comedian Bill Bailey will be making everyone laugh with this musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and his own trademarked intelligence. Appearing regularly on shows including 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown, this will be a night of laughs from comedian Bill Bailey who’s been described by the Daily Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation“. Click here for tickets.
MUSIC: Northampton Record Fair, Sunday 12th May, Vintage Retreat.
A free event for all, where the Vintage Retreat will be hosting their first record Record Fair. After enjoy a browse of their 100 stalls spread across two floors full of amazingly quirky, vintage pieces, who knows what you might find? Doors open at 11am until 3pm, more information here.
WEDDING: Wedding Fayre, Sunday 12th May, Brampton Heath Golf Club.
From 1pm – 4pm, if you or someone you know is getting married then this wedding fayre at Brampton Heath Golf Club will have everything you need under one roof, with 30 carefully selected local wedding suppliers who will be showing the fantastic services and products they offer to make your day one to remember. Also there is free parking and complimentary drink of fizz on arrival.
THEATRE: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Tuesday 14th May – Wednesday 15th May, Royal and Derngate.
Returning to the Derngate, the Birmingham Royal Ballet are back, this time with their seasons in our world & Peter and the wolf production. A family friendly show which is danced to live music from the talented Royal Ballet Sinfonia. With a mix of spoken words, classical ballet and incredible physical theatre, all this is combined for a breathtaking performance. Tickets and information here.
WELLBEING: Meditation, Wednesday 15th May, Magazine Heaven.
Join the friendly guys at Magazine Heaven at Rushden Lakes from 7:15pm – 8pm for a quiet, time out to learn and practice some meditation, mindfulness and overall general wellbeing techniques. This is a class for beginners and experienced meditators so no pressure if you’re new and want to try it out. Tickets are £6 and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com.
MUSIC: Rock n Roll Tea Dance, Thursday 16th May, The Picturedrome.
A unique and fun event which has now become an iconic event at The Picturedrome which brings together all with a tea dance with a 10 piece rock n’ roll band. For all ages this has been hailed as “a youth club for adults” where you can join in the music and dance to the live music and enjoy the entertainment. More information here.
WELLBEING: Bootcamp Positive Body Image, Thursday 16th May, St Andrews Healthcare.
Ran by a group of professionals, this is an event teaching you how to love yourself and teach you about body image. If you or someone you know suffers from concerns about their self-esteem and how to look at their body, including a range of issues then this is a friendly environment to seek help from professionals in this filed. There will be a variety of activities including exhibitors, a photo-booth and talks and panel discussions. All money raised goes to charity, so to secure your place and book, click here.
MUSIC: UB40, Thursday 16th May, Royal and Derngate.
Iconic, British reggae band UB40 are back for their 40th anniversary and taking to the stage at Royal and Derngate for a night of new music and classic tracks including Red Red Wine and Kingston Town. Formed in 1978, UB40 have had forty top 40 hit singles and sales of over 100 million records! Their latest album “For The Many” is UB40’s first album in five years and expected to get you dancing the night away. With seating and standing tickets available, this will be a fantastic night to relive classic songs as well as hearing their latest releases.
ACTIVITY: Rock Up Date Night, 17th May – 7th June, Rock Up, Rushden Lakes.
Take your relationship to new heights by bringing your loved one to the Rock up Date Night, running every Friday night from 5pm where you can climb up a selection of climbing walls. Find out more here.
MUSIC: The Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Saturday 18th May, Northampton Filmhouse.
It’s that time of year again, where all the flags come out and we wait to see what country will pull out all the stops. But this year, watch The Eurovision from the comfort of the spacious leather seats at Northampton Filmhouse. Dress up and represent your favourite country, bring flags, banners and anything else for a good old celebration. With a fancy-dress competition and themed food and drink being served this is a fun night to let your hair down! Tickets are £14 and can be purchased here.
EVENT: Northampton Pride, Saturday 18th May, Market Square.
A day of celebration to highlight the LGBTQ community, businesses and support organisations with music, food, entertainment and activity stalls. There will be face paint and glitter stations, rainbow stilt walkers and performances from local bands, singers and dancers. There will be two after parties at The Boston and The Old Bank to see you to the end of the night. A day full of pride and colour not to be missed. Times are 12pm – 5pm.
