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The summer hols continue…

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Fri 29 Jul
rsz_anglo_2000x1025_abfabmovie1Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots (ahhh I remember the halcyon days). But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the river Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more! This is definitely a film for the girls for a fab friday night (remember the Bolly)!

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Bumps and Babes, NN, Thurs 28 Jul

rsz_5797c346a6760If you are pregnant, have a baby or pre-schooler, come to NN to see the exhibition with your bump or babe and meet others for coffee and finger painting. Wear clothes to get messy in!


PULP FICTION (18), Stanwick Lakes, Fri 29 Jul

rsz_pulp_fiction_new_images_for_windowsThe summer season continues with Tarantino’s acclaimed 90’s multi-threaded crime drama on a HUGE outdoor screen! Starring Uma Thurman this classic is a must see (and one of Muddy’s faves even though we don’t usually do violence). On-line tickets only (more details on outdoor screenings below).

Stanwick Lakes

Silverstone Classic, Silverstone, Fri 29- Sat 30 Jul

rsz_silverstone2009Silverstone Classic is the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. The three-day weekend of the event features over 1,000 classic cars taking part in more than 20 races on the famous circuit. Plus, over 10,000 privately owned classic cars are displayed on the infield. Silverstone Classic is the ultimate annual celebration of classic cars for the whole family (can we fit the word classic in one more time?).


Kettering Urban Beach Volleyball Tournament, Kettering Market Place, Sat 30 Jul


Not Kettering!

Kettering Borough Council in coordination with Volleyball England will be hosting an urban beach volleyball tournament. Youngsters from the junior volleyball clubs within the county will be competing in this tournament to determine who will be junior urban beach champions for 2016. In addition to the urban beach tournament there will be a Go Spike speed cage running until 16.30pm for the general public to come and see how fast they can serve a volleyball with prizes being given out to the fastest servers. From 16:00pm, the beach courts will be open for public use to come and give beach volleyball a try as well.

Kettering Market Place

DIRTY DANCING (12A), Stanwick Lakes, Sat 30 Jul

rsz_fa835984-e68d-4534-8c81-6aab460eafeb-org-dirty-dancing-logoStanwick Lakes most popular film is back- because no one puts baby in a corner! On-line tickets only (more details on outdoor cinema below).

Stanwick Lakes

The Jungle Book, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Sun 31 Jul
rsz_3056512-poster-p-1-want-to-vacation-like-mowgli-in-jungle-book-airbnb-has-treehouses-at-the-readyRaised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he’s ever known when the tiger Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape (this is on our hitlist).

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Dangerous Darers, Salcey forest, Wed 3 Aug

rsz_img_7175Darers aged 8-12 years are invited to join the forest experience in new and different ways. Each session will have a different overall theme, and this will be explored through play and guided activities, including use of full sized tools, lighting fires, den building and tree climbing. Drop your child off at Salcey Forest Cafe at 10 am with everything they need for the day, and collect them in a muddier, tireder state from the same area at 3pm (result)! 10am – 3pm £25 per child

Salcey Forest

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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