Northamptonshire is a charming county known for its picturesque countryside, historic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene. Despite being relatively underrated compared to its more famous counterparts, Northamptonshire boasts an array of delightful attractions and activities that promise unforgettable days out. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or seeking family-friendly adventures, Northamptonshire has something for everyone. Below, we take a look at some of the best spots for great days out.
If you’re wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse yourself in nature, Northamptonshire has plenty to offer! Wicksteed Park, which was discovered by Charles Wicksteed, spans over 147 acres of beautiful green space making it a great destination for recreation and relaxation. It also offers a wide range of attractions and activities suitable for visitors of all ages. One of its main highlights is the traditional fairground rides, which include vintage carousels, roller coasters, and exciting rides for adrenaline seekers.
Also located in Northamptonshire is Fermyn Woods Country Park. Nestled amidst the beautiful Rockingham Forest, the park offers visitors a tranquil escape into nature's embrace. Fermyn Woods is renowned for its diverse woodlands, meadows, and picturesque lakes. The park boasts a rich biodiversity, with an array of flora and fauna that thrives in its various habitats. Nature enthusiasts can explore a network of well-maintained walking trails and footpaths, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the countryside and discover its hidden gems. Additionally, it’s in a prime location for birdwatching, as it serves as a haven for various bird species. You might spot birds like woodpeckers, kingfishers, and owls, making it an excellent destination for avid bird watchers and photographers.
The Grand Union Canal meanders through Northamptonshire, offering a unique and leisurely way to explore the county's picturesque landscapes. Simply rent a narrowboat and cruise along the tranquil waters, passing charming villages and historical landmarks along the way. This relaxing and scenic experience is perfect for couples or groups of friends looking to unwind and take in the beauty of the countryside.
Northamptonshire is a treasure trove of historical gems, offering a glimpse into the past that history buffs will adore. Delve into the rich heritage of Althorp House, the ancestral home of the Spencer family and the final resting place of Princess Diana. Additionally, you can explore the remarkable architecture of Rockingham Castle, steeped in 900 years of history and breath taking views of the Welland Valley. For a dose of medieval charm, visit the market town of Oundle, where cobbled streets and ancient buildings create a mesmerizing atmosphere.
Art and Culture
Art enthusiasts will find a wealth of cultural delights in Northamptonshire. Head to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery to admire a diverse collection of artwork, archaeological finds, and exhibits depicting the county's past. The museum's history dates back to the mid-19th century when it was established in 1857. Over the years, it has grown in size and scope, continuously expanding its collection and engaging with the local community and visitors alike.
If you’re wanting to be entertained, be sure to visit The Royal & Derngate. Throughout the year, The Royal & Derngate offers a dynamic program that caters to diverse audiences. Visitors can enjoy acclaimed touring productions, performances by local theatre groups, and collaborations with national and international artists. The theatre complex has a reputation for hosting high-quality performances, attracting both established and emerging talent from the world of performing arts.
Food and Drink
No great day out is complete without indulging in local cuisine. Northamptonshire boasts a thriving food scene with traditional pubs, quaint tea rooms, and gourmet restaurants offering mouth watering dishes. Sample the renowned Northamptonshire pork pies, delicious sausages, and delectable Bramley apple pie - all regional specialties not to be missed. If you’d like to take a look at just some of our favourite restaurants, click through to one of our previous blogs.
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