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Northamptonshire Free Visitor Guide


The welcome you experience as a visitor to Northamptonshire is unique, that’s because ours is a county like no other. Here you will find everything you need to revitalise your personal passions and reclaim your lost weekends. Take the time to enjoy browsing your new Northamptonshire Visitor Guide. All the information you need to plan how to get here, where to stay and what to do is right here.

Main picture on front cover: Coton Manor Bluebell Wood This picture: Rockingham Castle


Contents Planning your visit


It’s a family affair


From plot to plate and farm to fare


Take up the challenge


Northamptonshire with the girls


A county of gastronomic pro-portions


Where history comes alive


Slow down


Step back


Speed up


Take a bite


Master the arts


Warming up for 2012


Come and see what makes Britain Great in Northamptonshire


Places to stay


Northamptonshire Farm Accommodation Group 40

Ensuring quality throughout your stay.

Hotels, Inns and Guest Accommodation


Bed & Breakfasts and Guesthouses


Self Catering


The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) was developed by Visit Britain as a result of extensive research into visitor expectations, wherever you see the Visit Britain rose you can be sure of a quality experience. Attractions are assessed annually using quality benchmarks that cover all aspects of the visitor experience from customer service to catering and interpretation of activities. For more information on the quality accommodation in Northamptonshire visit the Places to Stay section.


Planning Planning your visit your visit Northamptonshire Visitor Information Centres Northampton Northamptonshire Welcome and Visitor Centre Sessions House George Row Northampton NN1 1DF Telephone: 01604 838 800 Email:

Corby Corby Borough Council The Cube George Street Corby Northamptonshire NN17 1QG Telephone: 01536 464 000 Email:

Oundle 4 New Street Oundle PE8 4ED Telephone: 01832 274 333 Email:

Kettering The Coach House Sheep Street Kettering NN16 0AN

How to get here Less than an hour from London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, Northamptonshire truly is at the crossroads of the country.

Road Northamptonshire is located right at the heart of England and with a number of main roads leading to and around the county, you are closer to a rural escape than you may think. M1, M40, M6, M45 and the A1 connect you from all corners of the country.

Rail Mainline services operate from Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, while London Midland operate from Northampton, keep an eye on the website below for information on special offers, perfect for half term savings.

Air With six international airports located within 65 miles of Northamptonshire, you’ve found the perfect destination for your next relaxing weekend break or holiday. Whether you’re coming from Europe, America or further afield, within an hour’s drive you can be sitting under the trees enjoying a picnic in the grounds of a fine stately home or relaxing on board a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal.

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Stanwick Lakes

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Sessions House The county’s Tourist Information Centre and County Council reception is based at Sessions House in Northampton. Residents and visitors can now access on-the-spot help and advice about council services and places to visit in the county. The centre has fully-accessible changing place toilet facilities. Sessions House is a Grade I listed building housing interesting features such as the elaborate plasterwork ceilings which date from 1684-1688. Sessions House George Row Northampton NN1 1DF T: 01604 838 800 E:

Opening hours 8:00am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday Saturdays 10:00am - 2:00pm (April-Sept)

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Main Picture: Tree Top Way - Salcey Forest Opposite Page from left to right: Wicksteed Park Family picnic at Stanwick Lakes Children playing at Stanwick Lakes


It’s a It’s a family affair family affair

Whatever your family make-up, a visit to Northamptonshire will keep everyone from the youngsters to the grandparents happy. With venues, attractions and accommodations to suit all needs, abilities and budgets, whoever foots the bill will return home safe in the knowledge that this is a county in which value for money comes as standard. Northamptonshire’s borders house more than 4,300 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways nestled amidst quintessentially British countryside, the county town of Northampton is one of the greenest in England with 161 parks covering 1600 acres. So pack your boots - wellies or walking, we’re not fussy - and pick your patch to explore. Fineshade Woods with its regular events and RSPB shop or from your own bird’s eye view atop Salcey Forest’s Tree Top Way provide two excellent starting points. Discover more than just the county’s paths; whatever part of Northamptonshire you base your trip you won’t be far from one of our award winning country parks or outdoor attractions. All the fun of the fair’s on offer at Wicksteed Park; dare your family attempt the 36ft drop of the log flume? Or for a breath of fresh air take your bikes and a picnic along to Stanwick Lakes where the fishing, assault course and adventure playground will keep everyone entertained. And now for something completely different: spend a peaceful afternoon leading llamas through the Northamptonshire countryside with Catanger Llamas, pet the animals or walk the ‘Caterpillar Gulley’ at West Lodge Rural Centre on the lookout for sightings or evidence of the creatures which call it home.

Or for the ultimate keepsake, hand paint your very own ceramics at Magnolia Studios. Too tame for your tribe? You’re sure to be near the action on a visit to Northamptonshire; from go karts to graffiti art, rapids to rides, adrenaline junkies are spoilt for choice. Test your nerve on one of our racing tracks, test the water with some of our watersports specialists or test your balance with a skate session at Adrenaline Alley. Whatever you decide to do and whenever you decide to come, you’re bound to return home; adventurous spirit rekindled, energy levels rejuvenated, with plans afoot for your next visit.

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From plot to plate From plot to plate and farm to fare and farm to fare Northamptonshire’s thriving market towns offer more for your money

Northamptonshire remains an all too often overlooked travel destination, a closer look will find that nestled within the miles of unspoiled British countryside lie many beautiful market towns all simply waiting to be explored. From the charming conservation area of Towcester’s town centre, the elegant tree-lined market square of Brackley to the magnificent Victorian Guildhall overlooking the historic market square in the county town of Northampton, visitors young and old can while away many a happy hour.


All of Northamptonshire’s market town squares still host regular markets, farmers’ markets, craft fairs and events providing visitors the perfect chance for fun-filled days browsing anything from fresh produce to unique crafts, homemade fare to handcrafted greetings cards. With all this on offer plus Northamptonshire’s array of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets and an annual calendar of exciting events, making a weekend of it in Northamptonshire becomes the obvious choice. The county’s farmers’ markets alone provide the freshest produce, most succulent meat, the fruitiest jams and preserves, and tempting cakes and sweets to tantalise any taste bud. Forget pre-packed, mass produced foods; the farmers at these markets live within a 30 mile radius of the market, ensuring their produce is in its tastiest and freshest condition. 6

South Northamptonshire is home to two of the county’s most historic market places; Towcester and Brackley. Towcester is Northamptonshire’s oldest town, with many buildings grade II listed and the entire central vicinity designated a conservation area. Towcester itself is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is home to the thunder of hooves in its famous and popular racecourse. Towcester has always been an important stop for travellers, boasting some 20 coaching inns in the town in the early 19th century. One of these coaching inns, the Saracens Head, played host to Charles Dickens and was then immortalised in his ‘Pickwick Papers’. Today Towcester’s eponymous Tea Rooms provide another perfect pitstop and the town hosts a busy farmers’ market here on the second Friday of every month, visitors enjoy the chance to purchase fresh, local and tasty delights.

Oundle Farmers’ Market

Towcester Farmers’ Market

Just a short drive away is Brackley which is no less diverting. With its pretty wide marketplace surrounded by Georgian and Victorian buildings today housing a delightful selection of shops, antiques, cafés and coffee houses serving lunches, teas and homemade food. The impressive baroque Town Hall, built in 1706, still dominates the town centre today, continuing to provide a perfect focus or meeting point. Every third Saturday Brackley’s market square hosts another popular farmers’ market, often alongside a craft fair, the perfect spot to pick up fresh produce, meat, cheese, pies, fudge and crafts. The county town of Northampton hosts an excellent range of retail outlets from major high street names to independent sellers, all within easy reach of the large historic market square. Dating back to 1235, this recently revitalised market place still holds a full market every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday plus smaller specialist markets of fruit and veg on a Monday and antiques and bric a brac on a Thursday. Not forgetting the third Thursday of every month when another high quality, reasonably priced, farmers’ market comes to town as well as a calendar of regular events put on by the Market Square Events team for residents and visitors alike. With regular markets and farmers’ markets also held in Daventry, Higham Ferrers, Oundle and Wellingborough, this provides but a mere taster of what Northamptonshire and its historic market towns has to offer.

Rural Shopping Castle Ashby Rural Shopping Yard Heart of the Shires Shopping Village Wakefield Country Courtyard The Old Dairy Farm Centre Oundle Market Square


Take up Take up the challenge the challenge

Known as the Heart of Motorsport Valley® and home to Europe’s largest resi vert skate ramp alongside the UK’s first leisure park, this is a truly diverse county in which to unleash your adventurous side.


Santa Pod

Northamptonshire plays host to some of the country’s best sporting teams, venues, events and facilities. Be it two wheels or four, road or water bound or a trip to the skies, a stay in Northamptonshire has it all, including a whole host of well-earned relaxing accommodation.

Rockingham Motor Speedway

With no less than four major racing venues within its borders; from Rockingham’s speed to Santa Pod’s strip, Silverstone’s heritage to Northampton International Raceway’s daredevil stunts; Northamptonshire is a paradise for every type of petrolhead. Major motorsport events such as the British Grand Prix and the FIA European Drag Racing Championship punctuate the county’s annual events calendar. But if you’re after more than a spectator sport, all four venues offer the chance to experience the thrills for yourself. Jungle Parc

If fuel’s not your thing, why not book a skate session? As Europe’s leading indoor urban sports centre, Adrenaline Alley in Corby has come a long way from its humble origins within a former chicken factory. Today the 51,000 sq ft centre has welcomed more than 100,000 local, national and international visitors and plays host to the annual UK National Skateboarding Championships as well as regular ‘all-nighters’, plus a dedicated recording studio, education suite and recreation room to really let your creativity flow. Adrenaline Alley


Nene White Water Centre

If your perfect break is more of an al-fresco affair then take advantage of Northamptonshire’s seemingly endless supply of attractions offering the thrills and spills of the great outdoors. For a Tarzan-like terrain, take a swing through the trees at Irchester’s Jungle Parc or take up the challenge of the assault course at Stanwick Lakes. Ride the rapids at Nene White Water Centre in Northampton or take in beautiful locations across the county on two wheels with Get Mountain Biking. Get your feet firmly back on the ground with a wander around Wicksteed Park in Kettering’s 150 acres of perfectly tended parklands, unless of course you dare to ride the famous Pirate Ship? Thanks to being one of the few counties with a successful team in rugby, football and cricket, along with top class venues and facilities, Northamptonshire finds itself increasingly on the local, regional and international sports map. Time your visit right to cheer on one of Northamptonshire’s teams; the football team are Cobblers by name only, the Saints are always a joy to behold and as for the cricketers; their steely determination sees them right. Time your visit even better to fit in a toast to their success as the celebrations continue.

Visit for full details on when, where and how to take up your challenge in Northamptonshire.


