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Got your head around half term? You have now!

Woo hoo, the first half term of the year (I say woo hoo, because to me it means a lie in). It’s also the first Muddy Northants Guide: my edit of things going on in our glorious county. I’ve popped in a few kiddy friendly activities, it seems only fair, but when you’re done with those, there are a couple of more adult friendly events (Robbie Williams you say?), to pepper your week while the ankle biters are off school. So, pull up a pew, grab a coffee, and let me do the hard work for you.

The Herbal Bed, The Royal and Derngate, Fri 5 – Sat 27 Feb


As it’s half term, let’s kick off with Shaky (the Bard, not the Welsh rock ‘n’ roller). The Royal and Derngate have co-produced this play about William Shakespeare’s daughter who is accused of adultery (I say)! An expose on the contradiction of society between human desire and societies norms; The English Theatre Touring Company show us that some things never change (except maybe the ticket price, although still darn reasonable at £10).

The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Imagine Children’s Festival, Weds 10 – Sun 21 Feb


It’s not in our fair county, but it’s worth the 43 minute train journey to that there London. The festival is perfect half term fodder for the kiddies, whether it’s exploring the world through paint and craft activities or watching the final work of Roald Dahl’s The Minpins with a live orchestra. With plenty of free activities and workshops for children up to 12-years-old there’s something for most kids, and the Southbank has plenty of eateries and watering holes to recharge after. Free admission.

Southbank Centre, London

 Tribute bands and comedy, all Corby Cube Thurs 11 – Sat 13 Feb

The Cube Montage

It’s all going on at The Cube this weekend! The talented guys from ‘The Irish Bee Gees’ promise a night full of fun with acoustic classics and dance floor hits (The Bee Gee’s Story: Nights on Broadway). Their authentic sound and seven piece band will have you up and boogying before you can say Tragedy! Swiftly followed on Friday, straight from Live at the Apollo, is Justin Moorhouse, back doing what he does best, cracking us up; perfect for an anti-mush Valentines weekend (Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling). And it would be remiss of me not to mention my all time fave crooner, Neil ‘The Glitter’ Diamond! Fisher Stevens dons the diamante and cracks out the Crackling Rosie with his superb vocals – incidentally, Forever in Blue Jeans was the first dance at my wedding *still no shame (Neil Diamond tribute: A Beautiful Noise).

The Cube, Corby

Robbie Williams Tribute Show, The Olive Lounge, Fri 12 Feb


Ok, this may be the ACTUAL Robbie Williams ; )

Wine and Robbie Williams? Ditch the partner we’re in(I’m not trawling the county for tribute acts, promise, it’s just there’s a few on this week ; ) If you’re after a bit of a girly night, Friday at Rothwell’s Olive Lounge is the one for you. With free entry, drinks – buy one get one half price – and the music flowing all night, I reckon your Friday night partay has just been sorted.

The Olive Lounge, Rothwell

Bedford Roller Disco, Sat 13 Feb


Are you ready to rock and roll-er disco (see what we did there)? Anyone wanting to Grease Lightening, this is perfect for you (and possibly the kids ; ) Just remember you’re not 13 any more! Skate hire for all sizes, and a full half term programme available.

The Bunyan Sports Centre, Bedford

Run What Ya Brung, Santa Pod, Sunday 14 Feb


Want to let off some steam this Valentine’s Day? Well Santa Pod is holding its Run What Ya Brung event, where you get to drive on the famous track with whatever vehicle you have (hmmmm, not sure the Muddy people carrier is gonna cut it, or those stilettos for that matter). All you need is a valid driving licence and you’ll have access to unlimited track time AND your own personal lap with a photo. The most high octane Valentine’s ever (£10 entrance and £25 to sign up).

Santa Pod Raceway, Northants

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A), Sun 14 – Mon 15 Feb


If you’ve STILL not seen it (the chances are it’s not on your hit list), but it’s on at The Castle Theatre in half term, should you fancy the big screen opportunity. Let the kids re-engage with Princess Leia and Han Solo and treat yourself to a Franks hamburger and large glass of Malbec. Various show times available.

The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough

Holiday Project: Greek Myths and Legends, The Royal and Derngate, Mon 15 – Thurs 18 Feb

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The Royal and Derngate are going all Greek with a workshop in which the children explore what would happen if Medusa, Zeus and Aphrodite met. The four-day workshop (four days, where do I sign?!?) ends in a sharing session with parents, a great opportunity for the kids (and dare I say it, the folks too ; ) It’s £100 for the whole four days, and earlier drop offs and later pick ups are available on request.

The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Tues 16 – Weds 17 Feb


Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, but I’m sure you remember the original (or is it just me?!). The story goes that Charlie Brown (the world’s most beloved under-dog) sets out upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, Snoopy, tries to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. This film will undoubtedly entertain the children – and the child in you – and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is a real indie gem for Northants (review to follow soon).

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember, Tues 16 Feb


That’s what I call a thigh!

Looking to add a bit of sparkle (and a slit to to the torso shirt) to your week? Then I think this is for you! Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole promises a night to remember, and leads his cast into a night of dance and theatrical entertainment. With classic ballroom dancing, mixes of latin and a whole lot more, this is a must if you’re a strictly fan (if I bring my taffeta ball gown do you think they’ll let me join in?). Tickets £33.

The Royal and Derngate, Northampton






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