MUSIC: The Ginger Pig Live, Saturday 18th May, The Charles Bradlaugh.
Lover of jazz and blues? The Ginger Pig are an exciting, Northampton based band with a New Orleans flavour that have travelled the globe playing Jazz and Blues festivals and important social events. This band has an influence from the swinging 60’s so definitely will be getting you up on your feet. Purchase your tickets here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for table reservations.
MUSIC: 90’s Dance Club Classics, Saturday 18th May, Wicksteed Park.
Relive some of the best 90’s dance music, with live performances from Baby D, Kelly Llorena and Urban Collective Cookie and DJ Maz at Wicksteed Park. Tickets are £15 and the event runs from 20:00 – 01:00 with more information found here.
FESTIVAL: Moulton Village Festival, Saturday 18th May, Moulton.
A free event starting at 10am with crowning of the May Queen and a procession of her Maycart around the village with Morris dancers. With market stalls opening at 11am – 5pm, there will also be an art exhibition, flower festival and a variety of stalls around the streets. There will be a real ale bar and a parade and much much more. For more information, click here.
WELL-BEING: Health and Wellbeing Weekend, Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th May, The Caroline Chisholm School.
Set to spread love and light across Northamptonshire, this is a fantastic event to become a little more mindful and enjoy some time for some selfcare. A huge show full of incredible things to do, from retail therapy, reader and therapy stands, talks and workshops and lots of therapies to try out. Tickets are £5 and can be brought online.
FOOD: The Great Big Food Fight, Saturday 18th May, Northampton High School.
If you are a food lover, you are going to just love this event! This a unique, interactive food and quiz night, where teams or individuals taste and drink different food and drink, where you can earn points when spotting out the “real deal”, low fat from full, the different flavors and tastes and answering questions on food and drink. Money raised will be kindly donated to Macmillan so you can be eating food all night whilst helping a fantastic cause and be in with the chance to win some amazing prizes. Check out the event page here.
WELL-BEING: Intro to Blockwork, Saturday 18th May, Hotpod Yoga Northampton.
No matter if you’re a regular to hotpod yoga or want to see what all the fuss is about, this 2 hour class will teach you the best way to discover how you can enhance and advance your yoga practice with only one tool: a yoga block. This is a workshop aimed to help you explore your strength, alignment, arm balances and more. For full members, get 20% off, with more information and how to book online.
EVENT: Vegan Vest #7, Sunday 19th May, Vintage Retreat.
If you’re vegan, or wanting to see what it’s all about, join Vintage Retreat for a free day of all things vegan, supporting local businesses who are dedicated and passionate about animals and what it’s like to live a vegan lifestyle. Advice, information, food, beer, treats, cosmetics and much, much more vegan goodness on Sunday 19th May, with more information found here.
FOOD: Crown Cellars Wine Tasting & British Tapas Night, Wednesday 22cnd May, Bread & Pullet.
Be the first to look at their new and exciting wine menu with Crown Cellars Wine Merchants chief buyer Louise Boddington, a woman who knows everything there is to know about wine. There are 6 delicious wines to try and you can enjoy them with Bread & Pullet delicious tapas, a lovely evening to spend with friends. More information on prices and the event here.
WELL-BEING: The Mindset Workshop, Wednesdsay 22cnd May, Magazine Heaven.
Held at Magazine Heaven at Rushden Lakes, join The Completion Coach for her amazing workshop, teaching you all about mindfulness, goal setting, meditation and journal tips and more advice and tricks. Check out the Facebook page for Magazine Heaven for more information and their other fantastic events.
DRINK: Gin Cocktail Masterclass, Wednesday 22cnd May, Brampton Halt.
Enjoy learning how to make delicious gin cocktails with the team at Brampton Halt who have teamed up with WARNER’s. You will have a personal mixologist who will take you through from start to finish on creating the most delicious cocktail in a private gin & fizz bar. More information on their website.
BEAUTY: Elemis Peptide 4 Launch Event, Thursday 23rd May, Whittlebury Hall.
