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20th Jun 2024

Where to watch Euro 2024 in Northamptonshire

Euro 2024 has officially kicked-off, and pubs across Northamptonshire are gearing up to provide the best viewing experience for football fans. From giant outdoor screens to special food and drink offers, here’s a roundup of the best places to catch all the action. The Chester House Estate The Chester House Estate is ready to host football fans with a BBQ serving burgers, hot dogs, and vegan options. The Haybarn bar will offer a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for the whole family. This family and dog-friendly estate opens its doors at 3 pm for a 5 pm kick-off. Admission is free for children under 5, and £5 per adult. Secure your tickets now here. Delapré Abbey Delapré Abbey promises a festive atmosphere with a giant outdoor screen, bars, street food, ping pong, and various sports activities. From June 14th to July 14th, enjoy daily coverage of Euro 2024 and Wimbledon...

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19th Jun 2024

Capturing Moments: Celebrating a Year of VixPix Photography

As VixPix Photography celebrates its first anniversary as a full-time business this June, we sit down with the creative force behind the lens to learn more about her journey, passion, and future plans. Specialising in capturing special moments of children, families, babies, and expecting mothers, VixPix Photography has quickly become a beloved name in the Northamptonshire area and beyond. From humble beginnings during her maternity leave to a thriving full-time business, our interviewee shares her inspiring story... Hi Vicky! Tell us a bit about VixPix Photography... VixPix Photography is celebrating its first anniversary as a full-time business this June! I specialise in photographing children, families, babies, and maternity sessions. I also visit playgroups and baby groups for mini shoots and work with nurseries and schools. While I'm based in Northamptonshire, I also cover areas like Bedford, Milton Keynes, and..

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18th Jun 2024

Cransley Hospice Trust launch new digital information ‘hub...

Cransley Hospice Trust are delighted to unveil a new digital information ‘hub’ for people with a life-limiting illness their families, carers, and professionals. In 2023 Cransley Hospice Trust partnered with the Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board, and Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity to develop the new Palliative and End of Life Care strategy for Northamptonshire. During this process, a clear need for 24/7 access to information and guidance for patients, their families and professionals was identified. In late 2023 Cransley Hospice Trust committed to invest and deliver this digital facility and working collaboratively with their partners across the care sector the ‘Care and Support’ section of the Cransley Hospice Trust website was created. This new section provides a comprehensive accessible information service for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. Rachel Herrick, Director of Income Generation said “We are delighted with the new ‘care and support’ hub on the website which now provides clear,..

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18th Jun 2024

Catapults, crafts and community – the Roman’s return to The Chester House Estate this summer

A two-day Roman Festival, organised in partnership with the University of Leicester’s Heritage Hub, is a free event taking place on Saturday, 22 and Sunday, 23 June. It will include Roman-style military demonstrations, Roman jewellery making, hairdressers and craft demonstrations, and Roman themed stalls and craft activities from a host of different heritage organisations working in Northamptonshire and beyond. The festival also includes the unique opportunity to see an excavation in progress, ask questions of the experts and have the chance to wash real Roman objects found during the excavations. Stalls from more than 20 local museums, community archaeology groups and archaeological companies from Northamptonshire and beyond will provide the opportunity for real Roman artefacts to be handled, and historic demonstrations of ancient weaving, spinning, loom and nalbinding techniques will be available to see. Exclusive to this year, the Estate is showcasing a pop-up exhibition of artwork by Northampton College..

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18th Jun 2024

Home town coffee shop invests in expanded new premises

A popular chain of independent coffee shops has underlined its commitment to its home town by opening a new café in Northampton’s main shopping centre. Bewiched Coffee, owned by former Northampton College student Matt Fountain, opens its latest premises in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton on Friday – relocating from the upper mall to the ground floor next to Michael Jones Jeweller. The larger unit is a show of support for Northampton by the growing company, which previously launched the country’s first independent drive-thru coffee shop in the town and has since opened a network of venues around the Midlands. Mark Mullen, operations manager at Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), said: “It’s heartening to see a local company clearly doing well and showing their support for Northampton by investing in expanded premises. “This is the latest in a series of exciting new openings in this part of Grosvenor Shopping Northampton..

