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The Muddy Summer Guide

Family 50 Things Fun Day, Canons Ashby, Thurs 11 Aug

rsz_bug-huntThis week spend the day hunting for bugs and learning how to identify them with your kids. Start your 50 Things scrapbook (free from the Coach House), or add to your long list of adventures. Booking Not Needed. Children are very welcome. Dogs on leads welcome.

Canons Ashby House

Nostalgia 80s revival, The Hind Hotel, Friday 12 Aug


Alright, so we may not have looked like the supers in the ’80s, but you can go all out on your togs for this event! A night to be packed with 80s tunes, drinks and cocktails. Relive the decade of colour and life, because girls just want to have fun!

The Hind Hotel

Rock Legends Tribute Night, Whittlebury Hall, Fri 12 Aug

rsz_js26568407Featuring the Queen of Rock, Lorraine Crosby, the female voice on Meat Loafs duet ‘I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that’ brings you her classic soft rock show featuring songs by Queen, Meat loaf, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Heart and many more… From £49 per person including a three-course dinner, half bottle of house wine and entertainment!

Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa

Frank Sinatra Tribute Night, Westone Manor Hotel, Sat 13 Aug

rsz_screen-shot-2015-12-12-at-123136-pmEnjoy the best of Ol’ Blue Eyes as the talented tribute artist croons his way through hits from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to classics such as ‘New York, New York’ and ‘My Way’. Frank Sinatra, the spark that turned Vegas from a dusty western town into something glamorous, with his swinging renditions of the biggest hits of the age like ‘I’ve got you under my skin’.

Westone Manor Hotel

Outdoor Cinema – JURASSIC PARK (PG), East Carlton Country Park, Sat 13 Aug
rsz_jurassic-parkThe outdoor cinema experience continues with this Spielberg’s original dinosaur thriller on a huge outdoor screen with great sound so you can scream at the T-Rex as much you want to! Online tickets only.

East Carlton Country Park

Finding Dory, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Sun 14 Aug

rsz_11maxresdefaultDisney Pixar’s new animation reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue fish, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Ghostbusters, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Mon 15 Aug

rsz_empiregbcoverThirty years after the original film took the world by storm (whaaa?!?), Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig (who Muddy had the pleasure of interviewing for the Heat) combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Lots of outdoor cinema going on…

Kilworth House

The weather is fine, the films are good, pack your cool bag and check out the first in our series of High Five Northants! This week it’s outdoor cinemas!

Further afield…

Holiday Activity Weeks at Willen Lake, near Milton Keynes, throughout Summer


I’ve been meaning to book my kids on one of these multi-activity weeks at Willen Lake for ever! Kids on the Adventure Week can try loads of different sports, from sailing, paddleboarding, archery, and katakanus. There are also windsurfing and paddleboard weeks and sailing weeks.

Finding the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter Studios, Fri 22 July – Mon 5 Sept

The Harry Potter Studios manage to come up with new ideas every year to hoik Harry fans into its attraction, and this summer they’ve managed it again. For the first time, there’s a moving display of the Devil’s Snare that the trio encountered in their hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone in Creature Effects, plus the chance to  touch the giant tentacles that have been specially created as they were in the films. Kids can learn how one of Ron Weasley’s favourite games, Wizard’s Chess, was brought to life on a large scale with the giant chess pieces moving across a chequered board, as if by magic, on the HP backlot.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,

Henley Fringe, Mon 18 – Sat 23 July


A few days left of the Henley Fringe, an event that’s been going for nine years now. It’s a lovely riverside pre-Edinburgh festival teaser in many ways, with comedy drama, musicals, film and new writing. Worth checking out – Norris & Parker’s dark surreal comedy, comedians Will Duggan and Tom Ward, Comedy on Water (presumably it’s not just people being pushed in), Alice and and Twelfth Night, all in venues around the lovely town.

Cricket coaching courses at Lords

cricket ball

Yeah, you read that right. One, two or three day cricket courses at Lords, run by the MCC, including hawk-eye technology, pitchvision analysis of batting and a packed lunch (surely cucumber sandwiches?!). The courses go from Under 5s through to Under 16s. Owzat!

Juliette Burton: Decision Time, The Junction, Cambridge, 25 July, 9pm

Juliette Burton

Juliette Burton, award-winning docu-comedian, is coming to The Junction in Cambridge — literally and metaphorically. Her show is all about decision making. Can one decision change a life?  Make good choices, lovelies.

Colour and Vision Exhibition, Natural History Museum, now until 6 Nov

Colour and Vision exhibition graphic

If you’re all tuckered out from soft play or theme parks then I think kids will really enjoy this exhibition. Go behind the eyes of dogs (they can’t see red) and snakes (they have heat vision) with a stellar light installation created by British artist Liz West to illustrate how colour has shaped 565 million years of evolution. There’s lots more to see and do – I was (unsurprisingly) drawn to the special event on 29 July trying three colourful botanical cocktails as you learn about the natural world’s vibrant spectrum of colours. Ok, if you insist. Tickets: Adults £10.80; Children £5.40.

New Horrible Histories maze, Warwick Castle


I can think of a hundred reasons to visit Warwick Castle, because it’s ace, and particularly good if you’ve got a variety of ages to entertain, but here’s another one anyway – the new Horrible Histories maze which is included in the ticket price. Choose your path to travel through time in typical HH style and face fun challenges along the way – invade a Viking ship, survive the trenches, uncover evil plots and escape the maze before it all goes horribly wrong! Tickets from £20.50 if you book ahead.


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