The predominantly rural county of Northamptonshire occupies a central location in England covering an area of some 2,364 square kilometres with an estimated total population of 629,000. Its position at the crossroads of England means that it is easily accessible by rail or car and within circa one hour from major UK cities e.g. London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, and three international airports.
Historically, Northamptonshire has been a somewhat shy and retiring county, offering a subtle beauty in its gentle landscapes, fine medieval churches and unspoilt villages, bustling market towns and ancient river valley – in short the very essence of an English shire.
The county can boast some notable cultural attractions however that includes Silverstone Circuit, the home of the British Formula 1 and MotoGP; the historic county town of Northampton with its rich arts and heritage offer and home of Northampton Saints premiership rugby team; local arts organisations that include Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, NN Contemporary and the award-winning Royal and Derngate; and numerous historic homes and country estates such as Althorp, the last resting place of HRH Princess Diana, and Boughton House, a recent film set for the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning ‘Les Miserables’ film production.
Further, the county benefits from some excellent natural assets that include outstanding country parks, former royal hunting forests and ancient woodland, and the Nene Valley www.nenevalley.net, the preferred location for the CHANGING TRACKS project in Northamptonshire.