What’s on in Autumn in and around Higham Ferrers?


Saturday 16th – Outdoor Cinema Experience “Alien” (18) – Tribute to John Hurt, Stanwick Lakes. Doors 9.45 pm; Film Starts 10.10 p.m. Tickets £11.50 from www.lunaflix.co.uk Bring a torch, chair, blanket and own refreshments! Free Parking.

Friday 22nd – An evening of Local Entertainment. Bede House 7.00 p.m. Tickets £5.00 each from Town Hall – 01933 312075

Saturday 30th – Farmer’s Market. Market Square 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 30th – Concert by Paul Harris on the Organ. St. Mary’s Church 11.00 until 12.00 p.m.

Saturday 30th – Outdoor Experience “80’s Party – Movie and Live Band”. Stanwick Lakes Doors 5.00 pm; Film Starts 7.30 p.m. Tickets £8.50 from www.lunaflix.co.uk Bring a torch, chair, blanket and own refreshments! Free Parking.


Saturday 7th – Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan. Bede House 9.00 until 12.00 noon. Hosted by The Dragon Seekers

Friday 20th – Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening. Bede House. www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk for details.

13th to 31st  – Dr Fright’s Spooky Halloween Nights. Earls Barton (not 16th or 23rd). Suitable for 12+. Tickets between £17 and £25 per head. www.drfrights.com

Saturday 28th – Coffee Morning. Bede House. In aid of Friends of St. Mary’s Church 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 28th – Farmer’s Market. Market Square 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 28th – Recital by Ian Runnells on the Organ. St. Mary’s Church 11.00 until 12.00 p.m.


Saturday 4th – Fireworks Spectacular. Rushden Hall. Gates open at 6.00 p.m., Show starts at 6.30 p.m. Tickets £5.00 adult / £3.00 Child, in advance. Tickets £6.00 adult / £4.00 Child, on the day. www.rushdenfireworks.co.uk

Saturday 18th – Christmas Sparkle. Market Square. The Town’s Biggest Event. Father Christmas – FunFair – Refreshments – Crafts. 11.00 until 6.00 p.m. www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk

Saturday 25th – Farmer’s Market. Market Square 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.


Friday 1st December – Film Night Season starts in the Bede House, with ‘Elf (PG)’. Starts at 7.00. Tickets from www.highamferrerstourism.org. uk

Saturday 23rd – Farmer’s Christmas Market. Market Square 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

More Stories

The Hatton Room with a NEW Look!

Who was Hatton anyway!?

Sir Christopher Hatton KG (1540 – 1591) represented Higham Ferrers in Parliament at the throne of Queen Elizabeth I, in 1571.

Recognising his achievements and ability, and his relationship to Higham Ferrers, we have named a room after him, and we are proud to have refurbished it to a brand new standard. Featuring all the comforts that The Old House is renowned for – a comfortable bed you can climb into, working space, en-suite shower room, Freeview television, and free wifi around the house, this room has an attractive view overlooking the Market Square and welcomes the bright sunshine every morning.

Sir Christopher Hatton was a favourite of the Queen, and became Lord Chancellor of England in 1587. Born at Holdenby House, he moved on to Oxford around 1555 and left without a degree before going straight to the Inner Temple in 1560.

Handsome and accomplished, and reputedly an excellent dancer, he caught the eye of Elizabeth and was taken into her favour.

Hatton Room Ensuite

By 1572, he was the Member for Northamptonshire and became Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard. Five years later, he was appointed as vice-chancellor for the royal palace and was knighted. Hatton’s loyalty to his sovereign appears to have been unquestioned and in 1584, he led over 400 kneeling members of the House of Commons in a prayer for the Queen’s safety.

As one of the commissioners who found Mary, Queen of Scots guilty of treason in 1585, he vigorously denounced her in Parliament and advised that the warrant for her execution be forwarded to Fotheringhay. Read more by visiting: http://www.marie-stuart.co.uk/Castles/Fotheringhay.htm

The pinnacle of his success was as a Knight of the Garter, Lord Chancellor of England and a chancellor of the University of Oxford. He never married.

Hatton Garden, the jewellery quarter in London, is named after him, and in 1983, the Sir Christopher Hatton School in Wellingborough was opened in his name.

More Stories

Rushden Lakes Shopping & Natural Wildlife Area Opens Soon!

Rushden Lakes offers big brand fashion alongside lakeside restaurants and cafés and a world of outdoor discovery awaits, all in a beautiful lakeside setting, against a backdrop of natural countryside.

Around the attractive water’s edge location, native species of trees and flowers abound, creating a natural habitat for wildlife. Low-rise buildings blend naturally with the surrounding landscape, some roofs displaying wildflowers, others creating solar power. Natural lighting also helps reduce energy consumption.

The SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) will be integrated with the retail scheme to provide a combined retail and leisure destination and includes a visitors’ centre, a marina and boathouse, footpaths and cycle routes through the SSSI, and access into neighbouring tourist attractions such as Stanwick Lakes.

The site is situated just off the A45 main arterial route between Junction 15 of the M1 at Northampton and the A14/A1 Junction.

The first part of the centre with some key shops opens on July 28th, followed by more new retail outlets by the August Bank Holiday weekend.

An 11 screen cinema, further restaurants and a wider leisure offer will be ready by Summer 2018.

The landscape has completely changed over the past two years; the road has been widened, a new footbridge installed, and we’re looking forward to being able to walk to the iMax cinema next year.

As the site matures, it will be a great place to explore and enjoy natural habitats and walks around the lakes, with relaxing views at bars and restaurants, after a hard day’s shopping!

Come and stay at The Old House, and take a break away for the weekend.

Rushden Lakes Logo

Visit Rushden Lakes website here: www.rushdenlakes.com

Mistletoe Cottage builders appointed

Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback on Mistletoe Cottage; we are expecting to be taking bookings for holidays in early 2018, but until then, the development work continues.

Approval for the planning permission conditions are expected anytime now from Herefordshire Council planning team, and we are confident we have satisfied their requirements; the tenders have been returned, and we have appointed Jenkinson Builders from Brecon in Powys to start work towards the end of August.

Jenkinson Builders are a small building and restoration company, with a strong ethic for tradition and quality, and were founded 50 years ago. Now run by brothers, Dave and Jim Jenkinson and their team of 30 craftsmen, they have maintained a reputation for providing work of the very highest standard, matched by good old fashioned values for reliability and personal customer service. We’re looking forward to working with them.


Although Mistletoe Cottage will have a traditional look and feel, we are hoping it will be heated by an air source heat pump, which is excellent for the environment, and the most up-to-date technological method of heating and providing hot water for a new build property.

Of course, in winter, there will be also the wood burner to provide the cosiness that visitors will enjoy.

Ready for demolition

All forlorn, empty and ready for demolition.

If you are keen to find out more, please see our new website:


Easter 2018 is our target date for opening, so if you ever find yourself thinking about a relaxing time away in deepest Herefordshire, you may have already found the ideal location!

Centrally placed for Hay-on-Wye, Leominster, Ludlow, Hereford and the surrounding market towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

More information and photos as the site develops.

Burleigh Crockery – Time for a change!

For years, we have used Portmeirion Botanic Garden crockery for ourselves and for guests, but after so long, we decided it was time for a change!

But what to? There are so many beautiful designs of crockery available, but when we both owned a deli and kitchen shop in Northampton a few years ago, one of the best suppliers was a crockery manufacturer called Burleigh.

Burleigh CrockeryEstablished in 1851, they are one of the best known pottery companies in Stoke on Trent. They use traditional techniques that other mass-producing companies do not use, and we felt as though their skill of manufacture, quality of product and customer service were the basis for a good start.

A busy pattern works well in a breakfast environment, and we decided on ‘Black Regal Peacock’ as the design. Regal Peacock caught the eye of Queen Mary when it was launched in 1913, and has been an important design in the Burleigh range ever since. The complicated design is decorated using tissue transfer printing from hand engraved copper plates. It is a 250-year old process takes seven years to master and is one of the many skills that comes out of the Middleport pottery.

The addition of new crockery has brought a new dimension to our breakfast tables, and together with the breakfast servery area introduced in late 2015, we hope that our customers appreciate the quality of our breakfast which is guaranteed to start the day on the right foot.

You can find out more at: www.burleigh.co.uk


What’s on in summer in and around Higham Ferrers?

Here’s a selection of our favourite up-coming local events for Summer 2017. If you would like to know more about any particular event please get in touch with us.


Friday 21st – “Pretty Woman” (15), Stanwick Lakes, NN9 6GY. Doors 8.00; Film Starts 9.40 p.m.  Tickets £12.00 from www.lunaflix.co.uk Bring a picnic! Free Parking.

21st – 23rd – Bug Jam – VW Festival, Santa Pod Raceway, NN29 7XA. £65 with VW; £75 without. www.bugjam.co.uk

Saturday 29th – Rushden Lakes first stores open. www.rushdenlakes.com

Saturday 29th – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 29th – “Beauty & The Beast 2017” (PG), Stanwick Lakes, NN9 6GY. Doors 8.00; Film Starts 9.40 p.m. Tickets £12.00 from www.lunaflix.co.uk Bring a picnic! Free Parking.


