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25 Brilliant things to do this November

Naughty November! From skating in the pit lane and space exploration to cheeky cocktails and gangster grannies, here's your curated guide to the best of Northants this month.


THEATRE: Tim Peake: My Journey into Space, Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Sun 28 Nov

tim peake royal and derngate northampton

Ground Control to Major Tim… The countdown is on to witness the the awe-inspiring journey of Tim Peake, as he recounts his experiences aboard the International Space Station, giving the audience an insight into life as an astronaut and reflecting on the wonders of space. Just don’t get too starstruck.


Dame Laura Knight MK Gallery
Ruby Loftus screwing a breech-ring © IWM

Just across the Bucks border (dodgy territory, I know) MK Gallery‘s big exhibition Laura Knight, A Panoramic View, charts 20th century artist Laura Knight’s career, on until 20 Feb.

The Heseltine Open Exhibition 2021 kicks off at The Heseltine Gallery in Middleton Cheney on 21 Nov showcasing work by local artists. Fancy submitting your work? Head to their website to find out how. Until 16 Dec.


our white skoda octavia core at corby cube

On 2 & 3 Nov head to The Core in Corby for Our White Skoda Octavia, a new play set in the east of England exploring the struggles of contemporary family life juggling bills, dreams and taxi-driving schemes.

Catch Ross Noble‘s stand-up show Humournoid at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on 10 Nov, as the tousled tressed one returns from his adoptive home in Australia to deliver a dose of his trademark, off-the-cuff wit.

Fellow Geordie Sarah Millican is in town with her solo show Bobby Dazzler with 3 dates at the Royal and Derngate on 11, 18 and 21 Nov. Brace and girdle for her hilarious reflections on womanhood.

The world’s funniest German? We’ll let you decide as Have I Got news For You and Would I Lie to You regular Henning Wehn takes to the R&D stage on 20 Nov for his latest stand-up show It’ll All Come Out in the Wash.

Then 8 out of 10 Cats superstar Jimmy Carr is set to challenge audience preconceptions about political correctness (and tax avoidance?) in Terribly Funny at the R&D on 26 Nov.

Lone Wold Comedy Club returns to Roman Way Brewery in Weedon on 28 Nov for plenty of belly laughs from Jarlath Regan, Jarred Christmas and Esther Manito plus street food from Moohatch.


ruby and claret earls barton cocktails

Stretchy waistbands at the ready, we have cheese. Muddy Award winning bar Ruby and Claret in Earls Barton will be hosting a Cheese and Cocktail Evening, together with The Occasion Bar Co. on 13 Nov. There are two time-slots to book, either 4-7pm or 8-11pm for the night owls and you can expect a special menu of autumnal cocktails including Spiced Mojitos, Spiced Daiquiri & Cranberry Moscow Mules to warm your cockles.

Muddled Lime‘s Cocktail and Tapas nights at Pohutukawa in Long Buckby always get booked up well in advance, so make sure you don’t miss out and reserve your table pronto. Every Fri and Sat evening.


Wicksteed Estate Tree Planting

Get involved in some green action this month with Kettering Eco Group and The Woodland Trust‘s tree planting event on 20 Nov at Wicksteed Park‘s hay meadow with the aim of restoring an area of historic woodland. The plantation will be photographed and added to the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) map to celebrate Her Maj’s 2022 Platinum Jubilee and follows hot on the heels of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. You must register in advance for this event as spaces are limited.

If you fancy a pre-Christmas re-boot, The Mill Wellbeing Centre in Duddington are hosting a Relax and Recharge Yoga and Aromatherapy Day Retreat on 7 Nov. It’ll be a day of nourishment for the mind, body and soul with Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, walking in nature and good food. If only every day could be thus!


christmas markets northants

Already?? Well, if you insist. Delapré Abbey‘s Winter Light Trail will ring in the festive season on 19 Nov with a magical light installation throughout the woodland, walled garden and abbey grounds with tunnels of light, soundscapes and larger than life illuminations.

Elliott’s Rectory Farm in Moulton are kicking off their festivities on 20 & 21 Nov with an Artisan Christmas Market in one of their lovely barns, so it’s perfect for all weathers. Stock up on gifts, jewellery and local produce, plus Brew Caravan will be on site to serve barista coffees and there’ll be festive treats and tipples, as well as a bar and hot food.

Head to Forge Coffee in Culworth and Evenley villages for a Christmas Craft Weekend (19-21 Nov). They’ll be getting into the festive spirit and showcasing lots of local artists and artisans alongside a tasty treats and mulled cider.

Call Rockingham Castle and let them know we’ll be expecting the sherry to be poured ready for our arrival at their Victorian Christmas event (25-28 Nov & 2-5 Dec). The candle lit trees, roaring fires and period costumes will transport you back to Christmas Eve 1849 and guests will be entertained by the servants’ stories of Victorian family life, plus there’ll be plenty of festive food on the menu.

lap of lights ice rink silverstone

Start your engines for Silverstone Circuit‘s Lap of Lights, which is back for a second year after 2020’s sell-out success. If you’re still shielding this is a lovely way to get festive whilst not actually having to leave your car, and even if you’re not so worried, it’s an absolutely banger of a show. You’ll follow Santa on his journey across the globe (and have the chance to drive around the world-famous race-track) plus, new for this year, there’s an ice-rink in the iconic pit lane (you will need to get out of the car for that one). 26 Nov-3 Jan.

On 27 & 28 Nov, Boughton House will mark the start of their annual Christmas Ttee sale with a Mini Christmas Market showcasing local businesses with festive gifts and treats alongside their always beautiful selection of Christmas Trees. Hot food will also be on offer and visitors can explore the stunning Boughton House Gardens.

Brackley Christmas Market takes place on 27 Nov from 3pm with the lantern parade and Christmas light switch on from 4.45pm. Fancy taking part in the parade? Grab your lantern kit from Brackley Town Council offices for £2.50. Thrapston Christmas Festival is also on 27 Nov with live music, food and drink stalls and fairground rides.

Head to Towcester Mill Brewery on 28 Nov for their Christmas Fayre, with gifts and crafts, live music, street food vendors and the tap room open for business.

There’s a whole weekend of festive fun at Kelmarsh Hall on 27 & 28 Nov with their Night Before Christmas event with gift stalls, food & drinks, festive performances from live bands and Christmas carols, a festive fairy walk, storytelling for the littles and rumours of visits from a bearded man in a red suit…


Family trip to the theatre, anyone? David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre from 3-6 Nov and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show comes to The Core at Corby Cube on 11 & 12 Nov for a celebration of Eric Carle’s classics using a menagerie of puppets and music. Perfect for tiny tots.

Need more activity inspo? Head to our pick of this year’s best Bonfires and Fireworks display in Northants here.

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