World Pillow Fight Day

March 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm (odds, places) (, , , , , )

This is a day that will go down in history … (maybe). 4th April is World Pillow Fight day, and there is one planned for Cardiff, London, and … Northampton! 3pm in the Market Square, if you’re not doing anything else.  There are more details in the Flash Mob Northampton Facebook group.



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Salcey Forest

September 5, 2007 at 10:35 pm (kids, places) (, , , , )

Despite living on the south(ish) side of Northampton for some time, I’ve never been into Salcey Forest – until now.

We went to the visitors centre and cafe and followed one of the walks through the forest.  We were able to go up the tree-top walk, which is a gradually sloping set of platforms leading from ground level, up to over 15m high, with a set of steps at the top to take you to 20m – high enough to see above the trees of the forest (you can see Northampton and the lift tower in the distance!).

Apparently its made using radio mast technology, with wooden tops and walkways.  Its quite unnerving walking over the large spans and having it wobble under you!

Incredibly impressive and well worth a visit.  You don’t have to worry about kids either, the walk-way is fenced in.  Its also pushchair and wheelchair friendly (apart from the steps at the top).

Will be visiting again, probably with bikes and for longer.


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Umbrella Fair

September 3, 2007 at 9:28 pm (interesting, kids, odds) (, , )

On Sunday, we cycled over to the Umbrella Fair in Abington Park.  It was great – a real nice, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  We just put down a blanket, let the kids go and play, got out a drink and watched the world go by as we listened to the bands.

Congratulations to the organisers.  A real achievement for them.  Really felt like a nice, community, event for local people.

Look forward to the next one.


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An afternoon in the park

July 22, 2007 at 9:29 pm (kids) (, )

Spent the majority of the afternoon in Abington park.  There was a great atmosphere and quite a lot of people there.

Lots of people out enjoying the sun, the park cafe was bustling and the band were playing on the bandstand.  The kids spent the afternoon doing their own thing, hiding in and out of the trees, riding round.  We just ambled about occasionally stopping to listen to the band.  The ‘mountain’ was out of bounds today though, as it was too wet.

I do like Abington park.  A really pleasant afternoon.


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Northampton Lift Tower

June 5, 2007 at 9:56 pm (interesting, places) (, , )

Despite living in Northampton for some time, I’ve never actually been up close to the lift tower.  Well, that changed last week, when I had some time to kill, so drove into the estate to have a look.

Its quite breathtaking really, standing at the bottom of the thing!  Its a shame that there’s no information about it though.  I had to turn to its wikipedia entry for help.

If you’re local and never been there, its worth a quick 5 minute diversion next time you are driving by.

Shame we can’t go to the top though.  We have to make do with pictures from the top instead..


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