A question I get asked a lot is, ‘What free things are there to do in Northamptonshire?’
These days there isn’t much in life that is free these days however, I have managed to put together a list of a few things to do in Northamptonshire for free.
I have 3 kids, so a day out to a farm, or indoor play centre can get expensive. During Winter, when we are more likely to want to head indoors I have to limit our days out as I just can’t afford to go somewhere every week.
Alternating the more expensive days out with places that are free is a lot more budget-friendly!
So, here are some free things to do in Northamptonshire…
East Carlton Country Park
Ok, so all of our Northamptonshire country parks are actually free, however, with all of the others you have to pay for parking. East Carlton however, offers free parking.
There are beautiful nature trails, a large pond where you can feed the ducks, a play area, a cafe and a gift shop.
Museums and Art Galleries
There are a number of museums and art galleries around Northamptonshire. Here is a list of the free ones.
For the Summer months, the splash park on Wellingborough Embankment is great. Check here for opening times as they do vary.
Between Wollaston and Great Doddington, this nature reserve offers walks with beautiful views over the valley.
Stoke Bruerne or Foxton Locks
Both of these locations are great for a walk along the canal. The kids can help open the locks for any passing canal boats and both places offer spots to grab some food or ice cream if you want.
Read my full review of Foxton Locks here.
The gardens, grounds and woods are all free to walk around at Delapre Abbey. There are a couple of cafes on-site and the parking is free.
Most Northamptonshire Libraries has some kind of stay and play, rhyme time or storytime group that is free to attend. Check your local library for details. Some are listed in my Mums and Baby Groups post here.
Castle Ashby Gardens Playground
Castle Ashby is mainly known for its beautiful house and gardens however you can actually use the play area for free. The tea rooms are alongside this so you can enjoy a cuppa or some lunch while the kids play. Please note, the tea rooms are closed through the winter months. Parking fees sometimes apply at Castle Ashby Gardens
Radlands Skate Park
My boys love riding their scooters, so we often find ourselves at the skate park. We always go first thing in the morning when there are just smaller kids there. There is also a nice cafe alongside the ramps. Plus you can enjoy a walk along the river.
A walk in the woods…
All of these woods have free entry and free parking, some of which may be street parking.
Delpare Woods (mentioned above)
Sitting on the Brampton Valley Way is a disused railway tunnel that can be fun to walk through. Make sure you take your torch!
Visit a Waterfall
Amongst the houses in Little Billing is a Waterfall that is easy to find.
Pocket parks are easily forgotten about or simply not known of. They can offer a nice quiet walk or somewhere to relax while the kids run around and burn off some energy. Hudson and I spent a great hour at Rectory Farm Pocket Park where we explored through the trees and check out the ducks on the pond.
Do you know of any other free things to do in Northamptonshire? Let us know in the comments below!
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