Arts and culture

What can I see and do in Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire has a range of places to visit, from country houses and gardens to ancient market places, roman ruins, battle grounds, heritage railways, working canals and at long distance footpaths.

Visit the Northamptonshire Heritage website to find out about country houses such as Boughton House near Kettering and Althorpe House, the seat of the Spencer family. Castle Ashby is famous for its gardens designed by Capability Brown. 

Another interesting places is 78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designed home for Joseph Basset-Loake.

The county hosts the motor racing grand prix race circuits at Silverstone and banger-racing at Brafield plus sporting venues in rugby, cricket and football. Archaeological remains are displayed in national museums and include mammoth remains and gold Saxon crowns from long forgotten kings. Northamptonshire even has a small airport based at Sywell, where flying lessons in small aircraft can be booked and there is a small aviation museum for the enthusiast. 

Libraries

At your local library, you can find a range of resources to read, listen to and learn from, including e-audiobooks, e-magazines and free music downloads.

Art galleries

Northamptonshire a wide range of different art galleries in the county that you can visit

Arts Award

The Arts Award is a national programme for children and young people to learn about the arts and share their knowledge and skills with others.

Music and Performing Arts Trust

The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust offers a range of programmes for young people around the county, including music and drama groups, concerts and events and music lessons.

Museums

From Northampton’s famous shoe museum to the birthplace of Princess Diana, explore Northamptonshire’s history and heritage.

County heritage sites

Visit one of the 24 historic buildings and monuments across the county.

Youth theatre

Northampton Masque theatre has been running since 1932 and has a youth theatre group and a facebook page

The Royal and Derngate theatre in Northampton runs creative projects for young people in the county.

 

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