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Half Term Fun…

Has there ever been a better combination than romance and bored children?  This week’s What’s On deals with the paradox of Valentines Day and half term hitting us like a Perfect Storm.  Put another way, perfect Mums and Dads, should get, nay DESERVE, a bit of fun time after days of distracting the little ‘uns. Allow us to show you how…

The Soul Weekender, Stanwick Hotel, 10-12th February

Also available in glorious technicolour

Hands up who know’s the roots of Northern Soul?  It is and was a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England in the late 1960s from the British mod scene as a particular style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.  So we thank Wigan, not Detroit for the good times in Stanwick this coming week. Three days of Soul! Two rooms! Playing Northern Soul, Funk, Modern & Rare Soul & featuring some of the UK’s finest Soul DJ’s! Boy do I fancy this event. The first I’d heard of it were some passionate 50 something, Soul types walking their dog around Summer Leys in Doddington. See it’s for people like us, and Stanwick Hotel are offering some great room rates to boot. Tickets: Friday (£7), Saturday (£10), Sunday (£5) or the whole weekend for £20.

Stanwick Hotel, West Street, Stanwick, NN9 6QY

Fawlty Towers Dining experience, Deco Theatre, 7.30pm, 10 February

You get the picture

OK, this is very silly, but it’s also very funny. Join this version of Basil, Sybil and Manuel for a dinner event of the year which combines fine food and classic comedy action. Chaos and mayhem are served in large portions and very likely to interrupt the proceedings, but all should end well, as the staff of hotel and catering management do everything they can to keep the evening on course!  Expect a big fun night out in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy actors in the land, professionally produced to the highest standards and with your enjoyment always at the top of the menu. A faultless show that guarantees to reach chuckle muscles you never knew you had! Then dancing until Midnight. Tickets £34.955 pp.

The Deco, Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE

Love Lyveden Weekend, Nr Oundle, 11-4pm, 11-12 February

With those views it’ll be lovely when it’s finished

A romantic walk around one of Northamptonshire’s most intriguing beauty spots? Yes please. Fall in love with Lyveden by exploring the beautiful grounds and stunning views. Warm up with a tasty treat in the National Trust managed cosy Cottage Tea Room. If you’re feeling really adventurous how about a refreshing walk there from Muddy’s favourite parks – Fermyn Woods along the Lyvden way? Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome. General Admission Prices Apply.

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5AT

Adele Tribute Night, Kettering Park Hotel, 7.30pm, 11 February

Cheer up love, this’ll be a good night

Whether you are treating a loved one or getting a group of friends together ‘Rumour Has It’ it will be a fantastic evening! Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival followed by a delicious three course dinner with coffee then dance the night away to the Adele Tribute act and disco from the resident Kettering Park Hotel resident DJ.  £37.00 per person including a drink on arrival, 3 course dinner and the evening’s entertainment.

Kettering Park Hotel, Kettering Parkway,  NN15 6XT

20% off Day Spa packages @ Whittlebury Hall Nr Towcester, 13-16 February

Plenty of room – for you

Is there anything more romantic at Valentines than spending time with someone you love? You!! Book on-line and you can get  a whacking 20% of the normal prices for a limited time only. These include Elemis Indulgence Day, ESPA Indulgence Day,  Jessica Indulgence Day, Mums to Be Day, Unwind Day for Two (phew).

Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, Near Towcester, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire NN12 8QH

Hip Hop Half Term, The Core at Curby, 9.30am – 4.30pm 13-17 February


This inspiring and educational holiday project offers a jam-packed insight into the culture of Hip Hop and will include workshops in graffiti, rap battles, DJing and dance.  Working with The Core’s fully DBS checked professional workshop leaders, the youngsters will have lots of fun and make new friends, before performing a showcase to family and friends at the end of the week. Hip Hop Half Term will take place in the theatre’s  studio space, The Lab, from 9.30am to 4.30pm from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February. More information is available by calling Creative Projects Manager Jodie Lees on 01536 470473 or emailing [email protected]  The cost of the five day holiday project is £100 per participant (sibling discount available) and it can be booked by calling the Ticket Office on 01536 470 470.

The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG

The Great Northamptonshire Valentines events, 14 February

It’s true Mudsters

We’ve pulled together a host (er, five) great things that we Northamptonshire types can get involved in with our loved ones this February 14th.  You don’t have to be in love to have good times right? Check out some of the options here

The Twits, Royal & Derngate, 2.30pm & 7pm, 14-18 February

They seem nice

The hard part for me will distinguishing between the stage-show and members of my own family. Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of 60, he was a bigger twit than ever. Mr Twit has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly. It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some stilton. Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as Mr Twit hates her. The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. They also have a particularly sticky trick to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. But not for much longer because the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach those terrible twits a lesson. Directed by Max Webster (The Lorax at The Old Vic), this mischievous new show promises to be just as disgusting and repulsive as earthworms disguised as spaghetti – the perfect treat for all the family. Recommended for Children aged over 6 years old. Tickets £17.

Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Childrens Survival Course, Sir John Lowther Centre,Kettering 10am – 2pm, 15 February

The youth of today eh? Good aren’t they?

There was me thinking it was me who would needed the survival course this half term, but “No”. No Limits February Half Term Survival courses for Kids include lots of lessons from fire lighting to shelter building, outdoor games and guarantee lots of fun! This course has an emphasis on Navigation Skills. All courses include Lunch and drinks, adults are welcome (encouraged) to stay for free. Cost per course is £20 per child. Contact the No Limits team at [email protected] or inbox them on their Facebook page

No Limits adventures, Sir John Lowther centre, Rushton Road, Kettering, NN14 1QF

So you think you know about Dinsoaurs, Lighthouse Theatre 2pm, 16 February

So do your Kids think they know about Dinosaurs?! Did dinosaurs eat their own families? Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore? Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death?  How about this for a great half term activity as kids (and parents) can come and test your knowledge against BEN GARROD (THE TV SCIENTIST IN ‘ATTENBOROUGH AND THE GIANT DINOSAUR‘). With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs – and more. This is an interactive show where children will be given the chance to ask questions and show off their dinosaur knowledge to the audience. Ben’s assistant will roam the auditorium with a microphone and take questions from as many children as possible. Using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’, Ben will talk about the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet and the ones that 65 million years ago, would have walked right where they are sitting now.

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB

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