Towns and villages to visit

Villages to visit

Rose-covered cottages, ancient churches, the village green and lively pubs are all to be found in the unspoilt villages of South Northamptonshire.

Many of the villages have conservation status and the district has over 1,800 listed buildings. These historic structures help to give the area its distinctive feel. There are also lots of great pubs and shops selling locally sourced produce

Details of many of these are available in a booklet we have produced called Food and drink in South Northamptonshire, which is available from or offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD.

Local events

Speedmachine - Experience overdrive at this first of its kind motorsports festival as the FIA World Rallycross Championship makes its UK debut at Silverstone. Enjoy a weekend of World Championship racing from 25-27 May 2018. You can also enjoy:

  • Camping
  • UK’s best street food and drink
  • FIA World Rallycross Championship racing
  • FREE on the day entertainment including eSports, a passenger drifting experience, karting, Batak reaction tests, Pit Stop Challenges, test drives on the F1 track.

The area enjoys many scarecrow festivals. Syresham’s annual scarecrow festival takes place each June and is always well attended. Harpole Village Scarecrow Festival is one of the larger festivals and you can experience it from an open-top bus.

Blakesley Agricultural Show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in the country. There’s lots to enjoy, including:

  • Farm animals
  • Show jumping
  • Gymkhana
  • Steam ploughing
  • Tractor pulling
  • A dog scurry
  • Stalls
  • Kids' play area
  • A beer tent

Village Awards

Each year Northamptonshire ACRE holds the Northamptonshire Village Awards. All villages, large and small, can enter. See their website for details.