Fancy some inside gossip on how to achieve fresh , vibrant looking skin and achieve a well-rested glow, then Whittlebury Hall have just that with the launch of the new skin renewing Peptide 24/7 range. Commencing at 5pm, enjoy a lovely glass of fizz and nibbles to start, where their very own ELEMIS expert will be doing demonstrations of the product and you can enjoy a 25 minute recovery facial and relax in the Heat and Ice experiences after. More information and tickets here.
MUSIC: Cast + Support, Friday 24th May, Roadmender.
Formed in 1992 in Liverpool, Cast have released four albums and had ten top 10 singles. Decade later, the original band are back and reunited to bring you their new album full of anthemic and melodic tracks as well as playing their classic hits. Tickets can be brought online.
COMEDY: Comedy Night, Friday 24th May, Wicksteed Park.
The Official Comedy Club is back at Wicksteed Park for their monthly comedy night, working with some of the best comedy acts around, many of which have appeared on TV. This is an evening not to miss in the posh pavilion, with candle-lit table’s and drinks and meals served. Comedians Kevin McCarthy, Mandy Muden and Colin Cole are this months comedians, so book your tickers for a night of laughs right here.
EVENT: Theatreland Mystery Tour, Saturday 25th May, The Guildhall.
Be transported back in time with this interactive theatrical walk with the Looking Glass Theatre as part of the Northampton Mystery tours. Walk around the town centre streets with the entertaining Northampton’s travelling players. Discover the old theatres of Northampton and some secret surprises along the way too. More information about booking your space, here.
EVENT: Midland and North London Holiday Home Show, Saturday 25th May – Monday 27th May, Billing Aquadrome.
This is a chance to see some of the latest designs by some of the most respected manufacturers in holiday homes including ABI. There will also be a range of information if you are considering buying your first holiday home plus lots of entertainment and things to do for the kids, including live music, inflatables and food and drink. More information here.
DRINK: Brackley Gin Festival, Saturday 25th May, Egerton Hall.
Live music and delicious gin flavours await you at the first ever Brackley Gin Festival, a chance to enjoy some local and national artisan gins whilst enjoying live music from Yorkshire’s finest Northen Epidemic. Check out the event page for more information and how to get your tickets.
MUSIC & FOOD: Dinner & Dance, Jazz Night, Saturday 25th May, The Church Restaurant.
Hosting their first event of the year, The Church restaurant have a fantastic night planned. On the menu, new and exciting food options by head chef Kenny and some amazing live music from 24 Carat Jazz. This is a ticket only event, so purchase yours here for a night of food, drink and music in a beautiful venue.
MUSIC: Hart & Soul, Sunday 26th May, Old White Hart.
Enjoy a night of old school classic soul and groove hits from JSFR’s DJ Len who will be playing tracks from Bobby Womack, Cheryl Lynn and Luter Vandross. Get your dancing shoes on at The Old White Hart on May bank holiday but get in quick as early bird tickets are free, but don’t worry if you’re a little late, tickets are only £3 their after. More information here.
FESTIVAL: Festival of Country Life, Sunday 26th May – Monday 27th May, Lamport Hall.
An event ran by Lamport Enterprises Limited in conjunction with the Hannington Vintage Tractor Club, this is a weekend to show you the way of rural life, where you can learn how food was harvested and see vintage tractors and traditional crafts including spinning and spoon making. With food and drink available, take in the glorious sights of Lamport Hall and surrounding parkland with a variety of exhibits and displays. More information and prices of tickets here.
FAMILY: Craft Fair, Sunday 26th May – Monday 27th May, Castle Ashby Gardens.
With a large variety of stalls in marquees on the lawn at Castle Ashby, they will be full of beautiful pieces from exhibitors who are attending from all over the country. With work to buy, entertainment, live music and places to eat and drink, this is a perfect way to see the Bank holiday with family. More information on their website.
KIDS: FunZone Play Schemes, May Half Term Holidays, Trilogy Leisure.
Not found childcare for the half term yet, don’t worry, Trilogy leisure have a great playscheme running across the half term where your kids will have an action-packed day of fun activities all for £19.50 per day. Whether it is for one day or the whole week, thisa great way to ensure your kids have a safe and enjoyable half term. More information online.
