What’s on in September
Naughty September, you've sneaked up on us! Here's your Muddy guide to what's on this month, from art, theatre and live music to films and outdoor fuuuun. Be prepared!
ART: Northants Open Studios, until 26 September
Northants Open Studios is back this month with loads happening both online and in-person at various venues across the county. Muddy top picks include Nadege Honey jewellery, Anette Sykes paintings (pictured), David Haynes handcrafted furniture and various artists at Swanspool Ceramics. Serious faces and Breton tops: on.
EVENTS: Heritage Open Days, throughout Sept.
Heritage Open Days have some exciting events happening around Northants this month, including Wicksteed Park Heritage Trail, which takes place on various dates, Brackley Heritage Tours on Sat 12 Sept and some rather impressive horsing around from the fabulous Historic Equitation, who are world leaders in historic events. They’ll be demonstrating knights training in armour, sword fighting and dualling on horseback and Sat 12 Sept is the first time their gates have ever been open to the public.
WELLBEING: Whittlebury Spa, from 1 Sept
Those in need of a bit of a pamper (me! me!) will be delighted to know that Whittlebury Spa is once again open for business as of 1 Sept. Pass the fluffy white bathrobe, we’re going in.
OUTDOORS: Nene Wetlands Trust Bat Walk, Rushden Lakes, Fri 4 Sept
No jokes about old bats here, thanks. Nene Wetlands Trust have two of their ever popular Bat Walks scheduled for September, with the first taking place this Friday evening around Skew Bridge, which has earned the nickname Bat Alley for its gothic residents. Learn more about bats and how to identify them, as well as how to use a bat detector. Suitable for ages 7+, booking essential.
OPEN GARDENS: National Gardens Scheme, Sun 6 Sept
This weekend some of the loveliest gardens in the shire open their gates to visitors and, with my favourite dahlias at their peak right now, it’s definitely the time to enjoy a potter around whilst pretending to be Alys Fowler. That just me? Get inspired at The Old Rectory, Quinton, an 18th century garden with a 21st century twist by award-winning designer Anoushka Feiler; a peaceful, canalside garden at Woodcote Villa, Long Buckby Wharf; and five gardens in Flore Village including a walled former kitchen garden and a cottage garden with a pretty cobbled courtyard.
KIDS: Maize Maze, Rectory Farm, Wappenham, Sat 5 & Sun 6 Sept
Following a hugely successful Bank Holiday weekend, the Maize Maze is back for a second bite of the cob (check out @muddy_northants on Instagram for more pics). The kids can have fun attempting to find their way through the NHS themed maze and climbing the straw bale mountain. There’s also vintage farm machinery and you can feed the animals, plus they do great coffee and fresh doughnuts. Advance booking is essential.
LIVE MUSIC: Jazz in the Walled Garden, Lamport Hall, Sat 5 Sept
New Orleans jazz en plein air from the Tame Valley Stompers Allstars, this is always a massively popular, family-friendly event in the utterly beautiful grounds of Lamport Hall and you can even pre-order a picnic hamper, the rain looks set to stay away too. That’s jazz.
FARMER’S MARKET: Thrapston, Sat 5 Sept
Local makers and producers selling food, drink and artisan crafts in Thrapston’s lovely High Street, which also boasts some fab shops to boot. There’ll be locally produced cheese, meats, fresh culinary herbs, preserves, pies, cakes, breads and loads more.
FOOD POP-UP: Sausage and Cider Fest, Bite Street, Duston Mill, Fri 4 & Sat 5 Sept.
Bangers gonna bang, baby! The Sausage and Cider Fest is irrepressible and they’re popping up this weekend at Bite Street for two days and 25 ciders worth of sizzling action. Be sure to book in advance to get your snags of choice.
EVENT: Raunds Festival of Transport, Sat 5 sept
A fun family day celebrating everything transport from bikes to tractors, steam engines, lorries and classic cars, all on display in the gorgeous market town of Raunds with laods of stalls, food and drink and a fab atmosphere.
LIVE MUSIC: Typically Tina, Deco Theatre, Northampton, Fri 11 Sept
We have to admit to being ever so slightly obsessed with Tina Turner and her stunning stilettos, and if we can’t have the real thing then Karin Bello’s tribute act comes a pretty close second, performing all the big hits with all the big hair at the Deco Theatre, she’s simply the best.
OUTDOOR CINEMA: Rockingham Castle, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Sept
It’s everything you ever waaaaant! It’s a musical extravaganza at Rockingham Castle, where they’ll be showing The Greatest Showman and Grease under the stars on the lawn. Bring a picnic, some warm, comfy blankets, folding chairs and your tipple of choice and singalong to all the big hits.
FORAGING COURSE: Daventry Country Park, Fri 11 Sept
If it’s fresh air and good grub you’re after then look no further than a spot of early autumn foraging and, with Northamptonshire’s abundance of unspoilt woodlands and hedgerows, we are in the thick of it. Daventry Country Park is a perfect environment to learn about edible plants and fungi, with some ideal foraging habitats, including pasture, woodland, and waterside.
CIDERY TOUR: Saxby’s Cider, Sat 12 Sept
Saxby’s will open their doors for another or their sell-out cidery tours this with a trailer ride around the apple orchards and a lovely refreshing cider tasting afterwards, we can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon getting tipsy.
FARMER’S MARKET: Daventry High Street, Sat Sept 19th
The historic high street in Daventry will be closed to traffic and an array of artisan food related stalls from local makers and producers will be touting their wares to tantalise your taste buds and get your creative cooking juices flowing!
KIDS: RSPB Family Bird Walk, Stanwick Lakes, Sun 20 Sept
RSPB expert twitchers will lead a family walk around Stanwick Lakes to teach all ages about the resident and migratory birds that can be seen here, some of which are quite unusual to spot. Bring a pair of binocs, a raincoat and sturdy footwear.
LIVE STREAMED THEATRE: Romantics Anonymous, Royal and Derngate, Wed 23 Sept
Live streaming from Bristol Old Vic, this may be as close as we get to indoor theatre this side of 2021, so if love and chocolate are your thing then get your tickets, grab a slightly uncomfortable fold-down chair to sit on in your living room and a mega-rustly packet of wine gums and ta-da! It’s just like being in the West End, dahling.
EVENT: Spanish evening, Bar Encore, Towcester, Wed 30 Sept
Always a sell-out so book now to avoid disappointment. There’ll be Spanish guitar, castanets, flute, singing and Flamenco and the paella are cooked right in front of guests. Olé!