Events South Northants May June 2016

(T) = Tickets or admission charge

Sat 30 April & Sun 1 May  Blisworth Art Show – visual arts

Artists from 11 local art groups and individuals show and sell a wide variety of work at this popular annual event. Blisworth Village Hall, Stoke Rd NN7 3BZ.

11am – 5pm. Refreshments; free admission & parking. Pictured: painting by Maggie Burgess-Wood.

Sun 1  May Day – music, dance & more

Brackley Morris Men dance the sun-up outside Brackley Town Hall at 5.30am and reappear for the Artisan Market at noon.

Mon 2  May Day event – music, dance & more

Morris and maypole dancers, musicians, May Day queen floral procession, activities & tours at Sulgrave Manor, 10am – 4pm. (T)

Brackley & District band will be performing at the annual Weedon Lois & Weston Fete. 12.00

Sat 2  Continuum at Forge 2 – visual arts

Art and crafts by UK makers, with Meet the Maker events during the summer. See May 14 & June 4. Forge 2 Gallery & Shop, Culworth. Weds – Sat 10am – 5pm.

Thursday 5 to Thursday 26  Annual Selected Open Exhibition – visual arts

Artists from south Northamptonshire and north Oxfordshire show paintings, drawings, original prints, textile and mixed media work, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and more at The Michael Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney OX17 2QR. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Sundays noon to 4pm.    

Thu 5  Shaun The Sheep (U) – film

Centre Screen at Middleton Cheney Library, 7.30pm. (T) Library, email

Fri 6 & Sat 7  Colour, Composition, Abstraction – visual arts workshop

Two-day workshop led by artist Caroline Chappell. Chacombe Village Hall. (T) includes materials. Bookings & info:  and

Sat 7  Hikelele  – music & walking

Music workshop for ukulele players and friends who enjoy singing; hike including coaching sessions and playing outdoors; evening concert with Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys. Kislingbury Village Hall NN7 4JE

Sat 7  Handel & Vivaldi Concert – music

Fiori Musicali with dazzling soprano Judit Felszeghy unveil the enchanted musical world of Handel’s time. All Saints Church, Flore, 7.30pm. (T)

Mon 9    Boyhood (15) – film

Centre Screen at Evenley Village Hall, 8pm. (T) 01280 705056

Weds 11 The Lady in the Van (12A) – film

Centre Screen at Kings Sutton Memorial Hall, 8pm. (T) 07500 928111

Sat 14  Meet The Maker – visual arts

Hollie Overton is a designer maker who uses wire and reclaimed wood to create quirky sculptures of British birds. See next event June 4. Forge 2 Gallery & Shop, Culworth. Weds – Sat 10am – 5pm.

Sat 14 & 21 Roald Dahl Club – literature

Brackley Library, 2 – 3pm.

Weds 18  Suffragette (12A) – film

Centre Screen at Hackleton Village Hall, 8pm (T)

Thurs 19  Bridge of Spies – film

Centre Screen at Nether Heyford Village Hall. 7.45pm Info including certificate rating:

Thurs 19  Passport to Pimlico (cert 12A) – film

Brackley Film Club at Brackley Library, 7.30pm. (T)

Fri 20  Bookfolding class – visual arts

Brackley Library crafts, 10.30am – noon (T).

Fri 20  Jazz in the Church – music

Richard Exall/Amy Roberts Quintet bring jazz to Gayton church. Fund-raising event promoted by Gayton Church Heritage Trust. (T) 01604 859684 / 858886 / 859364 Info:

Sat 21  May in a Morning – music workshop

English Folk Costume & Song  morning workshop – make your own costume, take part in a May Day dance and learn the Pury End Song. Towcester NMPAT centre, Nicholas Hawksmoor primary school. Non-members of the centre invited to book a place by emailing . Info:

Sat 21 & Sun 22  Middleton Cheney Art Group Exhibition – visual arts

Annual exhibition, with some artists painting or drawing, with art work and cards for sale. Chacombe Village Hall, Thorpe Road, 10am – 5pm.

