Northamptonshire has many things to offer. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil escape, want to immerse yourself in culture and history, or experience a taste sensation in one of the many modern and traditional restaurants on offer, Northamptonshire experience days have it all.
Keep reading to discover some of the hidden gems located in the heart of England.
Walks and Reserve’s
The Grand Union Canal
Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, is home to The Grand Union Canal. Its traditional setting and romantic features mean it is commonly referred to as an “outdoor museum”. Little has changed since the early and mid 1800’s. Simply take a slow walk through the quaint village and you will find 200-year-old homes and buildings, taking you way back to much simpler times.
There are a wide variety of historic canal features to explore, alongside 17 locks and picturesque stopping points. The Grand Union Canal epitomises the meaning of idyllic. Perfect for peaceful walks all year round, The Stoke Bruerne Grand Union Canal encapsulates a picture of slow passing canal boats and local wildlife.
Whether you are taking a boat through the village, or enjoying the canal tow path, there are a wide variety of things you certainly shouldn’t miss. If visiting the canal, ensure you:
Head for Rookery Open Farm, enjoy visiting beautiful miniature horses and have fun in the popular outdoor play area
Hunt for wildlife at the Brick Pits
Get crafty at the Ark Stained Glass Workshop
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Rutland water nature reserve is an internationally famous beauty spot. As well as attracting visitors for its beautiful trails and unrivalled views of Northamptonshire’s rolling countryside, Rutland nature reserve is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Great Britain.
The globally important wetland occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons, over a nine mile stretch, covering a total of 1000 acres. The nature reserve is a great place for bird enthusiasts, with over 30 bird hides, nature trails and experts on hand to help you identify the wildlife you spot.
Tucked away on the third floor, above Fin Co hairdressers, unless you’ve visited the hair salon, you probably wouldn’t even realise that Bonds Beauty existed.
With traditional wooden floors and vintage furniture, Bonds Beauty encapsulates visitors in to a tranquil world of pure serenity. As soon as you reach the top of the beautifully restored winding staircase, the aroma of subtle essential oils greets you.
Bonds Beauty offers their clients a range of wax treatments, and relaxing spa treatments, ranging from body and facial massages, to tanning, nail and eye treatments, leaving you feeling your very best.
Bill Gwynne Rally School
If you prefer the thrill of the race track, lets ramp things up. This next pick located in Brackley will teach you drive like the professionals, whilst letting you lose on a rally track that will really get the adrenaline pumping.
With a choice of three cars, you can practice power slides and handbrake turns in the same car, or experience multiple cars over the course of the day.
The Bill Gwynne Rally School receives great reviews on trip advisor, with an overall rating of 5 out of 5. Offering three types of driving experiences, you can opt for a National Rally, full day experience, the Clubman’s rally, half day experience, or the Rally Thriller day experience.
All equipment is provided by the driving school, with lunch and refreshments also offered at the cabin. Get your mates together for a fun-filled day, or simply go by yourself and enjoy an experience that will leave you feeling like the cat that got the cream.
Are you looking for something a little different? Want to give an unusual gift experience, or simply have a day out with a difference? Trapp’d in Corby offers group experiences like no other. From the aptly named Area 51 experience, whereby you and your team of ufologists must get in to agent Peters’ laboratory to download all secret government files, before they are destroyed, to the Maine State Prison Experience, also known as “HELL IN A CELL”, and the suspense filled, Motel experience.
The three room experiences on offer are all designed to get your imagination flowing and your heart pumping, in a variety of very unusual ways.
Are you ready for suspense, fun and heart pumping action? Then Trapp’d is an experience in Northamptonshire you must embark on.
St Giles Street Garden Café
Tucked away in the back streets, this welcoming garden café is a gem you wouldn’t find unless you were looking.
With a groomed outside space and a light, bright interior, the St Giles Street Café, offers a wide range of home-made, fresh food, suiting all tastes, providing you with a light snack or a filling lunch five days a week. The cafés four guiding principles are:
- Always Fresh
- Home Made
One of the most notable things about this hidden gem, aside from the fantastic service, which is backed up by “excellent” ratings on Trip Advisor, is that the garden café also offers both gluten free and vegetarian options. Coming complete with eat in, order and collect, or take away options, this café really has something for everyone.
Above are just a few of the many experiences and hidden gems Northamptonshire has to offer. Set in the heart of England, Northamptonshire has great transport links to and from the surrounding areas, attracting those looking for a secret escape, a thrill or some great food!