History

Bursting with heritage attractions, the Nene Valley is the perfect place to expand your mind and delve into the past.

Delapre Abbey Family Day

Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Free event. 11am - 2pm. Come along to the launch of the Nene Valley Festival and enjoy guided walks, craft activities, treasure hunt and outdoor family fun. Bring your blanket and purchase your picnic from the conservatory café. T: 01832 742052 www.delapreabbey.org

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Guided Tours at Sessions House, Northampton

Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

George Row, Northampton

10am & 1.30pm. Enjoy a guided tour of Sessions House, Northampton, a very rare example of a 17th Century Courthouse which was one of the first new buildings put up after the great fire of 1675. The tour will include a visit to the two court rooms, holding cells, a walk to the gallows, condemn cells and a look around the County Council gardens and chambers. £2. T: 01832 742052.

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Hidden Heritage Tour

Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Peterborough

Tours start outside Peterborough Museum. Turn up or pre – book. Adults £5 / under 16's £3. Your entertaining guide to the fascinating and undiscovered past of Peterborough – from earliest times, to the secrets of the Saxon abbey and Cathedral precincts, to the modern city. T: 01733 864663 www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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Introduction to Bronze Swords Workshop

Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Flag Fen, Peterborough

Join Bronze specialist Neil Burridge and discover the fascinating world of bronze swords. Work on your own 26” Ewart Park sword to take home with you. This leaf blade sword is one of the most proligic swords from the British Bronze Age. T: 01733 864468 www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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Oundle Museum Guided Tours

Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

Tour starts at 3pm. Free. Donations welcome. “Oundle in the 1940s”. A guided tour of the museum offering a unique opportunity to go inside the Remand Cell upstairs, which was used by the local Constabulary to house remand prisoners until the mid-1970s. T: 01832 272735 www.oundle.museum.org.uk

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Pacifics Weekend

Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

Nene Valley Railway

Adults £21 / senior £18 / family £50 / child £10. Featuring a guest appearance by A4 Locomotive... Union of South Africa as well as newly restored Battle of Britain class '92 Squadron'. T: 01780 784444 www.nvr.org.uk

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Flag Fen Tour

Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 18, 2017

Flag Fen, Peterborough

Discover the fascinating history of Flag Fen, including some of the site’s most significant finds and it’s wider importance in Bronze Age Archaeology. 11.30am.Tours included in site admission price. Adults £6. T: 01733 864468 www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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Peterborough Cathedral Tour

Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017

Minster Precincts

11.30am & 2pm. Free. Donations welcome. Visiting 900 year old Peterborough Cathedral is an inspiring experience, but even more so in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Discover who kept horses in the nave, who buried two queens and inspired Shakespeare, and where you will find the ‘dancing bishops’. T: 01733 355315 www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

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The Writing on the Wall

Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 18, 2017

Lyveden New Bield

11am - 3pm. £6.40. Lyveden’s graffiti spans over 400 years of history and reveals how the enigmatic building has attracted visitors from all walks of life for centuries. Graffiti project volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to talk about the historic markings on the walls of the New Bield at Lyveden, how the graffiti is recorded and how these stories might be presented to visitors.

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Understanding Chester Farm

Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 18, 2017

Chester Farm

10am. Free. Come and join expert volunteers to explore the site of 10,000 years of Northamptonshire’s history. Includes a walk around the Roman small walled town and learning about the importance of this site in Roman times. T: 01832 742052.

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Guided Tours of Rushden Hall

Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017

Rushden Hall

2pm & 3pm. Free. Enjoy a guided tour of Rushden Hall, which was associated with officers of Higham Park or Castle and later with John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. T: 01933 316216.

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History Walk

Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017

Wellingborough Museum

Start at Welligborough Museum. NN8 1XB. 11am - 1pm. Free. Visit the site of the old zoopark which closed in 1970, and see where the monks ruled the town and where the great fire of Wellingborough started. A slide show 'virtual heritage walk' will take place in the museum in poor weather. T: 01933 276838.

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Rushden Museum

Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017

Rushden Museum

1.30pm - 3.30pm. Free. Gain an insight into the town’s history with a visit to the museum. www.rushdenmuseum.co.uk

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Flag Fen Tour

Sep 20, 2017 - Sep 20, 2017

Peterborough

11.30am & 2.30pm. Tours included in site admission price. Adults £6. Discover the fascinating history of Flag Fen, including some of the site’s most significant finds and it’s wider importance in Bronze Age Archaeology. T: 01733 864468 www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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Wollaston Museum

Sep 20, 2017 - Sep 20, 2017

Wollaston

Open Sundays & Wednesdays. 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Free. Donations welcome. Wollaston Museum is tucked away but well worth exploring. Discover the local history museum itself, Curiosity Cottage which is set up as it would have been in the early 20th century, plus Beacon Hill, an English Heritage motte and bailey castle mound. www.wollastonmuseum.com

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Blue Badge Guided Walk

Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 21, 2017

Aldwincle

Meet at All Saints Church (south end of village). 2.15 pm. Free. Learn more about a roman bridge, the first Rambo, two churches, two best sellers and champing. T: 01832 742052.

