Celebrate the Nene Valley’s wildlife, culture and heritage

The River Nene
The River Nene

A new festival celebrating the wildlife, culture and heritage of the Nene Valley will take place from October 24 to November 8.

The festival will present an eclectic programme of outdoor events, theatre productions, art workshops, concerts, foodie events and more.

Featuring more than 20 organisations at key locations along the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Oundle, the festival is a must for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages looking for inspiration, tranquility and new experiences.

The Nene Valley Festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering world class wildlife to a mixture of local, national and international audiences.

East Northamptonshire councillor and board member for the Destination Nene Valley project, Sarah Peacock, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a wide variety of partners who have an in depth knowledge of the vital ingredients for putting on a successful festival.

“Our partners include the Oundle International Festival who have recently celebrated 30 successful years and The Castle in Wellingborough who will be offering an exciting programme of live entertainment.”

Graham Callister, cultural and policy manager for Northamptonshire County Council, added: “The inaugural Nene Valley Festival recognises and celebrates the natural and historic assets of this beautiful part of the county, through a diverse cultural programme of events, aimed at both residents and visitors to the region.

“It is the ambition of the partners to create an annual event of regional and national significance.”

Mark Bradshaw, from the National Trust and festival partners, said: “The National Trust is delighted to support the Nene Valley Festival, inspiring more people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the county.

“Lyveden plays an important part in the history of the Nene Valley and is a major attraction for people to experience the heritage and natural beauty of the area. We hope many visitors will enjoy all the activities on offer this autumn.”

Visit www.nenevalley.net and follow @_nenevalley #nenevalley2014 on Twitter for up-to-date information on the festival programme.