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Things to do in February

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7:30pm, Mon 29 January – Thurs 1 February

The Castle Theatre are showing one of the latest additions to the Star Wars franchise. the story goes on as Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Like Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga, that unlocks age-old mysteries of the force and shocking revelations of the past.

Tickets cost £7 (£5 under 16s) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.


Pub Quiz Night at The White Horse Old, Northampton, 8:30pm, Thurs 1 February

The White Horse Old hosts a pub quiz every first Thursday of the month. Win cash prices and drinks vouchers and enjoy a relaxed, fun evening with your friends. It starts at 8:30pm and is only a £1 entry fee. It gets quite busy so booking is suggested, you can book by calling 01604 891297.

The White Horse, Walgrave Road, Northampton, NN6 9HR

Charity breakfast, Elsie’s Caf. Real Junk Food Project, Northampton, 9:30am – 11:30am, Fri 2 February

Elsie’s Caf are hosting a charity breakfast to raise funds for Thomas’s Fund, they provide music therapy at home and in hospital for children with life threatening illnesses. The cost is only £5 and the funds will be split between the cafe and the charity.

Market Street Community Room, Exeter PI, Northampton, NN1 4BG

Tea Dance, All Saints Community Hall, Kettering, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Sat 3 February

Put on your best dancing shoes and dance away at the All Saints Community Hall, whether you have a partner or not, you’ll enjoy the lovely atmosphere and have an enjoyable Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are only £3 and refreshments are included.

All Saints Community Hall, William Street, Kettering, NN16 9RR

Medieval Northampton, Abington Parish Church, Northampton, 7pm, Wed 7 February

Embrace yourself in the medieval history of Northampton with a talk from Historian and Author, Mike Ingram. The talk starts at 7pm and refreshments will be available.

Tickets available in advance from Abington (St.Peters and St. Pauls) Church or on the door £6.00.
7:00 pm start.

Abington Parish Church Rooms, Ashburham Road, Northampton, NN3 2HT

Paddington 2, Castle Theatre, Northampton, 11am & 1pm, Fri 9 – Sun 11 February

Enjoy the sequel to the worldwide family film hit and see the famous brown bear’s journey continue. See Paddington as he has happily settled in Windsor Gardens with the Brown family, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. Perfect for an afternoon treat for all the family, it’s one that everyone will enjoy, a film full of fun and adventure that will put a smile on your face. Tickets are £7 (£5 for under 16s) and you can book by calling the box office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Mon 12 – Wed 14 February
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia presents two classic ballets, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate. Accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet, the company bring their outstanding performances and breath-taking physical ability to the Derngate stage for the first time in two enchanting and well-loved ballets, sprinkled with magical special effects.
Shakespeare’s classic tale of passion and tradgedy, Romeo & Juliet is brought to life by Prokofiev’s soaring score, with emotionally charged choreography that befits the world’s greatest love story. In Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s haunting music sets the tone for the greatest ballet of all time. From the splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake, this tale of tragic romance has it all. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat!
Romeo & Juliet is a one-off performance on Monday 12 February at 7:30pm, Swan Lake will be performed on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 7:30pm with a matinee on the Wednesday at 2:30pm. Tickets cost £17 to £34 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or through the website.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
Pancake Day at The Blitz, Kettering, 9am – 4pm, Tues 13 February
Celebrate Pancake Day at The Blitz and indulge in a selection of pancakes. The Blitz are making Pancake Day a lot easier for you as you can enjoy the treats without making the mess.
The Coach House, Sheep Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 0AN
Captain Flinn And The Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass, The Core at Corby Cube, Corby, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 11am & 2pm, Wed 14 – Thurs 15 February 

Les Petits Theatre Company bring their latest production to stage for a family-friendly audience. It’s all aboard, me hearties, for a non-stop action packed pirate adventure! Audiences will be whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages!

When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play their old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps the children, forcing them to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass; a sword that grants the holder any wish! Will fearless Flinn be able to outwit the pirate dinosaurs? Will Pirate Pearl be brave enough to battle the dangerous dinos and will terrified Tom be back in time for Tea?

Performances are at 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday and 11am and 2pm on Thursday. Tickets are priced at £13 and can be booked by calling the Ticket Office on 01604 470 470 or online.

