Things to do in November
FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, throughout Nov
This cosy, plush cinema is showing fab films this November, perfect for a trip en famille or just with the girls. A Star is Born is sure to be one of the biggest movies released. (Lady Gaga is beyond brill!) If you’re wanting something a little more serious, tune into the Hate U Give, a powerful and thought-provoking take on violence and high school shootings in America. Book online through their website or visit the Derngate Box Office.
THEATRE: Private Peaceful, The Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Thurs 1 – Fri 2 Nov
Adapted from the family favourite author Michael Morpurgo’s tear-jerking book, Private Peaceful promises to be an uplifting story for the whole Muddy Squad. (Yes you can even drag the teenagers to this one). As a commemoration for the 100th anniversary of WW1, the production promises to blend entertainment, a bit of education and of course excitement. Tickets can be bought through their website. The Derngate has a whole host of other exciting shows starting from the 12th Nov: The Odyssey, Foster and Allen, Jay Rayner, Live on Mars, Dylan Moran and many more!!! For the full lowdown check out their brochure, it’s rather snazzy. With every £10 donation made by audiences through an Xmas booking being matched by Royal & Derngate to provide a free ticket for either Peter Pan, The Worst Witch or The Everywhere Bear (throughout the festive period), give disadvantaged children living in Northamptonshire the chance to visit the theatre this Christmas.
THEATRE: This is The Greatest Show, The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Thurs 1 Nov
With the Greatest Showman possibly being the best musical movie this year (not just because it has Zac Efron in it) sing your heart out as you can join the cast of West End Singers and a Live band as they take you on a journey through the music from “The Greatest Showman” “Moulin Rouge” “Barnum” and many others. You’ve probably already had practice from Mamma Mia 2 so whip out that cringe singing one more time this November. Tickets for adults cost £22 and can be bought online through this link.
COOKERY & FOOD: Bay Tree Cottage Cookery Workshops, Maidford, Towcester, running throughout Nov
Inspired by bakeoff and those incred cakes? Well, you’ll be baking like Mary Berry after improving your culinary skills at one of these Bay Tree cookery workshops. Ranging from ‘A Winter Afternoon Tea’, to a ‘Gluten Free Christmas’ or even ‘Vegan Workshops’, the sessions run either all day, for half a day or just one evening if you’re super busy rushing around for the Mudlets. Visit the website for more info and to purchase a ticket.
KIDS: Fireworks Spectacular at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Sat 3 Nov
Why not visit the theme park in the day, whiz around on the dodgems or try the high wires (I personally prefer to perch on the carousel) before treating the Mudlets to the Bonfire and Firework evening from 5pm? Get your diary organised pronto as tickets are £4 until 29th October and £5 on the night. You can even get your groove on at the free disco in the Pavillion after the display- I’m certainly sensing some shameless dad-dancing. A full listing of other fireworks and bonfire events can be found here.
EXHIBITION: Sarah Taylor Silverwood, Crowd Show Exhibition, Contemporary Art Northampton, Guildhall Road, Sat 3 Nov
Crowd Show is an exhibition at NN contemporary, which is creative, cool and captivating, with Sarah’s work reminiscent of the Banks vibe we all crave, but no shredded paintings this time I promise. Drop into this free event from 2pm-5pm where she will lead the discussion on the social and political changes in Northampton, drawing up a mock ‘constitution’ for the future of our beloved town. Following this event there will be a closing party at the museum, an apt way to end her exhibition period that started in early September.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The Brampton Halt Christmas Fayre, 11am-4pm, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Sat 3 – Sun 4 Nov
This fayre has an array of local products & produce up for sale, which will defo help you along with your Christmas shopping and stocking fillers. There will also be lots of variety from cards to candles, jewellery to soap. The marquee bar will be serving mulled wine & Christmas cocktails throughout the duration of the fayre- it’s boozy and brilliant. The BBQ brings an added bonus, dishing up hog roast & bratwurst… We are feeling festive already! Entry is free, with donations going to the mighty Magnus medicine fund. More info can be found in this link.
MUSIC: ‘The Fermi Paradox’ by Paul K, released Fri 9 Nov
Hailing from Weldon on the Northamptonshire-Rutland border, Paul K experiments with samples and prog-rock synths for the upcoming release of ‘The Fermi Paradox’, which follows his debut album ‘Omerta’. Using samples from cosmologists, tune in for a quirky and relaxing listen, that will have you racing like the space race for more.
THEATRE: Circus Of Horrors, Steve Bugeja and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, all at The Core, Corby Cube, Fri 9 – Sat 10 Nov
The Corby Cube theatre is certainly at the core of spectacular show offerings. If you still haven’t had a strong enough dose of fright from Halloween, the Circus of Horrors (7:30 pm, 9th Nov) promises to be a show filled with bizarre, brilliant and brave acts. Tickets for the Psycho Asylum can be bought online, with the same applying for the other shows. If this doesn’t take your fancy, then go for giggles and buy tickets for Steve Bugeja’s biggest comedy tour to date. Having contributed to Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and even 8 out of 10 cats, his show is set to be the funniest and most confessional one yet. Finally, Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers return to The Core at Corby Cube on Saturday 10th November with their thrilling show, The Story of The Bay City Rollers, that has been taking UK theatres by storm. The band will perform songs that influenced the original group as they were forging their way in the music business, as well as all the Rollers’ hits, including Bye Bye Baby, Summer Love Sensation and Shang A Lang to name just a few. The entertainment on offer at the Core at Corby Cube is not to be overlook this November!
