Friday, 27 September 2019

Bill's Restuarant Rushden Lakes Review

I was lucky enough to be invited to Bill's at Rushden Lakes for a meal this week and enjoyed the rare chance to have an evening without children and a relaxed couple of hours.

Bill's is located on The Boardwalk and is spacious inside & out. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and have cosy booths, large tables, outside seating and stools at the bar. I loved the décor and mixture of lighting.  It felt warm and welcoming with soft background music.

For a Thursday it was quite busy with only a handful of empty tables.  We were serviced efficiently and with enthusiasm and met the very charming manager Nigel who was engaging and obviously ran a well oiled ship.

Our food was lovely.  We had calamari, chicken and sesame dumplings to start (Bill's spicy chutney was delicious and had a kick).  I had the very tasty pan fried chicken with wild mushrooms for main.  It is a long running family joke that I always order chicken despite the restaurant or menu but this chicken was honestly amazing! The mushroom sauce was full of flavour and I wish I could recreate it at home but sadly I am no Masterchef contestant. My partner had chargrilled rib eye steak with perfect crispy chips.  We ummed and ahhed about pudding but decided to treat ourselves as we so rarely get out on a school night and they were both gorgeous. I opted for lemon méringue pie which was zingy and rich but my eyes were definitely too big for my belly and I left some.  My partner had the spiced pear and raspberry eton mess.  He said the spiced pears were delicious and still had bite which was perfect. 

Due to driving mocktails were consumed and we opted for the pear and ginger cooler which was nice but lacked a little flavour and the blackberry and lavender cooler which was amazing! It had a real sweetness and zesty flavour and was a perfect mocktail.

Overall we had a wonderful evening.  Great service. Colourful yet relaxing décor. Good food.  Lovely manager. Free parking (always a winner) and an exciting looking cocktail menu; next time I'll have to try one.  The hedgerow fizz sounds right up my street.

We've already planned to come back for brunch with the kids.

Have you been to Bill's at Rushden Lakes yet? What was your menu pick? I love knowing what other people eat! If you fancy a browse at their menu a link is below.

Bill's Rushden Lakes

**Disclaimer I received this meal for free in exchange for a review.  All opinions are 100% honest and my own**

Monday, 23 September 2019

Fireworks Guide 2019 for Northamptonshire

Autumn is drawing in and Fireworks season will soon be upon us.  Wrap up warm and head to one of these brilliant firework or bonfire events in Northamptonshire for 2019.

Parklands Community Centre
Saturday 9th November 5pm to 8pm.  Free entry donations accepted. Fairground rides, donuts and bar.

Wootton Community Centre
Sunday 3rd November 2 to 9pm
The fairground will be open from 2pm and StrEAT food will be serving their offerings from 4pm. The stage will open at 4pm with the fabulous DJ Lynton spinning some tunes. There will be live music from the fabulous local band Slim47. There will be mulled wine & hot chocolate to warm you up and the Parish Council bar will be serving alcoholic & soft beverages. Firework display to start at around 7.30pm and will last approximately 15/20 minutes.

Billing Aquadrome
Saturday 2nd November 6pm to 9pm.  This will include a 15-20 minute firework display, trade stands and music. £5 car park

Daventry Fireworks Display
Saturday 2nd November 6.30pm to 9.30pm.  The annual Fireworks Display returns at The Parker E-Act School. Showcasing the brilliant MLE's fireworks & music. Wellingborough RFC Annual Fireworks Display NN29 7TZ Friday 1st November 4.30pm to 9pm. More details to follow.

Rushden Hall Park NN10 9NG
Saturday 2nd November gates open 6pm fireworks 7.30pm.  Sadly this event was cancelled last year but will hopefully go of this year with a bang!

Roade FC NN7 2X
Friday 1st November from 6pm.  

Flore Brodie Lodge Playing Fields
Friday 1st November candlelit procession 6pm, bonfire lit 6.30pm fireworks 7.30pm.  Kids rides, food and drink,  In conjuction with Flore Scouts Group.

