And just like that, we say goodbye to Summer – and what an eventful summer it’s been!
Can you believe September is here? It means it’s practically Christmas time
Summer has been one of the busiest times, as well as the most life-changing of seasons for me too – you can read all about it in my last Life Update post, but basically, I changed jobs, I moved house, went on holiday and had my birthday all within 2 months! Life was crazy!
And around all the craziness, I still managed to attend some of Northamptonshire’s most prestigious festivals and events!
Summer is definitely festival season and though I may not have talked about these much on my blog, I wanted to showcase some of the festivals I attended across the summer in anticipation for their return in 2020.
So think of this blog post as kind of a ‘Summer roundup’ but it’s also a guide for you guys to enjoy when next year approaches!
Northamptonshire has got some great festivals that happen during the summer, so I’ve written a bit about them, what my highlights were and when I get notified, I’ll let you know when they are next on:
Althorp Food & Drink Festival
The first festival that kicked off the season for me: Althorp Food & Drink Festival.
It’s one of the only times of the year, where we see 100’s of food and drink vendors gather together on the beautiful greenery that plays host to Althorp House Estate, the home of Charles Spencer.
Highlights included getting some samples from i’m real ice cream, who create delicious, natural ice creams for all year long, getting my first taste of Bandit Street Food’s burgers and a tasty brunch like Raclette burger from Hogs and Hops!
The dates for the Althorp Food & Drink Festival 2020 have not been announced yet, but keep an eye out for dates soon!
Towcester Food Festival
One of the biggest food festivals came to town in June: Towcester Food Festival.
I love having such a prestigious and HUGE foodie festival right on my doorstep. It truly was bigger and better than ever, thanks to the tremendous organisation and work put in by founder, Crispin Slee and his group of volunteers.
Highlights for me were trying my first full dish from Saf’s Kitchen, of whom Sophie etc has been raving about across her social media and for a very good reason! I drank plenty of cider from Saxby’s Cider, who I really can’t go to a festival without drinking cider from, plus it was a glorious way to really kick off the summer.
Plus, it’s very convenient as it’s literally a walk away for us!
Towcester Food Festival is usually held in June at Towcester Racecourse, dates yet to be announced for next year.
Heritage Festival Northampton
You may have seen I have been working with Love Northampton by attending some events and writing about the experiences on their website, which is great for me as it means more time to navigate Northants!
On this occasion, I attended their Heritage Festival in the town centre which consisted of three activities; a guided interactive tour by Looking Glass Theatre all about the rich history of the Guildhall in Northampton and the people responsible for the creation of it.
Swiftly after, there was a Heritage Bus Tour which took us to all the historic spots of Northampton whilst having the best seat in the house – on top of a classic red double decker bus.
And finally, I was taken through 100 years of Northampton in just 15 minutes, thanks to Red Rumpus who put on a fantastic fashion show which not only told the story of how Northampton has grown over the years, but also displayed some timeless fashion!
You can read the original blog post here on the Love Northampton website.
Blisworth Canal Festival
Blisworth has to be one of the prettiest villages in Northamptonshire and when I heard there was a festival happening, I knew I had to visit.
I have never been to the Blisworth Canal Festival before, but I can’t see why I haven’t, as the village is so close to where I live. It was a celebration of everything which saw the whole village come to life with pretty bunting across the houses and cottages, several areas of the village being used for local stalls and food vendors, plus there was a whole row of canal boat stalls on the river itself.
Highlights of the day included a tasty local brew, from Great Oakley Brewery, who are based in Tiffield, a lovely purchase of a South Northamptonshire map from Cute Maps, plus I brought home a new gin addition: the Lemon and Cucumber gin from Foxdenton Estate.
Although the weather was a bit off, seeing as it was August, it was still a really enjoyable day and I think other villages in Northamptonshire should follow suit with similar festivals celebrating their local village like this.
The Blisworth Canal Festival should be back in August – I’ll keep you updated!
Towcester Sausage & Cider Festival
And last, but not least, The Towcester Sausage & Cider Festival.
Once again, Crispin Slee is the man behind the organisation of the Sausage and Cider Festivals across the county. We were planning on attending the Brackley one, but due to bad weather, it got cancelled, so I was super happy that we got the opportunity to go to the Towcester one.
The Towcester one always lands around the last weekend of August, so it was a brilliant way to wave the summer goodbye.
Highlights were (surprise, surprise) drinking lots of Cloudy Strawberry Cider from Saxby’s Cider, which went very well with my Cheesy Sausage Hot Dog which they were serving up along with lots of other dishes.
It was also a pleasant surprise to see The Good Times Cafe make an appearance, so I couldn’t help but grab a bite of their 10/10 Four Cheese Toastie with Marmite and Gherkins!
So that’s a round-up of the festivals I attended this year. The list seems quite small, but with all the things happening in my personal life, like moving into a new house, new job etc, I think I’ve not done too badly.
I am already buzzing for these summer festivals to *hopefully* make a return next year and I hope you can make room in your diaries next year to attend them.
Have you attended these festivals this year? Let me know what you thought of them!