Three days of packed entertainment over Bank Holiday

A bumper three days of entertainment are on offer for Northamptonshire residents this Bank Holiday weekend, with a string of major crowd-pulling attractions to choose from.

Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with two festivals and a nationally acclaimed 'Battle of the Proms' concert taking place at different locations in the county over the weekend.

Explore Northamptonshire's chief executive, David Randall, said: "This weekend we are hugely excited by the range of events taking place in Northamptonshire, including airshows, food shows, Viking battles and outdoor prom concerts.

"With almost all of the county's attractions welcoming guests through their doors this weekend there truly is something going on for everyone. Money-saving entrance offers are available from the Britain on Show website, helping to make the weekend as fun and affordable as possible."

Visitors to Kelmarsh Hall from Friday until Monday can enjoy the annual Shambala festival, including six music stages, two cabaret tents and arts and crafts.

The non-commercial festival will also feature print making, pottery, mask making, stone carving and jewellery making.

On Saturday night, the nationally-acclaimed Battle Proms Concert comes to Althorp, for the first time featuring The New English Concert Orchestra, horsemen and Spitfire air displays.

The spectacular centrepiece of the concert will be a staging of Beethoven's Battle Symphony with 193 live cannons, musket-fire and fireworks.

Then, on Bank Holiday Monday, one of the biggest events in Northamptonshire will take place at Stowe House, near Silverstone.

The Last Days Of Summer, a one-day music festival, will feature Supergrass, Athlete, The Rascals, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Young Knives, Royworld, Black Kids and Richard Ashcroft.

Fun for all the family can be had at the Sywell Air Show on Sunday, with a display of vintage planes as well as fairground rides, numerous trade stands and a flight simulator. There will also be a Vintage Ragwing Fly-In the day before.

Food lovers can enjoy a celebration of Northamptonshire's wide range of fresh produce at the Holdenby Food Show, at Holdenby House on Sunday and Monday.

Northamptonshire residents will also have two different opportunities to see vintage steam engines over the weekend at the Earls Barton Steam Rally and the Holcot Steam Rally.

n THE Shambala Festival at Kelmarsh Hall runs from Friday to Monday. Doors open to campers on Thursday at 2pm. Adult: 89, Child: 25 (5-17yrs, over 14s need proof of age at gate).

Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Child tickets only purchased with adult tickets. Infant: Under 5s free. Car Pass: 15. For more information go to

n Gates open for The Sywell Air Show at 10am on Sunday. There will be a flying display from 1.45pm to 5.30pm. Ticket prices 15, children 5 (under 12), toddlers are free.

n The Last Days of Summer takes place at Stowe House on Monday. Gates open at 12pm. Tickets are 39.50 plus booking fee

n The Earls Barton Steam Rally runs from Saturday to Monday, 10am to 6pm each day. Ticket prices, 6 adults, 4 senior citizens, 3 children. Family ticket 15.

n The Holcot Steam Rally runs from Saturday to Monday, gates open at 9am each day. Ticket prices, Adults 9.50, OAPs 7.50, Children 5 and a family ticket 25 (two adults, two children)

n The Holdenby Food Show will take place on Sunday and Monday from 11am to 5pm. For more information call Northampton 820011 or visit

n The Battle of the Proms concert takes place on Saturday night. Call 01432 355416 or visit www. for more information.