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Why Visit Northamptonshire?

Updated: Nov 28, 2019

There is a wealth of history in the county of Northamptonshire and places to visit. Around the Kettering and Corby district there are a few sites for you to stay at in your caravan or motorhome: -

New Lodge Farm Caravan & Camping Site, Corby, is a family run site and working farm. Close to a number of Castles, Stately homes and woodland walks. Electric hook up is available.

Boughton Estate CL, Nr Grafton Underwood and Brigstock Villages. Opposite the site is Grafton Park Woods with open access for walking and cycling. Close to both Kettering and Corby Town. No electric hook up.

Grafton Underwood Airfield, built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for Polebrook, the airfield was then home to two squadrons of the 97th Bomb Group. The airfield became home to succession of Bomb Groups, including the 305th, 96th, and 384th, all equipped with B-17s. The RAF's No. 236 Maintenance Unit occupied the airfield after the war, before being declared surplus to requirements in 1959. A memorial to the crews that flew from the airfield was erected in 1977.

Five Willows Farm, Cranford, Kettering, this is close to the Hills and Dales Country Park and Wicksteed Park, which has a number of activities for children likes rides, swings etc. Electric hook-up available.

Northfield Farm, Northfield, Cransley, Kettering, is a small working farm with donkeys and alpacas. This is situated close to several historic properties. Electric hook-up is available.

These sites are all within 1 - 1 1/2 hours of a number of historic sites, country parks and stately homes like Deane Park, Kirby Hall, Belvoir Castle, Burley House Lamport Hall and more…

Boughton Estate, the house was built in 1683 by Ralph Montagu who later became the 1st Duke of Montagu. Boughton Estate has been the home of the Montagu family since 1528. This Estate is just outside the village of Geddington where you can find one of the remaining Eleanor Crosses.

In 1290 Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward 1, died in Harby, Nottinghamshire. Her body was carried in stages from Harby to London. As a mark of his grief Edward 1 had these elaborate crosses built at each location, they became known as Eleanor Crosses, of which only three remain intact today, the one in Geddington being one of the three.

Rockingham Castle, was built on the instructions of William the Conqueror. A number of events are held here during the year including International Horse Trials.

New Bield, Lyveden, Sir Thomas Tresham built this unfinished Elizabethan summer house, with a religious design full of symbolism, based on a Greek cross.

Should you decide to stay at any of these sites after reading this article, we hope you have a pleasant stay. Please feel free to post your thoughts and a few photos of your visit.

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