Sunday 15th June (Father's Day) - Countryside Saunter (Braunston)
This event was very well attended two years ago and a lot of members have expressed their enthusiasm for a repeat trip. 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 at this excellent canal side pub or explore the village and marina.
Additional outward pick-ups: St James Square 13:20 - Quinton House School 13:25
Sunday 6th July - Northampton & Lamport Railway
We'll start with a countryside saunter and arrive at the Northampton & Lamport Railway station in time for the 14:30 service. There is a charge for the train ride so it's up to the individual members who want to make the most of today's visit. (Fares: Adult £4.80, Child & OAP £3.80, Family £15.50). Time permitting, we may be able to stop off at the Windhover pub on the way back. .
Additional outward pick-up: Waitrose Centre 13:20
Sunday 10th August - Ravensthorpe Church Fête (Depart 11:45)
To be held at Torch Hill Farm in this picturesque village. Plenty of stalls and attractions. Since the bus was so well received two years ago, they have asked us back again this year. There is normally a £1 entrance fee but 154 members will get free admission. Please be aware that this trip may be operated by our sister bus 267 and the departure time from Ravensthorpe will not be until after 16:00 hrs when the fête closes. This will give you plenty of time to explore not only the fête, but also this very interesting village. There is also the Chequers pub and restaurant just down the road from Torch Farm.
Please note the earlier departure time of 11:45 for this event.
Additional outward pick-ups: Waitrose Centre 11:50 - Windmill Pub 11:55
Sunday 7th September - Foxton Locks & Market Harborough
Last year's trip to Foxton was very well attended so we are going to include this destination again.
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 13:20 - Whitehills Pub 13:25
Heritage Weekend - Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September
Although the Heritage Open Day event begins on Thursday 11th 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 Victoria Street.
Sunday 12th October - Autumn Mystery Tour
None of our schedules would be complete without the inclusion of a Mystery Tour. At the time of writing, we haven't actually got a clue where we might be going but anywhere within a 12 mile radius of Northampton is fair game!
Saturday 13th December - Santa Special Town Saunter & Xmas Party
Once again we are going to venture out into the cold winter air for a town and countryside saunter, with our journey ending up at the Road to Morocco pub. Since last year's Santa Special clashed with the local Sunday football teams that also base themselves at the pub, we have decided to hold this event on a Saturday instead of the usual Sunday. To make this trip that little bit more special, we shall be organising a raffle for gifts donated by some of our members.
|Now that the St James bus depot is closed and inaccessible, all journeys will now be departing from
Victoria Street Coach terminus, opposite Campbell Square Police Station.