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Village Connect, the original community magazine, bringing local business to local villages

Bringing local business to local villages


Welcome to Village Connect, the original independent village community publication, bringing local business to local villages since April 2005.


Village Connect is published bi-monthly and hand delivered free of charge to more than 20,000 homes and businesses in 71 selected Northamptonshire villages, and has established itself as the premier notice board for businesses in the area.


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This summer, the stunning Kelmarsh Estate will host
the Great British Food Festival for the first time, the
event over the weekend of Saturday 23rd & Sunday
24th July. This foodie feast will run both days from
10am to 5pm with a line-up that includes over eighty
best of British producers and street food vendors,
celebrity chef demos, talks, kids cookery lessons,
great live music, a ‘Cake Off’ competition and ‘Men
v Food’ challenges.

The Chef Demo stage hosts a headline
name each day, with Miranda Gore
Browne taking the lead on Saturday
and Luis Troyano (both Great British
Bake Off) on Sunday, each taking
centre stage at 12noon and 3pm on
their respective days. Alongside the
celeb chefs, some of the best regional
talent will be showcasing their skills - so
from baking tips to fine dining knowhow
the demo theatre is the place to be
for any budding chef.

On top of cooking up treats on the
demo stage, Luis and Miranda will be
judging the popular Great British Cake
Off, where amateur bakers compete
head to head in two baking categories
for details and to enter) and, best of all,
the public get to try every entry!

A popular addition to the programme of
events has been the in-house forager,
Adele Nozedar, who leads small groups
around the estate searching for wild
foods. The walks take place daily and
can be booked in advance or on the day.
Adele usual finds some fabulous and
unusual treats from the wild products
she has foraged throughout the day - a
real eye opener!

There is entertainment for all the family
throughout the weekend, including kid’s
cookery lessons, free circus skills, free
kids crafts as well as some children’s
rides. There will be fantastic live music
throughout the day with a play list
packed full of top local bands and artists,
so you can do some shopping, grab
some food and then have a well-earned
relax with a local beer (or two) listening
to some great live entertainment.

Bring a blanket and sit out for the day
enjoying great food and drink, live
music and beautiful surroundings. The
perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out
for the whole family.

Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for
children, which includes the storytelling and
craft activities. Please note that membership
cards (including the Kelmarsh Hall garden
season ticket) cannot be used for this
event. Picnics are permitted with food also
available from the Tea Room, so bring along
a blanket, make yourself comfortable and
get ready to hear some weird and wonderful

in the Garden
Children will be taken on a fantastical
imaginative journey this summer with
the return of Storytelling in the Garden.
Professional storyteller Tom the Tale Teller
will share stories of fun and adventure in the
unique setting of the walled kitchen garden
at Kelmarsh Hall.

The first session on Monday 25th July
features animal tales, while the second on
Monday 8th August stars kings, queens,
princes and princesses. Four storytelling
sessions will take place on both Mondays
from 11.30am to 12noon, 12.30-1pm,
2-2.30pm and 3-3.30pm.

There will also be children’s craft
activities running throughout the day

Find us on: Facebook - Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens Twitter - @KelmarshHall

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