Summer Activities in Northamptonshire

Northampton County Council’s website contains many events to go to and lots of activities to join in. Here are a few for this weekend (and beyond):

1. The Big Friendly ReadBig Friendly REad logo

The Summer Reading Challenge is to read six library books over the summer and collect special collector cards along the way. When six books have been read, they earn a finisher’s certificate and medal. It’s fun, friendly and best of all FREE!  Children can sign up to the Big Friendly Read in their local library any time from 16 July to 10 September and collect their free collector folder.

Big Friendly ReadIf you don’t have a library card, you can become a member on the day. You don’t need to bring identification, but under 16s will need parent’s permission.

For more information go to

2. Bikesafe Motorcycle FestivalBikesafe Motorcycle Event

The one-day festival will be held at Rockingham Circuit in Corby, from 10am to 5pm. It costs £1 at the gate with under 14s allowed in free. There are still some places available to take part in an assessed ride on the open road with the Police Advanced Motorcyclists, who will advise on riding techniques. This costs £35 and also includes a chance for participants to ride the circuit on their own bike.

Other attractions include the Dave Coates Stunt Show, and for those who are new to two wheels, the chance to try riding for the first time with the Get On Team. The assessed ride and track experience can be booked by emailing or telephone 08444 151206

Organised by Bikesafe and Northamptonshire Highways, the Bikesafe event is a police-led motorcycle initiative. For more information go to

3. The Tour RideTour Ride Northamptonshire

If you enjoyed the fantastic spectacle that was the Women’s Tour, the good news is that you can have the opportunity to ride the route of racing champions. The Tour Ride is open to people of all ages and abilities. It begins at Delapre Abbey on Sunday 17 July, where there will be lots going on including:

  • Have-a-go crazy bikes
  • Bicycle-powered Scalextric
  • Pedal-powered smoothie maker
  • Bicycle-powered soundsystem
  • FREE bike checks from Dr Bike
  • Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike show

The Tour Ride has three routes you can enter:

  • 80 mile Pro Route
  • 40 mile Intermediate Route
  • 10 mile Fun Ride

For more information go to

4. Music in the Park 2016Music in the Park

Takes place at Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, Peterborough PE8.
There will be four bands including the Thrapston, Yarwell & Nassington, with Raund Temperance and Stamford Town Band: their junior bands will join in as well.

There will be a Bouncy Castle, Barbecue and Beer, all from 11am.


Then of course, there is our very own Flower Festival being held this weekend in the Church & Chapel over Saturday & Sunday. See the Diary page for more details.