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JUNE 2017

The Prince experience, Picturedrome, 8pm Sat 2 June

Have you got the look?  Couldn’t resist sorry.  The Prince Experience has been a year in the making and now here to take the Picturedrome by storm!  Celebrating one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Prince, who was like James Brown, Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix all rolled into one! The show is a collaboration of all the greatest hits.  The Prince Experience has the look, voice, costumes, moves and guitar skills to make this show as close to the real thing as possible. Tickets £10.

The Prince Experience, Picturedrome, 222 Kettering Rd, Northampton NN1 4BN

Filip Markiewicz, Celebration factory NN Contemporary Art gallery 20 May–15 July 2017

This is a seriously interesting art exhibition. Luxemburger of Polish origin, Filip Markiewicz (b.1980) is a multidisciplinary artist expressing himself through, a.o., drawing, video and installations.  The headlines of the international media announce the crisis, some even talk of war. Artist Filip Markiewicz’s new body of work responds to the challenging period that Europe faces – migrants crisis, the rise of populist parties and terrorist attacks, but he also puts these events into the context of the consumer society and the world of entertainment, which continues to perform. Despite the terrorist attacks, people continue to make art, attend rock concerts, go to the theatre, dance, go clubbing.  Mixed up eh? You can also Join CELEBRATION FACTORY artist Filip Markiewicz for an informal tour of the exhibition and your opportunity to ask questions. The tour will be livestreamed as part of NN Contemporary’s Online Conversations, Sunday 18 June 2017, 1pm

NN Contemporary gallery, 9 Guildhall Road, Northampton,

Holiday Projects – Superhero showdown, Royal and Derngate, May half term (Tue 30 May – Fri 2 June)

This should be a brilliant activity for the kids this May half term.  It’s suitable for ages 4-7 & 8-13 and could be the answer to your childcare prayers. Kids get to be favourite superhero or better still, make one up – and it seems they’ll be joining  forces with Spiderman or Wonder Woman as the week progresses!  Each day will start at 10am and finish at 3pm – participants can be dropped off as early as 9am and collected as late as 4pm if necessary. Cost: £100 per participant

Underground Theatre, Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1D

Minibeast Mania, Abington Park Museum, 1.15-2.30pm + 2.45-4pm, Thu 1 June  

Join us for a bug hunt in the park, starting at Abington Park Museum. Explore the park and the creatures that live there and create your very own mini beast to take home! Suitable for children aged three and over. £3 per child Ring 01604 838110 to book

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave S, Northampton NN1 5LW

Nature Detectives, Abington Park Museum, 1.15-2.15pm + 2.30-3.30pm, Fri 2 June  

What treasures are to be found in the park? Join us at Abington Park Museum as we venture out in to nature on a scavenger hunt. Then make your very own nature-themed craft. Suitable for children aged three and over. £2.50 per child Ring 01604 838110 to book

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave S, Northampton NN1 5LW

Northampton Pretty Muddy 5K, Abington Park, 10am, Sat 3 June

Ladies.  Muddy. Good times.  Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for beating cancer and as you beat your PB in the fabulously Muddy event. Girls (13-15): £10.00 Women (16-17): £19.99 Women (18+): £19.99 Under 13 entry: due to the nature of this event, you must be 13 or over to take part.

Abington Park, Park Ave S, Northampton NN1 5LW

GTI International 2017, Rockingham Motor circuit, 3-4 June

GTI International is having a 30th Birthday and moving it’s two day event to Rockingham. The weekend is 3/4th June and everyone is invited. Historically a VW and Audi Group event but all cars are welcome. The action is centered around using the National Circuit and also a 1/8th mile timed sprint in front of the grandstand by the inner paddock. Trade stands are there in force (indoor and out) and there is an active club display area with over 45 clubs attending last year. . Camping is available and evening entertainment. It’s a fun event so bring the family.

