SEASONAL & FESTIVE

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(Updated 25th January 2023)

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2023

  1. Did you making any New Year resolutions? There’s still time to take part in the January Challenge.
  2. Sunday 22nd January marks the first day of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated nearby in Leicester and all across Asia. Chinese New Year will be the start of the Year of the Rabbit, with celebrations culminating on 5th February with the Chinese Lantern Festival – learn how to make a paper lantern or find out more about the Chinese Zodiac in Art.
  3. In Japan, Hatsu is a list of ‘firsts’ that are observed during the first two weeks of each Lunar New Year, including letters and poems.
  4. Burns night is celebrated each year on 25th January with poetry readings and a special ‘address to a haggis’, which is the centrepiece of the Burns supper! See memories from local celebrations in Corby or enjoy A Pint of Poetry in Stamford.
  5. 26th January 2023 is Vasant Panchami, a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring – learn how to make a card with paper spring flowers.
  6. #NationalStorytellingWeek takes place from 28th January to 5th February 2023 – follow Wellingborough Library and Corby Library for loads of ideas for books and audiobooks you can enjoy completely free.
  7. Follow a family trail at Lyveden from 10th to 27th February to discover the tradition of Wassailing.
  8. Enjoy Northamptonshire Open Studios Spring Exhibition on 11th/12th and 18th/19th February.
  9. 14th February is Valentine’s Day – check out seasonal crafts on the Northamptonshire Libraries YouTube channel.
  10. On 17th February is Random Acts of Kindness Day – why not have a go making an Act of Kindness Envelope as part of The Wild Winter Challenge!
  11. Tuesday 21st February 2023 is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day – why not get creative with your food and make a pancake face!
  12. 3rd March 2023 is World Book Day and they have free digital events, a top 100 Stories to Share a Book Club and lots more!
  13. See what our Black Community Forum and Corby Women Together have planned for International Women’s Day  on 8th March.
  14. 17th March is St Patrick’s Day, a time to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland – see what’s on at Corby Irish Centre.
  15. Mothering Sunday takes place on 19th March 2023 – learn how to make a bouquet of paper flowers.
  16. March is Women’s History Month – find untold stories of women at English Heritage or at the National Women’s History Museum in the USA. Read about Processions, the mass participation artwork we were involved in to celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote in 2018.
  17. Passover takes place from 5th to 13rd April 2023 – find out more about this Spring festival at The Jewish Museum.
  18. Easter is on Sunday 9th April in 2023, so you might be looking for some fun activities to do over the holidays. Why not try making some edible easter chicks or check out the facebook pages of Corby Library and Wellingborough Library for seasonal ideas! Or explore Easter celebrations around the globe, from solemn holy processions to ear-splitting fireworks on Google Earth.
  19. On Friday 14th April 2023 Vaisakhi is celebrated – learn about this Sikh festival on Google Earth.
  20. Eid al-Fitr starts on Friday 21st April in 2023, and on Google Earth you can visit international mosques to discover more about this three-day Islamic festival and how it’s celebrated around the world.
  21. We expect that Raunds Festival will bring live roots music to East Northamptonshire in Spring 2023.

Summer season

  1. May 1st is International Workers Day or May Day, which is usually celebrated by the Wellingborough Diggers.
  2. Enjoy outdoor theatre at Lyveden this summer – dates tbc.
  3. Enjoy local acoustic artists through the day into the evening this summer on the first Saturday of every month from 6th May at Street Food Saturdays at East Carlton Park.
  4. 12th – 14th May is the 42nd International Waendel Walk including walking, activities and entertainment at The Castle Theatre.
  5. Enjoy feature length films in competition, film shorts, events and workshops at Northampton Film Festival from 22nd May to 4th June 2023.
  6. During May and June 2023 you can enjoy the opera season at Nevill Holt Opera.
  7. On 10th June enjoy a festival of song at North Northamptonshire Music Festival
  8. DCDT usually host a Millenium Green Fête each June.
  9. Enjoy Market Harborough Carnival on 10th June 2023.
  10. Kettering Rugby Club hold a Beer & Music Festival each June.
  11. Windrush Day happens on 22nd June each year to celebrate the contribution of people from the Caribbean to the UK – see what our Black Community Forum have planned.
  12. The Music Barn Festival June near Barton Seagrave.
  13. Midlands History Festival June in Earls Barton.
  14. Bands In The Park usually runs every Sunday during summertime at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.
  15. KettFest in July in Kettering.
  16. Party in the Park in Wellingborough in July.
  17. Enjoy industrial heritage and more at the Hollowell Steam Rally on 1st and 2nd of July.
  18. Chinfest is on 8th July.
  19. Tannerfest takes place on 7th and 8th July near Loddington.
  20. 21st July – Tollyfest in Harrington
  21. Daxtonbury Festival near Rushden takes place in July.
  22. Rushden’s Party in the Park in July.
  23. Creative Oundle International Festival in July.
  24. Check out The Chester House Estate for summer holiday activities.
  25. Every summer you can enjoy outdoor theatre at Tolethorpe Hall.
  26. Kettering Carnival usually takes place each August.
  27. The incredible Shambala Festival at Kelmarsh Hall takes place in August 2022.
  28. Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House will take place from 26th – 29th August 2022.
  29. On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August you can enjoy the FREE City Festival in Leicester city centre.
  30. Kaya Festival is takes place in October.
  31. Journeys Festival takes place in Leicester every two years with the next one due in 2023.
  32. Illusive Festival takes place from 8th – 10th September at Deene Park near Corby.
  33. Desborough 1940s Day – early September.
  34. Enjoy free street performances at Arts Fresco in Market Harborough.
  35. Bardic Picnic – September comes back to the Umbrella Pavilion in Northampton.
  36. Northants Open Studios runs throughout September.
  37. The Nene Valley Festival is a celebration of wildlife, culture and heritage each September.
  38. The Rockin’ Roadrunner Festival for adults with disabilities takes place on 17th September in Northampton.

