Ten events in Northamptonshire over next seven days

Derrick Thompson and Bill Martin will be signing copies of their new novel this weekend
Derrick Thompson and Bill Martin will be signing copies of their new novel this weekend

There’s dozens of events taking place across Northamptonshire over the next seven days, but here’s 10 things we think you might like.

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1) The 11th annual Wellingborough Beer Festival will continue at All Saints’ Church in Midland Road today.

There will be beer from local breweries such as Tom Smith Ales in Kettering and new beers such as one called Bananlicious and Hazelnut Coffee Porter.

The festival will be open from 4pm to midnight.

Pints will be available costing from £2.80 and admission will be £5 per person, including a souvenir pint glass, brochure and your first pint (up to 4.2 per cent strength) free.

2) From today until Sunday, visitors to Stoke Bruerne will be able to experience life in the Forties, including air raids, watching detachments of the Home Guard undertaking their duties, taking cover in a bomb shelter and doing the “Lambeth Walk.”

On Saturday, a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be in the skies overhead and on Sunday morning there will be a Drumhead Service on the lock side.

Musical entertainment will be provided by singer Lola Lamour and George Formby lookalike Paul Casper while the Village Hall will be hosting a Tea Dance provided by Ruzzit Buzzit.

For more information, log onto www.friendsofcanalmuseum.org.uk

3) There’s a chance to look ahead to the new season and see the best of what Northampton has to offer with a fashion show at the Royal & Derngate.

The Grand Finale of the Discover Northampton campaign will take place at the theatre in Guildhall Road on Monday. It will feature all the trends for autumn/winter 2012, from both high street and independent stores.

The catwalk show starts at 7.30pm but, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, members of the public are invited into the theatre, where they will discover an exhibition of the town centre’s businesses, offering various deals and promotions, food tasting and more.

Tickets for the main show cost £5. Ring the box office on 01604 624811 or via www.royalandderngate.co.uk

4) Baroque specialists Fiori Musicali will head to The Castle in Wellingborough today for the first of three concerts.

Introducing Mr Handel is a lunchtime concert, complete with buffet lunch, starting at 12.30pm.

The concert will feature Heidi Fardell on the recorder, Jane Norman on violin, Lynn Selwood on cello and Penelope Rapson on harpsichord. Tickets cost £12.

To book log onto www.thecastle.org.uk

5) The Grimethorpe Colliery Band will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film Brassed Off at Kettering’s Lighthouse on Sunday.

The show will feature popular tracks from the film.

The show starts at 3pm and the tickets cost £19.50.

6) Cricket legends Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter bring their new humorous show to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Wednesday.

The pair will entertain audiences with tales from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box.

The show will take place at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £20 and can be booked on 01604 624811 or by logging on to www.royalandderngate.co.uk

7) A workshop will be held this week to coincide with the solo exhibition by Portugese artist Vasco Araujo, inspired by Northampton’s shoe-making heritage.

The main exhibition is currently showing at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Abington Park Museum and The Picturedrome in Northampton.

There will be a Singing Stories family workshop at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets cost £5. Call Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on 01604 838111.

8) Scenes from Northamptonshire and floral canvasses will be among the work by Michele Field which will go on display from October 7.

The art exhibition, which includes images of canals, wildlife and horses, will be shown at Daventry Library in North Street, Daventry, until November 2.

For details, log onto www.britishartists.co.uk/michele_field

9) A book launch for a new novel set in 1960s Northampton will be held at Waterstones in Abington Street tomorrow between 11am and 3pm.

Last Night has been penned by Northamptonshire-born authors Bill Martin and Derrick Thompson and has already attracted endorsements by writer Alan Moore and DJ Jo Whiley.

The book signing event will also involve live music.

10) Crows play their last show together at the Labour Club in Earl Street, Northampton on Saturday night.

Support is by Death Pedals and Blood Visions.

Tonight Howlin Hootin Owls, An Escape Plan and The Rash will play.

Members event. Guests of members, £2.

Doors open at 8pm.

For a more detailed round-up of what is happening across Northamptonshire, click What’s On