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10 thing to do in Northants now!

The Spring equinox is nearly upon us and that’s the time that we head outside, have some fun, and then head inside for more fun.  There’s lots on offer for us all in and around the county this week, and there’s sweet treats to keep our energy levels high because we’re going to need some stamina to get through it all.

70’s Party Night, Whittlebury Hall, 7.30pm – 12.30am, Friday, 17 March

Ooh – pretty lights

Yes Sir, I can boogie, But I need a certain song, I can boogie, boogie boogie, All night long. Head over to Whittlebury Hall and enjoy a special night on the tiles as you step back in time to the funky sounds of the 70s and show off your disco dancing moves. We have the best disco dance floor fillers for you! Tonight’s act has a fabulous and extensive repertoire of catchy disco tunes that will fill the dance floor. The band perform live, combining instrumentals and vocal harmonies with plenty of on stage energy, all of which will get you up off your seat and joining in for a good old disco boogie.  You’ll be greeted by pre-dinner drinks as you start your evening at 7.30pm followed by a three-course dinner, a half bottle of house wine per person and a disco until 12.30am. Tickets from £55 per person when you book online. Tribute Night Event with Bed and Breakfast: From £115 per person when you book online.

Whittlebury Hall,  NN12 8QH

Gluten free Cakes and biscuits, 9.30am-3pm, Friday, 17 March


If you think that being gluten free means missing out on delicious cakes and scrumptious biscuits, then think again! Join Adriana Rabinovich, (author of The Gluten Free Cookbook for Kids) and she’ll show you how to make a wonderful line-up of gluten free teatime treats! Using her knowledge and experience in baking, Adriana specialises in devising recipes with flavour and texture, so that being a person with an intolerance to wheat or gluten does not mean missing out on tasty food and culinary delights. During the day, with Adriana’s help and guidance, you will work together to bake all-time classic favourites: a Victoria Sandwich, Chocolate Brownies and a Carrot Cake, learning about the range of gluten free flours and other ingredients that can be substituted in your baking together with simple techniques on how to use them successfully. This workshop is limited to 8 people. A space costs £75.

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, NN12 8HE

Cirque Berserk – 7.30pm Tuesday 14- 18 March

What is going here? This seems to be very dangerous

In Northampton for the very first time! Direct from six sold-out seasons in London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and three packed-out tours, Britain’s favourite contemporary thrill circus is setting out once again to amaze and entertain the nation….Combining contemporary “cirque” style skills with off-the-scale thrilling stunt action, Cirque Berserk! is a danger-filled spectacle that will amaze audiences of all ages. Check out the self proclaimed “world’s most dangerous circus act”, the legendary Globe of Death, with 3 motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a steel cage, seen for the first time live on stage in the UK. Showtimes vary depending on the day you book for. Tickets £13.50 – £27.

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd,  NN1 1DP

Chocolate Course at Belflair Chocolates, Saturday 10am – 12.30pm, 18 March

Oh no, he’s spilled the chocolatey goodness

Who wouldn’t want to learn the art of chocolate making, learning to create your own delicacies on one of the great courses held at the renowned Belflair Chocolate Atelier in Brackley. You will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in making exquisite chocolates. Their practical course enables you to get up close and hands on with your favourite food – chocolate. With the expert guidance of Master Chocolatier Stefaan Moyaert, you’ll learn about the different techniques to create dipped chocolates, chocolates made in a mould and different tips for making ganaches (all of which you can take away with you at the end of your experience.) An interesting and information packed course on the exciting world of chocolate. Course duration: about 2h 30min. Places are limited to a maximum of 8 people per course. Can I lick the bowl?

Belflair, Unit 1, Top Station Road, Brackley,  NN13 7UG

The 15th Cyber Legion, Stanwick Lakes, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday, 19 March

The lesser spotted Stanwick Cybermen

There’s a certain set of Muddy Kids that I know who will LOVE this.  To celebrate all things Doctor Who and to help raise funds for The Rockingham Forest Trust (the charity that runs Stanwick Lakes). Meet Cybermen, Daleks, Doctors and many more characters throughout the day. Have your photo taken with the characters. Costume competition for the best dressed visitor at 2pm.  You’ll also find Full sized props, Doctor Who crafts, face-painting, Doctor who jewellery and an interactive Doctor Who trail. Nominal charges apply for activities and photos, car parking charges apply.

Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY

Pattishall Spring Craft Fair, 11-4pm, Sunday 19 March

Just look at this. Spring has sprung in Pattishall

Mother’s Day and Easter are just around the corner so this is the perfect event to shop for that special Mum, or Easter gifts. This is a bumper craft event with 30 stalls full of hand crafted unique items made by skilled craftsmen and women. You won’t find these beautiful things on the high street as they are all individually made with love. Plus a stall selling the best fudge you have ever tasted with huge variety of flavours! Live music during the afternoon with our guests, the acclaimed Daventry ukulele band, DukesUkes. There will be a cafe selling light lunches and refreshments all day and tombola. The Hall is a registered charity and funds raised will go towards new equipment. Great shopping experience. Free entry and parking.

Pattishall Parish Hall, School Road, Astcote (next to Pattishall, near Towcester), Northamptonshire NN12 8NN

The NPAT Tempest experience, Derngate, Monday 20 March

An evening in celebration of the Arts and Creativity that is based around the themes in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Six schools coming together to show a collective passion for the performing Arts and to give Northamptonshire’s children the amazing opportunity of performing on such an exceptional stage. Such creativity!  The ‘experience’ promises to show us all what the Tempest dream means to the performers and they’ll use dance, music and drama to express their  emotions and connect with Shakespeare’s  work of a genius. Tickets £9-£11

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd,  NN1 1DP

Easter chocolates and homemade easter eggs, Bay Tree Cottage  7-9pm wednesday 22 march 2017 (evening)

How is this for a great night out. A fun & ‘tasty’ evening cookery demonstration and learn how to create a selection of scrumptious Easter chocolates and homemade Easter eggs to spoil your friends and family this year!  During the evening, the BTC experts will show you how to create your own chocolate Easter Eggs using a mixture of dark, milk and white chocolates to give different effects, with an assortment of decorating techniques to give a beautiful finishing touch to your chocolate masterpiece!!  With ideas and treats that all the family can enjoy, this evening demo has been designed to impress the pallet and imagination of both young and old alike! The evening will start at 7pm and finish at 9pm …and with lots of scrumptious treats and creative surprises washed down with a glass of wine, it is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face! Tickets are £22.50

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, NN12 8HE

The Big Pedal, 20-31 March

There are loads of great cycle routes through Northamptonshires parks, and as if impetus were needed to get us out on our bikes as we head into Spring, The Big Pedal is back.  It’s the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish. Good luck to Earl Spencer Primary School in Gladstone and Whitehills Primary School, Northampton who are both taking part. It’s pretty inspirational stuff and so this week I’ll be heading out to pedal not pollute.

Get Outside: Visit Naseby battlegrounds

We’re assured this is not a standard welcome at Naseby battleground

How many times have you passed the sign on the A14, Naseby battleground, and not given it a second thought?  Well it’s history on our doorstep and a really great excuse to get outside and enjoy some beautiful country and educate yourself. Did you know, that The Battle of Naseby was a decisive engagement of the English Civil War. As a national monument, Naseby field is unmatched. Despite the addition of farm buildings and the enclosing of fields, the landscape remains intact and has not been built over.  Today’s visitors can stand on the ground where democracy was won, confident of how the action unfolded. The Naseby battlefield project footpath and viewing platforms are the best way to take it all in and you can pick up a Battlefield Trail leaflet from local shops and Tourist Information Offices.

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