Northamptonshire Northamptonshire with the girls with the girls Kirsty Gilbride, Oxford

In need of a girlie catch up, a few friends and I threw caution to the wind, and an inordinate amount of clothes in our suitcases, and headed to Northamptonshire for a long weekend. The county came highly recommended by a colleague who was Northamptonshire born and bred so having previously overlooked it as a holiday destination, I thought we should give it a shot and it did not disappoint. Heading into the county we were taken aback by the beautiful countryside, which in places could easily rival the Cotswolds. We were inspired, so on arriving at the hotel, dumped our bags and changed into more suitable footwear for exploring the miles of scenery. We stayed at Highgate House, an historic country house hotel only ten minutes from Northampton in the leafy, peaceful village of Creaton. We couldn’t have been more delighted with our rooms, the best way to describe them is ‘old fashioned glamour’; beamed ceilings, small lead lined windows overlooking miles and miles of the county’s countryside and beautiful traditional interiors. We decided to explore the county some more, by car this time, some locals pointed us in the direction of the Harringworth Viaduct. What a breathtaking view! Just over 1km long, the viaduct’s 82 curved arches (yes we counted) are a fantastic place for a photo opportunity. We spent a good hour walking along the old railway bridge; it had an incredibly calming effect. Spurred on by the awe inspiring viaduct, not to mention the lure of a pub lunch, we then headed off wellys in hand for a long romp around nearby Fineshade Woods. Two and a half hours later having explored this peaceful locale, and punished our not as young as they used to be knees, we gave in to the temptation of a well earned drink! On the way back we stopped off in the sleepy village of Bulwick and checked out their small but perfectly stocked village shop. The ‘Pickled Village’ was a real hidden gem, stocking some of the most delicious pickles and marmalades I have ever tasted. We were lucky enough to meet their creator, Camille, who encouraged us to sample as much of the range as we wanted! Ingenious promotion indeed as by the time we left we were laden down with jars, my friend Emma succumbed to no less than 18 varieties! Next stop on our journey was The Red Lion in Brafield on the Green which again came highly recommended, from the outside a charming country pub and on entering we felt instantly at ease in a modern comfortable gastrosetting. Still full from lunch but in need of a perk, we opted for just coffees. They were beautifully presented and arrived with a shot glass of Maltesers each, a very nice touch! For future reference we checked out the pub’s offering and were amazed at the range of local ales and spirits, I’ll definitely be bringing my real ale fan of a husband along here sometime soon.


Clockwise from bottom left: Afternoon coffees at the Red Lion in Brafield on the Green Fineshade Woods Highgate House Whittlebury Hall All Saints Church, by Sam Wadsworth The Pickled Village jar of marmalade Main Picture: Harringworth Viaduct

We decided to head in to Northampton for dinner and opted for the Vietnamese restaurant Dangs, on recommendation from one of the hotel’s residents. As soon as we walked in the welcome was fantastic; the staff were efficient and courteous and were happy to recommend or explain the dishes on the menu. We opted for three different dishes; duck, chicken and cod. I can honestly say the fish dish was the best tasting eastern food I have ever eaten - a huge achievement considering I am a self confessed fish-o-phobe! Our second day we decided on taking in a bit of culture, not least because it was chucking it down making heated undercover spaces a priority, so following a gluttonously delicious breakfast we set off. We started with 78 Derngate, the Rennie Mackintosh house and moved on to the nearby Fishmarket Gallery which we later discovered to be the largest gallery space outside a city in the UK. We were lucky enough to time our visit to 78 Derngate just right to view a solo exhibition by locally trained and based artist Sam Wadsworth, it was a celebration of Northampton’s buildings and parks, churches and squares which fitted so well with our growing appreciation of the area. We were transfixed and ended up spending the majority of the day in these two spots alone. We spent the second night of our stay at Whittlebury Hall, the journey down the single lane road to the spa hotel was so picturesque; it seemed almost as if the livestock idly grazing in the surrounding grounds had been making the most of the state of the art facilities housed inside! Following a luxurious treatment each and a long stint in their incredibly fun Heat and Ice Experience, it took us no time at all to relax....until our experience led us to the ‘ice bucket shower’ that is! As the saying goes, what goes up must come down and following a weekend of highs it was time to wend our merry way and bid a sad farewell to what we had discovered to be a truly underestimated part of the world. I will certainly be returning to my new favourite county soon! Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa is featured in Northamptonshire’s Finest Accommodation listing, to view the full list please visit


A county ofAgastronomic county of With its annual Food and Drink awards, dedicated foodie website, top class eateries and wealth of award-winning food and drink producers; Northamptonshire’s growing reputation as a food-lover’s heaven is well deserved. 12

Taste (and take away) the best of Northamptonshire Accolades abound for our eateries, producers and shops, with local, regional and national awards aplenty, you’re sure to find top notch grub here. Our food is not only the best of British but represents all the far flung corners of the world. It’s available to try, buy and takeaway so you’re sure to return home laden with the tales, tipples and tastes of Northamptonshire’s best. Going local Forget processed foods; whilst in Northamptonshire make the most of the many pubs, restaurants and hotels creating seasonal menus from local produce. The best of our independently owned restaurants and eateries can be found on our definitive restaurant search and book facility. To book follow the restaurants link from the homepage.

Look out for the green tractor logo, these businesses support local producers. Time for tea? A stay in Northamptonshire just wouldn’t be complete without sampling one of our infamous afternoon teas, so kick back, relax and indulge in just a mere taster of what’s on offer here: Fawsley Hall: With three magnificent locations to choose from, it’s not just the cakes which’ll spoil you rotten here. The Dining Room at 78 Derngate: A boutique-style restaurant serving up gourmet fare. Oundle Mill: A chic, contemporary take on a British classic. The Old Laundry at Cottesbrooke Hall: Homemade cakes in a stately setting. Award winning standards The Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, now heading into their third year, provide a showcase to celebrate the best of the best

pro-portions gastronomic pro-portions of what Northamptonshire has to offer. With Carlsberg UK as headline sponsor this year and next, this is now officially.....probably the best culinary competition in the world! With seven hotly contested categories this year, the competition was hotter than the curry cook off! Turn to page 28 for full details on our victorious winners. Fair’s Square Northampton’s ancient cobbled market square is one of the oldest in England, still used for its original purpose it now also plays host to regular events and exhibitions. Following a recent redesign, retaining original features, the square now also plays host to regular speciality markets; everything from antiques to food markets, sing songs to festive gatherings. From plot to plate Our market places might be historic but there’s nothing fresher than the produce for sale at our regular farmers’ markets (Listed

here). Forget pre-packed, mass produced foods; the farmers at these markets live within a 30 mile radius of the market, ensuring their produce is in its tastiest and freshest condition.

Clockwise from top left: A Pickled Village hamper Local produce logo Beckworth Emporium Farringtons Mellow Yellow & Northamptonshire Honey Sauls of Spratton, Diamond Pie Afternoon tea at Fawsley Hall Farmers’ market, fresh asparagus

Burton Latimer, Millennium Garden 1st Saturday of the month, 9.00-1.00 Oundle, Market Place 2nd Saturday of the month, 9.00-2.00 Northampton, Market Square 3rd Thursday of the month, 9.30-1.30 Towcester, Richmond Road 2nd Friday of the month, 9.00-1.00 Daventry, High Street 1st Saturday of the month, 9.00-1.30 Wellingborough, Market Square Last Thursday of the month, 9.00-2.00 Higham Ferrers, Market Square Last Saturday of the month, 9.00-1.30 Brackley, Market Place 3rd Saturday of the month, 9.00-1.00


As home to the largest concentration of historic houses in England, Northamptonshire’s rich tapestry of heritage is ripe for exploration. From stately homes to gardens of grandeur, art collections to ancient monuments, this is truly a county with a tale to tell.

Canons Ashby

Lyveden New Bield

Fawsley Hall

Where history Where history comes alive comes alive With such internationally recognised landmarks as 78 Derngate, the unique Rennie Mackintosh designed house and Althorp, home to the Spencer family and resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales, the breadth of interest on offer is not hard to see. Heritage remains a time-honoured celebration in the county; annual events recognise the intrigue and importance of days gone by. Each year the English Heritage Festival of History masterfully depicts over 2000 years of living history, from clothing to music, food to weaponry, the authenticity of this event sees visitors returning year after year. Northamptonshire and its towns and villages feature heavily in the nation’s history; commonly the home or stopover for many a notable figure. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor


to the county, he took his inspiration for ‘Bleak House’ from one of his many stays at Rockingham Castle. Notable names to originate from the county include the scientist and Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick whose life and DNA discovery is commemorated by a handsome statue in Northampton town centre and composer Malcolm Arnold whose lifework is celebrated every year with a concert at Royal & Derngate Theatres. The county’s rich cultural heritage is further brought to life through a dedicated interactive website. The history of Northamptonshire is chartered through the years right back to its first settlement at Briar Hill, Northampton. Visitors are taken on a tour right up to a present day outdoor art installation in 2010, which saw the county town taken over by a pride of more than 40 individually designed lions.


Northamptonshire Timeline Timeline 3500BC First settlement at Briar Hill,



The Romans arrive

1164AD Trial of Thomas A Becket at

Northampton Castle

1290AD Eleanor of Castile,

the Queen Consort of

Edward I dies

1460AD 2nd Battle of Northampton

in the War of the Roses

1587AD Execution of

Mary Queen of Scots

at Fotheringhay Castle

1605AD Gunpowder plot planned at

Ashby St Ledgers

1675AD Great fire of Northampton

destroys three quarters of

the town

1796AD Grand Union Canal to

Blisworth opened

1916AD Scientist Francis Crick born

in Northampton

1917AD Bassett-Lowke moves

into 78 Derngate the

Mackintosh House

1948AD British Grand Prix first held

at Silverstone

2010AD Pride of Northampton

For the full story log onto English Heritage Festival of History


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For rest and relaxation, there’s nowhere more reviving and refreshing than Northamptonshire. With every visit to our soothing county, peace of mind comes as standard. Whether it is family fun, a chance to rediscover nature, or just the opportunity to unwind for a while, you are in the right county.

Old Rectory Gardens Old Rectory Gardens, Sudborough, NN14 3BX Tel: 01832 733247 Email: Web: The Old Rectory Gardens comprise a blend of traditional style and contemporary design that change form and colour with the seasons. The renowned potager was designed by Rosemary Verey in 1985 and now the owners are assisted by Rupert Golby. Open: Daily 10am to 6pm March to September Price: Entrance £4.50 - Children free - Tea & biscuits £1.50

Catanger Llamas

Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY Tel: 01933 625522 Email: Web:

Weedon Lois, Towcester, NN12 8FN Tel: 01327 860808 Email: Web:

Set in the heart of the Nene Valley, Stanwick Lakes is a 650 acre countryside attraction, with wide open spaces, offering action and adventure around every corner. With cycling, rock climbing, outdoor theatre and assault course challenges, there’s plenty to do. Our award-winning Visitor Centre features a Café overlooking the lake.

Try something different! Discover and enjoy the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside leading a gentle llama along bridleways and country lanes. Treks to suit all. Children’s parties, corporate days.

Open: Daily Summer (April to September) 7am – 9pm Winter (October- March) 7am – 5pm (Closed Christmas Day)

Open: All year. Booking essential.

Location: Off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 between Wellingborough and Thrapston

Location: You can find us 20 minutes from J15a M1, 15 minutes from J11 M40

Price: Car Parking charges apply

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Stanwick Lakes

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Salcey Forest Home of the Tree Top Way Tel: 01780 444920 Email: Web: Salcey Forest is an oasis of wildlife and history only 7 miles from Northampton. Enjoy it on foot, horseback or bike on extensive waymarked trails. If you have a head for heights ascend the all ability Tree Top Way and see Salcey from a completely different perspective, with fantastic views at the top. What’s at Salcey? • 3 walking trails including • 2 all access • • Family cycle route • • Horse riding trail and box parking • • Play area • Forest Café

Toilets Regular events Education programme Corporate and team building activities available

Location: On the Quinton to Hartwell road off the B526 south of Northampton, for purposes of SatNav the post code is NN7 2HX. Open: Daily except Christmas day, 7am till 7pm in Summer and 7am till 5pm in Winter.

