A Two-day break:
With only two days in the East Midlands we recommend visiting the Charles Rennie Macintosh House and Galleries. This gives you a real flavour of both the region’s artistic history and that of England at large. Carrying on the theme of art and art history, Northamptonshire boasts an array of elegant country houses and stately homes that are free to peruse. These are an important and very interesting aspect of English heritage – Kelmarsh Hall, for example, is an absolute gem jutting out against the sweeping Northamptonshire countryside. A visit to the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is recommended, which boasts a nationally recognised shoe collection as well as information on local history and the arts. Stay at the Hotel Campanile NORTHAMPTON to be close to the city centre.
A week-long stay:
A week’s worth of time in Northampton gives you more flexibility, and opens up a whole range of activities to take part in. Sporting fans will love to visit the Silverstone Circuit in Northampton which is famed for hosting the first British Grand Prix in 1948. The Silverstone track club allows budding racers to try out the track in their own car or hire one of the Silverstone fleet. What a fantastic opportunity! After this exhilarating treat, stop off for an evening at the Royal and Derngate Theatre, the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northampton which runs a wealth of projects for and by the local community. With everything from stand-up comedy to classical music, you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. With a bit more time on your hands why not hire a car and head off to nearby cities such as Coventry , Milton Keynes and Birmingham.
A Family holiday:
The Northampton area is absolutely teeming with activities to keep you and your children occupied on a family break. Take advantage of the fantastic Northamptonshire countryside and take the Stoke Bruerne Treasure Trail. This two mile trail takes in fabulous sights of the Grand Union Canal. Denes Camp Leisure Centre is another alternative for activities like racket sports and has a swimming pool with flumes. The Pinnacle provides Northampton visitors and residents with a taste of climbing, and beginners are absolutely welcome. If the weather isn’t on your side or you fancy something a bit more creative, a visit to the Roobarb and Kustard Ceramics Café is well worth it. This ceramics painting studio invites children and adults alike to create something completely unique that they can treasure forever.