Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Daventry this week
Spring Tray Gardens, Canons Ashby House, April 12-13
Let the little ones discover their creative side with their own miniature tray garden. Canons Ashby House supplies the materials; all the children need is their imagination.
James and the Giant Peach, Rugby Theatre, April 12-14
Roald Dahl’s heart warming tale of courage and adventure is brought to life by an ensemble cast of adults and children as James and the oversized insects travel the Atlantic Ocean in a giant peach.
Awful Auntie, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 12-14
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie. This is an adaptation of a book of the same name by actor and comedian David Walliams.
Hairspray, Milton Keynes Theatre, April 12-14
It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams. Tracy’s TV audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
Matt Forde, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, April 12
The political comedian and host of Unspun presents a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened. He has previously appeared on the panel show Mock the Week.
The Friends of Daventry Museum, Abbey Centre, Daventry, April 13
This meeting starts at 2.30pm for a talk entitled Deserted Villages by Mike Tebbitt. Members free. Visitors welcome - admission £3.
Shappi Khorsandi, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 15
She presents England’s unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just Admiral Nelson’s mistress, a bit of a harlot. Women’s lib wasn’t a thing in Georgian times, Emma moved mountains to haul herself from scullery maid to Lady Hamilton.
Menopause the Musical, Milton Keynes Theatre, April 15
An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing ‘the change’. They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer the silent passage, but an unavoidable stage in every woman’s life. Cheryl Fergison and Maureen Nolan star.
Traditional Upholstery, Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone, April 17
If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then people can go along Bay Tree Cottage and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory. Janet Taylor will be leading the workshop who has been restoring furniture since 1975.
The Little Mermaid, Milton Keynes Theatre, April 17-21
When a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human This. new ballet reimagines the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale choreographed by David Nixon.