Things to Do

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19th Jul 2024

Classic Ibiza comes to Northampton on Saturday 10th August 2024

Iconic dance anthems performed under the stars by a live orchestra… Northampton is preparing to get a slice of the White Isle this August as an open-air concert, which promises to be the party of the summer, comes to Delapre Abbey. Classic Ibiza, a 32-piece live orchestra accompanied by DJs and vocalists, will reimagine some of the biggest dance hits of the past 30 years. Get ready to hear classics such as ‘Insomnia’, ‘Sandstorm’, ‘Levels’ and ‘Born Slippy’ brought to orchestral life! As well as a headline performance from Classic Ibiza, concert goers will experience a full festival style site with glitter make up stalls, live roaming entertainers and a number of bars and street food outlets.  Event organiser Jonathan Ware, says: “We have toured this show to sell-out crowds all over the UK and cannot wait to bring it to Northampton. The audience have got a great night in store,..

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16th Jul 2024

Superheroes are on a mission at Swansgate Shopping Centre

Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough is excited to announce its Superheroes Unite event taking place throughout the summer holidays. Every Tuesday throughout the month of August, join them between 11 am - 3 pm for an action-packed day of superhero meet and greets and creative craft activities. Check out the extensive list of activities they have available for FREE: Tuesday 6th August: Batman and Bat Girl Meet and Greet & Academy Workshop Tuesday 13th August: Iron Man and Captain America Meet and Greet & Academy Workshop Tuesday 20th August: Craft Workshop (Make your own superhero mask) Tuesday 27th August: Spiderman and Super Girl Meet and Greet & Academy Workshop But wait, there's more. You could be in with a chance of winning a superhero prize bundle so be sure to follow our social channels for up-to-date information. Facebook: Swansgate shopping centre Instagram: Swansgateshoppingcentre “We are excited to host these fun-filled..

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11th Jul 2024

Live music in Northampton this July

Just three shows for you this month under the SBD banner, but they are all goodies, starting with Darnell Cole & The Vibe (July 19). Southern California based, he has earned his touring legs travelling the world with artists including Walter Trout and Iron Butterfly. The self-styled independent Blues King released his debut long-player, A Man of Soul late last year, and is following that by touring hard to share the sounds, continuing his mission to spread the gospel of rock, soul and positivity. His Northampton return follows a particularly memorable debut in our town. This time, as then, he will fill the ears of ticket holders at The Black Prince with infectious rhythms, soulful melodies and groovy tunes. Start the weekend the right way, by spending Friday night with Darnell. Get along nice and early and you’ll see Harrison Hood too. A bloody great night is planned for July..

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11th Jul 2024

The Aliens are coming…...

Aliens will invade The Black Prince on July 12, when the original 70s punk players rock up to play their recent album, Nothing Much to Lose in its entirety. The Aliens, from that far flung place called Wellingborough, came, conquered and disappeared soon thereafter, having made an impact on the local scene for their retro, sci-fi and rowdy punk. That album we just mentioned has taken a whopping 45 years to materialise, and last for just 33 minutes – the band say it means they don’t overstay their welcome. ‘Typical of the genre in which they operate, you won’t find any cliched ‘70s rock pop and excess here; this is punk rock that could emanate from any garage up and down the land. ‘But what this album lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for in lyrical astuteness and a brand of punk that could rival the Buzzcocks at..

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11th Jul 2024

Lamport Hall supplies the sunshine

Summer events at Lamport always feel particularly special with the gardens a riot of colour and the sun (mostly!) shining. This year’s outdoor theatre is being performed by Boxtree Productions and will be a family-friendly performance of Wind in the Willows on Friday 12 July. Order a picnic and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the Walled Garden on a summer’s evening. The Tame Valley Stompers Allstars return for another year on Sunday 14 July. This always feels like a quintessential day out so gather a group of friends and family, bring some strawberries and soak up the sounds of traditional jazz on a Sunday afternoon. We continue to celebrate 50 years of the Preservation Trust which cares for Lamport Hall with the King West Country Club Cocktail Party on Saturday 27 July. Lamport Hall was converted briefly into a country club in the 1930s so we’ll be turning back the..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Summer Sounds

