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Adult workshops, talks & tours

Book online on our Eventbrite page  Alternatively, the Abington Park Museum ticket booking line is open during term time from November to March, Thursday to Sunday 12 - 4pm and during school holidays Thursday to Sunday 12 - 4pm.  From 1 April the times change to 1 - 5pm.  You can also call 01604 838110 to purchase your ticket over the phone.



Tours of Abington Park MuseumWooden panelling in Oak Room, Abington Park Museum

Sunday 28 July
Sunday 11 August

Abington Park Museum
Volunteer led guided tours of the historic Abington Park Museum. Discover the history of the building and the people who have lived there.
Recommended for adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Tours involve stairs and uneven floors and will last approximately 45 minutes.
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Italian Cookery Workshops with Carmela 

Carmela's Kitchen Pasta & Sauce workshop  Pasta and Sauces with Carmela
  Saturday 7 September
  Abington Park Museum

Carmela will make and prepare a seasonal pesto, gorgonzola sauce, cherry tomato sauce and carbonara sauce and pair them with dried pasta. She will then demonstrate the preparation of fresh pasta for you to make and take home. All materials are included in the price of the ticket. You will be informed of which utensils to bring on booking. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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Italian Desserts with Carmela - sold out
Saturday 16 Novemberdesserts
Abington Park Museum

Carmela will make four Italian desserts for you to enjoy with your coffee. You will then make one to take home and enjoy with your friends and family. The full menu of delicious desserts that will be made will be shared nearer the time. All materials are included in the price of the ticket. You will be informed of which utensils to bring on booking. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


Edgecote 1469 – A Study Day

With Northamptonshire Battlefields Society
Saturday 27 July
Abington Park Museum

2019 marks the 550th anniversary of one of the most misunderstood and confusing battles of the Wars of the Roses. Fought in South Northamptonshire just outside Banbury, by armies from Wales and Yorkshire, it was Warwick the Kingmaker’s first step from Yorkist to Lancastrian. The outcome of the battle was determined by a dispute over a fair maid from Banbury and a rag-tag group of rascals from in and around Northampton – or was it?

This study day will look at the campaign and battle, from why the Earl of Warwick felt compelled to abandon the House of York, to the mysterious Robin of Redesdale who plunged the kingdom into such chaos, and the bloody executions at the foot of the Eleanor Cross in Northampton where long held grudges were settled.

Speakers will include:
Mike Ingram, local historian and chairman of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society
Phil Steele, trustee of the Battlefields Trust
Harvey Watson, editor of Battlefields Magazine
Graham Evans, secretary of Northamptonshire Battlefields Society
Professor Ann Parry Owen and Dr Jenny Day from the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies.
£35 per person
£30 for members of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society or Battlefields Trust.

Ticket price includes car parking on Abington Park, refreshments and a full buffet lunch
Please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking
This event is organised by Northamptonshire Battlefields Society. Find out more at:
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Eleanor of Castile and the Northampton Cross

Thursday 3 October
Abington Park Museum

This study day will explore the well-known Northampton landmark. A powerful medieval Queen, Eleanor’s importance and the respect she was held in is shown in Edward I’s beautiful memorials to her, the Eleanor crosses. Specialists and historians will discuss why the Northampton cross was built and the story of Eleanor of Castile the Queen of Edward I. The day will also look at how the crosses were carved and built and the wider context of Northampton during this period, how the cross has been used or perceived in art from 1600 to the present day, and the recent conservation work.

There will be opportunities to touch and look closely at recent stone taken from the cross. We will also look at what the cross means to residents and visitors today. The keynote speaker is Sara Cockerill, historian and author of Eleanor of Castile The Shadow Queen. Other speakers include Dr Andy King, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Southampton and author of Edward I: a new King Arthur?, Dr Jennifer S Alexander FSA, Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of Warwick who will explore the architecture of the cross and Decca Warrington author of The Eleanor Crosses: The story of King Edward I’s lost Queen and her Architectural Legacy. Archaeologist Andy Chapman, will set the scenes discussing the latest archaeological evidence for Northampton in this period and Elizabeth Socci  (Northampton Museums and Art Gallery’s Art Curator) will discuss how the cross has inspired artists over the centuries.
In a session led by Jane Jennings, Henry Sanders of Acanthus Clews Architects and David Carrington of Skillington Workshop will give a view behind the scenes into the conservation of the Cross and what was learnt from conservation of this this important monument.

See the line up and order of speakers

£20 – morning ticket 11am-1pm (includes refreshments but no lunch)
£30 – all day ticket (includes lunch and refreshments)

Please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking
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Yuko Nakayama’s Japanese Street Food Cooking Workshop

Sunday 27 October
Abington Park Museum

Yuko Nakayama returns to the museum for her third cooking workshop. Japanese food is becoming more and more popular and this class will be looking at street food, often eaten by Japanese people as comfort food. In this course, you’ll see familiar dishes from the menus of high street restaurants and learn how to make them yourselves. Courses will include pork gyoza three ways and two other side dishes such as spinach and tofu salad to make a nutritiously balanced meal.

Yuko has lived in the UK for the past 10 years and creates authentic Japanese dinner parties in people's homes through her unique Japanese home dining service, Omotenashi Dining. Yuko prepares home cooked Japanese food, showing there is much more to Japanese cuisine than sushi.
Suitable for ages 16 and over.

After booking you will be informed of a list of basic utensils to bring.
Whilst we can cater for some food intolerances, due to the nature of the food being prepared this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. This session will make foods with ingredients containing gluten. If you have another specific intolerance or queries please contact the museum in advance of booking.
£35 per ticket (price includes all ingredients)
Booking essential
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