Northamptonshire is in the heart of England, and is home to some of the most exquisite countryside. With miles of beauty to walk through, country parks and canals to explore, you will never be short of something to do. There are modern towns full of new attractions and with their own the thrilling buzz, or you can visit the pretty villages with old thatched roof cottages and winding lanes. It has an estimated population of around 692,000 so it is a very popular place to live.
Traditionally it was known for shoe making as well as many other leather connected industries and today it is now home to many top companies. In the main market towns you will find great facilities, shops, museums, cinemas, great nightlife and much much more! The network of canals is a great way to get around and explore the whole of Northamptonshire; you could even hire a boat for a day, which makes an exciting change to driving!
Local Country Parks:
Barnwell Country Park,Barnwell Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5PW Tel : 01832 273435 Fax : 01832 274779
This enormous site of 15 hectares of pure amazingness! it is great for anyone who wants to enjoy a quiet picnic or to go on a great wildlife adventure with the kids. There are facilities on site and a 24 hour car park, so there is no need to rush to get back.
Brampton Valley Way
Brampton Valley Way is great for railways fanatics. The park is rich in history and is placed on the former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway line, and these days this trail still has many remains from the railway – why not see if you can follow it all the way (only 14 miles!!)?
Brixworth Country Park
Brixworth Country Park, Northampton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DG Tel : 01604 883920 Fax : 01604 883921
This park is another enormous site which consists of 15 hectares, but this one overlooks the charming and quaint Pitsford waterway. Why not see it by bicycle? You can hire bikes at the cycle hire centre.
Daventry Country Park
Northern Way, Daventry, Northants, NN11 5JB Tel : 01327 877193 Fax : 01327 703708
A great choice for woodland walks, picnics, nature trails and fishing – this is an easy accessible site and is the perfect day out for the family or even if you fancy getting away for a while.
Days Out With The Kids?
Wickstead Park Ltd. Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ Tel: 01536 512475
147 acres of wholesome fun with rollercoasters, rides and many attractions nestled in a historic grade II country park. At the on site pavillion you can enjoy live music events, and it is a highly sought after wedding and party venue.
For the fairground, prices are as follows:
Adult wristband: £13
Child wristband: £17
Daily parking: £6
Also for those who live close enough, you may want to consider an annual child wristband which costs £70.
Westlodge Farm Park
Back Lane, Desborough, Kettering, Northants, NN14 2SH Tel: 01536 760 552 Fax: 01536 764 862
A fantastic place for children to learn about the extensive range of farm animals at the park. They can even pet the smaller animals in the cuddle corner, and watch the pygmy goats on the goat mountain.
Entrance fees: (Peak times) Adult: £5.95
Children: £4.95 (Off peak)
Places to stay:
Main Road, Grendon, Northamptonshire, NN7 1JW Tel: 01933 665303
Set on 150 acres of some of the best countryside in Northampton, it has 12 lakes and 2 of those are solely used for water sports, so you will never be short of something to do on site. They have a great club house on site which overlooks the main lake on site. There is a fully licensed bar, restaurants, toilets showers and changing room. Other fun activities include paintballing, fishing, wakeboarding, inflatable, jet skiing and private boat hire.
All types of campers are welcome – families, large groups, small groups, even couples. They have 3 separate fields which are all close to the toilet and shower facilities, please see below:
Main Campfield: 20 Acres of flat grass enclosed
Separate car park zone
No electric 100 metres from toilet block.
Frankies Lake: All lakeside pitches
Suitable for tents, caravans & campervans
10x electric hook ups Peace and quiet zone!!
300 metres from toilet block.
Geralds Pond: Closest to the toilet
10x electric hook up
Suitable for tents, caravans & campervans
Whole area can be hired for large groups.
VIP Glamping Village: Included in the hire of the VIP Glamping Village is:
3 x Lakeside glamping Bell Tents sleeping up to 12 people, all equipped with beds, duvets, pillows, cooker, pots, pans, cutlery, plates, i dock – just about everything you will need for a special home from home camping experience.
Fire Pit with burning fuel & bench seating – toast marshmallows & sing songs under the dark starlit sky!
Festoon Lighting & electric power supply BBQ Private toilet Additional space for extra tents (not supplied)
• 2,3,4 man tents – £12 per night / £10 per night if pre booked and prepaid
• 5,6,7 man tents – £17 per night / £15 per night if pre booked and prepaid
• 8 man and over – £22 per night / £20 per night if pre booked and prepaid
• Motorhomes/Caravan/Campervan – under 22ft – £15.00 per pitch per night
• Over 22ft – £25 per pitch per night
Crossing Farm Touring Caravan & Campsite
Crossing Farm, Boddington Road, Byfield, Northamptonshire NN11 6UP Tel: 01327261876
A very small quiet campsite; which makes the perfect romantic get away or just a general relaxation zone! This small family run site only has 10 hook up, so nice and secluded. All pitches have electric hook ups, and on site you have water points, waste disposal area and a separate under cover area for washing up.
There are a lot of small pubs and restaurants close by, so ask the site owners for more information.
Prices are as follows:
January-March £12 per night
April-June £13 per night
July-September £15 per night
October-December £10 per night
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