FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Oct
Brilliant new independent films this season include the thought provoking drama The Wife, Anton Chekhov adaptation The Seagull and introspective drama Lucky. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including heist drama King of Thieves, as well as Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. The classics offering includes a selection of films celebrating Black History Month in the UK this October. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera. They’ve also announced a new series of screenings aimed at welcoming even more 16-25 year-olds into the cinema, thanks to support from the BFI Film Audience Network – one for the not so little Mudlets!
Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD
THEATRE: Kinky Boots, Royal & Derngate, Now – Sun 6 Oct
Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots comes home to Northampton, the very place that the story is about. Don’t miss the “freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade” (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.
KIDS: Super Camps, throughout Oct
Super Camps is a leading provider of Ofsted registered holiday day camps, with over 30 locations across the UK running camps in October. Aimed at children aged 4-12, Super Camps are running Multi-Activity camps, giving parents childcare options that not only fit with their busy lives but are also guaranteed to keep their children entertained. Super Camps’ Multi-Activity camps offer a wide range of activities, from messy play and story book detectives for the early years to arts and crafts, go-karting, dodgeball, LEGO® building and team-based activities for the older children. There is also a different theme each week, which means there is always something new to look forward to. The theme of the week for Oct Half Term has been confirmed as Heroes vs Monsters.
EVENT: Althorp Literary Festival, Althorp House, Fri 5 – Sun 7 Oct
The Althorp Estate is opening is gates once again for the 15th annual Althorp Literary Festival. The fantastic line up include Prue Leith, Bernard Cornwall, Julian Fellowes and many more. Author sessions are individually priced if you just want to pop along to see your faves.
FAMILY: Pumpkin Trials, Canons Ashby, Sat 6 Oct – Wed 31 Oct
Dress to impress for a great family day, out hunting hidden and spooky pumpkins in the grounds. Try the Pumpkin Trail as a team and explore the grounds whilst seeking our pumpkins and solving the clues! Then collect your sticker. Normal admission prices apply.
THEATRE: The Dreamboys, Castle Theatre, Thu 11 Oct
The Dreamboys are getting pulses racing across Britain with their official 2018 UK tour, and they will be heating up the Castle Theatre stage when they perform live in Wellingborough on Thu 11 Oct, 7.30pm. enowned for their atmospheric shows bringing together high energy dance routines, challenging choreography, incredibly toned physiques and larger-than-life personalities, it’s no surprise The Dreamboys have stolen the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
EVENT: Swish Event, Brixworth Village Hall, Fri 12th Oct
This event is one of many being arranged in the area of Brixworth to raise money for research and treatment for a local boy Magnus Petters. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before Christmas last year. Tickets cost £10, including a glass of fizz and 5 raffle tickets!
EVENT: Dr. Fright’s Halloween Nights presents Horrortown, Earls Barton, Fri 12 – Fri 26 Oct
Venture through the sinister locations of a derelict and cursed town! All whilst being hunted by the terrifying residents that reside there . . . Featuring 4 live action scare mazes all loaded with huge horror scenes, terrifying special FX and amazing actors! It’s the ultimate Halloween night out! Due to the intense, scary nature of the event we don’t recommend that under 12’s attend. Entry times 7-9pm. Ticket prices range from £15.95 to £22.95 and can be bought here.
White Nurseries, Clay Lane, Earls Barton, NN6 0EP
FAMILY FUN: World Conker Championships, Southwick, Northants, Sun 13 Oct
Watch the experts as they battle it out to see who is the best at playing conkers in the world! It’s a big event with a kids’ conker competition, stalls, guide dog displays, bumper cars, climbing wall, food offerings, a tea and cake tent, Morris dancers, juggling workshops, a ukuleke band and praise be, a bar.
THEATRE: Castle Comedy Club, Castle Theatre, Fri 19 Oct
The evenings may be getting colder, but a night of laughter is guaranteed to warm you up, and luckily Castle Theatre have a night of some of the most hilarious stand-ups on the UK touring circuit to get audiences chuckling. Castle Comedy Club takes place on Fri 19 Oct, 8pm.
FILM: Halloween, cinemas nationwide from Fri 19 Oct
Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.
EVENT: Distillery Open Day, Wharf Distillery and Deli, Sat 20 Oct
Apple pressing, distillery talks, kids activities, free tasting, live music and local producers.
FAMILY: Autumn Half Term Activities, Castle Theatre, Mon 22 – Sat 27 Oct
Keep the kids entertained this October half-term by taking them to one of the many activities and films on offer at Castle Theatre.There’s all sorts from family days to arts and crafts and some great movies.
KIDS: Spooky Crafts, Wicksteed Park, Tues 23 & Thurs 25 Oct
Head to Wicksteed Park in October half term to create some spooky crafts! Let your creative side free and get into the Halloween mood with their Spooky Crafts sessions. Taking place at the learning space for £3, this event will be fun for children and families! Time: 10:30 – 12:00. Book tickets for this spooky fun calling the ticket office on: 01536 512475
THEATRE: West Side Story, Royal & Derngate, Tues 23 – Sat 27 Oct
Join Northampton Musical Theatre Company as they journey to America for the modern day Romeo & Juliet. Following their previous success with Sister Act and The Wizard of Oz, Northampton Musical Theatre Company return in October half-term with the movie classic, West Side Story. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.
