Nearby Family Activities

Family-friendly activities in Northamptonshire

With the weather gradually improving and summer seemingly here to stay, we would like to share our favourite things to do. Northamptonshire is a beautiful county regardless of season, but you can make a note of our favourite summer activities to try out for yourself by reading our blog below.

West Lodge Rural Centre

The West Lodge Rural Centre is only 4 miles and a 10-minute drive from our hotel.

There, you and your family can learn more about animals including goats, cattle, pigs, hens, ducks and geese.

It’s a great hands-on experience for children of all ages – there is an outdoor play area and a cuddle corner in which responsible little ones can handle small animals.

Educational, outdoors and filled with animals – it has all the activities you need for a perfect summer day out and we think it is a great way to spend a few hours with your family. 

Find out more about West Lodge Rural Centre

Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park is less than 20 minutes away by car and just 7 miles from Rushton Hall.

Boasting 147 acres of parkland and an impressive 30 rides, this is a one-stop place of fun for children of all ages thanks to the playgrounds, lakeside walks and narrow-gauge railway.

All that parkland is perfect for picnics and games – not forgetting that Wicksteed has one of the longest zip wires in the UK.

This is definitely one that thrill-seekers can enjoy and is a great option for families wanting to stay closer to nature and not spend a small fortune at a large theme park.

Find out more about Wicksteed

Northampton and Lamport Railway

Half an hour’s drive will see you arrive at the Northampton and Lamport Railway.

You and your little ones can ride the trains all day or if you prefer, you can enjoy the bookshop, giftshop, Platform 3 buffet or learn all about the history of the heritage railway from the dedicated volunteers.

We think this is a great day out for younger guests who may be into trains – even older children can enjoy riding the locomotives.

Find out more about Northampton and Lamport Railway

The Pinnacle Climbing Centre

Get everyone ready for a car ride and in less than 45 minutes you will all be at The Pinnacle Climbing Centre.

With more than 200 routes to explore up to 12.5 metres high, this is a fun if a little challenging activity that the entire family can come together to enjoy.

The centre welcomes all ages with a range of sessions from tasters to beginners courses.

Perfect for active families as well as climbing and caving enthusiasts.

Why not enjoy afternoon tea as a treat once you are done?

Find out more about The Pinnacle Climbing Centre


Not only is our county a fantastic location when it comes to things to do for families, Northamptonshire also offer truly luxurious accommodation.

The following rooms are perfect for families at Rushton Hall; Pickering Phipps, Drydens, Tower, Tillerman, John Brunning and Mrs Medleycott.

If you and your family decide to stay in our beautiful property, please be advised that cots will be charged at £10 per night and extra children in a room (if they are under 12) is £25 per night of your stay.

This summer don’t struggle for things to do – Northamptonshire has plenty on offer and we would love to be your home from home. Book direct for the best rates.