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Things to do in November


 Rita, Sue & Bob Too, Royal & Derngate, 2.30 and 7.45pm, Tues 31 Oct – Sat 4 Nov

This is a Muddy fave and no mistake. I thought the film was hilarious!! Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling that each of them think they control. Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure. Tickets £11-£29.

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

 Join the Ghost Search at Tamworth Castle 7.30pm – midnight, Tue 31 Oct

Join Tamworth castle’s ghost and ghoulies for a night with a difference on a ghost walk around the Medieval Castle, with vigils conducted in reputedly haunted rooms. Cameras or camcorders can be used,and they advise warm clothing and rugs or cushions for use during the vigils as rooms can be chilly!

Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth B79 7NA tel: 01827 709618

An evening with Gilmore and Roberts, The Castle Theatre, 8pm, Tue 31 Oct

An evening with

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Castle Theatre , Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Dinner Party flowers workshop at Bay Tree Cottage, 9.30am – 12.30pm Weds 1 November

Flowers can add the finishing touch to your table when you are throwing a dinner party, but they are often overlooked in the rush and panic to get all the food ready for your guests.

Join the team at Muddy Award winners, 2017 Bay Tree cottage for this inspiring half-day workshop and discover different and simple ways of arranging flowers for your dinner party table that will WOW your dinner party guests without costing a fortune or taking an age to complete! With tutor Linda Seabrook, a local florist, NAFAS Area Demonstrator and qualified tutor, you will learn the best flowers to choose to create a selection of floral arrangements and pieces to decorate your table. During the morning, Linda will show you how to create a stunning centre piece for your table, plus floral napkin rings, a tea light place setting and a beautiful floral candelabra. Then it will be your turn to have a go! Armed with your own container that you have brought from home, Linda will show you how to fill it with flowers for the centre piece of your table. Plus you will also make a floral napkin ring and a tea light place setting to take home too. Cost £48.50 pp.

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Nr Daventry, NN12 8HE

Storytelling at the Feast of Fools – Debs Newbold presents “King Lear Retold”, Delapre Abbey, 7.30pm Weds 1 November 

King lear
One of the UK’s leading performance storytellers fuses charisma, irreverence and eloquent physicality in a powerhouse solo performance of Shakespeare’s deepest and most moving tragedy. Debs Newbold, highly celebrated Birmingham born writer-performer and lead Shakespeare’s Globe storyteller, delivers a moving, funny and deeply felt re-telling of Shakespeare’s King Lear at Northampton’s storytelling club, the Feast of Fools on 1st November. A story of human frailty and love, King Lear Retold catapults its audiences into the turbulent world of a man who gives up his life’s work and in doing so, loses himself. Building on her command of Shakespeare’s exquisite verse, Debs unleashes a dazzling stream of verbal improvisation and physical dynamism to transport the audience from fear to delight, laughter to real tears with just a look or a word – her performance is deeply felt and often very funny. It asks bold questions about how retirement can displace a person’s sense of self.  Online tickets – (inc booking fee) £11.00 full price, £7.70 concessions On the door price – £10.50 full price, £7.50 concessions Wheelchair accessable

Northampton Delapre Abbey – the Dining Room, London Road Northampton, Northamptonshire NN4 8AW

A selection of Bonfire Night parties to attend – Full listing is here


Brackley Town Fireworks

WHERE: Magdalen College School, High Street, Brackley

WHEN: Saturday, November 4

TIME: Gates 5pm, fireworks 7pm

OTHER INFO: Fun fair, charity stalls and refreshments available


Corby Borough Council’s Bonfire and Firework Display

WHERE: Corby Boating Lake, NN17 2UN

WHEN: Friday, November 3

TIME: 6.30pm procession assembles at the swimming pool car park, 6.45pm procession moves to the bonfire led by a piper, 7pm bonfire, 7.30pm fireworks



Daventry Town Fireworks

WHERE: The Parker E-ACT Academy, Ashby Road, Daventry, NN11 0QF

WHEN: Saturday, November 4

TIME: Gates 6pm, fireworks 7.30pm


OTHER INFO: Hosted by Daventry Town Council with fireworks by MLE Pyrotechnics. Refreshments include burgers, pizza, sweets, toffee apples, doughnuts and a licenced bar.


