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What’s on this week 5-11 Oct

Looking for fun? Then you'll be needing my curated guide to the best local events near you from art exhibitions and live music to pumpkin picking, apple days and street food.

ART: South Northants Art Trail, until Sun 11 Oct

Jane Roberts Willow Sculpture
Willow sculpture by Jane Roberts at Yardley Arts

This week sees the 8th annual South Northants Arts Trail take place, showcasing local artists, studios and galleries. There are 37 artists exhibiting at 13 venue across the area, including The Heseltine Gallery in Middleton Cheney, Forge Coffee in Culworth, Yardley Arts in Yardley Hastings and Bell Plantation in Towcester, it’s both cultural and a fabulous excuse to get nosey, win-win.

APPLE DAY: Saxby’s Cider Apple Day Family Party, Farndish, Sat 10 Oct

Saxbys Cider apple day

Celebrate apple day in the best possible way: drinking cider! Erm, I mean with a fun family day out (with cider, of course). There’ll be pressing demos with juice to take home, plus a games room, treasure hunt, face painting and a trailer ride around the beautiful orchard. Plus the bar will be open and street food available too.

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, Northants County Cricket Ground, 8-9 Oct


Bite Street comes indoors for the autumn and winter, making a new home at the County Cricket Ground. Tables are well spaced with a one way system in place and full table service. Grab your burgers, tacos, curries, bbq and heaps more scran for the street food fan.

FAMILY: PYO Pumpkins, Overstone Grange Farm, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Oct (and weekends throughout October)

Oversrtone Grange Farm pumpkins

The annual pumpkin frenzy has begun at Overstone Grange Farm. Don your wellies and make sure there’s plenty of room in the car to take home all your orange booty. There are designated opening times for SEN and those who are shielding and refreshments available.

LIVE MUSIC: Dromfest, Picturedrome, Northampton, Fri 9 & Sat 10 and additional weekends in October

picturedrome northampton

The Picturedrome have put together a fab line-up of bands to preform on Fridays and Saturdays through October. 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. This weekend sees Tu-Kay and Bethany Munroe take to the stage with loads more coming up including some fabulous tribute acts to get us all in the groove, plus they do fab food.


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.

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.

KIDS: World Space Week, National Space Centre, Leicester

World Space Week

Commencing countdown for World Space Week, with online and in person events on the schedule at the National Space Centre, just a short zoom across the border, including a live Q&A with British astronaut Helen Sharman. Booking in advance is essential.

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