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What’s on this weekend

Fri 7th-Sun 9th Dec

FAMILY: Winter Wonderland at Billing Aquadrome, starting Sat 1st Dec until Sat 15th, 10am-10pm

Billing Aquadrome is transformed into a winter wonderland, with ice skating, bars, Santa’s grotto and a Christmas market! At only £10 per car (tickets can be bought on the day), pile the family in for a fun filled day of shopping, skating and slurping on mulled wine- and that’s just for the adults! Call 01604408181 for more info.

FOOD: Christmas coffee morning, WI House, 71 Park View, Moulton, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 7UZ, Friday 7th Dec, 10am-12 noon

Start the Christmas season with a coffee and cake for only £2. With intricate willow twigs weaves on sale, as well as plenty of other small stalls dotted around this coffee morning will be a cracker. You can even get yourself raring for the xmas raffle!

CHRISTMAS crafts: Wreath making, table centrepieces and floral displays, Delapre Abbey, London Rd, Northampton NN4 8AW

Why master one festive art when you can do them all!? Not only is Delapre Abbey offering wreath making workshops on December 9th, with 2 workshops from either  10.30am – 12pm or 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Hurry quick and book online as there is only space for 12! (Rather fitting with the 12 days of Xmas right?) At only £15 a ticket it’s a bargain, and yule get your money’s worth as the price includes coffee and a mince pie- marvellous! If wreath making doesn’t take your fancy, then why not try their other xmassy classes for table centrepieces or floral displays? Delapre will have your home dazzling in no time… You can check out all of the other cracking Christmas craft workshops on the chrimbo section.

EXHIBITION: Local Treasures, Kettering’s Manor House Museum, Sheep St, Kettering NN16 0AN, Fri 7th Dec

A 1500 year old necklace, a mysterious mirror and a quirky Roman hockey player return home for the first time in nearly 100 years. These world-class objects, on loan from the British Museum, were found in the Borough of Kettering and are on display alongside other treasures, which you can visit and enjoy for free!

THEATRE: Peter Pan, The Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1D, 7th Dec 2018 to 30th Dec 2018

Visit the Royal & Derngate to join the high-flying hero Peter Pan, as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget full of evil pirates, the lost boys, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook. The all-star cast includes TV and theatre star Darren Day, dance sensation Flawless, the hilarious comedy double act The Grumbleweeds, and musical theatre performer Rachael Wooding. Tickets start from £18.50 for adults.

EXHIBITION: VISUALise, Contemporary Art Textiles Exhibition, Welford Village Hall, West Street, Welford, Northamptonshire NN6 6HU, Sat 8th and Sun 9th December, 10am-5pm

Fifteen textile artists will be showing their latest stitched textiles to inspire and buy, fab for an xmas gift. On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art using a wide variety of media: wire, paper, fabric and found objects. These have been hand and machine stitched, or felted to create art inspired by both the natural world and the built environment. Admission is totally free, so be both a smarty and arty pants this December.

FOOD: Christmas Fiesta, Wharf Distillery, Wakefield Country Courtyard, NN12 7FA, Potterspury, Sat 8th Dec, 10am-4pm

Salsa your way to this xmas fiesta featuring some of the best local producers in the area. Amazing street food will be available, with the ‘Foreshots bar’ serving fantastic local beers, ciders and wines. Forget mulled wine, this market is selling mulled cider, sure to warm you up as you browse the stalls. Check out their Facebook page for more info and for details of how to get involved with your own produce/ stand, or simply ring on 01327 811511.

MUSIC: A Victorian Christmas, Northampton Symphony Orchestra, Spinney Theatre, Spinney Hill Rd, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 6DG, Sun 9th Dec, 3pm

With their upcoming 125th Anniversary, the Northampton Symphony Orchestra invited you to join them as they travel back in time to experience Christmas! The programme will include Scrooge, narrated by Alan Bell, Dances from the Nutcracker and Selections from Oliver- all of the family classics rolled into one. Adult tickets cost £15 and can be bought online.

FAMILY: Christmas trail, Naseby Village Hall,Haselbech Road, Naseby, Northamptonshire NN6 6DE, Sun 9th Dec, 4pm

The glorious village of Naseby will transform into an advent calendar this Christmas, with decorated windows dotted about, children’s craft activities in the Village Hall, refreshments, games and our famous chocolate tombola, this is an xmas extravaganza! Join in by collecting a map and quiz ( just £5 a family) and answer the quiz questions as you spot the numbered windows! Remember your torch, you don’t want to be searching in the dark.

THEATRE: The Worst Witch, Royal and Derngate Northampton, running until 30th December

Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet. Tickets can be purchased online. Get the Muddy squad to come witch you (pardon the pun) and buy those tickets as they will be witcha in a minute! For other shows and pantomimes this xmas be sure to check them out here.

CINEMA: Christmas classics at the Northampton Filmhouse, Derngate, Northampton NN1 1TU, throughout December

Films on this festive season include Mean Girls, the Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns, the romcom Disobedience, as well as classics such as Labyrinth starring David Bowie. Check out their What’s on page for all showtimes! Why not even treat a pal with the Northampton Filmhouse Membership Scheme? With a single membership costing £25 and a joint deal on offer for £40, give the Box Office a ring on 01604 624811, or swing by in person to snap up a fab xmas prezzie.

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