Arts and culture

Arts News, July 2022

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South Northamptonshire area, West Northamptonshire Council

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Thurs 30 June to 11 July: Giffords Circus show CARPA!

The famous theatrical circus company installs its tent of wonders at Evenley Garden to entertain and amaze with their new show for 2022, which evokes the sights and sounds of rural Mexico. Evenley Wood Garden, Evenley NN13 5SH. Show information & tickets.

Sat 2 – Fri 8  Gardens and Beyond, The Artist’s Viewpoint – visual arts & gardens

Gloriously colourful exhibition illustrating the many ways in which nature and botanical matter can be seen and expressed in art, by 21 artists working in different media. Some can be seen painting and drawing in the village’s Open Gardens on Sunday 3rd. Yardley Arts, Yardley Hastings NN7 1EU. 10am – 4pm.

Sat 2  Wind in the Willows – outdoor theatre

White Cobra theatre company’s new version of the classic tales of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole comes with a specially composed musical score by Kendal Kirkland, arranged by Rod Iliffe. Joy Mead garden, Farthingstone NN12 8EZ.  Part of the 100 year anniversary celebrations of the garden. 6pm. See also 14 & 16 July. Tickets and info.

Sat 2  Sing We at Pleasure – live music

The Sheppard Singers present a concert of a capella music spanning the ages, from early polyphony, madrigals and baroque through to the romantic period and on to close harmony swing and jazz arrangements of popular songs. The programme marks the Queen's jubilee and anniversaries of Tomkins, Vaughan Williams and Elgar. St. Mary’s Church, High St, Great Houghton NN4 7AF. 7:30pm. Retiring collection. Information: 01604 764608.

Sun 3  Wind in the Willows – outdoor theatre

Stable Lane Courtyard, Northampton, 6pm

Tues 5  Summer Concert

Roade Community Orchestra, Musical Director Ian Riley, in concert at Roade Primary School hall, Hartwell Road, Roade NN7 2NT, 7pm (refreshments 6.30pm.). Tickets on the door.

Thurs 7, Fri 8 & Sun 10  A Midsummer Night's Dream – outdoor theatre

Brackley Youth Theatre present Shakespeare’s magical play in a beautiful garden setting. Magic, mischief, and fun with a talented young cast. Evenley Wood Garden, Evenley NN13 5SH. Thurs & Fri 7pm, Sun 2pm and 6pm. This production will last about 1 hour 20 minutes. Bring a picnic, a rug and a folding chair. Pre-order tickets. Family tickets available.

Fri 8 – Sun 10  Wind in the Willows – outdoor theatre

See above. The Walled Garden, Delapre Abbey, London Road, Northampton NN4 8AW, 6pm.

Sat 9  Renew 169 Summer Fun Day

Family fun joint fundraising event for Towcester’s wellbeing café with Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship. Tove Valley Centre, Northampton Rd, Towcester. 10am – 2pm. or phone 07761 041203 (Monday to Wednesday).

Sat 9 & Sun 10  Paintings by Pat Kinnear – visual arts

Art for sale in aid of Doctors Without Borders and the Wildlife Trust. Maidford Village Hall NN12 8HX. 10.30 am to 5pm.

Sat 9  An evening of music by Gilbert & Sullivan – live music

Brackley Jubilee Choir’s summer concert with musical director Nick Perry. St. Peter’s Church, Brackley, 7:30pm.

Sat 9  Pattishall Picnic in the Park – live music & more

The great community music party returns with a terrific line-up of bands, entertainment and refreshment for all the family. Pattishall field, next to the Village Hall. Tickets online. Part-funded with a Community Grant by West Northamptonshire Council.

Sun 10  Queen’s Baton Relay visits Northampton

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. Activities and events are planned for the Relay, with opportunities to share stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community. Starting at 8am in Marefair outside Sol Central, the Relay will travel up Gold Street and George Row, into Giles Square for a photo shoot outside the Guildhall. The Relay will then travel down Guildhall Road, St Johns Street, Swan Street, across Victoria Promenade to Beckets Park, across the pedestrian bridge into the University of Northampton campus. Activities will continue through the morning.

Sun 10  B.D. Lenz Band – live music

Great American jazz/blues guitarist and his band with very special guest Alex Clarke (sax/clarinet). The Walnut Tree Inn, Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS. 12.30-3pm. Tickets £15 in advance: for reservations and enquiries call Tad Newton on 01604 858549 or email

Sun 10  NMPAT Summer Festival of Musiclive music

Two concerts by the new generation of young musicians:

12 – 2;15pm County Junior Orchestra, Junior Wind Orchestra, Junior Brass Band, Junior String Orchestra and Jazz 3.

6 – 8.15pm County Training Orchestra, Training Wind Orchestra, Training String Orchestra, Guitarlactica, NMPAT Singers and Jazz 2. Royal & Derngate, 01604 624811.

Sun 10  War of the Worlds – outdoor theatre

The Pantaloons’ version of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic – “A jovial, convivial comedy, which still shows respect for the story” ★★★★ FRINGE GURU. Sulgrave Manor, 7pm.

Thurs 14  Popular Music and Music Hall Songs from 100 years ago

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews present songs and music to celebrate the time the Joy Mead garden, Farthingstone was created. Performed in costume. Joy Mead garden, Farthingstone NN12 8EZ.  7.30pm. Tickets & info.

Sat 16  Much Ado About Nothing – outdoor theatre

The Pantaloons’ take on Shakespeare’s timeless summer comedy of masks, music and mistaken identities. Canons Ashby NN11 3SD. 6pm Info:

Sat 16  Chain of Fools – live music
Ten-piece band from Warwickshire play Motown Soul and R&B straight out of the Commitments film. Joy Mead garden, Farthingstone NN12 8EZ.  7:30pm. Tickets & info.

Sun 17  Greg Abate with Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends – live music

USA sax/flute legend, voted second in world’s best alto sax section in the 2022 Downbeat poll, guests with Tad’s regular band. The Walnut Tree Inn, Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS. 12.30-3pm. Tickets £15 in advance: for reservations and enquiries call Tad Newton on 01604 858549 or email

Tues 26  The World’s Fastest Indian – film (cert 12A)

Anthony Hopkins stars, showing “it’s never too late for the ride of your life.” Cogenhoe Village Hall, 4pm. Tickets on the door. Presented by Cogenhoe & Whiston Parish Council, screened by LunaFlix’s Village Cinema.*

Sun 31  A Feast of Concertos – live music

Fiori Musicali Chamber Orchestra features baroque violinist Kerstin Linder-Dewan in Bach’s glorious Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 and Concerto for 3 Violins, plus Tartini & Telemann. St Mary Magdalene Church, Castle Ashby NN7 1LQ. 7:30pm.

Information is current at the time of issue. Please check all organisations’ information before attending events.


*Simon Hopkins of LunaFlix is planning to provide community venue film shows for more venues from this Autumn. Contact Sue Carverhill if you are interested