He’s a Rascal and he’s heading our way! Dizzee will be gracing the grounds of Delapré Abbey (August 9). The super successful MC and rapper is a grime pioneer who has spent the past two decades chart-bothering and shaking up the scene – his first elpee, Boy in da Corner took the prestigious Mercury Award. Earlier this year, he unleashed the essential Don’t Take It Personal LP, which reaffirmed him as a genre leader, with another victory lap on what is one of rap music’s defining legacies. A day later (August 10) and Summertime Live returns to the venue with a one-day festival headlined by Classic Ibiza, with two stages of music and DJs to get lost in. Over in Bedford, Welsh wonder Tom Jones is back (July 4) and this consummate professional is ready with an armoury of classics like It’s Not Unusual, She’s A Lady and Sexbomb. Tom..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Flowers

Northampton is beginning to bloom... Around 500 beautiful hanging baskets and planters are now installed in Northampton town centre and the surrounding wards, bringing a splash of summer colour to the urban streets. This annual planting scheme, known as ‘Northampton in Bloom’, is coordinated by Northampton Town Council and includes community-led and sustainable planting initiatives, such as using peat-free compost and perennial flowers, which will grow back year after year. The council’s Climate Change Forum has led the way on introducing these sustainable planters, selecting plants not only for their sustainability, but also for their biodiversity value in attracting bees and providing a habitat for insects and birds. An example of this planting can be seen in the recently restored St Katherine’s Gardens in Northampton town centre, where forum members worked with the Northampton BID and volunteers from local organisations including the Royal British Legion, to plant beds with a..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Giggles

LOL this summer... The Comedy Crate has been stacked over the past few weeks with a veritable feast of cracking nights, and the funny times keep on rolling through to the end of July with much still to enjoy. Scott Bennett and Sara Barron visit The Lamplighter (July 8) and Scott’s turn in the spotlight, Blood Sugar Baby, tells the amazing true story of how his infant daughter fell ill with a rare genetic condition. It mightn’t sound very funny, but Scott has managed to make it so – and it comes with a happy ending. The blurb goes like this: ‘Two soul mates are taken from the idyllic world of NCT classes and plunged into months of treatment, genetics, bizarre side effects, private jets, and celebrity encounters.’ Jon Pearson asks What Have You Been Up To? (July 17) when he rocks up at VandB as part of his first..

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11th Jul 2024

Something to ‘tipple’ your fancy

If, like us, you love a little gin tipple, your palate will no doubt have met with Warner’s Gin before now. The distillery, which is all about quality and contemporary twists on traditional flavour, is set in the rolling hills of Northamptonshire on an estate dating back to the 13th century. Its super spirits utilise the elderflower, angelica, verbena and lavender grown on the farm. The team behind the winning liquor are offering tours of the distillery, which gives you unrivalled access, taking you through the art of gin-making, from those beautiful botanicals to the sustainable practices they employ, showing a commitment to the environment. There are two tours to choose from; a classic distillery tasting tour within the farm, or, a longer nature experience, which will see you tour through the 140 acre farm, where you will tend the bee hives, harvest those farm-grown botanicals, mix up cocktails and..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Dancing Queens

Chester House Estate is getting into gear in anticipation of its Classic Car & Bike Show (July 13). If you love nostalgia and beautiful bodywork, this is the event for you with automotive elegance at its best. From vintage motors to timeless motorcycles, the show will be an opportunity to learn about the craftsmanship, innovation and golden era of motoring. Live entertainment and a selection of food vendors will also be present. ABBA fans will be able to delight in the music of the Swedish superstars when the 21st Century ABBA Tribute arrives (July 14). You know the soundtrack to expect, and this will be delivered with a full band in the otherwise tranquil setting of Chester House grounds – pack a picnic and enjoy the space with friends and family before reaching for your dancing shoes and moving to the smashes, thrashes and hits of Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Farm Fun