Thurs 26  Brooklyn (12A) – film

Centre Screen at Blisworth Village Hall, 7.30pm. (T) 01604 858590


Centre Screen films: 16, 17, 22 & 30 June. Details to follow. See

Thurs 2 – Sat 4  Suddenly at Home – theatre

Brackley Players present a thriller by Francis Durbridge. Southfield School, Banbury Rd, Brackley NN13 6AU. 7.30pm Thursday & Friday, 2.30pm Saturday. (T) Davies & Partners, Market Square.

Fri 17 – Sun 19  Midsummer Music – music

Towcester’s annual music jamboree starts in the pubs on Friday night, fills around 12 venues on Saturday and concludes with Rockschools’ showcase in the Town Hall and Songs of Praise in St Lawrence Church. A wide variety of music is on offered, including jazz favourite Lincoln Noel (pictures) with some participatory events including a folk music workshop in The Forum and a ceilidh in the Town Hall on the Saturaday. See Towcester Midsummer Music Facebook page. (T)

Sun 19  Pure, The Business of Chocolate – theatre

Canal-touring Mikron Theatre Company bring two new shows to Northants. Outdoor performances with a collection rather than tickets. The Old Rectory, Blisworth, 7pm. See also Tue 21. Info:

Tue 21  Canary Girls, Heroes on the Home Front – theatre

Canal-touring Mikron Theatre Company bring two new shows to Northants.

Outdoor performances with a collection rather than tickets. The Canal

Museum, Stoke Bruerne, 7.30pm. Info: See also Sun 19.

Sat 25 Mixbury Music Event – music

Live music in Evenley Woods from 6pm. See Evenley village website for more info. (T)

Sat 25  Massed Bands Concert – music

Towcester Studio Band joins forces with Brackley Band in support of Armed Forces Day, with a concert in the wonderful Ugland Auditorium at Stowe School. (T) Register in advance for a ticket by email to  stating your name and contact details.

Sun 26  Brackley Folk in the Park – music

An afternoon and evening of folk musicians, with Folk Lore headlining and many local performers. Supported with Community Grant Funding from SNC and Brackley Town Council. Information on Brackley Folk Club website.

Centre Screen film showings

Films can be seen most months at Blakesley, Blisworth, Brackley, Culworth, Evenley, Hackleton, Kings Sutton, Marston St. Lawrence, Middleton Cheney, Nether Heyford, Paulerspury and Whittlebury. For more information about screenings in community venues contact

More films:

Croughton Cinema Club, Croughton Village Hall, 7.30pm. (T). info:  01869 810891 and online

Yardley Hastings Secret Cinema: see Love Yardley Hastings on Facebook

Visit the website for future performances and around the county:

If you are interested in arranging a live performance by professional performers in your community, have a look at the shows on offer and information on the website and get in touch with the scheme organiser on 0870 850 5601 or Sue Carverhill at the Council (see below).

South Northamptonshire Council

Disclaimer: every effort is made to ensure that the information given in this newsletter is correct at the time of going to press. No liability is accepted for subsequent changes to arrangements or misinformation. It is suggested that you call the listed contact or look on websites to check details before attending an event.

See the Events Calendar on our website for further event information and additions: and visit the Leisure pages for local arts information and details of holiday activities for children. 

Interested in art and crafts? Visit South Northamptonshire Arts website:

Useful county/regional/national culture websites:                    Northampton Theatres & Filmhouse                                              East Midlands Visual Arts Network)               Guild of Designer Craftsmen                          Northamptonshire Decorative & Fine Arts Society                                           Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust & Hub links                             Northants Jazz                                Baroque & classical music concerts and choir  Libraries                          Literature events throughout the year, Oundle.                   Milton Keynes area                                     Oxfordshire Arts                                Arts at Stowe School, Bucks                                Arts Council England BBC Arts ‘Get Creative’ bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of culture in our society.

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