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What’s on Northants? Spooky, noisy, happy stuff is what…

Remember, remember it’s nearly December – try not to lose the plot!  Now that’s what I call a seasonal mash up.  There is A-LOT going on, not least kids half term (still?), Halloween, the cusp of Bonfire Night – and of course, Christmas lights are turned on across the county soon after that. 2016 is slipping away from us but I’m determined that we’re going to live the rest of it large.

Dracula, Abington Park Museum, Northants, Friday 28 October


Do you vant a glass of milk, love?

Dracula in Abington?  I’ve see a few Zombies knocking around Wellingborough Road, but Vampires?  Abington museum gets into the spirit of All Hallows with a spine chilling adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic-horror novel “Dracula”.  This particular version is a dramatic reading from Graham Padden in the character of Jonathan Harker. For those aged over 18 there’ll be a bar on the evening so you might want to sort out who’ll be driving the broomstick home as witching hour draws closer.  Only suitable for adults and children over the age of 10. Adults £10, children aged 10+ £8

Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton NN1 5LW.  01604 837397 to book

Ghost Walks, Looking Glass Theatre, Northampton Town centre, 28 – 31 October


Woah. Any thoughts of getting hitched at Northampton Guildhall have been forgotten. Spooky

What’s more scary?  Ghost walks through Northampton town centre, or multi storey car parks during Christmas shopping?  Here’s the case for the spooks; Once a town of great importance (ahem – STILL a town of great importance according to Muddy), Northampton history is often long forgotten. Looking Glass Theatre’s Ghost Walk mixes theatre, history and the paranormal to reawaken the town’s past. During Halloween 2016 the theatrical team will guide you around the Heritage Gateway to the town, situated on the historic Black Lion Hill, near the train station.  New tales for this year’s walk include the Northampton Witch Trials, the Fire Of Northampton, local stories of the horrific Black Death and the town’s links to the Battle Of Naseby. Along the way, you will be visiting the 900-year-old St Peter’s Church; the Tudor Hazelrigg House and its newly opened cellars and the Northampton Castle site. Hear and see tales told and re-enacted that offer a glimpse of Northampton’s historical past through ghostly stories and events. The meeting point is outside St. Peter’s Church, Marefair, Northampton and the walk will last approximately one hour. Tickets £9, recommended for ages 8+.

Looking Glass Theatre booking office.

Dirty Dancing, Royal & Derngate, 31 October – 5 November


It’s got “The time of my life” written all over it. It hasn’t actually – It’s got Dirty Dancing written all over it

“Nobody puts baby in the corner”, but truthfully even if they did, your view at the Royal and Derngate would probably be fine. Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes,Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life (read more here).

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Russell Howard, Work in Progress, Corby Cube, 1 –  2 November


Well he doesnt look very funny on this picture

Yeah he thinks he’s funny, but is he funny?  Er, yes. Yes he is. The Bristol-born Russell Howard started comedy as a teenager, making the finals of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition in 1999 in his fifth ever gig, and has since become one of Britain’s funniest and most successful comedians. Wonderbox, Russell’s previous sell-out international tour in 2014, saw him entertain 285,000 fans at 40 shows across the UK and Ireland, as well as sold-out runs in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Join him at The Core this Autumn as he tries out brand new material ahead of his Round The World tour in 2017. Tickets £15.50, recommended for ages 16+

Corby Cube

Halloween Party @ The Red Lion, Saturday 29 October – 9pm until late


What’s your poison?

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog.  Gin?  Vodka? Cocktails? Wahoo.  It’s time for us adults, to behave like the big kids that we are, with brilliant hosts at The Red Lion in Cranford offering us a superb night out on the tiles. Key phrases to note. Fancy Dress. Disco. Skeleton buffet £5 at the bar.  Not that scary is it?  Muddy visited the team their within the last few weeks, and they’re pulling out all of the stops to make this a great night. (also, the kids won’t miss out, because after the walking dead parents take a few restorative potions on Sunday, the pub opens it’s doors on Halloween itself, Monday 31st October – 5pm for trick or treat for the children, party games and prizes).

The Red Lion, Cranford, 42 High St, Kettering NN14 4AA

Dinner Party Flowers, Bay Tree Cottage, 1 November, 9.30am – 12.30pm (limited spaces)


Nobody spill anything.

