SPORT: British Roller Derby Championships, Lings Forum, Weston Favell, Sun 1 Mar.
If you’ve never been to see roller derby then you have missed out on a vital part of life, this is like no other sport. If they taught roller derby in schools we reckon there would be far fewer sick notes on PE days. Leave your preconceptions and your inhibitions at the door to watch Plymouth v Oxford and MK Concrete Cows v Bristol in the British Champs.
COMEDY: John Bishop: Warm up, Royal and Derngate, Tues 3 Mar
TV superstar with all the gags, John Bishop graces the R&D to bring his heart-warming brand of comedy to the stage.
THEATRE: The Last of the Pelican Daughters, Royal and Derngate, Tue 3 to Sat 7 Mar
Grappling with loss and justice, four sisters try to come to terms with their mother’s death in this lively comedy.
WORKSHOP: Italian Pasta Making for Beginners, Carmela’s Kitchen, Northampton, Tue 3 Mar.
Pasta in all it’s wonderful, satisfyingly carby forms, from spaghetti to farfalle, gnocchi and decoratively pressed herb dough. All will be tantalisingly within your powers thanks to this morning workshop from the boss lady of the Italian kitchen, Carmela Sereno. Coffee and cantucci included. Brace for a food coma.
FOOD: Vegan Cheese and Wine Evening, Bread and Circus, Daventry, Wed 4 Mar.
Treat yourself to a spot of ethical indulgence at one of our favourite foodie destinations. Seriously, if you aren’t already a regular at this beaut bakery, veggie cafe and pizzeria then you are very much missing out. At this exclusive event you will sample a range of vegan cheese and organic vegan wines, with tasting notes from wine expert Emmanuel Byilingiro, and there will even be a few cheeky sourdough pizza tasters too.
BOOK CLUB: Magazine Heaven, Rushden Lakes, Thu 5 Mar
Want to make more time to read but can’t find the motivation to tear yourself away from your phone? Ditto. Muddy fave Magazine Heaven host a monthly book club in their delightful cafe, so you can turn it a fun social event, and this month it’s on World Book Day.
LIVE SCREENING: Cyrano de Bergerac, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Thu 5 Mar
James McAvoy stars in this impassioned production of Cyrano de Bergerac from The National Theatre, a tale of tormented love and tragic loss.
Oversharing on spirituality, mental health, pervs and relationships, Lou Sanders is never one to shy away from controversy. Watch out – she’ll have you popping your stitches.
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.
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.
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.
COMEDY: Josie Long – Tender, Royal and Derngate, Sun 8 Mar
Edgy indie comedy all about the skull-cracking intensity of new motherhood, kindness, gentleness, and joy. 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 canapes?
COMEDY: Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest, Core Theatre, Corby, Tue 10 Mar
Self-deprecating humour from the floppy fringed Irishman. Does he posses any positive qualities to bestow on his children? Decide for yourself.
THEATRE: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Royal and Derngate, Tue 10 – Sat 14 Mar
Special guest star, Shane Richie joins the cast of smash hit West End musical as it come to N-Town. A Sheffield boy who doesn’t fit in finally overcomes his bullies and steps into the spotlight.
THEATRE: Friends! The Musical Parody, The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Tue 10 Mar
So no one told you life was gonna be this way? Don’t worry, you were on a break. This hilarious spin on the hapless characters from 90s sitcom Friends will set you right.
FOOD AND DRINK: Bite Street, Northampton, Fri 13 and Sat 14 Mar
Northampton’s popular foodie pop-up returns earlier than ever this year, with an opening night knees up and loads of foodie treats including burgers, toasties, tacos, dumplings, waffles, barista coffees, craft beer and vegan wine.
EVENT: Witchcraft and Wizardry, Northampton, Sat 14 Mar
Love a bit of cosplay? Grab your wand and your magic-loving mates, this enchanted outdoor adventure experience will pit teams of wizards against each other as they compete to defeat dark-magic and save the realm. Can your team unravel the mystery in time?
EVENT: Vintage and Craft Fair, Abington Park Museum, Northampton, Sat 14 Mar
Vintage, reworked and handmade stalls selling fashion, accessories, jewellery, collectibles and homewares, with hot food and drinks in the courtyard from local producers.
EVENT: Northampton Gin and Rum Festival, Northampton, Sat 14 Mar
With tasting masterclasses and talks to get you geeking out on your tipple of choice and resident DJs to get the party going, it could be a messy night. Cin cin!
THEATRE: Invisible String Theatre presents Sonder, Northampton, Wed 18 Mar
A new work by Invisible String Theatre Company as part of the University of Northampton Drama Programme’s annual Adaptation Festival. The residents of Greystead Flats receive some news that jolts out of their monotonous lives.
BALLET: Giselle, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Wed 18 Mar
The tragic and dramatic tale of love and betrayal, revenge and compassion comes to Kettering with a full corps de ballet of 24 dancers and fantastic costumes. You’re in for a treat.
FOOD AND DRINK: Jazz and Tapas evening, Magazine Heaven, Rushden Lakes, Thur 19 Mar
Muddy fave Magazine Heaven at Rushden Lakes hold regular events in their gorgeous store and artisan cafe. Coming up next is an evening of Jazz and Tapas with live music from Cool Jazz Collective and a selection of moreish food from the tapas menu to scoff and share.
COMEDY: Jimmy Carr, Royal and Derngate, Fri 20 Mar
Warning: political correctness at a comedy show is like health and safety at a rodeo. Jimmy Carr is back at the Derngate with his usual irreverence.
