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Things to do in October


N:Live Launch, Market Square 11am -4 pm, Sat 30 Sept

It’s all systems go for the launch of Northampton’s community radio station, N:Live! There will be a street circus, hosted by Northampton BID on Northampton’s Market Square in the Town Centre, featuring walk about acts, acrobats and hourly performances. For the real music fans, the party continues at The Lab in Northampton form 6pm until midnight with live local acts to dance the night away.

The Market Square, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 2DL

Canons Ashby – Apple Harvest Weekend, 10am – 4pm, Sat 30 Sep – Sun 1 Oct
This is the final weekend of Canon Ashby’s Harvest Celebrations aka Apple Weekend! You can get involved and help with the apple harvest, press some fresh juice and join the taste testing. Then join in some crafts and games and peruse the traditional crafts. Take this opportunity to see the house and church dressed for harvest for the last time until next ha. Booking Not Needed. This an extremely family friendly event. Dogs on leads welcome. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply. Please visit the Coach House first to begin your day.

Canons Ashby, Canons Ashby House, Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3SD


The Lamplighter, Pub Quiz – Every Weds, 8.45-10.45pm,  (4, 11, 18, 25 Oct)

Previous Muddy Award winner and 2017 finalist for Best Destination Pub, The Lamplighter, is cool in the Summer, and just as cosy as the nights draw in.  Actually it’s cool in the autumn too, if you get my meaning? Every Wednesday the brilliantly hospitable Lamplighter team , open their doors for a Fun Pub Quiz.  And if you thought Pub quiz, was all Aaron cardigans, pipe smoking and Bamber Gascoigne, then think again – this is a really accessible and enjoyable night, and as you can tell from the picture of their beautiful bar, there are plenty of tipples to tickle your fancy.  Right Guys you can stand up now.

The Lamplighter, 66 Overstone Rd, Northampton NN1 3JS.

The Althorp Literary Festival, Thu – Sun, 5-8 Oct 

Althorp Literary Festival 2017

Oh my word I’m so excited about this. Hot on the heels of the brilliant Food and Drink Festival earlier this Summer, the Althorp Estate opens it’s gates once more to provide us with yet more excitement and enjoyment here in Northamptonshire.

I’ve already got my ticket to the Althorp Literary Festival, and can’t wait to hear the inspirational Jo Malone talk us through her autobiography – from her humble beginnings to Queen of scent. Last year I listened to and met the wonderful and funny Sara Pascoe Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body and I do declare that as one of my favourite Muddy days of 2016.

Described as a Literary Festival like no other, Althorp’s Literary Festival is now entering its 14th year. A unique celebration of the written word, the festival takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful private, historic houses – full details of  this years itinerary can be found here.

In its first thirteen years, the Festival has been privileged to host over 300 novelists, historians, comedians, actors, politicians sportsmen and television personalities including Bill Bryson, Helen Fielding, Darcey Bussell, Sir Tom Stoppard, Twiggy, Sebastian Faulks, Jung Chang and Michael Palin.

Clare Balding Althorp Literary Festival 2017

Oh Ms. Balding, another Muddy Household fave

In 2017 the festival will be welcoming some truly fantastic authors and speakers, including; Pam Ayres, Clare Balding, Johnny Ball, Sir Jonathan Bate, Paula Byrne, Jamie Blackett, Jess Butterworth, John Challis, the Rev. Richard Coles, Evan Davis, Ken Hom, Jeremy Howick, Stanley Johnson, Dan Jones, Lord Digby Jones, Kathy Lette, Ben Macintyre, Judy Murray, Jo Malone, Joanna Moorhead, Juliet Nicolson, David Owen, Allison Pataki, Michael Pennington, James Runcie, Chris Ryan, Charles Spencer, Simon Thurley, Mich Turner, Kate Williams, Sian Williams and A.N.Wilson, amongst others.

Find out more about buying tickets for the festival (including grounds tickets for only £10) just here.

There’s so much to see at Althorp House and across the grounds of the Estate. Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer has been in charge for just 23 of the House’s 500-year history but has striven in that time to make a positive difference by taking an uncompromising approach to the continuing well-being of Althorp.  Showcasing one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics, each intriguing room of this magnificent family home has a fascinating story of its own.  It’s a fabulous day out, and of course there’s always a welcome in the cafe for you after wandering around the grounds.

