May Half Term

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May Half Term

Looking for different places to discover this May Half Term on your doorstep, here are some of the activities happening across Northamptonshire this spring!

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Stoke Bruerne Treasure Trail

Are you looking for a fun and immersive family day out in Stoke Bruerne? Choose an exciting, self-guided treasure hunt. If you’d rather have a digital detox, you can also choose either a printed booklet sent by post or print yourself at home.

The Trail starts at The Navigation Inn and takes you on a circular route through the small nature reserve and up through the village to the church. You will then return back to the canal to walk along the towpath to Blisworth Tunnel, the third longest on the canal system.

• Instant access to adventure with the brand new App
• An exciting way to explore somewhere new
• Fun for adults as well as kids, work together to solve the clues
• Enjoy the twists and turns as you hunt for the hidden treasure
• From the UKs leading provider of treasure hunts
• Rated Excellent on Trustpilot
• All for under £10!

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Summer Saturdays at Kettering Market Place, Saturday 25th May 11am – 4pm, FREE

On the last Saturday of the month, the community celebration market is taking over the Market Place in Kettering!

You can expect a mixture of incredible street food, drink, produce, stalls, and entertainment across the day, with lots of fun activities to enjoy.

Brightwayz will also be holding a monthly Active Travel Hub with bike advice, giveaways, and servicing in the Royal Hotel.

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Nature Detective Family Trail at Lyveden

Can you help Squirrel Holmes use nature clues to solve the mystery of who stole the gardener’s biscuits?

The cheeky animals of Lyveden have been up to some mischief! Become a nature detective with a trail around the grounds. Discover nature clues and use your ID sheet to eliminate suspects from your enquiries.

Deerstalker hat optional!

Booking not needed – just show up on the day!

Whilst this is a free event, admission prices still apply.

Find out more here including all the dates -
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Northants & Rutland Open Studio Pop Up Exhibition at Boughton House, 1pm – 5pm, FREE

Boughton House is delighted to be hosting Northants & Rutland Open Studios pop-up events this Spring.

They are hosting works by local artists at Boughton House on the weekend of 25 – 27 May.

Their work will be on display within the visitor Stableyard area, including the Tearoom and Coach House.

All art on view is also available to purchase.

This event is free of charge, and no booking is necessary.

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Rural Life at Lamport Hall, Sunday 26th May, 10am – 5pm

For the second year running, Lamport Hall is excited to announce the comeback of the Festival of Country Life, re-branded as Rural Life at Lamport Hall.

This event will take you back through the ages of Rural Life, to the modern world we now live and farm in today.

The action-packed main arena will see live demonstrations from high quality acts non-stop throughout the whole day. From Dancing Sheep, Falconry, Vintage Steam Engines, Tractors, Dog Scurry and much more!

Rural Life is excited to announce the headlining act Atkinson Action Horses, led by Ben Atkinson and his team of stunt/trick riders, actors, writers & combat performers. Ben and his team will be showcasing 2 performances each day in the main arena – make sure you don’t miss it!

Tickets will be available to pre-book and purchase on the day.

Ticket Information will be published soon! To book:
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Please note the house and gardens are closed this weekend. 

Nene Wetlands Family Gardening Club, Saturday 1st June, 10:30am - 12:00pm, £6

Join the Nene Wetlands for the new family gardening club!

Meet at the visitor centre before heading to the community garden (weather permitting), where you can sow seeds, grow your own flowers and food, learn about what you can do at home to help wildlife in your garden and be more sustainable.

The team hope to run these sessions monthly on weekends or in school holidays going forward so there will be a chance to come back and see how your plants are growing.

You will be outside so please ensure you wear suitable footwear and clothing. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Most suitable for ages 4+

Booking essential – to book:
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