Top Lodge Fineshade Woods Forestry Commission, Top Lodge, Fineshade, Nr. Corby, NN17 3BB Tel: 01780 444920 Email: Web: Discover one of the largest woodlands in Northamptonshire in the heart of the ancient Rockingham Forest. Explore the trails to spot deer and red kites then relax in Top Lodge Café and browse in the shops. What’s at Top Lodge? • 3 walking trails including 1 all access • Family cycle route • Horse riding trail and box parking • Top Lodge Café • Shops • Toilets • Regular events • Education programme • Caravan site • Youth shelter camp site • Room hire • Corporate and team building activities available • Coach and minibus parking • Cycle hire (coming soon) Location: Follow the Top Lodge sign off the A43 between Corby and Stamford. Open: Daily except Christmas day, 10am – 5pm in Summer and 10am - 4pm Winter.


Slow Down Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial - Althorp

Castle Ashby Gardens

Castle Ashby, Northampton, NN7 1LQ Tel: 01604 695200 Email: Website: Castle Ashby House is the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. The house is set amidst a 10,000 acre working estate with an extensive 25 acres of gardens which are open to the public 365 days a year. Castle Ashby Gardens are a mixture of many different styles including a beautiful butterfly garden, picturesque rainbow border, colourful fuschia house, large arboretum including a nature trail and the formal Italian gardens. A children’s farm yard with a wide selection of rare breed animals can also be found within the gardens along with tea rooms and a gift shop. Price:

Adults £5 OAP/ children over 10 £4.50 Children under 10 free

Open: 10am – 5.30 pm 1st April to 30th September 10am - 4.30 pm 1st October to 31st March

Evenley Wood Garden Evenley, Brackley, NN13 5SH Tel: 07776 307849 Email: Web: This 60 acre, private woodland garden holds a notable collection of plants with interest from the first snowdrops, through summer flowers and lilies, to wonderful autumn hues. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day with the family in Evenley Wood. Open: 11am-5pm. Snowdrops - Feb 12th/13th, 19th/20th. Spring & Summer - Sat/Sun/Bank Holiday Mon - from Mar 19th to Jul 17th. Autumn Colour - Oct 29th/30th. Rare Plant Fair - Apr 3rd. Lily Festival - Jul 16th. Location: Evenley village, 1 mile south of Brackley, just off the A43. Price: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children £1.

Haddonstone Showgarden The Forge House, Church Lane, East Haddon, Northampton, NN6 8DB Tel: 01604 770711 Fax: 01604 770027 Email: Web: See classic garden ornaments in the beautiful walled manor gardens including planters, fountains, statuary, bird baths, sundials, garden furniture and balustrading. The Jubilee Garden incorporates charming follies, obelisks, water features and a new contemporary garden. Also, new for 2011, is a wildflower garden and a statue walk. Location: Off A428, 7 miles north west of Northampton Open: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (except bank holidays and Christmas period) closed at weekends except 7/8 May and 10/11 September 2011. 18

Jeyes of Earls Barton

26-28 The Square, Earls Barton, NN6 ONA Tel: 01604 810289 / 812657 Web: A traditional family run shopping experience in the heart of Northamptonshire. Through our doors you’ll find a maze of wonderful rooms to explore including The Keepsake Gift Shop, The Dolly Lodge, Earls Barton Museum, Jeyes Fluid Memorabilia, The Fun of The Fair model display & Sylvanian Families Exhibition. Take a break from shopping and relax in our Apothocoffee Shop for a light lunch or country cream tea. On those sunny days enjoy a scrumptious ice cream in our walled garden. JEYES is a truly memorable place to visit. Open: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 8.30am - 5pm. Closed on Sundays. Location: Just off the A45, halfway between Northampton and Wellingborough, near J15, M1. Free parking and stair lift available

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Step Back

As you explore our rolling landscape, you’ll find the past truly comes alive right around you, with re-enactments of history changing battles, authentic jousting tournaments, and many other spectacular heritage events, all happening right where they first thrilled onlookers all those years ago. Even our green spaces have their own place in history, with numerous sites of significant events, examples of landscaping by Capability Brown, and restored medieval gardens.

Rushton Triangular Lodge

The Canal Museum

Stoke Bruerne, Nr Towcester, Northants NN12 7SE Tel: 01604 862229 Email: Web:

Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RP. Tel: 01536 710761 Web: properties/rushton-triangular-lodge The delightful triangular building was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham (father of one of the Gunpowder plotters) and constructed between 1593 and 1597. It is testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism. Enjoy the architecture of this delightfully puzzling Elizabethan folly.

Step back in time and learn more about 200 years of inland waterway use and heritage. A trip around the museum, housed in a delightfully restored cornmill, will give you a fascinating and colourful insight into canals, with floors of exhibits and an audio tour of the canal. Open: all year. Summer 10am - 5pm Winter 11am - 3pm Wed-Fri, 11am - 4pm Sat-Sun, Closed Mon-Tues. Location: Off A508, 8 miles south of Northampton, 10 minutes from M1 (junction 15)

Location: One mile west of Rushton on unclassified road, 3 miles from Desborough on A6. Open: 01 Apr 2011 - 31 March 2012, please contact for opening hours Price: Please contact for prices.

Rockingham Castle Rockingham, LE16 8TH. Tel: 01536 770240 Email: Web: A Royal Castle for 450 years and 450 years a family home. The pre-dominantly Tudor building, within Normanwalls, has architecture, furniture and works of art from practically every century. Eighteen acres of stunning formal and wild gardens. Beautiful view over five counties. Eye spy and quiz for children. Open: 12 noon – 5pm. Grounds open at 12 noon. Castle opens at 1pm. Last entry 4.30pm. 17th April to end of May - Sundays & Bank Holidays Mondays, June to September - Tuesdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays.

Price: House & Gardens: Adults £9.00, Senior Citizen £7.50, Children (5-12 years) £5, Family ticket (2+2) £22 Grounds Only: Including Gardens, Salvins Tower, Gift Shop and Licensed Tea Room, Adults & Children £5 (Not available when special events are held in grounds).


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Kirby Hall Kirby Hall, Deene, Near Corby, NN17 3EN Tel: 0870 333 1181 Email: Web: properties/kirby-hall Kirby Hall is one of England’s greatest Elizabethan houses, built in the hope of receiving Queen Elizabeth I on one of her annual ‘progresses’ around the country. Explore the Great Garden, laid out in elaborate and intricate ‘cutwork’ parterres. It was once described as ‘the finest garden in England’. Relax and enjoy a picnic and delight in the company of the regal peacocks who live here. Open: Please check website for opening hours. Location: On an unclassified road off A43, 4 miles NE of Corby

Canons Ashby House Northampton Museum & Art Gallery Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP Tel: 01604 838111 Email: Web: The museum is home to a world famous shoe collection. Discover why shoes are important to Northampton, how shoes are made and the history of shoe fashions. Famous shoe wearers and designers are featured in many displays. Other permanent displays include the history of Northampton from the Stone Age to the present day and British and Oriental ceramics. A series of temporary exhibitions runs throughout the year, including art, fashion, photography, sculpture and history. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sundays 2pm - 5pm. Closed Mondays. Price: Free 20

Canons Ashby, Daventry, NN11 3SD Info: 01327 860044 Tel: 01327 861900 Email: Web: Canons Ashby is a hidden treasure in the heart of rural Northamptonshire. Once the site of an Augustinian priory, the church is all that remains next to the Dryden family’s Elizabethan manor house. Largely unaltered since the 18th Century, the interior contains Jacobean wall paintings, plasterwork and tapestries. The terraces and topiary gardens of Canons Ashby retain the peace and tranquillity of a quintessential English country house estate. Open: House, Church, Garden, Tea Rooms and Shop between 11.00 and 17.00, Saturday to Wednesday from 14th March – 31st October, Friday to Wednesday in August, Weekends only mid Feb – mid March, Nov and Dec 12.00 – 16.00, Last entry 30 mins before closing, Open bank holidays – for further information see website or info line. Price: Entry fee applies, free for National Trust members.

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Naseby Battlefield Project King Charles defeated! Visit the site of the decisive battle of the English Civil War The beautiful countryside of north Northamptonshire was the scene of one of the most important battles ever fought in England. On the 14th June 1645 the Royalist army of King Charles I was defeated by the New Model Army of Parliament. In the fields north of the village of Naseby autocratic monarchy ended and arguably parliamentary democracy was born. A new Battlefield Trail with viewing platforms is now open. Trail leaflets can be obtained free of charge from local stores and Tourist Information Centres.

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Abington Park Museum Abington Park, Northampton, NN1 5LW Tel: 01604 838110 Email: Web: A Grade I listed building located within one of the town’s most beautiful parks. Highlights include a Tudor oak panelled room; displays of significant and interesting items from The Museum of Leathercraft collection; the military history of campaigns around the world by soldiers of the Northamptonshire Regiment & the Northamptonshire Yeomanry. Open: April to October, Thursday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed November to March.

Deene Park

Deene, Near Corby, NN17 3EW Tel: 01780 450278 Web: Surrounded by a park and beautiful gardens with long borders, roses and specimen trees, this Tudor and Georgian mansion has been the home of the Brudenell family since 1514, including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the charge of the Light Brigade.

Boughton House Tel: 01536 515731 Email: Web: Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Boughton began as a Tudor building and was transformed into “The English Versailles”. The outstanding collection of fine arts within the house is complemented by the Grade One listed historic landscape. Key features are presently being restored, including historic avenues of trees, woodland walks, the canalised river Ise and the Mount. In 2008 the Duke commissioned Kim Wilkie to create a new feature – Orpheus. Open: The House is open by appointment for groups throughout the year and May 1st – 2nd, August 1st – September 1st 2pm – 5pm (last entry at 4pm). Tours only on Mon (except BH) and Fri. The Grounds are open May 1st to July 31st, Sun – Fri, 1pm – 5pm and Daily, August 1st – September 1st, noon – 5pm. Price: House and Park - Adults £10.00 Children £7.00 Family Ticket (2+2) £25.00 Park only - Adults £6.00 Children £2.00 Family Ticket (2+2) £14.00. Wheelchair visitors admitted free.

Open: House & Gardens: Easter Sunday & Monday, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from May to end August, Wednesdays in May, September and 1st June, 2-5 p.m. Last admission 4 p.m. Open for groups at other times by prior arrangement. Location: 6 miles north east of Corby, off A43. Price: Adults £8.00, Senior Citizens £7.00, Children (10-14) £4.00.

Daventry Town Council Museum 3 New Street Daventry, NN11 4BT Tel: 01327 301246 Web: Artefacts displayed show the History of Daventry and include original Charters signed by Elizabeth the 1st. Open: First Saturday of each month 10am - 1pm.