Wicksteed Park Fireworks Display

WHERE: Wicksteed Park, Kettering

WHEN: Saturday, November 4

TIME: Doors/funfair 5pm, band session from Tresham College 5.30pm, Heart FM 6.30pm, bonfire 6.45pm, band session from Tresham College 7.30pm, fireworks display 8-8.20pm, stage show ends and Big Bopper’s disco starts 8.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £4.50 after Monday, October 23 and £5 on the night. Book before October 23 for £4 – babies in arms go free, all other children pay

OTHER INFO: Free car parking, live entertainment plus funfair (additional cost), free family disco to be held in the Pavilion after the display. The central feature of the night is – his name is Herne, the horned god and lord of the forest from British mythology. The beautifully-crafted wicker statue will come alive with fireworks of his own before being burned with the bonfire in a spectacular spectacle!

TICKETS: Available from the Wicksteed Park website which include a £1.50 postage and packaging fee


Billing Aquadrome

WHERE: Billing Aquadrome, Northampton

WHEN: Saturday, November 4

TIME: Fireworks from 8pm

How Much, Free – although it’s £5 car parking fee.  Tickets can be procured just here


Rushden Fireworks

WHERE: Rushden Hall Park, NN10 9NG

WHEN: Saturday, November 4

TIME: Gates 6pm, live music 6.30pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm, live music to finish

HOW MUCH: Advance (from various locations) £5 adult, £3 child / on the night £6 adult, £4 child


Barnwell Fireworks Display and Bonfire 2017

WHERE: Barnwell country park

WHEN: Sunday, November 5

TIME: 6.45 pm

HOW MUCH: Adults £5 children £4 under 5’s free

OTHER INFO:  Free Parking will be available on the recreation field from 5:00 pm which is a few minutes walk from the Village hall field. Allow plenty of time for viewing and trying the delicious range of food and drinks while listening to music before the spectacular lighting at about 6:45pm



WHERE: Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN

WHEN: Sunday, November 5

TIME: The displays and demonstrations will start at around 6.15pm but your tickets also include access to the Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy on the same day so join organisers a little bit earlier and enjoy the last of the track action for the 2017 season

HOW MUCH: £12 adults, children (under 15) free. The first 500 adult tickets purchased will receive a free hot dog voucher to be used on the day

OTHER INFO: In addition to the fireworks, there will be stunt demonstrations

TICKETS: Silverstone Fireworks or call 0844 3750 740

Saba Douglas-Hamilton A Life with Elephants, Lighthouse Theatre, 7.30pm Tue 7 November

Saba Douglas Hamilton

OMG.  Did you hear this lady on Chris Evan’s radio 2 interview on 23 Oct?  She was amazing and was a very emotional interview. Now you can join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family.  TICKETS: Full: £17.50 Concessions: £15.50 SHOW TIMES: 7:30pm

Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6PB

Art Exhibition with Debbie Boon, 11am – 4pm, Sat 11 November

Join the team at The Rose Gallery, Northampton to meet one of Britain’s favourite painters as she presents her collection of original paintings, artist proof canvas and limited edition prints. The beguiling wildlife and field paintings of Debbie Boon are inspired by two passions; the sheer joy of bringing a blank canvas to life through painting, and the delight gained from observing and representing the striking (and sometimes quirky) rural characters and vast blue skies of Eastern England. Her stated aim in her work is “to reflect life and all its visual personality.” Debbie’s lastest work has the ability to sit comfortably in both traditional and contemporary settings and graces the walls of numerous boutique hotels, including Michael Caine’s signature restaurant in the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter. On Saturday 11th November 2017 Bell of Northampton are exhibiting a collection of Debbie’s latest releases and would be delighted to welcome you at The Rose Gallery for an opportunity to meet the artist and view these beautiful pieces of art.

Places are strictly limited, so claim yours today. Call 01604 713743, or click here to reserve your space:

The Rose Gallery (within Bell showroom), Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton NN2 6LT

Northampton Winter Food festival, 10am – 5pm, Sat/Sun 11/12 November

The Northampton Winter Food Festival takes place at The County Cricket Ground in Northampton, the home of the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. They’ll will be taking over all of the indoor space – including the massive Lynn Wilson Centre – and also putting a marquee on the outfield so you will be warm and dry whatever the weather. There will be over 80 food, drink and gift stalls for you to browse; chef demonstrations by the best local cooks and Masterchef finalist Giovanna Ryan; tasting workshops; foodie talks; piping hot street food and mulled cider and wine to warm your cockles. Save money by buying your tickets in advance. Adult tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the day. A child ticket (over ten years) is £3. Children under ten go free.

