Northampton town tales needed for walking tour

Story Hunt is coming to Northampton Picture: Reed Ingram Weir NNL-140618-170744001
Story Hunt is coming to Northampton Picture: Reed Ingram Weir NNL-140618-170744001

A theatre group is looking for Northamptonians to tell it stories about the town so they can be made into a theatrical walking tour.

Performers Daniel Bye and Sarah Pushton will set up a pod in the Market Square tomorrow (Friday) so members of the public can relay their favourite tales about the town.

The pair are specifically after stories and memories of places and buildings in the town that no longer exist. They also want to hear about things that are planned in the town.

The material will be used by Mr Rye and Miss Pushton to write Story Hunt, an imaginative walking tour of Northampton town centre, which they will perform from Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29.

A spokeswoman for Royal & Derngate, which is collaborating with the performers, said: “They want to know about the shop your mum used to visit before it got knocked down; the dance hall that’s now unrecognisable; the 
local hero who deserves to be better known, everything that makes Northampton what it is today.

“If anyone has got a story about Northampton, they’d love to hear it.“

Daniel and Sarah have been collecting stories from library books, museums and archives and by talking to as many locals as they can, including the Chron, since they arrived in the town on Monday.

The spokeswoman said: “The stories and memories collected will show residents a new way of seeing and learning about Northampton, and to hear history come back to life.

Either send an email to or look out for the Story Hunt pop-up booth in Northampton’s Market Square on Friday, June 20 from 8.30am– 4.30pm.

Tours will last around an hour and depart from Royal & Derngate’s box office. Performances will start at 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday, and at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are £6 from the theatre box office or website.