There’s dozens of events taking place across Northamptonshire over the next seven days, but here’s 10 things we think you might like.
We’ll do our best to include the details in our weekly What’s On listings. (Details must be received by midday on the Friday prior to print publication).
1) Foodies from across Northamptonshire will be heading across the border to Olney tomorrow when the town celebrates its fourth annual food festival.
The Big Olney Food Festival is set to include a host of stalls featuring food and drink provided by local producers.
Entertainment will include wine and beer tasting and live music with jazz pianist Alan Houghton, the ukelele group MKulele and the rock band Chocolate Badger.
The BOFF event will run from noon until 10pm.
2) Thousands of people are expected to turn out to the Rushden Feast Fair which starts today.
The company, John Thurston and Son, have been bringing fairs to Rushden for more than 100 years and are well known for providing the “feast” event.
More than 30 rides will be on offer, including traditional entertainments such as dodgems and more modern attractions.
On week days the fair will open at 6pm and on Saturdays the event will open from 2pm. It will be closed on Sunday, September 16.
Admission is free and there will be a special price night on Thursday when walk through and ride-on attractions will cost £1.50 per person or £1 for children’s rides.
3) An open day featuring the Bomberdrome Bicycle Wall of Death will be held at Harlestone Firs near Northampton tomorrow.
Local cycling group, the Ministry of Bicycles, will be performing “death-defying” stunts between noon and 4pm.
Inspired by travelling circuses of the 1900s, the Ministry of Bicycles built the Bomberdrome as an attraction they could take around the country to display their skills and encourage people to participate in cycling.
The event is free and will take place at Wooden Supplies, Harlestone Firs in Harlestone Road, New Duston.
4) People can dress as their favourite heroes and villains at this weekend’s Raunds Carnival.
The annual event takes place tomorrow and the theme will be heroes and villains. People can take part as individuals or as a group.
The carnival parade will leave Raunds Town Football Club in London Road at midday, make its way down Marshalls Road, Brooke Street, Grove Street, Wellington Road and along Stanwick Road before finishing at the Amos Lawrence Park where there will be a fun day.
The fun day will be open from 11am and entry is free, and there will also be free car parking on the field.
Entertainment will include performances by live bands and majorettes. There will be martial arts displays, floats, stalls, refreshments, inflatables and rides. There will also be a skate park jam which has been organised by local young people.
5) More than 700 runners from across the county will take part in an annual race for charity in a bid to raise much-needed funds.
The annual Cransley Hospice Road Race has been a big success for 11 years in raising money for the hospice and organisers are looking to break records for the number running and the amount raised on Sunday, September 16.
The race takes place at Cranford. The half marathon starts at 11am with a junior nine to 14-year-olds fun run starting at 10.15am as well as a shorter 10k race.
For those who do not wish to run, the village hall, in St Andrew’s Lane, will be open with food and drinks stands along with an icecream van in the village.
Registration for the run is still open and the entry fee in advance is £15 or £18 if entering before 10am on the day.
For more information about the event contact Di Patrick on 01536 527407 or email email@example.com.
6) Former lead singer of The Temptations Richard Street will headline at the Royal & Derngate today.
The show will bring together all the band’s greatest hits including My Girl, Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, Just My Imagination, Ball Of Confusion and many more.
The show will start at 8pm. For more information log onto www.royalandderngate.co.uk
7) Acoustic and slide guitarist Martin Simpson headlines the Great kNight Folk Club at the Old White Hart in Far Cotton on Tuesday.
Doors open at 8pm and admission is £14.
8) Contemporary sculptors from across the country will be showcasing their work in Guilsborough from Thursday, September 20.
The display Sculpture with a View will be the inaugural exhibition of British Art Portfolio, launched by History of Art graduates Amanda Lowther and Louise Newton.
The exhibition, which ends on September 30, will be held at Guilsborough Court gallery in Cold Ashby Road, Guilsborough.
Admission will be £2 or free for children.
Opening times are Monday to Friday 11am-6pm.
9) The Castle Film Festival continues this week, celebrating the venue’s move into the digital age with a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The venue in Wellingborough will screen digitally enhanced blockbusters at the festival that runs until Friday, September 21.
As well as screening classics and new releases, there will be a homage to silent movies, and a documentary about the rapid advance of digital film.
Tickets for the film festival are priced at £4 per film. Book online at www.thecastle.org
10) A nostalgic Blitz time musical offering “feel-good fun” comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this week.
Radio Times, by Noel Gay, can be seen at the theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, September 22, starring top musical performer Gary Wilmot.
Radio Times can be seen at the Royal & Derngate at 7.45pm each evening, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. To book tickets - priced £10 to £26.50 - call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk
For a more detailed round-up of what is happening across Northamptonshire, click What’s On