There are two different tickets for each day: for arrival at either 10am onwards and at noon onwards. You are welcome to stay as long as you want. Please choose your arrival time when you book. Unfortunately no dogs allowed this time.

Northampton Winter food festival, The County Ground, Abington Ave, Northampton NN1 4PR.


Will Pound and Eddie Jay, Church of St James, Thrapston 7.45pm, Sat, 11 November

BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year Nominee Plays In Thrapston Three-time nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year, harmonica player Will Pound and talented accordion player Eddy Jay will make a highly anticipated visit to the Church of St James, Thrapston as part of the Oundle International Festival’s Music in Special Places series. Will is one of the world’s top harmonica players; he has taken the instrument to new places and plays its music in a way that is completely his own. Playing both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas, he creates sounds not usually heard on this little instrument in styles varying from bluegrass, folk, jazz and Arabic to blues, rock, pop and funk. His partner in music Eddy is a maestro of the accordion; his playing of this extraordinary instrument is unique and exhilarating. Described by Radio BBC6 Music DJ Tom Robinson as ’one of the most breathtaking live acts I’ve ever witnessed’ advance booking is recommended to secure your seats at what will be wonderfully enjoyable performance.

Further information and tickets (£14/£12/£4) are available from Oundle Festival Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4EA, 01832 274734 or

Church of St James, 1 Church Walk, Thrapston, Kettering NN14 4NP

New Perspectives Art Exhibition, Heseltine Gallery, Sat 11 – Fri 24 November

Join the Friends of the Heseltine Gallery for a drink and ‘Meet the Makers’ at the new exhibition at the Heseltine Gallery. This is the first exhibition curated by the Friends group, which is made up of volunteers who want to see the district’s public gallery stay open (the school no longer has funding to run it). It features work from 6 contemporary artisits from Northants with paintings, sculptures and ceramics.

The Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney OX17 2QR.

The Illegal Eagles, Lighthouse Theatre, 7.30pm, Tue 14 November

illegal eagles logo

Often acclaimed as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles return to the stage in 2017, this time celebrating their own incredible 20 years of UK & international touring! This seasoned group of talented musicians are true Eagles fans at heart. Their impressive mastery of the Eagles distinctive sound has made them one of the most sought after shows of their kind in the world. For their special 20th Anniversary tour, The Illegal Eagles bring you their strongest and most popular show to date. Performing all of the classic Eagles hits including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane and many more! Tickets from £23.50.

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6PB

Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen’s Christmas exhibition  10am – 5pm, Tue 14 November – Sun 17 December

Northants guild of craftsmen
An exhibition of members work a wide selection of quality hand made crafts something for everyone. Ceramics, glass, jewellery, felted textiles, wood, basketry, woven textiles, stained glass and so much more. Come and treat someone with something of quality.Free entry

The Mackintosh house, 78 Derngate, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1UH

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.

Alfred East Gallery Sheep St Kettering Northants Northamptonshire NN16 0AN

Festive Food and Christmas Artisan Market, Bosworths, Burton Latimer, 10am – 5pm, Sat/Sun 18/19 November

Boworth Garden Centre Christmas
All things handmade, craft and gifts with oodles of loveliness and a festive extravaganza of food and drink. Held over two days with many stalls changing over on different days. This is a great opportunity to get some unusual Christmas presents or a little something for yourself. Bosworths is a real Muddy favourite (we get our tree there every year) and this weekend they’ll have around 50 stalls on each day. They’ll also have a local Ukelele band playing on Saturday to bring a bit of festiveness to the day’s events. The two day event is held at Bosworth’s Garden Centre which will be bursting with festive goodies and also their pernnial Giant Snowglobe and Santa’s Grotto (both of which must be booked in advance) On the Saturday the event is open 10h00 to 17h00 On the Sunday the event is open 10h00 to 16h00. Free entry to all

Bosworths Garden Centre, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northants, Northamptonshire NN15 5QA

Art at Cool Contours: Christmas Market, Warden Hill, nr. Branbury, Sat/Sun 18/19 November

Visit an Oxfordshire Art Weeks event to find unique gifts perfect for christmas whether they are stocking fillers or larger presents, all hand-made by a dozen local artists. Great if you want something you can’t find on the high street. Open 11am – 5pm with free entry for all.

