LOCAL CULTURE SCENE

(Updated 7th January 2022) 

Find out what’s on locally, join a group, connect with artists and make new friends!

Send us a link to your creative group or cultural event and visit our Get Inspired page for more ideas.

Choirs

  1. In Wellingborough? Join the Wellingborough Orpheus Choir, the Wellingborough Singers or the Wellingborough Community Gospel Choir. 
  2. In Corby? Join the Corby Male Voice ChoirBig About Singing Corby Community Choir, Deep Roots Tall Trees ChoirCorby Chordless Choir or the COPD singers.

Visual Arts and Crafts

  1. There are various arts and crafts sessions run by the seven U3A groups in North Northants.
  2. Join a Knit and Natter group at Wellingborough Library.
  3. Become a member of the Corby Community Shed when it opens in January 2022 to share and learn craft skills.
  4. Join art classes at the Rooftop Arts Centre in Corby.
  5. Join Stevie Way Art Group for weekly crafts sessions on a Monday.
  6. Follow our Associate Artists The Eloquent Fold, aka Phiona Richards and Carole Miles to find out how to get involved in their creative projects.
  7. Join Corby Photographic Club.
  8. Join the Northamptonshire Urban Sketchers if you like drawing outside.
  9. Join Cinnamon Arts Group, which supports and empowers Black Creatives in Wellingborough.
  10. Lets Connect – Saheli Sakhi Milan is a digital social group for Asian Women offering creative and wellbeing activities.
  11. Find out about exhibitions and galleries in Northamptonshire and see the work of countywide artists online at Art Northants

Heritage

  1. Walk or cycle an accessible natural trail across green spaces with the Corby Heritage Trail.
  2. Join the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum.
  3.  Join your Local History Society at Northamptonshire Heritage Forum.
  4. Follow Wicksteed Park Heritage on facebook for creative opportunities.
  5. Learn about the history of Higham Ferrers with a new audio walking tour.
  6. Have you discovered the Rushden Heritage Trail?
  7. Are you interested in Corby history? Lodge Park Academy Local History Group publish a fascinating monthly newsletter.
  8. Join Wellingborough Civic Society or Kettering Civic Society.

Theatre groups

  1. GLJ Theatre, Wellingborough Cooperative Amateur Dramatic Society and Wellingborough Musical Theatre Society in Wellingborough.
  2. Corby Amateur Theatrical Society and Eclipse Performing Arts in Corby.
  3. Theats and Kettering Operatic Society in Kettering.
  4. Thrapston Plaza Opera in East Northants.
  5. To find more amateur theatre groups, see Sardines or NODA.

Writing, Storytelling and Spoken Word

  1. Check out the Corby Collective‘s Spoken Word and music nights.
  2. Join the online NN8 Writers Group led by writer Lucy Anderson.
  3. Join Feast of Fools for traditional and contemporary storytelling.
  4. Join the Weaving Words facebook group  for sessions hosted by Performance Poet Kezzabelle Ambler.
  5. Check out The Bardic Basement‘s podcast and join their facebook group to stay in the loop. 
  6. Follow Creative  KHL to find out about future Cross-Pollination Poetry Nights.

Music

  1. Join the Corby Musicians facebook group to find new band members or local gigs.
  2. The Knights Lodge in Corby is hosting a regular Acoustic Night for players and singers.
  3. The Wildfire Sessions have regular music events.
  4. Chill out to local musician Kenneth J Nash‘s Mood Food podcast.
  5. Rutland Sinfonia have released their  2021/22 concert dates.

Local events

  1. ArtReach’s Liberty UK Festival is coming to Corby on 19th February 2022 – invite your friends on Facebook.
  2. Raunds Festival will bring live roots music to East Northamptonshire from 28th April – 1st May 2022.
  3. Northampton Film Festival takes place from 16th – 22nd May 2022, featuring film screenings & lots more!
  4. Corby Pole Fair is takes place on Friday 3rd June 2022 – invite your friends on Facebook.
  5. North Northamptonshire Music Festival takes place on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June 2022.
  6. Tannerfest takes place on 8th/9th July 2022 near Loddington.
  7. Creative Oundle International Festival will take place from 7th – 17th July 2022.
  8. Rushden’s Party in the Park is on Saturday 9th July 2022.
  9. Woodfest takes place in Irchester Country Park each August.
  10. We expect Kaya Festival‘s to make an 11th year of their festival in late August 2022.
  11. The incredible Shambala Festival at Kelmarsh Hall has been postponed again to August 2022.
  12. Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House will take place from 26th to the 29th August 2022.
  13. Visit Northants Open Studios during August and September each year.
  14. Illusive Festival takes place in early September at Deene Park near Corby.
  15. The Nene Valley Festival is a celebration of wildlife, culture and heritage each September.

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