Here is our guide to some of the events taking place this week in and around Daventry
1 THEATRE FOR CHILDREN
My Baby Bum Live, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, July 12-14
Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends.It combines puppetry, live action and digital animation.
An Officer and a Gentleman, Milton Keynes Theatre, Until July 14
The world premiere of a new musical that will sweep you off your feet! Based on true events, An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical follows the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere and is packed full of hits from the 1980s including Up Where We Belong.
Twelfth Night, Theatre by the Pond, Yelvertoft, July 13-14
Washed up on the shores of Illyria after a ship-wreck, Viola hides her true identity by disguising herself as a man. Finding a job - and love - at the court of Duke Orsino, Viola becomes muddled in mistaken identities when her disguise begins to cause more problems than it solves.
Artist in residence: botanical watercolours, Canons Ashby House, July 13-18
On your visit around the house you may meet our artist in residence in the Dryden Sitting Room. Jenny Major creates beautiful botanical watercolours, many of which are based on specimens from Canons Ashby’s garden.
Crick Music and Scarecrow Festival, July 14-15
Villagers are creating some weird and wonderful scarecrows for visitors, and music lovers are also well-catered for with a great line-up of local bands. Use a festival programme to follow the Crick scarecrow treasure trail and win prizes. Enjoy music, a BBQ, beer tents, stalls, amusements and attractions all round the village.
East Haddon Hall and Haddonstone Show Gardens, Open Gardens, July 14-15
There will be a number of different things for green-fingered enthusiasts to see at these two venues. The gardens, open under the National Gardens Scheme, will be open from 11am to 5pm both days.
Drayton Summer Fete, Drayton Green, July 15
The event will start at 2pm and see a wide range of attractions for the entire family. This will include hot drinks, cakes, craft stalls, tombola, toy stalls, live music, bbq and more.
RPO: Last Night Of The Derngate Proms, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, July 15
A guaranteed evening of fun for all in this orchestral extravaganza featuring the best of British music and much more, conducted and presented by Nick Davies. Bring your union jack flags and singing voices ready for some rousing and exhilarating works.
Flashdance, Milton Keynes Theatre, October 16-21
It tells the inspiring story of Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. Strictly Come Dancing professional Jo Clifton stars as Alex Owens while former A1 star Ben Adams also appears in the show.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, July 18
Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours as well as his army life and early expeditions. The talk will also go right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge.
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