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Arts, culture & marmalade! 8 things to do this weekend…

It seems that January may have upped and gone already Mudsters.  That leaves us with the prospect of a jam (marmalade) packed February with lots and lots to keep us up and at ’em, starting with a good slug of caffeine…

Coffee Cupping/Tasting with Square Mile Coffee roasters, Ground Craft Coffee house,  2-4pm, 27 January

Ooh, I’ll be up all night. Good

Want to learn more about coffee? Join our friends at Ground Craft Coffee for a tasting session. There are limited spaces available and booking is required in advance.  Tickets cost £25 pp and include a bag of Square Mile Red Brick to take away (worth £9.50)

– Learn about cupping and why we do it (The mind boggles)
– Discover different origins and flavour profiles
– Learn the differences in roasting for filter and espresso/single origin vs espresso blends
– Plus tasting of the coffees, of course!

Ground Craft Coffee, 217 Wellingborough Rd, NN1 4EF

The Supersonic 70’s Show, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, 28 January

Glamrock? Top pop? Why not?  Led by the ‘Catsuit Wondergirl’ Janey Bombshell, Supersonic 70’s will take you back to an era when you didn’t just have to be a cool cat to get us on the dance floor. This show boasts the towering big noise of Queen and ELO to the ‘pin-up pop’ of The Osmond’s, David Essex & David Cassidy, and the foot stompin’ Glam Rock of Sweet, Mud & T.Rex. Add to this the classic disco sounds of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ & ‘Grease’, and even those boom bang a bang  ‘UK Eurovision hits’, and you have a sensational show simply too good to miss.  Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £16.50

Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6PB

The Enigma Event, Westbury, 2-4pm, 28 January

The most sophisticated game of Downfall ever created

From the ridiculous to the sublime, I am absolutely captivated by all things Enigma Machine. My inner geek (peeked by Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in the Oscar winning “Imitation Game” movie) longs to see these machines which will be brought along to Westbury Hall by John Alexander an expert and collector of the famous Enigma Encryption Machines. John will deliver two talks on the history and use of the machines and he will also be bringing some of the original machines for people to be able to try. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity for people interested in the history and use of this iconic machine to learn more. Tickets to the presentations will be £5.00 each. Please state which presentation you wish to attend. For Tickets and further information please contact Paul Winks on 01280 701769 or [email protected]

Westbury Village Hall, Playing Field Road Westbury (Nr Brackley) Northants NN13 5LR

Swan Lake, St Petersburg Ballet, Royal & Derngate, 7.30pm, 30-1 February

Not an ugly duckling in sight

The world famous, and magical St Petersburg ballet company, pliés into town with two shows, the first of which is a beautiful production of Swan Lake, before transforming into a new production of Sleeping Beauty from 2 – 4 February. The company have received outstanding reviews for their sets, costumes, and the artistic performance of the dancers.  The company is packed with world class dancers and principals, all showing virtuosity and bravura and giving thrilling performances.

Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton. NN1 1DP

Marvellous Marmalade, Bay Tree Cottage, 9.30am – 12.30pm, 2 February

Conserve your energy – save it for the workshop

Did you know that the first truly seasonal fruit of the year, Seville oranges are only in season for just a few weeks so, unless you put a batch in the freezer, you have to seize the moment to make your homemade marmalade!  Why not book onto this brilliant Bay Tree Cottage half day workshop and learn how to do justice to this zesty fruit and learn all the techniques, demonstrate various methods and share a few great shortcuts to create your own Marvellous Marmalade!  Using everyday equipment and low cost ingredients, making this traditional and favorite breakfast preserve won’t cost you a fortune. And it will taste so much better than a jar brought from the supermarket! Plus it can make an excellent gift for family and friends, and is always a top favorite at the village fete!  The number of attendees for this morning will be limited to 10 people. Cost for each place on course is £45.

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, NN12 8HE

The Tempest – RSC Live broadcast, Errol Flynn Filmhouse,  2.30pm, 28 January

The Tempest – that’s magic

The Tempest is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young theatregoers and families. On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. In a unique partnership with Intel, this production will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. And you can watch all of this unfold in a very comfy seat with a glass of wine in hand. Lovely.

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD

78 Derngate, Centenary exhibition, Northampton 1 February – 29 April

Tobacco Flower. Charles Rennie Mackintosh.c.1920. © The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.

78 Derngate, the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is set in the heart of Northampton. This county town has a rich heritage spanning 800 years and there is much to engage visitors around the town and in the wider county of Northamptonshire. Starting from 1 February is a special centenary exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War”.  This major exhibition will tell the story of Mackintosh’s late career and how it was impacted by World War One. With stunning exhibits and designs from major collections.  Entrance to the Visitor Centre – with shop, galleries and restaurant is free of charge.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House, 82 Derngate, Northampton, UK, NN1 1UH

Visit Bletchley Park, 9.30am – 4pm until 28 February

Is this house near Milton Keynes where the second world war was won?

If all the talk of the Enigma machine caught your interest, how about a family day out and hop over the border to see where the code breaking story unfolded. Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance, open to visitors daily. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. The landscape has been restored to its WW2 appearance for you to explore, experience and enjoy.  There are learning activities for children, young people and adults enhance creative thinking, communication and reflective learning through hands on activities, immersive experiences, practical intelligence challenges and imaginative problem solving activities (might need a wine after this).

Online Prices
Adults £16.00 Concessions £14.00, Children 12 to 17 £9.00, Children under 12 FREE
Family Ticket £42.00

Bletchley Park, The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB

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