Piddington Roman Villa Museum Chapel End, Piddington, NN7 2DD. Tel: 01604 870312 / 01604 871266 E-mail: Web: Visit the award-winning Piddington Roman Villa Museum, in Chapel End. Open: Sunday afternoons, or by arrangement.


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The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries 82 Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UH Tel: 01604 603407 Email: Web:

78 Derngate: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries is recognised as the place to visit in Northampton. The house at 78 Derngate was remodelled by the world-famous designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic Modernist style. The Gallery Upstairs is free to enter and has a series of exhibitions throughout the year selling and showing the best in contemporary craft. The Dining Room, the in-house boutique-style restaurant, offers a full range of delicious contemporary cuisine, while the shop and craft display have numerous unique gifts. Open: 1st February to 18th December 2011 Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) Closed Monday except Bank Holiday Mondays Price: Standard Admission £6.20, Concession £5.70, Family £15, Children & Students £4, Daytime Group Rate £5.20, School Groups £3.00. Free Entry to The Gallery Upstairs, Gift & Craft Shop and The Dining Room. Location: In the heart of Northampton close to the Royal & Derngate Theatre just off the inner ring road.

The Prebendal Manor & Tithe Barn Museum Nassington, Nr Peterborough, PE8 6QG Tel: 01780 782575 Email: Web:

Lyveden New Bield Lyveden New Bield, Nr Oundle, PE8 5AT Tel: 01832 205358 Email: Web: Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survival of the Elizabethan age. Created by Thomas Tresham, Lyveden is one of England’s oldest surviving garden landscapes. Discover Lyveden through a fascinating new audio guide. Open: March - October open daily except Monday and Tuesday, 10.30am - 5pm. July August open daily February to mid March and November open weekends 11am - 4pm Location: Between Oundle and Brigstock signposted off the A6116 and A427 Prices: NT members free, children free, adults £5 22

A visit to this award winning manor includes, The Tithe Barn Museum, a dovecote exhibition, and the largest recreated medieval gardens in Europe. Open: Please visit website for opening times.

Lamport Hall

Northamptonshire, NN6 9HD Tel: 01604 686272 Email Web:

A Grade 1 Historic House containing items collected by the Isham family, surrounded by ten acres of splendid gardens. Lamport Hall offers a wide programme of events and adult education courses.

Cottesbrooke Hall

Cottesbrooke, Northampton. NN6 8PF Tel: 01604 505808 Email: Web: Cottesbrooke Hall is a fine example of Queen Anne architecture. It contains outstanding collections of Sporting Art, porcelain, bronzes and furniture. The gardens are full of unusual plants and shrubs that offer interest all season long. Many mature trees also feature including fine examples of Cedar, Tulip and Weeping Birch and in the Wild Gardens a number of beautiful Acers. Open: Please visit our website Prices: Adult gardens only £5.50, adult Hall & Gardens £8.00 concession and child prices available.

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Sulgrave, Banbury, OX17 2SD Tel: 01295 760205 Fax: 01295 768056 Email: Web:

Sulgrave Manor, near Stratford, Warwick and Oxford, is “a hidden gem”. The home of George Washington’s ancestors, sensitively restored, wonderful furniture and textiles, shown on tours by friendly, informative guides.

Station Road, Desborough Tel: 01536 765734 Web: Desborough Heritage Centre houses displays covering the history of Desborough from very early settlements to the 19th and 20th centuries. Come in and look around, or spend some time, if you wish, chatting to the museum’s enthusiastic volunteers about Desborough history, buildings and people.

Open: Mon – Thurs 10.00 - 12.30, 2.00 - 4.00 Fri 9.00 - 12.00, 2.00 - 4.00 Saturday 9.00 - 12.30 Price: Free

Delapré Abbey London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AW Tel: 01604 708675 Email: Web: Discover Northampton’s hidden treasure - Delapré Abbey. The Friends of Delapré Abbey (FoDA) provide a warm welcome and many valuable services for the community including; tea rooms open 7 days a week, historical information, both corporate & community events, private functions, educational & fun activities for children and Abbey tours. FoDA volunteers also assist with the maintenance of the beautiful gardens and are presently restoring one of the Victorian greenhouses. Experience the tranquillity of dining in the walled garden before you explore the lakeside and extensive parkland surrounding the Abbey. Please contact us for details of forthcoming events and tours.

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Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Churches

Holy Trinity, Rothwell Squires Hill, Rothwell Tel: 01536 710268 Email: Web:


Here is a small selection of the churches our county has to offer.

One of the largest medieval churches in the country and regarded as one of the finest. Has one of only two bone crypts in England.

We suggest that you contact churches directly for details on their services and visiting times.

Weston Favell Centre, Weston Favell

Emmanuel, Weston Favell Tel: 01604 402150 Email: Web:

Earls Barton Church

Modern church building built in 1973, adjoining a large shopping complex. Truly a ‘church in the marketplace!’

All Saints Church, Earls Barton

St Mary the Virgin, Wappenham

St James, Northampton

Vicarage, 7 High Street, Earls Barton, Northampton, NN6 0JG Tel: 01604 810045 Email: Web:

Wappenham Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

Vicarage Road, Northampton Tel: 01604 751164 Email:

All Saints is famous for its exceptionally fine late Saxon tower. There is also excellent Norman work and a fifteenthcentury choir screen, as well as much else of interest.

Dating from the C13th, the church has a fine pinnacle tower and a wide chancel. There is a hagioscope in the aisle, now blocked up and brasses commemorating the Lovatt family of Astwell Manor

Grade II listed church, Northampton’s Saints Rugby Club was founded by a former Vicar.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton

St Peter’s, Lowick

Sheep Street, Northampton. Tel: 01604 754782 Email:

Lowick Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

Church of the Holy Sepulchre is known to be the largest and best preserved round church in the UK.

This beautiful church has a lantern tower. There is a series of medieval glass panels in the form of Jesse window. The church also contains two medieval tombs.

St Mary Magdalene, Ecton

St James the Great, Syresham

Church Way, Ecton Tel: (01933) 226711

Syresham Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

A fine example of an English county church, built predominantly of mellow ironstone from C12th – C15th. An aunt and uncle of Benjamin Franklin are buried in the churchyard.

Lowick Church

The church has several aspects of Norman architecture, including a Norman font and recently restored wall paintings.

St John the Evangelist, Whitfield

All Hallows Parish Church, Wellingborough

St Mary Magdalene, Castle Ashby

Whitfield Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

The Market Place, Wellingborough Tel: 01933 222002 Email: Web:

Castle Ashby House, Castle Ashby Tel: 01604 891294 Email: Web:

Large C13 – 15th church notable for its collection of modern stained glass and mural painting.

Set in the gardens of Castle Ashby, the church pre-dates the castle by around 200 years.

St Mary and St Peter, Lois Weedon

St Margaret of Antioch, Denton

St Lawrence, Radstone

Lois Weedon Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

Bedford Road, Denton Tel: 01604 891294 Email: Web:

Radstone Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

This church was rebuilt after the tower and spire came down in a gale on 7th February 1869, totally wrecking the church fabric. Stained glass dated 1898 – 1914 by Morris and Co.

A cruciform church with wall paintings over the east arch in the south aisle. The 1849 pulpit is stone with an unusual doorway, in the churchyard is a memorial to Dame Edith Sitwell, designed by Henry Moore.

The internal walls of the church are filled with murals completed in 1976 by the noted Northampton artist, Henry Bird.

Won the John Betjeman award in 2000. The tower dates from 1096; Norman font and original searing along one wall.

St Mary Magdalene, Helmdon

All Saints, Northampton

St Luke, Kislingbury

Church Street, Helmdon Tel: 01280 850683 Email:

George Row, Northampton Tel: 01604 632194 Email: Web:

Church Lane, Kislingbury Tel: 01604 830603 Email:

Built during the C13th and C14th, there is an early English piscine near the north door and sedilia with serious and comical carvings in the Chancel. There is also a magnificent yew about 2000 years old.


Grade I listed, fine C17th interior. Plaster work by Edward Goudge, Christopher Wren’s chief plasterer, ‘Inigo Jones’ portico. Choral music 6 days a week and coffee shop open daily.

Built of Northamptonshire ironstone in the C14th and largely unchanged since. A splendid example of English gothic architecture.

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All Saints, Yelvertoft

St Mary the Virgin, Kettering

Knox Road, Wellingborough Tel: 01933 225626 Email:

High Street, Yelvertoft Tel: 01788 822147 Web:

Fuller Street, Kettering Tel: 01536 512736 Email:

Wonderful architecture and decoration, once described by John Betjeman as the finest church in England of modern date.

Used by Cromwell’s troops as an armoury before the battle of Naseby. Worn stonework used for sharpening weapons still visible.

Built by Gotch and Saunders, Chapel of Christ the King added in 1932

St Mary’s, Great Brington

St Margaret of Antioch, Crick

St Peter’s, Irthlingborough

Main Street, Great Brington Tel: 01604 754167 Email:

Church Street, Crick Tel: 01788 822147 Web:

Church Street, Irthlingborough Tel: 01933 650073 Web:

Beautiful church with fine pew ends with tomb of an ancestor of George Washington and Spencer Chapel where generations of the Spencer family are buried.

Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, there has been worship on this site for 1000 years. One of England’s 1000 best churches.

C14th collegiate church entered through a porch with doors at the four cardinal points. The detached bell tower consists of an elaborate embattled lantern resting on a square tower.

St Matthew’s, Northampton

St Nicholas, Overstone

Kettering Road, Northampton Tel: 01604 791251 Email: Web:

Church Lane Farm, Overstone Tel: 01604 494542

Built in 1891 this C13th gothic style church is home to the Northampton Bach Choir, who give regular concerts in the church.

Originally built in 1807, restoration was completed by Lady Wantage, who put in the stained glass window in the north side. The east window is of French stained glass.

All Saints, Brixworth

St Peter’s, East Carlton

Brixworth Tel: 01604 880951 Email: Web:

Church Lane, East Carlton Tel: 01536 771396 Email:

Probably England’s largest and finest surviving Anglo-Saxon Church built around 680 A.D.

Originally C13th but largely built in C18th. The church contains an important monument to Sir Geoffrey Palmer, who was Attorney General to King Charles II

Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St Leodegarius, Ashby St Ledgers

St Peter’s, Cogenhoe Church Street, Cogenhoe Tel: 01604 891166 Many parts of the church have been standing for over 700 years. The church holds the earliest surviving population censuses in England.

Brixworth Church

Ashby St Ledgers Tel: 01788 335579

St Mary’s and All Saints, Fotheringay Fotheringhay Tel: 01832 226243

Norman towers and front, ancient pews, triple-decker pulpit, floor brasses and many wall paintings.

This grand church dates back to the 15th century, with a magnificent soaring tower and lantern, this is a real storehouse for English history.

All Saints, Lilbourne

Holy Cross, Byfield

St Alban the Martyr, Northampton

Station Road, Lilbourne Tel: 01788 822147 Web:

Church Street, Byfield Tel: 01327 260204

Broadmead Avenue, Northampton Tel: 01604 407074 Email: Web:

Saxon church with Saxon doorway and floor décor of the period.

Great Brington Church

Built in 1842 of Northamptonshire stone with a fine tower rising to 140ft. Inside, look for the 3-seater sedilia, beautifully carved pew ends and gargoyles as you enter the porch.

