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Events in the area

There's plenty going on, click on the image to find out more about any one event!

If you would like me to include your event here - or update a listing - please let me know! (07966138858  or email me on mkmaitland@hotmail.com)

 

Alice in Wonderland Adventures

 
Showing at the Stamford Corn Exchange 12 December.
For more information on up coming shows, visit the website
The Alice in Wonderland Adventures

 

Burghley House Christmas Festival

- 2-5 December

The ever popular Crafts for Christmas will be in the park for four days with an array of gifts for all the family, whilst in the Stable Courtyard over 20 local producers will be selling locally reared meat, vegetables, cheese and bread. Plus cookery demonstrations, carol singing and Christmas readings, there is something for everyone over the 4 day Christmas Festival.

'Crafts for Christmas' will take place between Thursday 2nd December to Sunday 5th December from 9am until 5pm. To purchase tickets and for more information please call 01428 682292

 

f you are interested in things taking place in the local community, please click here.  
 

Snowdrop Week at Easton Walled Gardens

Easton on the Hill Tel: 01476 530063 www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk

A 400 year old garden that had lain hidden since World War II. Apparently it was so admired by President Roosevelt that he modelled his own garden on it. At this time of year snowdrops and winter aconites blanket the woodland floor whilst drifts cover the extensive sloping banks

Click here to find out more.

Snowdrops at Easton

Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre

Click here for details of forthcoming productions

Corn exchange theatre Stamford

Courses at Barnsdale Gardens

This year includes the basics of Vegetable growing, gardening without chemicals, a watercolour painting day with Sandra Peck, and introduction to organic vegetable growing and many more.

For further details of price and duration for each course, contact 01572 813200

 Music at Oundle

 

SacreWell Farm Centre

Spring Lambs from 10 March - come and see the new lambs, perhaps feed them, indulge in an Easter egg hunt!

call 01780 782254

 

Mother's Day!!

Doddington Hall ~ Sponsored Dog Walk in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and supporting the Labrador Lifeline Trust. You don't need a dog! 10 am, come and see Doddington Hall's Beautiful gardens full o f daffodils and explore the parkland. Certificates for all dogs who complete the walk. For more information call 01476 576000 www.doddingtonhall.com

 

Oundle Festival of Literature

Box Office: 01832 274333 

Click here to find out more

 
 

Grimsthorpe Rare & Unusual Plant Fair

Grimsthorpe Castle Tel: 01778 591205 www.grimsthorpe.co.uk

The sixth year of this popular fair. Nurserymen and growers will be selling a wide range of plants and shrubs.

One Two Zebra Zoo

A wonderful piece of comic singalong musical storytwlling with puppets featuring tales from all over the world. Tickets £4.50 or £12 for a family of 4 on 01780 763203

 

Flower Parade & Festival Weekend, Spalding

The Parade: 2pm Sat Tel: 01775 724843 www.flowerparade.org

The Parade includes many specially designed traditional flower floats decorated with over 500,000 locally grown tulip heads.

 

Call to Arms History Fair

Rockingham Castle, Nr Corby Tel: 01536 770240 www.rockinghamcastle.com

From the Viking plunderers to the heroes of Waterloo. Battles, skirmishes, artillery displays, military parade, living history encampments, falconer, pipe band and arena events - see a 1,000 years of history over the Bank Holiday.

 

Uffington Scarecrow Fair

Tel: 01780 765908

For the 7th summer in a row Uffington will be turned into a scarecrow gallery to raise money for Uffington village charities. Last year there were almost 100 scarecrows scattered around the village, and well over 1,000 people took the trail through the village solving the clues as they went. Also stalls, refreshments and traction engine rides.

Sunday 4th-5th May - visit the website to find out more:

www.uffington.org

 

Rockingham Castle, close to self catering accommodation Stamford

Rockingham Castle

 
 
 
   
   
   

Stamford Antique Fair 12-14 June

 

Stamford Meadows


Rockingham Castle Game Fair - In the Park

The Rockingham Castle Game Fair will be a fantastic day out for all the family.  With international main ring attractions, gun dog events, ferrets, clay shoot, terriers, lurchers, fly tying, shopping, crafts and cookery demonstrations,
   
 

40 Years On: exhibition

Stamford Museum Tel: 01780 766317 www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/stamfordmuseum

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Stamford being declared the first Conservation Area in the country and 40 years since the death of Sir Malcolm Sargent, one of Stamford's most famous sons.

 
Tue 8 May to Sat 2 June

Stamford Tibetan Festival

Stamford Arts Centre Tel: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

A month long celebration of events, workshops, films and music from Tibet

 

 

Race for Life

Burghley House, Stamford TIC: 01780 755611

Register your interest at www.raceforlife.org , enter from 15 Jan. Walk, jog or run 5k for Cancer Research UK in the beautiful grounds of Burghley House.