Rockingham, Mitchell Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 5AF

Canal Boat Crew Session, The heart of Weedon, 8.30pm, Sun 4 Jun

The Grand Union Canal is just so lovely, so many great canal side walks, and brilliant pubs such as The Narrowboat at Weedon  and The Heart of England Hotel.  Just down the waterways are or the Navigation or Boat Inn at Stoke Bruerne. As an added incentive on 4 June why not join the group of happy, friendly, musicians and singers wandering up and down the canals in the midlands in June on their hire boat? Each evening they’re hosting a relaxed, all inclusive session of acoustic music in the various pubs and clubs they’re are visiting. Thsi time it’s teh turn of the Heart of England who will act as hosts. Why not along and enjoy yourselves by singing, playing or just listening? Free Entry.

The Heart of England Pub, Weedon, Northamptonshire NN7 4QD

Liza sings Streisand, Royal & Derngate, 7.45pm, Sun 4 June

Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer and comedienne of Fascinating Aida, celebrates the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her six piece band, The Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of Streisand’s now legendary songs. The show features the much loved classics Evergreen, The Way We Were, New York State Of Mind, Second Hand Rose and many more in this fantastic 90 minute show. Tickets £20.

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

Ben & Holly#’s little kingdom live on stage, Derngate auditorium, Weds 7 -8 Jun

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage.  This is a great chance for pre-school kids, parents and grandparents Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.  There are 4 performances across 2 days at differing times (See link below for details). Tickets from £14.

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

Kettfest, Kettering, 9-11 June – featuring 1st International Kettering Comedy Festival @ Kettering Arts Centre 9/10 June

Kettfest 2017. Kettering’s art, culture, music and community festival. Bringing Kettering together with colour, randomness and fun. Free event – info can be found just here. There events all over the town and don’t forget to head to one of Muddy’s favourite emporiums,  The Yards on your visit.

As part of the celebrations Kettering Arts Centre presents an amazing line up of 8 top comedians bringing their brand new 1 hour shows right to our doorstep. Featuring the bone fide comedy legend Simon Munnery, Dave channel’s hottest star Matt Forde, TV’s Angela Barnes, hugely popular headliners Dan Antapoloski and Howard Read, star of Kettering’s favourite Christmas show, “Carols and Comedians”, Paul Kerensa and upcoming stars Josh Pugh and Elliot Steel! Tickets for individual shows can be bought on the door for just £4 each, OR for outstanding value you can buy a Festival ticket for ALL SHOWS for only £20!! There will be 2 shows from 8pm on Friday 9th June and 6 shows beginning at 2pm on Saturday 10th June. Don’t miss out on the buzz, excitement and the laughs!

Kettering Arts Centre at St Andrew’s Church is on the corner of Rockingham Road/Lindsay Street opposite Sainsbury’s, NN16 8RG

Royal & Derngate Community Choir Annual Concert, 7.45pm Fri 9 June

And back to the Royal & Derngate we head. This time it’s for their very own Community Choir bringing us a touch of gospel, soul, reggae and modern/contemporary music in their third annual concert.  You can catch the choir regularly performing in the evening ahead of shows at Royal & Derngate. To find out when they are performing, follow them on Facebook (RDCC Performers). They are also available for private functions, with a diverse repertoire and whats more, these guys are goooooood…

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

Towcester Food Festival, Towcester Racecourse, 10-11 June

Now that our full stomachs are subsiding after the foodie (and drinkie) heaven that was Althorp Food and Drink Festival lets go again!! At the fabulous Towcester event there will be 100 artisan food and drink stalls, free chef demos, foodies lounge with inspiring talks on food and drink, free wine and gin tasting sessions, two live music lawns and family entertainment, including a free family circus.  Did you spot that bit about the gin? Tickets from £3-£16.

