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Whats On for the rest of half term?

Hello all, still alive and in one piece? Good, because there’s lots of activity to suit our varied lifestyles. If it’s fun in the fresh air, or actors, crooner and comics you’re after in your leisure time, check out our Muddy guide: we’ve got it covered for our tribe.

Forever Jackson, The Castle Theatre, Friday 17 February

So “Bad” he’s good. No really, he’s great

“There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis” sings Kirsty MacColl. Well this chap thinks he’s Michael Jackson. Saluting 30 years of Michael Jackson’s masterpiece, Forever Jackson is going to be great fun for fans of the main man, and fans of Northants fun. Did you know that ‘Bad was No 1 in 25 countries and sold 45 million copies? The moment is captured superbly in this show with sublime musicianship, electrifying choreography and stunning video and special effects. Bad’s The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal, Another Part of Me plus the title track, climax a brand-new show featuring Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Can You Feel It and many more. Tickets £20.

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

Stunt Fest, Santa Pod Raceway, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Saturday 18 February

Take a wrong turn off the A43 and you could find yourself at Stunt Fest

The perfect high octane family fun fest for kids in Northamptonshire. With jaw-dropping stunts on two and four wheels, Podzilla the Monster Truck and an amazing game of car football Top Gear style! Due to high demand for Stunt Fest 2017 tickets, they will no longer be available to purchase on the gate. There are only a limited number of tickets remaining which may sell out before the end of ticket sales at 5pm Friday 17 Feb. Family Tickets from £20. To book tickets phone 01234 782828 or buy your tickets online at

Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA

Treat yourself to a triple at The Errol Flynn Filmhouse, 18-20 February

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse is as cosy and cultured as can be, with a continually changing and challenging programme events. It’s a fantastic intimate Northants venue to relax and be entertained via the silver screen, with many events selling out the moment tickets are released. Here are three highlights for this week alone, and a special up-coming event for the diary from the Thin White Duke himself – gone, but not forgotten.

NT Live (Encore): Amadeus, Saturday 18 February

Rock me?

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, recorded at the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

Raging Bull, Sunday 19 February

Raging? Step into the Errol Flynn for a breather.

De Niro gives an amazing performance as Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake’s mounting paranoia and jealousy and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy. Vivid and unremitting in its uncompromising brutality and honesty, the fight sequences are famed for their realism. Raging Bull garnered eight Oscar nominations and won two, including Best Actor for De Niro. Not too shabby Mr Scorcese.

Denial, Monday, 20 February

The obtuse Timothy Spall refuses to look into the Camera

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History On Trial, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Coming soon – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 8.45pm, Tuesday 7 March

Star man. Will there ever be another like him?

This documentary and concert film captures David Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement, shocking fans and media alike by stating “it’s the last show we’ll ever do”. Rather than marking his withdrawal from music, his declaration signalled the retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona, and the end of a hugely influential chapter in Bowie’s own story. In addition to the concert movie, the evening will include a new film produced by MOJO magazine exclusively for these screenings. This film will feature MOJO’s Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander in conversation with The Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, whose own acclaimed memoir, My Life With Bowie: Spider From Mars, has just been published by Sidgwick & Jackson. As well as re-living that fateful night in 1973, Woody will provide further insight into what he describes as “the adventure of a lifetime.” Every attendee will receive a copy of the magazine which will fully document the Ziggy-era, and which will also feature an exclusive David Bowie/Spiders From Mars Collectors’ Cover. This special souvenir cover will not be available in the shops, and is destined to become one of the rarest covers ever produced by the award-winning MOJO team with a retail value of £7.99.

Ticket Prices and timings for Errol Flynn Filmhouse screenings can vary so please check their website for the most accurate and up to date information.

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD

Snowdrop Sunday, Deene Park, Corby, Sunday 19 February 

The green shoots of Deene Park. See ya Winter

Why not head over to Deene Park on Sunday the 19 and Sunday 26 February. Opening the gardens for the first time in 2017, you’re invited to walk through the magical woodlands and parklands of Deene Park to enjoy the blanket of Snowdrops. The Deene Park team will be on hand to talk about these delicate floral treats and they’ll also have a number of varieties on sale, as well as other plants in their shop. Wrap up warm and plan your visit to the beautiful grounds and enjoy the first glimpses of spring in the gardens. And your reward for a virtuous walk in the woods? A trip to the Old Kitchen Tea Rooms for coffee, tea or hot chocolate, homemade cakes and bakes or light lunches. Open from 12pm to 4pm in both the gardens and the Tea Rooms, last entry to the gardens is at 3pm.

Deene Park,  Corby Northamptonshire NN17 3EW

Thrift Sale, Vintage retreat, Northampton, Sunday, 10-3pm, 19 February

Guess what’s happening at the Vintage retreat this weekend?

If it’s retail therapy of a retro kind then head to the Vintage retreat and unearth a bargain. They can’t promise prices will come down to the original 50/60/70’s prices but you can be sure that there is something there with your name on it – if only a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the lovely tea rooms. Also whilst you’re there, why not have a look at the 100+ stalls in the Vintage Retreat. Entry to the Sale Event is £1 at the door.

Vintage Retreat,  Lower Harding Street, NN1 2JL

David O’Doherty’s Big Time, Royal Theatre, 8pm, 20 February

“Don’t tell me. Do my socks clash with my scarf”?

David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present a brand new show of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. This year David’s comedy has been nominated for the best show awards at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he spent the summer on tour around America with Flight Of The Conchords. You may have seen and heard on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Unbelievable Truth for BBC Radio 4. Tickets £16.50 – £38. I’ll be there!

The Royal Theatre, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, NN1 1DP

Murder and Mystery at the Old Kings Head, Long Buckby, 23 February

Who did it, with what at the Old Kings Head?  Hopefully it wasnt a poisoning.

Super sleuth?  Hungry? At The Old Kings Head Murder Mystery evenings you are assigned a character before the event so you can come dressed for the occasion. During the evening you will be sent on a hunt for clues, given time to interrogate other guests and of course put all your evidence together to name the killer! Ticket only event, £35 per person which includes a 2 course meal and glass of wine

Old Kings Head2 Harbidges Lane, Long Buckby, NN6 7QL

Grand Union Canal Task Work parties, Grand Union Canal, Thursday 23 February

Canal desire. Help keep our County looking beautiful?

How would you like to help with the upkeep of one of the county’s most enduring and important landmarks? The Grand Union Canal links London to Birmingham, passing through rolling countryside, industrial towns and peaceful villages. It is our longest canal, the ‘trunk route’ of the system. Yet competition from the railways and the narrow size of its locks meant that this mammoth waterway had to fight hard to survive in the early 20th Century. The Buckingham Canal Social run 3 practical task work parties on alternative Thursdays and on the second Sunday of each month. These are open to everyone and you don’t have to be amazingly fit to join them. If you want to have fun, meet a group of friendly people and help restore a disused canal you are the sort of people they need! They meet at 10.00 and finish around 3pm and these work parties are free.

Contact telephone: 01908 661217

Canal River Trust

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