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Best of British Concert, Brixworth, 16 Sep 


The Brixworth Music Festival was created in 2014 by a small group of enthusiastic Northamptonshire musicians who wanted to bring together a variety of musical talent to perform a series of concerts in the heart of the historic village of Brixworth. And here we have exactly what you’d expect…from Elgar to Adele there’s a range of the best well known British greats! Start, 7:30 pm, adults £12, OAPs £10, Under 16s £8.

Brixworth Music Festival

Bridget Jones’s Baby, various cinemas and times, opens Fri 16 Sept


This Fri 16 Sep the loveable iconic British babe is back. And this time, with a baby all of her own…. Renée Zellweger returns to the screen as Bridget experiences the ups and downs of motherhood. We won’t give too much away but the dashing Mark Darcy is involved and so is a new love interest….. get the popcorn and ice cream – we’re in!

Various cinemas

Neil Diamond Tribute Night, The Westone Manor Hotel, 17 Sep

neilNow call me a solitary man, but I’m a believer that this night will be one to remember. Bring your blue jeans for the 9:30 start, and say hello again to a blast from the past with the Neil Diamond Tribute, ready to rock your socks off, if you know what I mean. A Muddy fave (I’ve seen him in real life, don’t you know), i may even pay this a visit!

Westone Manor

Sue Perkins Live, Royale & Derngate, 17 Sep

tumblr_o7lhftfnzc1t081yno1_1280We all love a bit of bakeoff don’t we. Whether it’s needing inspiration for our own cooking ideas or seeing the diff… who am I kidding, we all watch it because everything looks tasty and when someone mucks up it’s funny. It can’t just be me can it? Regardless, Sue Perkins (who since I first wrote this, is no longer with the Bake Off after its move to Channel 4) is up at the Derngate on Saturday with some great stories and her guide to bakeoff. Let’s get cooking!

Royal and Derngate

Wedding Flowers, Farthingstone, 17 Sep

pink-and-purple-wedding-bouquetFor all of you lucky enough (or unlucky enough) to have the ring on that finger, or all of you just generally interested in Weddings, get your butts here! This workshop is essential for those wanting the perfect wedding bouquet for their special day, or someone else’s. Whether you are the bride-to-be, the mother of the bride or just a good friend, doing the flowers for a wedding can add a very special personal touch to the BIG day! But it can also be a very daunting task! So this is an essential workshop for anyone involved in producing wedding flowers! You’ll learn some important floral arranging skills, along with a range of tips and tricks to ensure your wedding flowers are truly perfect. I wouldn’t mind some of these flowers whether it was my wedding or not!

Bay Tree Cottage

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Royal & Derngate, 21 Sep

5567-fitandcrop-890x500It’s no surprise that we always have the Derngate up on our What’s on; they just keep pumping out the quality shows, and next Wednesday is no exception. We’ve got a 7:30 performance of the one and only Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Jason Manford in the role of Caractacus Potts. All ages are welcome so drag the kids in to relive your childhood classic. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you!

Royal & Derngate

Big Walkies, Brixworth Country Park, 18 Sep

dogwalking2-copyHow could I not add this when there’s so many cuties in one single place! With beautiful scenery and adorable dogs it’s a great place for walkies? And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be raising money for dog shelters by just simply being there. All win, no lose.

Brixworth Country Park


Eddie The Eagle, Oundle, 18 Sep

eddieBrilliant. Simply brilliant. A proper feel good film. With Taron Egerton smashing his role once again, this film is inspiring and comically fantastic. Oh, and with Huge Ackman, what could go wrong? If you missed it on its cinema release, pop along to Oundle Cinema this Sunday!

Oundle Cinema

Further afield

The Woman in Black, at Richmond Theatre, Tues 20 to Sat 24 Sept


Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black translates brilliantly to stage in Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation. The play is one of the longest running in the West End and and it’s had amazing reviews. It’s also been adapted for the screen, starring the very magical Daniel Radcliffe. This ghostly theatrical experience is sure to have you gripping the edge of your seat in anticipation as the mysterious Woman in Black works the stage. Tickets start at £13.90 and a variety of matinees and evening performances are available (if Richmond’s too far, it’s showing at Royal & Derngate from 10 Oct.

Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ. Tel: 0844 871 7651.

Looking Into Wonderland, at the Kingston Museum, ends Sat 17 Sept


This is your last chance to catch this exhibition that showcases the fantastic, original illustrations to the famous children’s books; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Sir John Tenniel’s unique and imaginative illustrations were a major part of the book’s success and are widely considered to be the ‘definitive’ Alice imagery. The exhibition is accompanied with interactive activities for children.

Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS. Tel: 020 8547 5006.

Write On Kew: Kew Literary Festival, Thurs 22 – Sun 25 Sept


Picture by Paul Marc Mitchell

Write on Kew returns for four days of talks and events with a pretty impressive selection of speakers – from Fay Weldon to Brian Blessed (above). With over 70 events, the festival has plenty going on. Former children’s laureate Michael Rosen, Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon and Coriander Sally Gardner are among the children’s authors appearing, while the fiction programme includes talks by Rose Tremain, Marian Keyes, Fay Weldon and Robert Harris. Actors Brian Blessed and Tony Robinson take centre stage while politicians Nick Clegg and Alan Johnson share their experiences in Parliament.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB.

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