FESTIVAL: Northampton Winter Food Festival (10AM – 5pm, 10AM- 4pm), the County Cricket Ground Northampton, Sat 10 – Sun 11 Nov
This foodie fest will have over 80 food, drink and gift stalls for you to browse; chef demos, free wine and gin tasting sessions, culinary talks, hot street food and mulled cider and wine to warm your inner xmas spirit. This year however it wouldn’t feel wintry without some fresh air, so there is an open-air street food market and hot drink stalls selling artisan coffee, boozy hot chocolate and hot toddies around the boundary edge. Buy tickets in advance online to save a few precious pennies on the day.
FOOD/ THEATRE: The Ten (Food) Commandments by Jay Rayner, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Fri 16 Nov
Legendary Masterchef critic Jay Rayner is redefining the rules of food in his new show, which will include a Q & A, as well as a book-signing. So break the rules this November, don’t just stay and watch your average Friday night TV. Venture out for 7:45pm, to the Royal & Derngate, for an evening sure to be filled with laughter and plenty of foodie fun. Tickets are £21.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk. C’mon it’s two of the best things in life: food and theatre, could it be any more perfect?
EVENT: Refreshments in the Courtyard and Gardens, 10:30-12, The Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, Thurs 15 Nov
With a lovely view of Olney Church Spire, the Refreshments events in the Courtyard & Gardens are just a stone’s throw from Olney Market. Escape the bustle of the Market Place to enjoy delicious refreshments and a friendly welcome. The idyllic 18th century Georgian gardens are very picturesque and can be enjoyed with tea or coffee and a homemade cake in Cowper’s charming Courtyard.All proceeds from refreshments go towards the upkeep of the local Museum.
KIDS: Build a Bear workshop at the Wicksteed Park Craft and Gift Fair, 11-4pm, Barton Road Kettering, Sat 17 Nov
With parking and Mudlet admission being free for this marvellous market, why not avoid the tears and treat them to a teddy. Run by the Just Party team, tickets are just £12 and can be bought online. Splash the cash on the ticket quick as it’s a one time exclusive and saves you trekking to the Centre at MK to buy the furry friend.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Crafts for Christmas (10am-4pm), Castle Ashby Gardens, Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov
As xmas becomes just around the corner, visit over 60 handmade stalls to pick up those cute vintage gifts you won’t find in high street stores. Oh and I almost forgot to mention you can keep the Mudlets entertained as there is a reindeer, and an even bigger bonus is that under 16s go free! Adult entry is only £4 on the day, so you can shop away and have a browse around the marquees and if you get a little peckish visit the Walled Garden Tea Room which is nestled within the picturesque gardens.
CULTURE: Sneak peek tours of Lyveden Manor, Oundle, Northamptonshire
Take an exclusive tour around this gorgeous manor, which is currently not even open to the public. Rediscover the story of Sir Thomas Tresham this winter as this event promises to offer a unique insight as they test our exciting story-telling techniques, to shape the future of the manor. Tours are available at a variety of different times, to book simply follow the link. The event itself is free, however normal adult admission at £6.80 applies.
FOOD: Mumu Burger’s Afternoon Tea, 47-49 St Giles’ Street, Northampton town centre, throughout Nov
Available at Lunch times only, Mumu has put the ultimate spin on Afternoon Tea, far from delicate (and boring cucumber sandwiches) they’re offering juicy mini sliders, vanilla thick shakes, oreo chocolate pots, hand cut chunky chips and even lemon drizzle squares. Sounds like junk food heaven to be honest. Only £27.95 for adults, with plenty to feed a few pals, and £15.95 to keep the Mudlets happy, pre-book Mumu’s afternoon tea now to avoid disappointment as it’s a pretty unique offering in Northants. The brochure and menu can be found here.
FAMILY: Ice Skating, The Beckworth Emporium, 120-140 Glebe Road, Northampton
Beckworth returns for another year with it’s ice skating rink and fantastic offers, which include curling, Friday fun nights (which include a Carlsberg Blizzard Bar), as well as parents & tots events. Be sure to book to avoid disappointment as they are extremely popular events! https://www.iceemporium.com/ The Ice Cafe will also be open for snacks, hot drinks and food throughout the day, and with seating for 200 there’s no need to book food in advance unless you are a group of 10 or more.
FURTHER AFIELD: Junkyard golf club, Castle Street, Oxford
You’ve probably seen snaps of Junkyard venues dotted over Facebook or Insta feeds, with their insanely colourful cocktails and underground UV lighting. With Oxford being only a hop, skip and a jump away from Northants, get yourself to this amazing crazy golf course (that also has a branch in London) that offers boozey bars, tunes and three courses to choose from. This is the par-fect venue to reunite all your friends this xmas, forget drinks or dinner parties and choose crazy golf. Check out this link to their Xmas packages, costing as little as £15 pp including drinks, food and a funky visor that you’ll be sporting on the regular. With an over 18 policy after 7pm, you and the girls or fam friends can ditch the Mudlets for a night of golfing madness, defo more exciting than a meal or pub grub.