Northampton News & Reviews

Local News & Reviews in Northamptonshire February 2015:

Letting you know what's new in your area!

“Ewe” are expecting how many? West Lodge Farm gears up for a busy Spring!

Bottle feed lambs at West Lodge, Northants, February 2015

West Lodge Farm Park is looking forward to a busy February and March this year! All of the ewes had an ultrasound scan in December 2014 and confirmed that 103 of the ewes were expecting! From a herd of Herdwicks, South Downs, Mules and Suffolks, the farm is expecting 203 lambs in total. 
Farmer Ed said “We are expecting over 23 sets triplets or quads so there will be plenty of little lambs that will need to be bottle fed. Ewes only have 2 teats so can only feed two of their lambs. Firstly, we try to put the lamb with another ewe who either has only one lamb or who has lost a lamb, if this doesn’t work we hand rear them to give them the best chance of survival.”
The farm is open all year and with plenty to see and do under cover too, it’s the perfect destination this winter. Opening times and prices can be found on their website 

A new inclusive, soft play centre opens up - Giggles Play

A wonderful new concept, Giggles Play, has just opened and is specifically designed for children with Giggles play, northants, soft playadditional needs. It is a portable, sensory & soft play centre which is a not- for –profit company set up by Jo Cousins. Jo's son Seth, who is 7, suffered brain damage during his birth and has additional needs and finding opportunities for Seth to play outside the home was a challenge.
Like most children, Seth is also very sociable and loves being around other children, and so, Jo got busy researching. Talking to other parents, she discovered that she wasn't alone. Many families struggle with the same thing and, as a result, Giggles Play was created, currently moving to different venues around Northamptonshire. It’s aim is to improve the wellbeing and relaxation opportunities for children and their parents. The play equipment has been carefully designed for the children's maximum enjoyment with sensory lighting, music and tactile play plus a large changing table (they hope to raise money for a hoist soon).
They are open 4 days a week and suitable for all pre school aged children as well. For more information visit or to donate, please see

Help a child with Educate for Life

Educate for Life runs an innovative primary school called Hunar Ghar in a remote village in Rajasthan in northern India. Most of its 258 pupils, ranging from four to fourteen, are the first in their families to ever go to school. The facilities are basic; there is no access to electricity or running water, the classrooms are built of mud and stone and there are no tables and chairs. 
However, the children at Hunar Ghar are well nurtured and thriving. They are not only gaining good literacy and numeracy skills, they’re also becoming confident, imaginative young learners. Demand for school places is growing and they need more support. 
£10 a month provides everything needed – teachers, books, uniform – to sponsor a child’s education at Hunar Ghar. Choose to support a child, and your family will follow their story through regular updates. Find out more

A Half Term Pantomime Special at The Masque Theatre

The United Theatre Group is a Kettering based Amateur Drama Group for children aged 8 upwards and this February half term they will be performing the musical ‘Dazzle' by Andrew Bailey - a captivating show not to be missed!  

“Dazzle” is the fabulous story of Poppy Pringle and the Dazzle Bay fun palace.  This inspirational show tells the story of Poppy Pringle who inherits a run down seaside fun fair.  In a show packed with drama and humour, Poppy leads the colourful band of fairground children to save it from the bad guys and the bulldozers and restore it to its former glory!
“Dazzle” is being performed at the Masque Theatre at The Latimer Arts College, Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, Kettering from 19th to 21st February; Thursday & Friday 7:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm.  All Tickets £8; available from the Masque Theatre or call 01536 414141 or on line 

Get Lost in Space this Half Term

Following the news that Beagle2 is no longer lost in space, the Mission Commanders at the National National Space Centre February half term 2015 things to doSpace Centre have created a fun packed family half term to discover the other hidden delights of our Universe. From the 14-22 February, visitors can take a journey to comets, asteroids, dwarf planets and even meet a Martian Rover or two! They can watch a comet being built live, handle real space rocks and find out about a whole family of dwarf planets living hidden in our neighbourhood of space.

As well as all of this, visitors can enjoy six interactive galleries, 3D SIM ride, over 150 hands on interactive challenges and a reclining seat in the UK's largest Planetarium for an award winning full dome show (FREE show included in every day pass purchased). Young visitors can learn all about what comets are and how they are made, by making your very own miniature comet to take home too!

For more information on Lost in Space and to buy a ticket in advance to beat the holiday queues, visit  You can also upgrade to a FREE Annual Pass when you buy in advance.