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Great Gatsby 1920’s Show, Whittlebury Hall, Fri 17 Jun

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If you think Gatsby knew how to throw a fabulous party, wait until you’ve experienced this one! You’ll be swept back to the Roaring Twenties for a fun and enjoyable night out. So sip the giggle juice, feast on the food, and treat your peepers to the professional flapper dancers. You can dance the night away too or see if you can make a killing at the casino.

Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa

 Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, Boughton House, Fri 17 Jun

rsz_baskervillesOn the wasteland of the desolate Devon moors, something evil is afoot. When death stalks the Baskerville family, legend and superstition collide with the most horrible of crimes. Join to meet the world’s most famous of detectives, Sherlock Holmes as he is called upon to solve the greatest mystery of all time. Bring a picnic and your best detective skills for an unforgettable evening of mystery, suspense and theatre under the stars.

Boughton House

Northampton Music Festival, 17th-19th Jun
The Northampton Music Festival is a free annual event designed to celebrate Northampton’s rich music culture. Now in its 9th year, the central ethos is to raise the profile of Northampton through music, to provide a showcase for the broad range of musicians and artists that are based in the town and to provide a community-focused gathering which invites all to join in a festive celebration of our music scene.

The festival is organised by Northampton Music 365 – a not for profit community group, in partnership with a range of local organisations and features across multiple venues across the town, including recent Muddy  Awards winner 2016 for BEST DESTINATION PUB, The Lamplighter.

While there are performances on the Friday night and on the Saturday, the main festival programme is on the Sunday and will follow the departure of the Women’s Tour (See Whats on – Aviva Womens tour – below)

Northampton Music Festival

Summer Candle Making, Bay Tree Cottage, Fri 17 Jun

rsz_candlesIf you enjoy the beauty and fragrance of candles in your home, then go and learn on this one day workshop and see how you can make your own bespoke range (this could save the Muddy household a goddamn fortune)!
9.30am-3pm. £95

Bay Tree Cottage

Outdoor Cinema – DIRTY DANCING (12A), East Carlton Country Park, Sat 18 Jun

rsz_dirty-dancingThe outdoor cinema experience continues with this forever-popular 80’s favourite on an  outdoor screen in the park grounds (I heard from a friend in the know who runs an outdoor cinema that this is always the most popular film). Great sound will bring the classic movie out in the open air so you dance as much you want to!

East Carlton Country Park 

Olney Cherry Fair, Church Street, Sat 18 Jun

Bowl with ripe cherries.

It’s only (Olney) the 700th anniversary of the granting of a charter to hold a fair in Olney by Edward II in 1316. You knew that right? On the off chance that you didn’t know, let me tell you that this is the annual summer fete for the Parish Church and offers a wide variety of stalls and fun demonstrations all in aid of local charities. Muddy is also told that the cherry connection harks back to the days when the town of Olney produced a large commercial cherry crop each year and the glut, at the end of the harvest, was sold off each year at the Cherry Fair. As this fell so close to the Parish Church Patronal Festival for St Peter and St Paul, the whole town had a holiday and the travelling fair would come to town (as it will again this year).

There are host of demonstrations from local groups as well general bon vie to be had by all.

Gates open at 1.00pm

Official opening at 1.15pm

Admission: £2     Children under 16: Free

Stoke Breurne family festival, 17 and 19 June


A fun packed programme of boats, water pageant, canal crafts, food, drink, live music, theatre and children’s activities are expected to keep the whole family entertained at Stoke Bruerne’s Annual Festival.

Centred on the Canal Museum and organised by the Friends of the Museum, the event will host a large number of craft demonstrators including ‘Roses and Castle’ painters, rag rug makers, quilters, lace and crochet makers, potters and wood carvers, rope splicers, knot and fender makers, and featuring Stoke Bruerne’s very own blacksmith who will be giving demonstrations at his canalside forge. There will also be market stalls, tombolas and other fundraising stalls.  We dare you not to have fun, Mudsters!

The event is free admission. Parking in village car parks will be charged for by operators.

Stoke Breurne family festival

Gluten Free Summer Picnics and BBQs, Bay Tree Cottage

rsz_bbqJust because you’re gluten intolerant, or cooking for someone who is, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for a second-best picnic or BBQ. Go and learn in this specialist cookery workshop and get some great ideas for gluten free entertaining.
9.30am-3pm. £65

Stage 5, Aviva Women’s Tour, Northampton to Kettering Sun 19 June, 

wt_2016_pressconference_rdax_1000x568_75Having hosted the first ever stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour in 2014, Northamptonshire will become the only county to have hosted a full stage of the race in all three editions when it plays host to the final stage of the 2016 race (in your face other counties). Starting from Northampton, Stage Five will include some new routes and climbs within our fair shire, before returning to a favourite finish of the 2015 race in Kettering town centre. Twelve months ago Christine Majerus took the stage win and pulled on the Aviva Yellow Jersey, this year whoever wears yellow following the Northamptonshire stage will be celebrating being crowned champion of the toughest edition yet of the Aviva Women’s Tour.

Women’s Tour 2016

Speciality Bread, Bay Tree Cottage, Wed 22 Jun
rsz_1breadDuring this busy hands-on day of baking, you will be introduced to a selection of new bread recipes, preparation methods and finishing techniques. By taking the basic principles of breadmaking, you’ll learn how you can use an array of ingredients and flavours to create some unique and very special breads.
9.30am – 3pm. £65.00

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