KIDS: Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday, Royal and Derngate, Sat 21 Mar
The BAFTA winning CBeebies fave comes to life on stage in this magical adventure for your minis with music, storytelling and puppetry.
FOOD AND DRINK: The Botanical Drinks Festival, Delapre Abbey, Sat 21 Mar
Can’t tell your juniper from your star anise, or your dragon eye from your baobab? This evening of botanical drinks tastings and masterclasses in the beautiful surroundings of Delapre Abbey will set you right, and possibly get you a little bit tipsy. Hic.
Join the witty playwright himself (well, actor Jonathan Goodwin) in this comic show packed with music and audience participation, as well as afternoon tea served on vintage china.
COMEDY: Rob Beckett – Wallop, Royal and Derngate, Sun 22 Mar
The Mouth of the South returns with to R&D due to popular demand. Expect belly laughs as Rob’s infectious smile spreads through the audience.
KIDS: Mothers’ Day Posies, Canons Ashby, Sun 22 Mar
Once your little monsters have let off some steam running around the lovely grounds at Canons Ashby they can put together a sweet posy to give to their Mums to take home on Mothers’ Day, and they’ll seem so much sweeter for it.
FOOD AND DRINK: Mothers’ Day Brunch, Evenley Wood Garden, Sun 22 Mar
An outdoorsy brunch surrounded by spring flowers is a lovely treat for any green-fingered Mums. We’ll take the smoked salmon, spinach and poached eggs on sourdough. Ta.
DANCE: Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez – Firedance, Royal and Derngate, Mon 23 Mar
Is it getting hot in here? Stars of Strictly turn up the thermostat in this sweltering performance including tango flamenco, paso and samba.
THEATRE: Wanted, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Wed 25 Mar
Marking Women’s History Month, five strong female characters from history set about challenge norms and standing up for their rights. Bring it.
KIDS: Horrible Histories: The Worst of Barmy Britain, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Wed 25 to Sat 28 Mar
Meet all the people from the olden days, with all the yucky bits left in. It’s gory, it’s gruesome and it’s covered in poo. Your kids will love it.
COMEDY: David Baddiel – Trolls: Not the Dolls, Royal and Derngate, Thu 26 Mar
Don’t feed the trolls! Baddiel explores the deep, dark worm holes of the internet he has slipped through during his encounters with horrid trolls, in hilarious and disturbing show.
THEATRE: Bleak House, Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Fri 27 Mar
What the Dickens? Fab five, the Pantaloons, bring their hilariously slapstick style to the Masque Theatre, to play more that 50 parts between them. Think Dickens is drab? Think again.
COMEDY: 100% Simon Brodkin, Core Theatre, Corby, Fri 27 Mar
Always aiming to disrupt and undermine our preconceptions, Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, is on tour following a run of hugely popular TV series and the odd court appearance after pranking almost anyone he can get his hands on.
FOOD AND DRINK: Italian wine and cheese tasting, Forge Coffee, Evenley, Fri 27 Mar
Tony Bates of local vintners, Trelawney Wine, will lead the tasting of a selection of Italian wines complimented by cheese from Fowler’s of Earlswood, fresh bread from Geoff’s Real Artisan Bakery and nibbles.
EVENT: A Spiffing 1940s Day Out, The Vintage Retreat, Northampton, Sat 28 Mar
Pin-curls in for this all-day event with live music, 1940s-style traders, shopping, dancing, living history, swing dance MK, military vehicles and vintage cars. Then in the evening, join dapper gent Tom Carradine on the ol’ Joanna as he leads a cockney sing-a-long, with tunes from the music hall era, WWI and II, the West End stage and traditional popular songs from across the decades. There’s dancing throughout the evening with JP’s Swing Disco playing 1930s and 1940s dance classics.
WORKSHOP: Flower arranging workshop, Forge Coffee, Culworth, Sun 29 Mar
Fancy spending a few hours playing with pretty flowers and eating homemade cakes at Forge Coffee? That’s a toughie. Well, Jacqueline Rappaport of Hagstone Pottery and Culworth-based grower and florist, Suzy Cubitt-O’Neil, of From Garden to Vase, have collaborated to bring you this fab-sounding workshop. Jacks has designed and made the ceramic bowls and Suzy will show you how to fill them with a pretty arrangement of organic spring flowers to take home.
WELLBEING: Spring Equinox Yoga Lunch, Bar Encore, Towcester, Sun 29 Mar
Grab some me-time and mark the long-awaited return of spring with this yoga, relaxation and meditation session, which aims to help you to find balance and set new intentions, before filling up your belly with Bar Encore’s Spanish-inspired tapas. Sounds like the perfect prelude to an afternoon nap.
WORKSHOP: Modern Calligraphy, Bread and Circus, Daventry, Sun 29 Mar
Spend so much time on your phone or laptop you’ve forgotten what a pen looks like? Well if you fancy rediscovering the art of flourishing a fountain pen then this three hour workshop will teach you your stroke from your serif and give you the skills to produce your own style of modern calligraphy. Plus afternoon tea is included.
EVENT: Wedding Festival, Jubilee Barn, Helmdon, Sun 29 Mar
Tipis and yurts, a catwalk show and a light display will feature at this evening wedding festival in a pretty, rural setting, and showcasing some of the most quirky and unique wedding suppliers in the area.
KIDS: Shrek: The Musical, The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Tue 31 Mar
A touching subversion of the fairytale tradition. But of, course, there’s always a happy ending. Youngsters and oldies will love this all-singing all-dancing stage adaptation of the hit Hollywood blockbuster.
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.