Autumn Celebrations and Festivities

  1. Boughton House’s Spectacle of Light has been postponed until October 2023.
  2. Celebrate Black History Month during October – see what our Black Community Forum has planned.
  3. 31st October is Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve…find spooky stories on Wailingborough: A Local Ghost Story Podcast.
  4. Wellingborough Museum usually host events at Halloween.
  5. In 2023 Diwali is on 12th November – why not make a recycled lantern, or traditional Rangoli patterns and Diya lights to decorate your home? Or check out Diwali events in Wellingborough, Northampton and Leicester?
  6. North Northamptonshire Council‘s firework event will take place in Corby on Friday 3rd November 2023.
  7. 5th November marks the foiling of a Northants-made conspiracy, the Gunpowder Plot , which is celebrated with bonfire and fireworks events throughout the UK.

Christmas Holidays & Winter Festivals

  1. Christmas means magical Carol Concerts aplenty! See where our local choirs are singing in 2023 at Big About Singing Corby Community Choir, COPD singers, Corby Chordless Choir, Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir, Sing At Stanwick (SAS Choir), The Songbirds, Valley Voice Choir, Wellingborough Orpheus Choir, Wellingborough Singers and Wellingborough Community Gospel Choir
  2. Love to get under a blanket on the sofa with a good movie during the holidays? Check out the best festive TV for kids and adults or find out where to stream Christmas movies.
  3. In 2022, Hanukkah is celebrated from sundown of December 7th – 15th, and If you like dancing you might like these rousing Hannukah songs.
  4. Take a Santa Special Train to see the Christmas lights at Corby & District Model Railway.
  5. The Chester House Estate and Stanwick Lakes host various activities throughout the festive season.
  6. Many of us decorate a tree during December, but have you ever wondered about the origins of the Christmas tree, that was also decorated during Yule?
  7. 21st December 2022 is also the start of the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasting for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun, giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log – have a go at making a Yule log out of things you can find in your garden.
  8. During the Winter Solstice you can watch a live stream of the Solstice sunrise on December 22nd from Stonehenge at the English Heritage facebook page or listen to the Winter Solstice podcast.
  9. Jólabókaflóð or ‘Yule Book Flood’ is a hugely popular Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland, where families and friends gather to gift and read books.
  10. Track Santa‘s progress around the world on Christmas Eve at NORAD.
  11. 25th December is Christmas Day – bring a bit of festivity to your home by making your own wreath or christmas cracker. Download some free festive crafts activity ideas to make decorations from nature.
  12. Kwanzaa is celebrated from 26th December until 1st January each year. See what our Black Community Forum has planned, try these Kwanzaa crafts or read some Kwanzaa poems at home.

2024

  1. Saturday 10th February 2024 marks the first day of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated nearby in Leicester and all across Asia. Chinese New Year will be the start of the Year of the Dragon, with celebrations culminating on 24th February 2023 with the Chinese Lantern Festival – learn how to make a paper lantern or find out more about the Chinese Zodiac in Art.
  2. In Japan, Hatsu is a list of ‘firsts’ that are observed during the first two weeks of each Lunar New Year, including letters and poems.
  3. Light Up Leicester is a city-wide illuminated festival that will return in March 2024.

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