Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Alice in Wonderland Shoe Makeover

Alice in Wonderland workshop

Saturday 18 June, 10am - 4pm

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Give your shoes an amazing Alice in Wonderland themed makeover in this special one day workshop.  Learn how to transform a plain pair of shoes by covering them in eye-catching fabric and embellishing with a choice of cute Alice-themed trims and charms including miniature teacups, pocket watches or 'drink me' bottles.  The results are truly magical!

Don't worry if you have no shoes in need of a makeover - we can provide a brand new pair for you to customise for an extra charge.

Please bring your own apron and a sharp pair of craft scissors, all other materials supplied.  Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

£35 (bring your own shoes - must have a smooth finish and be free of embellishments/buckles).

£50 (shoes supplied)

Age 16+ but 11-16 year olds welcome accompanied by an adult

Ring 01604 837397 to book. No refunds or ticket exchanges

Bronze casting - Vulcan's foundry workshop

Four-day course

Abington Park Museum

Learn how to cast your own bronze piece of art in four days!

After a brief introduction to the history of bronze casting, Vulcan's Foundry will guide you through the process of lost-wax casting, starting with the modelling of a piece of wax and ending with your very own finished bronze item.

Bronze Casting Workshop

  • Saturday 4 June:  1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday 5 June: 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 11 June: 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday 12 June: 10am - 5pm

£375 includes refreshments. Payable in instalments. 25% deposit non-refundable

Adults only. Booking essential. Ring 01604 837397 to book. 

Ukulele workshops by Sara Spade

Sara Spade

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Sara Spade ( will provide a creative and fun learning atmosphere. Ring to book.

  • Beginners I:  11 June 2016 10am - 3pm

Learn the basics and how to accompany songs.

  • Beginners II: 10 September 2016 10am - 3pm

 Facilitate your progress to a higher level.

For classes:

Instruments provided or bring your own

Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

Tickets £34. Adults only (16+).

Ring 01604 837397 to book.  No refunds or ticket exchanges.

Talk & Walk with the Wildlife Trust

Saturday 2 July

1.15pm - 4pm

Abington Park Museum and Kingsthorpe Meadows Nature Reserve

Stuart Baker from the BCN Wildlife Trust will talk at Abington Park Museum about local wildlife sites and the interesting creatures you might discover there.  He will then lead a guided tour of Kingsthorpe Meadows Nature Reserve.

The talk will be from 1.15pm to 2.15pm.  Attendees will then make their own way to Kingsthorpe Meadows Nature Reserve, ready for a guided walk at 3pm.

£5 per person. Limited spaces.

Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Overnight Vigil marking the Somme Centenary

Abington Park Museum

30 June 7pm to 1 July 7am

Public vigils will be held overnight across the UK on June 30th 2016 to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Life's a Beach

Saturday 6 August 2pm - 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery


Informative talk about beachwear during the 20th century given by curator of the Beauty and the Beach exhibition, Ciara Phipps of Southend on Sea Museum.

£5 including refreshments.

Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Over 60s talks

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

10.30am - 11.30am

£2.50 including refreshments

Booking essential - ring 01604 837397 to book. No ticket refunds or exchanges.

The Secret Life of Hedgehogs
Andrew Jackson
Thursday 16 June
Andrew Jackson from Brackley Hogwatch will be coming to give a talk on these nocturnal animals.  He will have some hedgehogs with him.                      

William Knibb
Mike Stroud
Thursday 30 June
Born in Kettering in 1803, Knibb became a Baptist minister, a missionary in Jamaica, friend of slaves and social reformer.                      

Northampton's Markets, past and present
Charlie Childs
Thursday 14 July
A little bit of history and a lot of tales about markets of Northampton throughout the years up to the present day. 

Shoe-making workshop


17 September 2016  10am - 4.30pm

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Make your own pair of designer shoes with Hetty Rose.

This one-day class offers a unique chance to create your own pair of stunning shoes by up-cycling vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. No previous experience required as you will be expertly guided through each stage by shoe designer Hetty.

You can create a slingback shoe or pallet pump.

The slingback can be made with a heel or as a flat shoe and you can choose from a wide variety of kimono fabrics for your design. You'll pick your heel, the leather to cover it and also the lining of your creations - Hetty will prepare this for you, so on the day you have all the components you need to create your shoes.

At the end of the day you get to walk away with a new pair of exclusive designer shoes!

It's a perfect gift for those creative family members and friends.

It's a fantastic idea for a creative hen do* as you can wear the shoes on your wedding day!

£225 per person, all materials provided (please bring a packed lunch and apron).

Ring to book: 01604 837397

Non-refundable deposit required on booking.

* Please call the museum if you would like to book your own private workshop on an alternative date.

Saturday object handling sessions

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Drop in to these monthly Saturday sessions for a unique opportunity to handle and find out more about some amazing objects from the museum's collections.  Volunteers will be on hand to help and answer your questions.

  • 23 April: Domestic Life
  • 21 May: Money, Money, Money
  • 18 June: Old Northampton
  • 23 July: Green
  • 27 August: Home Life

Free and no booking required: just drop in. All ages welcome 

Mailing list

If you would like to know about future exhibitions, events and workshops please email with your details and we will add you to our mailing list. Please state any preferences you may have e.g. art, history or general. All information will be kept confidential and used only by the museum.