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Muddy Northants, Easter hols survival guide, part 2

It’s nearly WEEK TWO of the Easter hols! Managed a few sleep ins yet? No? Pooh Shmoo, not to worry. Sweep up the last broken bits of chocolate egg, pour a tea for one, and plan out the remaining few days of joy with the raggamuffins (or indeed, just your good self)!


Rapunzel, Thurs 31 Mar, Lighthouse Theatre

rsz_rapunzel_story_2A funny musical for the whole family; an old tale with a new spin. From the creators of ‘Friends’ it promises to have you in stitches (but will we get some Chandler laughs and Rachel hair?).

Lighthouse Theatre

The (almost) Complete History of Britain, Thurs 31 Mar, The Castle

rsz_pantaloons_56436bc94595aRace through the centuries in this inventive show and see the whole story of our country told in less than two hours. The (almost) Complete History of Britain gives a historically-hysterical show (say that, after a couple of Pinots), packed with songs, sketches and silliness.

Castle Theatre

Easter Egg Quiz, 1-10 April, Fermyn Woods, Country Park


Missed the Easter egg hunt because you were out too late last Saturday? Semantics! Trot over to Fermyn Woods, Country Park for their annual Easter Egg Hunt, with lots of eggs still hidden around the park! If you need more stimulation, test your wildlife knowledge, as each egg has a picture of a country park critter.

Fermyn woods Country Park 

Champions of Magic, Sat 2 Apr, The Castle

rsz_champions_1_56b0804476d7aFive of the World’s top illusionists join for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come (sounds like a few of my dates in the ’90s). Watch disappearances, teleportation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan (I quite fancy this, but I’ll be watching Muse in Birmingham that night, eeeeeeeeeeeek)!

Castle Theatre

Met Opera Live: Madama Butterfly, Sat 2 Apr

rsz_p01qqztsFor the mucho cultured among us, Anthony Minghella‘s production, which has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006, comes home to roost in Northampton town (or at least for a night at the pictures at least). Kristine Opolais reprises her title role with Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer, who breaks Butterfly’s heart in this epic love story (Grand Muddy-In-Law LOVES this tear jerker).

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Xplorer Orienteering, Wed 6 Apr, Brixworth Country Park

rsz_orienteeingFresh air for the little ones (and a change of scenery for you)? Pop over to Brixworth and take part in an orienteering adventure. Find clues and complete the course and give the rugrats a certificate for completing the whole thing (I loved orienteering when I was a wee one, could never read the maps though)!

Brixworth Country Park

Holiday Project: Down the Rabbit Hole, 4- 7 Apr, Royal & Derngate

rsz_down_the_rabbit_hole_by_fit51391-d5m5uk0Still a few days left of the holidays and thinking it might be a good idea to farm out the kids? If so, let them jump down the rabbit hole and spend time with all of their favourite fairytale characters as they join professional theatre leaders. They’ll have fun every day and work towards an informal performance at the end of the week (it’s at the Derngate, so pretty close to the shops. And the wine bars. And a few more shops *just saying).

Royal and Derngate



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