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13th Jun 2024

Drive Your Independence: Experience Freedom with Bristol Street Motors

Nothing should stop us from living a full life, with independence and freedom. Welcome to The Motability Scheme, worry-free motoring through an all-inclusive leasing package that helps disabled people, their families and carers to get on the move and enjoy their independence. When you have a condition or disability, being able to get around can mean the difference between living a full and happy life or not. At Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall/Citroen Northampton, we have a passion for helping people find that freedom. The Motability Scheme is so simple. Exchange all or part of your mobility allowance to lease a brand new car and enjoy the reassurance of a new car with none of the worries associated with buying and running an older one. Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall/Citroen Northampton is proud to support the Motability Scheme in the UK, and can offer a wide choice of vehicles, award-winning service and..

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11th Jun 2024

A Perfect Day Festival comes to Delapré

A Perfect Day Festival comes to Delapré Park on Sunday, June 16, with James Arthur in the top spot. James first took attentions on the ninth series of The X-Factor. Wowing the judges and the British public, he was the season winner and has since accrued a haul of hits – Impossible, Sun Comes Up, Naked, Rewrite The Stars and the seminal single, Say You Won’t Let Go, among ‘em. Earlier this year he released his fifth album, Bitter Sweet Love, which debuted in the top spot. This concert is perfect by name and perfect by nature with Arthur being joined by a veritable feast of fantastic music makers from the region ready to deliver at the event. All you need to do is grab a ticket, gather your friends and family, and remember to take along the picnic blanket. Book tickets at aperfectdayfestival.com Pulse music checked in with the..

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07th Jun 2024

Northants family launch new bursary scheme in memory of son Harry

A Northamptonshire family have launched a new bursary scheme memory of their late son Harry Chadwick who died six years ago. Harry’s parents Jessica Pilkington and David Chadwick have joined forces with the county’s largest independent grant giving charity, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, to launch Harry’s Fund – a new bursary scheme for young people across the county with neurodiverse conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD, to support their education. Harry’s Fund has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Harry’s family and friends, who raised funds in his memory after Harry died of cancer at the age of 19. Harry’s mum Jessica said: “Harry lit up a room. He was hilarious, loyal, loving, loved his friends and family and we miss him every single day. Harry was autistic so, before he got ill, we had been focused on helping him prepare for his future, his life..

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06th Jun 2024

Events during June at Lamport Hall and Gardens

Summer has arrived at Lamport and we can’t wait to welcome you! The gardens are a riot of colour and look spectacular, the 50th Anniversary Exhibition in the Hall is proving popular with visitors and we have a wonderful programme of events for all. We are delighted to be opening our gardens on Saturday 8th June from 10am-4pm for the National Garden Scheme Open Day. The café will also be open so enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the gardens on a weekend date. Our popular Study Days also make a welcome return on Tuesday 18th June. We will welcome local historian and author Neil Lyon to talk about Lamport and the wider county during WWII. Dr Laura Engel is a professor based at a university in Pittsburgh, USA, and she will be exploring the culture of celebrity including Sir Gyles Isham’s Hollywood acting career. Dr Megan Leyland, a Senior..

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06th Jun 2024

Mae Stephens: The story behind local popstar

Her debut single has been viewed millions of times on TikTok, Meghan Trainor called on her talent for a collaboration, and she has stage-shared with P!nk. Not bad for a girl who was the target of cruel bullies and told she would never amount to anything. As she prepares to play for the home crowd with a summer festival billing, Pulse’s Sammy Jones checks in with Kettering’s sizzling hot pop success, Mae Stephens. The past 18 months have been a blur of bonkers experiences for Mae who left her role in a local supermarket at the start of last year, and before the summer was out, was stage sharing with P!nk. Oh, and let’s not forget a Glastonbury appearance, that single collaboration with Meghan Trainor and the track that started it all, If We Ever Broke Up. It was the second most popular song on TikTok globally in 2023 with..

