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What’s on this week 19-25 October

There are spooks, scares and ghoulish happenings aplenty this week with ghost hunts, Macbeth and pumpkin picking, plus a whole raft of excellent local exhibitions, workshops and pop-ups.

TERRARIUMS WORKSHOP: The Leafy House, Northampton, Sat 24 Oct

the Leafy House Northampton

House plants have been the ultimate interiors trend for a while now so it’s time to uplevel. Terrariums are where it’s at and, what’s more, they’re low maintenance. Win! Learn how to create and care for yours courtesy of The Leafy House this Saturday, booking essential.

VEGAN POP-UP: Plates of Plants, Re, Flore, Sat 24 Oct

Re Flore Pop-up

Re is fast becoming our go-to plastic free grocery store and Plates of Plants have already pulled off a couple of fab vegan brekkie pop-ups here. Head down for your breakfast on Saturday with some containers to stock up your kitchen cupboards while you’re there.

SPPOKY HAPPENING: Halloween Fun, Rockingham Castle, 20-22 Oct

Halloween ROCKINGHAM CASTLE

Take a spooky tour of the castle, led by the resident witches and wizards, and have a go at the pumpkin trail around the beautiful gardens. There’s so much history here, you’re bound to come across a headless cavalier or a ghostly Norman invader.

PHOTO SESSIONS: Autumn Family Photography, Delapré Abbey, Sat 24 Oct

Lacie Cox family photography

Lacie Cox, whose studio is at the Old Dairy Farm Crafty Centre in Upper Stowe, is amazingly skilled at capturing those elusive, cheese-free, family shots. Book in advance for an Autumn session in the picturesque grounds of Delapré Abbey and enjoy the day exploring the house and gardens.

ART EXHIBITION: Autumn Equinox, Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby, 7-31 Oct

Rooftop arts corby

Bringing together contemporary and traditional art from emerging and established artists from the region in a broad range of media at this fab arts centre dedicated to nurturing talent and creativity. All the work is for sale, so you can get in a spot of Christmas shopping while you’re being cultural.

STREET FOOD POP-UP: Bite Street, County Ground, Northampton, 23 & 24 Oct

Bite Street County Ground

Bite Street’s moved inside for the winter. Glorious street food vendors in a socially distanced setting with table service. World foods jostle with cheesy toasties, bbq ribs and burgers plus plenty of locally made liquid refreshments.

WINE TASTING: Forge Coffee, Culworth, Sun 25 Oct

wine tasting trelawney wines forge coffee

Fancy drinking wine, eating nibbles and cosying up by the log fire at Forge in Culworth? The fabulouso Trelawney Wines are hosting an exclusive wine tasting evening for a very limited number of quaffers with social distancing in place. Bottoms up!

PUMPKIN PICKING:

Pumpkin Picking in Northamptonshire

Halloween Spooktacular and Pumpkin Patch: West Lodge Farm Park, Desborough 17-31 Oct

Book your timed slot for spooky stories, a ghostly walk, barrel rides, animal petting, outdoor and indoor play areas, ghoulish tractor rides and loads more.

PYO Pumpkins: Saxby’s Cider, Farndish, 17-31 Oct

The autumnal zenith has clearly been met at the carnivalesque intersection of pumpkins and cider. Bring your wellies and head to Saxby’s Cider to p-p-pick a pumpkin and then warm up with a mulled cider while you carve it up back at home.

Pumpkin Spooktacular: Wappenham Farm, 17-31 Oct

Pick your own pumpkin from the vast patch at Wappenham Farm, enjoy one of their super indulgent hot chocolates and settle down with the kids for a spooky story told by the resident mischievous wizard. If it’s Jude Law in his Dumbledore garb then count us in!

Halloween Spooktacular: Evenley Wood Garden, 26-31 Oct

Embark on a spooky journey through the woodland garden, follow the ghoulish trails as you search for the carved pumpkins, try your hand at making one of your own, as well as a spot of wand making and you can feast on terrible treats in the pavilion cafe. Fancy dress is positively encouraged for parents and kids and the best dressed will be in with a chance of winning a family season ticket.

Pumpkin Hunt: Bell Plantation, Towcester, 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Bell Plantation have a free pumpkin hunt around the garden centre to keep your Mudlets entertained as you peruse the wares (Christmas decs are in store, just sayin’).

FURTHER AFIELD:

THEATRE: Macbeth, Creation Theatre online, 21 – 31 Oct 

Not your average Zoom call! An imaginative reboot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this new show promises to take the audience on a virtual and immersive blood-soaked tale of murder, lust and power. Just in time for Halloween spookieness. 

EXHIBITION: MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, until 1 Nov

MK Gallery reopened its doors on 11 September and will be extending its pre-lockdown exhibition MK Calling. The show features work from over 130 contemporary artists, both established and up-and-coming, with one third of the pieces produced by local talent.

THEATRE: Kuumba Nia Arts: Black Theatre Symposium, The North Wall, Oxford, 22 Oct

Kuumba Nia Arts believes that Black Theatre should be recognised not just in terms of the colour of those that produce, direct, write and perform it, but that Black theatre has its own identity reflected in history of British theatre and its early pioneers such as Derek Walcott and Mustapha Mathura. The first of its kind in Oxford, this symposium aims to raise awareness of of the unique history of Black Theatre and address its lack of coverage in academia. Expect a day of insights, discussion, sharing, creativity, performance and a brilliant line up of speakers including acclaimed actor Patrice Naiambana.

EXHIBITION: Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden, Waddesdon Manor, until 25 Oct 

Isn’t this just beautiful? The image was taken by legendary fashion (Jil Sander) and celebrity (The Queen, Lady Gaga) photographer Nick Knight. He’s coming up roses with an exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, which features manipulated photographs of roses inspired by the work of 16th- and 17th-century still life painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan van Huysum. Read our interview with Nick here.

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