KIDS: Pizza School, Monday 27th May and Friday 31st May, Brooklyn Pizza.
Fancy doing something a little diffrent with your kids? How about taking them to a pizza palour and getting them to make a pizza from scratch. Greeted by the host, they will take you through how to make the perfect pizza from dough to toppings. Getting kitted up in aprons and hats, this is a fun and interactive activity to get your kids creative minds going. For more information and how to book, click here.
FAMILY: Disney Quiz, Tuesday 28th May, Brampton Halt.
Enjoy a fun quiz night for all the family and test your knowledge of all things Disney. Teams of four people minimum where one of you must be an adult, with some incredible prizes to be won. Either head to their website to book or call Donna on 01604 842676.
FAMILY: Fishing Tutorial, Tuesday 28th May, Stanwick Lakes.
Spend the day in the great outdoors at the scenic Stanwick Lakes and spend the day being taught by budding fisherman Phil Dunn who will show you and your family how to catch the biggest and best fish, with some equipment required. More information and how to book here.
KIDS: Wilder Arts, Tuesday 28th May, Stanwick Lakes.
From just £3.50 you can let your kids’ imagination and creativity run wild where they can paint beautiful bisque ceramic ornaments that you can take home or give as a gift to a special someone. More information and how to book here.
FAMILY: Atomic Science Live Science Show, Wednesday 29th May, Trilogy Lings Forum.
Who says science must be boring? Join the team at Trilogy for a fun and educational show with live science experiences. Booking is recommended. More information on prices and how to book here.
THEATRE: Swan Lake, Ballet Theatre Uk, Wednesday 29th May, The Lighthouse Theatre.
On their Uk theatre tour, Ballet Theatre are making a stop at Kettering’s Lighthouse Theater for their beautiful production of one of the most captivating and enduring movies filled with romance, sorcery and betrayal. This is a spectacular production of the timeless classic, filled with new choreography by artist director Christopher Moore and over 120 stunning, new costumes making this a performance not to be missed. Fancy some tickets, get them online here.
EVENT: All Girls Meet Up, Wednesday 29th May, Kettering.
If you are part of a small business and want to meet likeminded people to offer or receive support and discuss the challenges of owning a business and building an online presence, this is a perfect chance for you to learn new skills and meet new people. You will learn about a range of useful tips from SEO to removing self-doubt. More information and tickets here.
FAMILY: Rushden Rangers, Wednesday 29th May, Rushden Lakes.
Bring out the explorer in you and enjoy a family day out at Rushden Lakes, where the very own Rushden Rangers will take you on an eco-adventure around the Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve where you will be taken on a guided, themed and educational walk. More information here.
FOOD: A Passion for Pasta, Thursday 30th May, Magazine Heaven.
Magazine Heaven are hosting another fantastic event, this time is all about pasta where you will have a live demo and tasting to see and try new flavours and ways of cooking, giving you some inspiration to take home and try out! Just email email@example.com for your tickets.
FAMILY: Flipout Aqua Park Charity Event, Thursday 30th May, Billing Aquadrome.
Held at the new Flipout Aqua Park at Billing Aquadrome, this event is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support care and services in Northants. Go wild in the water on the fun inflatable obstacle course on the lake and receive 25% discount on the usual price, using code MACMILLAN25% at checkout.
COMEDY: Lou Sanders, Shame Pig, Thursday 30th May, Castle Theatre.
A night of laughs and shameful stories, join Lou Sanders for her Shame Pig national tour at Castle Theatre. After performing at sold out events including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London, Lou will be given you her best stories of step mothers, alcohol issues and unusual sex encounters. Tickets can be booked here.
FAMILY: Slime Lab Despicable Slime Making, Thursday 30th May – Friday 31st May, Stanwick Lakes.
Head over to The Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes for a fun and interactive slime making workshop, Despicable style! With a morning and afternoon booking on both days, you can make some slime goodies and be in with a chance of winning some slime prizes. With a great playlist and giveaways this a great way for your kids to make new friends. More information here.
EVENT: The Ladies Club, Friday 31st May, The Old White Hart.
