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Annual festival will return to Nene Valley next month

Published Monday, 13 August 2018

People across the district are invited to celebrate the rich heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley as the annual Nene Valley Festival returns this September.

The Nene Valley Festival, which will take place from Saturday 15 September – Sunday 23 September, will offer a whole host of activities that are guaranteed to be fun for all the family. Thanks to a boost in funding from Heritage Lottery through Nenescape, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever before.

Featuring more than 110 events at key locations across the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival will deliver an eclectic mix of activities for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages.

Northampton Borough Council will be hosting the launch event at Becket’s Park on Saturday 15 September. Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for Community Engagement, Northampton Borough Council, said: “We are once again very pleased that the Nene Valley Festival will be coming to Northampton and we are delighted to be hosting the first event of what promises to be an action-packed week.

“This year the Festival will be showcasing Becket’s Park, which we are very proud of and where the Buddies of Beckets group are doing a fantastic job in bringing back to life this wonderful area of town centre parkland.”

Fitness fanatics are invited to test their peddle power at the Cyclefest taking place at Stanwick Lakes on launch day, and families can learn all about the rich history of the valley at Heritage Family Fun Day, which will be held at Rushden Lakes on Sunday 16 September.

To round off a fun-filled week of activities, the local community is invited to ‘come and meet the settlers’ at Stanwick Lakes on Saturday 22 September and join in festivities at Peterborough Family Finale on Sunday 23 September at Peterborough Market Square.

The annual festival, which is celebrating its fifth year, is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.

East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, Sarah Peacock, said:

“We are delighted to be delivering the Nene Valley Festival once again this year. The event will offer a diverse range of activities, which will inspire people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the Nene Valley. We hope that our residents and visitors have a fantastic time celebrating everything that the local area has to offer.”

The festival is one of the key projects within the Nenescape Landscape Partnership scheme, a five-year Heritage Lottery funded scheme that works in partnership with sixteen organisations along the River Nene, to celebrate and look after its natural and built history. In total, thanks to National Lottery players, Nenescape will have provided more than £72,000 worth of funding to Nene Valley Festival by 2022, and have been instrumental in the delivery of the event.

Visit and follow @_nenevalley #nenevalley2018 on Twitter to keep up to date with the festival programme.