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Northampton

discover the top things to see and do in Northampton

Nestled in a curve of the River Nene, Northampton is an 800 year-old market town with beautiful parks, museums, theatres, and restaurants. Head here for an alternative shopping experience at hundreds of boutiques and shops, or if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you’ll find stately homes and breathtaking countryside just outside the town centre.

Great events in Northampton this week

Check out our top 10 events in and around Northampton this week

Best things to do this week in Northampton

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1 Loathe

The Liverpool-based quartet play eardrum-shredding experimental metalcore, seeking to transform negativity into something positive and progressive. Their concept album The Cold Sun, set in an apocalyptic near-future, was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, with producer Matt McClellan.

When: Aug 23, phone for times
Where: Northampton Lab, 95-97 Charles Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN1 3BG
Contact: +44 (0)1604 636254
More Details: www.loatheasone.com

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2 Who's Next: The Who Tribute

The tribute outfit aims to capture a period in the early 1970's when many believed The Who were the greatest rock[n'roll band on Earth. With authentic stage wear and instruments, the band whisks their audience back to the days of Live At Leeds, The Isle Of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows.

When: Aug 25, 9pm, doors 8pm
Where: The Charles Bradlaugh, 1 Earl Street, Northampton. NN1 3AU
More Details: www.premierwhotribute.com

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3 Atomic Science

Atomic Tom and his crew of science educators believe that science is fun and engaging. This interactive session has lots of hands-on experiments involving everything from dry ice, to hoverboards to making your own slime. Budding Einsteins will love it and older family members will learn a lot too. Not suitable for under 4s.

When: Aug 25, 9.30am
Where: The Forum Cinema, Weston Favell Centre, Wellinborough Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN3 8JR
Contact: +44 (0)1604 401006
More Details: www.wegottickets.com/event/407690

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4 The Same Faces

The Leicester and Northampton-based improv group, this month consisting of Tom Young, Dave Gotheridge and Jen Kenny, take ideas from the audience and immediately turn them into hilarious live comedy sketches. They will be joined by guest performer Neil Goulder.

When: Aug 26, 8.30pm-11pm
Where: The Black Prince, 15 Abington Square, Northampton. NN1 4AE
Contact: +44 (0)1604 631752
More Details: www.tomyoungcomedy.co.uk/improv

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5 Northampton & Lamport Railway

The steam and heritage diesel tourist railway has approximately one and a half miles of running track alongside the Brampton Valley Way. It is staffed entirely by volunteers, who also run the Platform Three Buffet, the gift shop, a second-hand bookshop and a 00 gauge model railway. Look out for the regular Specials throughout the summer months.

When: From Mar 1, Sun 10am-5pm, station, trains depart hourly 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, additional running days Aug 26 & 28, Sep 23, Oct 28, see website for details, ends Oct 29
Where: Brampton Halt, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton. NN6 8BA
Contact: +44 (0)1604 842676
More Details: www.nlr.org.uk

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6 Jasmina Cibic

The female nude is a pervasive figure in art history - yet to contemporary eyes increasingly problematic. The Slovenian artist, whose films, photographs and installations are often populated by female figures, presents artworks in which she explores what she sees as the dubious tradition of the 'allegorical female' in nation-building.

When: From Jul 20, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 2pm-5pm, ends Sep 30
Where: NN Contemporary Art, 9 Guildhall Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN1 1DP
Contact: +44 (0)1604 638 944
More Details: www.jasminacibic.org

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7 Althorp

The House, surrounded by stunning parkland, has magnificent interiors and one of Europe's finest private collections of furniture, paintings and photographs, and ceramics. But for many visitors the 500-year-old connection with the aristocratic Spencer family and with the late Diana, Princess Of Wales will be at the forefront of their minds.

When: May 1, 14, 21, 28-31, Jun 1-4, 11, Jul 9, 14-31, Aug 1-28, Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, 12noon-5pm, last tour 3pm, Jun 18, 2pm-5pm, Jun 25 & Jul 2, 2pm-5.30pm
Where: Althorp, Althorp, Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN7 4HQ
Contact: +44 (0)1604 770107
More Details: www.spencerofalthorp.com

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8 Mini Meadows Farm

Set in 12 acres of Northamptonshire countryside, this little children's farm boasts guinea pigs, sheep, miniature Shetland ponies, cows, alpacas, geese and ducks, goats, rheas, donkeys, pigs and rabbits. Children can let off steam, feed the animals and play in a huge indoor sandpit whilst for adults, the attractions include a cafe and shop.

When: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, 31, Jan 1
Where: Mini Meadows Farm, Naseby Road, Welford, Northampton. NN6 6HZ
Contact: +44 (0)7824 393517
More Details: www.minimeadowsfarm.com

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9 Cottesbrooke Hall

This beautiful hall, with its largely-unchanged Queen Anne architecture, dates back to 1702 and is complimented by the splendour of 18th century landscaping of park, vistas and lakes, which won Garden Of The Year back in 2000. The picture-perfect location is thought to be the inspirational setting for Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

When: Jul-Sep, Thu, Bank Hol Mons 2pm-5.30pm
Where: Cottesbrooke Hall, Cottesbrooke, Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN6 8PF
Contact: +44 (0)1604 505808
More Details: www.cottesbrooke.co.uk

Sailors enjoying the strong winds at Pitsford reservoir, Northamptonshire. FREE EVENT

10 Pitsford Water Park

Ideal venue for walking, cycling, fishing, sailing and birdwatching, the even-mile waterside track through woodlands, meadows and grassland provides a picturesque backdrop for many countryside pursuits. The circular, well-marked hard surfaced trails are suitable for people of all abilities.

When: Mon-Sun 9am-dusk, closed Dec 25
Where: Pitsford Water Park, Brixworth Road, Holcot, Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN6 9SJ
Contact: +44 (0)1604 781350
More Details: www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/water-parks/pitsford/

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Nestled in a curve of the River Nene, Northampton is an 800 year-old market town with beautiful parks, museums, theatres, and restaurants. Head here for an alternative shopping experience at hundreds of boutiques and shops, or if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you’ll find stately homes and breathtaking countryside just outside the town centre.