SEASONAL & FESTIVE

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(Updated 29th September 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, North Northants Council and Northamptonshire Surprise.

Autumn Celebrations and Festivities

  1. Northants Open Studios runs throughout September 2022.
  2. The Chester House Estate are hosting various seasonal events this Autumn including Samhain Family Crafts in half-term.
  3. Celebrate Black History Month during October – see what our Black Community Forum has planned.
  4. Kaya Festival is taking place on 8th October 2022 in celebration of Black History Month.
  5. Enjoy free street performances Sunday 9th October at Arts Fresco in Market Harborough.
  6. In 2022 Diwali is on 24th October – why not make a recycled lantern, or traditional Rangoli patterns and Diya lights to decorate your home?
  7. 31st October is Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve…find spooky stories on Wailingborough: A Local Ghost Story Podcast.
  8. 5th November marks the foiling of a Northants-made conspiracy, the Gunpowder Plot , which is celebrated with bonfire and fireworks events. This year you can also enter a Make Your Own Guy competition from 29th October – 5th November.

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. 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.
  2. #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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 14th February is Valentine’s Day – check out seasonal crafts on the Northamptonshire Libraries YouTube channel.
  7. 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!
  8. Journeys Festival takes place in Leicester every two years with the next one due in 2023.
  9. Tuesday 21st February 2023 is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day – why not get creative with your food and make a pancake face!
  10. Light Up Leicester is a city-wide illuminated festival in early March.
  11. 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!
  12. See what our Black Community Forum and Corby Women Together have planned for International Women’s Day  on 8th March.
  13. 17th March is St Patrick’s Day, a time to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland – see what’s on at Corby Irish Centre.
  14. Mothering Sunday takes place on 19th March 2023 – learn how to make a bouquet of paper flowers.
  15. 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.
  16. Passover takes place from 5th to 13rd April 2023 – find out more about this Spring festival at The Jewish Museum.
  17. 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.
  18. On Friday 14th April 2023 Vaisakhi is celebrated – learn about this Sikh festival on Google Earth.
  19. 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.
  20. We expect that Raunds Festival will bring live roots music to East Northamptonshire in Spring 2023.
  21. May 1st is International Workers Day or May Day, which is usually celebrated by the Wellingborough Diggers.
  22. The International Waendel Walk – May 2023.
  23. Northampton Film Festival – May 2023.
  24. Every June and July you can enjoy opera season at Nevill Holt Opera.
  25. North Northamptonshire Music Festival – June 2023.
  26. DCDT usually host a Millenium Green Fête each June.
  27. Kettering Rugby Club hold a Beer & Music Festival each June.
  28. 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.
  29. The Music Barn Festival June near Barton Seagrave.
  30. Midlands History Festival June in Earls Barton.
  31. Bands In The Park usually runs every Sunday during summertime at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.
  32. KettFest in July in Kettering.
  33. Party in the Park in Wellingborough in July.
  34. Enjoy industrial heritage and more at the Hollowell Steam Rally in July.
  35. Tannerfest takes place each July near Loddington.
  36. Daxtonbury Festival near Rushden takes place in July.
  37. Rushden’s Party in the Park in July.
  38. Creative Oundle International Festival in July.
  39. Check out The Chester House Estate for summer holiday activities.
  40. Every summer you can enjoy outdoor theatre at Tolethorpe Hall.
  41. Kettering Carnival usually takes place each August.
  42. The incredible Shambala Festival at Kelmarsh Hall takes place in August 2022.
  43. Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House will take place from 26th – 29th August 2022.
  44. On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August you can enjoy the FREE City Festival in Leicester city centre.
  45. Illusive Festival takes place in early September at Deene Park near Corby.
  46. Desborough 1940s Day – early September.
  47. Bardic Picnic – September comes back to the Umbrella Pavilion in Northampton.
  48. The Nene Valley Festival is a celebration of wildlife, culture and heritage each September.
  49. Boughton House’s Spectacle of Light has been postponed until October 2023.

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