100 Fun Things You Must Do In Northamptonshire

One of the things I get asked a lot is: What is there to do in Northamptonshire?

Well… I finally did it! I put together a list of 100 fun things to do in Northamptonshire!

It’s a whole a mixture of fun eats and navigations in the area, from free things like going for a walk around Delapré Abbey and photographing The Guildhall, to things you pay for like Afternoon Tea at Highgate House Hotel and grabbing a burger at Franks Hamburger House.

This is a complete guide for when you’re feeling stuck on what to do, or you’re looking to tick off lots of different local eats and navigations

I really enjoyed putting this list together because it let me reminisce about all the things I’ve done, which took me back to when we first moved to Northamptonshire and how we had a natural curiosity to explore the area. 

I am already working on 100 free things you must do in Northamptonshire list, so stay tuned!

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But for now, here are 30 out of 100 fun things to help you get started:

  1. Eat a Northampton Brunchie from The Little Bakery of Happiness
  2. Explore Rockingham Castle
  3. Shop independent at Nene Court
  4. Watch a show at Royal & Derngate
  5. Do a Northampton Walking Tour
  6. Play Golf at Whittlebury Park  
  7. Take a walk past the canal boats at Stoke Bruene 
  8. Pop into MOOCH
  9. Eat Surf ‘n’ Turf street food at Pinch My Bun
  10. Visit the Market Square Northampton
  11. Eat Street Food at BiteStreet NN
  12. Visit Rushden Lakes
  13. Attend Pride Northampton
  14. Explore Althorp House
  15. Watch the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit
  16. Take a tour and eat afternoon tea at 78 Derngate
  17. Walk the Catanger Llamas 
  18. Go for a walk around Delapré Abbey
  19. Hunt for treasure in Brackley Antique Cellar
  20. Go shopping at Heart of the Shires Shopping Village
  21. Eat and shop cheese at St Giles Cheese
  22. Drink ale and go for a brewery tour at The Albion Brewery
  23. See the meerkats & botanical gardens at Castle Ashby Gardens
  24. Watch a Northampton Saints Rugby game
  25. Watch a Northampton Town Football game
  26. Soak up the history at Abington Park Museum
  27. Go thrifting at Age UK Northants
  28. Go for Bottomless Sunday Brunch at Old Market Inn Kettering
  29. Go for a Distillery tour at Warner’s
  30. Go ice skating at Beckworth Emporium at Christmas
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  • This post is a great reminder that we don’t need to travel for to have a great time. Shockingly, I’ve only ever visited Northampton to play rugby. I was to Franklin’s Gardens then left after the match without seeing anything else. Time to return!