Fri 6 Mar - Sun 8 Mar
Weekend alert! We’ve got a spring in our step and a twinkle in our eye. Here are our top tips for fun and frolics in Northants and beyond.
EVENT: Emotional Eating – Cookery demo and chat with Oliver McCabe, Sheaf Street Health Store, Daventry, Fri 6 Mar
Hold my family sized pack of hobnobs, this one is probably going to ring some bells with anyone who has ever got stressed out and eaten all the kids’ Easter eggs in frenzy. That’s everyone then? Nutritionist Oliver McCabe will teach how to choose the right food for the right reasons, give ideas to help you whip up fuss-free healthy food, and you can taste some healthy dishes for yourself (that’s the food, not Oliver).
COMEDY: Iain Stirling – Falling Upwards, The Core Theatre, Corby, Fri 6 Mar
Ever wondered how people manage to appear so normal and living their best lives all the time? Same. Iain Stirling examines his own inability to function on a normal human level in this darkly humorous stand-up show.
COMEDY: Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado, Royal and Derngate, Fri 6 Mar
If complex, political meanderings littered with MacGuffins are your thing, then make a date with the master of standup, Stewart Lee, who brings his wry, dry wit back to R&D
THEATRE: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Aylesbury Waterside, Fri 6 a Sat 7 Mar
Shelley’s classic gothic horror about the narcissistic doctor, whose attempts to create new life backfire. This fresh adaptation places Shelley herself within the narrative as she grapples with her status as a woman in nineteenth century society.
COMEDY: Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Fri 6 Mar
The Trigger Happy TV creator, who famously went to school with blacklisted bad guy Osama Bin Laden, reveals his exploits as an intrepid globetrotter. He’s visited some of the least touristy hotspots on the planet, and shares his comical and jaw-dropping experiences.
SUPPER CLUB: The Coach House Pop-Up, Edgecote, Fri 6 Mar
In a bucolic setting on the Northants/Oxon border, creative Cordon Bleu chef Fiona whips up a 5 course tasting menu, with champagne and canapés to start, coffee and petit fours to finish. Home grown and locally produced ingredients are the order of the day.
WORKSHOP: Macrame Hanging Shelf Workshop, The Vintage Retreat, Northampton, Sat 7 Mar
No need to tie yourself up in knots, in-vogue retro homeware trend macrame has made it all the way to Northants, and here’s a chance to learn the craft yourself, courtesy of modern macrame pro, Fallon, of Mayflower Designs.
KIDS: Family Storytelling, Canons Ashby, Sat 7 Mar
Keep the Mudlets quiet for five minutes at this charming storytelling event in honour of World Book Day, aimed at younger children, but all ages welcome.
FOOD AND DRINK: Waddesdon Pudding Club, Waddesdon Manor, Sat 7 Mar
Sweeten up your weekend and slap a sugary smile on your face – it’s time for Waddesdon Pudding Club. There’s a tasting menu of five sumptuous courses created by Head Pastry Chef Craig Clarke and his creative team, accompanied by a flight of sweet and sparkling wines. Don’t mind if we do.
COMEDY: Josie Long – Tender, Royal and Derngate, Sun 8 Mar
Edgy indie comedy all about the skull-cracking intensity of new motherhood, and something of an ode to kindness. Josie Long aims to make you laugh and feel optimistic about the future. Is that a big ask? Caution: really silly voices.
EVENT: Rushton Hall Wedding Fair, Sun 8 Mar
Fancy something on the posh side for your wedding and planning to cane the credit card? Rushton Hall have every upmarket detail you can think of from favours to honeymoons and everything in between, all in the most stunning setting. Do we get to taste the canapés?
DANCE: Cats The Musical Dance Workshop, Pose Fitness, Weedon Bec, Sun 8 Mar
Feeling feline? Well, straighten your whiskers and prowl over to Pose Fitness for this furry workshop, where you’ll learn the dance routines from the hit musical. No need to have any previous dance experience, it’s suitable for all levels. Give it a go. This one is for adults but there are kids workshops available too.
THEATRE: Time Machine, London Library, London, until 5 April
Fancy venturing further afield? The Creation Theatre crew are heading to the Big Smoke! In this moving (literally) production, small audiences will be led through the vast London Library as Time Machine, which explores themes of neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, unfolds. Knowing Creation, it’s bound to be brilliant.