Wellingborough is a pleasant little town along the River Nene in East Northamptonshire, just one hour train ride away from London St Pancras.
Wellingborough has one of the few town centres able to satisfy all needs with a modern shopping centre with plenty of free car parking just off the gorgeously medieval high street.
The high street has a selection of shops selling anything from specialist teas and coffees to crystals, there are also plenty of good restaurants and pubs, both modern and traditional, and ancient buildings steeped in history and full of character.
Two lovely pubs are the Horseshoe Inn - a traditional friendly pub offering quiz nights, live bands and acoustic and jamming sessions, and the Rising Sun pub, which offers traditional cask ales. Wellingborough’s annual Beer Festival is worth a visit for those who appreciate real ale, with many examples of Britain’s best beers, ciders and wines, held at The Castle, which is also the hub of Wellingborough’s entertainment all year round with a cinema and art gallery among other attractions.
The tourist information centre inside the Tithe Barn, built in 1600AD and well restored to original condition since fire damage last century. Behind the Tithe Barn is the Jacobean Croyland Abbey, now converted into office space, and a nice little sculpture park in its grounds.
There is plenty of open space too, with attractive riverside walking, lots of football fields at Gold Street plus not far out of town is Irchester Country Park with a café and disabled friendly pathways through woods and heathland. Wellingborough is definitely worth a visit.
SANTA POD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Airfield Road, Podington, Wellingborough NN29 7XA
Telephone: 08700 782828
The home of drag racing, Santa Pod is known the world over as a major venue for high speed cars and bikes. Holding a selection of events ranging from European Drag Racing Championships to 'bring your own' public race days, the track is always full of the sights, sounds and thrills associated with speed. A great place for an exciting day out!
Crow Lane Great Billing Northampton NN3 9DA
235 acres of parkland and fishing lakes. Large static holiday homes for rent and sale-new and used. On-site fish and chips, funfair, cafes, jet ski-ing, go-karts touring caravans. Tents for sale.
Kettering Northamptonshire NN14 1BJ
Northampton home of the Duke of Buccleuch. Outstanding collection of fine arts including works by EL Greco, Murillo, caracci, over 40 Van Dyck paintings,16th c carlets,17th,18th Century French and English furniture, tapestries,porcelain,incomparable armory and ceremonial coach. Historic parkland. Plant centre, tearooms which, together with the Adventure Woodland Playare (open subject to weather conditions. Parents should supervise children at all times) and gift shop are open weekends and daily throughout August
WICK STEED PARK