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Mon 26th Nov- Sun 2nd Dec:

ART: Monochrome v Colour exhibition, Mon 26th Nov- Sat 1st Dec, Rothwell Arts Heritage centre, 14-16 Bridge Street, 10am-12:30

Debbie Boon art Rose Gallery Bells Northampton

With Christmas just around the corner why not take a peek at some lovely pottery by Stella Benford, artwork and cards by Caroline Duffield, or even water colour Paintings by Richard Chapman? The art extravaganza doesn’t end there, as the exhibition also includes gouche and Indian ink paintings by Anna De La Marie and oil and water colour paintings by by resident artist Peter Watts. With items on sale at totally reasonable prices get yourself there pronto. 
FAMILY: Gruffalo Orienteering, Salcey Forest, Wootton Road, NN7 2HX, running until Fri 30th Nov, 10am- 2pm daily
Wander into the woods and have a go at the Gruffalo themed orienteering course, perf for Mudlets 8 and above! Become explorers for the day and try to locate the 12 Gruffalo markers in the forest by using your trusty map. The map can be bought (£1.50) from the Salcey Forest Information point. So don’t be gruff, go find yourself the Gruffalo.
EDUCATION: Speakers Corner presents Cathy Smith, How the Victorians Changed It, Wed 28th Nov, 7:30pm, Ravensthorpe Village Hall

Discussing Mental Health in 19th Century Britain, Dr Cathy Smith, expert historian, will explore  treatment of patients in the old Northampton General Lunatic Asylum.The focus will be on why patients were admitted, how they were diagnosed and the role of the institution in the local community, as she traces the shifting ideas surrounding mental wellbeing that began in 1838. Local Historians, this is one talk not to be missed! Tickets are just £5 (includes tea and coffee) and can be bought from Ravensthorpe Post Office or call 01604 770482, or even email bobpike@church-hill.com Wine and beer is also available during the evening!

FOOD: Christmas Canapes, Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, Wed 28th Nov, 7-9pm

Bay Tree is back with yet another fabulous class: canapes. Whether you want lovely posh finger food, or some new recipes for a buffet, this evening workshop will show you how to create a wonderful selection of Christmas Canapés to suit any occasion from an elegant cocktail party to a casual get-together with friends and family. A place on the workshop costs £24.50 and can be purchased on their website or by calling 01327361720

MUSIC: An evening with John Kirkpatrick, Holy Trinity Church, Squires Hill, Rothwell, Northamptonshire NN14 6BQ, Fri 30th Nov, doors open at 7pm

The Holy Trinity Church Trust is proud to host John Kirkpatrick, a fabulous figure bursting onto the English folk scene. This xmas inspired evening is all about Carolling and Crumpets. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start, and  tickets are £10 each. The tickets are available from the Rothwell Heritage Centre or on the door. So swing by for some funky folk and a fab crumpet.

FOOD: Festive bread making, Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, Towcester, Fri 30th Nov, 9.30am-3pm

With a kitchen full of wonderful aromas, go & learn how to make a wonderful array of festive breads. Bay Tree promises that you will return home with a basket of treats for all the family to enjoy, fully equipped & inspired to bake some more. This all day class costs £75 pp and tickets can be bought online. You’ll be baking like Paul Hollywood in no time…

SHOPPING: Christmas Vintage Fayre and Hog Roast, Higham Town Band Club, 7 Wharf Rd, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Sat 1st Dec, 11am-4pm

This fayre is set to be a cracker, with craft stalls, a scrummy hog roast and promising to pack plenty of xmas spirit, this is fab for locating those quirky gifts. Don’t worry if you miss the first Saturday, the fayre will be back before you know it on Sat 8th Dec and Sat 15th Dec.

THEATRE: The Everywhere Bear, The Royal and Derngate, throughout December

This captivating and beautiful story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb, springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in our fun and exciting stage adaption. Keep the Mudlets entertained with this brill bear, tickets can be bought online.

SHOPPING: Christmas Fayre, The Retro Room at Vintage Retreat, Lower Harding Street, Northamptonshire NN1 2JL, Sat 1st Dec, 11-4pm

With free entry, vintage gifts, xmas decorations and handmade gifts all on the cards, this fayre is set to be full of xmas joy! Hold your horses however as not only is there a great gift selection, but also the Raunds Ukulele Band will be performing and music man Terry. The Tea Room will also be open for refreshments and snacks. The Vintage Emporium promises around 100 independent traders offering all things vintage- sounds pretty marvellous?

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