The best of Corby Old Village will be showcased at their summer fair this weekend.
Traders from the village, which is between Phoenix Parkway and the railway station, will come together from midday to 5pm on Sunday (August 14).
There will be craft and gift stalls, Highland and Irish dancers, live bands, bouncy castles and other children’s rides and the very popular Corby Old Village raffle, with all of the independent shops and eateries open.
The event is one of the two village fairs run each year to support local charities, with Gaye Henry - owner of the ‘Much Loved’ furniture shop - keen to point out what the village has to offer.
She said: “Once a little neglected, Corby Old Village is now a thriving destination for those in the know for shopping in the many independent shops and also for somewhere rather different to eat and drink.
“This village successfully runs it’s very own Christmas and summer street fairs to support local charities.
“Corby Old Village’s period properties lend a unique feel to the area but behind the windows of some of them can be found total gems of shops.”
Much Loved is the biggest shop in the village, being spread over seven rooms and is located in a Grade 2 listed building.
Mrs Henry says that upon entering you are transported into a different world of beautiful furniture, gifts, interior accessories and vintage objet d’art, with Annie Sloan paint in abundance.
She also hosts Annie Sloan workshops and upholstery courses in the shop.
Mrs Henry also went on to list the hidden treasures that can be found in the village.
- The Old Village Fish and Chip Shop, where chips are cooked the old fashioned way; freshly for each order and in beef dripping. Deep fried Mars bars are also on offer.
- Too Much Baggage, Corby’s only specialist luggage shop. Owner Linda is fully clued up on all the various airline requirements so is a hub of useful information.
- The Corby Computer Clinic, a long established business with an excellent reputation with all things technical.
- Golden Eagle Carpets, an independent family run company which offers a bespoke service for apartments, cottages, bungalows and mansions alike.
- Estate agents Tingdene are the only ones in the village, with a modern efficient approach to business.
- The Village News & Wine shop has just been bought by Dinesh and Parvesh, and they are extending their food and wine range and now offer fresh coffee.
- Joseph’s Opticians are again an independent business and offer the personal service associated with individual optometrists.
- Maxims specialise in Eastern European food and boast a very wide range including an extensive delicatessen.
- The Good Bean are winners of Northamptonshire Cafe of the Year with owner Bridget’s friendliness, home baking and superb sandwiches clear evidence of why the vote went her way.
- Tea Jenny Cottage also offers food and is up near The White Hart. The mother and daughter venture has great vintage themed rooms and a loyal following - mums really like the child sized furniture for the little ones.
- Malt and Bass are becoming very well known for their inventive cocktails, with a really lively buzz about the place at the end of each working day.
- In addition to the High Street there is the unusually named ‘The Jamb’ thought to have originated from the French for ‘leg’. Haddens Butchers in The Jamb are just like butchers used to be and John will take the time to advise you on the best way to cook a piece.
- Genevieve Gift Shop has been there for many years and is named after the original owner. Although it is a little shop it is well stocked with a diverse range of gifts and seems to have something for all the special occasions like wedding anniversaries, weddings and engagements.
- Dochelles of Corby is opposite and really is an Aladdin’s cave of all things ladies shop for, from bath bombs to children’s clothes and much more.
- Wilcos, opposite The Cardigan Arms, is the only chain shop in the village. They help with most car issues and stock quite a range of bicycles. Their wide knowledge is freely shared and customer service is definitely a cut above the norm.
There are also a number of hairdressers in the village, with other nooks and crannies providing a variety of services.