Monday, 24 June 2019

Bumper Summer Guide 2019

With the summer holidays approaching and 6 whole weeks to entertain the kids I decided to put together a guide of what's on in or near Northamptonshire.  I have listed events rather than just locations.  Obviously the normal farms, parks, cinema options are there but here's a few options you might have missed or not seen before. 

20th July Wistow Maze LE8 0QF (closes early September)
Outside Northampton but something a bit different.  An Astronaut maize maze, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the First Man on the Moon 🌙
We went a couple of years ago & got well & truly lost and a bit muddy. Take wellies if it's been wet! A great way to get outdoors and something a bit different. I hope you are more successful than us!
Child : £5.95 (13 & under) Under 2's Free
Adult : £6.95
Family Ticket : £24.00 (2+2)
FREE Parking

Wistow Maze
credit Wistow Maze
20th & 21st July Funtopia at Abington Park 10am 
Filled with bouncy castles, activity inflatables, under 5's area, ball pool, soft play and BBQ and sweet stalls. Funtopia at Northampton is 'pay and play all day!'. So when you've purchased your wristband you can go on any activity as many times as you like - all included in the price! 
Wristbands are priced at £8 for children (1-12 years) and £2 for adults 21st July Scavenger Hunt at Hunsbury Hill Country Park

21st July Moana at Stanwick Lakes 5.30 to 7.30pm
Payable event £12.50 adult and £9.50 child. Movies by the Lake with Moana set in the outdoor theatre.

21st July Fishing Taster Day at Barnwell Country Park 10am to 4pmWhether you have fished before or have always wanted to try, as part of the Nenescape project why not come and learn to fish from our team of professional, fully qualified angling coaches. (All the bait and equipment is provided) FREE event but you must register. PE8 5PB

25th July Junior Active Funday at Lings Forum 1 to 4pm
Cinema screening, sports sessions, family swim, inflatables, under 5s activities and much more! Full timetable will be available on the Lings Forum website shortly. FREE to Junior Active members or just £3 per child. No need to book, just turn up! 25th July at Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes 10.30 to 12.30pm Family Forest School £5 per person booking essential. Also available 8th and 22nd August. Call 01933 779587 to book. 25th July to 17th August Kettering by the Sea 10am to 4pm (Except Sundays) Giant sand pit. will have a full timetable as each day will have different activities. During these dates children can also take part in the Summer Sticker Trail complete the trail and claim a treat.

26th July StrEAT food at Wootton Community Centre 5 to 10pm
FREE ENTRY: a pop-up family-friendly street food event with great food, drink and music. 26th July at Manor House Musuem Kettering 10.15 and 11.45am Paint Play £3 per child £2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Telephone 01536 534219 to book. lots on throughout the summer.
31st July Pirate peg people, 2nd August Clay play, 9th August Junk creatures etc check the website for more details Kettering Summer Plans

27th & 28th July 2019 Atomic Festival 2019 Sywell Aerodrome
Two days of non-stop 1950s music, dancing, cars, action, style & fun, bands and DJs, flag-start drag racing, huge vintage market, Sunday flea market,classic car show, wall of death, old-style soap box derby and crazy golf, fairground rides. On-site camping and glamping.
Visit for information and bookings. admission for under 16s is free on Saturday and Sunday. £45 Saturday £40 Sunday or £82 for both (advance - on the gate is more).

27th July Upton Meadows Community Show 10am to 5.30pm
A family fun day out with lots to do for the whole family. There's a fair, mini farm, falconry, live arts performances and stalls.

27th July Christopher Robin at Stanwick Lakes 5.30 to 7.30pm

Payable event £12.50 adult and £9.50 child. Movies by the Lake with Christopher Robin set in the outdoor theatre.

27th July Outdoor Cinema at East Carlton Park 3pm to 10pm
Two films showing Gates open 1pm for Peter Rabbit with a meet & greet followed by the film at 2pm, Gates open again for Bohemian Rhapsody at 6.30pm, live music from 7-8pm, film start at 8pm. Finish 10.15. £10 adult and £8 child.  Family tickets available for £28.  Evening showing £12 for adult.

28th July Northampton Fun Colour Rush 2019 Abington Park
Join the U.K's Biggest & Most Colourful 5K Tour!
- The Fun Course is Designed for All Ages & Abilities
- Wheelchair & Pushchair Friendly route
Adult £27 Child £15 Family ticket £55

28th July Mela at Beckets Park 12 to 4pmAn afternoon of free entertainment featuring music, dance and other performances from different communities alongside numerous food, craft and information stalls.
*Fun activities including a climbing wall, hook a duck and bouncy castles for the kids!
*Exhibitions from the Police, Fire & Dame Joody!

