Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Daventry this week.
Pumpkin Trails, Canons Ashby House, until October 25
Dress to impress and join in for a great family day out hunting for hidden and spooky pumpkins in the grounds. Try the Pumpkin Trail as a team and explore the grounds whilst seeking the pumpkins and solving the clues! Then collect your sticker. Then why not warm up with a hot chocolate or a bowl of soup? The event is free but normal admission charges apply. It runs from 10am to 3.30pm.
Touching the Void, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, until October 20
What happens when you look death squarely in the face and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life? Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA‑winning film, charts his struggle for survival in the Andes in 1985. The heart of the story is Joe’s mental battle as he teeters on the brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety. Alongside this is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue his injured climbing partner who hangs from a rope below him.
Hampstead, Nether Heyford Village Hall, October 18
An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighborhood. This popular drama film was released last year and stars Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson. They lead a cast including Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins, Simon Callow, James Norton
and Phil Davis. The screening starts at 7.45pm and has a 12A rating.
The Beautiful Game, Rugby Theatre, Saturday October 20-27
The nation was gripped by World Cup fever this summer, and with barely time to change ends, football fans have dived headlong into the thrills and spills of the Premier League. Not to be outdone, the talented players at Rugby Theatre are set to score a winner when they stage the award-winning musical The Beautiful Game. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tale tells the story of an under-21 team in Belfast at the height of the troubles. It follows the fortunes of five young players through good times and bad as their friendships are tested by tempestuous relationships and opposing beliefs, set against a backdrop of a city in turmoil. Performances take place every day except for Sunday.
Echo and the Bunnymen, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, October 20
To coincide with the release of their new album, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon, in October, Echo And The Bunnymen are heading out on tour and coming to the stage. The album sees the band return to their peerless back catalogue to reinterpret thirteen of their most beloved songs from their majestic, four-decade spanning archive with strings and things. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets for the show cost from £32.50.
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