Things to Do

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20th Jun 2024

Where to watch Euro 2024 in Northamptonshire

Euro 2024 has officially kicked-off, and pubs across Northamptonshire are gearing up to provide the best viewing experience for football fans. From giant outdoor screens to special food and drink offers, here’s a roundup of the best places to catch all the action. The Chester House Estate The Chester House Estate is ready to host football fans with a BBQ serving burgers, hot dogs, and vegan options. The Haybarn bar will offer a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for the whole family. This family and dog-friendly estate opens its doors at 3 pm for a 5 pm kick-off. Admission is free for children under 5, and £5 per adult. Secure your tickets now here. Delapré Abbey Delapré Abbey promises a festive atmosphere with a giant outdoor screen, bars, street food, ping pong, and various sports activities. From June 14th to July 14th, enjoy daily coverage of Euro 2024 and Wimbledon...

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18th Jun 2024

Catapults, crafts and community – the Roman’s return to The Chester House Estate this summer

A two-day Roman Festival, organised in partnership with the University of Leicester’s Heritage Hub, is a free event taking place on Saturday, 22 and Sunday, 23 June. It will include Roman-style military demonstrations, Roman jewellery making, hairdressers and craft demonstrations, and Roman themed stalls and craft activities from a host of different heritage organisations working in Northamptonshire and beyond. The festival also includes the unique opportunity to see an excavation in progress, ask questions of the experts and have the chance to wash real Roman objects found during the excavations. Stalls from more than 20 local museums, community archaeology groups and archaeological companies from Northamptonshire and beyond will provide the opportunity for real Roman artefacts to be handled, and historic demonstrations of ancient weaving, spinning, loom and nalbinding techniques will be available to see. Exclusive to this year, the Estate is showcasing a pop-up exhibition of artwork by Northampton College..

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11th Jun 2024

A Perfect Day Festival comes to Delapré

A Perfect Day Festival comes to Delapré Park on Sunday, June 16, with James Arthur in the top spot. James first took attentions on the ninth series of The X-Factor. Wowing the judges and the British public, he was the season winner and has since accrued a haul of hits – Impossible, Sun Comes Up, Naked, Rewrite The Stars and the seminal single, Say You Won’t Let Go, among ‘em. Earlier this year he released his fifth album, Bitter Sweet Love, which debuted in the top spot. This concert is perfect by name and perfect by nature with Arthur being joined by a veritable feast of fantastic music makers from the region ready to deliver at the event. All you need to do is grab a ticket, gather your friends and family, and remember to take along the picnic blanket. Book tickets at aperfectdayfestival.com Pulse music checked in with the..

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11th Jun 2024

Fun friction at the Black Prince

Kickstarting the month of June the SBD way is down to Scottish live wires High Fade, and this six-legged noise making machine do a swell line in sharp funk and disco delight, that has seen some impressive ears tipped their way – Jack Black, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Cypress Hill and the man with the voice, one -time Deep Purple frontman Glenn Hughes have all been put under their spell. The Edinburgh based boys (Harry, Oliver and Calvin) pull from a steep pile of musical produce, spanning Barry White to Kiss, so they’ve scope for lots of experimentation which they put to great use. A dance floor is never a dull floor when these boys are on stage, with high tempo jazz and funk coming as standard, and they invite you to show your moves when they visit The Lab on June 1. “High Fade doesn’t work unless..

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11th Jun 2024

What’s on at the theatre this June

Bluey’s Big Play for little kids, and big blue entertainment for big kids! Murder mysteries, more giggle bringers and a pantomime to turn you red with its rude stuff. Here’s June’s juicy bits in theatre-land... An Evening with Harry Redknapp (June 2) will keep your attention with engaging stories from his fruitful career in footie and TV - and there are plenty of tales to tell! Settle in for a great night. Renowned British designer and judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down, Keith Brymer Jones will be throwing down stories in place of clay with his visit to the Derngate (June 3) when he shares stories of life in front of – and behind – the potter’s wheel. There will be an on-stage demo at his wheel too, and he’ll be sharing his advice and tips for those budding creators among you. Bluey’s Big Play (June 6-9) will enchant..

