This month’s Hometown Tour Guide is Lauren from Travel Your Dreams. Here’s what she has to say about her hometown….What place do I know better than my home town? A guide to Towcester and it’s surrounding villages/towns e.g. Silverstone…home of the British Grand Prix!
What is the name of your hometown and where is it?
The name of my home town is Towcester which is located in South Northamptonshire, in the East Midlands region of England.
What, if anything, is your hometown famous for?
I’d say Towcester is most famous for two things. It is well known as the Roman town of Lactodorum and you’ll see a welcome sign upon entrance with this fact on! Secondly, Towcester is most famous for it’s Racecourse on the east side of the town, where many important national horse racing events are held along with regular greyhound racing too.
The top 5 attractions are:-
- Towcester Racecourse – It’s what we are most famous for and it’s a brilliant day out whether you visit during a national horse racing event or just a local greyhound race. The atmosphere is one of a kind and the scenery is pure English countryside.
- Silverstone Circuit – Just a 5 minute drive up the dual carriage way will take you to the home of the British Grand Prix & Moto GP. Experience driving days, car track days or a tour of the area along with lots, lots more!
- Whittlebury Hall & Spa – Again, just a 5 minute drive away, through dainty back roads and you will arrive at Whittlebury’s famous hotel and spa, set on a gorgeous golf course and surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
- Towcester Centre for Leisure – People travel far to access our local swimming pools, gym, fitness classes and AstroTurf football pitch!
- Salcey Forest – Just 7 miles away is one of the towns best attractions! In the heart of South Northants, Salcey Forest is home to the famous Tree Top Way and has an incredible walkway in the canopy of it’s trees. Plenty to get up too as well…play areas, cycling trails and adventure courses! I have a post all about my time at Salcey Forest.
Are there any local sports teams? Where do they play?
As a town we have local football, rugby and cricket teams that play in Northamptonshire tournaments etc…Towcester Town FC, Towcestrians Rugby Club and Towcestrians Cricket Club are of the 3 main sports teams in the town. I’m sure there are many more if you were to search around, but Lauren doesn’t do sport haha! The local leisure facilities I have mentioned offer a lot of sport classes and the town hall often have Zumba fitness 🙂
My 3 favourite restaurants are:-
- Franks Hamburger House – A Northamptonshire burger chain recently opened up on the High Street in Towcester. They offer any burger you can think of, with unlimited chips and locally brewed ales to drink from The Towcester Mill, just opposite of the town hall!
- The Ricebowl – One of many local Chinese eateries, but this one is by far my favourite. Enjoy a cheeky home delivery or you can chose to sit in their newly refurbished (slightly on the small side) High Street restaurant.
- The Ganges – A new, modern, scrumptious Indian eatery. You’ll find this restaurant just off of the High Street, but with the reviews it has…it’s definitely worth a visit!
My 3 favourite bars/pubs are:-
- The Saracens Head – A storied 17th-century hotel that offers an all day menu in it’s now modern bar/restaurant! Sit outside to enjoy the rare sunshine or be impressed by the decor inside, including some history of the town mapped out on it’s walls.
- The Brave Old Oak – Your typical local town pub with ancient wooden beams and an endless bar, serving good pub grub! With an amazing outdoors area, backing onto Towcester’s mound and weir!
- The Monk & Tipster – On the opposite end of the High Street, the Monk & Tipster is the perfect place for an all you can eat Sunday carvery or a nice refreshing beer any day of the week.
Top 3 Hotels are:-
Why do you love your hometown?
I adore my home town because it is pretty and quaint. Watling Street, the main high street, is buzzing with shops, bars, restaurants, the local council, town hall and church. We have everything you need here and there’s a real sense of community about a town of this size. There’s a lot of history and the place comes alive during The British Grand Prix weekend and other national events e.g. at the racecourse. It’s clean, easy to get around and the housing ranges from 3 bed detached, to cute bungalows and cottages. I love returning to my home town after a day out in Northampton or London…anywhere really!
Who should visit your hometown?
The elderly love it here for obvious reasons…it’s clean, friendly, small and everything’s in one place! But just about anyone enjoys a visit during events like the Grand Prix, there’s plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants all on one road to keep anyone entertained, particularly the middle aged adult. For me at the age of 19, I love it! However, I know other teenagers wouldn’t visit somewhere without a local Topshop store or a club, but that’s down to preference.
Best time of year to visit (weather):
Towcester is a gorgeous place whatever the weather, but obviously the rare English summer would be the best time to take advantage of outdoor seating in pubs and restaurants, so I’d say July & August!