Towcester Racecourse, London Rd, Towcester NN12 6LB

The Big Summer Yarn Bomb School, Abington Park bandstand, 12-4pm, Sun 11 June

Join a host of knitters to celebrate Northampton’s biggest knitting project and World Wide Knitting in Public Day! Organised by the School of Life project, part of Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire, the Woolly Crew will be yarn bombing around the Abington Park bandstand. Installing knitting in the park, the group will be unveiling their huge woolly wendy house, knitted picnic, and giving demonstrations of knitting, spinning, and sewing skills. All knitters are welcome, both groups and individuals. Bring a picnic, listen to the brass band as part of Northampton Borough Council’s Bands in the Park season, and admire the woollen creations! For more details email [email protected] Free event

Abington Park, Park Ave S, Northampton NN1 5LW

Death of A Salesman, Royal & Derngate. 7.30pm, 13 – 17 June


Willy Loman is not as young as he once was, and boy is he feeling it. After half a lifetime on the road, this once successful travelling salesman is unable to keep up in a changing workplace; he’s on the brink of unemployment, and he and his wife have got bills to pay. When his drop out son Biff moves home again, Willy decides to give success one last shot. Can he prove to everyone he’s got what it takes? Tickets £10 – £30

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

Elderflower Champagne and home made chocolates, Bay Tree Cottage, 7-9pm, Thurs 15 June

This Muddy loves champagne and chocolate so why wouldn’t I spend an evening discovering how to make  my own? This evening workshop is ideal for those of us who may be planning a summer celebration and would like to add our very own personal touch that will wow your friends and family!  The Bay Tree cottage team will show you how to convert elderflower’s from the hedgerow into scrumptious champagne and produce an array of chocolates presented in a beautifully wrapped box. Yummy.  Tickets £22.50.

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8HE

The Music Barn Festival, Kettering, 17 Jun

This festival is set in rural Northamptonshire across three big fields (make sure you bring your wellies) however they aim to have the event in line with the longest day of the year so this means that hopefully it won’t rain (I have no scientific rationale for this argument).  This festival also celebrates the local talent in the area and gives a great community feel. There are a variety of genres across three buildings which means you”ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to what to watch and they have acts from all over the country as well; from Leeds to London there is massive diversity (and we know the organisers and they’re lovely).

Music Barn

Silverbury Music Festival, 12pm Sat 17 June 

They seem like nice boys

If it’s real ale, local musical talent, tasty food and good times that you’re after this weekend then we’ve got a date for your diary. This lovely little festival only comes around every couple of years and gets bigger and better each time around. Organisers, promise us local hospitality, a bonanza of activities, with a live stage featuring many fabulous acts, a bar selling locally brewed Beers, a Bar-B-Que where you can cook your own food! It’s a charitable event so tickets for adults are £10.00 each, children under 16 – £5.00 each and a family (2 adults and 2 children) £25.00 each

Silverbury Music festival, The Firs, 69 Little London, Silverstone village, NN12 8UP

Wellingborough Medieval Festival, 17 & 18 June

This year’s “biggest and best” Medieval Festival will transport Wellingborough back to the Middle Ages with knights on horseback, ferret racing and magic shows set to create an action-packed weekend.  A collection of colourful characters, including an Executioner, a Barber Surgeon and a Jester can expect to be found at this year’s Medieval Festival. Taking place over the weekend and throughout Wellingborough town centre, in Croyland Gardens, the Tithe Barn Lawns, the Museum, All Hallows Church and the churchyard the event organisers have more than 80 activities to keep us entertained .  Knights and musicians, archers and jesters will fill the streets and set up camp in Croyland Gardens, as life in the Middle Ages will be recreated.


Woodland wanderings, Mindfulness sessions, Salcey Forest Thu 15 June

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In an increasingly frantic world, mindfulness practice and an appreciation of the natural world can help to restore your equilibrium. Mindful walking allows you to immerse yourself in the natural world, introduces you to the beauty of your surroundings, and gives you the opportunity to slip into a slower gear and appreciate the outdoor environment. Mindfulness practice increases your awareness and appreciation of the benefits of walking and the landscape. Qualified Fire and Air leaders will introduce you to ways of developing a mindfulness practice that can be integrated in to your daily life. These walks occur on the third Thursday of every month, and are suitable those over the age of 18 who want to experience the simple pleasures of forest walking and escaping from everyday life.  Third Thursday of every month 10am-noon £10 per person (discount available for multiple session bookings)

Salcey Forest Northamptonshire NN7 2HX

Northampton Music Festival,  18 June

The Northampton Music Festival is a free annual event that takes place in the town centre and is designed to celebrate Northampton’s rich music culture. Now in its 10th year, the organisers  want to raise the profile of Northampton through music; to provide a showcase for the broad range of musicians and artists that are based in the town and to provide a community-focused gathering which invites all to join in a festive celebration of our music scene.  It’s going to be really good fun.

