What’s on? Lots!
Althorp Literary Festival, Althorp Estate, Thurs 30 Jun to July 3
Building on the success of Festivals past, the 13th Althorp Literary Festival promises once again to be a tres impressive event, with sessions from renowned novelists, comedians, politicians, sportsmen, screenwriters, biographers, historians and broadcasters (plus yours truly will be there with bells on). A bit of background (because we all like some context), when the founder of Althorp, Sir John Spencer died in 1522, his will stipulated that the house must forever be ‘a place of entertainment’ (good man). Nineteen generations later Charles Spencer, the ninth Earl of Althorp, is doing just that with the Althorp Literary Festival. Now in its 13th year, the latest line up is, as proclaimed by Lord Spencer (by all accounts a very lovely Lord), ‘lip-smacking’. Highlights include comedian Sarah Pascoe talking about lady bits (well the anatomy of a female body) and Harper’s Bazaar‘s editor-in-chief, Justine Picardie, on how Coco Chanel became the most influential woman in the history of fashion. If your big worry is refreshments (maybe that’s just me projecting), there’ll be scrummy places for lunch, afternoon tea, a chilled glass of prosecco from our friends at Fizz 76 or even have a picnic. There’s something to suit all interests, pop-up shops, books to browse – or just sit on the grass and watch the 13th Althorp Literary Festival unfold before your eyes, it promises to be a cracker.
Open Garden for NGS, The Old Rectory, Sudborough, Thurs 30 June
My folks used to trawl me around stuff like this, and as much as I used to moan, I must have liked it because I do the same with my kids now! Open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme, this is a classically beautiful three acre country garden with extensive herbaceous borders, many unusual shrubs and a wide variety of old roses and Lycianthes. Home-made teas & wine, open from midday until 7pm, admission £7, children free.
Bugsy Malone, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Thurs 30th Jun- Sat 2nd Jul
Bishop Stopford School proudly present the musical: Bugsy Malone, featuring students aged between 7-13 years. Based on the much loved 1976 film musical by Alan Parker, it is the story of boxing scout Bugsy Malone, his singer girlfriend Blousey Brown and the shady residents of Fat Sam’s Grandslam Speakeasy Club. This is a musical that you will love from start to finish.
Curry Club – A Moroccan Feast, Bay Tree Cottage, Fri 1 Jul
Discover the rich flavors, aromas and colors of Moroccan cuisine and add something a little different to your culinary repertoire. Build your confidence of using spices such as cinnamon, cardamon and saffron that create that true Moroccan flavour. Using the spices you will make a Tagine, couscous & pastilles, with a delicious Baklava to finish (Mr Muddy’s fave). 7-9pm, £22.50.
Freddie Mercury Tribute Night, Westone Manor Hotel, Sat 2 Jul
Freddie Mercury , undisputably one of the most talented artists ‘like ever’, the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen (like you didn’t know) was consistently voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. Westone Manor Hotel is creating a fitting tribute to honour his 70th birthday – A tribute show performed live by an international artist with a wealth of experience who has entertained diverse audiences for over a decade. Some say it’s as close to Queen as you can get.
RSC (Encore): Hamlet, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Sat 2 Jul
Another chance to see the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of Shakespeare‘s searing tragedy. Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living life studying abroad, word reaches him that his father is dead. Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world (deep man).
Northampton Town Festival, Racecourse, Sat 2 and Sun 3 July
The Northampton Town Festival is an event created for the local community and beyond, with the intention of bringing people together and celebrating all that makes the town great (I think the whole country needs one of these)! Whether you are one of the local residents & families, a hard working local trader, a member of a local community group, part of the thriving entertainment scene or even live outside of Northampton and are looking to attend an awesome event that exhibits REAL community spirit…all are welcome. The Northampton Town Festival brings the community together whilst combining all that was great about the iconic Old Northampton Town Show and The Balloon Festival in one fun filled weekend for the whole family. The event is FREE to attend and will take place across two large arenas on the Racecourse. There will be an estimated 40,000- 60,000 attending throughout the weekend so wear something luminous.
Wellingborough Carnival and Party in the Park, Wellingborough, Sat 2 and Sun 3 July
The streets of Wellingborough will be transformed into a riot of colour, music and dance when the Carnival comes to town on Saturday 2 July. With not long to go, final preparations are being made for the spectacular parade which will be followed by a huge day of live music. The council’s annual party weekend kicks off this year with Wellingborough Carnival’s 108th parade, as schools, businesses, pubs, community groups and more dress up to bring carnival celebrations to Wellingborough. The colourful parade will start at Broad Green at 1pm and wind its way through the town centre to Croyland Park. Town centre roads will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade on the Saturday. The fun continues into Sunday with live music from 12 noon to 6pm, again at Croyland Park. Local performers and tribute bands will be taking to the stage to entertain the crowds, with the event hosted by Connect FM breakfast show presenters Mark and Liz. As well as the music, the park will feature Steven’s funfair, craft stalls, food stands and a licensed bar (sold).
Sarah Millican – Outsider, Royal and Derngate, Sat 2 Jul- Mon 4 Jul
In the past when you put Sarah Millican outside, she asked things like: ‘Why? Where is the taxi? Do I need a cardie?’ and said things like: ‘There’ll be wasps. I’ve nothing to sit on. Can we go home?’ But things have changed. Sarah Millican is venturing outside. Bring a cardie.
Royal and Derngate
The Retro Show, Santa Pod, Sun 3 Jul
Retro Show is the annual family event for all those supporters of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s (yikes) that like a bit of fun in their lives. All makes and models of bikes and cars are welcome to this celebration of a time when machines were created with a bit of character. Retro is certainly the “in” scene right now so this is the show that will have something for everyone (unless you really hate cars, then probably don’t bother).
Roman Holiday, Erroyl Flynn Filmhouse, Sun 3 Jul
Whilst on a highly publicised tour of Europe, a cloistered and naive princess rebels against her restrictive schedule. One night she escapes her luxurious confinement and stumbles upon an American journalist posted to Rome. Peck and Hepburn (in her breakthrough role) make for one of cinema’s most charming couples in this whimsical fantasy with a bittersweet finale. Muddy intern loves this film muchly, ‘it’s so charming and Audrey Hepburn is every womans goal in this film’.
Errol Flynn Filmhouse
Storytelling at the Feast of Fools presents Kevin Walker with A Whisker of Truth, NN, Wed 6 Jul
Northampton’s own Storytelling Club for traditional and contemporary storytelling. Feast of Fools showcases excellent professional tellers while developing local storytellers. Kevin’s favourite compilation of performance pieces for adults. Expect laughs, oohs and arghs, tears and a few fears, but mainly an invitation to have a great time!