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Museum events

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 FairNorthampton Heritage Fair

Saturday 14 September
11am - 4pm
Abington Park Museum

Returning to Abington Park Museum for the second year running, the Northampton Heritage Fair is an annual event held as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme which is now in its 25th year. The event brings together a variety of local groups – each with a common interest in Northampton’s rich heritage – to showcase what they have to offer. The event will be served by a classic bus service from the town centre – details will be provided in our next brochure and nearer the time at
Free admission


Autumn Food Fair

Saturday 5 October
11am - 5pmAutumn
Abington Park Museum

Our food fair at Abington Park Museum is still one of the few food fairs in the region to have a free admission for the public. Come along and discover new flavours and indulge in some tasty spring time treats.
Free admission

Stallholders: Stall prices start from £35
For an application form call 01604 838111 or email [email protected]




Haunted HalloweenHalloween

Saturday 26 October
11 - 4pm
Abington Park Museum

Join us for a spooktacular day of fun with scary craft activities and a haunted trail around the museum. Try the witches brew at the refreshments stall if you dare! Why not come dressed in your scariest costume? Suitable for children aged two and over. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Activities will be taking place throughout the museum. Some activities may be on the first floor, accessed by stairs only.
£3 per child
Drop in – no booking required



A Festive Evening of Gin

  SatuAn evening of ginrday 9 November
  7 – 9pm
  Abington Park Museum

  Following the success of our previous gin events, we are delighted to hold a festive gin evening which will include seasonal and Christmas
  gins. 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 to buy 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
Booking essential
See top of page for how to bookChristmas Fair, Abington Park Museum


Christmas Fair

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November
11am – 4pm
Abington Park Museum

Now in its eighth year, this very popular Christmas Fair includes artisan producers and crafters offering quality gifts, decorations and festive food and drink.
Stallholders – Stall prices start at £27
For an application form call 01604 838111 or email [email protected]


Christmas Magic Lantern Show

  SaChristmas Magic Lantern Showturday 14 December
  6.30 - 8pm
  Abington Park Museum

  Take a trip back in time with Kevin Varty to experience Victorian entertainment at its best – the magic lantern. The facts are
  amazing, the images stunning and the jokes are truly awful but they did make the Victorians laugh! Come, participate and enjoy this
  unique insight into Victorian life.
  £5 for adults
  £3 for children - 
Children need to be accompanied by a paying adult. Adult tickets available at:
 Booking essential.
  See top of page for how to book

Vegan Market, 2019, Abington Park Museum


Vegan Market

Saturday 8 February
11am – 4pm
Abington Park Museum

Veggie delights will be in abundance at this vegan market. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or just curious, you will find a wide choice of stalls selling delicious plant-based food and drink produced in the region, vegan beauty products and other ethical shopping including clothing.

Stallholders – Stall prices start at £27

For an application form call 01604 838111 or email [email protected]

Free admission




Mailing list

If you would like to know about future exhibitions, events and workshops please complete the online form 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.