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What’s on this week 14-20 September

Line up on the starting grid: there's loads going on this week in Northants from classic cars and cinema screenings to online festivals, open studios and a brand new farmer's market.

FILM SCREENING: Singin’ In The Rain, Deco Theatre, Northampton, Wed 16 – Fri 18 Sept

Deco theatre old savoy northampton

To mark Heritage Open Days this year, one of Northampton’s most iconic buildings, the Deco Theatre, will opening their historic doors to the public and to host talks on the history of the Old Savoy Theatre (as was) followed by a screening of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds’ classic musical Singin’ In The Rain. A seated table service of brunch or afternoon tea will be available during the event and must be booked in advance.

FARMER’S MARKET: Daventry High Street, Sat Sept 19th

Farmers market Daventry Northants

The historic high street in Daventry will be closed to traffic and an array of artisan food related stalls from local makers and producers will be touting their wares to tantalise your taste buds and get your creative cooking juices flowing!

KIDS: RSPB Family Bird Walk, Stanwick Lakes, Sun 20 Sept

RSPB Bird Walk Stanwick Lakes Northants

RSPB expert twitchers will lead a family walk around Stanwick Lakes to teach all ages about the resident and migratory birds that can be seen here, some of which are quite unusual to spot. Bring a pair of binocs, a raincoat and sturdy footwear.

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: Rockin’ Roadrunner, Sun 20 Sept

Jo Whiley Rockin Roadrunner Festival Northampton

If you don’t already know, Rockin’ Roadrunner fest is the brainchild of local lass, DJ and presenter Jo Whiley, and focuses on live music events specifically for people with disabilities and their families, carers and friends. This year, the event itself, which usually takes place in Abington Park, has been cancelled for obvious reasons, but they’ve decided to go online instead featuring the best of the fest. Plus, it’s all for free!

EVENT: Sywell Classics: Pistons and Props, Sywell Aerodrome, Sun 20 Sept

Sywell classic motor show

The classic motoring show with retro vibes returns this weekend to celebrate all types of engine from hot rods to motorbikes and planes with vintage music and a summer festival atmosphere. There’ll be races, displays, food and drink as well as shopping and camping packages to make a fab family weekend and if you’ve got a classic vehicle you can take it along (no jokes, Mr Muddy).

ART: Northants Open Studios, until 26 September

Nadege Honey Northants Open Studios Muddy Stilettos

Nosing around creative spaces and also buying stuff. Yes please. Northants Open Studios is back with loads happening both online and in-person at various venues across the county. Muddy top picks include Nadege Honey jewellery (pictured), Anette Sykes paintings, David Haynes handcrafted furniture and various artists at Swanspool Ceramics. Serious faces and Breton tops: on.


FESTIVAL: London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

Now in its 18th year, this cool festival features commissions and installations across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly coined International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate. 

EXHIBITION: Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept 

Aubrey Beardsley

Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour. 

EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021

Ai Wei Wei A History of Bombs Imperial War Museum Northants Muddy Stilettos

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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