Here is our guide to some of the events coming up in and around Daventry this week.
Easter Eggsplorer Trail, Daventry Country Park, March 30
Youngsters are invited to join Daventry Country Park’s free Easter Eggsplorer Trail and Bonnet Competition on Good Friday. The event runs at the Park’s Visitor Centre between 10am and 11.30am when children are invited to complete a trail and meet the park’s Easter Bunny Wiggles for a special Easter treat. Children are also invited to design colourful bonnets on the themes of ‘bunnies and birds’ and ‘chocolate’ and bring them with them for a chance to win prizes in the Easter Bonnet Parade, which starts at 10.30am.
Cadbury Egg Hunt, Canons Ashby House, March 30-April 2
A delicious Cadbury prize awaits at the end of our outdoor Easter Hunt. Bring the whole family to search high and low for clues across the ancient parkland.
Art and Craft Exhibition, Napton Village Hall, March 31-April 1
Napton Art Group is holding its annual event over the weekend from 10am-5pm. There will be a wide variety of pieces to see painted by members of the group. Entry is £1 per person and children are free.
Dad’s Army Hour, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, March 31
Two actors play 25 characters in this staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. It will celebrate 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike”. There will be performances at 2.30pm and 7.45pm.
Kelmarsh Country Show, Kelmarsh Hall, April 1-2
This festival will be celebrating the very best of rural life with a wide range of displays and attractions designed for the entire family. It will have everything from falconry to fly-fishing.
Antique and Vintage Fair, Lamport Hall, April 1-2
There will be plenty of items available to buy and the event showcases a range of furniture, books, military memrobilia and jewellery.
Remembering Fred, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 2
Strictly stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara pay tribute to Fred Astaire in this spectacular new theatre show. The show will take the audience on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment supported by special appearances from various celebrity guests.
Plant It, Grow It, Eat It, Canons Ashby House, April 3-8
Get green fingered and plant something to grow and nurture at home. Take it home, watch it grow and taste it when it’s ready.
The Selfish Giant, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 4-7
The Selfish Giant is the heart-warming story of a Giant who adores his garden. Unfortunately, he won’t let any children play in it. But as winter comes and threatens not to leave, the Giant looks out at his garden and is forced to make a big decision. It is one of the lesser known pieces by Oscar Wilde and has been adapted into a musical by composer Guy Chambers.
Welsh National Opera, Milton Keynes Theatre, April 4-7
Welsh National Opera presents a feast of Italian operas from three of the greatest composers for its Spring season in Milton Keynes. The season, entitled Rabble Rousers, will feature a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino alongside revivals of Puccini’s Tosca and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Tosca is performed on April 4 and 6, Don Giovanni is performed on April 5 with La forza del destino performed on April 7.