27th & 28th July West Lodge Rural Centre Family Camping
Pitch your tent, spend 2 days at the farm, enjoy our home reared hog roast, twilight walks, camp fire, marshmallows and stargazing. Ticket only event. (also available 3rd & 4th August) 2 adults & 2 children £80
Ticket Price includes:

Tent pitch for 1 night (Saturday night)

Entrance to the farm park on Saturday and Sunday
Hog Roast on Saturday evening (6pm)
Guided twilight wildlife walks around the farm on Saturday evening
Toasting marsh mallows on the camp fire

31st July Kettering Market Place 10am to 3pm FREE activities for the family. Every Wednesday throughout the school holidays. These will include crafts, balloon modelling, face painting, garden games and more. 14th, 21st and 28th August. 31st July Manor House Kettering Pirate Peg People Craft. 31st July Weston Favell 11am to 3pm Storytime & Treasure Hunt with Aladdin & Princess Jasmine. 31st July at Castle Ashby Gardens Wednesday Fun Every Wednesday during the school holidays an activity will be held. A small charge will incur and season ticket holders will receive a discount. The 1st Wednesday will be face painting followed by crazy golf, magical moments, games arena and circus whiz.

1st August at Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes 10.30am or 2pm £5 per child booking essential. Also available 15th and 29th August. Call 01933 779587 to book.

1st August The Deco Theatre The Elmer the Elephant ShowBased on the classic children's book 21 loveable puppets tell the tale of an elephant that stands out. 11am and 13.30pm Adult £12.50 Concession £11.50.
credit The Deco
2nd August at Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes 10am or 2pm £7.50 per child booking essential. Little Bugs Go Big with LOL Theatre. Colourful street theatre characters join you on a bug hunt before creating your own. Children then take part in a mini plat for their grown ups. Call 01933 779587 to book 2nd August Manor House Kettering Creative Clay Play. 3rd August Irthlingborough Library Little Green Rocks. Paint pebbles into alien faces. 11am to 1pm no booking required. 50p donation. 3rd August Northampton Central Library Balloon Painting 10.30am to 11.30am. Booking is required. You can email 3rd August Kettering Library Fly me to the moon. Make your own space helmet out of paper mache. Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds. Book your FREE place. 3rd August Brixworth Library (every Saturday during August) Imagineers 11am to 1pm Drop in, donation welcome but is FREE. 4-12 year olds. 3rd August Corby Library Alien Creature Crafts 10-11am and 11am to 12pm suitable for all. 50p donation. Booking required email The libraries in the area have loads on over the summer. There is a running space theme and lots of crafts. Most are FREE or a 50p donation per child. Make sure you take a look. 17 of them have been shared on my Facebook page the post was dated 22nd July.

3rd August Family Cinema Day at Daventry Country Park 11am to 6pm Daventry District Council and our event sponsors Crest Nicholson invite you to the 9th annual Family Cinema day. Pack some popcorn in your picnics and enjoy family films on the big screen as we bring you:
11am - Peter Rabbit (PG)
1pm Mary Poppins Returns (U)
4pm - The Greatest Showman (PG)
You are welcome to bring picnics although the Reservoir Café will be selling hot dogs, jacket potatoes, drinks and ice creams. There will also be a sweet trailer offering candy floss and popcorn. Bouncy castles and face painting, all available for a small charge.
3rd August Fun Dog Show at Bradlaugh Fields at 3pm 3rd August Willen Pavilion Family Fun Day 12 to 4pm A
nnual family fun day on Saturday 3rd August 2019. Bouncy Castles, games, refreshments, animals and much more. MK15 9JP
3rd August Coffee & Children's Craft Morning at Abington Library 10am to 1pm

5th to 11th August Delapre by the Sea 10am to 4pm
Giant sandpit, Pony rides, Facepainting, Ice-cream, Craft activities, Sing along Ariel show (must book and is paid event£10 per child) Fairground rides, Volleyball, Fish and chips and themed afternoon teas in the café.
credit Delapre Abbey
5th August to 25th August at Weston Favell Centre 11am to 3pm The Favell Beach with activities every day.
6th August Slime & More at Weston Favell Library 10am to 11am
6th August Kids Summer Movies at The Picturedrome Every Tuesday throughout August kids movies. Lego Movie 2 is 1st followed by How to Train Your Dragon 3, Paddington 2 and The Incredibles 2.  Showtime is 1pm.
Credit The Picturedrome
7th August National Play Day at Abington Park 12 to 4pm FREE children’s play in Northampton. Lennie the Land train, Zip Wire, Stage entertainment, inflatables, reptiles, sport club demonstrations and more. Does get very busy so be prepared to queue but this is usually a fab day out. 7th August National Play day B Active Family Fun Festival at West Glebe Park Corby 12 to 4pmActivities include; giant sand pit, waterslide, arts and craft activities, face painting & glitter tattoos, crazy bikes, outdoor spin classes. BMX Street Show. Bring your lunch and join in with our big healthy picnic and cyclefest. 7th August National Play Day at Wicksteed Park 12 to 4pm 7th August National Play Day at Kettering Museum and Gallery Gardens 12 to 3pm Splash fountains, Magic shows, Theatre shows and lots more

