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What’s on this week 7-13 September

Brace yourselves for the big hitters, there's loads of fun to be had this week in Northants, from outdoor cinema nights to street food pop-ups, live music, art and loads more.

LIVE MUSIC: Typically Tina, Deco Theatre, Northampton, Fri 11 Sept

Typically Tina Turner Deco Theatre Old Savoy Northampton Northants Muddy Stilettos

Smashing it! We have to admit to being ever so slightly obsessed with Tina Turner and her stunning stilettos, and if we can’t have the real thing then Karin Bello’s tribute act comes a pretty close second, performing all the hits with all the hair at the Deco Theatre, she’s simply the best.

ART: Northants Open Studios, until 26 September

Nadege Honey Northants Open Studios Muddy Stilettos

Nosing around creative spaces and also buying stuff. Yes please. Northants Open Studios is back with loads happening both online and in-person at various venues across the county. Muddy top picks include Nadege Honey jewellery (pictured), Anette Sykes paintings, David Haynes handcrafted furniture and various artists at Swanspool Ceramics. Serious faces and Breton tops: on.

FOOD AND DRINK: Bite Street, Duston Mill, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Sept

Bite Street Pop Up street food Duston  Mill Northampton Northants

Time for another big bite at this hugely popular pop-street food event full of all the most drool-worthy artisan vendors. This time you’ll be able to treat yourself to some tasty ribs from The Little Urban BBQ, shish and kofta from La Pitta, Punjabi delights from Saf’s Kitchen and tacos and quesadillas from Baja Cantina among many many more.

OUTDOOR CINEMA: Rockingham Castle, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Sept

Rockingham Castle Outdoor Cinema Greatest Showman Grease Northants Muddy Stilettos

It’s everything you ever waaaaant! It’s a musical extravaganza in the glorious grounds of Rockingham Castle, where they’ll be showing The Greatest Showman and Grease under the stars on the lawn. Bring a picnic, some warm, comfy blankets, folding chairs and your tipple of choice and sing your heart out..

FORAGING COURSE: Daventry Country Park, Fri 11 Sept

Foraging course daventry country park northants

If it’s fresh air and good grub you’re after then look no further than a spot of early autumn foraging and, with Northamptonshire’s abundance of unspoilt woodlands and hedgerows, we are in the thick of it. Daventry Country Park is a perfect environment to learn about edible plants and fungi, with some ideal foraging habitats, including pasture, woodland, and waterside.

KIDS: Forest Tots, Evenley Wood Garden, Fri 11 Sep

Forest Tots Evenley Wood Garden Northants Muddy Stilettos.jpg

Woodland fun for under fives, Forest Tots, which runs every Friday, is a lovely opportunity to let Mudlings run amok and enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful setting of Evenley Wood Garden. Must be booked in advance to enable small group bubbles.

EVENTS: Heritage Open Days, throughout Sept.

Historic Equitation Heritage Open Days Northants

Heritage Open Days have some exciting events lined up, including Wicksteed Park Heritage Trail, which takes place on various dates, Brackley Heritage Tours on Sat 12 Sept and some rather impressive horsing around from the fabulous Historic Equitation, who are world leaders in historic events. They’ll be demonstrating knights training in armour, sword fighting and duelling on horseback and Sat 12 Sept is the first time their gates have ever been open to the public.

CIDERY TOUR: Saxby’s Cider, Sat 12 Sept

Saxby's Cidery tours

Saxby’s will host another or their sell-out cidery tours this weekend with a trailer ride around the apple orchards and a lovely refreshing cider tasting afterwards, we can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon getting tipsy.


FESTIVAL: London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

Now in its 18th year, this cool festival features commissions and installations across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly coined International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate. 

EXHIBITION: Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept 

Aubrey Beardsley

Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour. 

EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021

Ai Wei Wei A History of Bombs Imperial War Museum Northants Muddy Stilettos

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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