Northampton Music Festival

The Twelfth Player, Sixfields Stadium 22 Jun to 12 Jul A unique collaboration between Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Royal & Derngate Northampton, and Northampton Town Football Club brings an interactive, audio-visual performance The Twelfth Player to Sixfields Stadium. This world premiere production runs from 22 June to 12 July, with special previews on 17, 19 and 23 May. The Twelfth Player was inspired by the most dramatic and euphoric season in the Cobblers’ long and colourful history. Lovers of the beautiful game will be guided around Sixfields football stadium, in groups of four, through instructions heard on their headphones, as they observe a unique site-specific performance, simultaneously taking place in the real world and on an iPod screen. Viewing the passionate world of football through the eyes of three generations of a family of Northampton Town Football Club’s fans, audiences will experience the highs and lows of the past seventy years of the club’s history, travelling behind the scenes on a 40 minute walking tour around the Cobblers’ iconic Sixfields Stadium.

Sixfields Stadium, Northampton NN5 5QA

Oundle Food Festival, Oundle 24 June

The 2017 Oundle Food Festival, an annual feature in food lovers’ diaries promises to be bigger and better than ever. The highlight of the Festival is the very popular street market on Saturday 24 June when over 75 of the region’s finest independent food, drink and kitchenware producers fill the town’s Market Place and New Street, offering a chance to meet people who grow, raise, bake, brew, distil and make the range of treats on sale.

With music and dance from the Oundle Fringe Festival, street entertainment from Balls Up Juggling Club and pub games from World Conker Championships – this is a great family day out.

Oundle Food Festival c/o Oundle Music Trust, 4 New Street, Oundle, Peterborough. PE8 4EA

Fairies and Elves weekend, West Lodge Farm, Desborough Sat 24 – 25 June

There’s a  magical weekend at Northants Best family attraction!!  Kids (and some adults depending what they like to do in their leisure time) can follow the Fairy trail around the farm, FREE wand making, FREE fairy trail, FREE face painting, fancy dress competition and all the usual farm fun! Only this week West Lodge Farm were voted as winners of the Muddy Award 2017 as the best attraction in the county – beating some larger attractions into second place.  All that hard work, fun and friendliness all in one place – now that’s magic. All ticket details can be found here.

West Lodge Farm, Back Lane, Desborough, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 2SH


Grimethorpe Colliery band, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, 7pm, Sun 25 June


Now this may surprise you, but I have a real weakness for the sound of brass band.  In fact it makes me quite teary.  The best in the business (IMHO) are the Grimethorpe Colliery Band which celebrates its centenary year in 2017.  The Band have been National and Open Champions on numerous occasions, making Grimethorpe Colliery the worlds leading Brass Band. The bands’ successes include 16 Brass In Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champions, two English National Championship victories, four times British Open Champions and four times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain. The band has been the recipient of two gold discs, as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie “Brassed Off” for which Grimethorpe Village and the Band were the focal point.  Tickets £19.50.

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

Summer Tapas at Bay Tree Cottage, 7-9pm Thurs 29 June

They can’t promise sunshine, but why not join the team at Bay Tree Cottage for this evening cookery demonstration and you can enjoy a little taste of Spain!  As a traditional Spanish cuisine eaten as an appetizer or snack, Tapas are now a popular food outside of Spain and appear on the menu of many bars, pubs and restaurants (See our own Northants purveyors of British Tapas at The Bread & Pullet). So why not treat your family and friends to a selection of tempting tasty tapas this summer? During the evening we will show you how to prepare a selection of mix and match tapas dishes which can be prepared ahead of time and then served hot or cold …perfect food when you are entertaining! And when all the cooking is done you will get to taste the tapas that have been prepared …washed down with a glass of sangria! Now you’re talking.

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8HE


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