What’s on across Northamptonshire this week

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There’s plenty taking place across Northamptonshire in the next seven days for all the family to enjoy.

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Auntie’s Acoustic Sessions, Black Bottom Club, Northampton.

Sheri Kershaw Band, Kontra Roots Club, Kennedy’s Bar, Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, 8pm, admission free (see Music pages).

The View, The Roadmender, Northampton, 7pm, tickets £14 in advance (see Music pages)

The Milk, The Labour Club, Northampton, from 8pm (see Music pages).


In The Beginning There Was Chaos, performance by the Youth Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, 6.30pm, tickets £7 (see Theatre Guide).

Much Ado About Nothing, Brixworth Country Park, as one of Shakespeare’s most charming couples take to the stage to engage in their “merry war.” Set at the end of World War II amid a flurry of 1940s Air Force uniforms and a whirlwind of war time song and dance, the play promises to be full of merriment, as one set of lovers battle against dirty tricks, and another set simply battle each other. This performance is suitable for 12 years plus. Tickets cost £12, £8 concessions. To book visit www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk.


Sands Big Barn Dance with Tautas Roks, Snooks Raunds, from 7.30pm, tickets £8, contact 01933 623976/07715 404611.

Flower, Music and Art Festival, ‘Running the Race’, St Andrew’s Church, Lindsay Street, Kettering, open from 11am to 6pm, music for a summer evening from 7pm. Also Saturday and Sunday, painting and photography workshops, Saturday from 6.30pm to 9pm, Songs of Praise, Sunday from 6pm.

Cottesbrooke Gardeners’ Fair, Cottesbrooke Hall, Friday to Sunday, featuring RHS Gold medal winning garden designers Cleve West and Chris Beardshaw, more than 70 exhibitors and a new ‘The Skills’ area celebrating the horticultural students at Northampton’s Moulton College. Visit www.cottesbrooke.co.uk/gardeners-fair.html.

A lunchtime talk called ‘The Murder of Dickens’ led by Geoff Hales, Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering, from 1pm to 2pm. It will celebrate 2012 the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, Tickets are £5 per person. To book call: 01536 315115 or tic@kettering.gov.uk.


12pm Northamptonshire Association for the Blind family fun day, Wardington Court, Kingsthorpe

12.30pm Racecourse - The Speedy Cup. A huge annual event laid on by the town’s Irish community, a mix of sports, fun and games with live music and bars. Goes on all day.

1pm - 4pm - Kings Heath Community Picnic, Park Square

2pm - 4pm - Olympics-themed summer fete at St Alban’s Church, Broadmead Avenue

2pm - Hartwell Church summer fete

3pm - Fete and flower festival at St Peter’s Church, Cogenhoe

3pm to 5pm Flore Garden Society strawberry tea at The Croft, Kings Lane

3.30pm - Strawberry tea at St Mary’s Church, Far Cotton


POPtarts 90s mayhem, Black Bottom Club, Northampton

The Buzz, underground club night, Charles Bradlaugh pub, Northampton, 9pm to 2am

Summer serenade featuring The Seagrave Singers and Soloists including BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby, Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street, Kettering, 7.30pm, tickets £6 (including refreshments). Contact Pippa Baker 01536 391778 or Jenny Wareham 01536 523905.

Proceeds to Fuller Church and Cransley Hospice.


Midsummer Bacchanalia with story-teller Jo Blake Cave, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, tickets £20, adults only (see Theatre Guide).

The 80s Mania concert, Royal & Derngate, 8pm, starring legendary former Top Of The Pops presenter and Radio 1 DJ, Mike Read, will feature a live band 
and a cast of highly 
singers and dancers who will take to the stage to perform over 35 chart-topping hits from that decade. Audience members are encouraged to dress in clothes from the era. Tickets are £19.50.


Brixworth Primary School summer fete, noon to 2pm

Hand-crafted home fair, Great Addington Village Hall, 10am to 4pm, free admission.

Hanslope Open Gardens and Bucks Open Studios event at Diana Tonnison’s Hanslope Ceramics Studio, open from noon to 5pm, also on Sunday. Process to St James’ Church in Hanslope. Saturday event includes demonstration of outdoor Raku glaze firing.

Flea market, Roade Village Hall, from 9am to 1pm, admission 50p. Contact Northampton 706134.

Cottesbrooke Gardeners’ Fair, Cottesbrooke Hall, see Friday for details.

Syresham Scarecrow Festival and Open Gardens Weekend, today and Sunday, starting at 10am each day. There will be scarecrows all over the village, competitions, stall and games and several villagers have opened up their gardens for visitors to admire. Also includes art exhibition featuring the works of local artists in the village hall. Visit www.syreshamscare


9.30am - 4pm Sponsored abseil from The Lift Tower in aid of The Lighthouse Centre

11am Kislingbury duck race: At The Mill, Willow View, Kislingbury,

11am - Heroes Run at Holdenby House. Hundreds of people expected to take part in 5km and 10km races to raise money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance service

7.45pm England v Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter final. Lots of pubs showing it on big screens.