 

British Motorcycling Federation Show

The East of England Showground, Peterborough New Ticket Hotline: 0845 090 0157 www.bmf.co.uk

The biggest show of its type in Europe which regularly attracts over 85,000 visitors. Get the most up-to-date biking gear at fantastic prices whilst being entertained by live bands, quad bikes, fair rides and stunt displays

Stamford Shakespeare Festival

Box office: 01780 756133 www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

The Stamford Shakespeare Company produces an annual summer season of plays in the beautiful grounds of Tolethorpe Hall. This year it's The Tempest, Oliver Twist and A Midsummer night''s Dream.

 

The Stamford RiverCare Group

Stamford Meadows email info@stamfordrivercare.org for more info

There will be plenty of activities for people to come and get involved with, nature walks, face painting, bird box making, willow weaving, pond dipping and lots more.The aim is to raise awareness of the River Welland and its flood plains as an important natural asset for Stamford.  

 
































Tolethorpe - Stamford Local Directory 
   
   

Stamford Guitar Festival Stamford

Arts Centre Tel: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

Expect gigs and workshops at this hugely successful festival, now in its 10th year. Performers include Stefan Grossman, Fruteland Jackson and the Angelo Debarre Quartet.

 
 

Jousting and Medieval Village  

Rockingham Castle, Nr Corby Tel: 01536 770240 www.rockinghamcastle.com

The Nottingham Jousting Association performs a thrilling display of horsemanship and skill at arms from days gone by.There will also be a medieval village to explore in the park.

 

The East of England Country Show

The East of England Showground, Peterborough Tel: 01733 234451 www.eastofengland.org.uk

Tens of thousands pour through the gates each year to celebrate all aspects of the countryside and country living. There is an endless list of things to do and see from farm livestock to classic cars, a home and gardens show, the popular 'Food Direct From the Farm' initiative and celebrity guests.

 
   
 

Cambridge Midsummer Fair

TIC: 01223 457555 www.cambridge-summer.co.uk

This fair has taken place on Midsummer Common since the year 1211, when it was granted by charter of King John and is now the largest fair in East Anglia.The site is a beautiful tree-lined open space bordered by the River Cam, which is a few minutes walk from the city centre. Expect food and market stalls, children's rides and live music.

 

Oakham Festival

Contact: 01572 756699 www.oakhamfestival.freeserve.co.uk

Once a year for ten days every public venue in Oakham (including the road) is alive with the bustle of this celebration of Rutland art. Professional performers and local amateurs will be showcasing their talents.

This year's events include two comedy nights at the Victoria Hall, a photographic project with the schools, a great day of street theatre in Mill St and Opera in Uppingham.

 

Stamford Arts Festival

Stamford Tel: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartsfestival.co.uk

 The week kicks off on the Saturday with the Festival Parade. Lots of events are planned during the week, including music, films and children's activities.

 7 July. Check out the Riverside Festival - at one time it was feared this would not go ahead, but now it will!! www.riversidefestival.co.uk

 
 
 

Peterborough Festival

TIC: 01733 452336 www.peterboroughfestival.co.uk

Last year 81 different community groups took part in the Festival which led to a fantastic fun-filled nine days of live outdoor performance, world music, a film festival, outdoor Shakespeare, the lunchtime recital series, the Mayor's Carnival Parade and a huge community celebration.

 

Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair

Castle Bytham www.thebythams.org.uk or www.midsummerfair.org.uk

A fun day in a beautiful village. Events include: Dog Show, Barrel Organ, Beer Festivals, Duck Race, Fun Fair, Model Boats,Village Stocks, Crafts and Hobbies, Marching Bands, Romany Caravan, Food Stalls and Barbeque, Five-a-Side Football, Classic Cars, Spitfire Fly-Past.

 

The Tallis Scholars Summer School

Tel: 01223 440276 www.tsss.uk.com

TSSS's song master classes attract singers from all over the world and have sparked a wave of passion for Renaissance choral music.This week they will be holding classes in Oakham for over 16s. Hear public performances, Evensongs and choral Complines from the pros and their pupils.

 

Burghley House Open Air Opera

The Rakes Progress, performed by Opera East www.burghley.co.uk Tickets from 01780 752451

Opera East is one of the UK's best known and most innovative opera companies, performing in the perfect setting of Burghley House.

 

Battle Proms Fireworks Concert

Burghley Park Ticket Hotline: 01432 355416 www.battleproms.com

 

Burghley Park will be hosting the spectacular Battle Proms firework Concert featuring classical favourites, such as Rule Britannia and Jerusalem, and complete with Napoleonic infantry, cavalry and two-hundred cannons!

 

John Clare Festival

Helpston. Mr Moyse, Hon. Sec of the John Clare Society Tel: 01733 252678 www.johnclare.org.uk

John Clare was very involved in Stamford life, having been a gardener at Burghley House and a regular drinker at the Hole in the Wall. This festival includes a series of lectures, exhibitions, tours, poetry readings and musical performances to mark the poet's birthday. To celebrate Clare's love of local wild flowers 100 trays of turf studded with flowers (midsummer cushions) are laid on his grave.

 

Oundle International Festival

Tel: 01832 272026 www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Ten days of classical music, jazz, open-air theatre, celebrity organ recitals, films, exhibitions, children's events and much more. The outdoor concert on Sat 14 will be a leading Queen Tribute band.