Althorp Estate, Northampton NN7 4HQ

Vitreus Art/ The 4th annual South Northants Art trail 2017, Sat 7- Sun 15 Oct

Vitreus Art Exterior Wakefield Courtyard

We’re big fans of Muddy Award Winner and finalist, Jenny and Mike @ Vitreus Art’s  Angel wings (we think she deserves them), and Vitreus Art will be one of 40 studio’s across South Northamptonshire, opening their doors, and showcasing their talents for or one week only, Sat 7 – Sun 15 Oct. During the week, you’ll have the opportunity of seeing their work and meeting the artists themselves – as well as seeing many of other exhibitors creations too – across a multitude of artistic disciplines.  Vitreus specialise in stained glass and run a host of courses to inspire us all. Details of all the venues and artists are available below.

Mike Caddy vitreus Art Wakefield countrt courtyard taking an art lesson

Painters will be painting and makers will be busy creating all manner of beautiful crafts in a myriad of mediums. In addition to paintings there will be artists showing textiles, ceramics, jewellery, illustrations and glass. Many artists organise workshops throughout the year, so what better time to sign up for that craft you have always wanted to learn or buy a voucher as a special gift for a creative friend.

 The brochure listing the artists and with a map indicating the venues will be available at The Forum, libraries, galleries, shops and restaurants across the county now!  An interactive venue map may be viewed on this website by clicking here.

Vitreous Art, 4 Wakefield county courtyard, Potterspury, Towcester NN12 7QX

The Art Trail

Hunt for Pumpkins at Canons Ashby, 10am –  3pm, Sat 7 – Tues 31 Oct

Explore the grounds at Canons Ashby whilst seeking out pumpkins and solving the clues! Afterwards, pick up a spooky shortbread ghost or warm up with some soup in the tea room.

Canons Ashby, near Daventry NN11 3SD

Abington Park Museum Autumn Food Fair, 11am – 5pm Sat – Sun 7- Sat 8 Oct 

Autumn food fair at Abington Food fair

It’s the third annual autumn foodfair and you know what?  Admission is free! Why not pop long and discover new flavours and indulge in some tasty treats. Free admission.  Love that.

Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, NN1 5LW Northampton, Northamptonshire

The World Conker Championships, Shuckborough Arms, Smithwick, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Sun 8 Oct

Did you know that Northamptonshire has played host to the World Conker Championships since 1965?  The Shuckburgh Arms in the beautiful village of Southwick near Oundle is the venue and the whole event is supported by an enthusiastic local community who welcome thousands of local and international tourists – flocking to the event to watch competitors battle and to support a worthy cause. The whole event is organised by Ashton Conker Club and aside from the main event the day promises to be packed with lots entertainment for the family.

Shuckbrough Arms, Stoke Doyle, Nr. Oundle, Peterborough PE8 5TG

West Side Story, Lighthouse Theatre, 7.30pm, Weds 11 –  Sat 14 Oct

West Side story Kettering Lighthouse musical store
Ai Ai Ai. The no.1 classical musical love story heads to the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering as THEATS proudly presents West Side Story. Inspired by the greatest love story of all time, West Side Story transports the classic Shakespeare tale of Romeo and Juliet into the 1950s back streets of New York during a fierce turf war. Two young lovers Tony and Maria, from rival gangs The Sharks and The Jets, meet, fall in love and begin their tragic fight for happiness in a world of hate and survival. It’s regarded as one of the best musicals ever written and its score features many of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most famous compositions, including Maria, America, Somewhere, I Feel Pretty and Tonight.  Saturday matinee at 14.00. Prices from £1