Dave Dynamite, Monks Park WMC, Wellingborough Road, 4-7pm

Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds led by Andrew Bassey, The Church In The Park concert, Abington Park, Northampton, 4pm, followed by tea and cakes and evensong at 6pm.

Trash Talk, The Crauford Arms, Wolverton, 7.30pm, admission £5.


Together At Last, Rugby and Northampton Theatretrain, The Castle, Wellingborough, 7pm (see Theatre Guide)


Historical walk led by Tom Welsh, Becket’s Park, 2pm, contact Northampton Open Spaces Network by emailing NptSpaces@gmail.com

Car boot sale at Sixfields Stadium, 8am for sellers, 9am for buyers. Cars £6, vans, trailers etc. £10. No Traders Please, organised by NTFC Supporters.

Cottesbrooke Gardeners’ Fair, Cottesbrooke Hall, see Friday for details.

Syresham Scarecrow Festival and Open Gardens Weekend, see Saturday for details.

Picnic in the Park (teddy bears invited), Sywell Country Park, noon to 4pm. It is hosted by the “Friends of Sywell Country Park” and games and activities include: pond dipping, best dressed teddy competition, teddy bear trail, Pooh sticks and trailer rides. For information call 01604 810970. Some activities have a small charge.



The Richtones 50s & 60s 8.30 pm, The Headlands Pub, Longland Road, Northampton.


Rob Benedict’s Pub Quiz, Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton, 8-10pm.

Movie night, The Picturedrome, from 8pm.


Save The Last Dance For Me, Derngate auditorium, 7.30pm,

The Bacchae, Northampton Chronicle & Echo Printing Press Rooms, 7.45pm.



Salsa Tuesdays, The Picturedrome, from 7pm.


Save The Last Dance For Me, Derngate auditorium, 7.30pm,

The Bacchae, Northampton Chronicle & Echo Printing Press Rooms, 7.45pm.

Summer showcase by The Ferrers Specialist Arts College, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7.30pm, tickets £6, (see Theatre Guide).


Illustration course with Ricardo Insua-Cao, Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering, 10.30am to 1pm.

This course will strip everything back to black and white. 
Simple materials, a variety of techniques and ideas of composition. Tickets cost £20. Telephone 01536 315 115 for more information.



Northamptonshire County Youth Concert and County Youth Brass Band, Summer Festival of Music, Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, 7.30pm, tickets £4 and £6.


Save The Last Dance For Me, Derngate auditorium, 2.30pm/7.30pm

Blood Wedding, Royal auditorium, 7.45pm.



Tea dance, The Picturedrome, from 1pm.

The Devil Violins present tales of passion, longing, life and death, Black Bottom Club, from 8pm. Tickets £9.50.

Open jam night ‘The Platform’, Charles Bradlaugh pub, 9pm to midnight, free entry.

Golden Horse, Far Cotton, Northampton, 8pm to late, open mic night.


The Bacchae, Northampton Chronicle & Echo Printing Press Rooms, 3pm.

Save The Last Dance For Me, Derngate auditorium, 7.30pm

Blood Wedding, Royal auditorium, 7.45pm.


Corby Flower Club meeting, Corby Conservative Club, Cottingham Road, Corby, 7.15pm, includes demonstration by Carolyn Robinson. Visitors are welcome at £5 per meeting with annual membership at £30 
per year. Contact 07791 030195 or flowerscorby@hotmail.co.uk.



Auntie’s Acoustic Sessions, Black Bottom Club, Northampton.

Cousin Avi, The Picturedrome, Northampton, from 9pm.

Golden Horse, Far Cotton, Northampton, 8pm, resident DJ and karaoke night.


Barb Jungr and Jey Loy Nichols, The Core at Corby Cube, 7.30pm

Save The Last Dance For Me, Derngate auditorium, 7.30pm.

Blood Wedding, Royal auditorium, 7.45pm.


Charity lunch, summer fair and picnic ball, Country Living Workshops, Bay Tree Cottage, Maidford Road, Farthingstone, near Towcester.

Grendon Young Farmers 
Hannington Beer Festival 
2012, Hannington, also S
aturday, £5 entry and free entry to under 18’s. Camping is available.



Cider Festival, Old White Hart, Far Cotton, Northampton, includes performance by 
Hanna Bushnall with soul and funk.

Ginger Pig Band, The Picturedrome, Northampton, from 9pm, tickets £5 on the door.

AeroSoul, classics from Atlantic, Motown and Stax record lables, Black Bottom Club, Northampton.

Madame Electrifie’s Summer Soiree, Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton, tickets £3 on the door.

Fuego Nights, Walnut Tree, Blisworth, 9.30pm.

Mid Sensation, The Harlequin, Kettering, 9pm.

Monks Park WMC, Wellingborough Road, Northampton, Luna Nightingale.


Save The Last Dance For Me, Derngate auditorium, 2.30pm/7.30pm.

Blood Wedding, Royal auditorium, 3pm.

The Bacchae, Northampton Chronicle & Echo Printing Press Rooms, 7.45pm.