Things to do this weekend
FRI 17 - MON 20 NOV 2017
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.
Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen’s Christmas exhibition 10am – 5pm, Tue 14 November – Sun 17 December
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
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
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
Lets go and Park Run – Locations in Corby, Daventry, Kettering and Northampton
Mr Muddy’s recent dates with Susan Harrison, aka owner of Northamptonshire Running Mate – reviewed here– has been life transforming for him. Running with his new buddies – all of mixed running ability – means that every Saturday he’s up and about heading over to any of the 4 Park Runs taking place across the county at 9am. Once again the 5k courses are run at your own pace, you can jog, walk, take kids, take dogs – in fact you can pretty much get around the courses any way you fancy. The runs are free but you must register on line with Park Run. The running courses are manned by the brilliant park Run volunteers – so it’s a healthy way to have a great time with good people. Mr Muddy says if you think you can’t run – you can!
Detail of the Northamptonshire Park runs can be found here;
3 for £15 Brunch Tapas, Bread & Pullet, Sat 4 Nov
On a recent weekend visit to one of Northampton’s favourite Restaurant’s, The Bread and Pullet, we had coffee and vittels in mind, but actually ended up with tapas deliciousness and a bottle of prosecco – their brunch menu of £15 for 3 dishes and free flowing bubbles is a winner. In any case, we beat the rush because at 12am the place was packed.
Bread and Pullet, 176 Wellingborough Rd, Northampton NN1 4DZ
Heading into autumnal London, me hearties? Yup, me too. A few hours’ in Harvey Nicks followed by cocktails at 5 Hertford Street and then…Woah, stop there girl! I’ve got kids in tow, which means trying to stay dry and stay perky whilst contending with the other ‘out of towners’ in the Capital’s museums, shops and all the usual attractions. But then, what about the prospect of warm welcoming seat and a cold glass of what you fancy in the darkness whilst you’re all being entertained? Although there won’t be much time for quiet thought with these blockbuster show tunes to admire– you’ll be toe-tapping and singing along before you know it. Check out the Muddy guide to 5 of the best West End Shows to keep kids of all ages amused this autumn.
Annie, Piccadilly Theatre
Heads up on this one – tickets are going fast so book yours now to see the best diva for the job – Craig Revel-Horwood (!) high kicking, falling over and passing out as Miss Hannigan. It’s a 10 from us Craig. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some legwarmers to put on…
Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny (and entertain us all in the process). Tim Minchin’s award winning score will have you humming his tunes for weeks after the performance. Love it.
Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre
Perhaps one for families with slightly older kids for this Mel Brooks classic farce. So it goes, Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’) inherits a castle in Transylvania leading him to fulfill his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancee Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and monstrous consequences. Lesley Joseph ditches last years Strictly sequins for the greasepaint, alongside funny man Ross Noble. It’s gonna be good.
Disney’s Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre
You ain’t never seen a show like this. Breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on the West End stage. Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy Award®-winning film including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’, prepare to experience the unmissable ‘theatrical magic’ (Daily Telegraph) that is Aladdin.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre
A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, but in a town where everyone’s a crook and even security guards can’t be trusted, what could possibly go wrong? Basically, everything goes wrong. Delivering swag loads of laughter, Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy from the team that brought us ‘The Play that goes wrong’. Hilarious.
Invaders – Sea Life London Aquarium (ongoing)
The London Aquarium never disappoints. The beautiful, bonkers and plain ugly get the full point and stare treatment. This month jellyfish joins the celebrity gold fish bowl with a new permanent exhibition dedicated to Ocean Invaders’. Discover the most dangerous species and create our own digital jellyfish. It’s cheaper to book in advance, £19.50 for adults, £14.50 under 16s and under 3s for FREE!
Sea Life London Aquarium, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
KidZania – Westfield (ongoing)
Those who’ve been rave about this place at Westfield. A friend from overseas bought her sons for a rammed fortnight in London during which they saw pretty much every museum and attraction and this was their favourite. It’s a child-size ‘city’ where the kids are in charge (scary, no?). It provides real life role play experience for 4-14 year olds, blending learning and reality with entertainment. They can try more than 60 role-play activities (actor, doctor, police officer etc) with each experience crafted to teach kids essential life skills like team work and independence. Younger kids can hang out in the dedicated Early Years area. And you can, you know, go shopping.
KidZania, Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GA
Science Museum, Kensington, London (ongoing)
Masses on at this ever brilliant museum – spend the whole day here – including the new exhibit of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft – Soyuz TMA-19M. Also on is a brand new exhibition Robots, which reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human, from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids. Finally, your kids will love Wonderlab, the newest and most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London SW7 2DD
London Zoo, Regent’s Park London (ongoing)
Visit the amazing London Zoo and see Land of the Lions, a new immersive exhibit with walkways from where you can explore Indian-themed areas – including a train station, crumbling temple clearing, high street and guard hut. No extra charge – it’s all included in entry to the Zoo.
London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY