Rainy Days

There's plenty to see and so on those rainy days!

Abington Park Museum

Learn about the history of the Northamptonshire Regiment & Yeomanry and about how we used to live. Discover more about historic and contemporary leather design.

Hall Farm

The Archway Bed and Breakfast Room extends over the entrance archway on the west side of the courtyard and has recently been completely refurbished and has an open and airy contemporary feel. It has a large bedroom with shower ensuite and windows that overlook the church and the courtyard.

19 West Street

Grade 2 listed 500 year old stone house, beautiful walled garden, reputedly one of King John’s hunting lodges. In the centre of unspoilt stone village near Oundle. Rooms have private bathroom, colour TV, secure parking. Central location for many stately homes and other attractions.

Destination Management Plan

Find out more about our work to pormote the Nene Valley as a competitive and sustainainable destination as we prepare a Destination Management Plan for the next 5 years. Email kwilliams@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk for more information.

T: 01832 742064 W:

Academy Coffee Haus

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm and Sat 10am to 5pm.

Hambleto Bakery

In September 2008, Julian Carter and Tim Hart opened Hambleton Bakery to produce top quality traditionally made bread for Hambleton Hall and Hart’s Nottingham. In addition to a growing list of wholesale customers (pubs, restaurants, delis, etc) the bakery now has retail outlets in Exton, Oakham, Market Harborough, West Bridgford Stamford and Oundle.

Hart Family Brewers

Enjoy traditional English beers from top quality ingredients, hand made in a custom-built brewery. The Brewery is open to the public every Saturday from 9am - 5pm.

Lilford Lodge Farm

Guests stay in the recently converted original 19th C. farmhouse and adjoining barn, where all bedrooms have private facilities. Private coarse fishing is available to guests. The farm is situated on the A605 opposite the Barnwell village turn, 3 miles south of the attractive market town of Oundle.

Accommodation start up event

Looking to set up as a tourist accommodation business. This event will include a tour around Lower Farm B&B with Caroline Marriot and experts will be on hand to answer your questions on planning permission, environmental health, fire regulations, funding opportunities and tourism marketing support.

Acwellsyke B&B

Acwellsyke B&B at Keepers Lodge offers a relaxed country getaway or comfortable base from which to explore Northamptonshire in a delightful, quiet and very rural location. Come & enjoy a delicious breakfast and a magical two and a half acre garden.

Higham Ferrers

Although the site of a Roman settlement, Higham Ferrers derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon term ‘Hecham’ (Heck - high, on a hill – Ham – important enclosure). The name ‘Ferrers’ was added during the 13th century, when the Lord of the Manor, William De Ferrers, granted the first of many important charters to the town. Over the next two hundred years, Higham Ferrers became a wealthy and important town in the area and this is reflected in some of its fine architecture, not least of which, the magnificent Church of St Mary the Virgin. Today, Higham Ferrers is a thriving market town, with a variety of good quality shops, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Neneview Dairy

Based at Redlands Farm in Stanwick, Northamptonshire, NeneView Dairy overlooks the Nene Valley countryside near to Stanwick Lakes and is a family run business producing high quality Goat's Cheese within the "Little Cheesery" on site. 

Adventure Rutland

AdventureRutland presents #AdventureNene - Stand up paddleboarding on the River Nene! Based at Yarwell Mill Country Park between April - September on selective weekends.

Oundle Marina

The marina has 191 non-residential moorings plus dedicated visitor moorings that can be booked in advance. As well as the moorings there is also a well-stocked Chandlery, a gantry that can launch boats up to 62ft long, slipway, diesel & petrol, shower & laundrette and workshops.

Oundle Marina Village Ltd, Barnwell Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5PA
T: 01832 272762 W: Oundle Marina

Higham Ferrers Pits

Higham Ferrers Pits is a narrow strip of grassland fringed with areas of maturing willow, reedbed and open water. At A45/A6 junction exit to Higham Ferrers. At Market Square turn into Wharf Road. Cross large footbridge over A45 to entrance.

Park Inn Hotel

The Park Inn Northampton hotel, centrally located in the heart of the town centre near major business and retail venues, offers modern and comfortable accommodation. As the only full-service hotel in the town centre, the Park Inn Northampton is the ideal choice for business or leisure travellers.

Silver Street, Northampton, NN1 2TA
T: 01604 739988 W: Park Inn

Hilton Hotel

Stay in the Hilton Hotel Northampton just a short drive from historic Northampton. Keep active in the hotel's Living Well Health Club, take a dip in the 18 metre heated indoor pool, or unwind with a drink in the stylish court bar.

100 Watering Lane, Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0XW
T: 01604 700666 W: Hilton Hotel

Frog Island Brewery

Decent honest pints brewed using traditional methods and quality English raw materials, where possible.

The Maltings, Westbridge, St James Road, Northampton, England, NN5 5HS
W: Frog Island Brewery

Rushden Golf Club

Rushden Golf Course is attractive and challenging, with all the maturity expected from a course that has been played, developed and carefully kept for over 90 years. The 6200 yard par 71 course is suitable for golfers of all abilities.

The Old Forge Tea Room

Cafe / tea room serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell has much to offer the visitor which includes nature trails, waterside walks, bird hides, visitor centre, ice cream parlour and picnic and barbecue areas. The large woodland play area is a favourite with children of all ages while the fishing lakes attract anglers from all over the country.

Pear Tree Farm

A comfortable, quiet farmhouse set in a picturesque village in the Nene Valley. Good home cooking. Easy access from main roads. Ideal for short break or long breaks. Excellent bird watching area and walking/fishing. Open all year. Stay on a working farm.

Aldwincle, Kettering, Northamptonshire. NN14 3EL
T: 01832 720614 W: Pear Tree Farm

Holiday Inn

A pretty red-brick building set in leafy manicured gardens, the 3-storey Holiday Inn Northampton is just 2.5 miles from Northampton town centre and 5 miles from the M1. Sleep in comfort on soft Egyptian cotton sheets in your contemporary guest room.

Bedford Road, Northampton, NN47YF
T: 0871 4234876 W: Holiday Inn

Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast

Lower Farm can provide a comfortable and relaxed country retreat tucked away from busy roads in a picturesque and traditional farm setting. Each of the 10 comfortable bedrooms look out onto a central courtyard. It is here that guests can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast served in the spacious breakfast room. Silver award in recognition of exceptional quality.