The Corby CubeGeorge St, Corby NN17 1QG

Brendan Cole’s ‘All Night Long’, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 7:30pm, Thurs 15 February 
Strictly Come Dancing’s very own Brendan Cole is coming back to Northampton to dazzle audiences with his latest spectacular production ‘All Night Long’. He is joined by a sensational cast, including a 14-piece band and singers, who have whipped up a fabulous mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic. Full of energy with breath-taking routines, Brendan puts on a show that will certainly put a smile on your face!
Tickets cost £34 – £38 and can be booked online or by calling 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
Fisherman’s Friends, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 7:30pm, Fri 16 February 
The folk act ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ are bringing traditional songs of the sea to an audience in Northampton. They have been widely credited with starting the revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing but a cornerstone of their success has been their constantly evolving and expanding repertoire. This group, formed with a strong bond of friendship, will put a smile on your face and get your weekend off to a great start!
Tickets cost £25.50 and can be booked online or by calling 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
The Gingerbread Man, The Core at Corby Cube, Corby, 11am & 2pm, Fri 16 February

Hiccup Theatre bring their brand new version of the classic tale The Gingerbread Man toCorby.

A cheeky gingerbread hero sets off on the biggest adventure of his life. Out of the Kitchen, through the town, across the fields and all the way to the river….. Now if he could just avoid that sly old fox. With delicious live music, tasty storytelling and dollops of fun, The Gingerbread Man is suitable for children aged three and above and their families, and runs for 55 minutes without an interval.

Tickets are priced at £8.50 and can be booked by calling Ticket Office on 01536 470 470 or online.

The Corby CubeGeorge St, Corby NN17 1QG

Vampires Rock’s ‘Ghost Train’, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 7:30pm, Sat 17 February 
Vampires Rock are becoming one of the UK’s leading theatre tours and they are returning to Northampton with their production of ‘Ghost Tran’. Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock is a show like no other. With a twist of rock and a hint of comedy, and jam packed with the greatest classic rock anthems that everyone knows and loves, audiences are guaranteed to be on their feet! This hilarious show certainly lives up to its rocking reputation.
Tickets cost £27.50 and can be booked online or by calling 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
Stunt Fest, Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, 10:30am – 4pm, Sat 17 February

An afternoon of awesome stunts and displays for all the family, featuring some of the top UK stunt drivers and riders. The perfect high octane half term entertainment for kids in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and the Midlands. Tickets must be booked in advance as they are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Adult tickets from £12, Kids 5 – 15yrs from £5 (kids under 5 go free). Family tickets available from £30. Contact the Box Office on 01234 782828 or visit the website.

Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN29 7XA

Cilla – The Musical, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Tues 20 – Sat 24 February 
‘Cilla – The Musical’ is the spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed, hit ITV television series by BAFTA Award-winner Jeff Pope, that tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose dreams of stardom led her to become one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers.
Enjoy the music of the ’60s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a HeartAlfie and Something Tells Me, the musical score even includes the odd songs from The Beatles so prepare to be transported back to the swinging decade.
Ticket prices range from £17 – £41 and can be book online or by calling the box office on 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
Family Fun Day, Standens Barn Community Centre, Northampton, 1:15pm – 4:15pm, Sat 24 February
Standens Barn Community Centre are hosting a family fun day in aid of the Alzheimers Society. The event is free and there will be a bouncy castle, face-painting, activities, a tombola, a raffle and more. You can even meet Brittany the Meerkat and Oliver the Giant Rabbit. All money raised is going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Standens Barn Community Centre, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 9DF

Caravan and Motorhome Show, Wellingborough, 10am-5pm, Sun 25 February

White Arches Caravans and Motorhomes are hosting a huge show to show off all the new 2018 models. It’s a fantastic, family-friendly event which has a large selection of models for you to browse at. With discounted prices on new and used models, you can help get prepared for the summer with a new caravan or motorhome. There’s even an onsite Coffee Shop with free tea, coffee and cake in case you get a little bit peckish.

A45 (West Bound), Higham Road, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2DU

Further Afield:

A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Feb 4 2018

A brand new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic – one of the most loved short stories ever written. In one ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough? A festive tale of redemption and compassion.

David Edgar is one of their greatest living writers. His rich history with the RSC stretches from Destiny in 1976 through the multi-award-winning adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, to Written on the Heart (2011). Now he returns to Dickens to rediscover the social conscience of this timeless tale.

Rachel Kavanaugh (Alice in Wonderland, 2001; The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2003) directs, fresh from stunning the West End with her award-winning production of Half A Sixpence.

Suitable for ages seven and over and children go half price. Find out more about ticket prices and discounts.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YF

Chinese New Year in London, Sun 18 February

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 in London on 18 February during the free annual event across London Chinatown and the West End. Enjoy a colourful Chinese New Year parade, lion dances in London’s Chinatown, delicious Chinese street food, and free entertainment and a spectacular pyrotechnic display in Trafalgar Square, marking the Year of the Dog.

School of Rock, London

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit. ‘School of Rock’ is a New York Times Critics’ Pick which is based on the hit film. This hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

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