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This Week

Mon 24 Feb to Sun 1 Mar

Want to know all the best stuff happening near you this week?  Scroll down for our insider guide on everything cool in Northants.

EVENT: Mum Club Breakfast, Ten Hands, Towcester, Mon 24 Feb.

Need a break from treading on Lego bricks and chiseling porridge off the kitchen chairs? The mega popular Mum Club is a nationwide organisation running super cool, child-friendly social hang-outs, letting you enjoy a decent flat white and a gossip with like-minded women. It’s a great excuse to put on some lippy and get out there.

BALLET: The Cellist/Dances at a Gathering, The Castle Theatre, Tues 25 Feb.

A live screening of the Royal Ballet’s moving interpretation of the monumental life and work of Jacqueline du Pré. Choreographed by Cathy Marston in her first work for the Royal Ballet, the performance takes the audience through du Pré’s marriage to Daniel Barenboim, her battle with multiple sclerosis, from which she died at just 42, and her passion for the cello. It is a nuanced and tragic story, beautifully and poignantly translated into dance.

WORKSHOP: Moroccan Cookery, Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone, Thur 27 Feb.

Fancy expanding your dinner party repertoire? Love the idea of middle-eastern food but don’t know your tagine from your pastilla? This workshop might be right up your riad.

THEATRE: NT Connections: Witches Can’t be Burned, Royal and Derngate, Fri 28 and Sat 29 Feb.

One of ten new plays commissioned this year by the National Theatre especially for young people to perform, Witches Can’t be Burned is a play within a play that follows a group of students who are performing Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Miller’s politics and the ongoing cultural relevance of his play are confronted, along with our changing perceptions of gender, protest and equality.

EVENT: Heels and Hats Through the Ages with Afternoon Tea, The Vintage Retreat, Northampton, Sat 29 Feb.

Calling all fashion geeks, put your best foot forward and dress to the nines for this retro event at one of Northampton’s finest fashion emporia, with afternoon teas and a talk on the history of shoes and hat etiquette.

FOOD: Love Northampton Food Fair, Northampton Guildhall, Sat 29 Feb.

It’s back! One of Northants fave food fairs, touting delicious food and drink from local businesses and producers is returning, with demos, samples and heaps of goodies to take home.

WORKSHOP: Essential Alterations- A Sewing Masterclass, The Stitch and Make Studio, Northampton, Sat 29 Feb. 

Love clothes but feel sick of all the waste generated by cheap, fast fashion culture? Here’s your chance to learn how to extend the life cycle of your clothes and update your wardrobe using couture techniques, daahling. You can take along treasured garments you’d like to alter and find out how to bring them back to life.

WORKSHOP: Arm knitted blanket workshop, Delapre Abbey, Northampton, Sat 29 Feb. 

Join the Curator-educator, otherwise knows as Sophia Kyprianou, at this woolly workshop where you can make your very own, massive, fluffy arm knitted blanket, which you can then take home to snuggle under.

EVENT: Peaky Blinders Race Night, Towcester Mill Brewery, Sat 29 Feb.

Another one for the fancy dress lovers, and if we can’t have the real Cillian Murphy (sigh) we’ll take the pretend version. Don your tweed caps and flapper dresses and go back in time with this Peaky Blinders themed race night in aid of Leukemia UK. There’s food, music, drinks and races!

WORKSHOP: Beginners’ Sculpture Weekend, Swanspool Ceramics, Sat 29 Feb to Sun 1 Mar. 

You heard it here first, ceramics are big news, and if you fancy trying your hand at sculpture then Swanspool Ceramics, in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Ashby, is the perfect place to learn a new skill. This course will teach you everything you need to know to get started in clay sculpting. There are also wheel throwing courses available AND couples workshops. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore here we come!

EVENT: British Roller Derby Championships, Lings Forum, Weston Favell, Sun 1 Mar.

If you’ve never been to see roller derby then you have missed out on a vital part of  life, this is like no other sport. If they taught roller derby in schools we reckon there would be far fewer sick notes on PE days. Leave your preconceptions and your inhibitions at the door to watch Plymouth v Oxford and Milton Keynes Concrete Cows v Bristol in the British Champs.

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