A boutique brew bar located in the heart of Oundle town, offering a unique selection of loose leaf teas, single origin coffees, homemade cakes and fresh food.

6 West Street, Oundle.
T: 01832 273909 W: Brewbabu

Lyveden Cottage Tea Room

The Cottage at Lyveden tea room opened in April 2013. Located a stone’s throw from the New Bield, you can enjoy your tea and cake accompanied by a truly stunning view.

Earls Barton Museum

Take a stroll through Jeyes Jetty and up the stairs where you will find our collection of quaint and quirky exhibitions.

Home Farm

A barn conversion completely to yourself. Situated in the picturesque village of Sudborough, 3 miles from the A14 and Thrapston, close to Corby, Kettering, Rockingham, Wellingborough and Santa Pod, providing easy access to the A45, M1, M6 and A1M.

Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park

Billing Aquadrome offers a wide range of holiday accommodation from lodges to caravans, with camping pods and boat moorings also available. Set in 235 acres of the Northamptonshire countryside, the landscaped parkland is set within the stunning Nene Valley, where numerous lakes and rivers weave throughout and provide the perfect base to enjoy fishing, family fun or simply a summer picnic.


Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Created by Thomas Tresham, Lyveden is one of England's oldest surviving garden landscapes.

Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and is widely considered to be one of the region's most imaginative outdoor activity destinations. It offers extensive play areas for families and includes acres of wide open spaces and paths for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists.

Elton Hall and Gardens

Elton Hall is a fascinating mixture of styles and every room contains treasures - magnificent furniture and fine paintings from eras, wonderful porcelain and books, including Henry VII's prayer book. Magnificently restored formal gardens include mature topiary, a Gothis Orangery, a flower garden with large herbaceous borders, a shrub garden and box walk.


If you really want to chill out, then go canoeing from the base at Ditchford Lock on the banks of the River Nene near Wellingborough in rural Northamptonshire. We have luxury camping all zipped up for you.

Middle Farm Villa

Situated in the rural village of Cheslveston, Middle Farm Villa is a perfect retreat, opposite the village pub and close to the A45 and A14. Receive a warm welcome from this well-equipped four star accommodation.

The Green, Chelveston, Wellingborough, NN9 6AJ
T: 01933 625541 W: Middle Farm Villa

The Old Watermill

Enjoy a relaxing stay in this charming former watermill, Grade 2 listed, nestling in the beautiful Nene valley. It has accommodation for four on three floors with one four poster double bedroom and one twin bedded room. Centrally heated and double glazed with plenty of old elm beams and oak floors, there is a view of the river or the millstream from every window.

Old Sulehay Nature Reserve

Old Sulehay is a picturesque mosaic of limestone quarries, grassland, woodland and wetland providing a home for many different invertebrates, such as green tiger beetle. Many of the wild flowers are rare in Northamptonshire and attract a wide range of butterflies. In May look out for the grizzled skipper butterfly in Stonepit Close.

Castle Farm Guest House

Excellent accommodation in delightfully situated farmhouse with river frontage. Historical surroundings without equal. Within easy reach of major routes and Midlands towns.

Nene Extreme Adventure

Offering canoe hire, led canoe treks, climbing wall hire, rafting sessions and an
amazing adventure holiday club.


From pig roast to locally-produced speciality sausages, Oundle farmers market has over 35 stalls. There's a huge range of produce to choose from, including pasteurised goats cheese, seasonal flowers and fresh fish. Open second Saturday of the month from 9am-2pm.

Farrington Oils

Duncan Farrington has produced his mellow yellow cold-pressed rapeseed oil on the family farm in Hargrave, Northamptonshire since 2005. Duncan has now launched a range of artisan dressings and mayonnaises.

Rushden Transport Museum

Rushden Transport Museum is situated in the old Midland Railway Station of 1894 which once formed part of the Wellingborough to Higham Ferrers branch line. Taken over by the Rushden Historical Transport Society in 1984 the station also provides the society with a social club.

Milwheel Cottage

Situated on the edge of Ringstead village is this limestone and ironstone watermill, which has been painstakingly converted, retaining much of its original charm and character throughout, into a unique group of waterside cottages. The cottages offer ideal accommodation for a couple or small family who wish to explore this wonderful area or simply relax and watch the barges go by from the balcony – a superb feature.

St. Mary's Church, Higham Ferrers

St Mary's Church, Higham Ferrers is a parish church in the Church of England in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. It is a Grade I listed building.

Royal & Derngate

Royal & Derngate is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northampton. It offers a diverse programme of work on its stages, from drama to dance, stand-up comedy to classical music and children’s shows to opera.


200m from the train station, the Ibis Northampton Centre is located in the Sol Central leisure complex. Close to the M1 motorway, the hotel has 151 rooms, some with wireless internet access, including 8 accessible rooms.

Enstone court, Wellingborough, NN8 2DR
T: 01604 608900 W: Ibis Hotel

Blackthorn Marina

Blackthorn Lake is a beautiful Narrowboat Marina set in the heart of the river Nene Northamptonshire with moorings for up to 60 boats and additional set of River Cruiser Moorings to be constructed in the next few weeks.

Nene Valley Cottages

Nene Valley Cottages is an exclusive development of three luxury self-catering holiday cottages created in 2006 from traditional farm buildings with commanding views over the Nene Valley.

The Dolby Gallery

Dolby Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions every year. Visitors can also browse at the fine art, sculptures, ceramics, prints and watercolours on display.

Indigo Camping

Bell tent hire for outdoor parties, children's parties, weddings, camping trips - in fact any event you can hold in a tent! You decide where and when and we will do the rest.

Castle Theatre

The Castle is a theatre, cinema and arts centre serving the local community in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire. There's always something to interest you and your family.

The Exeter Arms

The Exeter Arms is perfectly situated for local business, visitors to Easton on the Hill and for Stamford's shopping and local tourist attractions.


Once the heart of the boot and shoe industry, Northampton still boasts many high quality shoe shops, and a wide range of factory shoe outlets remain as testimony to this surviving craft. The Northampton Museum & Art Gallery has long been popular for its' spectacular collection of fine footwear, one of the largest in the world.