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06th Jun 2024

Events during June at Lamport Hall and Gardens

Summer has arrived at Lamport and we can’t wait to welcome you! The gardens are a riot of colour and look spectacular, the 50th Anniversary Exhibition in the Hall is proving popular with visitors and we have a wonderful programme of events for all. We are delighted to be opening our gardens on Saturday 8th June from 10am-4pm for the National Garden Scheme Open Day. The café will also be open so enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the gardens on a weekend date. Our popular Study Days also make a welcome return on Tuesday 18th June. We will welcome local historian and author Neil Lyon to talk about Lamport and the wider county during WWII. Dr Laura Engel is a professor based at a university in Pittsburgh, USA, and she will be exploring the culture of celebrity including Sir Gyles Isham’s Hollywood acting career. Dr Megan Leyland, a Senior..

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06th Jun 2024

Mae Stephens: The story behind local popstar

Her debut single has been viewed millions of times on TikTok, Meghan Trainor called on her talent for a collaboration, and she has stage-shared with P!nk. Not bad for a girl who was the target of cruel bullies and told she would never amount to anything. As she prepares to play for the home crowd with a summer festival billing, Pulse’s Sammy Jones checks in with Kettering’s sizzling hot pop success, Mae Stephens. The past 18 months have been a blur of bonkers experiences for Mae who left her role in a local supermarket at the start of last year, and before the summer was out, was stage sharing with P!nk. Oh, and let’s not forget a Glastonbury appearance, that single collaboration with Meghan Trainor and the track that started it all, If We Ever Broke Up. It was the second most popular song on TikTok globally in 2023 with..

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04th Jun 2024

The ultimate Euro fan-zone experience is coming to Northampton

The Ultimate Euro Fan-Zone Experience showing all the games, is coming to The Village in Northampton at Delapre Abbey between Friday 14th June and Sunday 14th July 2024, brought to you by Sky Bet. Expect giant outdoor screen, bars, street food, ping pong & sports activities, plus Wimbledon coverage. Open daily from Friday 14th June through to Sunday 14th July. Standing section tickets £9.50pp. Seated tickets £15.00pp (for a 6-seater table). Both sections have a view of the giant screen. It's open daily and ALL euro 24 games will be shown - entry is free to all fixtures except England games which is ticketed and strictly 18+. When football isn't on, Wimbledon coverage will be shown. Take part in sports activities and ping pong. Children are welcome with responsible parent/guardian and must be supervised at all times (NOT applicable at England games). Dogs also welcome but must be kept on..

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30th May 2024

Free rainbow tote bags for pride month at Rushden Lakes

Rushden Lakes is celebrating Pride Month this June, by delighting visitors with tote bags packed full of goodies. On Tuesday 4th June, visitors could find a rainbow bag in various locations across the destination, to take home for free or re-gift to a loved one. Each Rushden Lakes tote bag will be full of everything needed to celebrate, including a pair of sunglasses, a whistle, a flag, a bracelet, and a water bottle, as well as a Pride store guide. There will be 20 bags in total for visitors to find, each with a message from Rushden Lakes attached featuring the quote, “The bravest thing you can be is yourself.” Pride messages will be displayed on digital screens at the site throughout June, to encourage all to be proud of who they are no matter who they love. The totes are limited in availability, so be quick! If found, Rushden..

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16th May 2024

Warner’s Distillery Launch unique ‘Nature’s Finest Tour’ in the heart of Northamptonshire...

Warner’s Distillery, the world’s leading farm-born spirits producer, has just launched an exclusive ticketed nature experience at its farm headquarters in the village of Harrington, Northamptonshire. Those lucky enough to get a place will escape to Falls Farm where they will be taken on a journey of taste and discovery at the distillery’s historical English heritage-listed, 140 acre farm. A distillery tour like no other, this one of a kind experience is not only perfect for drinks and cocktail aficionados but also those nature and biodiversity enthusiasts with a penchant for enjoying the great outdoors. This unique tour brings you up close and personal to nature. Participants will dive into the 15 acres of stunning botanical gardens where Warner’s grow the ingredients for their delicious spirits and grabbing some tools they will get the chance to harvest a few of their own. There will also be a unique beekeeping experience..