Wicksteed Park Kettering
Saturday 2nd November from 5pm.  £5 on the night £4 in advance. Car parking free.  8th annual Fireworks Display with the Minotaur Wickerman being lit at 7.15pm and Fireworks Display at approx 8pm.

West Lodge Big Bonfire Party Desborough
Tuesday 5th November 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  Watch the Gunpowder Plot re-enactment in front of the bonfire, Free sparklers for every family, Help to make a guy which will be thrown on the bonfire, Piglet Race, Entry to the Indoor Adventure Barn for the duration of the event. This is a no firework events so perfect for children (and animals) who do not like loud noises.
Tickets are £4 per person, under 2's are free. Desborough Town Fireworks Show Saturday 2nd November from 6pm. Food & refreshments available. Rothwell Family Fireworks Show NN14 6EP Tuesday 5th November.  Gates open at 7pm with the Fireworks at 7.30pm. Hot dogs and Burgers available. Tickets £2 Adults and £1 children. Tickets available from Rothwell Conservative Club. Loddington Fireworks (Cricket Club) Monday 4th November from 6pm.

Hollowell Bonfire Party Saturday 2nd November 2019. Gates open 5pm, Bonfire Lighting 7pm, Fireworks Display 7.30pm,
£1.00 per person.

Food stalls, beer tent, small fairground selection, small vintage vehicle selection.

Santapod Firework Frenzy 2019 NN29 7XA
Saturday 2nd November main activities between 4 and 7pm end 10pm. Stunts and drag racing, bonfire, fireworks, fun fair rides and monster trucks.  £25 per car max 5 people. on the gate £30.

Duston Mill Sixfields NN5 4EG

Saturday 2nd November from 4pm.  Tickets are £5 under 4's free.  2 firework displays, bonfire, fairground rides, love music, hog roast, beer tent and free parking.

Racecourse Northampton - Council Free Event
Sunday 3 November between 2pm and 7pm.
2pm - rides and food stalls open
4pm - Pure Genius onstage
4.45pm - LED glow and fire show
5.30pm - fireworks display
The fireworks display will be located opposite the university, on the St George's Avenue side.

Boughton Park
Saturday 2nd November.  Full details to follow is usually £5 per ticket.

Corby Bonfire & Firework Display
Tuesday 5th November at Corby Boating Lake.  Torchlight procession from the swimming pool car park, Bonfire 7pm and Fireworks 7.30pm.  Drivers should use town centre car park.  Bring a torch if you have one.  This is a free event.

Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy Fireworks & Stunt Show
Sunday 3rd November for fireworks the show is on Saturday & Sunday. From £15 per ticket, under 15's free. Racing, action and get up close to the cars and drivers.

Overstone Park Fireworks Evening 
5th November gates open at 6pm adults £5 members and children under 12 free.

Mawsley Bonfire Night
Saturday 2nd November more details to follow.

Barnwell Themed Bonfire at the Recreation Ground
Sunday 3rd November from 5pm. £6 adult £4 child under 4's free.  Free parking.  Bonfire, music, refreshments, bonfire lit at 6.30pm followed by the fireworks.

Yardley Gobion Sports & Social Club NN12 7UL
Friday 8th November 6 to 11.30pm.  Bonfire will be lit at 7pm and fireworks begin at 7.30pm live music and Guy Fawkes competition.

Brigstock Bonfire Night at the Meadow
Sunday 3rd November Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire lit 6pm, fireworks 6.30pm.  £3 per adult and £2 per child in advance.  On the night £4 on the gate and £2.50.

Finedon Dolben Cricket Club NN9 5JJ
Saturday 2nd November 7 to 10.30pm.  Hotdogs, burgers, jacket potatoes and soup will be on sale.  No sparklers allowed.  £3 adult and £2 child.

