Experience the best of Northamptonshire this weekend

Published: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Northamptonshire Day is fast approaching and will give visitors to Delapre Abbey a host of experiences highlighting some of the great things our county has to offer.

The event has been organised by BBC Radio Northampton with support from a range of organisations including Northampton Borough Council and the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust (DAPT).

Northamptonshire Day is all about celebrating the best of our county, this year taking place in the grounds of one of Northampton's most important historical buildings.

BBC Radio Northampton is broadcasting live from the event where listeners get the chance to hear from people at the heart of it all.

Stall holders and exhibitors will discuss the great things that they make and do in Northamptonshire and everyone is invited to help celebrate and sample the best of the county.

Some of the best food, drink and craft producers from the county will be at the event, along with local musicians, family activities and the BBC Radio Northampton team.

Gardener Johnnie Amos will be there to answer everyone’s burning gardening questions whilst breakfast show presenter Annabel Amos and sport presenter Graham McKechnie go head-to-head in a challenge between Annabel’s Coconut Shy and Graham’s Whack-a-Rat stalls.

Red Rumpus will present two ‘Northampton Through the Decades’ fashion shows at noon and 3pm, showcasing costumes from every decade between the 1880s to the 1980s, supported by Masque Theatre and Naked hair salon.

Tamsyn Payne, of Red Rumpus, said: “The show will feature fashion throughout a hundred years of Northampton’s history, including the First World War and the Women’s Movement, both very fitting this year.”

Masque Theatre will also hold an hour-long romp through Shakespeare’s Macbeth – sorry, The Scottish Play – from 1.30pm.

Northampton Museums will also be at the event with a variety of items from Northamptonshire’s history, particularly of items made in the county.

The stall will feature footwear – including First World War boots – objects from the Joseph Grose archive, one of the early pioneers of motoring, and items from the Bassett-Lowke model collection.

Cllr Anna King, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wealth of fantastic things Northamptonshire has to offer, from amazing history to outstanding contemporary cooking.

“Northampton is known for its pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit and some of the museum collections demonstrate just how inventive our townspeople are and have been.

“Of course, with Kinky Boots having just kicked off its UK tour in the town, one of the primary attractions at Northamptonshire Day will be the boots themselves.”

Museum staff will also engage with visitors to gather ideas for the We Are Northampton exhibition which will take pride of place when the revamped museum reopens its doors.

Northamptonshire Day will run from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 30 September with most activities taking place on the South Lawn and in the Walled Garden. Parking will be available on the Archery Field.