Back once again for their fabulous Ladie’s Night, The Old White Hart is hosting a two-course lunch followed by coffee and pettit fours with a talk from John Richardson, who will be talking about his musical life in New Orleands and discussing the Northampton Music Festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get yourself booked in, wheter it’s with friends or on your own, and make some new friends, this is a social event for all ladies.
THEATRE: Forbidden Nights, Friday 31st May, Castle Theatre.
Get ready for a night like no other, a sexy but classy show set to get your heart racing. This fantasy event is a full production male variety show combining superlative circus and acrobatic skills with finely honed physics. This show is full of glamour, talent, routines, and torsos, so what you waiting for? Tickets can be purchased from £22 and can be brought online.
FOOD & DRINK: Pizza and Prosecco Evening, Friday 31st May, Grafton Spa and Wellness.
End the week with a relaxing few hours at Grafton Spa using their fantastic facilities including their hydrotherapy pool as well as indulging in delicious pizza wish a few glasses of well-deserved prosecco. You can also book in for treatments, from a facial to a pedicure plus lots more to end the week just the right way. More information here.
FILM: Dirty Dancing, Friday May 31st May, Rockingham Castle.
The amazing guys at LUNA Flix, an outdoor cinema experience is showing the famous Dirty Dancing at Rockingham Castle this Friday night, on their incredibly large screen and amazing sounding speakers, to make this an outdoor cinema experience like no other, set in a beautiful location. You lucky readers of Muddy even get a discount for this one, so be sure to use it! Check out their website for details on how to book and the other films they host in a variety of lovely locations.
EVENT: Ladies Night, Friday 31st May, Whittlebury Hall.
Get your girlfriends together for a night of a three-course dinner and entertainment from a flamboyant drag queen, male entertainers and a disco to get your dancing feet on. This is a perfect night if you have a birthday or special event coming up, and if 10 of you book together, 1 of you goes free! This is a 18 and over event and tickets can be purchased online.
FOOD & DRINK: Bite Street, Friday May 31st – Saturday 1st June, Duston Mill.
It’s back, with their ray of amazing food and drink stalls for you to enjoy. With free entry and parking on site, this is a new street food event with live music and food and drink from the region’s best food traders including Middle Feast, The Healthy Jamaican Kitchen and The Biscuiterie Dessert Van plus many more. There will also be a bar with beer, vegan wine and other delicious tipples. More info here.
FILM: Movies by the Lakes, Saturday 1st June, Stanwick Lakes.
For this weekend’s Movies by the Lakes at the beautiful Stanwick Lakes, one for the kids and one for the parents, with How to Train your Dragon at 17:30 pm and everyone’s guilty pleasure Grease at 20:00pm. Book your tickets online.
FAMILY: Funfair Nights, Saturday 1st June, Riverside Hub.
Enjoy the fun of the fair indoors at the Riverside Hub, for their weekly funfair night. You get unlimited rides on the go-karts, carousel, laser tag and the UK’s biggest indoor playframe, with much more to do and try. When booking online you receive free glitter art or tattoos and free candy floss or popcorn! Tickets can be booked here.
FAMILY: Jungle Parc, Irchester Country Park Northampton.
Something fun to do this half term awaits down at Irchester Country Park, the exciting and action-packed Jungle Parc, a perfect place to let your kids run wild and become mini explorers on the adventure and xplorer course. With places to eat and drink and other things to do, this is a lovely place to spend a day out with your family. More information here.
DRINK: A World of Botanicals, Friday 3rd May, The Leamington Wine Company.
Start your bank holiday weekend off the right way, where you can relax and enjoy a gin tasting evening. Full of range of new gins from floral lights to heavier stronger options, there will be a tipple for everyone. You can try up to 30, yes 30! Carefully selected gins from all over the globe, all in one place. So, get ready to go on a journey of gin and book your tickets here.
DRINK: The Big Oxford Beer Event, Saturday 4th May, The Oxford Artisan Distillery.
If you are heading to Oxford this bank holiday weekend, be sure to visit The Oxford Artisan Distillery for a collection of independent breweries all based in the area. All are getting together to let you try their creations and celebrate at this lovely venue. Tickets are £10 and that gets oyu entry, a program, beer map and glass so what are you waiting for? Book tickets online.
