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Sunday 19th June - Countryside Saunter (Braunston)

This event was very well attended last year so we thought another visit would be a good way to start off this year's sequence of outings. Journeying via Kislingbury, Bugbrook, Nether Heyford, Weedon and Daventry with a stop at the Boathouse canal-side pub in Braunston. We will remain long enough for you to either have a meal or explore the village and marina.


Saturday 9th July - Sywell Aerodrome

Scheduled for this weekend are the Mazda British Aerobatic Championships. This event is very much influenced by the weather but if all goes to plan, Saturday will feature the Unlimited Final Freestyle and the Advanced Masters events. The pilots perform within a virtual box, centered above the main 05/23 runway, so you will get a grandstand view of the breath-taking aerobatic manoeuvres!

The airfield will remain operational during the contest, so light aircraft and helicopters of all types will be coming and going as usual from this historic grass airfield. Don't forget you can also view the exhibits in the adjoining Sywell Aerodrome Museum.

Additional outward pick-up points: Abington Square 13:25 - Morrisons (Kettering Rd) 13:35


Saturday 30th July - Hoggleys Brewery (Litchborough) (£4/head)

We will tour the surrounding countryside and take in Towcester historic town en-route to Hoggleys at Litchborough, where you will get a guided tour of this micro-brewery by Roy Crutchley, the owner and head brewer. There is a £4 per head surcharge for this trip but rest assured there will be plenty of ales available for you to sample. Please note: you must let us know if you are going to attend since the numbers are strictly limited.


Sunday 7th August - Ravensthorpe Church Fete

To be held at Torch Hill Farm in this picturesque village. Plenty of stalls and attractions. There is normally a £1 entrance fee but 154 members travelling over on the bus will get free entrance to the fete.

Additional outward pick-up points: Waitrose Centre 13:30 - Windmill Pub 13:35


Sunday 21st August - Market Harborough via Harrington Aviation Museum

RAF Harrington is a former World War II airfield located about 5 miles West of Kettering. This airfield hosted operation CarpetBagger, the purpose of which was to fly Special Operations to deliver supplies to resistance groups in enemy occupied countries.

There is plenty to see in the historic town of Market Harborough, including the timber-framed Grammar School (1614) and St Dionysius Parish Church. Their website states that the general market and food hall opens on Sunday for antiques and collectables.

Additional outward pick-up points: Waitrose Centre 13:30 - Whitehills Pub 13:35


Heritage Weekend - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2010

Although the Heritage Open Day event begins on Thursday 8th September, the vintage bus service only operates on the last two days. Apart from ourselves, there will usually be an assortment of vintage vehicles present.

This event is subject to final confirmation. Please check the details here on the Northampton Borough Council website nearer the date.


Sunday 2nd October - Countryside Saunter (Stoke Bruerne)

We will travel direct to the village to give you more time to enjoy the many facilities on offer. Apart from the two canal-side pubs (The Boat & The Navigation) there is the Canal Museum, boat trips, pleasant walks and the Blisworth Tunnel which, at 3,076 yards long is one of the longest navigable tunnels in the country and forms part of the Grand Union Canal network in Northamptonshire.


Sunday 23rd October - Countryside Saunter - Mystery Tour

Our tour brochure wouldn't be complete without the obligatory Mystery Tour. Don't miss it!


Sunday 4th December - Heart of the Shires Shopping Village

Last year's Historic Pub Trail was very much one for the boys, so this year we thought we'd give the ladies a treat (although we will visit a pub for a quick drink on the way back!).

Set around a Victorian courtyard, The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village offers a selection of individual shops with character. From kitchenware to menswear the Heart of the Shires offers a range of elegant gift solutions as well as a first class restaurant and tea room.

The village is located about 2 miles north of Weedon on the A5 Watling Street, so although the weather may be cold and damp, our journey time will be quite short. Please note: since our Christmas tours are extremely popular, you must let us know beforehand if you are going to attend this event.

This trip is currently under review. A newsletter will be posted to all members during November with updated details of this event or it's replacement



Important Note regarding the St James Bus depot
For all excursions that start from the St James depot, please ensure that you park in the old bus club car park and, since the First Bus company now operates 7 days a week, wait within the confines of the parking area until ready to board 154. Many thanks.