Northampton

March of the Droids 2017 location drive is fully underway We’ve whittled it down to 3 possible places, as you may have seen in our previous post MotD2017 Help us decide #MotD Location. Today you will see 3 posts with some more info that we have put together for each. Once these have all been posted we will open up a vote to you, the people.

About The Place

Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. It lies on the River Nene, about 67 miles (108 km) north-west of London and 50 miles (80 km) south-east of Birmingham. Situated near London, and the midlands, with good reach to East Anglia, the south and easily reachable for many in our target area.

Northampton is the fastest growing town in the UK and has a fitting position as being in the heart of England. The town has had many royal visits dating back from Henry I to Richard II right through to the present day providing a fascinating past. With rich history, architecture and plenty to see. Such as the magnificent Grade 1 listed church, All Saints Church, also there is a gem of Victorian architecture in the Guildhall, it is Northampton’s most prestigious building. Built in 1864 by the celebrated 19th century architect Edward Godwin, and later extended by Matthew Holding and Arnold Jeffrey. Tours may be booked at the Guildhall and will usually include a visit to the old prison cells, the Mayor’s Parlour, the Great Hall, the Godwin Room and Council Chambers.

One of England’s largest and most impressive historic market squares can be found in Northampton. Top high street names and modern outlets will more than fulfil all your shopping needs. Today, still at the heart of the town, the market boasts 130 stalls selling a wide variety of goods, great value and a friendly welcome. Along with The Grosvenor Centre being Northampton’s premier Shopping Centre for more than 25 years. With 60 stores and restaurants, it provides a wide selection of attractive goods, to cater for the whole family, in a pleasant climate controlled environment. Open 7 days a week.

Popular bars in the town centre include Auctioneers, Balloon Bar, Baroque, The Bear, Borjia, The Boston, Club Base, Elysium, Embargo, Faces, The Fish Inn, The Fox and Quill, Hakamou, King Billy, Lost, The Mailcoach, The Moon on the Square, Momo, NBs, The Old Bank, Revolution and Sazerac. There are also various bars, restaurants and cafés along the Wellingborough Road on the way into Northampton town centre. Northampton also has many snooker clubs including Rileys Pool, Snooker and Poker Club, as well as ten-pin bowling alleys and late night casinos such as Aspers Casino and Gala Casino as well as a Beacon Bingo. Plus the famous Roadmender venue, so if you want to check out a gig or club night, you can!

So, for you MotD after event stayers and lovers, there’s plenty going on to do, keep entertained and see us all getting to know each other even more.

All tastes are catered for from performance and visual arts to Northampton’s nightlife. This contrast between traditional and modern within the town makes Northampton well worth a visit in the eyes of the MotD team. We know a lot of you loyal attendees like making something of a weekend that includes our event, so we feel Northampton has plenty to offer.

Accommodation

With the usual popular franchise hotels in the Travelodge, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, Park Inn, Hilton and others all in Northampton, accommodation shouldn’t be an issue. Currently prices at those hotels range from £40-80 around March next year for 1 night, and likely as usual we’ll see deals going around. Alternatively you have plenty of guest houses and smaller independent hotels around, being one of the UK’s largest Towns has it’s advantages in accommodating all our attendees. Also, for those who want to group up perhaps, or for those that want a more personal touch, Airbnb is also available in Northampton. 

Travel

Trains are just an hour away from the capital, running frequently and running from early morning to past midnight. Northampton railway station is on the Northampton Loop of the West Coast Main Line, and has services southbound to London and northbound to Birmingham and Crewe provided by London Midland. Virgin Trains also provide two daily services to London. Fully accessible South, North and nearby via train services.

Northampton is near junctions 15, 15a and 16 of the M1 motorway which connects Northampton with London at its most southern point and Leeds at its most northern. Both the A45 and A43 link Northampton with the other major towns in Northamptonshire, and can be accessed by a partially completed ring road. The A14 is close by to the north of Northampton, providing links east and west of the town. Hotels usually have parking themselves, but if not, we recommend checking out Parkopedia for a whole host of Parking services in the Northampton area at decent prices.

Myself included, I have made my way to past MotD events via coach, hey, It’s cheap! – National Express also operates in Northampton, covering routes between major towns and cities in the United Kingdom. Cheap, easy and accessible.

Summary

Northampton is large, full of activities, not too expensive and easily accessible from the North, South and around London areas. With plenty of after event locations we can frequent also, we know that is much apart of the weekend as the event for many. We like to connect people, create friends, maker existing ones stronger and have a good time at the event, after and on social media afterwards hopefully. We feel Northampton has everything we need to achieve this and more.