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15th Feb 2024

What’s on at the theatre this month

February promises shows that are funny, fruity and fabulous. Strictly speaking, Giovanni Pernice’s return to the Derngate stage (Feb 4) will be an unforgettable experience for fans of delectable dance – and the show title promises as much; it’s called Let Me Entertain You. Giovanni will be joined by a cast of West End players. They won’t put a foot wrong! At The Royal, the Rabbit Hole Detectives podcast will be recorded live (Feb 10) with friends Richard Coles, Cat Jarman and Charles Spencer pooling passions and knowledge to investigate the strange and curious pockets of history, and they’ll be answering the questions you wouldn’t even think to ask. Whether you are a history buff yourself, or just chronically curious you can expect a wonderful evening of forensically researched, beautifully observed explorations of history with a hearty serving of personal anecdotes and giggle-inducing tangents. Simply, this will be ace! The..

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15th Feb 2024

Independent Music Week across Northampton

It’s all about Independent Music Week shows as February gets under way, and Phil Moore has come up trumps with SBD Promotions, by bringing in a feast of fabulous to The Black Prince, but each with a very different USP. Empyre (Feb 1) are still riding high on the critical acclaim that followed the release of their second album, Relentless, last year. Once described as ‘the love-child of Pink Floyd and Soundgarden’ this is a band for those who like their atmospheric rock taut and dark. Ten Tonnes, aka Ethan Barnett, issued his debut album through Warner Bros, and then? Everything changed. In the four years between that self-titled opus and the next, he became an independent artist, stepped out of London, began therapy, focused on the introverted part of his brain and now he’s back; with an album about reflection, growing up and carving a different path for himself...

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15th Feb 2024

Fozzy at The Roadmender

Whether he is stepping into the ring, or onto the stage, Chris Jericho can be counted on to make a real entrance. A wrestler with numerous titles to his name, including plenty of World Titles, Jericho knows a thing or 10 about putting on a show, as he told Pulse’s Sammy Jones. Later this month, Chris will bring the party to The Roadmender when his band Fozzy wrap up a 10-date UK tour in our neck of the woods. Of course there are similarities between the two disciplines at which he excels. “It’s all the live element of connecting with a crowd, and that could be wrestling or music or stand-up comedy or a Shakespearean actor on the stage. If you are doing something live, you want to connect with the audience and make them interested in what it is you are doing, and be the party host, so to..

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15th Feb 2024

Delapré Abbey to get its very own food festival this summer

The creators of Towcester Food Festival and Bite Street NN are launching a brand new gastronomic extravaganza this summer – the Delapré Food Festival. The food and drink festival will take place within the beautiful surrounds of Delapré Abbey, which organiser Crispin Slee says is tailor-made for the event. He said: “It’s such a special place and the perfect spot for the festival. We want to bring the grounds to life for a grand summer weekend celebrating artisan food and drink.” Delapré Food Festival will feature all the temptations that made Towcester Food Festival so popular – bustling with food and drink stalls, hourly chef demos, tasting sessions and masterclasses. The outdoor street food market will be curated by Bite Street NN, the Northampton street food pop-up, which regularly features the best traders for miles around. Many top local chefs are already lined-up to take part on the demo stage...

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11th Feb 2024

Where to go for Valentine’s Day in Northamptonshire

Looking for a local restaurant to celebrate with the one you love this Valentine's Day? Whether you'd like to head out for a meal with your significant other, or celebrate Galentine's with the girls, these businesses have got you covered. Here's where to head for Valentine's Day in Northampton... The Fox and Hounds Harlestone At The Fox and Hounds in Harlestone, romance takes centre stage with an exquisite three-course Valentine's menu available from the 12th to the 17th of February. Treat a loved one to three courses for £35pp or you can make it extra special by upgrading to £55pp which includes a bottle of luxury wine or Moet champagne. Book your spot here. The Plough at Shutlanger The award-winning Plough at Shutlanger have not one, but three different course options this Valentine's Day. Choose two courses for £35.50, four courses for £50.00 or five courses for £60.00. Book here...