The Lighthouse Theatre Northamptonshire NN15 6PB

Dr Fright’s Halloween Nights presents Legends of Horror, 7 – 10pm, 13 – 31 Oct

Pennywise clown from Stephen King's IT

Earls Barton is creepy.  Well, more creepy than usual anyway. The award winning, all indoor, one of a kind Halloween event is back at White’s Farm in Clay Lane, Earls Barton, with an all new show for you to experience: Legends of horror! Five live action scare mazes full of terrifying actors and mind blowing special effects!  Simply put, it contains walk through horror attractions of a varying theme. In each attraction you will follow a dark and winding trail that will (hopefully) lead you to the exit. Along the trail you will encounter special effects, lighting effects, loud sound effects and most importantly live actors (see left and right of your screen). All set out to make you jump, scream and laugh in equal measure! Not to mention the 4 terrifying horror icons that will inhabit them – Zombies, Slashers, Cannibal Hillbillies and gulp, Clowns.  (Thank you Stephen King). The team recently picked up the award for “The UK’s Best Halloween Screampark” and “Best Original Concept And Design”. The event is not suitable for the under 12’s or in fact Mr Muddy, who considers himself too sensitive for such spooky frolics. Tickets £15 – £25 depending on booking type.

Whites Nurseries, Clay Lane Earls Barton, NN6 0EP

Fungi Foraging, Towcester –10am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 14/15 Oct  (limited Spaces available)

If you go down to the woods today… did you know that there are up to 250 edible species of funghi occurring in the UK? Muddy loves to get Muddy, and this special day out with the original Fun Guy (Geddit?) Geoff Dan, seeking out the County’s fabulous Fungi (no really) is right up our street. There are only 12 spaces available – and at the time of writing you can still book a place. The day is curated by the wonderfully creative team Bay Tree Cottage team, and they’ve put a brilliant itinerary together.  There’s a interesting briefing session from Geoff to start the day, and then it’s time to slip on those wellies and FORAGE (make sure you dress for the weather). You’ll stop for a light bite in the woods and then back to the cottage to cook up some of your finds.  Hurry though, with only 12 spaces, there’s not Mushroom! A place on the day is £95 and full details can be found on the

Bay Tree cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, NN12 8HE

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten In Light Of Recent Events- Again!, 8pm, Sat 14 Oct

Matt Forde Corby

Matt Forde.  Funny, sartorially elegant and now, in Corby. The UK’s leading political comedian and host of Unspun presents a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened. Ultra-topical comedy as seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now with added Trump.

The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby NN17 1QG

Why the Whales Came, Castle Theatre, 6pm, Mon 16 Oct

Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island. Age Guideline: Family Show, not suitable for under 7‘s but for everyone else who loves stories. Tickets £11 (£9 Under 16s), Family Ticket: £36 for 4

The Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA

Legally Blonde the musical, Royal & Derngate, 7.30pm  Mon 16 – Sat 21 Oct

OMG you guys! Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Northampton!  Do you need any more of an introduction to the smash hit Broadway and West End musical, based on the much-loved movie? With Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders) playing Paulette Bonafonté, Lucie Jones (Rent, X-Factor, UK entry for Eurovision 2017) as Elle Woods, and Bill Ward (Emmerdale, Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan, this all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!  Matinee performances start at 2.30pm but do not run everyday. Tickets £19 – £42.50

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Spooky Creatures quiz, Fermyn Woods, 10.30am – 4pm, Sat 21 –  Tue 31 Oct

Pick up a quiz trail sheet from the Skylark Café, £2, and follow the red route to solve the clues.

Fermyn Woods Country Park, Lyveden Rd, Brigstock, Kettering NN14 3HE

The Canterville Ghost, Abington Park Museum, 2.30pm Sat 21 October

Ghosts in Abington?  I’ve see a few Zombies knocking around Wellingborough Road, but Ghosts?  Abington museum gets into the spirit of All Hallows with a spine chilling adaptation of Oscar Wildes classic gothic-horror novel “Dracula”.  This particular version is a dramatic reading from Graham Padden in the character of Jonathan Harker. For those aged over 18 there’ll be a bar on the evening so you might want to sort out who’ll be driving the broomstick home as witching hour draws closer.  Only suitable for adults and children over the age of 10. Adults £10, children aged 10+ £8

Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton NN1 5LW.  01604 837397 to book

Dollar Shake, The Retro room, Vintage Retreat, Northampton 8.30pm – midnight, Sat 21 Oct

Boy and girl Lindyhop on dancefloor

Ooh yes please, this is right up Muddy’s strasse.  Dollar Shake events brings us a fantastic night of Vintage music so dress to impress, dance till you drop and revive yourself with your favourite tipple at the licenced bar. Why not start the evening with Lindhop lessons from 7-8.30pm?  Tickets are £6 each or an Extra £2 to include the lesson.

