Saturday, 19 September 2020

Fireworks Guide for Northamptonshire 2020

Sadly due to Covid most fireworks events are not happening this year so this fireworks guide for Northamptonshire 2020 will be a short.  I have included cancelled events for information purposes as you may not know.  My old faithful is amongst the cancelled list!

Fireworks Northamptonshire 2020


Parklands Community Centre - No longer going ahead and likely not to return due to funding, volunteers etc

Wootton Community Centre - Cancelled

Grange Park - Friday 6th November cancelled

West Lodge - Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November 4.30 to 6.30pm.  Ticket numbers greatly reduced due to covid. £5 per person, under 2's free. No fireworks but bonfire, sparklers, pig race, outdoor floodlit play area, barrel rides and cuddle corner is open.

Hollowell Bonfire Party - Cancelled

Santapod Fireworks Frenzy - Saturday 7th November 2020.  Main event 4 to 7pm.  Tickets not yet in sale.

Boughton - Cancelled due to covid.

Finedon Dolben Cricket Club - Friday 6th November 7pm 3rd year music, food and bar.

Rushden Hall Park - Saturday 7th November from 6.30pm. £5 adult, £3 child ad under 3's free advanced ticket price.  £1 more on the night. On sale at Nene Valley Scout Group and several outlets. **Cancelled updated 22nd Sept**

Barnwell Bonfire and Fireworks - Cancelled but planning a grand event for Sunday 7th November 2021.

Yardley Gobion Sports & Social Club - Confirmed no event this year.

Daventry Fireworks Display - Cancelled

Flore Brodie Lodge - Cancelled. Already booked for Sunday 7th November 2021.

Billing Aquadrome - Confirmed not going ahead due to covid 

Wicksteed - Confirmed not going ahead due to covid.

Further afield

Market Harborough Fireworks (socially distanced)

Thursday 5th November 5pm at the Showground. Limited capacity call 0116 233 7035 for tickets.  £9 adult, £6 child under 4's free family ticket £25.

Loughborough RFC Fireworks

Friday 6th November from 5.30pm.  2 displays one at 7pm and one at 8pm.  Capped capacity for social distancing.  £5 child, £8 adult, under 4's free family ticket £25.  Call 0116 233 7035 for tickets.

**Please note more may get cancelled depending on guidelines so check before travelling**

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Northamptonshire

Pick your own pumpkins in Northamptonshire

Pick your own pumpkins has grown in popularity over the last few years & happily is still going ahead despite coronavirus. Most venues have implemented ticketing to allow for social distancing.

Saxby's Cider NN29 7HJ

PYO Pumpkin Picking on the farm. Choose your time & day. Ticketed event. Wellies might be required. 9.30 to 4pm from 17th October. £2.50 per car plus your pumpkin.

Welford Christmas Tree Farm
Entry free but ticketed in line with covid guidelines. 17th/18th & 24th to 31st October 4 time slots available 10am to 12, 12 to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm.



West Lodge Farm
17th to 31st October
Numbers are greatly reduced and tickets must be pre booked. Time slot will be given.
The Pumpkin Patch Experience! Choose a pumpkin from the Pumpkin patch, one of their Pumpkin Carvers will carve out the face ready for you to take home complete with tea light! Wand making, visits to Daisy the Witch’s House,  spooky walkway, tractor rides and ghost stories all included. £14 per child. £10 per adult. Under 2 is £5.


Mini Meadow Farm
24th-31st October 2020
Reduced capacity with social distancing and one-way system in place. Morning session 10am-1.30pm, afternoon session 2pm-4.30pm.

Normal farm entry plus £7.50 per booking which includes 1 x pumpkin to choose and carve in their pumpkin patch, and entry to the ‘trick or treat’ trail for the group. Additional pumpkins £3 each. All the animals can be seen too.

Overstone Grange farm
3rd October onwards weekends only until 23rd to 31st October. Special SEN sessions available on 4th, 11th & 18th 9am to 11am. Bale maze, bale tower and tractor tyre sand pit. Do not need to book but numbers will be monitored. Closes 4pm.


Smith's farm shop, NN6 8AA
Hoping to commence mid October to ensure the pumpkins are all perfect in time for Halloween!

Over the border

The Patch MK, Mount Mill Farm, Wicken.
10th/11th
17th/18th
21st to 31st 9.30 to 5pm
Due to covid must book a ticket so numbers can be monitored. Family ticket £5.95 plus £0.50p booking fee plus pumpkin price. Bale maze, bale swings, slide and spiders web.

Lillingstone, MK18 5AF
26th/27th Sept
3rd/4th Oct
10th/11th
17th/18th
24th to 31st
Maize maize, tractor ride. £5 per vehicle plus pumpkin cost. Pony rides additional £6. Must book to monitor numbers due to covid.

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Sunday, 30 August 2020

The River Nene - My River Walks

I've always loved the water but favoured the sea to anything else.  The sound of the waves has always made me happy.  Now Northampton is just about as far away from the sea as you can possibly get so during lockdown I turned my attention to the River.  The River Nene has miles and miles of paths to navigate.  I have only scratched the surface and covered 12-15 miles but will explore further over time.  Below are the walks we have done.  I'm by no means a walking expert & apart from once forget to track the miles! For professional walks I would recommend Northamptonshire Walks https://northamptonshirewalks.co.uk/ 

During lockdown I think many others started to enjoy the river more.  We saw kayakers, wild swimmers and paddle boarders.  I have tried paddle boarding & most say I'm hooked.

The Embankment (Wellingborough) to The Arches

We parked up at the Embankment and walked left past the splash park & all the swans.  Carry on until you reach the train arches.  You can walk further but with a moaning child that was enough. Apparently if you carry on going you end up behind Rushden Lakes.




Bedford Road to Midsummer Meadow

Start at Northampton Active and follow the path to Midsummer Meadow. There are cafe's & play areas here too. The Outpost & Ark.

Riverside to Bedford Road

From Riverside if you go right you see Northampton Washlands.  You can happily walk round here or keep going and you will reach the Bedford Road and Brackmills.

Riverside to Billing Mill

Behind Boost at Riverside is a small marina.  There is a metal gate and if you stick to the left you will reach the Billing Mill via Billing Aquadrome.

Cogenhoe to Whiston Lock

We could not find the footpath from Billing Mill so walked the long way round and started at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site via a field.

Whitemills Marina to Whiston Lock

This was our 1st River Walk and was perfect weather & just lovely. We actually walked from Station Road in Earls Barton but you can park in Whitemills Marina and then stroll along the river. There is a lovely cafĂ© here too (The Boathouse).



Station Road Car Park (around the bend from Whitemills Marina to The Old WaterMill (Hardwater Road)

The beginning of the walk is next to an aggregates quarry but once you are on the other side it opens up with wide footpaths & lovely views.




Stoke Bruerne

Technically not the River Nene as it is the Grand Union Canal (Northampton Arm) but is does join on. If you like locks this is the walk for you. We only covered a small section and I think we saw 7. 



Ringstead

Didn't walk but paddle boarded from Willy Watt Marina to the lock & back again.

Have you enjoyed some river walks in Northamptonshire? Where would you recommend?

Emma x

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