Fast forward to fun! Fab things to do in Northants in 2022
If you haven't already crammed your diary full of fun for the year ahead then now's the time to nab the best tickets in town, from festivals to sports, and theatre to the circus, it's time to get planning.
MUSIC AND FESTIVALS
Catch Sleeper, The Hoosiers and loads more at The Music Barn Festival near Kettering (17-18 June), for a weekend of hedonism that also raises funds for the Cransley Hospice. Then, rescheduled from last year, fingers crossed we get the chance for some blissed out summer dance anthems this time around, as Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra present Ibiza Classics at cinch Stadium, Franklin’s Gardens on 24 June. Headed up by the legendary DJ and the renegade Heritage Orchestra, known for filling stadiums with their genre busting sounds. Then, following the day after on 25 June, the eternally loveable Olly Murs takes to the stage with special guests The Feeling, bringing summer vibes to the Saints ground in June. Giddy up, hot weather we are dreaming of you.
Power ballad yoga at sunrise, anyone? We’re blessed to have one of the original and best family summer festivals right here in Northants. Shambala has been scaled back for the past two years, so it’s bound to be a sell out this year as everyone scrambles for their utopian adventure. Expect music, dancing, storytelling food, crafts and loads more in the splendid grounds of Kelmarsh Hall from 25-28 August. In a festival frenzy? Get down to the gorgeous Boughton House for Greenbelt Festival (26-28 Aug). It’s a vibrant celebration of humanity like no other, where spiritual meets secular and nurtures everything in between
THEATRE AND COMEDY
Tickets for the mega popular Six the Musical at Royal and Derngate from 15-19 Feb are selling faster than Henry VIII goes through, er, wives, but if you hurry you might be lucky enough to nab one. The fabulous spouses tell their side of the story in this upbeat celebration of girl power.
There’s plenty of top notch comedy heading your way this year too, and if ever there was a need for a good laugh then it’s now. Big hitters at the R&D include Katherine Ryan (10 Feb), Sara Pascoe (10 Mar), local lad Alan Carr, (12-13 May), Joe Lycett (22 May), Romesh Ranganathan and (16-19 June).
You can also catch TV darling Stacey Dooley at the Derngate theatre on 8 Feb as she tours her book Are You Really OK? Understanding Britain’s Mental Health Emergency and attempts to open up the conversation about mental health in young people and challenge stigma and stereotypes.
Queens of the gold lamé body popping suit, Scummy Mummies, aka Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, are on at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on 19 May, if you’re any sort of human, but especially a bedraggled Mum struggling through the daily grind, this is one for you. Pack the Tena Ladies.
Giffords Circus is coming to the stunning grounds of Evenley Wood Garden for the first time this summer, running from 30 June-11 July. Giffords is the ultimate traditional village green style traveling circus, bringing magic and joy to all ages. Every year, the tour has a different theme, this year it’s all about rural Mexico. Riba!
After two years of being postponed due to you know what, Rockingham International Horse Trials is back at Rockingham Castle from 20-22 May. Even if you’re not massively horse-obsessed, Rockingham Horse Trials are a fabulous event in the Northants calendar and, on top of the showjumping, cross-country and dressage events, you can expect a whole load of entertainment, food and drink and shopping. Count us in. You can even bring your pooch along and enter them for the dog agility.
The F1 British Grand Prix returns to Silverstone from 1-3 July This adrenaline fuelled weekend festival of motorsports, music, food and family fun is one of the biggest events in the Northants calendar, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Enjoy the screaming engines, thronging crowds and good vibes (there are parties and concerts every night as well as a fairground and firework displays), whether you’re a petrol head or wouldn’t know Hamilton Straight from Stowe Corner. Silverstone Classic‘s on later in the month (31 Jul – 1 Aug). As well as historic racing cars and classic cars as far as the eye can see, you can also expect family activities, live music, street-food, shopping, camping and a fun fair, so prepare for a weekend of high-octane fun.