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Things to do this weekend

Fri 23 - Sun 25 March

The best of award season, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton, Throughout March

Catch up with some of the biggest contenders of this year’s award season at Errol Flynn Filmhouse. A huge selection of films are available including ‘Shape of Water’, ‘I,Tonya’ and ‘Lady Bird’ so there’s something for everyone. If you fancy a trip with this kids, then ‘The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long’ is the one for you; belt out the dazzling show tunes from the box office hit. Tickets range from £6 – £8.50 and can be booked online.

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Derngate, Northampton NN1 1TU

Oundle International Festival Tickets, Oundle, from Thurs 1 Mar

Tickets for this year’s Oundle International Festival will go on sale on Thursday 1st March; the ever popular Festival returns for its 34th year with a programme so broad in appeal that there is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival is from 4th-14th July and has so much to offer for all the family, with an open-air production of David Walliams’ ‘The Midnight Gang’ or enjoy jazz and swing music from the ’20s and ’30s with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. There’s a lot to choose from and tickets can be bought online of by calling the box office on 01832 274734, visit the website for more information.

Oundle Festival Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4EA

25 Year Portrait Photography Retrospective by Donald Maclellan, The Hestletine Gallery,  Wed 7 – Sun 25 Mar

One of the country’s most eminent portrait photographers shares a one-off glimpse into the best of his portraits of the famous and influential – over 40 images ranging from Sir Ian McKellen to Stephen Fry and a range of politicians and leaders of social reform. Do come along and meet Donald over a glass of wine! All free, including plenty of parking.

The Hestletine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney, Oxfordshire, OX17 2QR

Spanish Night, Brampton Halt, Northampton, Fri 23 Mar

Get into the Spanish mood with your friends with an evening full of tapas, paella and sangria. Brampton Halt are prepared to get embrace you into the Spanish vibes, perfect for a girl’s night out.

Brampton Halt, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA

Spring Fair, Brampton Halt, Northampton, 11am -4pm, Sat 25 Mar

Enjoy the beginning of Spring with a selection of local crafters & producers showing & selling their wares.  There will be plenty of craft and food stalls, speciality gin bar for the adults and a bouncy castle for the little ones, for the whole family to indulge in.

Pop in for a coffee and bacon roll from 11 am or treat yourself to something from the BBQ which will be sizzling from 12 noon. Entry will be free, donations to their chosen charity are welcome.

Brampton Halt, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA

Shrek the Musical, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Wed 14 – Sun 25 Mar

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Join Shrek, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Tickets priced from £16 -£49.50 and can be booked online or by calling the box office on 01604 624811.

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Aaminah Snowdon, The Rose Gallery, Northampton, 11am-3pm, Sat 24 Mar

The highly popular, young English artist Aaminah Snowdon will be visiting The Rose Gallery. Aaminah Snowdon is a British contemporary artist, born in 1990, in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Her work exclusively depicts British wildlife, farm animals and pets in a unique and original style with a hint of humour. Admire her signature style of bold strokes and vibrant colours as this self-taught artist showcases her best work. The event is free to attend and anyone interested in Aaminah’s work and in meeting Aaminah, is welcome. You can book tickets via Eventbrite.

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

Further Afield:

Mamma Mia, London

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a trip to see one of the most loved musicals.

Mamma Mia! A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Writer Catherine Johnson’s tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling of ABBA’s songs propels this musical tale of love, laughter and friendship. You’ll find your feet tapping along to familiar hits through this smash-hit musical.

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