Fermyn Woods Country Park

Day ticket coarse fishing is available from Big Pit pond in Fermyn Woods Country Park. The pond is a small clay pit formed as a result of sand quarrying. The pond has a stock of Roach, Rudd and Carp. Day permits available for coarse fishing.

Oundle Museum

Oundle Museum is an award-winning accredited museum with displays about our history from prehistoric to modern times including many exhibits from Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods. Next to the permanent display gallery there is an exhibition room which changes each year.

Nene Outdoors

Located on Gunwade Lake in Ferry Meadows, enjoy an extensive range of watersports and activities to suit the needs and abilities of members and visitors.

Ham Lane, Ferry Meadows, Peterborough PE2 5UU.
T: 01733 230291 W: Nene Outdoors

Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction, based at Wansford Station, and covering the stations of Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Peterborough.

Blue Lagoon

Long established flood relief lake created by the widening of the old course of the River Nene. The fishery includes the “Dead Arm”, which is the old course of the River Nene from near the Bedford Road roundabout to its confluence with the new course of the river at Midsummer Meadow.

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art was established in 1998 and has been commissioning artists and inspiring audiences across Northamptonshire and beyond for 15 years.

Thrapston House, Huntingdon Rd, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4NF
T: 01832 731257 W: Fermynwoods

City Gallery

The City Gallery hosts an exciting programme of changing temporary exhibitions from local to internationally renowned artists.

Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
T: 01733 864663 W: City Gallery

The Old House

Dating back to circa 1580 the house, once a Merchant’s House who traded in the Medieval  Market opposite, has had a variety of uses. Reputed to be a bakery in the town, as  well as private accommodation for a number of years, The Old House now offers quality guest accommodation.

Irchester Country Park

A former ironstone quarry that has a children's play area as well as a network of long and short trails through 83 hectares of mixed woodland. The park is home to the Quarryman's Rest Cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.

Nene Valley Festival 15-23 September 2018

The Nene Valley Festival celebrates the natural and historic assets of this beautiful landscape with a diverse programme of events aimed at both residents and visitors to the region. Get involved by including an event in the festival programme or include a special food and drink / overnight stay offer.

NN Contemporary Arts

A contemporary art space in the centre of Northampton, working with artists to present an international programme of contemporary art.

Pocket Parks

Enjoy natural areas of countryside which are owned, looked after and cherished by the local community.

Sacrewell Farm

Sacrewell is a multi-award winning heritage farm attraction and 18th century watermill nestled between the historic city of Peterborough and the beautiful market town of Stamford.

Sacrewell, Thornhaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ
T: 01780 782254 W: Sacrewell

Boughton House

Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Boughton began as a Tudor building and was transformed into the "English Versailles". The outstanding collection of fine arts within the house is complemented by the Grade One listed historic landscape.

Northampton Marriott

The Northampton Marriott is set in an ideal location, near the M1 (J15) and A45, making the hotel one of the finest in Northampton. With many popular attractions and leisure activities here and nearby, you will find something for everyone.

Northampton Marina

The marina offers boaters a welcome place to stop off with access to a choice of cruising routes.

Barnes Meadow

The three meadows along the Nene include a wide range of grassland and wetland, recently created to broaden the range of habitats. There are many species of birds such as snipe, herons, kingfishers, great crested grebes and terns.

The Bridge Hotel

The Bridge is a charming hotel, restaurant and wedding venue located in the market town of Thrapston, with good links to Kettering, Corby & Peterborough. With 15 characterful bedrooms, 3 function rooms, an oak beamed restaurant, cosy lounge areas, relaxed public bar and free Wi-Fi throughout.

Fotheringhay Moorings, Caravan and Camping Site

Set in the beautiful and historically important village of Fotheringhay, on the site of Fotheringhay Castle and the banks of the idyllic River Nene. Moorings and camping available for overnight and longer term use.

Nene Outdoors

Located on Gunwade Lake in Ferry Meadows, enjoy an extensive range of watersports and activities to suit the needs and abilities of members and visitors. Why not come along and try a variety of activities under the watchful eye of our professional instructors.

Ham Lane, Ferry Meadows, Peterborough PE2 5UU.
T: 01733 230291 W: Nene Outdoors

Bridge Cottage

Bridge Cottage is a renovated property situated on the edge of the village of Woodnewton with superb views over open countryside with the Willowbrook running through the bottom of the garden. Enjoy an informal and friendly home.

Northampton Saints

Northampton's Rugby Football club dates back to 1880 and boasts world cup winning players.

Franklin’s Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton NN5 5BG
T: 01604 751543 W: Northampton saints

Ryehill Cottages

High quality, furnished, self-catering rental properties for short and longer stays - ideal for a holiday or business trip.

Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows

A wonderful stretch of rare grazing marsh and flooded gravel pits, now a hugely valuable wetland for birds and other wildlife. The site is home to wintering golden plover, wigeon and gadwall. In summer a huge variety of birds come here to breed, including many declining species such as grasshopper warblers and cuckoos.

Peterborough Cathedral

With its dramatic West Front entrance and magnificent interior, Peterborough is one of the finest Norman Cathedral’s in Europe. It’s 13th Century painted Nave ceiling which is unique in England. Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon, is buried here. It is the cathedral for the Peterborough Diocese, which includes Northamptonshire within its boundaries. Entry is free (donations invited; groups please book in advance).  

The Wheatsheaf at Titchmarsh

A warm welcome awaits you at The Wheatsheaf in the picturesque village of Titchmarsh. Attention to detail is the nature of this establishment, from the décor to the food.  The staff will offer a wonderful experience from the moment you walk through the door. The food is cooked and presented with a style that befits their greatly prized entry in the Michelin pub guide for the last 2 years. You are assured of a night out that’s truly special.

Polopit Lodge

Very comfortable holiday accommodation on the edge of a beautiful village close to Huntingdon and Oundle and not far from Cambridge, Peterborough, Northampton and London.

Sauls of Spratton

This Spratton based butchers has been run by the Sauls family since 1926 and specialises in providing high quality, award-winning meat products.

Dairy Farm Guest House

Dairy Farm is situated in a beautiful Northamptonshire village. The farmhouse has oak beams and inglenook fireplaces. Delightful garden containing an ancient dovecote and charming summerhouse for guests to enjoy. Delicious evening meals, using farmhouse produce.

Cranford St. Andrew, Kettering, NN14 4AQ
T: 01536 330 273 W: Dairy Farm

Welland Gliding Club

Based near Corby in the beautiful rolling Northamptonshire countryside, the Welland Gliding Club is the perfect club for those wishing to learn gliding or improve their gliding skills.

Crafts at Stanwick Lakes

Enjou a wide variety of arts and craft events throughout the year, whether you want to learn a new skill, brush op on an old one or meet new people.

Stamford Caravan Club Site

5 star touring park. Open to members and non-members. Top Lodge Caravan Club Site is set in a tranquil, open meadowland location surrounded by attractive woodland. The caravan park is a superb place for leisurely wanderings in lovely landscapes; birds, deer and a profusion of wild flowers will delight the senses.

Ditchford Lakes and Meadows Nature Reserve

Part of the upper Nene valley floodplain, this complex of gravel pits, grassland and scrub is important for breeding and wintering birds. In spring and summer the meadows have a rich collection of wet meadow plants.

Titchmarsh Nature Reserve

The 73 hectares of lakes, woodland, river bank, grass and scrub are a result of gravel extraction and an ideal venue for bird watching. A walk round the reserve will take about 2 hours. In winter there are large numbers of wildfowl including goosander, wigeon and gadwall.

Sense of place toolkit

This toolkit is being developed to help visitors discover the special character of the Nene Valley. It aims to give businesses a greater understanding of the special qualities that make up the areas special character, from its spectacular landscape and views, rich nature, deep heritage and varied traditions. To get involved in the development of the toolkit please contact Ian Fletcher ifletcher@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

T: 01832742052 W:

Shuckburgh Arms

The Shuckburgh Arms has been completely refurbished to a high standard. Situated on the edge of the Northamptonshire / Cambridgeshire border at Stoke Doyle near Oundle offering a warm and friendly welcome, exquisite food, real ales and fine wines.

78 Derngate

The house was remodelled by the world-famous designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic Modernist style. The gallery upstairs is free to enter and has a series of exhibitions throughout the year. The dining room and the in-house boutique restaurant offers a full range of delicious contemporary cuisine.

Northamptonshire County Cricket

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club was founded in 1878 and became a First Class County in 1905. In 132 years of history have been fortunate enough to have seen many of the all-time greats of the game play cricket for Northamptonshire at the County Ground, the club continue to strive to bring a dynamic, professional and entertaining brand of cricket to those of all ages!

The Chequered Skipper

The Chequered Skipper in Ashton is a picturesque thatched country pub that mixes tradition with a light modern touch.

The Green, Ashton, near Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5LD
T: 01832 273494 W: Chequered Skipper

Oundle Golf Club

Formed in 1893 Oundle Golf Club is set in peaceful countryside just outside the delightful market town of Oundle. You will enjoy a testing round watched over by red kites, green woodpeckers and the occasional peacock and guinea fowl that wander onto the course from the adjoining farm.


Oundle is a historic market town famous for its Georgian streetscapes and impressive limestone buildings. There is much to discover whether you are on the history trail, attending one of the many cultural events or want to enjoying active country pursuits.

Stanwick Lakes Fisheries

Complex of 6 mature fishing lakes at the south western  end of the site and offers day and night ticket fishing for a variety of  anglers, from pleasure to serious match fishermen and specimen hunters. Permit: tickets available on the bank.

Premier Inn

Our Wellingborough Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite Beefeater restaurant serving freshly cooked chargrilled food.

London Road, Wellingborough, NN8 2DP
T: 0871 5279144 W: Premier Inn

Wadenhoe House

The grand public rooms of the house enjoy natural light through stone mullioned windows and commanding views over the formal gardens, nearby River Nene and surrounding countryside.

Each of the 27 bedrooms at Wadenhoe is distinctively individual in size, shape and decor.

The Queens Head Riverside Inn

A warm welcome and traditional hospitality greets visitors to the Queens Head Inn and Restaurant situated on the banks of the River Nene in the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Nassington.


We are currently developing itineraries for days out in the Nene Valley. If you have an idea for an itinerary, please contact Karen Williams on 01832 742064.

Deene Park

Surrounded by park and beautiful gardens with long borders, roses and specimen trees, this Tudor and Georgian mansion has been the home of the Brudenell family since 1514, including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Deene, near Corby, NN17 3EW
T: 01780 450278 W: Deene Park

Yarwell Mill Caravan and Camping Park

The perfect location for a quiet relaxing holiday, whether camping, touring or staying in one of the static caravans, Yarwell Mill provides the peaceful setting for you to enjoy your break away. Moorings available for overnight or longer term use.

Fox Inn

Enjoy an extensive menu of freshly cooked food with a special lunchtime menu of light snacks, salads and sandwiches - ideal for sharing with work colleagues in the week.

Thorpe Waterville, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3ED
T: 01832 720274 W: Fox Inn

Candlelight Cottage

The cottage sleeps 4 in twin and king sized bedrooms and is well-equipped with everything you need for a relaxing break. Outside is a private barbeque patio area with table and chairs. Breaks are available from 2 days upwards.

Nenescape Landscape Partnership

Destination Nene Valley is a partner in the Nenescape Landscape  Partnership Scheme which is supported by Heritage Lottery and aims to reveal the hiddent stories of the Nene Valley by promoting, protecting and preserving the River Nene and its heritage.To get involved in the project please contact Alison Cross.

Gable End

The cottage comprises of shower room, fully fitted kitchen, lounge with sofa bed, and an open plan staircase leading to a double bedroom. It looks out onto a shared courtyard.


Enjoy a short break on the River Nene with a new selection of packaged breaks, incorporating bell tents, or a selection of excellent country hotels and B&Bs. Our river adventures range from 1 to 5 days. Choose from luxury bell tents or excellent country properties with Mongolian Yurts available on selected trips.

Ditchford Lock, Ditchford Road, Irthlingborough, NN8 1RL
T: 01604 832115 W: Canoe2

Jungle Parc

Choose from 40 different adventures. Try trekking on the tarzan swings, test your nerve on the zip wire or your balance on the wobbly logs.

Irchester Country Park, Gispsy Lane, Little Irchester, NN29 7DL
T: 0844 879 4378 W: Jungle Parc

Barnwell Lakes

The waters at Barnwell Country Park include two former gravel pit lakes, and "the Backwater", a streamy side channel of the River Nene.

Garden Cottage

A most beautiful, completely modernised cottage which offers fabulous accommodation for a couple. The owners, who travel widely, let out the property for a limited period each year, and it is set up as a lovely home with every comfort.

Railworld and Wildlife Haven

Railworld has a superb 'OO' gauge Model Railway layout, with a number of features. The wildlife haven is an intriguing place to explore and learn about nature and how to create habitat for native species.

Railworld, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9NR
T: 01733 344240 W: Railworld

Nene Valley Brewery

Come and see the state of the art brewery at Oundle Wharf on the north bridge into Oundle.Visit the shop to taste the beers and buy our own and other producers' products.

Rest and be Thankful Sulehay Cottages

Enjoy a peaceful retreat with all the comforts of home, sleeping up to four people. Just a ten minute drive to beautiful Stamford and at the gateway to five counties the area is often described as the "undiscovered Cotswolds".

Old Sulehay Cottages, Sulehay Road, Yarwell, Peterborough. PE8 6PA.
T: 01780 783082 W: Old Sulehay Cottage

Northampton Boost Trampoline Park

Boost Northampton is a 30,000 square foot indoor trampoline park with an amazing selection of activities. There’s over 50 interconnected trampolines, 2 Extreme Dodgeball Courts, Wipe-Out Zone, Battle Beam, Foam Pits, Basketball Hoops and more. There’s even a toddler area for the little ones!

Woodpiece Cottage

Woodpiece Cottage is a luxurious holiday cottage situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Northamptonshire. While only an hour and a half from central London the cottage is extremely secluded and is perfect for those seeking a quiet break where the only sounds at night come from nature.

Southwick Hall

Built by Sir John Knyvett, Lord Chancellor to Edward III, Southwick Hall dates from the 14th century. As a family manor house with Tudor rebuilding and Georgian and Victorian additions, there are exhibitions on Victorian and Edwardian life, with collections of agricultural and carpentry tools and local archaeological finds.

Summer Leys Nature Reserve

This wetland is made up of flooded gravel pits, flood meadows, species-rich neutral grassland and mature hedges. Oystercatcher, ringed plover and redshank stay to breed, whilst whimbrel, turnstone and common sandpiper pass through during migration. Discover a wide variety of ducks, including teal, wigeon, shoveler, pochard and golden plover.

The Cherry Orchard, Brigstock

Cherry Orchard is an 18th century farm house located in the picturesque village of Brigstock. The accomodation comprises of 2 double rooms with one bathroom shared between the 2 rooms. Continental breakfast of homemade fruit compote, fresh bread, croissants, preservatives and yogurt is included in the price or a full English breakfast can be provided for an additional cost. T: 01536 373007 E: mair.goodson@btinternet.com

The Cherry Orchard, 23 Park Walk, Brigstock, NN14 3HH
T: 01536 373007 W:

Oundle Cottage Breaks

A selection of self-catering 'cottages' suitable for weeks, short breaks or weekends.The cottages stand in secluded walled gardens in the centre of Oundle. All cottages are fitted and furnished to a high standard.

The Rose and Crown

Public house and restaurant in the town centre serving home cooked food.

11 Market Place, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4BA
T: 01832 273 284 W:

The Lady Rothschild Dairy

In the spectacular Northamptonshire Country Estate of Ashton Wold there are to be found three unique individually styled, recently converted luxury holiday rental houses. Surrounded by wildflower meadows, rolling farmland and magical woodlands,  discover a select country retreat.

St. Mary’s Church, Rushden

Open all year round with it's 172ft tower and spire, St Mary boasts a 14th century oak pulpit, one of only 35 left in England. Its strainer arch is also remarkable, one of the few examples of this architecture known in England.

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

The museum is home to a world famous shoe collection. Discover why shoes are important to Northampton, how shoes are made and the history of shoe fashions. Famous shoe wearers and designers are featured in many displays.


Raunds is situated in the heart of East Northamptonshire with easy access to all the major roads and motorways. The town has a strong historic background including St Peter’s Church, which is mostly 14th century, containing a series of 15th century wall paintings discovered during restoration in 1874. There have been archaeological excavations of a Saxon church and a medieval Manor. Raunds still boasts a market every Friday on the town square.

Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes has an abundance of species within its 750 acres, and is particularly known for wintering waterfowl. It has one of the largest reedbeds in Northamptonshire which is home to a variety of birds and invertebrates. Wildflower meadows support a wealth of butterflies and bees whilst Kingfishers are regularly spotted along the river banks.

All Saints Church, Easton on the Hill

An interesting and the earliest feature of this church is a 12th century window that can still be seen in a wall in the south arcade. The church was largely rebuilt in the 13th century and the south wall of the 12th century nave became part of the internal arcade. Open all year.

Church Street, Easton-on-the-Hill, Northamptonshire, PE9 3LL

The Woolpack Inn

Newly refurbished in a soft industrial style, The Woolpack Inn at Islip is a vibrant bar & grill.  It has a welcoming feel as you walk into the bar area, which leads through to a games room, the restaurant is located on the first floor and offers an extensive menu to choose from, all of which is cooked freshly by a team of chefs on the premises. 

6 Kettering Road, Islip, Northants, NN14 3JU
T: 01832 732578 W: The Woolpack Inn

Fermyn Woods Country Park

Fermyn Woods Country Park is a gateway to the ancient Rockingham Forest. The Skylark cafe and visitor centre (open 10:00am to 4:00pm) is the ideal place to have a bite to eat and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. The play area is also a fantastic place to let the children run off some steam!

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Twywell Hills and Dales

There are a number of different waymarked trails within the site. Free car parking, picnic meadow, wheelchair access to picnic area and viewpoint, permanent orienteering course and countryside walks to local villages


Traditional Indian Restaurant serving a variety of authentic dishes.

26 West St, Oundle, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 4EF
T: 01832 274312 W:

Spanhoe Lodge

A 5 star gold awarded rural retreat serving award winning gourmet breakfasts, cooked to order and tailored to individual requirements with a wide array of choices, using fresh, local produce. The individually designed rooms incorporate disabled facilities and all are en-suite with power showers.

Becket's Tea Room

The Tea Room is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. It is also available for business meetings or receptions during and outside these hours.

Peterborough Cathedral, Cathedral Office, Minster Precincts, Peterborough PE1 1XS

Peterborough Greyhound Stadium

Enjoy a great evening out with a difference. The purpose built, fully air-conditioned 1,000 seater tiered stadium offers a choice of eight bars and a delicious meal in the raceview restaurant with 400 reserved seats.

The Crown Inn

Food is everything. The Crown's philosophy of sourcing the finest local ingredients and cooking them well has been honed through experience in kitchens from Europe to America. Whether you are enjoying a quick bite in the bar or a three course meal in our restaurant, preparation and presentation are impeccable.

Elton, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6RQ
T: 01832 280 232 W: The Crown Inn

St. Peter's Church, Raunds

In the reign of Henry III the Church was probably a plain cruciform Norman one, and from this was built the inspiring church of today.  Built largely of local limestone in the Early English style, the rebuilding was started about 1220. Walking into church through the impressive south porch one’s eye is immediately caught by the unique 15th century wall paintings.  The series of paintings forms one of the most complete and important painted interiors in Northamptonshire, if not the whole country.

The Conservatory Café

If you fancy something to eat or drink – from a barista coffee to a delicious hot meal prepared from the finest local ingredients - the Conservatory Café offers a warm welcome to all.

Ringstead Grange Trout Fishery

A family run business. Stocking is carried out weekly which helps to provide consistent fishing throughout the season. There is a Camping and Caravan certified site on the farm near to the fishery. Bookings for boat fishing are advisable; essential for weekends & bank holidays.

Ringstead Grange, Ringstead, Kettering, NN14 4DT
T: 01933 622960 W: Ringstead Grange


Wellingborough is a market town situated just north of the River Nene, capturing the River Ise through its centre and surrounded by ancient countryside settlements. 

The town centre can trace its origins back to the 6th Century Saxon period when Saxon Chief 'Waendel' made settlement here. The town grew as a significant location throughout England's early history and being granted the Market Charter in 1201 by King John of England elevated Wellingborough as a nationally important town for trade. 

King's Head

The historic King’s Head is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. Situated in the unspoilt village of Wadenhoe, and nestling alongside the picturesque River Nene, this 17th century thatched inn has been serving locals and travellers for over 400 years.

Church Street, Wadenhoe, Northants, PE8 5ST
T: 01832 720024 W: King's Head


Hire a canoe and paddle down river for half a day to 5 days. Canoe2 offers a drop off and pick up service at the start or end of your trip, as required.

Ditchford Lock, Ditchford Road, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 1RL
T: 01604 832115 E: info@canoe2.co.uk W: Canoe2

Glebe Meadow Fishery

Book a day or overnight ticket in a  rural, peaceful location. Also a Caravan Club  site. Key species include Bream and Chub.

Ditchford Road, Rushden, Nr Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 1RL
T: 07941 257090 W: Glebe Meadow Fishery

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78 Derngate

The house was remodelled by the world-famous designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic Modernist style. The gallery upstairs is free to enter and has a series of exhibitions throughout the year. The dining room and the in-house boutique restaurant offers a full range of delicious contemporary cuisine.

The Griffin

Grade 2 listed 17th century pub /restaurant within the heart of Higham Ferrers with a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere.

Castle Ashby Fisheries

Choose from Grendon Quarter Pond, Scotland Pond and the Brickyard Pond. Key species include Roach, Perch, Carp, Tench, Bream, Pike.

Peterborough Museum

Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings, Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthrall the whole family.With amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items of great national and international importance.

Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
T: 01733 864 663 W: Peterborough Museum

The Lily Pad

4 cottages and 4 apartments. Book one or any combination to suit the size of your party (up tp 50).

Beckworth Emporium

A delicious selection of freshly made petite sandwiches, a mini dessert, cakes and mini scones with jam and clotted cream.

Lings Nature Reserve

Discover woodland, scrub, ponds and acid grassland. Woodland areas range from plantations of mature sweet chestnut, douglas fir and larch to areas which are returning to more native woodland with naturally regenerating birch, rowan, oak and holly. Dragonflies, damselflies, frogs and newts all breed in the ponds on the reserve.

St. Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough

St. Peter's obtained a licence to become a collegiate church in the 1370's and the tower is linked to the main body of the church by the remains of the college building. Remarkably, the tower was taken down and carefully rebuilt identically between 1889 and 1893. Open all year round, Thursday and all day Sunday.

48 College Street, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough NN9 5TX

The Courtyard

The Courtyard is a boutique hotel in Stanwick with 19 well appointed bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, free Internet access and televisions with Freeview.

West Street, Stanwick, Northamptonshire, NN9 6QY
T: 01933 622233 W: The Courtyard

The Woolpack Inn Chalets

The Woolpack Inn at Islip offers 9 refurbished chalets, all with new beds, linen and upgraded bathrooms, the dedicated housekeeping team ensure that the rooms are immaculately kept with pristine bedding, towels and complimentary refreshments, shower gel and shampoo. After a restful night’s sleep breakfast can be booked in.

6 Kettering Road, Islip, Northants, NN14 3JU
T: 01832 732578 W: The Woolpack Inn

Kingfisher Cafe

Enjoy simple honest food produced fresh everyday in the cafe and sourced locally that shows a healthy respect to the environment and where it comes from. The food is seasonal so menus change to reflect that and the special boards try to give you something a bit different at a price that is of great value.

Barnwell Road, Peterborough, Northamptonsire, PE8 5PB
T: 01832 275 540 W: Kingfisher Cafe

Oundle International Festival

The programme includes jazz, folk and world music alongside classical repertoire, and related programming in other art forms.


The history of Rushden dates back many thousands of years with indications of there being bronze and Iron Age settlements, as well as Roman sites found in the area. St. Mary's Church is a fine example of of architecture in a county noted for its churches.

Glebe Meadow Fishery

Small campsite that accepts five caravans and a small number of tents.

Northampton Town Football

Official home to Northampton Town Football Club.

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Redlands Farm Bed and Breakfast

Redlands Farm is a forty acre unit, situated near the village of Stanwick in rural East Northamptonshire. Sited at the top of a hill it provides panoramic views across the Nene Valley and Stanwick Lakes Country Park.

