Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Daventry this week
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Danetree Verse poetry night, Early Doors, Daventry, July 26
Local poet, Maggie Evans, is starting a poetry open mic night in Daventry for all
those who love poetry and the art of spoken word; whether it be writing it,
performing it or listening to it. It will take place on a regular basis on the last Thursday of every month.
Evening Garden Tour, Canons Ashby House, July 26
Join Canons Ashby’s head gardener for a fascinating tour of the historic garden, full of inside information about the plants and garden history of this special place. Tickets cost £14.
Shrek the Musical, Milton Keynes Theatre, Until August 5
Join Shrek (Steffan Harri) and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Laura Main) from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. This musical turns the world of fairytales on its head as an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy designed for the family.
Hidden Figures, Braunston Village Hall, July 28
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. The film is being screened by Braunston Cinema Club.
Open Gardens, Cold Ashby, July 28-29
13 gardens open along with a selection of stalls including arts and crafts, crochet, photography, artisan bread and pork pies, cream teas, Pimms, and more. There will be a barbecue at The Black Hourse from 5.30pm on Saturday.
The ELO Experience, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, July 28
The ELO Experience are the world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, come and see the band reproducing the hit songs and sounds and take you on a magical musical journey through time.
Fireworks Championships, Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, July 28
There will be four great firework displays at this annual event which has been running for 11 years.
Three of the UK’s best firework companies compete against each other with a 10-minute firework display choreographed to music followed by a finale display from organisers MLE Pyrotechnics. Gates open at 5pm.
Paloma Faith, Towcester Racecourse, July 28
The singer and songwriter comes to the area as part of her The Architec tour. It is also the name of her new album which has spent eight weeks in the Top 10, propelled by the poptastic single Crybaby as well as the songs Guilty and Till I’m Done. The new album is currently on course to become her fourth double platinum album in a row – which would make her the first British woman in chart history to achieve this incredible feat.
Mini Adventures, Daventry Country Park, July 24
The Mini Adventures sessions feature a range of children’s activities at Daventry Country Park including Xplorers Orienteering and themed trails throughout the summer holidays.
It runs from 10.30am and the cost is £2 per child.
Call 01327 871100 for more
Wicked Wednesday, Daventry Leisure Centre, July 25
Wicked Wednesdays offers fun weekly sessions at Daventry Leisure Centre for children aged 5 to 12.
This week will be a roller disco and runs at 1pm and 2.30pm. The cost is £2 per child. Places must be booked in advance.