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15th November 2023


A campaign has been launched to showcase Northamptonshire as a brilliant destination for experiencing great value days out in November and December. 

Focusing on all the county offers to winter visitors, ranging from well-known experiences like Winter Tours at Silverstone and a Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle, to a whole host of hidden gems visitors can discover for the first time, with 20 suggestions for experiences for under £10.

Encouraging families to enjoy great experiences at great value, and promoting Northamptonshire’s accessible location, the campaign highlights family-friendly places to visit, stay and eat, with special offers and days out for £10, all available during November and December.

This winter campaign has been funded by both North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Councils as part of their shared commitment to supporting the local visitor economy and is being delivered by Northamptonshire Britain’s Best Surprise.

The initiative shines a spotlight on great value days out and experiences including:

  • Chester House Estate
  • Northamptonshire’s oldest (but newest!) visitor attraction. Nationally significant site demonstrating 10,000 years of heritage, open daily throughout November and December. Free entrance and free parking all winter.
  • Wicksteed Park
  • Get ready to have a blast at Wicky’s Crackers Christmas Party! Dec 22, children from £8, adults from £2. Catch Father Christmas' grand entrance and a gift for every child. For those that need car parking, a £7.50 all day charge applies.
  • Delapré Abbey
  • Enjoy great days out for all the family at Delapre this Christmas. Christmas Fair Dec 1-3, £5 entry. Santa’s Grotto Dec 1-3, 8-10, 15-17. £10 per child.
  • Lamport Hall
  • Grade I historic house with beautiful, family friendly gardens to explore and Garden Season Tickets for £10. Mini Heritage Explorers tickets also £10 per adult, with all children free.
  • Evenley Wood Garden
  • A beautiful, 60-acre privately owned woodland set in the heart of Northamptonshire countryside near Brackley. Adults - £8.50, children aged 4 to 16 - £1.50.
  • Stanwick Lakes
  • 50-acre countryside attraction with imaginative play areas, open spaces and paths that families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can explore. All day parking plus two hot drinks for £10. Pop into the visitor centre and quote 'Surprise' for this offer.
  • 78 Derngate
  • £9 entry this winter to the recently extended Charles Rennie Mackintosh House at 78 Derngate.
  • Kirby Hall
  • History making days out from £9.50. Enjoy a great day out at Kirby Hall, exploring the beautiful grounds and rich decoration of one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses.
  • Holdenby House
  • Christmas family fun at Holdenby, December 2-3. Adults £9, children free of charge. 10am to 8pm daily.
  • Adrenaline Alley
  • Europe’s biggest action sports venue. Late session £10 for gold members this winter.
  • Lyveden
  • Intriguing Elizabethan lodge and moated garden, adults £9 entrance this winter.
  • Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Northampton's flagship museum and art gallery in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. Home to the world's largest shoe collection with exhibitions and events for visitors of all ages. Free to enter although donations are welcome.
  • Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve
  • Water, meadows, wet woodland, reed beds and a visitor centre. Home to species including kingfishers, dragonflies, grass snakes and otters, and destination for thousands of migratory birds each year. Admission and parking are free.
  • Barnwell Country Park, Oundle and Oundle Museum
  • A great, free day out. 37 acres of lakes, riverbank and meadows to explore, close to the historic market town of Oundle, where you can admire beautiful stone-built architecture dating back more than 300 years and visit the award-winning museum.
  • Iron Pit Woods Adventure
  • Two adults plus two children adventure golf for £10 this winter. Quote BESTSURPRISE when booking.
  • Stoke Bruerne Canal walk and Canal Museum
  • Housed in a historic corn mill, the country’s first canal museum highlights the history of Britain's canals. It offers a fascinating insight into a rich waterway heritage and the Grand Union Canal. Admission is free. Car parking £3 for up to four hours.
  • Jeyes of Earls Barton
  • Much loved museum, shop and tea room in the heart of Earls Barton Village. All breakfast and lunch options under £10 this winter.
  • Holiday Inn, Corby
  • An IHG hotel. Gym & Swim for £10 this winter. No advance booking needed, quote ‘Surprise’ at the welcome desk for £4 off the standard day pass price.
  • Hampton by Hilton, Corby
  • Conference room hire for £10 per person in Boughton, Kirby or Rockingham suites. Quote £10 room hire when calling to book.

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