Coronavirus precautions
The parks and play areas are once again fully open for everyone to enjoy, and the Drovers Return is operating with a full menu. But please remember, we are still subject to social distancing of 1m+ (that is, 2m unless 1m is unavoidable) and gatherings of more than 30 people are still prohibited. Let us all respect these requirements and stay safe.

We are starting to plan some events for later in the year but in the meantime you can always enjoy our Tree Trail and can buy Northampton Lottery  tickets using our dedicated page at any time. You can also read our Poems in the Park for VE Day, Mothers’ Day, Valentines’ Day and Armistice Day by scrolling through our website Gallery at your leisure.

Please keep an eye on this website and on our Facebook page for updates.

Love Parks Week
This national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy is intended to encourage people to make best use of all parks whilst also looking after them. This year, due to the lockdown restrictions, instead of the usual Love Parks Week Keep Britain Tidy are launching a summer-long campaign on 24th July to reduce anti-social behaviour in parks and will include a code of conduct for visitors. However, various other bodies are going ahead with a Love Parks ‘Week’ from Friday 10th July to Tuesday 21st July, and we are one of those.

Love Parks Litter Pick, Monday 20th July
Thank you to everyone who turned up on Monday 20th July to help us litter pick both the Country Park and Ladybridge Park. Your help really is appreciated.

11th – 20th September ~ Heritage Open Days
The HOD website confirms that planning is going ahead for 2020 Heritage Open Days between 11th – 20th September. According to Northampton Borough Council’s Community Forums Events Calendar for 2020, NBC  will be arranging HOD Tours (starting from the Guildhall) on Sunday 13th September.

We have yet to decide what event(s) we will arrange for that weekend but can confirm that we are arranging an exciting heritage event for the following weekend, 18th / 19th September, when we are going to be chain-harrowing our Wild Flower Meadow by shire horse. This will probably be the first time that shire horses have worked these fields since steam locomotives replaced shire horses for the quarrying on Hunsbury Hill in 1912 (so more than a hundred years ago), so we are very keen to see it happen.

The shire horse in question is Eastcote William, a 7 year old 19-hands shire horse owned  by Robert Clarke of Hartwell Shires. We very much hope to be able to do more with William over the next few years, including more chain harrowing and perhaps rides as well.

Race Night 
We are planning to hold another Race Night sometime in the Autumn, possibly October, subject to us being allowed to hold an indoor event in Parsons Meade (or Camp Hill Community Centre) with more than 30 people by then.

Poems in the Park
We are going to continue putting up Poems in the Park for noteworthy events and are thinking that the next one might possibly be Halloween. Other suggestions welcomed. Keep your eyes peeled.

Other Events
Before lockdown, we were working on holding a Moon-gazing or Star-gazing astronomy evening in the Country Park sometime in August or later. We are now going to start arranging that again and will let you know when we have some details confirmed.

Northampton Lottery
We now have a dedicated page with Northampton Lottery, which enables you to help fund our events while giving yourself a chance to win up to £25,000 every week. Why not give it a go. At the moment, there is also a special promotion which also gives you the opportunity to win a £100 B & Q Voucher. More details here.

Why not start a syndicate and get more chances to win without increasing your costs. Details here.

Don’t forget the Tree Trail
This is a nice gentle walk around and about the Hillfort and its ring of trees. It normally takes 45-60 minutes. Maps and leaflets are available from the Drovers Return café and can also be downloaded here (coloured). The coloured leaflet is for everyone, the black & white leaflet (download here) is specifically for young children, who can colour it in after the walk.

We will keep this going as long as there is a demand for the leaflets. Don’t forget to install a QR Code reading app onto your mobile phone.

You can read the Tree Health & Safety Report on which the Tree Trail is based (and all the other surveys and reports from the last year) via the links in ‘Our Lottery Year’.