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Here comes Summer - at least I hope we’re basking in sunshine when this column appears.  I’m still slightly haunted by announcing Spring had sprung in March’s issue and then we had more snow!  Still, I’m sure you’re aware that this lovely magazine takes time to assemble, so please check any events mentioned are still on as the information given is correct at time of writing but things can change. Some events in the county taking place shortly which have caught my eye include the Atomic Festival at Sywell Aerodrome on 28th and 29th July. This is a 1950s weekend, a celebration of everything from that golden era, with top quality international bands and DJs, a huge vintage and retro market, a pre ‘66 Classic & Custom car show, Jive classes and the UK Jive Contest Finals. Advance tickets cost from £39 per adult per day, tickets on the gate cost from £44 per adult per day, with under 16s going free.  Please see website for more information www.atomicfestival.co.uk

The Greenbelt Festival is at Boughton House from 24th to 27th August.  The line-up of this longrunning arts, faith and justice festival includes feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot; Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy; best-selling author and political commentator Jack Monroe; Radio2 presenter and author Simon Mayo; and founder of the Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis. A wide range of ticket options are available, please visit www.greenbelt.org.uk for more details. Just over the border, Aqua Park at Rutland Water is back.  The UK’s biggest inflatable water park, features include climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and the UK’s biggest water slides. Suitable for individuals, groups, families, adults, children and adrenaline junkies alike, bookings must be made in advance at www. aquaparkrutland.co.uk and the cost is from £20 per person, per session.  (NB you must be able to swim 50m unaided in the buoyancy vest provided, and children must be over 8 years old and over 1.3m tall).

Whatever you’re doing, enjoy your Summer - more from me in the Autumn. You can read more from me on my blog or in my weekly Northants Telegraph column.        

Many thanks, Hx

Our Corner of Northamptonshire by Helen Bach  July 2018