Get grooving on the farm... Forget term time, it’s farm time for guaranteed school holiday fun, and Mead Open Farm in Billington has got plenty to keep the kids happy. Shaggy’s Summer Spectacular launches on July 20 and runs through to September 1. Visitors will be able to try Water Zorbing (suitable for ages six and over), can strut their stuff on the dance floor at the Silent Disco and foamy fun will rule with the end of the day Foam Party returning. There is plenty more, with Indoor Soft Play, Sky Trail-High Ropes, a Climbing Wall, Go Karts, Outdoor Log Play, and even a JCB Digger Village! Tractor and Trailer Rides will take the strain while you put your feet up for a while, and if you want to get hands on with the animals, how about taking a turn with the daily pony grooming sessions or the Bunny..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Wicksteed

Under starter’s orders... The new Jolly Jockeys ride at Wicksteed Park has got visitors jumping for joy! The lakeside attraction allows you to hit the saddle and gallop to victory in a horse race around a circuit of twists, turns and fences. Jolly Jockeys is the latest addition to the park, and follows on from recent year additions including the Galaxy Invaders rider, the Garden Wheel and Meerkat Manor. The Park also cheers little folks with its daytime shows including Wicky Bear and friends. All the park’s rides and attractions will be open each weekend and throughout the summer holidays, so you can enjoy rides like Dinosaur Valley and Rocky River Falls or favourites like the Paratrooper, the Dodgems, the Train, Sway Rider and the Carousel. And with everyone having to make the pounds and pence go further, the park has reduced pre-booked, dated wristbands to just £20, with individual..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Delapré

Delapré Abbey invites you to step back in time for the Battle of Northampton Day (July 14) with tours of the battlefield, and you can learn about the pivotal moments from the 1460 clash and have the opportunity to engage with reenactors who will bring the era to vivid life. You can even attend a medieval hawking show in the Walled Garden, a must-see display of medieval hunting birds in action. On July 21, it will be canines, not birds that fill the space, with Delapré’s inaugural Doggy Dawdle – you get to walk, jog or run with your pooch at this doggy themed fun run. It’s not too strenuous either; choose from a one, two or three mile route. Will you go walkies or up the pace? Tails will wag. An afternoon session of Princess fun is planned for August 3 and August 17, when the venue teams up..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Balloons

Up, up and away! The Northampton Balloon Festival is back at the town’s Racecourse (August 16-18) and ready to delight thousands at the family spectacle. Enjoy lots of live arena entertainment; a circus workshop will wow, a funfair will thrill and there will be plenty of trade stalls to investigate. Wonder at the majesty of the birds of prey, and plenty of food and drink stalls are set to keep your energy levels up. At sunset, the hot air balloons will glow in a true spectacle of light, and then, when the skies have been filled with the balloons, you can keep your eyes trained upwards to enjoy the fireworks that will follow. ‘Don’t miss this magical celebration that promises unforgettable moments for the whole family. Join us in Northampton for a weekend of high-flying joy!’ urge organisers. Visit once and never again will ‘a load of hot air’ have..

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09th Jul 2024

What’s on at the theatre this July

Pigs and lions and tiger feet - there’s an animal thread running through this month’s theatre happenings. Together with some funnies and things that go bump in the night! Pulse’s Sammy Jones brings you more... Well done if you were quick enough to secure a ticket to see national treasure, Miriam Margolyes at the Derngate (July 1), because her loose tongue and life well lived makes her a compelling, hilarious and sometimes poignant speaker. The Vogue cover star and famous trumper (nope, that’s not an affectionate term for a fan of Donald!) has been sold out for yonks. Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out (Derngate, July 3 & 4) will entertain the kids and might even make you snort too, when you follow Peppa on a special journey to the beach for a party. Trot-ter along for a right squeal! Marvellous magic man Ali Cook is bringing his Principles of Deception..

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