Join us at Umbrella Fair Organisation to celebrate the past 50 years of Northampton!

You are invited to share your personal stories of our town and to experience new performances by local artists about Northampton as part of Heritage Open Days.

Sunday 16th September:

1 – 1.30 Browse our unique collection of Northampton books, photographs and rare documents about Northampton’s New Town designation.

1.30 – 1.45 Cellist Milena will play her own compositions based on Northamptonshire folk tunes

1.45 – 2.00 ‘60 Miles by Road or Rail’ Creative Director Andy Routledge will give an overview of the project and the production that will be arriving at Royal & Derngate on Friday 28th September:

2.00 – 2.15 Councillor Dennis Meredith, one of the first people to move up from London into the Eastern District, will share his experiences of arriving in the town

2.15 – 4 ‘The 60 Miles by Road or Rail’ team will lead a workshop in which you will be invited to share your experiences of Northampton in groups over free tea, coffee and biscuits.

’60 Miles by Road or Rail’ is an arts, community & heritage project centred around the 50th anniversary of Northampton’s ‘New Town’ designation in 1968. You can find out more about the project, and share your own story of Northampton, on their website:

60 Miles by Road or Rail is supported using public funding from Arts Council England. Their partners are Umbrella Fair Organisation, Royal & Derngate, Warts and All Theatre and Northampton Past.


Umbrella Fair Organisation, Racecourse Pavilion, Kettering Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 4LG