Cool Contours, Warden Hill, Chipping Warden, nr. Banbury OX17 1AJ. 01295 660755.

King’s Sutton Christmas Art Weeks, King’s Sutton, Branbury, Sat/Sun 18/19 November

11 Artists exhibiting at 5 venues around the village. Lithographic prints by Paul Murphy; Woodcut prints by Margot Bell; Jewellery inspired by nature by Lucy Sylvester; Ceramics at Fired Up Studios by Helen Street Woolner; and The Kings Sutton Collective presents a group show in the parish church of ceramics, drawing, jewellery, mixed media, painting, glass, pottery and sculpture – perfect for gifts or as a treat for yourself! Artists will be demonstrating painting, ceramics & jewellery making; and you can enjoy all of this whilst listening to the live music. All venues are open on 18 & 19 November, approx. 11 – 5pm (varies).

Venues include: The Corner House, No.2 Banbury Lane; Studio 23, 23 Wales Street; The Bell House; 1 Astrop Road; Church of St Peter & St Paul, The Square, King’s Sutton

Ruby Wax, Frazzled, Royal and Derngate, 7.30pm, Tue 21 November

Ruby Wax

Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new, five star, one-woman show to the stage, based on her best selling book, A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled. She has been honoured with the title of ‘poster girl for mental illness’; once crazy, now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it. By the way, she graduated from Oxford three years ago, at a late stage, so she should know her stuff. Tickets – £21

Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Swarbrick Singers concert, All Saints Curch, Brixworth, 7:30pm, Sun 19 November

Explore the music of the entire Baroque Period and celebrate the birth of the iconic Claudio Monteverdi, 450 years ago, and the death of the highly influential Georg Telemann, 200 years later. Directed by Ian Clarke, enjoy the voices of the Swarbrick Singers, accompanied by violins and continuo, in a relaxed Sunday evening. Tickets are £12 and can be booked from 01604 781952 or on the door.

All Saints Church, The Old Vicarage, Station Road, Brixworth, Northampton, NN6 9DF

One EPIC, 6 – 10pm,  Fri 24 November

Vivid and G&E Mcintyres are collaborating on one EPIC evening to bring you a host of goodies, bubbles and food in honour of Vivid’s 5 start rating with Good Salon Guide and G&E’s launch of a new product range! They’ll also be raising money for the Little Princess Trust a charity providing real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss which is something close to both the businesses hearts. The evening will be host to lots of fantastic, bespoke, local businesses who will be showcasing their products/services which you might find of some inspiration leading up to Christmas.

We are working hard to pull some EPIC-NESS out of the bag for you and so far confirmed we have:

Bubbles on tap courtesy of the Vino Van (an EPIC mobile Prosecco bar); awesome acoustic sounds from the wonderfully talented Joe Church; free goodie bags for the first 50 arrivals (worth over £50.00)!!; G&E McIntyres/Vivid Hair Northampton, The Ridings, Northampton, NN1.

Tusting Christmas Sale, Lavendon, 25/26 Sat/Sun November

Get prepared for Christmas and find the perfect gifts for your family and friends from Tusting. With brilliant gift inspirations and fabulous bargains on Britain’s finest leather accessories, bags and furniture, you’re sure to find something that will tickle your fancy. Visit their store in Olney over their sale weekend as you don’t want to miss out on these fantastic offers! You can find out more information on their Facebook event page.

29 Olney Road, Lavendon, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4EU

Brackley Christmas Lights & Lantern Parade

WHEN: Sat 25 November

TIME: 12:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHAT ELSE: Lantern Workshops for the Christmas Parade Saturday 25th November with the switching on of the Christmas Lights from the High Street to the Market Place.  Workshops take place Saturday 11 & 18 and Sunday 19 November from 10.00am- 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm on all days in the Old Fire Station Community Room.

