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Bon Jovi Tribute Night, Whittlebury Hall, Fri 22 Apr


Ahhhh, me and my friend Kathryn back in the ’90s, our first concert away from home in Middlesbrough, we travelled to the heady heights of Milton Keynes Bowl and the Jon Bon has had our hearts ever since! This five piece UK tribute act covers every aspect of Bon Jovi’s career and performs all of the greatest hits such as Living On A Prayer, It’s My Life and Wanted Dead or Alive. A fab show with a three-course dinner and disco to finish at 12.30am! We know some of you will want to put on your dancing shoes and make eyes at Jon Bon (hands off, he’s mine)!

Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa

Big Bang VW Show, Santa Pod Raceway, Fri 22- Sun 24 Apr

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 25: Volkswagen trunk ornaments bearing the VW logo lie next to the Golf VII assembly line at the Volkswagen factory on February 25, 2013 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce financial results for 2012 on March 14. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Big Bang VW festival is the first and friendliest VW festival on the calendar. All Volkswagens welcome! Three days of VW fun in the sun with great racing, music and entertainment at the home of European Drag Racing! All Beetles and buses, campers and Caddies, Golfs and Ghias (how many types of Volkswagens!) are welcome at the show to enjoy the Run What Ya Brung!

Santa Pod Raceway

Vintage Clothing ‘Pop Up’ Shop, Vintage Retreat, Fri 22 – Sat 23 Apr


Proud Rascal and Off the Hook, vintage clothing traders at Vintage Retreat, are collaborating to host a two-day pop up shop in the Events Hall at Vintage Retreat. There are lots of bargains to be had for both men and women and a perfect opportunity to get some vintage items for your wardrobe. I might have to go and nab some pieces before before you ragamuffins get there!

Vintage Retreat

How to: Introduction to Oil Painting, NN, Sat 23 Apr


Creative and arty? Learn some basic techniques for painting with oils and impress your hubby as he smiles and nods but checks out the Everton scores on Twitter (just me then?). Over two arty-hours you will learn how to prepare your paint and surface as well as some tips on how to approach still life painting. Wear clothes to paint in, and whilst materials are included, feel free to bring any materials of your own. Price per person: £15.


A Pocketful of Grimms, The Castle, Sat 23 Apr


Let the magical storyteller whisk you away to a land of fables and wonder to explore some of the favouritist fairy tales ever told. Featuring Hansel and Gretel, the original Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin and loads more, you’ll recognise them all from your childhood days. Take the kids out this Saturday and show them the real fairy tales (I recall some of them being rather blood thirsty, but reckon you’ll be ok with these).

The Castle Theatre

Michael Jackson Tribute Night, Westone Manor Hotel, Fir Tree Walk, Sat 23 Apr

Michael Jackson performs live on stage, 1996. (Photo by Phil Dent/Redferns)

The real MJ

This top International Michael Jackson tribute artist is electrifying in this fantastic show. In 2010 he was chosen by Michael Jackson’s world tour lead guitarist to perform beside her on stage all over UK, Switzerland and Paris (he must be good). The King of Pop has returned (well not really, but you can pretend)!

Westone Manor Hotel

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Nights, Kettering Arts Centre, Sat 23 Apr


These monthly comedy clubs each feature three acts and topping the bill in April is the stand-up comedian, singer, songwriter and winner of the Time Out Comedy Award, Richard Morton. Support acts will be James Dowdeswell and Chris Washington. Muddy promises a night of stomach hurting laughter.

Kettering Arts Centre

Shakespeare live! From The RSC, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Sat 23 Apr

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC is a unique two-hour event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (check out my recent hotel review if you fancy a bit of Stratford-upon-Avon). Hosted by David Tennant, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes and many more.

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Lyveden New Bield, Lyveden, Mon 25 Apr


The Muddy famille has had many a picnic around the water at Lyveden New Bield. It’s far from the madding crowd and you can walk the boundaries and discover parts of the property that few visitors get a chance to experience. The building is half built due to Sir Thomas Tresham dying before it was finished (it actually makes you feel a bit sad, as you can see the passion that went into it). Learn more about Rogation Day on this two mile guided walk and pack a picnic, because it’s not a day out without a good egg and cress crustless.


Cult Film Club: Twins Of Evil, Errol Flynn FiImhouse, Wed 27 Apr

I LOVED Hammer Horror when I was younger (not sure my folks knew I was watching it, eek). Anyhoo, they’re good, but I don’t remember this one! After being orphaned, identical twins move from Vienna to the village of Karnstein. There they go to live with their Uncle, a fanatical Puritan. Nearby, the Count of the village is performing a sacrificial rite which raises his ancestor, the vampire Countess. After she bites him, he too becomes a vampire and sets off in search of victims. Muddy intern says this film is a classic, and if you enjoy classics, this is a must!

Errol Flynn Filmhouse


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