Redlands Farm, West Street, Stanwick, Wellingborough,Northants,NN9 6QZ
T: 01933 355169 W: Redlands Farm

St Giles Cheese

Stocking a superb range of imported and locally sourced food and wines with a stock of between 70 to 80 cheeses, local chutneys, honey and wines.

Wellingborough Museum

The Wellingborough Museum is housed within the historic Dulley's Baths building built by David Dulley in 1892. George Cox, who had worked for the brewery, bought the building and converted it into a shoe factory in 1919. It remained a shoe factory until 1994, when Cox's moved to larger premises.

The Horseshoes

The Horseshoes bed & breakfast is situated in the picturesque village of Titchmarsh. It is run by the Wells family and has an excellent reputation.

78 Derngate

From a coffee to a light lunch, full afternoon tea or a delicious meal - The Dining Room is sure to delight.

Wellingborough Museum

The collection dates back to 1987 when the Wellingborough Civic Society set up the Heritage Centre in Croyland Hall. Explore over 40,000 catalogued items all relating to the history of Wellingborough and the surrounding villages.

Key Theatre

Situated in Peterborough’s city centre overlooking the river Nene, the Key Theatre works to bring an abundance of entertainment and culture to the heart of the city. Pay us a visit and be rewarded with nationally touring shows, dance, comedy, live music and much more.

Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
T: 01733 207239 W: Key Theatre

Celestial Champing

This mellow medieval church was the original inspiration for the concept of Champing™ and has become a firm favourite with champers ever since, due to its beautiful village setting, lofty proportions and warmly welcoming atmosphere.

Aldwincle, Northamptonshire.
W: Champing

Sunburrow B&B

Bed and breakfast accommodation in East Northamptonshire. Quiet location with off road parking, short walk to village pub.

Collyweston Slater

A traditional coaching inn, conveniently located right on the A43 between Stamford and Duddington. Pleasant B&B accommodation, restaurant, bar meals, darts, pool, ample car parking.

Axe & Compass

The Axe & Compass is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lakes and is a popular resting place for walkers and ramblers.

14 Carlow Road, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, NN14 4DW
T: 01933 622227 W: Axe & Compass

White Mills Marina

Consisting of 141 berths, White Mills is located at Lock 9 on the River Nene and is perfect for boating enthusiasts who enjoy the tranquillity of river cruising. Being a brand new purpose built marina, White Mills can accommodate wide beams, narrowboats and cruisers and offers all the facilities that you would expect from a bespoke marina.

White Mills Marina, 344, Grendon Road, Earls Barton, Northants, NN6 0RB.
T: 01604 812057 W: White Mills Marina

St. Mary and All Saints

Open all year. This famous Perpendicular style church is a small part of a once great Collegiate foundation dating from 1411. Striking features include the octagonal lantern tower, the two storey north porch and the pinnacles and flying buttresses along the length of the nave.


With its location at the crossroads of two Roman roads and a crossing of the River Nene, Thrapston was granted its market charter by King John in 1205 and a weekly market is still held here on Tuesdays. Built near the site of an ancient castle. the church is one of Thrapston's oldest buildings, dating back to the 13th century. The church has a stone tablet displaying the stars and stripes, the arms of the Washington family. Sir John Washington, who died in the town in 1688, was the great-great-great uncle of George Washington, the first American president.

Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park

Billing Aquadrome is quite simply the ultimate holiday resort for anglers and their families. Enjoy fishing in 3 pleasure lakes, a specimen carp lake and numerous other waterways across the park, including the River Nene, all set in 235 acres of the Northamptonshire countryside.

Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, Great Billing, Northampton, NN3 9DA
T: 01604 408181 W: Billing Aquadrome

The Crown Inn

An historic country village inn offering award-winning food, five star bedrooms, a great selection of local ales and wines, and a very warm welcome. All of the rooms are stylish, bespoke and en suite. Two have private gardens where you can enjoy a freshly made picnic brought to you in a hamper with a bottle of something.

The Crown Inn, Elton, Cambridgeshire PE8 6RQ
T: 01832 280 232 W: The Crown Inn

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn is a family owned free house situated in the picturesque town of Oundle near Peterborough.

Kirby Hall

One of England's greatest Elizabethan houses, built in the hope of receiving Queen Elizabeth 1 on one of her annual 'progresses' around the country. Explore the Great Garden, laid out in elaborate and intricate 'cuwork' parterres.

Deene, near Corby, NN17 3EN
T: 0870 3331181 W: Kirby Hall

Lodge Lawn Cottage B&B

Delightful garden cottage in historic Fotheringhay. Double room en suite, fridge, relaxing lounge area with plasma TV plus desk. Get away from the busy world and take advantage of the countryside.

Rockingham Castle

A royal castle for 450 years and a family home for all that time. The pre-dominantly Tudor building, within Norman walls, has architecture, furniture and works of art from every century. Explore 18 acres of stunning formal and wild gardens.

Wadenhoe House

Set in eight acres of landscaped gardens, Wadenhoe House is a magnificent Jacobean Manor House nestling in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside near Oundle, and is the perfect setting for conferences, weddings, Celebrations or an elegant Sunday Lunch.

Tap and Kitchen

Daily service covers coffee, lunch, bar food and dinner, catering for group dining bookings also. A friendly bar serves an extensive range of drinks including beers from our Nene Valley Brewery. Menus are uploaded daily with seasonal variety. In October 2015 the restaurant , still within it's first year, won the Restaurant of the Year in the Northamptonshire food & drink awards.

Westone Manor Hotel

Built in 1914 as the home of local shoe manufacturer William Sears, it is ideal for the business or leisure traveller, superbly located in peaceful gardens, just 10 minutes from the M1 and only a few moments from the centre of Northampton.

Chichele College

The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by locally-born Archbishop Chichele before 1425. Regularly used to display works of art.

The Old Barn

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings at Wadenhoe.
The Old Barn sells a selection of local and handmade gifts and crafts, as well as plants and flowers.

The Prebendal Manor and Tithe Barn Museum

The Grade I listed Prebendal Manor House is the earliest surviving dwelling in Northamptonshire. A visit to this award winning manor includes the Tithe Barn museum, a dovecote exhibition, and the largest re-created medieval gardens in Europe.