Muddy loves a dinner party, and although I wouldn’t risk a white linen table cloth with my friends I would love to be able to impress them with freshly cut flowers to add a finishing touch to proceedings – usually I’m rushing around trying to get the food ready for our guests.  Bay Tree cottage are running an inspiring half-day workshop; discover different and simple ways of arranging flowers for your dinner party table that will WOW your dinner party guests without costing a fortune or taking an age to complete!  With tutor Linda Seabrook, a local florist, NAFAS Area Demonstrator and qualified tutor, you will learn the best flowers to choose to create a selection of floral arrangements and pieces to decorate your table. The number of attendees will be limited to a maximum of 8.  Places are available for £45 per person.

Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone Nr Daventry, NN12 8HE. Tel:  01327 361 720

Lunaflix “Goosebumps” (PG) indoor screening, Irchester 30 October


I knew I shouldn’t haven’t eaten cheese before bedtime

Lunaflix (our resident Northants outdoor film specialist) have opted to come inside for Halloween bringing us Goosebumps (PG Rating )!  It’s a Jack Black special and a brilliantly fun monster romp for the family! Upset about moving from the city to a small town, things look up for young Zach when he meets his beautiful neighbour Hannah. The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” horror books. When Zach accidentally magically unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to them all to return the beasts back to the books where they belong – but it wont be easy.  Damn right, although getting to Irchester Village hall is a doddle so no worries there. All advance tickets are £4.00 on line (+50p booking fee). Doors: 3.30pm – Film: 4.00pm.

Lunaflix Screening, Irchester Village Hall, School Rd, NN29 7AW

The boy who bit Picasso, Corby Cube, 2 November, 10.30am and 1pm


OK, so this looks colourful in more than the obvious way

So this little beauty is a the epitome of family fun and just the tonic for a rainy November day with kids aged 4+. When Picasso comes to stay anything can happen! There’s loads of fun to be had – making crazy pictures and hear the true story of how a young boy became friends with one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Storytelling, music and puppetry combine with chances to make your own art in this hands-on and hilarious interactive family show. Tickets £8.50, recommended for ages 4+

Corby Cube

Fireworks.  Lots and lots of organised firework displays across Northamptonshire – Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November


These sparklers are amazing

BANG! There goes another one,
Screaming as it goes.
It’s getting high,
Up in the sky,
And fizzle – there she blows!

WHOOSH! Up high above the house,
Behind a trail of sparks.
Yellow, orange,
Red and white,
Exploding in the dark!

©2002 Gareth Lancaster

With most Fireworks parties in Northants taking place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November we thought you might like to get organised, so here are some biggest and best organised displays on offer;


Racecourse, Northampton

WHEN: Saturday, November 5

TIME: Event opens at 2pm with fairground rides for adults and children and food stalls. Bonfire 6.30pm, fireworks 7pm, event closes 8.30pm


Superheroes Fireworks Night

WHERE: Duston Mill, Sixfields, Upton Way, Northampton

WHEN: Saturday, November 5

TIME: 5-9pm. Guy Fawkes competition 7pm, first display 7.15pm, bonfire 7.30pm, main display 8.15pm


OTHER INFO: Fireworks display set to music by British Fireworks Champions 2016, fairground attractions, live music and entertainment, hog roast, beer tent, character meet and greet, Guy Fawkes competition, free parking, come dressed as your favourite superhero

Boughton Bonfire Night

WHERE: Boughton Pocket Park, on the corner of Humfrey Lane and Howard Lane, Boughton

WHEN: Saturday, November 5

TIME: 4.30-7pm. Gates open 4.30pm, fireworks 5.30pm by Titanium Fireworks

HOW MUCH: £3 in advance, £4.50 on the gate

OTHER INFO: Food, beverages and glowsticks sold in aid of the Boughton Pocket Park are only on sale inside the park

TICKETS: Call (01604) 842311 or e-mail [email protected] Also available from Smiths Farm Shop and The Whyte Melville pub

WEBSITE: Boughton Pocket Par

Roade Fireworks Display

WHERE: Roade Football Club, Hyde Park Road, Roade

WHEN: Friday, November 4 TIME: Funfair 6pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: £3 adults, £1 children under 16

