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Things to do in January

Christmas Trail, Barnwell Country Park, 10 am – 4pm, Thurs 21 December – Tues 2 January

Can you help Father Christmas find all the lost gifts around the park? Pick up a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre. £1 recommended donation. Includes a small prize.

Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5PB

Silver Bells Trial, Canons Ashby, 10am – 3pm, Fri 5 January

Keep the family in the Christmas spirit and explore the grounds to find musical items and make some beautiful festive sounds. A National Trust Event with no booking needed.

Canons Ashby, Canons Ashby House, Canons Ashby, Daventry, NN11 3SD

New Year’s Walk, Canons Ashby, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Sun 7 January

Start off the New Year with a refreshing morning walk to blow away the cobwebs after the indulgent Christmas season and get some fresh air in the beautiful Northamptonshire Countryside. Meet in the car park by the shepherd’s hut to set out on a ramble in the local countryside, finishing back in the car park. 

A National Trust Event with no booking needed so just roll up with your walking shoes. Although this is a free event, the normal admission charges still apply.

Canons Ashby, Canons Ashby House, Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3SD

Wonder, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7:30pm, Mon 8th – Tues 9th January

The Castle Theatre are starting off their Spring Season with a selection of blockbuster films, starting with the inspirational and heart-warming Wonder (PG). Wonder is based on the New York Times bestseller, and it tells the story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.

Tickets cost £7 (£5 for under 16s) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Follies, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7pm, Wed 10 January

The Castle Theatre are screening a live broadcast of  Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical from the National Theatre. Based in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. The dazzling new production features a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21 and is directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Tickets cost £15.50 (£13.50 for under 16s) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

The Magic Flute, Oundle Cinema Screening, Oundle, Wed 10 January

Oundle Cinema’s 2018 season begins with Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute – sung in English, translated by Stephen Fry. International opera superstars René Pape (Sarastro) and Lyubov Petrova (Queen of the Night) are joined by a supporting cast of goodies and baddies. Set in World War I, the film maintains the opera fairy-tale feel and the setting is evoked to poignant effect. Comedy, tragedy and final redemption come together in this popular opera. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for under 18s making this affordable for all. The doors and bar open half an hour before each screening and tickets can be purchased online or even at the door, the screening will start at 7:30pm.

Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EJ

Call Me By Your Name, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 3pm & 7:30pm, Wed 10 – Thurs 11 January

The film is based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman which is set in 1983. The son of an American professor is enamored by the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Together, they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them. The first showing is on Wed 10 Jan at 3pm and the second showing is on Thrus 11 Jan at 7:30pm so you get two chances to enjoy an evening out after a busy day at work.

Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Vivaldi by Candlelight, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Fri 12 January

Britain’s best-loved classical touring ensemble, the Locrian, present a musical tribute to thegreat Venetian composer, Antonio Vivaldi.  Attired in lavish period costume, performing in front of a stunning classical set, these charismatic musicians perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a composition which depicts 17th century Italian rural life in a wonderfully inventive manner.

Tickets cost £23.50 (£22.50 for concessions) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Beauty of light, Alfred East Gallery, Kettering 10am – 4pm, Sat 18 November – Sat 13 January

This one is close to my heart. When the Muddy Clan moved up to Northants nearly 20 years ago, two of the things we loved were the big skies and the early morning light.  This exhibition at one of the county’s most creative but hidden gems shows photo’s of mostly early morning light in and around Kettering and it’s absolutely free to all visitors.

OAN, Sheep Street, Kettering NN16 0AN

Rigoletto, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Tues 16 January

A live broadcast of David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect. The production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Tickets cost £15.50 (£13.50 for concessions) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Mountain, Oundle Cinema Screening, Oundle, 7:30pm, Wed 17 January

The documentary programme has some incredible films lined up for the 2018 season – these are, special interest features, which rarely come to mainstream cinemas. The 2018 season starts with Mountain – described as ‘One of the most visceral film essays ever made’, it is a sublime journey around the rooftops of the world, showing some of the white-knuckle activities which people undertake on these gentle giants.  Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for under 18s making this affordable for all. The doors and bar open half an hour before each screening and tickets can be purchased online or even at the door, the screening will start at 7:30pm.

Fletton House, Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA

Gin & Jazz evening, The Stag, Maidwell, 8pm – 10:30pm, Sat 20 January

A relaxed evening at The Stag where you can enjoy over 20 gins and live jazz music; there’s food to order as well so you won’t go hungry. No tickets needed so you can turn up last minute without a worry.

Harborough Road, Maidwell, Northants, NN6 9JA

Sleeping Beauty, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Wed 17 – Sun 21 January

Enjoy a traditional family pantomime directed by Steve Lack and Spencer Hawkes by the Wellingborough Pantomime Society. With music, dancing and comedy to tell the well-known story of the princess who was cursed by the bad fairy to prick her finger and die but in true pantomime style the good fairies overrule the spell giving a wonderful happy ending.

It’s a fun evening out for the whole family and with a local cast, spectacular costumes and scenery, this a a show worth watching.

