Muddy Northants, Easter hols survival guide, part 1
It’s Easter, there’s chocolate and Bank Holidays, what’s not to like? *swifty hides Easter egg wrappers under the sofa! Anyway, here’s your Muddy low-down for what’s on in the first half of the break (while you’re still full of energy and facing the morning with freshly brushed teeth and a spring in your step)!
The Last Tango, 21 Mar- 26 Mar, Royal and Derngate
Strictly’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet, as they prepare to dance in their final ever show (Grand Muddy is desparate to don her sequins and go and see this). The lovable duet will go out with a bang as they prepare to have their Last Tango (I’m assuming they don’t mean a can of orange fizzy pop).
Easter Egg Hunt, 25 Mar – 28 Mar, Barnwell Country Park
Fresh air for you and an egg hunt for the kids? – Yes please. Run, skip or hop around the park looking for tasty morsels of choclatey goodness. Can you find the Golden Egg? Free event, 2-3 pm.
Las Vegas Show Night, Fri 25 Mar, Whittebury Hall
I’ve been to a couple of events here, and as far as I can remember, they were pretty awesome (there was a funny story with a gentleman dancer on ladies night, but that’s for another time). So this week it’s Viva Las Vegas!!!! Glamorous, entertaining and a night to remember, with Show Girls and Swing Singers (not that kind naughty!). The swing vocalist pays tribute to the great American songbook with the greatest swing (how many times can we say swing) songs ever written – Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and many more. Friday night with the girls?
Eggstravaganza Craft Fair, 25 – 26 Mar, The Castle
Looking for more eggy ways to entertain the kids this Easter? Our friends at the Castle have a two day event on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, with over 25 stalls of crafts, gifts and treats. Join in with the Egg hunt (11am & 1pm each day), Easter Bonnet Parade (12 noon each day), Bouncy Castle and Crafty Corner. Fun for all the family (I once let mini Muddy on a bouncy castle when she was a toddler, and forgot to put her draws on; I’ve had a fear of them ever since).
The Iron Giant – Signature Edition, Sat 26 Mar, Errol Flynn Fimhouse
Every child has got to have seen this 1999 classic. Lovely Daisy our intern remembers watching it as a child, loving it and subsequently making her little sister watch it (I remember viewing it on one of my first dates with Mr Muddy, and him balling his eyes out at the end). Story goes, Hogarth finds a 50-foot giant with an insatiable appetite for metal and a childlike curiosity about its new world. Trust me, it’s bloomin’ brilliant. If this holiday you are looking for something for you AND the kids and you have plenty of tissues, it’s a classic winner!
Hello Kitty – Fashion and Friends, Tues 28 Mar, Royal and Derngate
You and your little ones can dance and sing with Kitty and her friends in this live show (no really, you can)! Hello Kitty is full of dreams and ambition for her future (aren’t we all dear). But before she can get there, she is faced with a challenge ahead, and with the help of her fantastic friends, she will take this amazing opportunity that will change her life forever! I never got Hello Kitty, but this looks pretty, kitsch and pink.
The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, Wed 29 Mar
Are bumblewasp poisonous? What do Whistling Pank’s eat? What happens when you lick a Tressilion Toad? Confused yet? Answer these and more pointless questions in a puppet lyrical extravaganza from the creators of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and Alice’s Adventures Underground. Your kids might understand this one better than you (a bit like they do my iPhone then)!
Grass, Wed 29 Mar, Corby Cube
You and your kids can explore the ground and all of its inhabitants in this quirky dance show. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, ant dancing and plenty of obscure insect-related facts (sounds like my Saturday nights out), Grass uses performance and puppetry to inspire children. I hear there’s also talk of making your own insect jar too!
Cult Film Club: The Warriors, Wed 29 Mar, Errol Fynn Filmhouse
Calling all film buffs, the Cult film club is back with The Warriors (this is actually one of the first grown up films I saw when I was a kid – blame the babysitter)! This urban odyssey follows the Coney Island gang on their journey home after they’ve been falsely accused of the murder of a major gang boss. This film really is brilliant if you love classic cinema, trust me (my 10 year old self recalls it went up against the Wanderers way back when).