7th August Bushcraft for kids at Brixworth Country park 11am to 4pm Join the rangers on a mini bushcraft adventure for children and their adult. he four hour session will include shelter building, safe use of tools, whittling, lighting a safe camp fire and preparing and cooking a campfire meal. Booking is essential. Suitable for ages 10 and upward. £20 per child

9th August Bugs of Brixworth 10.30am to 3.15pm
Guided bug hunt with themed games and activities exploring butterflies, bees and other bugs in our meadows and woodlands. 10.30 -11.15, 11.30 - 12.15, 13.30 - 14.15, 14.30 - 15.15. Booking recommended £2 per child. Call 0300 126 5932 or 0300 126 5936


10th & 11th August Blisworth Festival
FREE parking with attractions spread across the village from the stalls, entertainment, music and rides at the Festival field, past the canal traders and on to the artisan area at Blisworth House. 10th August Family Fun Day at The Obelisk Centre 11am to 4pmRSPCA Northamptonshire Branch will be hosting the Fun Dog Show.

16th August Willen Lake, Milton Keynes 9am to 3pm Dress up as your favourite underwater character and join the rangers for a family fun afternoon. Free large sandpit bring your own buckets & spades or same available for a small fee. There will be loads of bookable FREE activities (book on the day at the Waterpsorts centre. 9am and 9.30am sessions - FREE Kneeboarding (8+ years),12noon - 2pm - FREE Archery Tag (8+ years)  12noon - 3pm - FREE Powerfan - (6+ years / 1.1 meter height) 10am - 12noon - FREE Dragon Boat rides (holds 15/20 people) 12noon - 3pm - FREE Trail around the Lake. 16th, 17th and 18th August Billing's Big Bonanza at Billing Aquadrome A weekend full of family fun and The Northampton Balloon Festival! £10 per car (including 4 passengers) for additional passengers tickets are £5 per person. Walk ons will be charged £5 per person at the gate/ entrance. Under 4's go free. For information regarding the balloons please visit  Please note balloons cannot always fly due to weather conditions. This is beyond the control on the organisers. Full event this will be published nearer the time.

credit Billing Aquadrome

18th August UK Monster Truck Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. £50 2 adults and 2 children. Drag racing, Monster trucks, food stalls and more. 21st August Underwater World at Brixworth Country Park 11am to 3pm Rangers will support and assist you, and provide the kit required.3 sessions throughout the day at the following times:
11:00 - 12:00
12:30 - 13:30
14:00 - 15:00
Parent/guardian supervision required at all times.Booking essential! - £5 per pond dipping kit. Email us at or call 0300 126 5932 / 0300 126 5936

21st August Summer Sun Catcher at Abington park Musuem
1.15–2pm, 2.15–3pm or 3.15–4pm £3.50
In this workshop children will decorate happy face flower sun catchers, colouring them in using glass paints and pens to take home and hang by a window for a stained glass effect. Suitable for children aged 3–10. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
23rd August Stone Painting Workshop at Abington Park Musuem
1.10–2.10pm, 2.20–3.20 pm or 3.30–4.30pm £2.50 Come along, get creative and give new life to an ordinary pebble in this one hour workshop for children. Pebbles may be taken home or children may wish to leave them for someone else to find. Suitable for children aged 3–10. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This event is on the first floor, accessed by stairs only.
26th August Ladybird Ceramic Planter at Abington Park Museum
1–2pm, 2.15–3.15pm or 3.30pm–4.30pm £2.75
Keep the kids busy at our workshop decorating ceramic ladybird plant pots. Using acrylic paints add some bright colour then plant with herbs. Suitable for children aged 4–10. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
27th August Jingly Wind Chime Workshop at Abington Park Musuem 1.15–2.15pm or 2.30–3.30pm £3.50
come and decorate a wooden leaf wind chime. Personalise using our acrylic paint, deco pens or gems then take home to hang in the garden. Suitable for children aged 3-10. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Bookings: 01604 838110 or (for all Abington Park events)

24th, 25th and 26th Great Big Fossil Weekend at West Lodge Rural Centre
Search for fossils on our fossil field with farmers on hand to help you identify your find. Be an archaeologist for the day and dust down our ‘dinosaur remains’. Family of 4 £26 online and £28 on the day.

