Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Workshops, Talks & Tours

Shoe Making Workshop

8 Aug |      10am - 4.30pm

26 March | 10am - 4.30pm

25 June |  10am - 4.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Make Your Own Pair of Designer Shoes with Hetty Rose 


This one-day class offers a unique experience 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.

We create two different styles of shoe, a slingback shoe and a ballet pump. The slingback can be made with a heel or as a flat shoe, you can choose from a wide variety of kimono fabrics for your shoes and Hetty will prepare this for you, so on the day you have all the components you need to create your shoes.

You pick your heel, the leather to cover it and also in the inside of your creations.  

You get to walk away with a new pair of exclusive designer shoes at the end of the day! It's a perfect gift for those creative family members, partner and friends. If you are planning a creative Hen Do*, it's a fantastic idea as you can wear the shoes on your wedding day!

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

Booking essential. Ring 01604 837397

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

In conjunction with our annual Art in the Park exhibition, we are holding a Summer Bazaar with stalls including crafts, vintage, handmade gifts, exotic food and lots to do for the children.

Autumn Food and Drink Fair


Saturday 26 September 12.00pm- 5.00pm

Abington Park Museum

An opportunity to discover some of the culinary delights produced in the region by quality food and drink exhibitors. Enjoy a glass of locally produced museum ale in the courtyard.

Stalls are available to local and regional food and drink businesses-please contact Liz Ravine on 01604 837276 or  to book a space. Click on the link below to download an application form and floor plan of the venue: 

Application Form and Floor plan of Abington Park 

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       26 September & 17 October 10am - 3pm

Beginners II   28 November 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+

Object in Focus


Sat 29 August. 11am -12pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Join us to find out about one of the star objects in our Decorative Art Collection-this beautiful Sienese Chest c. 1440-1500.
Given to a bride by her parents and placed in the bridal suite, the cassone (large chest) was one of the trophy furnishings of rich merchants and aristocrats in Italian culture from the Late Middle Ages onward.

£5, ring 01604 837397 to book. 

Collectors' Day


Sat 24 October 11am - 4pm

 Abington Park Museum

 Calling all collectors - we want to display your collections! 

We are offering you the opportunity to display your collection in the museum and share your interest and enthusiasm with your visitors.

To book space for a display please call 01604 838111 or email  by October.