Dollar Shake, The retro room, Vintage Retreat, Lower Harding St, Northampton, NN1 2JL

Wharf Distillery ’Apple Day’ Artisan Market, 10am – 4pm Sat 21 Oct
Come and join team Wharf Distillery at their regular artisan market at Wakefield Country Courtyard. Local businesses will be showcasing their food, drink and crafts – some new and some familiar. Hot street food will be available alongside a real ale and cider bar to keep your energy up! FREE Entry, FREE Parking

Wharf Distillery, Wakefield Country Courtyard, Potterspury, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 7QX

View the Gardens at Boughton House, 11am – 3pm Sun 22 Oct

The beautiful gardens at Boughton House will be open for you to enjoy as part of the NGS Open Garden Scheme. Wander in the Walled Garden and Sensory Garden, marvel at the beauty of the Rose Garden and seek out the ancient Lily Pond. You can also enjoy a tasty treat in the tea room.

Boughton House, Geddington, Kettering NN14 1BJ

Antiques, Collector and Vintage Fair, Wicksteed Park, 9.30am – 4pm, Sun 22 Oct

Toy car antiques collection

This side of the gifting season there are a host of brilliant vintage fairs to indluge in – whether you’re an avid collector or a bargain hunter a good fair will have it covered.  This one is a smasher.  Renowned event organisers, Field Dog Fairs are holding one such fair at Wicksteed Pavilion.  Entry is £3 per person, accompanied under 16’s go free, dogs welcome, free parking for those attending the event.

Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ.

Half-term haunting at Tamworth Castle, 11.30am-4.00pm,  Mon 23 to Fri 27 Oct

Bring the family to enjoy the ghostly goings-on at the Castle. You’ll encounter a series of spooky characters and activities as you tour the Castle. Complete the challenges set by the horrible hags, and try not to lose your body parts as you meet Master Slaughter! Have you got the courage to complete the tour? Don’t forget the Castle is a great place to spend some time even if you are not attending an event. You can wander through stunning, intact rooms with displays that tell the story of this unique site from Saxon beginnings right through to Victorian times

Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth B79 7NA

tel: 01827 709618

The Wizard of OZ, Lighthouse Theatre, 2pm and 6pm, Mon 23 Oct

Wizard of Oz theatre tour with Dorothy
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. TICKETS: Full: £14 Concessions: £12 Family of 4: £48

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

Ghost Walks, Looking Glass Theatre, Northampton Town centre, 24 – 31 Oct

What’s more scary?  Ghost walks through Northampton town centre, or multi storey car parks during Christmas shopping?  Here’s the case for the spooks; Once a town of great importance (ahem – STILL a town of great importance according to Muddy), Northampton history is often long forgotten. Looking Glass Theatre’s Ghost Walk mixes theatre, history and the paranormal to reawaken the town’s past. During Halloween 2016 the theatrical team will guide you around the Heritage Gateway to the town, situated on the historic Black Lion Hill, near the train station.  New tales for this year’s walk include the Northampton Witch Trials, the Fire Of Northampton, local stories of the horrific Black Death and the town’s links to the Battle Of Naseby. Along the way, you will be visiting the 900-year-old St Peter’s Church; the Tudor Hazelrigg House and its newly opened cellars and the Northampton Castle site. Hear and see tales told and re-enacted that offer a glimpse of Northampton’s historical past through ghostly stories and events. The meeting point is outside St. Peter’s Church, Marefair, Northampton and the walk will last approximately one hour. Tickets £9, recommended for ages 8+.

Looking Glass Theatre booking office.

The Wizard of OZ, Royal & Derngate , 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Mon 23 – 28 Oct

Wizard of oz RSC version Royal & Derngate

We’re off to see The Wizard!  Again. This time he’s in Northampton.

