Beach and street entertainers draw the crowds into Northampton

Plenty of fun in the sun was had in Northampton over the weekend as town centre-goers enjoyed a host of live performances, a vintage fair and the return of the artificial beach.

Power problems meant the bandstand erected in the centre of Abington Street for local musicians to perform on was not used.

Sally and Scott Macpherson enjoy the sunshine in Northampton with son Louis, five.

Sally and Scott Macpherson enjoy the sunshine in Northampton with son Louis, five.

But Saturday’s schedule of musical entertainment was moved to the courtyard of the NN Cafe on Guildhall Road, while street performers, including a juggler and a hula-hoop artist kept shoppers entertained.

Making the most of the artificial beach in Market Square on Saturday was Sally and Scott Macpherson and their five-year-old son Louis.

Sally said: “It has been a brilliant day - the weather has been unbelievable and my son is having a great time making sand castles.

“It’s a really good thing for the council to do and you don’t have to pay.”

Lea Stonhill was enjoying the beach with her three children, Sophie Jodie and Oliver.

“The fact that it’s free and in the school holidays is good,” she said. “All the things the council has been doing to bring people into the town centre are really important.”

Free events will also be held in Abington Street and All Saints Piazza until August 30.

The programme of entertainment has been organised by Northampton Borough Council in partnership with the Northampton Music 365 project, Most Marvellous vintage and retro stores, Northampton Leisure Trust and the Northampton Town Centre BID.

Jo Burns-Russell from Northampton Music 365, said the loss of the bandstand did not deter town centre visitors from enjoying local acts at the revised venue of the NN Cafe courtyard.

She said: “This is just expanding on the work of the Northampton Music Festival in bringing fantastic local musicians into the town centre.

“We will be bringing a range of acts into the town over the next six weeks.”