Tickets cost £16 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Privies, Abington Park Museum, Thurs 18 January

Abington Park Museum starts their 2018 Over 60s events with Privies. Take a global look at how toilets began, the development of the British Privy, methods of disposal and development of the toilet as we know it today with help of guest speaker Chris Bazeley. Tickets are £2.50 and include refreshments. You can book online or by calling 01604 838110. The talk takes place from 10:30am – 11:30am.

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave South, Northampton NN1 5LW

Another Look Back at Northamptonshire, Abington Park Museum, Sat 20 January

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust returns to present a new selection of archive film including a further look behind the scenes at Northampton General Hospital and footage of the construction of Pitsford Reservoir around 1956. Tickets cost £6 per person and can be booked online or by calling 01604 838110.

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave South, Northampton NN1 5LW

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 3pm & 7:30pm, Wed 24 January

The Castle Theatre’s latest screening is Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) which tells the story of the playful, but passionate relationship between Peter Turner, a young British actor, and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (who rose to fame in the 1940s) in her later years. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover, quickly grows into a deeper relationship but their passion and lust for life is ultimately tested to their limits by events beyond their control.

Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Burns Night, Abington Park Museum, Fri 26 January

Celebrates Burns Night in the atmospheric setting of Abington Park Museum. An evening of bagpipes, poetry and dancing, along with Scottish inspired canapes. Complimentary glass of fizz on arrival and refreshments are available from the bar. Tickets cost £30 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 01604 838110. So brush off your tartan!

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave South, Northampton NN1 5LW

Frank’s Comedy Club, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 8pm, Fri 26 January

An evening of top quality laughs featuring some of the best acts on the UK comedy circuit.

You can even enjoy Franks Meal Deal an pre-order food for an extra £7.50 (£8.50 on the night) to enjoy a delicious burger, from Franks Hamburger House, served with chips and salad in a takeaway box during the interval. There’s four different choices, including a vegetarian option, to choose from.

Tickets cost £12.50 (£10.50 concessions) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Dunkirk, Oundle Cinema Screening, Oundle, Sun 28 January

The 2018 season continues with Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan’s epic retelling of the evacuation of British troops from the beaches of war torn France, starring Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles.  Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for under 18s making this affordable for all. The doors and bar open half an hour before each screening and tickets can be purchased online or even at the door, the screening will start at 7:30pm.

Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EJ

Gluten free & Vegan Feast, Warkton Village Hall, Kettering, 11:30am – 4:30pm, Sun 28 January

Enjoy a tree course gluten free and vegan feast hosted at the newly refurbished Warkton Village Hall by The Incredible Bakery Company.

There’s two seatings on the day and a several meals options to choose from so it’s flexible to fit around your schedule. You can pre-order your meal choices once you have purchased a ticket as you will receive an email confirmation with all the details on it. During your meal you will be served water, kombucha cordial, tea and coffee. Other types of drink will be available to purchase on the day an you can even take your own drink.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £20, you can buy them from their website.

Unit 1, Moorfield Courtyard, Warkton, Kettering, NN16 9XJ

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7:30pm, Mon 29 January – Thurs 1 February

The Castle Theatre are showing one of the latest additions to the Star Wars franchise. the story goes on as Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Like Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga, that unlocks age-old mysteries of the force and shocking revelations of the past.

Tickets cost £7 (£5 under 16s) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

An Evening with Pam Ayres, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7:30pm, Wed 31 January

Enjoy a relaxed evening full of laughter with the funny and warm Pam Ayres who has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. With her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the absurd details of everyday life, and unforgettable turn of phrase, she’s certain to make you giggle.

Tickets cost £23.50 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Feb 4 2018

A brand new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic – one of the most loved short stories ever written. In one ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough? A festive tale of redemption and compassion.

David Edgar is one of their greatest living writers. His rich history with the RSC stretches from Destiny in 1976 through the multi-award-winning adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, to Written on the Heart (2011). Now he returns to Dickens to rediscover the social conscience of this timeless tale.

Rachel Kavanaugh (Alice in Wonderland, 2001; The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2003) directs, fresh from stunning the West End with her award-winning production of Half A Sixpence.

Suitable for ages seven and over and children go half price. Find out more about ticket prices and discounts.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YF

Dick Whittington, Palladium Theatre, Sat 9 December – Sun 14 January

The iconic Palladium theatre pantomime returns with an enchanting production of Dick Whittington. Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the team behind the smash-hit Cinderella at the London Palladium.

London’s streets of gold are calling and, with his faithful cat by his side, our hero Dick goes searching for his fortune in the big city. But he won’t make it without your help! Be there to cheer Dick on along his journey, ‘boo’ at the biggest baddie of all time – King Rat – and ?ahh’ at the object of Dick’s affections, the beautiful Alice. Packed full of fabulous tunes, stunning dancing, fabulous costumes plus lots of festive sparkle and chances to join in, this is going to be one Christmas panto not to miss.

With an all-star cast, spectacular sets and plenty of laughs, you’ll need to book early to secure the best seats for the greatest pantomime adventure of them all!

london-palladium.co.uk/event/dick-whittington 

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