What’s that you say, it’s still half term?
So, it’s four days into the school holidays! Torn your hair out yet? Fear not, we have a few more suggestions, avec and sans children. From interactive theatre to National Trust shizzle, there’s definitely something here to coast you through back to school! If you’re not a regular reader of Muddy Stilettos, sign up here to be the first to know about the cool, quirky and unmissable events in the area – ’tis totally freeeeeee! Done? Right, read on mes braves, good luck for the remaining school holidays…
5o things to do before you’re 11¾, National Trust, Stoneywell 13 – 21 Feb
Hop over the border to Leicestershire for the Wild Art with 50 Things. Let the kids get creative while you’re inspired by the William Morris’ prints around the cottage (ooooh won’t they look nice in the lounge!). Get the kids to try and spot the plants on the brand new family trail, before creating some wild art using bits ‘n’ bobs from the garden. There’s loads of activities (well 50 to be exact) from the National Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾; so the kids will definitely be busy! Free event (normal admission fee), open 10am until 4pm.
Stuntfest, Santa Pod Feb 20
Top Gear is topical right? I mean, Matt Le Blanc’s gonna be in it! So if you’re looking for an afternoon in that vein, with stunts and displays for all the family, then here we go. Featuring some of the top UK stunt drivers and riders who can clearly brave the Great British weather (show me the beer tent), it’s perfect high octane half term entertainment for the kids. If they want detail, there’s jaw-dropping stunts on two and four wheels – Podzilla and the Monster Truck, AND an amazing game of car football Top Gear style! Day Entry: 10.30am – 6pm. Tickets from £9. Kids under 13 go free, max 3 per adult.
Snowdrop Sundays, Deene Park, Corby 21 Feb & 28 Feb
I love a snowdrop! When they appear in the depths of the winter you can almost feel that spring is around the corner. And this week, Deene Park opens its beautiful gardens for the public to enjoy the acres of snowdrops. The display is recognised as one of the best of its kind in the country and includes some of the rarest varieties (oh dear, I thought a snowdrop was a snowdrop, oops). The Old Kitchen tea room is also open for light snacks and afternoon tea, it’s not a family day out without a foodie pit stop! 12pm – 4pm Adult: £5.00 Children under 12yrs £3.00.
Ed Byrne: Outside Looking In, The Royal and Derngate, Thurs 18 Feb
After being given four stars by a popular national newspaper (the one that none of us admit to reading the hugely addictive website), Ed Byrne is back, touring the UK and spreading his Irish comedy genius, “There is nothing quite like seeing Ed Byrne doing what he does best by delivering a standup master class” – The Dubious Newspaper. Byrne doesn’t shy away from emotive subjects and reflects on everything from life as a father and husband to feminism and transgenderism. It’s gonna be good.
The Train, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough Sun 19-21 Feb
Talk about immersive theatre! Imitating Dog presents The Train, an electrically powered moving carriage that houses an audience of only 12 (I hope it’s not too jerky, I’m going to the Sunday showing and I’ve been known to get motion sickness). Take a journey with Amy, a female private investigator who is looking for a missing child, but soon encounters The Train’s strange happenings. Mixing projection, fiction and soundscape, I’m hoping for a unique theatrical journey (Mr muddy gets scared easily, so kinda looking forward to that too).
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Alan Buribayev Conducts Scheherazade, Sun 21 Feb
Conductor Alan B leads the orchestra into a tale of a thousand and one nights for an evening of magical music. Wagner’s most famous piece took the music world by force (*hangs head in shame as I should know this) and is coming with bells and whistles to The Royal and Derngate.
The Gruffalo’s Child, The Cube, Corby Tues 23-25 Feb
Once upon a time The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should set foot in the deep dark woods…and so it was, Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo. Tall Stories returns, bringing the award winning sequel to life in this magical, musical stage adaptation. And just think, some of the original fans of Gruffalo will be nearly 16!
Cult Film Club: Plan 9 from Outer Space, Errol Flynn Filmhouse Wed 24 Feb
Calling all film geeks and (film) lovers, The University of Northampton is hosting its Cult Film Club, featuring Bela Lugosi in Plan 9 from Outer Space. Swiftly followed by a free cult film quiz in the Crown Room at the Royal and Derngate, I feel that as an ex film journo, my geek side might just be satisfied for a night.