There are a number of events taking place in and around Daventry over the next month. Here is our guide to some of them.
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, August 9-11
The return of the annual music festival will see several live acts from the world of folk music and beyond. Among the headliners are Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys fame as well as The Levellers, Kate Rusby and of course Fairport Convention performing alongside some special surprise guests.
Althorp House, Until September 23 on various days
Visitors are invited to explore this wonderful house, discovering beautiful interiors and one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics. This beautifully thought out, brand new, exhibition charts the story of the Spencer family from Medieval sheep-farmers, through the dynasty of politicians and strong female figures, to the present today. Visit the website to check opening days.
Mini Adventures, Daventry Country Park, August 14, 21
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, August 15, 22, 29
Wicked Wednesdays offers fun weekly sessions at Daventry Leisure Centre for children aged five to 12. Further activities include a circus workshop and pool inflatables. The cost is £2 per child. Places must be booked in advance.
Doctor Dolittle, Canons Ashby House, August 17
When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot
Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon
animals across the world send messages asking for his help.
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Daventry Flower and Vegetable Show, Daventry Community Centre, July 18
Hosted by Daventry Allotment and Gardening Association (DAGA) in partnership with
Daventry Town Council, the Flower and Vegetable Show will be packed with a plethora of homegrown flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as homemade cakes, jams and chutneys.
Long Buckby Feast, August 19-27
Five days of packed entertainment will come as the annual festival returns. Scarecrow trail and open gardens kick off the festival on Sunday. It is followed by a 1960s film night on Monday looking at how the village used to be. There is a quiz night, a produce and craft show and a Feast Day including the judging the locally famous ‘fears Pudn.
The Pig and Applestock, Naseby, August 24-26
Lots of live music will be coming to the field near to Naseby over the Bank Holiday weekend. There will also be a variety of attractions for the family.
Pinfest - Daventry Mercure Hotel, August 25-26
The UK’s only dedicated pinball event with approximately 100 machines all set to free play. Play machines from the 60’s to the very latest releases. VIP tickets will also be available for people to enter the event on the Friday evening.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Holdeny House, August 31
Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense. The show is presented in the open air.