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16th Jan 2024

Castle Theatre breaks records with Cinderella panto

The Castle Theatre is delighted to announce that its 2023 pantomime Cinderella saw a record breaking audience enter the venue. The pantomime started on Friday 1st December with a press and gala evening, and ended on Sunday 31st December with a total of 57 shows. From this, they had a total of 16 school performances. Due to the popular demand and the incredible success of Jack and the Beanstalk, they took measures to cater to everyone and listened to invaluable feedback. Therefore they increased the number of shows from 46 (2022) to 57 (2023). The total number of Cinderella audience members climbed to 20,681 which showed a huge increase on previous figures of 15,498 audience members from Jack and the Beanstalk in 2022. This increase of 5,183 over 11 extra shows, averages to 471 seats taken in each extra performance. The ever growing popularity of the pantomime has also seen..

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11th Jan 2024

The best for Miles around

Miles Hunt is back in Northampton (Jan 13) with a date at The Black Prince for SBD, and The Wonder Stuff fella will arrive armed to the back teeth with material – he’s got nearly four decades worth of produce to choose from, including material from his latest album, Things Can Change. There was no new formula when it came to rustling up tracks for the opus; he just made use of the tried and tested way; writing about things that were happening around him, and the things that had happened to him in the past. Oh, and he wanted to make the music as uplifting as possible, accepting that we live in a constant state of flux, and that things can, and will change. Indie-soul trio Skinny Living (Jan 30) are coming to Shoe Town from their homeland of Wakefield. Are they any good? Well, 75 million worldwide streams..

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11th Jan 2024

What’s on at the theatre this January

Hoppy talkin’, talking, hoppy talk! A show produced by Royal & Derngate plays on the Royal stage and helps get the new year off to a flying start. Read all about it and then stop pond-ering and go book tickets, says Pulse’s Sammy Jones as she casts an eye over January’s stage shows in the town... Already a celebrated West End hit, 2:22 A Ghost Story will bring chills to the Derngate (Jan 5-13), with a cast of class including The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, Emmerdale actress Emma Wade, Call the Midwife’s George Rainford and Vera Chok from Hollyoaks. This supernatural thriller bagged the gong for Best New Play at the Whatsonstage Awards and is funny and adrenaline-fuelled in equal measure. Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and new partner Ben...

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03rd Jan 2024

Local hospice launches National Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser

Ambitious adventurers looking for a new challenge to kick off the new year can sign up to take on the three highest mountains in the UK in aid of a local hospice. Northampton-based Cynthia Spencer Hospice has launched its National Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser for 2024 and is looking to recruit dedicated trekkers for the peak trilogy. The aim is to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales one after the other and within 30 hours between 31st August and 2nd September. Michelle Leighton, Community and Events Fundraiser Lead for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, completed the challenge in 2023 with a group of Cynthia Spencer fundraisers. She said: “Taking part in the National Three Peaks Challenge was the most amazing experience, the group were so supportive, keeping each other motivated and looking after each other, especially when the going got a bit tough. “This group..

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21st Dec 2023

Supporting local businesses this Christmas

Looking to get some last-minute gifts for Christmas? Here's where you can get some unique presents whilst supporting local across Northamptonshire. Mooch With shops on St Giles Street and Rushden Lakes, Mooch is a great spot for some local gifts. They have lots of unique presents that loved ones will love such as candles, personalised items, sports memorabilia, and lots more. Vintage Guru Vintage Guru on St Giles Street is a fantastic vintage haven. They have everything from gifts and xx, through to clothes and unique items. There will absolitely be something for everyone in this shop. The Artisan Collective The Artisan Collective Farmshop, joined Midsummer Place Shopping Centre to offer small businesses a place to sell their fresh produce and home-made crafts. Located next to LEGO, The Artisan Collective Farmshop includes multiple local retailers on a rotation basis. It's the perfect place to find a great present for the..

