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What’s on this week 26 Oct – 1 Nov

Hello pumpkin! What do you fancy getting up to this week? There's live music, art exhibitions, yogic wellness and a spoooky number of Halloween happenings in Northants. Here's our top pick.

LIVE MUSIC: Dromefest, Picturedrome, Northampton, Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct

picturedrome northampton

The Picturedrome have put together a fab line-up of bands to preform this weekend. It’s kind of a very elongated music festival aimed at supporting local musicians and getting us back into live music in a safe environment, including some fabulous tribute acts to get us all in the groove, plus they do fab food.

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.

WELLBEING: Pregnancy yoga course, Ironstone, Kettering


If you’re pregnant and close to Kettering, there’s an 8-week pregnancy yoga course kicking off on the 29th October. The classes focus on mindfulness techniques and connecting to your baby, as well as relaxation and alleviating some of the discomforts of pregnancy.

KIDS: Halloween Fun, Rockingham Castle, Tue 27 – Fri 30 Oct

Rockingham Castle Halloween

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.

KIDS: Harry Potter Afternoon Tea, Whilton Locks Garden Village, 28-30 Oct

Harry Potter afternoon tea Whilton Locks

Sorry to list this under kids’ activities when we all know the grown-ups are just as into dressing up as Bellatrix Lestrange and scoffing all the chocolate frogs as the Mudlings. Just me…? This fab little afternoon tea has all the Potteresque goodies from Philosopher’s Scones (geddit?) to polyjuice potion, a lovely little treat for the tiddlers.


West Lodge Northants farm park half term activities

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.


FAMILY: Halloween at Blenheim Palace, until 1 Nov

Halloween at Blenheim

Step into the dark side, well, Oxfordshire at least. There are creepy goings on at Blenheim this October, from scary stories to spooky walks, turnip carving and even fire shows.

EXHIBITION: Never Alone, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, until 2 Feb 2021

Did you know there are now more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the planet? This exhibition in Hut 12 investigates the stories behind the rapidly expanding ‘Internet of Things’ and invites visitors to think about the choices they make while connected to the internet.

FAMILY: The Haunted Castle, Warwick Castle, Oct 24 – Nov 1

Search the spooky mansion, navigate the Haunted Hollows and discover even more quirky characters in spellbinding shows live on the Dead Centre Stage. Due to limited availability and high demand pre-booked tickets only.

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.

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