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Guided Walk, Canons Ashby, Thurs 5 May


At this time of year when it’s getting warmer (honestly it is) and the sun is coming out, we should all be donning our trusty trainers and upping our outdoor visits. Explore beyond the walls of Canons Ashby on a walk through Northamptonshire’s bootiful countryside for a six mile amble before going for a hearty lunch in the Stables Tea Room (now you’re talking). Assistance dogs only.

Canons Ashby

Spy Monkey’s Complete Deaths, Royal and Derngate, Thurs 5 May – Sat 7 May


There are 75 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare: from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony And Cleopatra. And then there’s the pie in Titus Andronicus. Spymonkey will perform them all. The Complete Deaths will be a sublimely fitting tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s, er, actual death.

Royal and Derngate

ABBA Tribute Night, Westone Manor Hotel, Sat 7 May


I think we need a drumroll please… ABBA Tribute Night at Westone Manor Hotel will feature plenty of the band’s hits; a superb tribute show packed with all the popular songs everyone knows and loves (me especially, since Mini Muddy watched Mamma Mia on repeat all last summer). The tribute show starts at 9pm with disco until 1am. There’s food, drink and snacks available throughout the evening; let’s make Dancing Queens of you all.

Westone Manor Hotel

An Audience with Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe, Lighthouse Theatre, Sat 7 May


The Strictly Come Dancing favourites, Ian and Natalie are always pushing the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity coupledom. They pro-pairing are best known for their high intensity performances on the hit BBC show and on the night they will dance a mix of Ballroom and Latin. Publicity says they’ll be transporting you away to a place of wonderful moments with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life. All things? Intriguing, even if you’re not a strictly fan!

Lighthouse Theatre

Gluten Free Bread and Pastry Workshop, Bay Tree Cottage, Sat 7 May

© Jason Cohen Photography

© Jason Cohen Photography

If you are following a gluten free diet, cooking for someone who is or just want to challenge yourself, then give this specialist workshop a bash. It promises to teach you how to make light, crusty, tasty, bread and delicate pastry which you won’t believe is gluten free! £65.00

Bay Tree Cottage

Spring Foraging, Bay Tree Cottage, Sun 8 May


Foraging for wild food is fun, but you need to be sure those mushrooms and berries are not going to result in some epic chundering! This one day Spring Foraging Course is a real eye opener to all the edible plants that are available for the wild food forager to find….a total feast for free (well, the cost of the day, but after that, think of all the savings)! £80.00
Bay Tree Cottage

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Mixed Programme, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Tue 10 May 

Revelations: Choreography by Alvin Ailey Alvin Ailey American dance Theater Credit photo: ©Paul Kolnik nyc 212-362-7778

Your chance to witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. This soulful tour-de-force draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons and holy blues. This one is a little more out there, but hey, I know that some of you Mudsters are too!

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

London Has Fallen, Castle Theatre, 7 May 


After the British Prime Minister has passed away, his funeral becomes the target of a terrorist organisation intent upon destroying the world’s most powerful leaders. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the US President (Aaron Eckhart), his Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. This non-stop, suspenseful action thriller also stars a Muddy fave, Morgan Freeman. My spies tell me this film is amazing and if you’ve seen and loved Olympus has Fallen, you’ll love this fast paced action movie too.

Castle Theatre

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