**Details given regarding price/times where known.  Please always c
heck details before setting off.  Some events have not released full details yet will update when known**


Saturday, 14 September 2019

Halloween & October Half Term Events 2019 in Northamptonshire

October half term will be here before you know it and Halloween with it.  I love Halloween and year on year more fabulous events are being released.  Pumpkin hunts, discos, pottery painting, farm trips and the growing in favour pick your own pumpkin (PYO) all in Northamptonshire (one Milton Keynes destination snuck in).  This Halloween/October Half term guide contains lots of events to keep the kids happy.

1. Boost Halloween Spooktakular
Saturday 26th October 6pm to 8pm £15 per person. Spooky games, dress up and of course bouncing!

2. Pumpkin Hunt - Castle Ashby
Saturday 26th October to Friday 1st November
10am to 2.39pm search for the pumpkins and receive a gift. £3 per child.  Normal garden admission applies. Online booking begins 16th September.

3. Riverside Hub
3 Halloween parties.  Saturday 19th and 26th and Thursday 31st.  Ticket prices £13 per child, £4 per adult and £2.50 per baby.

4. Hungry Horse - Lakeside
Spooky disco Friday 25th October 5 to 7pm

5. Autumn Fair & Halloween Event - Delapre Abbey
Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November
11am to 4pm Family activities and crafts
31st October & 1st November family friendly Halloween outdoor trail in the gardens of Delapré Abbey.  Trail tickets – £3.50 each or family ticket £10 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)

6. Mini Meadows Farm
Creepy crawly event 20th October with Zoolab
19th to 31st October Pumpkin Patch (including pick your own) and carving pick your own. Use the mini wheelbarrows to get it back to the carving station & scoop out the seeds £3 per pumpkin.

7. Parklands Community Centre - Halloween Party SOLD OUT
Friday 25th October 7 to 10pm £2 per person

8. Pumpkin Hunt - Bell Plantation, Towcester, NN12 6GW
28th October to Friday 1st November
Follow the trail around the garden centre and win a prize. FREE event.

9. Kids Halloween Disco - Sunnyside Generous George
Thursday 31st October 6pm to 9pm
£3 per child entry fun, games and costume competition

10. Wicksteed Park - Kettering
They have not 1, not 2 but 3 Halloween events this year.
26th October Wicky's Little Monster Ball £6.50 children and £2.50 adults under 12 months free 12 - 2pm disco and games
19th October to 3rd November the Haunted House new for 2019 are you brave enough to enter the haunted house?
19th October to 3rd November Pumpkin Hunt find the pumpkins around the park to earn a treat or trick!

11. Stanwick Lakes - Spooky Scarecrow Lantern Walk
Wednesday 30th October 2 time slots 4.30 to 6.30pm and 5.30 to 7.30pm
£5.50 per person or £20 for 4 people. Walk is approx. 2k free parking pre booking required. Bring a torch.

12. Evenley Wood Garden - NN13 5SH
26th to 31st October 10am to 4pm are normal openly times. Late night openly 31st October only.  £6 per adult entry children free. Cash only.

Pumpkin carving, Halloween trail, torchlight terrors, Crafts, Tricks and treats, Magic School and face painting.

13. Halloween Lights Pottery Painting - The Sugar Mouse Earls Barton
Tuesday 29th October from 11am
Paint your own pottery Halloween light! Squash and cookie included. 3 years + and all children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 hour workshop. £8 per child. Book in store.

14. West Lodge Farm Park - Desborough
12th October to 2nd November
Pick your own pumpkin, Spooky walkway, Witch’s house tours, Spooky Tractor rides, Panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities.  Grab yourself a wheelbarrow and head to the pumpkin patch to pick your own & get that Instagram shot! They will cut the top off so you can scoop it out and carve. (Pumpkins are priced according to size)
27th October only
Search the grounds of the farm to find all of the ghosts, prizes for the winners then join us back in the new adventure play area to meet the ghosts and dance at our spooky disco. 

