Out and about2021-04-19T07:40:45+00:00


Out and about


The Walnut Tree Inn at Blisworth, Northamptonshire makes the ideal base for a wide range of activities, adventures and excursions for days out to explore and evenings to enjoy.

From the serene, rural pleasures found at some of the UK’s most famous country houses and gardens, to high-octane drama available at some of Europe’s top motorsport destinations, you’ll find something to appeal to every kind of visitor!

Spend a day exploring the historic and cultural treasures found in thriving Northampton or scenic Towcester. Alternatively, relax and unwind with a day of ‘retail therapy’ or cheer on one of our great, local sports teams.

There’s so much to see and share, explore and enjoy!

Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens

Categories: Country Houses & Gardens|

Cottesbrooke, Northants

Stunning Queen Anne house dating from 1702. Contains the Woolavington collection of sporting paintings, possibly the best of its kind in Europe and some very fine china and furniture.

Thirteen acres of award winning gardens surround the Hall and beyond the gardens the parkland continues with beautiful vistas abound.

A tranquil place to escape to.

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Coton Manor Gardens

Categories: Country Houses & Gardens|

Guilsborough, Northants

An attractive English country garden featuring a wide variety of interesting plants over several levels, a water garden, wildflower meadow, pine lawns and a bluebell wood.

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Catanger Llamas

Categories: Activities|

Enchanting guided treks across beautiful Northamptonshire countryside accompanied by gentle llamas. While you can’t ride these animals they will willingly carry your rucksacks while you enjoy the beautiful scenery.

There is also a visitor centre where you can see various items made with llama fibre, many of which can also be purchased.

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Castle Ashby

Categories: Country Houses & Gardens|

Castle Ashby, Northampton

Wonderful house and magical gardens designed by the renowned exponent of the picturesque style Capability Brown. In the grounds there are cafes and a craft village.

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Brixworth Country Park

Categories: Country Parks & Woodland, Walks|

Brixworth, Northants

First opened in 1990 the park has many facilities including a cafe, cycle hire, play area, sensory garden, waymarked trails and a residential centre for groups. The Country Park is now the main gateway to Pitsford Water and the Pitsford Water Trail. The park provides relaxation in a peaceful setting.

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Boughton House

Categories: Country Houses & Gardens|

Kettering, Northants

Known as “The English Versailles” the stunning Northampton home of the Duke of Buccleuch, the house boasts an outstanding collection of fine arts as well as 17th, 18th century French and English furniture, tapestries, porcelain, incomparable armoury and ceremonial coach.

The grounds feature historic parkland, plant centre, tearooms and an adventure woodland play area.

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Blisworth Tunnel Boats

Categories: Activities|

Gayton Road, Blisworth.

Narrow boat hire on the Grand Union Canal. Self-drive day boats and holiday boats. Convenient for the 3km long Blisworth Tunnel and the Waterway Museum at Stoke Bruerne.

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Bletchley Park

Categories: Galleries & Museums|

Explore the iconic codebreaking huts and blocks within this tranquil and leafy Victorian estate.

Incorporates the National Museum of Computing and the National Radio Centre.

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Althorp House

Categories: Country Houses & Gardens|

The resting place of Diana Princess of Wales.

Set in 450 acres of picturesque parkland, Althorp houses some fine collections of furniture, ceramics and portraiture.

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Abington Museum

Categories: Galleries & Museums|

Abington Park, Northampton

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Abington Park, and housed in a charming 15th century building once the home of Shakespeare’s granddaughter. An interesting and varied collection.

Free Entry.

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78 Derngate

Categories: Galleries & Museums|


A stunning art deco home – the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh – in the heart of Northampton. Lovingly restored and utterly enchanting.

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