Northampton has many things to offer. We have high energy sports, idyllic rural walks, nationally acclaimed music venues, and historic theatres. There are cute cafes, independent restaurants and friendly pubs. We have regular fairs and street markets and there’s the annual Food and Drink Awards too.


We are home to Premiership Rugby, a purpose-built athletics stadium, motor racing and a white-water rafting centre. The countryside of Northamptonshire offers a network of cycle ways and canals, historic homes and gardens. There’s live music at Roadmender, which has events every week ranging from 80s rock to Reggae club nights, as well as many other bars and clubs in town. There are multiplex cinemas, and the more intimate Forum Cinema, which screens art-house films from around the world and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse which screens blockbuster and cult films.

There’s plenty of shopping, with all the high street brands and some inspiring independent boutiques. We have a number of out-of-town retail parks and shopping villages offering convenient shopping locations throughout the county.

Northampton is many things, but it’s definitely not boring.

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