Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Workshops, Talks & Tours

Sara Spade

Ukulele Workshops by Sara Spade

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

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



13 June

Learn the basics and how to accompany songs.

Beginners II

9 May 10am - 3pm 

Facilitate your progress to a higher level

For both classes:

Instruments provided OR bring your own

Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

Tickets £34. Adults only 16+

Italian Summer

Pasta Making Workshop

Sat 30 May, 1.30 - 3pm.

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery


Carmela's Kitchen offers delicious Italian cookery classes and demonstrations from handmade pasta to a variation of sauces pizza, risottos, fish dishes, gnocchi, desserts and so much more.

Learn how to make simple pasta dough and turn into wonderful shapes. You can then make scrumptious fillings to go inside and take away your creations to eat in luxury of your home. 

£25 per person. Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring : apron, mixing bowl, small knife, teaspoon, rolling pin, plastic container and a pasta making machine i9f you have one.

Art in Renaissance Italy

with reference to the Italian Art Collection

Wed 3 June 7pm.

Exhibition viewing 7pm, talk 7.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery


Professor Ekserdjian, a world - renowned authority on Italian Renaissance painting, will talk about paintings from the Northampton collection within the wider context of Renaissance and Baroque art.

£5. Ring to book. Includes refreshments.  

Love of Many Kinds

Sat 13 June  2 - 2.30pm & 2.45 -3.15pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery 

Storyteller Alex Ultradish weaves imaginative and magical tales inspired by the paintings in the Love in the Time of the Baroque exhibition. 

£3 per person.  Ring 01604 837397 to book. Suitable for the family. 

Life Drawing Master Class

Wed 1 July 7-9pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery


A life drawing master class led by renowned local artist, Chris Fiddes, in the Italian Baroque art exhibition. Suitable for those looking to improve their technical skills in drawing the human form.  

£20 per person. Age 18 and over. ring 01604 837397 to book. 

An Evening of Wine & Opera

Sat 4 July 5.15 for 5.30pm start

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery


Italian wine tasting and simple antipasto led by the experienced team at the "The Wine Connection" in Derngate. Following the wine tasting, relax and enjoy a dazzling evening of music from the great Italian Opera Masters. 

Rising opera singer Francesca Stevens will transport the audience on a delightful Italian journey with favorite opera soprano arias from Mozart to Puccini.

£20. Ring 01604 837397 to book.  

What did the Baroque do for us?

Thu 2 July 7.15pm

Love in the time of the Italian Baroque exhibition viewing from 7pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery 

The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance and grandeur in sculpture, painting architecture, literature, dance and music.

Find out about how the Baroque still influnces our culture today including fashion, dance interior design, design and graphics, architecture, music as well as art.

Join Prof Helen Hills and a range of speakers to debate the importance of Baroque.

£5. Ring 01604 837397 to book. Refreshments included.  


The Knights Tale

23 May, 2.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

The story of the knight from the 10th to the 15th century. Join military historian, author and Wars of the Roses expert Mike Ingram as he explores who they were and how their weapons, armour and tactics evolved.

£5. Ring 01604 837397 to book.  

Friends of Northampton Castle Magna Carta Walking Tour

Sat 20 June, 12pm

Tours begin from Hazelrigg House at 2pm. 

The Northampton Battlefields Trust and the Friends of Northampton Castle will be providing tours of the Castle during the Spring Boroughs Festival (20th June from 12 noon). The tours will include references to the importance of Northampton in the development of democracy - in the battle for the Great Charter in 1264.

Drop in. Free.  

Shoe Making Workshop

4 July Workshop


8 Aug | 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.  

Summer Bazaar at Abington Park Museum

20 June 12pm - 5pm

Abington Park Museum 


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.

We are looking for stallholders!  

If you are interested in having a stall at the Summer Bazaar then you can find out more and apply here  

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.  

Museum Mornings for the Over 60s - all begin 10.30am

Northampton Inter Faith Forum

30 April. 

Representing seven of the major religions found in Northampton, come to this talk to hear about their work and current exhibition promoting respect, understanding and friendship.

Fire, Disease and Bonnie Prince Charlie Northampton Life 1675 - c1750

Malcolm Deacon

Thur 14 May

Following the Great Fire of 1675 most of the town was rebuilt, and a local militia prepared to fight the invading Jacobites. This talk brings to life the problems and personalities who shaped the town.

Old Northampton in Photographs

Richard Deacon

Thur 4 June

Old Northampton in photographs from c1900 up to c1960 before it started to disappear.

Love in the Time of the Italian Baroque

18 June

The curator will be giving an insight into Italian paintings in the museum's collection brought together for this exhibition.  

Queen Victoria's Granddaughters 

Jonathon Willmott

2 July

Queen Victoria had 22 granddaughters. This illustrated talk will delve a little deeper into their lives.  

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.