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England`s largest town is a vibrant energetic place by day and by night. Once famous around the world as England`s `shoe town`, it is now beginning to be known as `motor city` with Silverstone Circuit, Santa Pod and Rockingham speedways close-by.

Northampton and the surrounding area have a mixture of shopping from malls and high streets to retail parks or country shopping villages. Transport is a key issue, so there are car parks plus onstreet parking, regular bus services to and from the main shopping centres and pedestrianised areas.

The Grand Prix at Silverstone is one of the country's top sporting events, but this is only one of Northamptonshire's motorsports venues. The county has some prestigious teams to follow in rugby, soccer and cricket with several players representing the country at international level. If team sports are not your first love, there is a host of other facilities from golf to squash.

Things to see and do

Abington Museum

Billing Aquadrome

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

The Royal Theatre

Turner's Musical Merry-go-round


May: CAMRA Nunsuch Island Real Ale Festival

June: Northampton Music & Arts Festival

July: British Grand Prix, Silverstone

August: Northampton Balloon Festival

September: Northampton Heritage Open Days

October: St Crispin Street Funfair

November: Northampton Christmas Lights Switch On