Built in 1938, this church has a light and spacious feel. It has a neo classical style rood screen, on which unusually, is the Royal Coat of Arms.

St Leonard’s, Aston Le Walls

St Peters, Marefair, Northampton

Main Street, Aston Le Walls Tel: 01327 260204

Tel: 01604 632 194

The church dates from early in the C13th and has a Norman font, south window and arch in the west wall of the tower.

The church dates from the twelfth century and posses many key features including a recently restored wall painting, outstanding carvings and items of local and historical interest.

St John the Baptist, Upper Boddington

St Giles Church, Northampton

Church Road, Upper Boddington Tel: 01327 260204

Tel: 01604 682623 Email: Website:

Built in the C15th with earlier dated tombs in the church. Main treasure is an unusual old chest, six feet long, carved from a single oak log, encased in worked iron.

The church is an1800 year old building which has been reordered internally to be accessible to all; this enables us to achieve our mission of reaching out to the local community.


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If you have a taste for action and adventure you’ll find there’s always something exhilerating to be experienced in Northamptonshire. This go-getting county also offers thrill-seekers the chance to try mountain biking, skateboarding, jet-skiing, and all kinds of airbourne adventures.

Silverstone Circuit Northamptonshire NN12 8TN Tel: 0844 3728 200 Email: Web:

Silverstone, the Home of British Motor Racing, is one of the world’s most famous motorsport venues. Host to the 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX and 2011 AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX MotoGP, as well as many other World and British Championship events. For those who want to get behind the wheel, Silverstone has a full range of Driving and Riding Experiences from age 13+. Whether it’s a supercharged supercar or your first driving or riding lesson. For more information visit our website or come and see us at the Silverstone Visitor Centre. Please contact us or visit the website for information on opening times, events, and prices.

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Santa Pod Raceway Adrenaline Alley Arnsley Road, Off Priors Haw Road, Corby, NN17 5QW Tel: 01536 202049 Fax: 01536 201603 Web: Home of the UKSA Championships, Adrenaline Alley provides a safe environment for urban activities such as BMX, skateboarding and skating. With Europe’s first 76ft x 14ft resi vert ramp, a resi jump box, foam pit and a vast amount of ramps we have become known as the best indoor urban centre in the UK. Open: 12pm - 9pm every day apart from Wednesdays when the park is closed. (Open all week during Corby school holidays). Visit the website for any upcoming events.

Airfield Road, Podington, Wellingborough NN29 7XA Tel: 01234 782828 Web:

0-100mph IN UNDER 1 SECOND! Santa Pod Raceway is the home of European Drag Racing and host to the televised FIA European Drag Racing Championships. It’s the fastest and loudest motorsport on earth with sensational race action from Dragsters and Doorslammers to Beetles and Bikes. • • • • • • • •

FREE admission for kids at most major events Live Action arena at most major events FREE events calendar and mailing list FREE camping for weekend ticket holders Licensed Bar and on-site catering Children’s activities and side-shows Corporate hospitality and track days VIP/Hospitality tickets available for all major drag racing events

Location: Located 10 minutes from Junction 14 of the M1

Rockingham Motor Speedway Rockingham, Corby, NN17 5AF Tel: 01536 500500 Web: Europe’s fastest racing circuit, Rockingham, host superb motor racing events throughout the year including BTCC and F3/GT. Enjoy spectating from our superb facilities or get on track in your own car on a track day. There’s always something going on, check out our calendar on the website for more information.

Wicksteed Park

Barton Road, Kettering, NN15 6NJ Tel: 01536 512475 Fax: 01536 518948 Email: Web: Wicksteed Park is one of the oldest leisure parks in the UK having opened in 1921. Based in 147 acres of parkland and lakes, there are 35 rides and attractions, fantastic daytime and evening entertainment, outdoor events such as car rallies, fireworks night and concerts, function rooms available for hire for weddings and private events, plus a caravan and camping site during the summer months. Towcester Racecourse


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The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards celebrate all that is great Dangs Vietnamese Cuisine about the county’s food and drink, recognise excellence within the county’s dining 205, Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4ED venues and give a public pat on the back to all those who strive to offer exceptional Tel: 01604 607060 / 07968 065371 food and drink experiences whilst maintaining strong connections with the community. Email: Web: This year at a packed Awards dinner at Holdenby House, Michelin-starred chef Recommended by the Michelin Guide for two consecutive years 2009-2010. Jason Atherton presented the prizes to the delighted restaurateurs, publicans and New Year new menu, for more information food and drink producers. Here we congratulate the winners and finalists again and please visit our website. ask you to come judge for yourselves.

Oundle Mill Barnwell Road, Oundle, PE8 5PB Tel: 01832 272621 Email: Web: Boutique hotel and restaurant in a stunningly converted traditional watermill set on the banks of the River Nene in rural Northamptonshire. Fabulous food – idyllic setting - rustic charm with city chic.

We are extremely pleased and proud to have won this award, especially as we have only been open for two years. We have a fantastic venue and a fantastic team and of course being named runner-up last year was great, but now we are delighted to be able to represent the county as Northamptonshire’s Restaurant of the Year 2010/11.

Jeremy Medley – Oundle Mill, Oundle

We were runners-up in 2009 “ for our Northamptonshire Bitter Hoggleys Brewery Unit 12 Litchborough Trading Estate, Northampton Road, Litchborough, NN12 8JB Tel: 01327 831308 Email: Web: Eight years ago Hoggleys was probably the smallest licensed brewery in the country. Now it produces approximately 3000 pints of award winning real ale in bottle and cask per week.

and really wanted to go one better this time round! We’re really proud of our beer and it’s wonderful to think that its quality is being so widely recognised.

Julie Hogg – Hoggleys Brewery, Litchborough

I only started the company just over “a year ago after my twin boys started Angelina Cupcake Tel: 07944 009779 Email: Web: Handmade cupcakes baked fresh to order using only the finest ingredients. Based in Towcester, Northamptonshire, we specialise in deliciously tempting cupcakes to help make your special occasion that little bit more memorable.


school. Before that I’d just been baking for friends and family and it’s grown from there. So to have come up against some long established firms with some fantastic products and to win is overwhelming! Julie Elliot – Angelina Cupcake

Beckworth Emporium

Glebe Rd, Mears Ashby, NN6 0DL Tel: 01604 812 371 Web:

Beckworth Emporium is a contemporary plant centre housing a Food Hall, Produce Market, Garden Nursery and Restaurant. It provides the very best seasonal produce, plants and expert advice in all departments.

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Take a Bite I can’t really express what “receiving this award means to me I am absolutely ecstatic and still walking on cloud nine! Many thanks to Carlsberg UK for making this event possible and also to all the judges for choosing me as their winner. I know now all my hard work has not been in vain!

Hao Dang – Dangs Vietnamese Restaurant, Northampton

the award is a great accolade “andWinning something which my partner Paul, the chefs and I are extremely proud of. We are delighted that all our efforts have been acknowledged and hopefully this success will put us on people’s radar, as first time visitors frequently say ‘we can’t believe we didn’t know you existed’ or ‘you’re Northampton’s best kept secret’. Well we are not a secret anymore!

Chris Hayward – The Olde Red Lion, Kislingbury

The Olde Red Lion Kislingbury, NN7 4AQ Tel: 01604 830219 Web:

The Olde Red Lion offers a bar menu in The Den Dining Room and a comprehensive Table ‘d’ Hote menu within Hunters Restaurant. A fresh locally sourced menu is on offer. With two Bed and Breakfast Rooms and award winning food The Olde Red Lion is well worth a visit.

My wife, Nicky, had tears in her eyes “as we walked up to fetch our trophy! That’s because our family business means everything to us and winning this award is wonderful recognition for our efforts. It’s our love for food and the support of our customers that makes it all worthwhile and this award is a cherry on our cake

Ian Dorwood – Limes Farm, Farthinghoe

Shop & Tearoom

Limes Farm, Main Road, Farthinghoe, Brackley, NN13 5PB Tel: 01295 711229 Web: Our Farm Shop & Tearoom is open 9am-5pm everyday (except Mondays) so why not visit us for a selection of homemade and local goodies, a spot of lunch or just for a tea or coffee and a slice of cake!

Cooking is my passion so it was a real “honour to get recognition as one of the best curry chefs in Northamptonshire. The Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards really help bring recognition to local businesses and producers and help us to improve our relationships with them and the community. I only wish we had won, but there is always next year

Baldev Singh - Mem-Saab, Northampton –

Mem-Saab 357-359 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EU Tel: 01604 630214 Fax: 01604 630213 Web: With our unique combination of traditional values and contemporary sophistication, Mem-Saab offers the authentic taste of The East in an atmosphere conducive to fine dining. To discover more about the Mem-Saab experience make a reservation and enjoy our renowned restaurant menu and our classic wine list.

This award really highlights the are proud to have won “ “thisWeprestigious hard work that all our staff have award in only

our second trading year and take this opportunity to thank our dedicated local suppliers and loyal customers for making this possible

David Brown - Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby

put in over the last year so it’s really great recognition for us. It just goes to show that our efforts in working hard for our local community are worthwhile and we’re really chuffed

Paul Hanna – The Lamplighter, Northampton

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The Lamplighter 66 Overstone Rd, Northampton, NN1 3JS Tel: 01604 631125 Email: A vibrant traditional community pub attracting young and old with traditional home cooked food, real ales, Belgian beers, ciders and continental lagers. Well established on the local music scene attracting local musicians/ DJs and artists from around the UK and beyond.


Master the Arts

Master the Arts

It’s not only culture vultures, arts aficionados and craft connoisseurs that feel so at home in Northamptonshire, our creative and artistic scene is one of the most innovative, imaginative and accessible to be found anywhere in the country. Whatever your level of interest in the arts, Northamptonshire is sure to ignite it with its heady mix of homegrown talent, world-class venues and year round calendar of events.

Fishmarket Bradshaw Street, Northampton, NN1 2HL Tel: 01604 639090 Email: Web: The Fishmarket Gallery and Arts Centre is the flagship project of the Northampton Arts Collective (NAC) an independently run, not-for-profit arts organisation, featuring the largest gallery space outside a city in the UK. NAC has transformed the old market hall into a home for the arts and creative business. Housing several independent retail outlets, artists’ studios and a café bar alongside two independent gallery spaces. Open: Thurs - Sat, 10am - 6pm

Northamptonshire Museum and Art Gallery

Open Studios Northamptonshire

Kettering, NN16 6BR Tel: 07933 859604 Email: Web: Northamptonshire Open Studios is the largest visual arts event in and around the county. Artists open their studios the first two weeks of September. The free full colour brochure will show you the huge range of activities featured.

Royal & Derngate

The Core at Corby Cube

Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP Tel: 01604 624811 Email: Web:

George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG Tel: 01536 470470 Web:

Royal & Derngate is one of the main venues for arts and entertainment in Northampton. It offers a diverse programme of work on its stages, from drama to dance, stand-up comedy to classical music, and children’s shows to opera. Some of the biggest names and shows on tour can be found here, alongside a widely acclaimed Made in Northampton programme of in-house produced work.

I can think of few arts complexes that induce such a rush of excitement on arrival

Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph


The Core is a brand new arts venue in the iconic Corby Cube. It’s a place to meet, see top class performances and get involved. It has something for everyone with music, comedy, dance, theatre, family shows and creative workshops for all. Events and activities take place in three spaces, The Theatre seating 445 people, The Lab which is a studio and performance space, and a workshop and meeting space – The Base.

