SEASONAL & FESTIVE

(Updated 13th May 2022)

Bring families and communities closer with seasonal ideas, local celebrations and festivities both traditional and new!  Interested in other activities or art forms? Get inspired on our website, sign up to the e-newsletter or visit Love CorbyNene Valley, Discover NN, Wellingborough Town Council and Northamptonshire Surprise.

  1. The International Waendel Walk will be hosted in Wellingborough and the surrounding area from 13th-15th May 2022, with live music, wellbeing crafts and activities during the event in the grounds of the Castle Theatre.
  2. Northampton Film Festival takes place from 16th – 22nd May 2022, featuring film screenings & lots more!

Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend

  1. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 takes place from 2nd to 5th June 2022. North Northamptonshire Council and  Northamptonshire Surprise have a round-up of events over the extended bank holiday weekend.
  2. Corby Library has some creative sessions in advance of Corby Pole Fair and the Platinum Jubilee, whilst Wellingborough Library has some exciting opportunities in the run-up to the Jubilee.
  3. On Tuesday 31st May you can make a Jubilee Crown at Wellingborough Museum from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
  4. On Thursday 2nd June there will be a Trooping of the Colour and a UK wide Lighting of the Beacons. including a beacon lighting event in Weldon with activities including choirs singing. There’s also a Jubilee Party at Hemmingwell Skills and Community Centre in Wellingborough.
  5. Friday 3rd June is Corby Pole Fair – a fantastic heritage fair and fun day that’s held only once every 20 years! Invite your friends on Facebook.
  6. The Yards are hosting The Jubilee Bash Weekend from 3rd – 5th June in Kettering.
  7. Saturday 4th June will be a Platinum Party at the Palace – and lots of people will be having their own street parties locally too, including a Jubilee Family Picnic at The Green Patch, a picnic in the park in Desborough, a Village Jubilee Party in Stanion, a Queen’s Jubilee Fun Day at Priors Hall Park & a Right Royal Knees-up in Rothwell.
  8. Sunday 5th June is the Platinum Pageant – Wellingborough Town Council will be holding a Big Jubliee Lunch at Croyland Gardens, Higham Ferrers Town Council have a 1950’s themed picnic in the park and there’s Jubilee celebrations in Rothwell including Rothwell Town Carnival.

Summer Events & Festivities

  1. Stamford Shakespeare Company perform every June, July and  August at Tolethorpe Hall and Nevill Holt Opera each June and July.
  2. North Northamptonshire Music Festival takes place on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June 2022.
  3. Enjoy music and entertainment at Desborough’s Millenium Green Fête on 11th June.
  4. Kettering Rugby Club Beer & Music Festival from Thursday 16th June to Sunday 19th June 2022.
  5. The Music Barn Festival near Barton Seagrave takes place from 17th – 18th June 2022.
  6. Windrush Day happens on 22nd June each year to celebrate the contribution of people from the Caribbean to the UK – find out more about this day at www.windrushday.org.uk and our Windrush Textile Project.
  7. Midlands History Festival takes place on 25th & 26th June 2022 in Earls Barton.
  8. Enjoy KettFest on Saturday 2nd July in Kettering.
  9. Tannerfest takes place on 8th/9th July 2022 near Loddington.
  10. Creative Oundle International Festival will take place from 7th – 17th July 2022.
  11. Daxtonbury Festival near Rushden takes place on 8th, 9th & 10th July 2022.
  12. Rushden’s Party in the Park is on Saturday 9th July 2022.
  13. Tollyfest 2022 near takes place in Harrington from 22nd – 24th July.
  14. From July to August South Asian Heritage Month celebrates and raises the profile of British South Asian history, arts, culture & heritage. 
  15. Woodfest takes place in Irchester Country Park each August.
  16. We expect Kaya Festival to make an 11th year of their festival in late August 2022.
  17. The incredible Shambala Festival at Kelmarsh Hall takes place from 25th – 28th August 2022.
  18. Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House will take place from 26th to the 29th August 2022.
  19. Visit Northants Open Studios during August and September each year.
  20. Illusive Festival takes place in early September at Deene Park near Corby.
  21. The Nene Valley Festival is a celebration of wildlife, culture and heritage taking place from 10th – 18th September 2022.

Autumn Celebrations and Festivities

  1. Celebrate Black History Month during October – see what our Black Community Forum has planned.
  2. In 2022 Diwali is on 24th October – why not make a recycled lantern, or traditional Rangoli patterns and Diya lights to decorate your home?
  3. 31st October is Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve…and there’s spooky stories to be listened to, if you dare? Check out Wailingborough: A Local Ghost Story Podcast from Warts and All‘s Young Producers.
  4. 5th November marks the foiling of a Northants-made conspiracy, the Gunpowder Plot , which is usually celebrated with local bonfires and fireworks events.

Christmas Holidays & Winter Festivals

  1. Follow Wellingborough Eco Group for loads of festive ideas in their Advent Calendar.
  2. In 2022, Hanukkah is celebrated from sundown of December 18th – 26th, and if you like dancing you might like these rousing Hannukah songs.
  3. Take a Santa Special Train to see the awesome Christmas lights at Corby & District Model Railway.
  4. Love to get under a blanket on the sofa with a good movie during the holidays? Check out the Radio Times for the best film and TV offerings.
  5. The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, falls on Tuesday 21st December in 2022 and you can watch a live stream from Stonehenge at the English Heritage facebook page. or listen to the Winter Solstice podcast.
  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. Jólabókaflóðið or ‘Yule Book Flood’ is a hugely popular Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland, where families and friends gather to gift and read books.
  9. Track Santa‘s progress around the world on Christmas Eve at NORAD.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 26th December is also the Feast of Stephen, which is mentioned in the carol Good King Wenceslas, beautifully performed here by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

2023

  1. 6th January is the feast of the Epiphany – hear We Three Kings of Orient Are sung by Angel City Chorale.
  2. 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.
  3. #NationalStorytellingWeek took place between January 29th January and 5th February 2022 – follow Wellingborough Library and Corby Library for loads of ideas for books and audiobooks you can enjoy completely free.
  4. Sunday 22nd January 2023 marks the first day of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated across asia. Chinese New Year will be the start of the Year of the Rabbit, with celebrations culminating on 5th February 2023 with the Chinese Lantern Festival – learn how to make a paper lantern or find out more about the Chinese Zodiac in Art.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 14th February is Valentine’s Day – check out seasonal crafts on the Northamptonshire Libraries YouTube channel.
  8. 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!
  9. Journeys Festival takes place in Leicester every two years with the next one due in 2023.
  10. Tuesday 21st February 2023 is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day – why not get creative with your food and make a pancake face!
  11. Light Up Leicester is a city-wide illuminated festival in early March.
  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.
  22. May 1st is International Workers Day or May Day, which is usually celebrated by the Wellingborough Diggers.

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