Following their previous success with Sister Act and Grease, Northampton Musical Theatre Company return with a magical adaptation of the colourful classic The Wizard Of Oz. The yellow brick road arrives in October half-term with the RSC version featuring all the magical songs from the 1939 Judy Garland movie, including Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, We’re Off To See The Wizard and more. This year, there will also be a Wednesday matinee – where you are all invited to dress up in your favourite Ozian outfit.SPECIAL OFFER: BUY ONE ADULT TICKET AND TAKE A CHILD HALF PRICE (Wednesday Matinee Only).

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

X-Plorer Orienteering, Brixworth Country Park  11am – 3pm Wed 25 Oct

Kids running whilst orienteering

Take part in this unique orienteering adventure. A family activity for all ages; help each other find the clues and complete the course. Certificate and gift for all children taking part. £1 per child.

Brixworth Country Park, Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6 9DG

80’s night, Wicksteed Park, 7pm – 1am Fri 27 Oct

80s night wicksteed Park

So that’s the kids entertained, and the shopping habit catered for but don’t leave Wicksteed just yet.  Get out your shoulder pads, leg warmers and double denim (You may have picked some up from the vintage fair) because for one night only, the garish 80s are heading back to the Pavilion. There’s brilliant live music from 80s Rewind followed by a themed disco. Tickets are £16 each and include a scrummy basket meal. Book now on 01536 512475.

Wicksteed Park Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ.

Spooky Treats and midnight feast for Primary school children, Bay Tree Cottage 10am – 12pm, Fri 27 Oct

Spooky treats at BTC

Children will love this hands-on workshop learning how to make spooky treats and midnight feasts run by Jenny Dicks. Your little monsters will learn how to create ghastly Halloween cupcakes, horrible witches fingers and creepy cookies and spooky strawberry ghosts! They will leave laden with treats for you to give to any brave ‘Trick or Treaters’ or to enjoy in their own special Halloween midnight feats! Cost: £20 for 1 parent & 1 child, £5 for an extra child. (If you would like to bring more than one child, please book a place for you and one child then add a note in the comments box to tell us how many additional children you would like to bring … maximum of 3 children per adult. Payment for the additional children will be collected at the workshop)

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone Nr Daventry, NN12 8HE. Tel:  01327 361 720

Canons Ashby – Spooky Stories: creative writing workshop, 10.30am – 12pm (times vary), Thu 26 – Fri 27 Oct
Let your imagination run wild writing Spooky Stories with us this Halloween. This event will encourage your children’s creativity and help them come up tales to thrill everyone this October. Then they can display their scary stories for the public to read over Halloween weekend, or take them home to scare their siblings. Aimed at children aged 8-12 years old, this will take place in a couple of atmospheric locations at Canons Ashby, and use the buildings and stories as inspiration. Booking Essential. Phone: 03442491895.  A National Trust Event – Start times vary. Check website for details. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Accompanied by one participating adult. Head to the Coach House who will be able to direct you as needed. Check website for latest information.

Canons Ashby, Canons Ashby House, Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3SD


Children’s Halloween Evening at Tamworth Castle, 5 -8.30pm  Sat 28 Oct

As half-term week ends, enjoy a fun evening hosted by the Friends of Tamworth Castle charity. Bring all the family, get dressed up in your spookiest costume and enjoy the ghostly goings on around the Castle. This is a very popular event, so please book your time slot in advance.

Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth B79 7NA

tel: 01827 709618


Cirque du Diablo, Doors Open: 7pm Close: 1am, 28 Oct

Cirque du diablo Music Barn

Prepare to be amazed. Just as we were all amazed at their incredible Summer Solstice festival,  The Music Barn presents a Hallowe’en Bash – the Cirque Du Diablo! Featuring seasonally themed decor, expect Commercial and Classic House sets and Fully licenced bar serving range of local ales, ciders and spirits.  It’s going to be terrifically, terrifyingly good.

