Nene 250:

The Northampton River Festival

Sunday, 7th August fromĀ 11- 4pm
Becket’s Park

We have big plans for a festival for this year!

In 2011 we are celebrating 250 years of the River Nene being navigable from The Wash, through Peterborough to Northampton. To recognise this important anniversary we are organising a festival on Sunday 7 August 2011.

FREE entrance

The Northampton Riverside Festival is set to be a fantastic day out for all the family with something for everyone to enjoy, including:

  • Free Boat Trips
  • Tours of the new Marina
  • Canoe taster sessions
  • Water Zorbing from Get Wet Dry
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Northamptonshire Food Tasting Court
  • Battle re-enactments
  • Craft workshops
  • Only Fools and Buffs and much more….

There will also be a chance to win a variety of fantastic prizes by taking part in our Grand Prize Draw raffle. Prizes include:

  • 4 tickets for the Christmas pantomime at the Royal and Derngate Theatre
  • Family tickets for 78 Derngate Hamper from Daily Bread, Bedford Road
  • Armani ladies watch from House of Fraser
  • Signed Saints rugby shirt

There will also be a competition to win half a day’s canoeing with Canoe2 and half a day’s boat hire with Nene Valley Boats, which you can take part in on the day.

For a full list of prizes, T & Cs and a programme of events please contact Katie by e-mail or telephone 01604 838668.

Want to be involved?

We’re particularly interested in offering local community and sporting groups the opportunity to showcase what they do. Please contact

Julia Tinker, Principal Regeneration Officer

Tel: 01604 837078

email: Julia Tinker


Significance of the River

Over the years the river has been of great importance for trading – transporting agricultural products from nearby mills and bringing coal, grain and timber to Northampton. Trading with towns and cities to The Wash through the inland ports of Wansford, Sutton Bridge and Wisbech has shaped how our town has grown and developed.

As industry changed rivers and canals slowly stopped being used for transporting goods and materials. However, even though it is no longer used as a trading route the River Nene is still an important asset for Northampton – for wildlife and leisure.

Now Northampton has an exciting new riverside attraction: Becket’s Park Marina.This will bring visitors to the town as well as being something the local community can enjoy.

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