Willy Watt Marina

A good way to explore the River Nene is on board ‘Rose of the Nene’, a fully equipped narrowboat. It can be hired for the day and is licenced for 8 people including children.

The Queens Head Riverside Inn

Enjoy a delicious meal or snack in the restaurant or bar choosing from traditional & contemporary dishes prepared using the freshest of local and seasonal produce and served by friendly staff.

Billing Marina

The large picturesque marina is one of Billing Aquadrome's finest features. Situated on the River Nene, it has 180 berths – all of which are secured on floating pontoons, ensuring the safety of your narrowboat.

Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, Great Billing, Northampton, NN39DA
T: 01604 408181 W: Billing Marina


The regular farmers market has become a central part of Thrapston's community since it established in September 2014. The market runs every first Saturday of each month except for January along the cobbles of the High Street.

Grendon Lakes

Consisting of 8 fishable lakes set in 150 acres of Northamptonshire countryside, the complex really has something to offer anglers of all types and abilities.

Main Road, Grendon, Northamptonshire, NN7 1JW
T: 01933 665303 W: Grendon lakes

Wollaston Museum

Wollaston Museum is tucked away but well worth exploring! We have the local history museum itself, Curiosity Cottage which is set up as it would have been in the early 20th century and "a little gem", plus Beacon Hill, an English Heritage motte and bailey castle mound.  

Woodnewton Pottery

Watch the distinctive, colourful pottery being made. Pottery for sale and have a go days.

Nene Valley Boats

Narrowboat hire on the River Nene for weekends, short breaks or longer.  2-6 berth boats available from our base near Oundle. For further information please visit the website.

Montagu Arms

The stone built Montagu Arms serves quality food. Separate dining room. Children welcome. Dogs allowed. Garden. Real ales.

Barnwell, Near Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5PH
T: 01832 273726 W: Montagu Arms

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Sywell Country Park

Sywell Country Park offers meadowland and lakeside walks, with a small arboretum of exotic trees and Edwardian buildings still surviving from its past role as a water supply reservoir with a water works heritage trail to guide you round.

Willy Watt Marina

Located on the picturesque River Nene, you are welcome to moor your boat at the marinas, stay in one of the cosy holiday cottages or even set up camp. Whilst you are here, hire a narrow boat for the day and go exploring along the scenic River Nene.

Willy Watt Marine, Woodford Mill, Ringstead, Northants. NN14 4DU
T: 01933 622038 W: Willy Watt Marina

Papley Farm Cottages

Find generous home comforts in The Chestnut Tree Cottage and The Bungalow. Both are well-equipped and prepared especially for you with heat, linen and towels included. Enjoy peace, wide country views, walks and abundant wildlife. Near Oundle, Peterborough and Stamford. Sorry no pets. Open all year. Free brochure.


Wellingborough is a market town situated just north of the River Nene, capturing the River Ise through its centre and surrounded by ancient countryside settlements. 

The town centre can trace its origins back to the 6th Century Saxon period when Saxon Chief 'Waendel' made settlement here. The town grew as a significant location throughout England's early history and being granted the Market Charter in 1201 by King John of England elevated Wellingborough as a nationally important town for trade. The town is still prominently located at the heart of the country's road network and has a prime rail link getting you to London in under an hour

Stanground Wash

Cut off from the rest of the washes by a busy railway line and enclosed by parallel floodbanks, this reserve has its own distinct habitat. This area of washland is flooded each winter providing a winter refuge for waterfowl and nesting space for waders. In the summer, it is grazed.

The World's End

Historic hotel, bar and restaurant with a modern contemporary design. This boutique style residence provides comfortable, modern contemporary design.


Taking place on the last Thursday of every month from 9am until 2pm, the market sells a wide variety of goods which varies from day-to-day.

The Ark

The Ark is Northampton’s first and only floating restaurant. It is the realisation of Northampton local Jack Patel’s dream. He looked at the River Nene and thought it would be the perfect location for a boat restaurant. After eight long years of planning and gruelling year in build, The Ark was finally finished.

Midsummer Meadow, Northampton, NN1 5FY
T: 01604 637 394 W: The Ark

Rushden Museum

Situated in the grounds of the beautiful Hall Park the museum houses the ‘Hearts and Soles’ – the I.T. kiosk where the archived history of the town can be seen at the touch of a button.

Olive Grove Oundle

The Olive Grove Oundle specialise in supplying luxury and exotic plants including palm trees, Mediterranean plants and olive trees. With topiary animals, Trachycarpus palm trees and Gnarled olive trees on offer, the Olive Grove Oundle is home to some of the most exciting plants in the world. Alongside their plant centre, they also have a deli, bistro and interiors store which make the Olive Grove a delightful place to visit for an afternoon out.  

Woodford Mill Tea Room

The tea room is located in the old part of the mill and visitors can view the water wheels in operation. Cream teas and light lunches are served Wednesday to Friday from 11.30am to 5pm and at weekends (and bank holidays) from 10am to 5pm.

Elinor Trout Fishery

Northamptonshire’s premier medium-sized trout fishery: 50 acres of spring-fed, gin-clear limestone water. Permit available from the fishery. Key species include rainbow trout and brown trout.

Lowick Road, Aldwincle, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3EE
T: 01832 720 786 W: Elinot Trout Fishery

All Saints Bistro

Enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and great service.

Wilson's Pits Nature Reserve

Wilson’s Pits are three disused gravel pits with areas of scrub, grassland and the newly created ‘scrape’ areas. The older pit has developed into a sheltered area surrounded by maturing willows and reedbeds that are very important for invertebrates.

New Lodge Touring Caravan and Camping Site

New Lodge Farm Caravan/Camp Site and Farm Shop are set in a quiet, attractive rural location in the heart of Rockingham Forest and Northamptonshire just outside the 17thcentury village of Bulwick.

New Lodge Farm, Laxton Road, Bulwick, Corby, Northants, NN17 3DU
T: 01780 450493 W: New Lodge

Sywell Country Park

The fishing at Sywell is on a 67 acre (28 hectare) lake built in Edwardian times and opened in 1906 as a water supply reservoir for Rushden and Higham Ferrers. 


The local producers' market takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Markets are held Monday to Saturday. Monday  is fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants only. Tuesday to  Saturday are the general market days.

Falcon Inn

Enjoy wonderful food, along with fine wines and real ales, in charming surroundings.