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What’s on Northants

With the weather set fair, and summer holidays on the horizon, there’s still a fair bit to do and we haven’t even reached end of term.  There are loads of fantastic outdoor events taking place across the county, this weekend in particular, and if you are thinking of taking up residency in Northants this summer then there’s plenty more to come, so book mark your Muddy What’s On Guide each week!

Gangsta Granny, The Derngate, Northampton, 12 Jul – 16 Jul

5157367bIt’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny. There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring. But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! My Mudlets worship at the feet of David Walliams and I am a HUGE fan of The Derngate and almost EVERYTHING it does. By the same producers of Horrible Histories (talented bunch aren’t they), watch David Walliams’ most popular children’s story brought to life, live on stage for the very first time.

Dragstalgia 2016, Santa Pod, Fri 15 – 18 Jul

DragstalgiaMuddy loves the smell of leathers and rocket fuel in the morning. No, really. And a weekend of all of this (and more) awaits at Santa Pod Raceway as it  goes retro with Dragstalgia, a weekend dedicated to drag racing (cars, not the stage performers), hot rods and bikes from a bygone era with classic dragsters and funny cars, altereds, American muscle and more. There will be Championship Drag Racing and Run What Ya Brung sessions on the track along with the FireForce Jet Car and 2 Seater Dragster Passenger Rides. Off track there will be Show & Shine, Live Music, Traders, Cacklefest, Historic Car Display and much more. Gates open on Friday 15 July 2016 at 8am. Weekend tickets valid from 8am on Friday 15 Jul – Sunday 17 Jul when racing finishes. Children go FREE (yup)! Adults tickets are £18.00.

The brand new Bread and Pullet brunch menu, Northampton, Sat 16 Jul

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Don’t forget to pop in to see Muddy Award winner, Adam Church and his lovely partners at their brilliant Bread & Pullet restaurant which has now introduced a brand new brunch menu. Most of you will know that Adam and his team provide you with a stylish, relaxed British tapas, using local Northants suppliers to tickle your taste buds. Well now on Saturdays, the doors will open at 10am and there’s a whole lotta brekky going on (Ecton Bangers, Bite Me Spices Fruity Brown Sauce £5, Home Cured English Tea Salmon, Lemon Crème Fraîche £5, Charred Baby Leeks, Hollandaise Sauce £4, Sautéed Potatoes, Corned Beef Croquettes, Bite Me Spices Ketchup £5, Toasted Sourdough, Friars Farm Preserves £3)! Race you….

Bread and Pullet

Stanwick Bakes Cookery Fun, Stanwick Lakes, Sat 16 Jul

Stanwick Bakes2Oh my word.  Me time.  I could tell you that these regular sessions are brilliant fun for kids aged 4-11 years old, and could be the making of the next Jamie or Nigella OR, I could tell you that there these are DROP OFF sessions, giving you some time back to wander lonely as a cloud in the beautiful surrounds of Stanwick lakes.  I’ll tell you both. There are 2 separate sessions  session 1 – 10:30am- 12 noon, session 2 – 1:00pm- 2:30pm. Hosted by Always Time to Bake  in the Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre Discovery Zone. To book call Karen on 07792 013274 – £7.50 per child per session. Normal carpark charges apply

Stanwick Bakes Cookery Fun

Moulton Farmers market – The Artichoke Pub – Moulton, Sat 16 Jul

ArtichokeheartFreshA Pub? And a Farmers Market? Together? This weekend? Bring it on.  If you want to head into the Shire and experience some of our beautiful county fayre and hospitality, then I thoroughly recommend this combo.  The artichoke is at the centre of the village community and boasts a lovely, dog (and children) friendly garden area – which is where you’ll find small local producers selling high quality, and local specialist foods. Yummy, and also who’s round is it?

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lamport Hall, Sat 16 Jul

MidsummerIt would be remiss of any summertime what’s on guide, not to include the great Bard’s most magical of plays. And can there be a finer Northants setting for A Midsummer’s night’s dream than Lamport Hall and Gardens situated just off the A14/A508.  We’re encouraged to bring a picnic and settle down in the gardens when gates open at 5.30pm.  Fairy Queen and King, Titania and Oberon, will be joining us an hour later, with the play starting at 6.30pm. Tickets can still be bought on the gates. Adult £15.00, senior £14.00 and child (5-18) £9.00.