OTHER INFO: Clubhouse bar opens at 5pm

Parklands Community Centre Annual Fireworks Display

WHERE: Parklands Community Centre, Devon Way, Northampton

WHEN: Saturday, November 5

TIME: Gates open 5pm, fireworks 7pm

OTHER INFO: Fairground rides, BBQ, outside bar, teas and coffee, new flashing novelty lights for sale. The bar will shut while the fireworks are on and open again when they finish


Daventry Town Fireworks

WHERE: The Parker E-ACT Academy, Ashby Road, Daventry, NN11 0QF

WHEN: Saturday, November 5 TIME: Gates 6pm, fireworks 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Free OTHER INFO: Hosted by Daventry Town Council with fireworks by MLE Pyrotechnics. Refreshments include burgers, pizza, sweets, toffee apples, doughnuts and a licenced bar As the fireworks will be set to music organisers would like your suggestions via the Facebook and Twitter pages.

Flore Bonfire and Fireworks

WHERE: Brodie Lodge Playing Field

WHEN: Friday, November 4

TIME: Candlelight procession 6pm from Flore Scout Hut at the bottom of Kings Lane, bonfire 6.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: To be confirmed

OTHER INFO: The fireworks budget has doubled this year so expect longer, bigger and louder bangs! Food, drink and children’s rides are all confirmed and organisers hope to have more announcements soon

Pattishall Bonfire and Firework Display

WHERE: Pattishall Hall and Playing Fields

WHEN: Saturday, November 5

TIME: Gates and cafe 6pm, bonfire 6.30pm, fireworks 7pm

HOW MUCH: Adults £3, children (5-16) £1, under 5s free.

OTHER INFO: A traditional bonfire (guys welcome) and firework display set to music. There will also be a cafe selling hot food, sweets and glow sticks. Disabled, parking and toilets available. The hall is based in School Road, Astcote, NN12 8NN

WEBSITE: Pattishall Parish

Hollowell Bonfire Night and Firework Display

WHERE: Hollowell village WHEN: Saturday, November 5

TIME: Gates 5pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: £1 per person (including children)

OTHER INFO: Funfair, food outlets, fully licensed bar

WEBSITE: Hollowell Steam Rally


WHERE: Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN

WHEN: Saturday, November 5 TIME: Entry to the circuit 2pm – racing from the Walter Hayes Trophy before the fireworks in the evening Bonfire 5.15pm, fireworks 6pm

HOW MUCH: Adults £5, children 15 and under free

OTHER INFO: More entertainment will be added closer to the event

TICKETS: Silverstone fireworks


Bonfire Night Celebrations: The Gunpowder Plot

WHERE: Boughton House, Kettering

WHEN: Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5

TIME: November 4 – gates 6.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm November 5 Early Evening – gates 4pm, fireworks 5pm November 5 Late Evening – gates 7.30pm, fireworks 8.30pm

HOW MUCH: Adult full price £12.50, concessions £9

OTHER INFO: The Gunpowder Plot returns to Boughton this year after the success of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 events. A great night out for all the family in one of Northamptonshire’s most spectacular stately homes.

TICKETS: Bonfire Night at Boughton House

Wicksteed Park Fireworks Display

WHERE: Wicksteed Park, Kettering

WHEN: Saturday, November 5 TIME: Gates 5pm, fireworks 8pm

HOW MUCH: £5 on the night – babies in arms go free, all other children pay

OTHER INFO: All proceeds will go to developing the natural play area. Free car parking, live entertainment plus funfair (additional cost), free family disco to be held in the Pavilon after the display

TICKETS: Available from the Wicksteed Park website which include a £1.50 postage and packaging fee


Brigstock Bonfire Celebrations

WHERE: Brigstock

WHEN: Sunday, November 6

TIME: Gates open/Guy competition 5.30pm, bonfire lighting 6pm, fireworks 6.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets are cheaper in advance. Adults £3, children £2 and pre-school free OTHER INFO: Mulled, wine, hot dogs and novelties for sale

TICKETS: Available from Rosy Briggs, Brigstock Post Office or phone (01536) 373478 or (01536) 373579


Fireworks Frenzy

WHERE: Santa Pod Raceway

WHEN: Saturday, November 5 TIME: 4-7pm

HOW MUCH: Prices are per car – £15 advance, £20 standard (max five people)

OTHER INFO: Live action including Podzilla the Monster Truck, stunt display, drifting, huge bonfire, funfair, catering and bar facilities, plus family entertainment.

TICKETS: Santa Pod Raceway


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