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Hands on History

- 7 April @ 10:30 am - 8 April @ 3:30 pm

Join us this Easter. Discover what is was like for Ancient British Settlers to live in the Nene Valley! Free event.

black and white photo of Northampton Town Centre in Victorian times

Medieval Northampton Tours

Chalk Lane Car Park - 19 April @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on 16th February, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 22nd March, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 19th April, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 17th May, 2020 at 10:30 am

Although largely forgotten or ignored, Northampton has a fascinating history. Many events that shaped Britain took place within its walls. Our tour takes you through its medieval streets, to the sites of long lost buildings and surprising survivors, where you will hear tales of Saxons and Vikings, Kings and Castles, Rebels and Treachery. You will also hear about Northampton’s medieval trades, how it became a centre for religion and one of the first universities in England as well as long-forgotten…

Art in the Park

Abington Park Museum - 9 May - 21 June

The annual open exhibition is in its 59th year in 2020, having started in 1961. The exhibition is open to all artists in Northamptonshire. Most work featured will also be available for sale. Application forms will be available from Monday 27 January. Closing date for submissions is Sunday 26 April. Free admission.

VE Day Swing Dance

Rushden Station - 9 May @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Put on your Dancing Shoes & join us. We will be dancing the night away, to celebrate VE Day. Be prepared for a variety of live 40s music from The Bailey Dolls. MK Swing will be on hand too, with Swing Tutorials. Enjoy a night of freedom, fun & fandangos for £12 each. (If we still have space, it will be £15 on the night!).

VE Day Tea Dance

Rushden Station - 11 May @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Continue the celebration of VE Day with a Tea Dance. Live Music with The Brocketts will keep your feet tapping throughout. FREE ENTRY !!

Preb Fest

The Prebendal Manor House - 30 May @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

We are delighted to host a music gig on Saturday 30th May 2020. Featured artists include Dessie Magee. Tickets and further details can be found here: http://www.excellar.co.uk/blog/preb-fest-2020

Oundle International Festival

Oundle - 9 July @ 9:00 am - 18 July @ 9:00 pm

Oundle International Festival has attracted a growing audience from the local community, and further afield with an exciting  programme that includes jazz, folk and world music alongside classical repertoire, and related programming in other art forms.

T Rex : The Killer Question

Peterborough Cathedral - 20 July @ 12:00 am - 31 August @ 12:00 am

Enjoy a touring exhibition from The Natural History Museum which tackles the monster mystery of how T. rex might have obtained its food. Was it a ferocious hunter or a mere scavenger? Could it have been something in between – an opportunist and an ambush predator relying on easy pickings? The exhibition encourages visitors to look closer at T. rex – its size, the power in its legs, the length of its arms, the sharpness of its teeth, its keen…

History Alive

- 1 August - 2 August

See history come to life before your eyes. Travel back in time for an exciting weekend of displays, demonstrations, and hands-on history. Tickets: £10 adults, under 18s go free. £10 ticket allows access to event on both days between the hours of 11am and 4pm on all pre-booked tickets.

August Bank Holiday Branch Line Weekend

- 29 August - 31 August

Take a Steam hauled trip along the NVR over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Change trains at Yarwell, Wansford, Overton, Orton Mere and Peterborough for a trip in our Swedish Railcar. Please note that wheelchair access to the Railcar is restricted.

Blue Badge Guided Walk of Oundle (West)

Oundle - 12 September @ 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Meet outside The Talbot Hotel. Enjoy a free guided walk of Oundle. Learn more about a noisy well, a puking infant, pubs galore and a modern monstrosity!

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra: Classics at the Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral - 12 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices, present a breathtaking programme of music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Wagner in the spectacular setting of Peterborough Cathedral.

Heritage Family Fun Day

Rushden Lakes - 13 September @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come along and enjoy a family fun day at Rushden Lakes and discover more about the local heritage in the nearby towns of Rushden and Higham Ferrers. Enjoy an array of interesting stalls, fun entertainment and competitions, displays, activities, crafts and much more! Rushden Lakes. NN10 6FH. 10am - 4pm. Free activities. Free parking (up to 5 hours). T: 07398 986951.

Medieval Northampton Tour

Chalk Lane Car Park - 13 September @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Although largely forgotten, Northampton has a fascinating history. Many events that shaped Britain took place within its walls. Our tour takes you through its medieval streets, to the sites of long lost buildings and surprising survivors, where you will hear tales of Saxons and Vikings, Kings and Castles, Rebels and Treachery. You will also hear about Northampton’s medieval trades, how it became a centre for religion and one of the first universities in England as well as long-forgotten battles and…

Blue Badge Guided Walk of Fotheringhay

St. Mary’s Church - 17 September @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a guided tour around the village and learn more about the final place of imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots, who tried and executed in the castle in 1587. Start outside Church of St Mary and All Saints. Free. Booking essential. T: 01832 742064.

Come and Meet the Settlers

Stanwick - 19 September @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Come and see local Viking re-enactors, the Bifrost Guard. Join in with Settlers’ Trails, Archery, Axe Throwing, and visit our historic Garden and Barn, plus much more for all the family. 10.30am – 4pm. Free event. Car parking charge applies. T: 01933 625522 www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Blue Badge Guided Walk of Oundle (Central)

Oundle - 19 September @ 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

2.15 pm start. Meet at Market Hall (East end). ‘All bilded in stone’, three tuns, spicy camel, graceful grocers, wild and wonderful heads, yet more pubs!

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