Warming up for 2012

Warming up for 2012

Using the end of the Beijing 2008 Olympics as its starting pistol, the Northamptonshire Cultural Olympiad, which showcases the county’s arts and cultural offering alongside its sporting prowess, is now well underway and provides residents and visitors alike the chance to be a part of London 2012. The four year London Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games and here in Northamptonshire we’re mirroring that commitment with an ongoing programme of events, festivals and projects which highlight the county’s rich cultural heritage, especially to young people. With an already existing prominent, successful and high-quality cultural sector in the county, the projects of the Cultural Olympiad help to engage with young people and their families, encouraging

Here’s a small selection of what to expect in 2011 as Northamptonshire marks the one-year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Games:

health and wellbeing alongside a greater appreciation of all Northamptonshire has to offer. One event which successfully encompassed the spirit of the Cultural Olympiad was the 2010 Northamptonshire Open Weekend, a three day spectacular of more than 20 events spread across the county. From picnics to ponies, traversing to tree-planting, art to astronomy, there was something for everyone. In 2011 the Northamptonshire Open Weekend will take place from 22-24 July and promises to be even more spectacular than the last.

championing the east midlands

Flow: A series of newly commissioned, site-specific artworks along waterside locations.

Formula Fashion: A commission to design and create bespoke racing leathers to be showcased at major events at Silverstone.

CLIX: A digital photography project which explores the values and themes of the Cultural Olympiad from a young person’s perspective.

Tyranny of Grammar Exhibition: A truly unique festival which celebrates the internationally renowned ‘Peasant poet’ John Clare through visual arts, music and literature. For regularly updated listings of all Northamptonshire Cultural Olympiad events, festivals and performances please visit:


Come and see what makes Come and see what makes Britain Great in Britain Great in Northamptonshire.


Memories are made in Northamptonshire, with over 40 large annual events every year, plus hundreds of smaller regular and one off events, The season never ends in Northamptonshire. Witness history come alive, indulge in music, antiques, literature, food and gardening or experience the glamour and adrenaline of some of the world’s finest motorsport events. Browse through our selection of just some of the events which punctuate Northamptonshire’s annual calendar. MAY

Crick Boat Show There’s more to this festival than just boats, Crick Marina is set to offer a traditional, great value family day out whilst allowing you the chance to discover the magic of the waterways and get out onto the Grand Union Canal.


International Waendel Walk The walk uses a combination of field, footpaths and roads visiting some of Britain’s most picturesque villages, offering a choice of routes for walkers and cyclists from 5km (25km for cyclists) to 42km. Evenley Wood Garden



Northampton Carnival Each year, The Carnival unites all the communities in the town with bright colours, noise, amazing costume and great characters.


British Grand Prix JUNE

Exhilaration, excitement and gas-powered glamour culminate at the UK’s premier motorsport event.

The Cottesbrooke Hall Plant Finders

Known as the must see UK garden fair to visit (Joanna Fortnum, The Daily Telegraph), Cottesbrooke Hall bring you nurseries, garden accessories, crafts and the ever popular Plant Swap.


Oundle International Festival For those who love the thrill of music, the spontaneity of dancing under the starts and the affability of open-air theatre, Oundle International Festival is where you will want to be this summer.


Moto GP The world’s fastest bikes return to Silverstone and in 2011 fans will have a British rider to get behind on the MotoGP grid, as former World Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow steps-up to join the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.


English Heritage Festival of History The ultimate historical adventure and a block buster of an event, the Festival of History is the highlight of the English Heritage events calendar.



Shambala Fair A weekend of music, magic and mayhem for all the family. It’s not only about the big arena live stages, but also the smaller intimate and off the wall spaces.


Rockingham Fair Sample and buy from some of the country’s finest food and craft artisans, learn new skills and enjoy family entertainment including children’s farms and birds of prey displays.


Northamptonshire Food Show at Holdenby House Northamptonshire’s premier food and drink event, with a huge variety of local and regional produce, live cooking demonstrations, falconry displays, children’s activities and much more.


FIA/UEM European Finals at Santa Pod The European Finals is the last round of the prestigious European Drag Racing Championship and features the largest race entry and one of the most packed motorsport events in Europe.

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Open Studios Northamptonshire Founded in 1996, Open Studios Northamptonshire is the largest visual arts event in and around the county. During the first two weeks of September each year artists invite you into their studios to witness at first hand the inspiration and motivation which drives them to create.


Village at War Experience life in a canal village during World War II, Stoke Bruerne will be full of vintage wartime narrow boats, military vehicles and hosts dressed in all their 1940s gear.


UK National Skateboard Championships In just three years the Vans UKSA National Skateboarding Championships, held at Adrenaline Alley in Corby, has firmly established itself as one of the must-attend events on the increasingly busy UK skateboarding calendar and will always guarantee one thing to all those in attendance: a jaw-dropping reminder of how quickly the standards of British skateboarders is rising.


World Conker Championships Held near the market town of Oundle since 1965, year on year more and more people visit from all over the world to take part in this old age tradition.

For full Northamptonshire events NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Traditional Christmas Markets listings keep checking Christmas celebrations start early in Northamptonshire and

continue right up to the big day. Avoid the high street crowds with festive shopping for unique gifts, food and crafts at any one of our traditional Christmas markets.


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You can even try life on the farm, with some exceedingly comfortable accommodation in one of a wide range of farm-based cottages, set in tranquil country settings. Wherever you stay in Northamptonshire, there’s one thing you’re certain to always find – the very warmest welcomes.

Park Farm Bed & Breakfast

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Kettering Park Hotel & Spa

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Northamptonshire Farm Accommodation Group Stay rural, Stay rested.

For business or pleasure, Northamptonshire Farm Accommodation Group presents a wide range of excellent Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering cottages nestled in peaceful country settings. Browse our listings here or visit

Cool Contours B&B

Castle Farm Guest House B&B

Warden Hill, Chipping Warden, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1AJ Tel: 01295 660755 Mob: 07973 175206 Web:

Fotheringhay, Peterborough, PE8 5HZ Tel: 01832 226200 Email:

Cool Contours has 3 rooms, each with their own front door in a secluded barn conversion. Each consists of twin/double beds, mini kitchen, en suite bathroom and continental breakfast to the rooms. It is an ideal location for quiet rural breaks and the opportunity to explore the exceptional countryside.

Excellent accommodation in delightfully situated farmhouse, with river frontage. Historical surroundings without equal. Within easy reach of major routes and Midlands towns. Rooms: 2 Doubles (1 converts to a Family Room) & 3 Twins Price: from £37-£50 per person per night

Rooms: 3 Twin/Double Bedrooms Price: £60 per room per night incl. breakfast. £35 single occupancy

Coton Lodge

Lilford Lodge Farm B&B

West Haddon Road, Guilsborough, Northampton, NN6 8QE Tel: 01604 740215 Email: : Web:

Barnwell, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5SA Tel: 01832 272 230 Email: Web:

Welcome to 5 star excellence at Coton Lodge, an elegant Georgian farmhouse with magnificent views across the countryside and spacious comfortable en suite bedrooms. Enjoy freshly cooked breakfast and many extra luxuries to make your stay special and ensure a relaxing holiday or business trip. Five miles from M1 Junc18.

Converted 19th Century farmhouse on the A605. 3 miles south of Oundle, 5 miles north of A14. Reduced rates for more than one night. Rooms: 2 Single, 1 Double, 1 Twin and 1 Family Price: from £28 per person

Rooms: 2 Double en Suite, 1 Double/Twin en suite Price: from £90 per room per night

Dairy Farm B&B

St Andrews Lane, Cranford, Kettering, NN14 4AQ Tel: 01536 330273 Dairy Farm is situated in a beautiful Northamptonshire village. The farmhouse has oak beams and inglenook fireplaces. Delightful garden containing an ancient dovecote and charming summerhouse for guests to enjoy. Delicious evening meals, using farmhouse produce (ordered in advance). Close to many places of interest in the county. J11 on the A14 only ¾ mile away. Rooms: 2 Double, 1 Twin and 1 Family Price: from £30 to £40 per person per night Evening meals from £18.00


Drayton Lodge B&B Mrs A Spicer, Drayton Lodge, Staverton Road, (A425) Daventry, NN11 4NL Tel: 01327 702449 Fax: 01327 872110 Email: Web: A warm friendly welcome awaits you at Drayton Lodge, a secluded private farmhouse dating back to 1800, en suite facilities available. Rooms: 1 Double and 3 twins Price: Single occupancy from £40, Double/Twin from £60

Spinney Lodge Farm B&B

The Nook B&B

Mrs C Payne, Spinney Lodge Farm, Forest Road, Hanslope, Milton Keynes, MK19 7DE Tel: 01908 510267 Email:

Mrs Prim Sanders, The Nook, 5 The Green, Kislingbury, Northampton, NN7 4AH Tel: 01604 830326

Spinney Lodge is a Victorian farmhouse in a secluded position surrounded by gardens. Breakfast is served with local produce and homemade preserves. Ideal for Woburn Abbey, Bletchley Park, Silverstone and Stowe Gardens or as a base for further afield. M1 J15 Northampton 10 minutes, Milton Keynes 15 minutes. Excellent walking & cycling in Salcey Forest. WiFi available.

Enjoy the traditions of farmhouse hospitality on our 450-acre family-run farm. Our thatched house is in a picturesque village conveniently located between J.16 of the M1 and Northampton. Ideal for business people and tourists wanting to visit the surrounding areas. The Althorp and Holdenby estates are close by. The Nene Way and many other footpaths run through the farm.

Rooms: 1 Double and 1 Twin Price: Single occupancy from £30 Twin/Double from £60 Evening meals by arrangement

Rooms: 1 Single and 1 Twin Price: Single from £25, Twin from £44

Murcott Mill Farmhouse B&B

Wold Farm B&B

Mrs C Hart, Murcott Mill, Murcott, Long Buckby, NN6 7QR Tel/Fax: 01327 842236 / 07756981 085 Email: Web:

Anne Engler, Wold Farm B&B, Harrington Road, Old Village, NN6 9RJ Tel/Fax: 01604 781258 Web:

Murcott Mill is a glorious Georgian Mill house situated in the Northamptonshire countryside, close to Long Buckby. Very friendly, very comfortable and lovely walks. Free WiFi. Off road parking. Enjoy home produced Gloucester Old Spot bacon and farm fresh eggs for breakfast. Pets & children welcome. Ideally located for M1/M6/A14 access.

The Engler family offer you a warm welcome to their 18th Century farmhouse and converted Granary with delightful gardens in the quiet village of Old. Good pub food and close to many historic homes and gardens. Rooms: 2 Single, 2 Double, 1 Twin (all en suite) Price: from £34 per person per night

Rooms: 1 Double/Family and 2 twin (all en suite) Price: Double/Twin from £65 per room. Single occupancy £40.

