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Youth, Castle Theatre, Thurs 14 Apr


A retired composer, his daughter Lena, and his long-time friend (a renowned filmmaker), are on holiday in the Swiss Alps (it sounds like the start of a joke). While Mick scrambles to finish a screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life. With Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine, this film is great for a broad audience (and does well to remind us that growing old will be just as fulfilling, if not more so, than our errant youths)!

Magical Lessons for Muggles, Salcey Forest, Thurs 14 Apr

rsz_harrypct20potterpct20duelpct20thumbDoes your child think they should be attending Hogworts? Featured last week, there’s still a chance to give it a go. Try out Magical Lessons for Muggles, choose from potions, wand whittling, broomstick maintenance and making, magical minibeasts and where to find them and more. Swish and flick!

Salcey Forest 

Vintage and Country Flowers Workshop, Bay Tree Cottage, near Daventry, Fri 15 Apr


During this half-day workshop you will explore ways to recreate the nostalgia and romance of yesterday through flowers and using pretty jugs, vintage vases, tea pots or old bottles, to create beautiful designs. I know people who can do this with their hands behind their back (I need a bit more help)! A great day for you and your best friend (not the one who is really good at this) and lots of learning and flowers promised!

Bay Tree Cottage 

Record Store Day, Sat 16 Apr 


Ahhhhh records, the sound of the static crackle as the needle finds the groove on your beloved vinyl (before you try and clean the big ball of fluff of it and damage your ears with the noise). I remember records alongside cassette tapes in my day, but with the resurgence in the past few years of vinyl, more youngsters are trying it out for the first time. Step forward Record Store Day. A number of Northamptonshire stores will be participating – Great Spunout in Gold Street, Northampton (who will also be having in store entertainment by Thee Telepaths and DJs sets from Kev Palmer and Swiss Vince). Vinyl Underground in Abington Street will also be stocking Record Store Day releases (live music by Tender B and Jamaican street food by Boxfood) and Spiral Archive in St Michael’s Road, Northampton will be having a half price sale on all vinyl and CDs from 11am until 4pm with a record fair at the Lamplighter from midday to 4pm (before DJs play from 8pm to 1am). Prominent releases this year include tracks by Noel Gallagher, Madonna, Muse and David Bowie.

Record Store Day

Harrowden Art Exhibition, All Saint’s Church, Harrowden, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Apr


A fab opportunity to see and buy loads of paintings by local artists. There will be an ‘Artist in Residence’ demonstrating watercolour painting and there’s also a children’s area where they can draw pictures while parents enjoy looking around. There will also be many unframed paintings and prints for sale, plus greetings cards and some craft items. A great way to get some of the family interested (if you can peel them from a screen).

All Saint’s Church

A Handmade Vintage and Gift Shopping Event, Saxon Hall, Raunds, Sat 16 Apr


Over 40 stalls set across two rooms selling a wide variety of high quality handmade crafts, vintage goodies and gifts, including upcycled furniture, crochet and knitting, original art, handmade lamps, chocolate treats, jewellery, bags, toys, cushions and much more! Perfect for all the family with highchairs, toys and books to keep little ones entertained. Lots of refreshments and yummy cakes (the magic word).

Saxon Hall, Raunds

Moulton Farmers’ Market, Artichoke Pub, Moulton, Sat 16 Apr


A farmers’ market, held in the garden of the Artichoke Pub in Moulton. Small local producers of high quality, specialist foods at affordable prices coupled with a genuine English village pub, we think you’ll like this one. We’ve noticed at Muddy how foodie you all are!

Artichoke Pub

Gardens Open Day, Cottesbrooke Hall, Sun 17 Apr 

Cottesbrooke Hall (28th June 2010)

The gardens of Cottesbrooke Hall will be open  as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s, National Garden Scheme. As the two leading UK charities in horticulture and gardens, the National Gardens Scheme and the Royal Horticultural Society together promote the benefits of gardens and gardening to the widest possible audience, as well as offering information and support to anyone aiming to make gardening their career.

Cottesbrooke Hall

Try Canal Boating for Free, Union Canal Carriers, Bottom Lock, Braunston, Sun 17 Apr


Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 18 narrowboat hire bases across England and Wales, including Braunston (me and my girlfriends have been wanting to do this for a while – think of all the pubs en route). The taster sessions will include free trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts. No booking is required. Free event, 11am till 4pm.

Drifters National Open day

Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Wed 20 to Sat 23 Apr 


New York City, 1922, is full of intrigue and jazz, and young Millie Dillmount, has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever (thank the Lord). Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers, filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets – Wednesday £12, Thursday £14, Friday and Saturday £15.

Lighthouse Theatre



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