Credit West Lodge Farm

26th August Irchester Dog Show 11am
£2 to enter per dog per class. Cutest puppy, waggiest tail, best in show etc.

28th August at Weston Favell Centre 11am to 3pm
Character meet & greet with Woody, Buzz and Jessie.

30th August StreEAT food at Wootton Community Centre 5 to 10pm
FREE ENTRY: a pop-up family-friendly street food event with great food, drink and music. 25th & 26th August PJ Masks Northampton & Lamport Railway 11am to 4pm
Catboy is coming to the Northampton & Lamport Railway and will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day at Pitsford & Brampton Station. Trains will be departing on the hour from 11 till 4 and tickets are valid for 2 trips on the day of purchase. £7.50 adult and £6.50 child Family ticket £25.
11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00 27th August Personalised Pencil Cases at Manor House Museum, Kettering 10.15am and 11.45am £3 per child, £2 with Kettering Leisure Pass. 30th August Painted Pebbles at Manor House Museum, Kettering 10.15 and 11.45am £3 per child, £2 with Kettering Leisure Pass. Call 01536 534219 to book. 31st August Kids for a Quid Northampton & Lamport Railway 11am to 4pm Travel along our one and half miles of running line through the Northamptonshire countryside. Trains leave on the hour from Pitsford & Brampton Station located between the two villages behind the Brampton Halt Pub. £5.20 adult and £1 per child. Riverside Hub (all summer long) A new role play village with market, vets and garage is being unveiled in June and the new under 5's water play area has been a massive hit. A great way to tire the kids out on a rainy (it's going to happen) summers day. Plus Riverside Hub have announced a new half price 'Sunny Day' offer. Check their website for details. Boost Trampoline Park (all summer long) Summer of Love Wristband offer launched 15th June. £19.99 per wristband and then £1 per jump! (Max 3 hours per day bookable online only) Valid 1st July to 31st August. Weston Favell Library has events all summer long & has a summer reading challenge which some primary schools are promoting/encouraging.

Lots of Northamptonshire Parks are operating events all summer long to encourage families to get outside and get involved in the community.

Watery Fun for those hot days! The Embankment Splash Park Wellingborough (all summer long) NN8 1LD Children's water play feature situated next to the River Nene.  It is completely FREE including parking.  As well as the main water feature there are picnic tables, a shelter and regular food and ice cream vans.  Thursday 25th July - Tuesday 3rd September (open daily) 12pm to 6pm.

Embankment Splashpark Wellingborough

Stanwick Lakes (all summer long)

Adventure playground with water features and sand.  Prepare to get wet and have fun.  Take spare clothes and a towel and the kids will be happy for hours.  Be prepared it does get busy but is a large space. During the summer parking charges are Up to 2 hours : £3.80 Up to 3 hours : £4.80 Over 3 hours : £5.80

Sywell Country Park
Sywell has a small water zone in the sandpit play area. There's a water pump and a few trays to collect the water. Ideal for younger children.

Rushden Lakes (all summer long)
Small splashzone next to the boardwalk.  Not always on however so perhaps don't promise the kids.
Canoe2 are open 7 days a week during the school holidays.  Current lake times 10.30am to 5pm.  Start your hire before midday to get an hour for the price of half hour. Pedalos and Katakanu.
The Nene Wetlands Vistor Centre also has things on for the kids throughtout the summer more info above.

Gullivers Splash Zone (all summer long) MK15 0DT
Get ready for sprays, streams and super slides. Splash Zone is located inside and heated to the perfect temperature. Adults can join in or supervise from the seated dry area with a drink Child £8 and Adult £2.

Olney Swimming Steps (all summer long)The River Ouse runs through Olney and the swimming steps are popular with locals to take a paddle/dip.  Signs do state no swimming so please take care.

Eversholt Swimming pool (all summer long) Recreation Ground, Eversholt, MK17 9DT
Open 25th May to 7th September £5 adults and £4 children CASH ONLY Usually operates 3 sessions 1.15-3.00pm 3.15-5.00pm and 5.15-7.00pm.  Please check before making plans. There Facebook page usually has the latest info Eversholt Facebook

Woburn Lido (all summer long) Just outside Northampton MK17 9QG All the info you need is in the image below or check out their Facebook page.

A little further to travel is Bosworth Water Park and Rutland Water Beach both have lots of watery fun. Click the links for their websites Bosworth & Rutland Water
If you are ever totally stuck for something to do just get outside and try a new park.  My guide has over 100 to choose from! Parks & Playgrounds Guide

**All details were correct at the time of typing (06/07/2019) but please double check before heading anywhere as I'd hate for you to arrive and be disappointed**