With Easter arriving early this year, now is the time to plan how you are going to spend your long springtime weekend. Queue the Chronicle and Echo’s handy guide to what’s on in Northamptonshire.
Whether you are with family, friends or just one special person, there is something for everyone in the county this holiday.
Weston Favell Shopping Centre
Events will take place throughout the weekend to raise funds for The Richard Memorial Trust and Northampton Roller Derby League. These include an arts, crafts and cake day from 9am-5pm on Good Friday and a free petting zoo, complete with ducklings, piglets and the Easter bunny between 11am-3pm on Saturday. On both Friday and Saturday there will also be a giant Easter Egg Hunt in the shopping centre, which children can enter by picking up a form at the centre on the day. Meanwhile, a special Easter display will be put up outside Costa Coffee through the month. For more details and Easter opening hours, visit: www.westonfavellshopping.com.
The gardens are in full bloom and will be welcoming families on both Easter Sunday and the bank holiday Monday to take part in an Easter egg hunt and craft activities from 11am-5pm. As well as the specially designed Easter trail, visitors can also explore the hall, newly restored 18th century orangery, spring flowers and tea room. Normal admissions apply but booking is not necessary. Visit: www.kelmarsh.com or call: Northampton 686543 for more information.
Daventry Country Park
The annual Eggsplorer Trail and Bonnet Competition will take place on Easter Monday, inviting children to have their creative designs judged by mayor Ron Fox and The Friends of Daventry Park. Bonnets must be dropped at the Visitor Centre by 10.20am so the winner can be announced by 10.45am. Registration for the hunt begins at 10am at the Visitors Centre. Kelmarsh will also be holding other events to keep kids entertained throughout the holiday, including sessions on bushcraft and den-building with Bear Wilderness on Wednesday (April 8). Sessions cost £1 per child and must be booked in advance through Daventry District Council on: 01327 871100.
Following a major restoration, Lamport Hall will be holding its traditional antiques, collectors and vintage fair in the Edwardian stable block from 10am-4pm on both Easter Sunday and Monday. Admission prices - £3.50 adults, £3 concessions and free for children under 17 - include a visit to 80 stalls of local crafts, products and refreshments, as well as entry to the Lamport Museum of Rural Life. Full details can be found at: www.lamporthall.co.uk.
The charity has teamed up with Cadbury to host Easter Egg Trails at picturesque locations around the county, including Canons Ashby House, Stowe and Lyveden New Bield, with a Cadbury chocolate prize for everyone. Open to children 12 years and under, there will also be a spring poem competition, encouraging children to write rhymes about their day in the country for a chance to win one of three £20 book vouchers. To find out more about a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail near you or the Spring Poem Competition visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsfamilies.
Northampton Borough Council have provided a weekend full of events at key venues in the town, including:
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery - The holiday is kicking off with a free Easter-themed crafts workshop on Wednesday (April 1) from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. On Thursday (April 2) there will be a leather-stamping workshop giving children aged three and over to create bookmarks and wristbands. Sessions cost £2.50 per child and will be open from 2pm-2.45pm and 3pm-3.45pm. Next Wednesday (April 8) the fun continues with a pen and ink writing workshop from 10.30am-1pm where, for £2.50, children over eight can try writing in runes and hieroglyphics.
For further information or to book, contact: Northampton 837397 or visit: www.northampton.gov.uk/museums.
Abington Park Museum - Easter egg trails will be open every day between Thursday, April 2, and Monday, April 6, at £1 per person for all ages, with a chocolate egg prize for everyone. On Thursday April 9, the museum will also host a hairy caterpillar workshop where, for £2 per person, children can have a go at making grass caterpillars, twig men and even grow their own food.
Town centre - Throughout the holiday, families can pick up a free Knights Trail map to guide them around the six new wooden sculptures depicting famousmedieval knights. Maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre, Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, the Guildhall One Stop Shop and online at: www.lovenorthampton.co.uk
More ideas on what to do in Northampton can be found on the Love Northampton website at www.lovenorthampton.co.uk where you can also download the free Love Northampton iPhone app.
To book a workshop at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery call 01604 837397 or visit www.northampton.gov.uk/museums for more information.