5 great things to do near Silverstone
Well we all know how great Northamptonshire is and on the weekend of 23/24/25 Aug, Silverstone Circuit faces the glare of global media as the Grand Prix Moto GP circus rolls into town. And when we say Silverstone, we actually mean that the whole county will be buzzing, particularly toward the west, near Potterspury, Towcester and Brackley – three hot beds of the 2017 Muddy Awards winners. There are lots of fantastic things to do in the county, many featured by those good folks at Britain’s Best Surprise, but here’s a top up from Muddy Northants to make sure visitors and residents get the most out of a brilliant weekend in our calendar.
The British Grand Prix Moto GP, Silverstone Circuit, 23/24/25 August
On top of the racing, evening entertainment rounds off each day of the weekend with Legacy playing on Friday, Grammy Award winning Clean Bandit supported by Duke on Saturday and Toploader on Sunday. Throw in a great weekend-long party and the race is on. Home-grown hero Cal Crutchlow will be hoping to build on his three MotoGP race wins in his career so far, as he attempts to rival World Champion Marc Marquez and challengers such as Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Vinales. With Moto2 and Moto3 supporting the main race action, there’s plenty of adrenalin-fuelled racing to watch.
Family-friendly entertainment throughout the weekend includes a Funfair, Segways, have a go bikes, live artists, face painting, football darts, zorbing, a free Barber shop for a trim – young or old, diehard fan or new to bike racing, there is something for everyone. We’ve got five pairs of weekend passes to win here.
Take a chill pill at Grafton Spa, Potterspury
Grafton Spa at Potterspury – Muddy Award Winners for best Northants Spa in both 2016 and 2017- these guys are good. They’re in the fabulous little shopping emporium of Wakefield Court, where you’ll also find ARTea and another Muddy Award winner Vitreus Art (more lovely people). It’s a cute salon when you walk in. Definitely not one of those overly, feng shui’d salons, all chrome and steel minimalism. It has a nice, buzzy feel; lots of products and things going on. It’s a relatively small building, but when you walk through the back, the owner has knocked through to the other unit, and created a beautiful, almost Tardis like sized space. Currently the Spa team, are offering a Summer Lovin’ package from £79 per person. It includes 4 hours in the spa, delicious Elderflower Bellini’s and four relaxing treatments which include:
- A sumptuous scrub to exfoliate and renew skin
- An invigorating back massage
- A mini facial for youthful radiance
- A gel manicure or pedicure to finish the look!
Fine Dining at The Folly Inn and 185 Watling street (Towcester)
It’s a real perk of the job being able to visit some great Northamptonshire pubs and restaurants with my Muddy hat on. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit both The Folly Inn and 185 Watling Street, both situated in Towcester, only 5 miles from the Silverstone Circuit, with both offering some great food.
Check out our reviews and see if they tickles your taste buds. Book ahead – it’s going to be busy.
Visit the theatre: Two Trains Running, Royal & Derngate
Iconic American playwright August Wilson’s Tony award winning play is heading to the Derngate from 31 Aug – 14 Sep. There’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. It’s Pittsburgh, 1969, and the regulars of Memphis Lee’s restaurant are struggling to cope with the turbulence of a rapidly changing world. The diner is in threat of being torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit.
The Rennie Mackintosh House, 78 Derngate
78 Derngate is an award-winning historic house in the heart of Northampton. Famously remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, it is the only house designed by him in England (it really is very cool and definitely worth a visit). Famed, not only for its Charles Rennie Mackintosh design, but now also as an elegant and special venue offering afternoon tea, stylish shopping, art exhibitions and corporate events. The two galleries are both showcasing work throughout the summer with Diversity in Design and Craft running until 20 Sept and Into The Light until 29 Sept.