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Wellingborough Museum - History Walk

Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 21, 2017

Wellingborough Museum

11am - 1pm. Free. Start at the Wellingborough Museum. Revisit the historic shops which used to be in the town centre, and Wellingborough's market and the parish church. A slide show 'virtual heritage walk' will take place in the museum in poor weather. T: 01933 276838.

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Guided Tours at Sessions House, Northampton

Sep 22, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017

Sessions House. George Row. Northampton.

10am & 1.30pm. £2.Enjoy a guided tour of Sessions House, Northampton, a very rare example of a 17th Century Courthouse which was one of the first new buildings put up after the great fire of 1675. The tour will include a visit to the two court rooms, holding cells, a walk to the gallows, condemn cells and a look around the County Council gardens and chambers. T: 01832 742052 www.nenevalley.net/festival-home/whats-on/history

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The Concealed Revealed: The Magic of Shoes

Sep 22, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017

St. Giles Square, Northampton

Booking essential. 12pm – 4.30pm. £10 (including light refreshments). An afternoon exploring the fascinating practice of concealing shoes in buildings. T: 01604 838110.

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Blue Badge Guided Walk

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017

Higham Ferrers

Start at Market Cross. NN10 8BT. 2.15pm. Free. Learn more about the College of the archbishop extraordinaire, the castle that moved and warlike doves. T: 01832 742052

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Guided Tours at Sessions House, Northampton

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017

Sessions House. George Row. Northampton.

Booking essential. 10am & 1pm. £2. Enjoy a guided tour of Sessions House, Northampton, a very rare example of a 17th Century Courthouse which was one of the first new buildings put up after the great fire of 1675. The tour will include a visit to the two court rooms, holding cells, a walk to the gallows, condemn cells and a look around the County Council gardens and chambers. T: 01832 742052 www.nenevalley.net/festival-home/whats-on/history

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Nene Valley Festival Finale - Making History

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

Stanwick Lakes

10am - 4pm. Free. Car parking charge applies. A Victorian weekend celebration with traditional craft demos, children's activities and the amazing re-enactment group 'The Ragged Victorians'! The event marks the completion of a four year Heritage Lottery Project 'Trading Places'. Discover how local communities have brought the traditional trades and crafts of their towns and villages to life. T: 01933 625522 www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

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Oundle Museum Guided Tours

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

Oundle Museum

Tour starts at 3pm. Free. Donations welcome. “Oundle in the 1940s”. A guided tour of the museum offering a unique opportunity to go inside the Remand Cell upstairs, which was used by the local Constabulary to house remand prisoners until the mid-1970s. T: 01832 272735 www.oundle.museum.org.uk

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Understanding Chester Farm

Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017

Chester Farm

Booking essential. 10am. Free. Come and join expert volunteers to explore the site of 10,000 years of Northamptonshire’s history. Includes a walk around the Roman small walled town and learning about the importance of this site in Roman times. T: 01832 742052

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A Walk Through Time

Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

Stanwick Lakes

Booking essential. 2pm – 4pm. £2 / £1. Join archaeologist Andy Chapman to discover the history of Stanwick Lakes. T: 01933 625522 www.stanwicklakes.org .uk

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Guided Tours at Sessions House, Northampton

Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

George Row, Northampton

12.30pm. £2. Enjoy a guided tour of Sessions House, Northampton, a very rare example of a 17th Century Courthouse which was one of the first new buildings put up after the great fire of 1675. The tour will include a visit to the two court rooms, holding cells, a walk to the gallows, condemn cells and a look around the County Council gardens and chambers. T: 01832 742052 www.nenevalley.net/festival-home/whats-on/history

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Lyveden Discovery Tour

Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

Lyveden New Bield

11am – 12.30pm. £6.40.Join a volunteer tour guide for a journey of discovery around the garden at Lyveden. Learn how Sir Thomas planned and constructed his symbolic lodge and garden, and uncover more of his hidden secrets. T: 01832 205158 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyveden

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Wollaston Museum

Sep 24, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

High Street, Wollaston

Open Sundays and Wednesdays. 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Free. Donations welcome. Wollaston Museum is tucked away but well worth exploring. Discover the local history museum itself, Curiosity Cottage which is set up as it would have been in the early 20th century, plus Beacon Hill, an English Heritage motte and bailey castle mound. www.wollastonmuseum.com

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