Higham Ferrers

WHEN: Market Square, Higham Ferrers, Sat 18 November

TIME: 11am – 6pm

WHAT ELSE: This is the infamous Christmas Sparkle event – The Continental Market in College Street, Father Christmas in Chichele College’s Winter Wonderland, street entertainment for adults and childrens; face painting at Wilson Browne’s offices – means there will be loads going on for everyone to enjoy. Mulled Wine and Refreshments on the Market Square and in the Bede House, and of course, Christmas crafts and gifts to buy all over the town. 


WHEN: Market Square, Sat 18 November

TIME: 6pm (TBC)

WHAT ELSE: Expect flurrys of snow on a  magical journey through the  town centre Lapland as the town celebrate s Christmas throughout November and December. From lively entertainment and an igloo cinema, to a craft market and delicious food stalls, we’re promised lots to see and do once the switch is flicked.  Bring it on.


James acaster christmas

WHEN: Market Place, Thu 30 November

TIME: 5 – 7.30pm

WHAT ELSE: Kettering’s countdown to Christmas will start when comedian James Acaster turns on the town’s lights at the BIG Switch On event. The Kettering-born comedian will take to the   stage accompanied by hosts Connect FM and will feature the cast of the Lighthouse Theatre’s Christmas panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, plus live music and entertainment for the whole family. The stand-up comedian has become a regular on TV panel shows such as Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 cats and has received acclaim from around the world, including a record breaking five consecutive nominations for best comedy


Christmas lights olney

WHEN: High St, Sat 3 December

TIME: From 10am – 4pm

WHAT ELSE: Traders dressed in Victorian clothes will pack Olney’s Market Place and High Street with stalls offering treats for your festive table and under the tree. Everything from an array of gifts, holly wreaths and wrapping to handmade crafts. Sample delicious mulled wine, hot chocolate and turkey rolls as well as other tasty food and drink on the day. The Farmers market offers delicious local produce.


Christmas tree lights

WHEN: Sat 3 December

TIME: 12 – 7pm

WHAT ELSE:  Where better to experience a festive and fun-filled Christmas Market this winter than in the beautiful, historic town of Oundle? Starting at 12 noon on Saturday 3 December the fun will last all afternoon until 7pm. Join in with all the fun and switching the lights on at 5:30pm. Masses of mulled wine and mince pies and other street food delicacies will keep you warm. With the town’s fabulous independent shops and cafes there is plenty of opportunity to relax, soak up the atmosphere and to find that ‘perfect’ gift.


WHEN: Sat 25 November

TIME: 2.15 – 5.15pm

WHAT ELSE: There will be stalls along the High Street, fairground rides, live raindeer, food, refreshments and best of all the community of Rushden getting together to watch the towns beautiful Christmas lights being switched on. This promises to be a great family event that everyone will enjoy, so come down to Rushden this November 2017.

Thrapston Christmas Lights Festival

WHEN: Sat, 25 November 2016


WHAT ELSE: There will be fairground rides, side stalls, a live music stage, seasonal street food and hog roast from local traders, street acts, character appearances, face painting, and of course, Meet & Greet Santa himself before we call on everyone to help ‘Light up Thrapston’ and switch on our Christmas lights.


WHEN: Sat, 25 November

TIME: 13:30 – 18:15

WHAT ELSE: Probably me with mulled wine in hand and a bit of snazzy tinsel round my hair : )


The Jungle Book, Royal & Derngate, 29 Nov – 31 Dec (Check box office for the variable performance times)

Jungle book royal and derngate

A co-production with Children’s Touring Partnership. This is a vivid new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic for the Royal stage this Christmas. A wild and funny tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling. Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle. Adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic), The Jungle Book receives its premiere at Royal & Derngate before a major national tour. It promises the perfect festive entertainment for all ages.

Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP.

Christmas chocolates – Demo and tasting evening, Bay Tree Cottage, 7-9pm,  Thu 30 November

We all love chocolate and what could be nicer than making your own for Christmas. Join us for an evening and we will show you how to make a selection of scrumptious truffles and package them beautifully to give away to friends and family…or save them as an indulgent treat for yourself. These delicious chocolates will put a smile on anyone’s face! £22.50 per person. (It is your responsibility to notify BTC, in advance of attending any event at Bay Tree Cottage, of any dietary requirements or food allergies. Bay Tree Cottage does not assume any responsibility for adverse reaction to any foods consumed).  Have fun!!

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Nr Daventry, NN12 8HE.

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