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What’s on this week 21-27 Sept

Ready to sink your teeth into the week? From street food and cinema to retro vibes and haunted houses - it's all going on in my weekly guide.

LIVE STREAMED THEATRE: Romantics Anonymous, Royal and Derngate, Wed 23 Sept

Romantic Anonymous Royal and Derngate Northampton

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.

FOOD AND DRINK: Bite Street pop-up street food fair, Fri 24 & Sat 25 Sept

bite street pop up food northampton

Take a big bite of Northampton’s tastiest street food social. Bite Street returns to Duston Mill this weekend with all your favourite foodie treats and a few new ones too! Pick from burgers, BBQ, Jerk, Egyptian, Korean and heaps more yummy scran to feed your beaks.

SOCIALLY DISTANCED CINEMA: The Deco Theatre, Northampton, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sept


Still going strong, family-run, heritage theatre, The Deco have a number of film screenings this weekend, including Rocketman, Pitch Perfect, Bambi, Saturday Night Fever and Toy Story with social distancing measures in place

ARTS AND CRAFTS: Mosaic gift workshop, Lamport Hall, St 26 Sept

Mosaic workshop

In a creative slump and fancy getting stuck in to the ancient craft of mosaic making? Lamport Hall are hosting a full day masterclass this Saturday with refreshments provided. Taught by local artist, Andrew Wynne, you’ll learn how to plan your design, cut and create your finished piece to zhuzh up your gaff.

KIDS AND TEENS: Warts and All Theatre drama groups, Delapré Abbey

Warts And All Theatre

Warts and All Theatre are running “pay on your terms” performing arts groups for young actors age 4-21, plus Make, Play, Share sessions for under 4s, in the beautiful environs of Delapré Abbey. Aimed at helping young people to developing their performance skills and confidence, and to give an understanding of theatre skills and processes, there are groups for various age groups, so check out their website for full details.

EVENT: A spiffing 1940s day out, Vintage Retreat, Northampton Sat 26 and Sun 27 Sept

Vintage retreat

Spiffing is back and this time it’s a 2-day vintage shopping experience with music, classic and military vehicles and 1940s retro traders to tickle your nostalgic fancy, including the latest Blitz-spirit must-haves: statement 1940s style face masks.

GARDENING EVENT: How to grow fresh air, Bell Plantation, Towcester, Sat 26 Sept

House plants Bell Plantation

If your house isn’t currently a jungle of succulents, cacti and cheese plants then go back to Interior Trends School immediately. Oh, here you go: a beginners guide to caring for your house plants at the lovely Bell Plantation garden centre in Towcester. Learn how to look after your spider plant, water your aloe, and get the lowdown on the health benefits of having plants in your home.

RECORD FAIR: The Black Prince, Sat 26 Sept

vinyl record

“But have you heard it on VINYL?” Nothing beats the feeling of opening up a proper record sleeve and getting it on the turntable. If you’re so over Spotify then get down to The Black Prince this Saturday for a rummage and a cold drink in the garden.

EVENT: Ghost hunt, Abington Park Museum, Sat 26 Sept

Abington Park Museum

Get utterly spooked on this haunted tour of the former Abington Manor (now Abington Park Museum), dating back 500 years and once lived in by Shakespeare’s granddaughter and at once point used as an asylum, there are plenty of ghostly goings on to scare you witless.

ATTRACTION: Holdenby House and Falconry Centre, Sun 27 Sept


It’s the last open day of the season for Holdenby House on Sunday and the stunning Grade I listed gardens and working kitchen gardens, as well as the falconry centre and tea rooms are all open to visitors, so enjoy the last rays of summer sun in splendour.

ART: Northants Open Studios, until 26 September

Annette Sykes painting northants open studios

Northants Open Studios concludes this week 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.

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