Main events

 

Thai Festival

 
The 2nd Stamford Thai Festival - this will take place on Stamford Meadows - more information on www.thaiforum.co.uk on 15 July
 

Stamford Civic Society 40th Anniversary

Web site www.stamfordconservation.co.uk Festival Tickets from the S

 

Stamford Arts Centre Box Office on 01780 763203

Stamford Civic Society is organising a festival to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Stamford becoming England's first Conservation Town, in 1967.The programme includes concerts, talks and exhibitions, and a stone festival (21-22 July). Master stonemasons are coming from all over Europe and carving a stone seat that will be put together at the end. There is also a series of lectures during the course of the year, check the Arts Centre programme.

 

East of England July Show

The East of England Showground, Peterborough Tel: 01733 234451 www.eastofengland.org.uk

Featuring 9,000 top-winning dogs from around the world put through their paces by Europe's top judges; Peterborough Festival of hunting - the best foxhounds in the country shown by the huntsmen who care for them; and show jumping and dressage competitions.

 

Round the World Activity Workshops 6- 10 August

Uppingham School ~ aimed at 8-12 year olds

A full week of morning workshops aimed at enabling participants to learn all sorts of activities, circus skills, mask making, strees dancing, skills which are involved in carnivals round the world

Total Music Powerhouse

aimed at 12-18 year olds interested in the music industry

Aimed not only at instrumentalists but also singers, producers, djs, anyone with an interest in modern music. Much work in Uppingham Schools fantastic new music technology suite

Dogability ~

dog training for young handlers - also at Uppingham School

Details of all courses at Uppingham School are available from Uppingham Summer School, 01572 820 800 (please mention our website!) or on summerschool@uppingham.co.uk

 

Deepings Raft Race

www.deepingsraftrace.com

It's the 11th year of this huge charity fund-raising event. Why not get a team together and take part in the 'Survivor' Raft Race.

British Birdwatching Fair

Egleton Reserve, Nr Oakham Tel: 01572 771079 www.birdfair.org.uk

Thousands of twitchers turn up every year to visit an amazing array of stands exhibiting bird and wildlife related goods and a series of bird events. Bill Oddie, Chris Packham, Nick Baker and other big names from the birdwatching world are regular names at this event.

Peterborough Beer Festival

River Nene Embankment, Bishop's Road, Peterborough Tel: 01733 452336 www.beer-fest.org.uk

Second only to London's Great British Beer Festival, this event regularly attracts over 40,000 guzzlers and connoisseurs. On the banks of the River Nene there will be three massive marquees with over 300 ales from more than 100 British breweries and microbreweries.

 

Stamford Classic Car Show

Ron Champion Tel: 01780 450352

The fourth year of this increasingly popular Meadows event. 500 vintage, veteran and classic vehicles are expected and there will be fun for all the family with auto jumble stalls, a hog roast, bouncy castle and rides for the children

Burghley Horse Trials

Burghley Estate, Stamford Tel: 01780 752131 www.burghley-horse.co.uk

A 3* international event, Burghley attracts the world's best riders competing at one of the world's most famous three day events. For the less equine-inclined, Burghley also offers a serious shopping experience across the whole spectrum of country living from Hackett to Pinks, Garrards to Country Crafts.

 

Kites Day

Rockingham Castle, Nr Corby Tel: 01536 770240 www.rockinghamcastle.com

Fun for all the family with demonstrations, spectacular and unusual kites and kite workshops.

Cancer Research UK 10

Grimsthorpe Castle www.cancerresearchuk10.co.uk

A 10k run around the beautiful Grimsthorpe Estate to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

October

Corby Glen Sheep Fair

Tel: 01476 550142 www.sheepfair.co.uk

Celebrating its 769th year, this is the last of the great sheep fairs once held across England to celebrate the 'Feast and the Morrow of the Feast of the Assumption'. Expect a funfair, street entertainers, market stalls, clay pigeon shooting, Morris dancing, horticultural and dog shows and hot air balloons.The sheep auction takes place on the Monday.

 

Stamford Apple Day

Stamford Arts Centre Secretary, Stamford Community Orchard Group Tel: 07031 743276 www.scog-web.org.uk 100 years ago Stamford was famous for its apple growers. Six new varieties were created here, including Peasgood's Nonsuch. This event, now in its 4th year, celebrates this less well-known aspect of Stamford's history.

 

Conker Championships

Ashton Green, Nr Oundle John Hadman Tel: 01832 272735  Now in its 42nd year, the Ashton Conker Club has raised almost 1/4 million pounds for the visually handicapped. With classes for Ladies, Men and Children, the village draws competitors from all over the world.

 

East of England Autumn Show

The East of England Showground, PeterboroughTel: 01733 234451 www.eastofengland.org.uk

Hundreds of animals of all shapes and sizes take centre stage for this event which, since its advent 30 years ago, has become the largest event of its kind. See rare and endangered breeds, a wide range of animal exhibits, displays, competitions, a new Cattle Championship, the popular Wisbech Shire Horse Show and a 'Scruffts' heat on behalf of the Kennel Club.

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