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Hello and welcome to the May and June edition of Our Corner of Northamptonshire. Probably the biggest event taking place over the next couple of months, as I’m sure you’re aware, is the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May.  Why it was scheduled for the same day as the FA Cup Final is anybody’s guess - I’m thinking somebody didn’t check a handy events guide like the one Vivi prepares for every issue of Village Connect!

If you’re looking for things to do in and around Northamptonshire, Village Connect’s guide is a great place to start.  Here are some events taking place shortly which caught my eye: Althorp Food and Drink Festival on 12th and 13th May - this fourth annual event celebrates quality producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and surrounding counties. 

For further details visit www. The Festival of Country Life at Lamport Hall on 27th and 28th May - will feature craft  stalls, antiques, a food hall, displays, a museum of rural life, vintage tractors, spinning demonstrations and even spoon making.  Visit for further details.
The AACI Summer Nationals on 16th and 17th June at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton - this is the biggest American car meeting in the UK.  Trade stands, food and drink, entertainment and all things Americana aplenty.  For further information visit

A bit closer to home, the Gretton Charity Sportive is taking place on Saturday 9th June.  This fundraising cycling event is for The Travers Foundation - a Northamptonshirebased volunteer-led charity which helps 1330 year olds improve their skills in sports, creative and performing arts. Starting at 9am from the Recreation Ground on Kirby Road, the Sportive gives cyclists the opportunity to ride either a 30 mile or 64 mile route around the fabulous Northamptonshire/ Rutland countryside, and there’s also a children’s off-road fun route available starting at 1pm. With a licensed bar from 11am, a barbecue sponsored by The Blue Bell Inn, and then The Top Banana Band providing musical entertainment from 2pm, a great day out for all the family is guaranteed! 

For more details visit

Thanks for reading - you can read more from me weekly in the Northants Telegraph, and on my blog.  

Our Corner of Northamptonshire by Helen Bach  May 2018