MUSIC: 80s Mania, Castle Theatre, Fri 26 Oct
80s Mania features the music of 25 chart-topping pop stars including Duran Duran, Human League, Culture Club, Wham!, Madness, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Erasure, Nena, Soft Cell, Toni Basil, Dead or Alive, Kim Wilde plus many, many more live on stage. It’s Europe’s offical 80s reunion concert and with over 150 fabulous costumes, it’s sure to be a fun one!
FOOD: European Wine Dinner, Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Fri 26 Oct
Enjoy a delicious dinner as well to accompany your tasting whilst listening to guest expert speaker, Justin Simms, who will welcome you with an aperitif before explaining more about the wines served throughout the evening.
EVENT: Murder Mystery Evening, Kettering Park Hotel & Spa, Fri 26 Oct
Enjoy a night filled with mystery and murder. See if you can solve the murder. The evening will also include a delicious three-course meal. £45 per person.
KIDS: Little Monster’s Ball, Wicksteed Park, Sat 27 Oct
Wicky Bear is holding his annual Little Monsters Ball, and he can’t wait! He and his crew will be performing some spooktacular dances as well as hosting party games and a disco. Tickets are £6* for kids and £2* for adults. Come in fancy dress! Doors open 11.30am, party starts at 12noon to 2pm (*50p extra per person on the day of the party) Babies under 12 months go free.
Cirque du Diablo, a Halloween extravaganza, The Music Barn, Sat 27 Oct
The Return of Cirque du Diablo, sees the Music Barn hosting a feast for the senses this coming Halloween. Do you dare attend? The Music Barn team welcomes you to join them on 27th October 2018 for a Halloween extravanganza. Expect 2 rooms of spooky fun including fire acts and angle grinders, circus performers, craft ales and punchy local ciders, DJs and some tasty street food. Oh and don’t forget your fancy dress! Please note this is an +18 only event and due to licensing restrictions children are not able to attend.
ART: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4
The V&A Museum will explore more than 200 personal objects that belonged to Frida Kahlo, one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. The Mexican artist’s belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. From her ‘Ebony’ eyebrow pencil and beautifully embroidered clothes to a painted prosthetic leg, this exhibition is fascinating to say the least.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
CULTURE: Literary Festivals, various locations, various dates
October seems to be the month for literary fests – they’re everywhere! On now, one of the biggest and best (we would say that as we’re going to be there) is the Henley Literary Festival (until Sun 7 Oct). Writers such as Kate Humble, Bryony Gordon, Kate Mosse and Lucy Mangan are just some of the big names appearing to plug their books, chat and tell stories. Muddy has snaffled a stellar panel of three dazzling writers for our salon – Viv Groskop, award-winning comedian and author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons From Russian Literature, Farrah Storr, Cosmopolitan editor and author of The Discomfort Zone: How To Get What You Want By Living Fearlessly and Caroline O’ Donoghue, writer for The Pool whose Promising Young Women is one of the most acclaimed debut novels of 2018.
Not long to wait until the next lit fest as Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music takes place on Thurs 11 to Sun 14 and is celebrating PG Woodhouse and Jane Austen. Lots of authors to choose from but we’re liking the sound of leading wine writer Jonathan Ray talking about his latest book on 100 of the world’s greatest champagnes and sparkling wines and offering some tastings. Singers from Italy will be performing Puccini and other great composers, and raconteurs Nicholas Parsons and Gyles Brandreth will be telling stories of their lives on TV and in radio.
Wait 4 days and along comes another one – this time Thame Arts and Literary Festival (Thurs 18 – Sun 21 Oct). Highlights include Lucy Worsley (sadly sold out), Sophie Hannah who was commissioned by Agatha Christie’s estate to write the next Hercule Poirot adventure, and Michael Pennington on the impact of playing King Lear on actors, including himself.
You can dive straight into the Wantage Literary Festival from the one in Thame as it runs Sat 20 – Sat 27 Oct. Originally celebrating John Betjeman, it now covers literature, poetry, comedy, history, science and the arts. Louise Minchin, Tracy Borman and Diarmuid Gavin are among the highlight speakers.
Still want more? Head into London for the London Literary Festival in the Southbank Centre from Thurs 18 – Sun 28 Oct. Lots of literary luminaries like Sir Salman Rushdie and Barbara Kingsolver plus a dollop of celebs like Sally Field, Sue Perkins, Roger Daltrey, Mary Beard and Melvyn Bragg.
EXHIBITION: Duke and Duchess of Sussex Exhibition, Windsor Castle, from Fri 26 Oct
Better late than never, but we’ve all been invited to Windsor Castle to get up close and personal with newlyweds Harry and Meghan. Ok, so they won’t actually be there but a new exhibition will display Meghan’s Givenchy bridal gown designed by Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller is, her 5m veil embroidered with flora symbolising the 53 Commonwealth countries and the 1932 Queen Mary diamond and platinum tiara loaned to the Duchess by the Queen. It’s not all about the bride (even though we known it is really), Harry’s Blues and Royals frock designed by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row will also be standing to attention.