Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Workshops, talks & tours

Christmas craft fair

xmas fair

Shaxpeare's Box

6th - 8th and 11th - 15th January at 7.30pm

9th & 16th January at 4pm and 8pm

St Peter & St Paul Church, Park Avenue South, Northampton, NN3 3AB

A sparkling new comedy comes to Northampton to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and his unique connection with Northampton through his granddaughter and heir, Lady Elizabeth Bernard.

Northampton-born TV star Lesley Joseph, heads the cast as the voice of Elizabeth's ghost.

£9 adults/£8 concessions/£7 Masque members

Tickets are available from St Giles Music, 07586 288793 or the Masque Theatre website.

Object in Focus    

A series of talks exploring objects in the collections in more depth

The Wellington Boot: A Design Classic

Tuesday 8th March 7pm - 8.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Linking in to the "Give It Some Welly" exhibition, join our resident shoe expert Rebecca Shawcross for an evening discussing the Wellington boot.

£5 including refreshments.

Ring 01604 837397 to book

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.

  • 23rd January: Coins
  • 27th February: Old Northampton
  • 19th March: Domestic Life
  • 23rd April: Domestic Life

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

Fiddes' Choice:  a mystery painting from the collection

Thursday 28 April 7pm - 8.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Join renowned local artist Chris Fiddes in a discussion about Northampton Museum & Art Gallery's art collection and countdown his top 10 from the collection.

£5 including refreshments.

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 II: 28th November 10am - 3pm 
  • Beginners I: 12th March 2016 10am - 3pm

Learn the basics and how to accompany songs.

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

Spring food & craft fair

Saturday 9th April 11am - 5pm

Abington Park Museum

The Museum opens its doors to local crafters and artisan food and drink makers for the spring food and craft fair. With over 40 stalls to browse, choose gifts or treats for family and friends or perhaps buy something for lunch from the food sellers in the courtyard and enjoy a craft beer, a refreshing glass of Pimms or a warming cup of tea.

For stall availability call 01604 837276

Free admission.

Another look back at Northamptonshire

Saturday 30th April 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust returns to present a new selection of archive film with scenes and events from old Northampton and the surrounding area.

£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.

Grave Tales and Memorials
Graham Sutherland
Thursday 14th January
What stories do gravestones and memorials have to tell?

Northampton in the 1970s
Richard Deacon
Thursday 28th January
Richard uses photographs to show the dramatic changes that the town underwent in the early 1970s.

Lunacy in Northamptonshire
Dr Cathy Smith
Thursday 11th February
During the late 18th and 19th centuries opinions on insanity changed.  This talk will look at the impact this had on
patients and practices in Northampton General Lunatic Asylum (now St Andrew's Hospital) from it's opening in 1838 to it's closure in 1896.

The Battle of Northampton 1264
Mike Ingram
Thursday 25th February
This talk tells the story of the battle now known as the Second Baron's War between Henry III and Simon de Montfort.

Restoring Stowe
Barry Smith
Thursday 10th March
Barry Smith, Head Gardener at Stowe, will talk about the restoration of Stowe and the landscape programme.

Mending Bodies, Saving Souls
Ian Waller
Thursday 24th March
A talk on Victorian medical practices, hospitals and the treatment of disease and injury.

Bees and Bee Keeping
Brian Dennis
Thursday 28th April
Linking to our exhibition "Bees Pollinators of the World", we have a talk from a local bee keeper.

Shoe-making workshop


26th March 2016  10am - 4.30pm

18th June 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.