The Music Barn, Cranford Road, Nr Kettering NN14 4A

James Acaster: Classic Scrapes Book Tour, 7.30pm Sat 28 Oct

James acaster book of scrapes
James Acaster is releasing his first ever book this year, James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes, which is going to be a collection of self-deprecating anecdotes about scrapes James has gotten himself into over the years, famed from the slot of the same name on Josh Widdicombe’s XFM radio show. Publishers Headline say: ‘Unfortunately for James, fame and critical acclaim haven’t prevented him from ending up in a breathtaking amount of farcical misadventures. From having to hide in a bush outside Basingstoke station overnight wearing a bright red dress, to drunkenly incurring the wrath of night bus lads, to being the only person in history to get “cabbaged” by a child, James apparently lives his life in a perpetual sitcom.’ Acaster, who has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times in a row, said: ‘I have lived an extremely blessed life save for enough awful/stupid experiences to fill a book…
Tickets £16 (Recommended age 15+)

Kettering Arts Centre @ St Andrews Church Northamptonshire NN16 8RG

Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur, Corby Cube, 1 & 4pm, Sat 28 Oct

King Arthur corby Cube

Not the first time Mr Morpugo’s work is cropping up in Northants this half term.  Here is a thrilling tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal, adapted from the novel Arthur: High King Of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. A drowning boy is rescued by a mysterious figure claiming to be Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his stories, he is transported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Round Table, Merlin, Excalibur, Lancelot and Guinevere. Join the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre as they tell exciting stories of chivalry, battles and the search for the Holy Grail, in a fast-moving family adventure packed with physical theatre and outstanding storytelling. Tickets £14.50

The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby NN17 1QG

Halloween Party @ The Compass, Milton Malsor, 6.30 – 11pm, Sat 29 Oct

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog.  Gin?  Vodka? Great Ale? Wahoo.  The annual ghost hunt at one of Northants favourite and welcoming local hostelries is on.   All Adults and children welcome but it’s best to book a time slot if you want to take part in the family event (there are limited slots and the village ghosts get very restless need to return to there past lives (or the bar).

The Compass, 61 Green St, Milton Malsor, Northampton NN7 3AT


Ghost Tours, Royal & Derngate, 9 & 11pm, Sun 29 Oct

Oooh Creepy. When audiences go home and the theatre team lock the doors, are you brave enough to travel around the Royal & Derngate theatre at night?  This part-tour, part-performance offers a unique opportunity to go backstage at the Royal and discover real life stories of mysterious happenings and unexplained events that have occurred around this beautiful old building. The question is, will you be alone?  If you dare take part,  bring a torch and dress in warm clothes.

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

Skylark Screamer, Halloween Event, Staverton, 7pm, 30 Oct – 2 Nov

Actually, I’m a bit scared of this myself.  Event Buddy UK Ltd present the Skylark Screamer – an immersive Halloween experience over at Skylark Farm.  We’re warned that we’ll want to sleep with the lights ON after the event.  That’s every night isn’t it?  All things gruesome head to Skylark Farm this Halloween, you will be taken through 4 zones of terror making your skin crawl and your hair stand on end as you descend into a world of madness. Each zone is designed to make you scream……. but at this secluded location no one will hear you.  Mwah ha ha. You must be 16+ to join the event (which is outdoor and includes wood and field locations – so wear sensible shoes). Hot foods (Hog roast) and refreshments available. Tickets £12.50 per person. More information can be found by emailing
Skylark Farm Cafe, Shuckburgh Road, Staverton. NN11 6JY or 
 Rita, Sue & Bob Too, Royal & Derngate,  2.30 and 7.45pm, Tues 31 Oct – Sat 4 Nov

Rita Sue anbd Bob too touring

This is a Muddy fave and no mistake. I thought the film was hilarious!! Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling that each of them think they control. Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure. Tickets £11-£29.

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP


Join the Ghost Search at Tamworth Castle 7.30pm – midnight, Tue 31 Oct

Join Tamworth castle’s ghost and ghoulies for a night with a difference on a ghost walk around the Medieval Castle, with vigils conducted in reputedly haunted rooms. Cameras or camcorders can be used,and they advise warm clothing and rugs or cushions for use during the vigils as rooms can be chilly!

Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth B79 7NA

tel: 01827 709618


An evening with Gilmore and Roberts, The Castle Theatre, 8pm, Tue 31 Oct

An evening with

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Castle Theatre , Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

The Secrets of Stanwick Quest, Stanwick Lakes, 11am – 5pm October 2017

This half term, all you have to do is find the Secret Stanwick Quest packs in the Shop of Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre, or the Refreshment Kiosk to start your adventure to some of the secret locations of Stanwick Lakes!  Follow the clues to find hidden areas and earn the title of Stanwick Explorer! Get the booklet stamped along the way, collect all 4 stamps and win a prize! The Secret Stanwick Quest packs are available for £1.50.

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough NN9 6GY

Hunsbury Hill Country Park + Northants Ironstone Railway Trust

Heading to the South West side of the county, but only a couple of miles from Northampton Town centre, is a brilliant walk across the site of an Iron Age fort. I just love this walk, with it’s nooks crannies and secluded paths, and the pooch loves to roam as we try and keep pace. And whilst you’re taking the fresh air in, and perhaps visiting somewhere new, you may also want to take in the Northampton Ironstone railway trust, who operate a 1.5 mile heritage railway line.  Rides are available on occasion via all means of vehicles including a converted brake can. Well its a bit different isn’t it? Like what we are ; )

Hunsbury HillNorthampton Ironstone Railway Trust

Wicksteed Park – STILL Open throughout October 2017

Kids having fun in autumn

Autumn still means FUN for us all in Northamptonshire.  Wicksteed Park is open for only a few more weeks and will also be opening more than 20 attractions every weekend during October and each day during half term week (Mon Oct 23 – Friday Oct 28). Fun things to do include this year’s new experiences, Tree Top Walk and Meerkat Burrows. What’s more, you can enjoy a day of inclusive* activities from as little as £9 for senior citizens, £10 for adults/mini-me’s and £12 for children. This is also your last chance to use up your 2016 ride tickets, so don’t miss out! *Note this does not include RUSH or Wickys Factory.

Wicksteed Park Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ

Further afield…

Awesome Animation, The Roald Dahl Museum, 12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm, Sat 7 Oct

Roald Dahl book spines museum

Join animator Adam Childs and make your own moving masterpiece. What new adventures will you take Matilda on? Maybe she’ll meet up with Willy Wonka?! Work together as a family to make the extraordinary happen! Cost: £3 per participant. Price does not include Museum entry which you will also need to book to take part in the workshop. Age: suitable for 5+ years only. Under 8s will need to be accompanied by an adult (no more than two non-participating adults will be allowed in the room per group).

Booking: you can book Museum entry and workshops online up until 4.30pm the day before (subject to availability). Workshop options will appear after selecting your Museum admission. Alternatively, you can call 01494 892192 Tues to Fri 10am to 4.30pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 4.30pm. Leave a message if you can’t get through.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

The Exorcist live, Phoenix Theatre London from 20 Oct

“I’m telling you that ‘thing’ upstairs isn’t my daughter…”

Winner of two Academy Awards, and widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973.  Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist is unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by award-winning film and theatre Director Sean Mathias (Bent, No Man’s Land). Inspired by true events. This production contains material which may shock and offend. Recommended age guidance 18+

The Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JP

Coriolanus, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2 venues until 14 Oct

RSC Coriolanus

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. The play will then transfer to the Barbican for a limited London Season from 6 – 18 November 2017.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YF

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

Craig revel horwood Annie West end London

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

Matilda the musical kids on swings

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

Young frankenstein Garrick theatre Lesley Joseph Ross Noble

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.

Food glorious food……(not until November but just a little heads up in case you need to book)!

Northampton Winter food festival Man and woman

One for the diary, Lots of Muddy’s new friends and local producers will be descending on Northampton winter food festival which opens it’s doors on 11/13 November – and tickets are available now.  Book early and you’ll get a discount – here. It’s going to be a celebration of artisan food and drink, with gifts, in the run up to Christmas. Yummy things to eat, warming winter treats and gift ideas so you’re ready for the festive season. Up to 100 food and drink producers, gift stalls, chef demonstrations, tasting workshops and open air street food market with mulled wine and hot spiced cider.

Northampton Winter Food Festival, The County Ground, Abington Avenue, Northampton, NN1 4PR

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