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14th May 2024

Lamport Hall Preservation Trust launches its 50th Anniversary Exhibition and catalogue during...

Saturday 27 April saw the official launch of the anniversary exhibition at Lamport Hall with trustees and staff past and present as well as those connected to Lamport and the county of Northamptonshire in attendance. Short addresses were given by Mark Herrod, Executive Director, and Sir Richard Isham, Chair of Trustees and descendent of the Isham family, before visitors were given the opportunity to explore the new exhibition, which includes the glorious restored Alpine Garden, supported by the Finnis Scott Foundation. The exhibition includes brand new interpretation which delves deeper into the Preservation Trust which has operated at Lamport for the past 50 years. It looks at the life of Sir Gyles Isham and explains the foresight he had to create the Trust in 1974 to ensure the safe future of his family home for many generations to come. There are interactive elements to the exhibition, including a screening of..

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08th May 2024

Top comics head to town for Northampton Comedy Festival

Some of the most respected names in UK stand-up will be coming to Northampton for a dedicated comedy festival this summer, with many acts using it as a warm-up on route to the Edinburgh Fringe. More than 40 comedians have been booked to appear at multiple venues across the town centre as part of a two-month-long series of gigs, including top names such as Gary Delaney, Angela Barnes and Jack Skipper. The festival, which takes place over 10 weeks between Friday, 17 May and Saturday, 27 July, has been organised by locally based promoters The Comedy Crate with support from Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District. Venues hosting performances include Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Saints Coffee, Cheyne Walk Club and V&B. Mark Mullen, operations manager of Northampton Town Centre BID, said: “We are always looking for ways to give people more reasons to visit our town centre and the..

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08th May 2024

Dance the Night Away at Chester House: The Sweat and Glow Club Celebrates One-Year Anniversary...

Mark your calendars this May because The Sweat and Glow Club is turning one, and is throwing a bash you won't want to miss! Get ready to strut your stuff and celebrate a year of fabulous dance moves, unforgettable moments, and an incredible community. The event will be held at The Chester House Estate on 25th May from 7.30pm - 11.30pm. The night will be filled with laughter, friendships, and of course, epic dance moves. The line-up of fantastic activities to keep the party going all night long includes: Live painting by talented artists capturing the magic of the evening. Groove to the beats with our awesome female DJ spinning the latest tunes. Indulge in free mini hand massages courtesy of Ruby Rose Therapies. Treat your taste buds at the ABS Bakes topping station. Strike a pose with Instax camera and capture memories. Pizza and cocktails. Plus, plenty of surprises..

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03rd May 2024

Introducing Northamptonshire’s Food & Drink Week: June 1st – 9th

Brace yourselves for a culinary celebration like no other as Northamptonshire gears up to launch its inaugural Food & Drink Week from June 1st to June 9th. Organised by Made in Northamptonshire and the Northamptonshire Tourism Business Network, this eagerly awaited event promises a feast for the senses, showcasing the finest gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Kevin Rogers, Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors, are proud sponsors of the initiative. The firm hopes to encourage visitors and residents alike to support the county’s fantastic independent foodie businesses, and find new favourites. Kevin said; “Whether pubs, restaurants, food or drink products - we are excited to help put the county’s home grown firmly on the food and drink map of England.” Award-winning Chef James Peck, owner of Ember and No.13 bar in Wellingborough, is set to headline the Best..

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02nd May 2024

A celebration of Rural Life at Lamport Hall

For the second year running, we are excited to announce the comeback of Rural Life at Lamport Hall on Sunday 26th May and Monday 27th May, 10am-5pm. This event will take you back through the ages of Rural Life, to the modern world we now live and farm in today. Our action-packed main arena will see live demonstrations from high quality acts non-stop throughout the whole day including dancing sheep, falconry, vintage steam engines, tractors, dog scurry and much, much, more! Rural Life are also extremely excited to announce their headlining act Atkinson Action Horses, led by Ben Atkinson and his team of stunt and trick riders, actors, writers and combat performers. They promise to thrill, excite and astonish audiences with their high energy, breath-taking, death-defying stunt shows. Ben and his team will be showcasing two performances each day in the main arena - make sure you don’t miss it!..

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