Dragon Boat Racing, Billing Aquadrome, Sun 17 Jul 

12th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat FestivalIt’s about teamwork, it’s about co-ordination, and it’s about not falling in and winning the time trial.  Although for this particular Mudster, it’s none of those things because it well and truly remains a Spectator sport.  For our delectation and family fun this weekend, Billing Aquadrome hosts their annual Dragon boat races.  This Sunday Teams of 10 rowers and a drummer will paddle their Dragon Boat and compete against 47 teams to achieve the best time over the course through three preliminary rounds, semi-finals and finals to win the coveted Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Trophy. All funds raised go to the Air Ambulance and local Rotary charities. A £5 car parking fee applies.

 Barnwell Music in the Park (Barnwell Country Park), Sun 17 Jul


There are still three days left for the brilliant Oundle festival and they’ve already brought days of outstanding music, film, theatre & food events from highly acclaimed groups, popular local performers, talented young musicians and purveyors of excellent food and drink. Only a stone’s throw from the village is the lovely Barnwell Country Park, who will be hosting their own fundraiser, Music in the Park 2016.  This year they’ll be hosting four brass bands – Thrapston and Yarwell & Nassington with Raunds Temperance and Stamford Town Band. Located in the heart of the Nene Valley, 15 hectares of lakes, riverbank and meadows to explore, close to the historic market town of Oundle. With three way marked waterside trails, numerous picnic spots, a wealth of wildlife and facilities, Barnwell Country Park is a great place for a family day out – music or no music. The bands strike up from 12pm on Sunday.  Entrance is free and there’ll be stalls, a BBQ, bouncy castle and a beer tent.  Probably best to pace yourself and not combine all three!

Open mic, Lamplighter, Northampton, Mon 18 Jul 

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After all of that fresh air, and wholesome living it’s time to head over the Northampton town to visit the Muddy Awards 2016 winners, The Lamplighter – best destination Pub.  And this Monday this will be well worth the visit as the next generation of talent takes to the stage for Open Mic night.  It’s a regular feature at this marvellous bolt hole, and there’s also enough excitement behind the bar and from the kitchen to make a night of it. Entrance and good times are free.

Casablanca dementia screening at the Cube, Corby, Weds 20 Jul 


Muddy is a strong advocate of keeping the Northants community together, supporting new and established businesses and the people who make it happen.  And so, in that spirit it’s fantastic to see the Corby Cube put a special screening of a classic film on especially for those suffering from dementia and their amazing support network. For many, this movie would have played a huge part in their young lives, providing a dreamscape of distant shores and of course, it’s a classic for all time. Casablanca is one of the greatest love stories ever told and time may have gone by but it has not diminished it. A social and sensory experience, designed to capture your attention and hold you spellbound – perfect for its audience. Cinema’s can provide a powerful way to reconnect  with memories and others, but they aren’t always accessible to people with dementia.  All Power to the Corby Cube elbow.

And if you’re taking the opportunity to pop down to London while the nippers are off…

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition, Tate Modern, 6 Jul-30 Oct

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This week, a big new exhibition at Tate Modern brings together more than 100 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe — including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction.  And she gets the prize for best comeback, too: “Men put me down as the best woman painter… …I think I’m one of the best painters.”  I’m definitely heading into town for this one.  Definitely.

Summer Series at Somerset House, London, Thurs 7 – Sun 17 Jul

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If you’re heading into London — or want an excuse to — this sounds perfect.  The Summer Series at Somerset House has an impressive line-up of headline acts including Laura Mvula as well as some names you’ll want to watch in the future.

Festival of Love, South Bank, London, Sat 9 July – Mon 29 Aug

No excuses needed to head down to the South Bank really, but here, if you insist – the Festival of Love has returned with a packed programme of music, art, dance and performance – half of which is completely free. So much going on its hard to choose highlights but you can hang out at the copaCABANA beach, book for Air Play, a circus adventure featuring flying umbrellas and giant balloons, see indoor and outdoor installations like the Appearing Rooms fountain where jets of water shoot up to create rooms that instantly disappear, and loads more. Frankly, more fun than you can shake a stick at.

South Bank Centre, London SE1, Waterloo/Embankment Tube,

Kew The Music, Kew Gardens, Tues 12 – Fri 15 July

kewHaven’t maxed out on live music yet? Simply Red, Will Young, Jools Holland, Kid Creole, and the Gipsy Kings are all lined up to play this relaxed festival at the lovely Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey,

2 comments on “What’s on Northants”

  • Will July 19, 2016

    I love it when individuals get together and share views.
    Great website, stick with it!

    • annaloudearden July 31, 2016

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