Threeways House B&B Mrs E Barwood, Threeways House, Everdon, Daventry, NN11 3BL Tel: 01327 361631 Mob: 07774 428242 Email: Web: A warm welcome, spacious comfortable en suite rooms, a peaceful countryside location and delicious breakfasts await you. Excellent local pub food. In a charming unspoilt village with wonderful local walking, yet close to Daventry, Northampton and Towcester. Very easy access to M1/J16 and M40/J11. Convenient for Silverstone and Fawsley. WiFi available. Rooms: 1 Single, 2 Double/Family, 2 Twin (all en suite) Price: Single from £40 Double/Twin from £60

Rignall Farm Barns B&B and Self Catering The Jones Family, Rignall Farm Barns, Handley Park, Abthorpe Road, Towcester, NN12 8PA Tel/Fax: 01327 350766 Email: Stone barn conversion on a peaceful, welcoming 30 acre farm. Set around a secluded courtyard, all rooms have their own entrances, en suites and mini kitchens. Recently converted open plan stone and oak self catering studios are also available. Close to M1/M40 link, Silverstone (2 miles), Cotswolds, Stowe, Althorp and Stoke Bruerne. Rooms: 1 Twin, 1 Family and 3 double rooms sleeping 2-4. Price: Double/Twin from £35, Single Occupancy £25, Studios from £195 per week.

Pear Tree Farm B&B

Park Farm B&B

Mrs Beverley Hankins, Pear Tree Farm, Aldwincle, NN14 3EL Tel: 01832 720614 Email: Web:

Park Farm, Upper Shuckburgh, Daventry, NN11 6DS Tel: 01327 702325 Mob: 07887 881504 Email: Web:

A comfortable, quiet farmhouse set in a picturesque village in the Nene Valley. Good home cooking. Easy access from main roads. Ideal for short or long breaks. Excellent bird watching area and walking/fishing. Open all year. Stay on a working farm.

Situated on the historic Shuckburgh Estate close to the Warwickshire/Northamptonshire border ‘The Granary’ is a unique rural retreat on a working organic farm offering complete privacy and relaxation together with modern, stylish ensuite accommodation, outstanding views of unspoilt countryside, well-stocked gardens and delicious home-produced aga-cooked breakfasts. Sleeps 2 – 4

Rooms: 4 Double, 2 Twin Price: Single occupancy from £30, Double/Twin from £50, Evening Meals from £12

Price: from £35.00 per person per night


Fineshade Woods

Slapton Manor B&B Mrs B Smith, Slapton Manor, Chapel Lane, Slapton, Towcester, NN12 8PF Tel: 01327 860344 Fax: 01327 860758 Email: Web: Warm welcoming en suite rooms, with own entrance, adjoining 12th Century manor house on working farm. At edge of village in tranquil backwater yet in easy reach of Silverstone (3 miles), Towcester, M1 (J 15a), M40 (J 11) and A43. Safe off road parking. Self catering studios. Visit our country pub in nearby village, (10 minute walk). Rooms: 1 Double, 1 Family and 1 Twin Price: Double from £55 (single occupancy £35) Family arranged on booking

Friendly Lodge Cottage S/C Kaye Saunders, Friendly Lodge Farm, Station Road, Raunds, Wellingborough, NN9 6BT Tel: 01933 461102 Escape life’s hustle and bustle in a newly-built cottage on our arable farm set in peaceful, rolling countryside. Spacious accommodation with wheelchair access. One downstairs double bedroom with en suite wet room. One double bedroom, one twin bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Fully fitted kitchen and utility room. Lounge/diner with patio doors to garden. Open all year. Easy access to A14 and centrally located to many attractions and places of interest. Price: from £375 - £475 per week. Long and short break prices available on request.

East Haddon Grange Country Cottages S/C Annie Hull, East Haddon Grange, East Haddon, Northamptonshire, NN6 8DR Tel: 01604 770084 Mob: 07979 661122 Web: Four cottages lovingly converted from an 18th century barn provide spacious, beautifully presented self catering accommodation. Located on family farm in an idyllic rural setting, only 7 miles from Northampton and easy reach of many places of interest. Perfect for holidays and longer stays for business or relocating home. Everyone and their pets welcome. 4 units sleeping 2 – 4 people Price: from £240 - £580 per week with discounts for longer stays

Brook Meadow Holiday Chalets S/C Jasper and Mary Hart, Brook Meadow, Welford Road, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, LE16 9UJ Tel: 01858 880886 Fax: 01858 880485 Email: Web: Relax while fishing or just sitting beside our five acre carp lake. Enjoy the peace and quiet at the heart of our farm. Chalets are ready with the beds made up for you. Cot available. Fishing included. Well behaved pets welcome. Good food in local pubs. Colour brochure on request. 3 Chalets sleeping 14 in total Price: £185 - £500


Huntsmill Holidays S/C Mrs Fiona Hilsdon, Huntsmill Farm, Shalstone, Buckingham, MK18 5ND Tel: 01280 704852 Mobile: 07970 871104 Web: A warm welcome awaits you at our converted stone barns. Self catering in six cottages set in a courtyard or bed and breakfast in The Stables. M40 – 10 minutes. Close to Silverstone, Stowe Gardens, Milton Keynes and Oxford. Self catering, 6 cottages sleeping from 2-9 Bed and breakfast, 2 double and 1 single Price: S/C from £225 - £625, BB single from £45, double/twin from £70

Meadowview Cottages, Long Buckby S/C Perkins Lodge Farm, Brington Road, Long Buckby, NN6 7NT Tel: 01327 843235 Email: Web: Attractive cottages and Scandinavian log cabin on a working family farm. Meadowview offers space and tranquility with panoramic views over open countryside. Walk through the fields or fish in our private lakes. Two miles from the thriving village of Long Buckby. Meadowview is a peaceful base for holidays, business stays or relocation. 3 cottages, sleep 1-6 Price: from £180 - £550

No. 4 The Green S/C

Papley Farm Cottages S/C

Emma Robinson, Duck End House, Duck End, Cranford, Kettering, NN14 4AD. Tel: 01536 330608 Email:

Mrs J Lane, Slade House, Papley Farm, Warmington, Peterborough, PE8 6UU Tel/fax: 01832 272583 Email: Web:

A traditional thatched cottage within the beautiful village of Cranford St John. No. 4 The Green is well appointed with modern facilities combining traditional cottage living with up to date convenience. Pets welcome. Sleeps 6 Price: Weekly rate from £250.00 - £450.00

Find generous home comforts in The Chestnut Tree Cottage and The Bungalow. Both are well equipped and prepared especially for you with heat, linen and towels included. Enjoy peace, wide country views, walks and abundant wildlife. Near Oundle, Peterborough and Stamford. Sorry no pets. Open all year. Free brochure. 1 cottage sleeps 5, 1 bungalow sleeps 5 Price: from £320 to £450 per week, “couple only” price available

Ryehill Country Cottages S/C

The Villiers Suite S/C

Maggie Marsh & Mike Widdowson, Ryehills Barn, Holdenby Road, East Haddon, Northampton, NN6 8JR Tel: 01604 770990 Mobile: 07740 799599 Email: Web:

Gayle Robinson, Cranford Hall, Cranford, Kettering, NN14 4AL Tel: 01536 330248 Fax: 01536 330203 Email: Web:

Five cottages and a studio round a courtyard in a superb rural setting. We’ve been providing peaceful and relaxing homes since 1990, updating and extending our facilities over the years. So whether on vacation, business or looking for a temporary home we’ve everything you need. Guests keep returning so we must be doing something right!

The Villiers Suite is a self-contained apartment within Cranford Hall, which is a Georgian mansion set in fine gardens and parkland. 1 apartment, sleeps 5. Price: from £230 for a weekend, £400 for a week

5 cottages + 1 studio sleep 2-6 Price: from £220 to £595 per week. Long term and short break prices (minimum 3 nights) available on request.

Brook Meadow Camping Jasper and Mary Hart, Brook Meadow, Welford Road, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, LE16 9UJ Tel: 01858 880886 Fax: 01858 880485 Email: Web:

For everything Northamptonshire has to offer

Relax while fishing or just sitting beside our 5 acre carp lake. Well behaved pets welcome with access to farm walks. Brochure available. 12 hard standing pitches with electric hook up & 12 tent pitches. Price: from £11-£16


Hotels, Inns and Guest Accommodation Ancient pleasures or the modern country life? Treat yourself to something extravagant. We have a magnificent selection of country house hotels with award winning restaurants and luxury spas. Browse our listings below or visit

Highgate House Creaton, NN6 8NN Tel: 01604 505505 Fax: 01604 505656 Email: With 97 en suite bedrooms offering bed & breakfast accommodation in Northamptonshire, Highgate House provides a wonderful setting for a great night’s sleep. We have a mixture of single, double, twin and family rooms available. Free WiFi is provided to all guests as part of their package, as is access to our indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna. EnjoyEngland Excellence in Tourism (East Midlands) GOLD Award – Business Tourism 2007, 2009, 2010

Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel Hellidon, Daventry, NN11 6GG Tel: 01327 262550 Fax: 01327 262559 Email: Web:

Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel is a little gem situated amongst 220 acres of rolling countryside between Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. With spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding countryside you will be mesmerized on arrival! Home to a challenging 27 hole championship golf course, a superb leisure club, an indoor bowling alley and a tranquil spa, there really is something for everyone at this 102-bedroom four-star QHotel.

Hampton by Hilton Corby Rockingham Leisure Park, Princewood Road, Corby NN17 4AP Tel: 01536 211001 Fax: 01536 211002 Web: Hampton boasts 88 high quality rooms in comfortable surroundings and offer: Complimentary hot breakfast Wedding and function facilities Meeting rooms Fitness centre Business services 24/7 snack shop Free high speed internet access Hilton Honours loyalty scheme


Barceló Daventry

Sedgemoor Way, Northampton, NN11 0SG Email: Tel: 01327 307000 Web: Modern and spacious hotel recently refurbished with Fuel restaurant & bar, health club, swimming pool, hair salon, beauty rooms. Well situated for Silverstone, Rockingham, NEC, Althorp and many stately homes and is surrounded by quaint and pretty villages. Easily located just off the M1 and close to the M40 and M6.

Hotels, Inns and Guest Accommodation

Kettering Park Hotel & Spa Kettering Parkway, Kettering, NN15 6XT Tel: 01536 416666 Email: Web:

Holiday Inn Rugby-Northampton M1 Junction 18, Northampton, NN6 7XR Tel: 0871 942 9059 Web:

The 4 star Kettering Park Hotel & Spa is perfectly located to explore the delights of Northamptonshire.

Enjoy a warm welcome at the conveniently located Holiday Inn Rugby-Northampton M1, Jct. 18 hotel, just 500 metres from the M1.

Executive guest rooms have a separate relaxation area, WiFi access and are fully air conditioned. Langberry’s Restaurant, Bar and Lounge is open early till late, and seasonal menus always showcase the best of what the region has to offer.

Relax in a picturesque setting, where tree-lined gardens surround our modern hotel. Park in our complimentary car park and check into your inviting guest room. You can wake up to a morning swim in our Spirit Health Club’s heated indoor pool, and enjoy sessions in the gym and the sauna.

The spa has all you need - be it a work out or wind down. Enjoy the pool and relaxation areas, test yourself in our fully equipped gym or unwind with a Spa Treatment.

The Holiday Inn Rugby-Northampton makes an excellent venue for weekend stays, conferences, weddings and party events. Rooms: 90 Price: from £49.00, subject to availability.

