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Book online on our Eventbrite page.
Alternatively, the Abington Park Museum ticket booking line is open Tuesday to Sunday 1 – 5pm
April to October during school holidays and Thursday to Sunday 1 - 5pm during term time.  Between November and March, the booking line is open 12 – 4pm November to March. Call 01604 838110 during these times.





The Northampton Heritage Fair Northampton Heritage Fair

Saturday 8 September
11am - 4pm
Abington Park Museum

The Northampton Heritage Fair is an annual event held as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. The event brings together many varied local groups each with a common interest in Northampton’s rich heritage, to showcase to the public what they can offer. This year it will be at Abington Park Museum for the first time - a venue well known for its place in local history. To find out something new or interesting, why not come and visit. The event will be served by a regular classic bus service from the town centre.
Free Entry
Pop-up café serving light refreshments


Autumn Food FairAutumn food fair

Saturday 22 September
Abington Park Museum

Our sixth food fair at Abington Park Museum is still one of the few food fairs in the region to have free admission for the public. Come along and discover new flavours and indulge in some tasty autumnal treats.
Free admission
Stallholders – stall prices start at £30

For an application form call 01604 838111 or download the booking form and further information.

Kinky Boots: The Northamptonshire Story

Saturday 22 SeptemberKinky boots - the details of this event have changed
Court Room of The Guildhall

Join us in a celebration of the Kinky Boots story and its roots in the Northamptonshire boot and shoe industry.
Hear Steve Pateman’s incredible story of turning the family business around, finding international fame and where it took him next. He will be joined by our Senior Shoe Curator and guests who will explore how this international story has its roots in the local boot and shoe trade and how kinky boots are created. There will also be a special display of original kinky boots from the film.
Includes an exclusive discount on tickets for Kinky Boots
The Musical at Royal & Derngate.
Full details available on booking.
Light refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book online

An Evening of Gin - sold out

Saturday 29 September
Abington Park Museum

Come to Abington Park Museum for all things gin! A gin and tonic will be served upon arrival, and attendees will get straight into learning about the history of the spirit and how it is distilled. Six different gins will then be sampled with notes on each, before tasting gins paired with their perfect tonics. After sampling, you will learn how to make the perfect G&T, including the important extras such as which garnishes work with different gins, and how to pair foods for entertaining. This two hour event will be hosted by Quentin Neville, owner and distiller from Northampton’s Phipps Brewery and Artisan Blending Limited. Quentin’s own gins will be available for purchase on the evening.
Alcohol will be consumed at this event and participants should arrange a taxi or alternative transport. Please drink responsibly. Over 18s only.
£30 per person
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book online

Japanese Cooking Workshop - sold out

Sunday 30 SeptemberJapanese cooking workshop 1
Abington Park Museum

Learn how to make Japanese food in this two-hour workshop and tasting session from Yuko Nakayama. Yuko has lived in the UK for the past 10 years and creates authentic Japanese dinner parties in peoples’ 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. The menu is designed around the current season as seasonality and freshness are
key to Japanese food.
Four items will be prepared and may include dishes such as spinach with creamy walnut tofu sauce and pan-fried salmon marinated in rice vinegar, but may vary depending on ingredient availability.
Throughout the workshop attendees will also be introduced to aspects of Japanese culture, including the significance placed on how the food looks as well as how it tastes.
Suitable for ages 16 and over.
After booking, you will be informed of a list of basic utensils to bring.
Please note that 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. If you have a specific intolerance or queries please contact the museum in advance of booking.
£35 per ticket (price includes all ingredients)
Ring  01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book online


Armistice Day: A 100 Year MemorialArmistice Day: A 100 Year Memorial

Sunday 11 November
12 - 3pm
Market Square, Northampton

100 years ago on 11 November 1918 the First World War ended. Join us in commemoration and celebration of this significant anniversary.

After the Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade at All Saints Church, come to the Market Square to watch performances by The Looking Glass Theatre showcasing excerpts from the play 'Killed'. Hear First World War poetry read by Nairobi Thompson and extracts written by the CreativeWriters@theMuseum. Live music from The Male Voice Choir and Classical Choir. A selection of WWI objects, images and videos from the Conflict and Community Archive will be displayed, along with bunting making and other crafts.
Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Free. Drop in - no booking required.


Armistice Day Remembrance Service and Parade

Sunday 11 November
9.30 - 11.30am
All Saints Church, Northampton

Northampton troops will be joined by dignitaries for a Rembrance Service at All Saints, followed by a minute's silence at 11am and wreath laying in the church's memorial garden. The Parade will then march past the Guildhall, along St Giles Street and onto Abington Street via Fish Street. They will be dismissed at the Market Square.
Free. Drop in - no booking required


Poppy Cross Commemoration

Friday 26 October
Abington Square Memorial Garden
Members of the Royal British Legion and Western Front Association will remember the fallen of Northampton by laying a military cross in their honour.


Christmas FairChristmas Fair 2018

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November
Abington Park Museum

Now in its seventh year, this very popular Christmas Fair includes artisan producers and crafters offering gifts, decorations and festive food and drink.
Free admission
Stallholders – stall prices start at £27

For an application form call 01604 838111 or download the booking form and further information.


Another Look Back at Northampton

Saturday 19 January 2019Another look back at Northamptonshire
1.30 - 3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust returns to present a new selection of archive film, including The Prince of Wales' visit to Northampton, the Northampton Hospital parade of 1954 and two films by Northampton Cine Club on Northampton Leisure and Pleasure and Safety Corridor - the introduction of pedestrian crossings in Northampton.
Suitable for ages 16 and over
£6 per person (includes refreshments)
See above for how to book


Veganuary Food Fair

Saturday 26 January 2019Vegan Food Fair
Abington Park Museum

Are you looking to start a healthier diet in 2019 after the gastronomic excesses of the festive season? Explore the exciting range of vegan food and drink made
by local producers from across the region. Abington Park Museum is one of the few sites in the region to have free admission to food fairs for the public.

Free admission
Stallholders - stall prices start at £35

For an application form call 01604 838111 or download the booking form and further information.



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