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Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery that has doubtless helped it earn its name as ‘The Rose of the Shires’. The countryside is speckled with unchanged rural villages and market towns in which you can embrace a more laid-back pace of life. However, if you want your feet planted firmly in the 21st Century, there are plenty of modern shopping centres and family attractions, and for petrol-heads there are the two international racing venues of Silverstone and Rockingham.

Links to the Past

Much of the county’s heritage is linked to nobility and you’ll find a great selection of stately homes and castles to visit. Canons Ashby House in Daventry is one of the county’s most impressive homes. Complete with well-tended gardens and quaint tea rooms, it’s definitely one to visit. Rockingham Castle will delight history buffs and entrance younger visitors. Built by William the Conqueror, it has almost 1,000 years’ worth of history up its imposing sleeves.

Family Entertainment

When it comes to family attractions, Alton Towers must be the county’s most famous. Packed with white-knuckle rides, adventure playgrounds and animal attractions, it’s a day out in itself.  For something a little more sedate, a visit to the Northampton and Lamport Railway is sure to engage visitors of all ages.

Northamptonshire’s Culinary Secrets

Good food has always been a cultural bedrock of the county and there are a growing number of excellent restaurants making Northamptonshire a Mecca for food lovers. The Walnut Tree Inn in Blisworth is fast becoming one of the county’s worst-kept secrets, serving up delicious, traditional meals using locally-sourced ingredients. The Church Restaurant in Northampton offers exquisite fine dining, set in the beautiful backdrop of a converted church.

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September
Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Celebrating maritime heritage and looking to our maritime future

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Sandringham Game and Country Fair
Sandringham Game and Country Fair

Devoted to falconry, fishing, wildfowling, archery and many other country sports and pursuits, together with lots of activities for families (and their dogs!) makes this event a true celebration of country living. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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October
The Real Halloween
The Real Halloween

The veil between the fairy world and ours grows thin at Halloween - time to go down to the woods

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November
Christmas Lights Switch-on at Norwich
Christmas Lights Switch-on at Norwich

Take the kids to see the Festive lights

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February
Aldeburgh Festival
Aldeburgh Festival

The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts is an English arts festival devoted mainly to classical music (photo - VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis)

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March
Aldeburgh Literary Festival
Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Run by The Aldeburgh Bookshop, a ceberation of literature. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala
North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala

An opportunity to see guest engines working alongside their own home fleet. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Sandringham Spring Craft Fair
Sandringham Spring Craft Fair

Crafts of all sorts will be on display, with regular demonstrations and a full programme of arena events. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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April
Norfolk Boat Jumble
Norfolk Boat Jumble

A popular and favourite event with boating, fishing and watersports enthusiasts.

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May
Broads Outdoors Festival
Broads Outdoors Festival

Over 100 events will take place across Britain’s Magical Waterland – from guided wildlife walks and canoe trails to visits to the historic windmills of the Broads plus lots of opportunities to get out on the water. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival
Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival

A weekend of fun, food, art, music, heritage and entertainment in the seaside towns dedicated to promoting & celebrating North Norfolk’s local delicacies of crab and Lobster as well as its seafaring heritage. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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International Hanse Day at Kings Lynn
International Hanse Day at Kings Lynn

Two days packed with a programme of events and activities showcasing the town’s massive sea trading heritage. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Renowned for brining art from around the world to Norfolk, there is jazz, dance, circus and a massive range on offer to suit all tastes in our stunning medieval city.

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Norwich City of Ale Festival
Norwich City of Ale Festival

Plenty of local pubs serving cask ales from local breweries. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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The Suffolk Show
The Suffolk Show

A celebration of agriculture in Suffolk. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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June
Aldeburgh Music Festival
Aldeburgh Music Festival

A celebration of music with focus on the classical side. (photo - VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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Georgian Kings Lynn Festival
Georgian Kings Lynn Festival

King’s Lynn hosts a festival of music, drama, walks, talks, a Georgian banquet and much more to celebrate its famous heritage. (photo - VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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Great Yarmouth Arts Festival
Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Exhibitions, music and dance, films, poetry plus walks and talks all over the town. (photo- VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala
North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala

Celebrating the locomotive

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Royal Norfolk Show
Royal Norfolk Show

The largest annual event in Norfolk, and the largest two-day agricultural Show in the country has a reputation for being a fantastic event full of entertainment for all the family. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival
Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

Cookery demonstrations by passionate local chefs. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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July
King’s Lynn Music Festival
King’s Lynn Music Festival

Classical, Choral, Recitals & Jazz music plus talks, exhibitions, films and fringe events. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Latitude festival
Latitude festival

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Sandringham Flower Show
Sandringham Flower Show

Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Worstead Festival
Worstead Festival

A celebration of village life in Worsetead.

(photo - VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)

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August
Aldeburgh Carnival
Aldeburgh Carnival

A carnival with over 70 years of heritage. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Cromer Carnival
Cromer Carnival

A carnival dating back as far as 1285. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Wells next to the Sea Carnival
Wells next to the Sea Carnival

A Carnival Day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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