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06th Jun 2024

Get a real taste of Northamptonshire

It is time to raise a glass to the people, places and producers who will be taking part in the new Northamptonshire Week of Food & Drink. The showcase, which runs from 1st to 9th June, will give a taste of just what is happening across the county’s growing food and drink scene. The first ever Food & Drink Week will shine a spotlight on local produce, pop ups, collaborations, tours, tastings and more, at locations all around Northamptonshire. The week is just one of the initiatives being co-ordinated by Northamptonshire Surprise, a destination partnership, run by and with business leaders. The mission is to champion Northamptonshire as an exceptional visitor destination and to showcase what a great place it is to live and work. The May meeting was hosted by Kettering Park Hotel and Spa and the next in June is at Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa. Andrew Hollett,..

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04th Jun 2024

Free rainbow tote bags for Pride Month at Rushden Lakes

Rushden Lakes is celebrating Pride Month this June, by delighting visitors with tote bags packed full of goodies. On Tuesday 4th June, visitors could find a rainbow bag in various locations across the destination, to take home for free or re-gift to a loved one. Each Rushden Lakes tote bag will be full of everything needed to celebrate, including a pair of sunglasses, a whistle, a flag, a bracelet, and a water bottle, as well as a Pride store guide. There will be 20 bags in total for visitors to find, each with a message from Rushden Lakes attached featuring the quote, “The bravest thing you can be is yourself.” Pride messages will be displayed on digital screens at the site throughout June, to encourage all to be proud of who they are no matter who they love. The totes are limited in availability, so be quick! If found, Rushden..

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04th Jun 2024

The ultimate Euro fan-zone experience is coming to Northampton

The Ultimate Euro Fan-Zone Experience showing all the games, is coming to The Village in Northampton at Delapre Abbey between Friday 14th June and Sunday 14th July 2024, brought to you by Sky Bet. Expect giant outdoor screen, bars, street food, ping pong & sports activities, plus Wimbledon coverage. Open daily from Friday 14th June through to Sunday 14th July. Standing section tickets £9.50pp. Seated tickets £15.00pp (for a 6-seater table). Both sections have a view of the giant screen. It's open daily and ALL euro 24 games will be shown - entry is free to all fixtures except England games which is ticketed and strictly 18+. When football isn't on, Wimbledon coverage will be shown. Take part in sports activities and ping pong. Children are welcome with responsible parent/guardian and must be supervised at all times (NOT applicable at England games). Dogs also welcome but must be kept on..

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04th Jun 2024

Northampton volunteers come together to play their part in The Big Help Out

An army of nature lovers are preparing to plant flowers and continue the renovation of a previously neglected green space in Northampton town centre as part of a nationwide volunteering effort. Work to regenerate St Katherine’s Gardens was first started a year ago as part of The Big Help Out to mark King Charles III’s coronation, and the project has continued over the past 12 months. To mark this year’s Big Help Out weekend, volunteers from Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) and Northampton Town Council will join forces with other community groups to plant hundreds of flowers in planters and beds created by students from Northampton College. Elsewhere in the town, work will also be carried out in St Giles Church, with new hanging baskets erected and further landscaping as part of a plan to regenerate the area. Mark Mullen, operations manager at Northampton BID, said: “This weekend,..

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04th Jun 2024

Hospice praised for their incredible support of local families

A Northampton woman whose terminally ill father was cared for at Cynthia Spencer Hospice has praised the service for the incredible care and support they provide for families. Natalie Bygraves’ father Alan was a patient at the hospice in his final weeks and said he was always happy to be admitted as kind staff “made him feel safe”. Alan, who had multiple system atrophy, even had visits from Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s dedicated palliative care consultant Dr Bhav when he was in a local care home. At Christmas in 2019, Alan was brought to Cynthia Spencer Hospice after a short spell in hospital. It was to be his fourth and final visit. “It was his fourth visit, but he was so happy to be at the hospice,” said Natalie. “He felt so safe, and that people were really looking out for him.” Alan stayed at the hospice for just over a..

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