Oak House Hotel

8-11 Broad Green, High Street, Wellingborough, NN8 4LE Tel: 01933 271133 Email: Web: A family run licensed Hotel close to the town centre with 14 en suite bedrooms. All bedrooms have freeview TV/DVD player and tea making facilities. Enclosed car park, free wi-fi, residents lounge, full English breakfast. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness and hospitality.

The Benefield Wheatsheaf

Upper Main Street, Upper Benefield, Nr Oundle, PE8 5AN Tel: 01832 205400 Fax: 01832 205401 Email: Web: Country hotel situated between Oundle and Corby with stunning views over the Northamptonshire countryside. Ideally suited for business and leisure, this is a perfect location to relax and enjoy fine food, quality accommodation, a cosy bar serving real ale and personal, attentive service.

Whittlebury Hall Nr Towcester Whittlebury, Nr Towcester, NN12 8QH Tel: 0845 400 0001 Email: Web: Whittlebury Hall, set in rural Northamptonshire, is truly a fabulous Hotel and Spa. With 211 bedrooms, 4 restaurants, one of which holds 2AA Rosettes for gourmet excellence, The Day Spa, one of the largest Spas in the country, and leisure club facilities, why go anywhere else. Rooms: 211 Price: Call our Reservations team on 0845 400 0002

Price: double room B&B £75 - £95


Hotels, Inns and Guest Accommodation Northamptonshire Countryside

The Saracens Head Main Street, Little Brington, NN7 4HS Tel: 01604 770640 Email: Web: Traditional family run inn serving real ales and fine wines in a stunning village location. Excellent food and service provided in a relaxed atmosphere. Ideally placed for business or leisure.

Fawsley Hall

Fawsley Near Daventry, NN11 3BA Tel: 01327 892000 Email: Web: Fawsley Hall is the ideal destination for guests wishing to explore Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, Althorp, Warwick Castle and Blenheim or racing at Silverstone. A country house hotel with a magnificent Tudor Great Hall, 58 stunning bedrooms, two acclaimed restaurants, a luxury spa and extensive function rooms, all surrounded by wonderful parkland, making Fawsley Hall a perfect rural escape as well as an ideal venue for corporate events and weddings.

Holiday Inn Corby Geddington Road, Corby, NN18 8ET Tel: 01536 401 020 Email: Web: Set in the heart of Northamptonshire, amidst beautiful countryside the Holiday Inn Corby – Kettering A43 is conveniently located within central England. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in one of our fully air-conditioned bedrooms as well as sampling our cuisine in Seasons restaurant or a beverage in the lounge bar. In addition our Triangle Health and Fitness Club or our Tri beauty treatment rooms are the perfect place to relax. Our team will do everything they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible

Hunting Lodge Hotel High Street, Cottingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8XN Phone: 01536 771370 Fax: 01536 771942 Email: Web: Privately owned property with 53 en suite bedrooms and an ideal destination for business or pleasure. We are very competitively priced without compromising on standards or service. An alternative to the main hotel is our unique and hugely popular cottages and lodge bungalow. These are situated adjacent to the hotel but within the hotel grounds. Secure onsite complimentary car parking for all guests.

The Talbot Hotel

New St, Oundle, PE8 4EA. Tel: 01832 273621 Email: Web: The Talbot Hotel dates from the Elizabethan era and holds a prominent, central position in the historic market town of Oundle. The hotel boasts 35 en suite bedrooms including 4 beautiful feature rooms. Dining options include an intimate restaurant, cosy bar area and, during the summer months, the hotel’s delightful secret garden and outdoor courtyard area. The menu is based on traditional British cuisine, and all dishes are freshly prepared using seasonal and local produce wherever possible


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Bed & Breakfast and Guesthouses Wake up and smell the breakfast. Sleeping with the window open is one the joys of staying in a country B&B. Wake each day to fresh air, birdsong and the smell of something tasty being prepared for you. Northamptonshire’s B&Bs present a hearty, wholesome way to spend your next short break and there are many different ways to book. To plan a B&B based walking break you can download useful maps, a county walking book and search a range of tailored walking packages at

Stone Court, Sulgrave Nr Banbury Fairlands B&B

This Grade II listed building with a wealth of character, oak beams and inglenook fireplace. Situated in the heart of a thriving village in a conservation area, the beautiful south facing garden overlooks open countryside. Price: from £50 single, £70 double. Fairlands, 35 Church Street, Nassington, Peterborough, PE8 6QG. Tel: 01780 783603 Email: Web:

Tower Fields

A friendly welcome awaits you at our farmhouse B & B. Quiet countryside location, yet only 3 minutes from Junction 10 M40. All rooms ground floor in annexe to main house. Price: Single from £45, Double from £70, Family from £80 Tusmore Road, Nr. Souldern, Oxon, OX27 7HY Tel: 01869 346554 Email: Web:

Helmdon Road, Sulgrave, OX17 2SQ Mob: 07771 524566 Tel: 01295 760818 Email: Located in this attractive South Northants village, Stone Court, with 2 cosy bedrooms (en suite) on ground floor and a family bedroom on 1st floor with private bathroom, offers a warm welcome and excellent breakfast service, with all diets catered for. Just 10mins M40/11 and 25mins M1/15a this is an ideal base for business and/or leisure visits into the ‘Heart of England’ countryside. Price: B&B from £30.00 pppn

Spanhoe Lodge Laxton Road, Harringworth, Near Corby, NN17 3AT Tel: 01780 450328 Fax: 01780 450546 Email: Web: Find peace and tranquillity at this 5 star GOLD awarded rural retreat with 8 new luxuriously appointed rooms. Award winning gourmet breakfasts, cooked to order and tailored to individual requirements with a wide array of choices, using fresh, local produce. We serve lunches, snacks and evening meals, our individually designed rooms incorporate disabled facilities, king-size and super king doubles, twins and family rooms. All are en suite with power showers and some have wet rooms. One has a mini-kitchen, providing a self-catering option. Our rooms are well appointed with lots of extras, including Wi-Fi. We offer conferencing and meeting rooms, a bar & private dining rooms. Our aim is to provide the ultimate in quality, comfort and service, so whether you’re on holiday or on business you will receive the very best in personal service. Price: from £65 a room


Bed & Breakfast and Guesthouses Harringworth Viaduct

Grand Union Canal

19 West Street

Grade II listed 500 year old stone house, beautiful walled garden, reputedly one of King John’s hunting lodges. In centre of unspoilt stone village near Oundle. Rooms have private bathroom, colour TV, secure parking. Price: Single £40, Double £60, Family £80 - £100. Kings Cliffe, nr. Oundle. Peterborough, PE8 6XB Tel: 01780 470365 Fax: 01780 470623 Email:

Dale House

Enjoy a peaceful stay in the annexe of our 18th century farmhouse. Guests have private use of sitting room, hallway and bathroom. Close to Macmillan Way, Althorp and many other attractions. Price: £45pp & £40pp for consecutive nights Yew Tree Lane, Spratton, NN6 8HL Tel: 01604 846458 Mob: 07900 477289 Email:

Crockwell Farm

Peaceful setting in rolling hills, family run B&B. Cottages available with open plan kitchen / sitting room. Delicious breakfasts included. Good pub one mile away. Price: from £46 to £92 per room per night Mrs Hermione Harper, Crockwell Farm, Eydon, Northants, NN11 3QA. Tel:01327 361 358 Email: Web:

Home Farm B&B

Traditional working farm offering a warm welcome to guests. Situated within the village, guests can relax and enjoy home-made Aga cakes with a pot of tea (or coffee) upon arrival. Price: Single Occupancy from £50, Double from £30pp Upper Green, Moreton Pinkney, NN11 3SG Tel: 01295 760382 Web:


Self Catering Home from home. Do things your own way. After a day’s exploring, settle in for the evening with an open fire or a meal made with fresh local produce. Farmer’s markets and speciality delicatessens are dotted all around Northamptonshire in hamlet’s, towns and villages – a self caterer’s dream. Leaf through your Northamptonshire self catering property selection to find a delightful place of your own. For more ideas and information visit

Iletts Courtyard

Stanwick Lakes

Iletts Farm, Near Brackley, NN13 7TY Tel: 01280 703244 Mob: 07714 689206 Email: Web: Iletts Courtyard offers self-contained, spacious accommodation, furnished and equipped to a high standard. Ideally situated for Silverstone, Althorp and the Cotswolds. 4 cottages and 2 flats, maximum capacity of 22 persons. Price: from £180 - £400 per week

The Lily Pad Northfield Lane, Nassington, Near Oundle. PE8 6QJ Tel: 01780 784394 Mob: 07833 680110 Email: Web: Two stone built cottages sleeping from 1 to 8, indoor pool with function area, ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms. Pets welcome. All lengths of stay available. Quiet location on edge of village, good pubs, shop and country walks. Easy access to A1. Two stone cottages sleeping up to 8. (3 new cottages opening 2011) Price: from £50 per night to £750 per week.

Oundle Cottage Breaks

A selection of self catering ‘cottages’ suitable for weeks, short breaks or weekends depending Oundle Cottage Breaks upon availability. The cottages stand in secluded walled gardens and are fitted and furnished to a high standard and enjoy English Tourist Board accreditation up to 4 stars. Mews Cottage, 30 Market Place, Oundle, PE8 4BE

Tel: 01832 275508 Web:

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The Bolt Hole

Comfortable, well-appointed traditional bungalow. Lounge/diner. Bright double bedroom with large en suite shower. Garden room/2nd bedroom. Fitted kitchen. Separate cloaks/utility. Private enclosed garden. Parking and storage. Welcome pack. 3 Ray Close, Off Cotterstock Rd, Oundle, PE8 4QT

Tel: 01832 272298 Mob: 07850 388109 Email: Web:

Self Catering

The Old Water Mill

Hardwater Mill, Wellingborough, NN29 7TD Tel: 01933 276870 Mob: 07702512022 Email: Web: Enjoy a relaxing stay in this charming former watermill, Grade II listed, nestling in the beautiful Nene valley. It has accommodation for four on three floors with one four poster double bedroom and one twin bedded room. Centrally heated and double glazed with plenty of old elm beams and oak floors, there is a view of the river or the millstream from every window (even the loos!) Pets welcome. Car park, garden and riverside walks. Price: From £340 to £660 per week.

Gable End

The cottage comprises of shower room, fully fitted kitchen, lounge with sofa bed, and an open plan staircase leading to a double bedroom. It looks out onto a shared courtyard. Price: from £150 to £200 per week. Mrs H. Clarke, 2 Benefield Road, Brigstock, NN14 3ES. Tel: 01536 373674 Email:

3 Canalside

Superb cottage for four in unrivalled canalside location. Close to Silverstone and Towcester racecourse. Lots of lovely local walks or just sit and watch the boats go by. Price: £250 to £425 per week, £180 to £225 Short Breaks Contact Trevor Morley, 29 Main Road, Shutlanger, NN12 7RU Tel: 01604 864098 Email:

Nene Valley Boats Barnwell Moorings, Oundle, PE8 5PB Tel: 01832 272585 Email: Web: Holiday boat hire from a small family firm. Explore the eastern rivers, canals and fens of the UK with Nene Valley Boats. We have well appointed holiday hire boats available from our base near the historic market town of Oundle. Slow down and enjoy a peaceful break in idyllic countryside. Price: mid week breaks from £380, 7 nights from £560

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