Families looking for a great day out for under £10 can choose from ten amazing attractions across Northamptonshire this half-term and autumn.
The list has been compiled by tourism body Northamptonshire, Britain’s Best Surprise as part of its Go Northamptonshire! initiative, which focuses on all the county has to offer, ranging from well-known attractions to a host of hidden gems.
James Miller, Chairman, Northamptonshire, Britain’s Best Surprise, said: “The journey out of Covid lockdown has involved increasing numbers of families looking for places to go and things to do in this country.
“Value for money has also been important and Northamptonshire has a wide range of attractions which provide a fantastic day out without breaking the bank, and don't forget that exploring our stunning rural countryside, exploring our ancient towns and villages and visiting a wealth of beautiful medieval churches is FREE too.”
The Go Northamptonshire! initiative has been supported by the North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Unitary Councils.
Wicksteed Park – fun, fun, fun! Beautifully maintained with a nostalgic feel, Wicksteed Park is a Grade II English Heritage listed park and gardens, with a host of free attractions, including a large children’s playground. Individual tickets for the rollercoasters and rides are £2.50 each. All day parking - £6.
Stoke Bruerne Canal walk and Canal Museum – housed on two floors of a historic corn mill, the country’s first canal museum at Stoke Bruerne provides an overview of the history of Britain's canals. It offers a fascinating insight into a rich waterway heritage and the Grand Union Canal. Admission is free. Car parking £3 for up to four hours.
Delapré Abbey – Northampton’s hidden treasure, located just a mile or so from the town centre, where you can experience tales of the Abbey told across five storytelling zones. Delapré Abbey has recently been part restored with support from devoted volunteers and a £3.65 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Entry to the extensive grounds and shop are free, access to the Abbey is £8 for adults, and free for under 18s. Parking is free.
Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve – with Rushden Lakes at its heart, the Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve is a square mile of water, meadows, wet woodland and reed beds along with a visitor centre. Home to a huge number of species including kingfishers, dragonflies, grass snakes and otters, it is also a destination for thousands of migratory birds each year. Admission and parking are free – although parking is limited to five hours.