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Venues & Leisure

Summer is here and there's lots of exciting things to do in Northamptonshire. Here's some of our top picks:

Explore Coton Manor Gardens

  • Where: Coton Manor, Coton

Coton Manor is always a popular place at this time of year. The gardens are bursting to life with colour and the wildflower meadow and herbaceous borders make it a wonderful place to walk or relax.

More information: www.cotonmanor.co.uk

Get Out in the Countryside

Make the most of the weather with a long walk in one of Northamptonshire's country parks. Sywell and Brixworth country parks are both perfect for long walks and picnics or alternatively, dig out your bikes and cycle around Pitsford Water or the nearby Brampton Valley Way.

Watch a Film Under the Stars at Highgate House

  • Where: Highgate House, Creaton
  • When: Friday 11th August and Friday 8th September

The front lawns at Highgate House will be transformed into an Open Air Cinema to screen some cinematic classics this summer. Moulin Rouge will be shown on 11th August and Pitch Perfect on 8th September.

More information: www.sundialgroup.com/cinema

Head to Bug Jam

  • Where: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough
  • When: Friday 21st July - Sunday 23rd July

A true VW festival and the largest in Europe, Bug Jam has a vibrant and fun atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of VW culture. There's something for everyone with all things VW, drag racing, nightlife, comedy, stunt displays and a fun fair!

More information: www.bugjam.co.uk

View the Diana Princess of Wales Exhibition at Althorp

  • Where: Althorp House, Althorp
  • When: Various dates during house opening days (see website)

This summer, fifteen iconic images taken by Mario Testino of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display at Althorp in an exclusive exhibition. Entrance to this and ‘Walking in her Shoes’  – an exhibition showcasing the work of 20 truly outstanding young people who hold The Diana Award’s Legacy Award, is included in the regular Althorp admission ticket.

More information: www.spencerofalthorp.com/exhibitions

Go to the Greenbelt Festival

  • Where: Boughton House, Kettering
  • When: 25th-28th August
A celebration of arts, faith and justice, the Greenbelt Festival is an act of the imagination – inspirational, provocative and fun.
More information: www.greenbelt.org.uk

Why not make a weekend of it with a break at Highgate House?

Image credits: Coton Manor, Althorp House, Boughton House