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20th Dec 2023

Where to watch panto this Christmas

It’s the most magical time of the year, and pantomime is a huge part of that family entertainment, with lost slippers, ‘wooden actors’ (read the feature!), talking mirrors, lost children and all sorts of bonkers stories waiting to be told. Sammy Jones once again picked up the magical wand and sprinkled some fairy dust to bring you the ultimate guide to pantos in the area. Oh, yes she did! Panto: Cinderella Starring: Brian Conley is swapping Albert Square for the new city – and his daughter Lucy will join the cast this time Where: Milton Keynes Theatre When: Saturday, December 9 2023 –Sunday, January 14 2024 What to expect: Another top class production from the team behind Crossroads. They say: “This Cinderella is a bit different, so I think you are going to want to see it. Even though you might have seen Cinderella before, this is a nice, different..

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12th Dec 2023

Where to visit Santa in Northamptonshire this Christmas

Are your kids on the good list this year? If they are, get in the festive spirit by booking your visit to Santa. With everything from encounters with Santa at historic locations, through to festivities at local garden centres and shopping centres, there's something for everyone! It's a perfect day out for all the family and something that the little ones will love. Here's where to visit Santa in Northampton this Christmas... Grosvenor Centre, Northampton Families will be able to visit Santa’s Grotto in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton every weekend in December prior to Christmas, as well weekdays from Monday 18th December to Friday 22nd December. The grotto will be open from 10.30am - 4pm and is located in the upper mall, next to The Lewis Foundation Outlet Store. Families will be able take their photo with Santa, as well as receiving a gift. Tickets are £1 and all proceeds will..

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12th Dec 2023

Lift off for a unique gift experience

Are you on the hunt for the ultimate Christmas gift for the thrill-seeker in your life? Your search ends here! Treat your loved one to an unforgettable Helicopter Flight Discovery Day with Sloane Helicopters at Sywell Aerodrome, where the adventure of a lifetime awaits! What’s Included: Immerse yourself in the thrill of flying with a one-hour AW109 simulator lesson, providing hands-on experience of piloting a helicopter. The cutting-edge simulator mirrors real-life flying conditions, allowing you to navigate anywhere in the UK, in all weather conditions. It’s the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner aviator. After mastering the simulator, it’s time to take to the skies in a Robinson R22 helicopter for a 30-minute flight with an experienced instructor. During the flight you’ll put the skills learnt during your simulator lesson to the test and take the controls of the helicopter. As you soar through the air, enjoy the Northamptonshire countryside..

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23rd Nov 2023

Join Saints and Panto Stars for Northampton’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Saints rugby and panto stars will join Northampton Town Council for a stocking-stuffed line up of free festive fun at the Northampton Christmas Lights Switch On event in Becket’s Park, on Saturday, 25th November. Visitors can enjoy a day of live stage entertainment between 11am and 6pm, hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s Bernie Keith, featuring children’s entertainers, music from The Nene Valley Community Band and The Starlight Sisters, plus a Deco Theatre Panto preview, performances from Kristina Rihanoff’s Bespoke Ballroom Dance & Drama Academy and Born to Perform, wrapped up with a festive finale from the Royal & Derngate Community Choir, led by renowned music director Gareth Fuller. Panto Stars Ore Oduba, Wendi Peters and Bob Golding from the Royal & Derngate’s ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’, along with Tyger Drew-Honey and Daisie-Belle from The Deco Theatre’s ‘Cinderella’, will be joined on stage by Santa, the Mayor of Northampton..

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21st Nov 2023

Purpose-built grotto to be Santa’s home for town centre Christmas campaign

Construction students at Northampton College have got themselves on the nice list this Christmas by designing a purpose-built grotto for Santa. The grotto is taking pride of place in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton as part of the town centre’s festive celebrations, and will be home to Santa in the build-up to Christmas. Level Three carpentry students were involved in the design and build of the grotto, having been commissioned by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) to create the festive centrepiece. More than 1,000 families are expected to visit the grotto this Christmas. Mark Mullen, operations manager at Northampton Town Centre BID, said: “Giving local students the opportunity to play their part in our festive celebrations is really important to us as we urge everyone to take pride in their town and shop local this Christmas. “The students have done a fantastic job and our grotto is the perfect place..

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