Nene Valley hosts first ever culture and heritage festival
A NEW festival celebrating the unique world-class wildlife, culture and heritage of the Nene Valley will take place from Friday October 24 to Saturday November 8.
The festival will present an eclectic programme, including outdoor events, theatre productions, art workshops, concerts and foodie events. Featuring more than 20 organisations at key locations along the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Oundle, the festival is a must for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages looking for inspiration, tranquillity and new experiences.
The Nene Valley Festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering world class wildlife to a mixture of local, national and international audiences.
East Northamptonshire Councillor and board member for the Destination Nene Valley project, Sarah Peacock, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a wide variety of partners who have an in-depth knowledge of the vital ingredients for putting on a successful festival.
“Our partners include the Oundle International Festival which has recently celebrated 30 successful years and the Castle in Wellingborough which will be offering an exciting programme of live entertainment.”
That entertainment includes a concert by Placido Domingo, ballet, a play based on children’s book Duck in the Truck, a special screening of ‘memories of the Nene Valley’, ghost walks, Hallowe’en fun, walks and trails, craft workshops and more.
Graham Callister, cultural and policy manager for Northamptonshire County Council, said: “The inaugural Nene Valley Festival recognises and celebrates the natural and historic assets of this beautiful part of the county, through a diverse cultural programme of events, aimed at both residents and visitors to the region.
“It is the ambition of the partners to create an annual event of regional and national significance.”
Mark Bradshaw, from the National Trust and festival partners, added: “The National Trust is delighted to support the Nene Valley Festival, inspiring more people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the county.
“We hope many visitors will enjoy all the activities on offer this autumn.”
Local events include:
Music at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 24)
Craft workshop at Stanwick Lakes. (Oct 24)
Artworks at Stanwick Lakes. (Oct 24-Nov 8)
Artworks at Rushden Historical Transport Museum. (Oct 24-Nov 8)
Artworks at Irchester Country Park. (Oct 24-Nov 8)
Ballet at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 25)
Ghost train at Rushden Historical Transport Museum. (Oct 25)
Higham Ferrers Farmers’ Market. (Oct 25)
Stanwick Lakes Farmers’ Market. (Oct 27)
Play for children at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 27)
Opera at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 27)
Wildlife Trust exhibition at St Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough. (Oct 28)
Play at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 28-29)
Rushden Hall and Museum tours. (Oct 29)
Hallowe’en crafts at Stanwick Lakes. (Oct 29-31)
Burlesque at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 30)
RSPB treasure hunt at Stanwick Lakes. (Oct 30)
Jazz at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 30).
Cycle roadshow at Stanwick Lakes. (Oct 30)
Hallowe’en Spooktacle at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Nature Reserve. (Oct 31)
Hallowe’en Family Party at Stanwick Lakes. (Oct 31)
Music of The Carpenters at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Oct 31)
Bonfire crafts at Stanwick Lakes. (Nov 2)
Folk dance and song at Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. (Nov 2)