EVENT: The Dome Brunch, Sunday 5th May, The Dome, Milton Keynes.
A live music event hosted by the best local djs bringing a day of house and club classics, R&B plus more. Plus, for the first hour you can enjoy Unlimited selection of cocktails, prosecco and tapas nibbles! With more to expected on the day, this is a great way to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend. Tickets here.
DRINK: Bubble Brunch, Saturday 11th May, Bedford.
Say hello to Bedford’s first Bubble Brunch and say hello to unlimited Prosecco / Peroni for one hour with traditional Mediterranean Tapas brought to you by The Pantry. There will be entertainment throughout the day from Vibin Essentials, Covie and Live Music. Get your tickets online here.
EVENT: The Gin-TOLOGY Experience The Musical, Friday 17th May – Saturday 18th May, Bletchley Park.
A cheeky and fun night at Bletchley Park, part of the Museums at Night festival. The evening begins with a tour of the beautiful building where you will be taken to the historic Mansion where a glass of fizz awaits. Then let the fun begin, a musical all about gin! A comedy performance taking you through the history of gin, performed by The Ukulele Lady and their resident The Gin Nook’s. For more information and tickets head over to the event page to find out more.
NATURE: Celebrity Gardeners Question Time, Saturday 25th May, Madingley Hall.
With a morning and afternoon talk available to attend, head over to Madingley Hall for celebrity gardeners question time where you can ask expert panelists such as Alan Grat and Bunny Guinness questions on how to keep your garden looking amazing. Also enjoy a delicious lunch and a garden tour to get some inspiration. Book your tickets here.
RACES: Dingley Races, Saturday 25th May, Dingley Village.
Who needs the grand national with Dingley Village and their Dingley races happening on Saturday 25th May. Commencing at 2:00pm and gates opening at 11:00 am on each race day, to be guaranteed the best seats please make for an early arrival. Bring your own picnic and enjoy the sights before cheering on your winners with friends or family. More information here.
EVENT: Leighton Buzzard Vegan Fair, Saturday 25th May, Astral Park.
This is the first vegan fair in Leighton Buzzard and it’s packed full of stalls selling a variety of vegan products from food and drink, cosmetics, clothing and much, much more. This is a ticketed event costing £3 where you get a handy cotton goodie bag full of food and cosmetic samples plus lots more goodies. More information here.
FOOD: Bedford Cheese & Chilli Festival, Saturday 25th May – Sunday 26th May, Bedford Park.
Enjoy a family day out and discover the amazing selection of cheese and chilli on offer, as well as kids’ entertainment including punch and Judy, magician and play zone. There is also a selection of stalls to do some shopping and discover something new with a good selection of food and drink stalls. There are VIP tickets available that includes private seating indoor and out, a complimentary bar, food and goodie bag plus lots more. More information here.
NATURE: Tuesday 28th May, Frogmore House & Garden.
Frogmore House is a breathtaking, charming royal retreat located within Windsor Castle’s Home Park. They will be opening the doors and inviting you in, in aid of the National Garden Scheme and beneficiary charities. You will have an exciting and rare chance to discover what this beautiful landscaped garden has to offer, bursting with history, amongst 35 acres of trees, lawn and flowers and lake. Book your tickets here.
DINE: English Wine Week, Thursday 30th May, The Anchor, Ripley.
Michelin starred chef and chief patron of the Anchor Steve Drake and head chef Mike Wall-Palmer have joined forces with Albury Organic Vineyard for this pop-up dining event. A five-course menu has been put together to compliment five wines from the Albury Estate. Tickets are limited, and booking is a must. alburyvineyard.com
TASTING: English Wine Week, Thursday 30th May, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking.
A tasting tutorial of Denbies Premium Vineyard Select Range by a wine expert from the vineyard. There will be special discounts on the night, and a free tasting glass with any wine purchase. It’s on from 4-7pm. Tickets here.
TOUR: Sparkling Vineyard Tour and Afternoon Tea Hamper, Saturday 1st June, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking.
Enjoy a glass of Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Cuvee as you tour the vineyard to the highest point, then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Denbies lawns. Book here