15. Haunted Halloween Abington Park Museum
Saturday 26th October 11am to 4pm
£3 per child.  Drop in no booking required.  Craft activities and witches brew!

16. Billing Aquadrome - Hallloween Half Term
20th to 31st October details to follow.  £5 per parked car.

17. Trick or Treat Halloween - Gold Starz Dance School NN8 2QH
Saturday 26th October 4pm to 6pm 
£4 per ticket an afternoon of Halloween mayhem!

18. Pumpkin Patch MK - MK19 6DG
Open 10am to 4pm October 12th & 13th and 19th to 31st.
Bale maze, barrel rides, food and pumkins!

19. Pumpkin Patch - Overstone Grange Farm
Pick your own pumpkin. SOLD OUT!

20. Canons Ashby - National Trust
1 October to 3 November for our Bat Trail.  Normal admission prices apply. On Halloween itself, 10.30-12 noon, join the children's creative writing workshop. Booking is necessary.

21. Stowe - National Trust
From 26 October to 3 November, 10am-4pm join the mystery tour of four haunted hamlets now lost to time. Can you find the clues to solve our creepy challenge?  Normal admission applies, £2 per trail helping to restore the gardens at Stowe. Dress up your little ghouls for this fun creepy trail.

22. Lyvden - National Trust
26th October to 3rd November 11am to 4pm Search the garden landscape for pumpkins on our Hallowe'en trail or see what's happening in our 'spooky' Family Den. Free event.  Normal admission prices apply.

23. Waddesdon Manor - National Trust
26th October to 3rd November 10am to 3pm Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle your taste buds, and crafty activities for everyone to get involved with. Normal admission prices apply. Some additional charges apply. £5 per pumpkin carve, £3 per child for the terrifying trail.

24. Mill House Tea Rooms Halloween Spooktacular NN4 6LP
Thursday 31st October £3 per child adults free.  Hot dogs, apple bobbing, cupcake decorating, scariest costume competition.  Soup & bread on sale. Cash only event.

25. Beckets Park Pumpkin Hunt
31st October hunt for the pumpkins to win a prize £3 per entry. 4 to 7pm.

26. Halloween Cha Char Chimps party
1st November 10 to 11am The Elgar Centre NN5 4EN.  Ticketed event can be purchased via email or Northampton Chimps shows.

27. Sywell country park 
Saturday 12th October £2 per child

28. Northampton Active
31st October 6.30pm for 2 hours. White water rafting £40 per person. Over 12's only.

29. Fernie Fields Spooky Blast
31st October 10.30 to 1.30pm.

31. Halloween Play Day Kettering Market Place & Manor House Musuem Wednesday 30th October 10am to 3pm
Face painting, ghost train, circus of horrors, spooky storytelling, disco and musical games. FREE entry.
Other events are 29th Scary skull boxes 10.15am and 11.45am, 31st Spooky spectre mobiles 10.15am and 11.45am and 1st November Twisted tree decorations 10.15am and 11am £3 per child.

32. Slime Spook-Tacular at Weston Favell 30th October 11am to 3pm
The spooky house is open 26th October to 3rd November and is FREE to enter.

33. Northampton & Lamport Railway Halloween event Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October
£5.50 an adult and £4.50 a child. Ride at night and you can buy a carved pumpkin when you leave.

34. Beckworth Emporium Halloween Skating Fun 26th October to 3rd November
Half term, half price! £8 adult and £6 child which includes your boots. £5 per push along penguin. Opens 10am daily.

35. Not for kids....Dr Fright's Halloween Night - Earls Barton
10th year spectaular. 17th October to 2nd November closed 21st & 28th.
Prices range from £16.95 to £26.  New fast passes have been introduced and range from £27,95 to £33.95. Plus new no scare ticket. Enter the arena and bar but you do not enter the maze.

36. Smith's Farm Shop Pick your own pumpkins 
Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, October 27 from 11am to 3pm.