On the 8th December Delapre Abbey will play host to our 2nd Artisan Baby Co Fair and we can’t wait to return to this stunning venue. We love Delapre, for it’s grandeur but also its welcoming nature, it’s a real hidden gem of a venue and has sooo much to offer families.
Held in Trust to Northampton Council the Abbey is nestled in parkland a mile outside of the city centre, easily accessible via bus and with ample free parking it was always a natural location for us to have a look round.
Part of our ethos for the fairs has always been to find locations that aren’t normally at the forefront of peoples minds but really should be. The Abbey is open to the public for a small fee and you can explore the many rooms of the house. The Artisan Baby Co Fair is spread across the Medieval Rooms and Bouverie Rooms so not only can you browse our many exhibitors but also nose around the decor of these beautifully restored rooms, from the front of house grandeur that wouldn’t be out of place on Downton Abbey to the stone floored backrooms, it really is like stepping back in time.
The Abbey is set within the remains of the formal and semi-formal gardens which were once the pride and joy of the Tate and Bouverie families.
There’s a large walled garden, superb specimen trees in the understated arboretum, the hidden remains of a splendid water garden and the south lawn which stretches out to the ha-ha which separates the lawn from the 500 acres of the wider parkland and the golf course beyond. Beyond the Abbey buildings with its walled and semi-formal gardens lie over 500 glorious acres of parkland – a tranquil green oasis of woodland and open grass land and a lake, with many walking trails to explore.
Dating back to 1145 Delapre was originally a Cluniac Nunnery, before becoming a private home during King Henry the 8ths dissolution of monasteries. The house passed from the Tates to the Bouveries before Northampton council became tenants in 1958. If wall’s could take I am sure the Abbey would have a few tales to tell.
Did you know the grounds of Delapre also house a mini railway, run by the Northampton Society of Model Engineers, they run public running days from May through the Summer months and train tickets are £1 per ride (as listed on the website in Nov 2019), now if that isn’t an amazingly affordable family day out I don’t know what is!
So what does Delapre Abbey hold in store for our Christmas fair on the 8th December? The rooms will be packed full of festive charm, from the subtle flicker of candle light to the show stopping Christmas Trees. After you have toured all the stalls head round to the Orangery for a bite to eat and a hot drink. Let the kids burn off energy exploring the parkland and if you have managed to book tickets take a trip to visit Santa in his grotto.
For more info on visiting Delapre head to the website and we can’t wait for you to join us falling in love with the Abbey on the 8th December.
Images all from Delapre Abbeys Website