FAMILY: Secrets of Canons Ashby Trail, Daventry, until Wed 2nd Jan
Get the whole Muddy squad together for fam time and some fresh air as you explore the grounds of the historic house. The trail is aimed at adults, older children or families working together as a team. No booking is required so simply rock up raring to ponder! Gates open at 10:00 am sharp and the glorious events ends at 14:30. The event itself is free but you’ll need to splash just a little cash on the normal admission charges to the house, which still apply FYI.
FOOD: YoKoSo Sushi & Bento, open throughout all of Jan, 7 Fish Street Northampton NN1 2AA
If you’re going to do one thing this Jan (besides return to work – sad times) you have to check out this new sushi and bento little restaurant near the Grosvenor centre. It’s all about fresh, healthy and totally delicious sushi (honestly I could eat it every meal of the day) to eat in or takeaway with a hot meal costing as little as £2.95. What more could you want on your lunch break….?
ARTS: Storytelling at the Feast of Fools, The Billiard Room @ Delapre Abbey, London Road Northampton, Wed 2nd Jan, 7:30pm
Northampton’s own Storytelling Club for traditional and contemporary storytelling returns for another year. Feast of Fools showcases pro tellers while promoting and developing local talent. On the first Wednesday of each month. It’s only £5.00 admission- so definitely worth it.
KIDS: Xplorer at Brixworth, Brixworth Country Park, NN6 9DG, Wed 2nd Jan
It’s all about a little family-friendly orienteering with a bird theme. Pick up your map from the Woodpecker room next to the Rangers’ office to begin the adventure.Drop in any time from 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.00pm (closed 12.30pm to 1.30pm). Suggested start time is no later than 11.30am for morning or 2.00pm for afternoon sessions so you’ll defo have to drag the whole family out of bed for that early morn start! (Coffee defo required) It’s only £2 per Mudlet.
THEATRE: Aladdin, The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, until 6th Jan
Quick- get yourself on a magic carpet and fly to the theatre pronto to experience the spectacular panto adventure. Don’t miss the adventure of a lifetime in this action-packed, magical production. Check out their website
to buy tickets and for all showtimes.
ART: Northampton Town and County Art Society Winter Show, Thurs 3rd Jan- Sun 6th, Abington Park Museum, NN1 5LW
This year’s art exhibition will include a selection of older works by Full Members as part of the Museum’s ‘Inspired’ Gallery space, splashing an array of snazzy styles and sophisticated art. The art is open to browsing from 12pm-4pm and is totes free- sounds pretty fabulous. If you’re feeling particularly cultured then why not join the society, check out their website
for more info.
FOOD: Miller and Carter Steakhouse, Talavera Way, Northampton NN3 8RN
Feeling the winter blues, then check out the Miller and Carter Steakhouse perhaps for a hearty steak, fresh salmon supreme, or even a pornstar martini cocktail or too? (the choccy orange cocktail is amaze and goes perfectly with the mini caramel vanilla cheesecake- say bye bye to the detox for one night). With lunch specials from £7.95 this restaurant still maintains a classy, chic and London style interior.
KIDS: Nature tots, Wed 9th Jan, Barnwell Country Park, Oundle
Perf for parents and age 2-4 year old tots who want to explore nature through the seasons. Take an Education Ranger led themed walk followed by an exciting craft activity. Sessions are held once a month at the park during term time and are from 10-11:30am at £3.50 per child (Tel 07703 160878). If Oundle isn’t too near then check out the same event being held at Fermyn Woods Country Park, Lyveden Road in Kettering on Thurs 10 th Jan!
CINEMA: Stan and Ollie from the 11th January, Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD
The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary movie icons, Stan & Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. Check out their websit
e for full details and to buy tickets.
THEATRE: The Full Monty at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Tue 15th- Sat 19th Jan
This “chuffing brilliant” (The Independent) production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose took the world by storm and has become one of Britain’s most successful shows. Tickets can be bought online.
FAMILY: Grease Sing-a-long, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Fri 18th Jan, 7:30pm
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word…Go on make your Friday funky and get a ticket at just £15 for adults.
CRAFTS: Pruning Fruit Trees, Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, 19th Jan, 9:30-12pm
Pruning is an essential part of the maintenance of your fruit tree I’ll have you know… but it is also a bewildering subject! This half day work shop will show you how to prune and care for your fruit trees to ensure that they remain healthy and yield maximum crops. It’s £40 pp and can be purchased online.
Bay tree has plenty of brill workshops so be sure to marvel at all they have on offer this Jan! Making marmalade is also on offer at the end of Jan on the 31st so you can also spice up your morning toast at brekkie 🙂
CULTURE: Sneak peek visits to Lyveden Manor, near Oundle, throughout January
Get a behind the scenes experience of Lyveden Manor–currently not open to the public. They’ll be opening up the ground floor of the manor to special booked-visits this winter only. You’ll also be part of the new opportunities to tell Sir Thomas Tresham’s story. Each visit will be totes unique as the team try out new storytelling and interactive methods. Booking is ABSOLUTELY essential and can be done via Phone: 0344 249 1895.
FOOD: Go Veggie Vegan Fest, Abington Park Museum, Sat 26th Jan
Still searching for that extended post- Crimbo detox, well get yourself to this Vegan fest for plenty of delish veggies, punchy pulses and healthy food combos. You’ll be feeling like Deliciously Ella as you cruise around in search of the newest foody trend. Get the Instagram at the ready ladies, at least you’ll be able to kid your pals that you’re super healthy!! Have wonder onto facebook for more info.
FURTHER AFIELD… (pretty much London is the place to be in Jan)
Hogwarts in the Snow 2019, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Leavesdon until Sunday 26th January 2020
Don’t deny the fact it’s not just the Mudlets that miss xmas, but 2019 will conclude with the return of the Studio Tour’s popular festive feature, Hogwarts in the Snow. The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Booking online is essential to experience Potter and his pals… it won’t disappoint.
V&A museum special exhibition, the Seven Decades: the story of the three guitars that changed the world, London, Sat 12- Sun 13th Jan
This 90-minute journey from the ’50s to the present day features some legendary music along the way – from James Burton and Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine. All the hits are played on vintage instruments from the period. Seven Decades celebrates the enduring influence that the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Fender Stratocaster have had on modern music and culture. Tickets cost just £30 so you can rock out in style knowing it’s not breaking the bank! The museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread city is also pretty cool lasting until the 6th Jan, if rock n roll isn’t your thing.
The opening of Wahlburgers January 2019, Covent Garden London
The first UK branch of Mark Wahlberg’s burger restaurant is opening in Covent Garden- it’s pretty awesome. The famous Wahlberg family favorites feature on the menu like Mom’s Sloppy Joes and Mac ‘n Cheese with Smoked Bacon. The Smahlburgs (haha) in your family will be thrilled to find out that they now serve fries with everything on our kid’s menu.