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Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday Mystery Tour

This is the first Mystery Tour of the year and also the first time we have scheduled a trip on a Bank Holiday Monday. At the time of writing, we haven't actually got a clue where we might be going but anywhere within a 10 mile radius of Northampton is fair game! As this is the first trip of the season and in view of the problems we had with the fuel lift pump (see home page) we will not venture too far afield just in case the problem recurs (unlikely but...).

Sunday 2nd June - 66th Birthday Souvenir Tour

Last year we were unable to organise a special event in time for 154's 65th birthday so this year we have decided to make amends. This special trip will re-create most of the old bus routes that would have existed at the time 154 was in active service plus a few modern ones to make the journey more fluid. We will end up at the Road to Morocco pub in Bridgewater Drive (Abington Vale) where Steve the landlord will hopefully lay on a barbeque (weather permitting). Please note that you must pre-book this trip. Please see the separate leaflet enclosed with your membership renewal pack regarding booking arrangements. Please do not just turn up or you will be disappointed.

Saturday 6th 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 runways, 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 or sample the real ales available in the Aviator lounge.

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

Sunday 11th August - Foxton Locks & Market Harborough

Foxton Locks are ten canal locks consisting of two staircases each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 5 km west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough and are named after the nearby village of Foxton. The Grade II listed locks are a popular tourist attraction and the county council has created a country park at the top. At the bottom, where the junction with the arm to Market Harborough is located, there are two public houses, a shop, trip boat and other facilities.

Those members not wishing to visit the Locks can alight in Market Harborough and explore this historic old town. The centre of the town is dominated by the steeple of St. Dionysius Parish Church which rises directly from the street, as there is no church yard. It was constructed in grey stone in 1300 with the church itself a later building of about 1470. Next to the church stands the Old Grammar School, a small timber building dating from 1614. Please assemble at the Bus Station/Market Halls at 16:45 ready for the return journey

Additional outward pick-ups: Waitrose Centre 13:25 - Whitehills Pub 13:30

Heritage Weekend - Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September

Although the Heritage Open Day event begins on Thursday 12th 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. Please note: these buses depart from George Row in the town centre, not St James.

Sunday 29th September - Trip to Olney Market Town

Although we visited Olney on a Mystery Tour a couple of years ago, there is much to explore that another journey would not go amiss. The outward journey will be via the picturesque Newport Pagnell Road, returning via the Bedford Road, passing by the impressive facade of Castle Ashby House which is the seat of the Marquess of Northampton.

Additional outward pick-up: Town Centre [Wood Hill] 13:20

Sunday 20th October - Rushden 1940's Weekend

Last year, Rushden Transport Museum's LMS Branch Line at War event proved extremely popular (over 40 members and guests), so we have decided to include it again this year. Why not get into the swing of things and dress up in some period war-time clobber!

Additional outward pick-up: Town Centre [Wood Hill] 13:20

Sunday 15th December - Santa Special Town Saunter

To try and make the events calendar a bit more balanced, we are again going to venture out into the cold winter air for a town and countryside saunter. To make this trip that little bit more special, we shall be organising a raffle for gifts donated by some of our members. Once again, our journey will end up at the Road to Morocco pub hosted by Steve the landlord.

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.