4th – 6th – Ultimate Street Car Festival, Santa Pod Raceway, NN29 7XA. Weekend Tickets £60 www.ultimatestreetcar.co.uk

Sunday 6th – Classic Car Show (220 cars), Castle Field, Higham Ferrers. Free Entry – Donation at Gate. 11.00 until 4.00 p.m.

Sunday 6th – Afternoon Cream Teas, Rushden Transport Museum, Rushden Station. 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 p.m.Adults £4.00 www.rhts.co.uk

Saturday 26th – Neighbourhood Sale, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. Over 70 Garage Sales. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m. Maps £1.00 from Market Square.

Saturday 26th – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.


Saturday 9th – The King’s Men of Cambridge, St. Mary’s Church. In aid of St. Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers. 7.30 p.m. Tickets £15 from [email protected]

Saturday 30th – Farmer’s Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers. 9.00 until 1.00 p.m.

Development begins on Mistletoe Cottage

William’s family moved to Herefordshire in 2012 to set up a small stable yard for their Percheron horses and dogs.  Five years later, they have four donkeys, six horses and seven dogs, ducks, chickens and 1 huge cat!

As a part of the property is not being used for animal purposes, they have kindly allowed us (William and Simon) to use an old disused stable block and surrounding land, to be demolished, and re built as a holiday home. Many of you who have met William will know that he needs a project (!), and this is the next one! Designing and creating this is all very exciting.

Stable Block about to be demolished

Stable block about to be demolished

Choosing tiles, paint colours, furniture (Yes, already!), floor coverings, kitchen materials, and whether to have one, two or three showers, is all part of the initial work, and eventually, the two-bedroom house will be able to sleep 6. With the addition of a Shepherd’s Hut planned for late 2018 in the outside garden area, this will provide sleeping space for two extra people who can use the downstairs facilities, whilst four people use the en-suite bedrooms.

It has taken almost two years from concept to getting planning permission approved, and now the work starts on finalising the detailed plans, and appointing contractors to survey and build. We are very excited about the project, and if you are keen to find out more, please see our new website: www.mistletoecottagekinnersley.co.uk

Summer 2018 is the target date for opening, so if you ever find yourself thinking about a relaxing time away in deepest Herefordshire, you may have already found the ideal location!

Centrally placed for Hay-on-Wye, Leominster, Hereford and the surrounding towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

We’ll keep you posted!


Mistletoe Cottage Sketch

What’s on in Spring 2017 in Higham Ferrers?

We share with you a selection of our favourite up-coming local events for Spring 2017. If you would like to know more about any particular event please get in touch with us.


Saturday 25th – Farmer’s Market Market Square

Friday 31st – “Brief Encounter” (U), Bede House £10.00 ticket, including Fish and Chips 7.30 p.m.


1st & 2nd – Art Exhibition season starts Chichele College. Most weekends during the Summer. Call 01933 314006 for more information. 10.00 until 4.00 p.m. – Free Entry.

Saturday 29th – Paul Harris at the Organ St. Mary’s Church. 11.00 a.m. – Free Entry – Donations welcome

Saturday 29th – Farmer’s Market Market Square.


Saturday 6th – Mayor’s Market Market Square. 9.00 until Noon – Free . Call 01933 312075 for more information

Saturday 6th – ‘Designs on You’ Chichele College. Previously loved Ladies clothes and accessories. 9.00 until Noon – Free entry

Saturday 27th – Chichele Garden Fair Chichele College. 10.00 until 3.00 p.m. – Free entry

Saturday 27th – Farmer’s Market Market Square


Sunday 18th – Secret Gardens of Higham Ferrers Market Square. Visit over 15 gardens. 12 noon to 5.00 p.m. – Refreshments and Stalls

Saturday 24th – Farmer’s Market Market Square

The New Merchant Room

Merchant Room

The Merchant Room was one of the first rooms we refurbished when we arrived and created The Old House Guest Accommodation almost six years ago. As the four-poster bed joined us a few years later, we realised this year that the fabrics were looking a little tired and it was time for an upgrade.

We were lucky to find a very talented lady in Yorkshire who is an excellent seamstress and she made the bedspread for us. Locally, Yvonne made the curtains and cushions. With the colour change on the walls to a paler blue, we were very happy with the finished result which sat very comfortably with the William Morris wallpaper.

Merchant Four Poster

It’s one of our favourite rooms (they’re all nice!), but with a great view over the medieval Market Square, people-watching during the day, the comfort of the cosy four-poster, and a room with a bath and shower, what more could you wish for?

Contact us to book this room.

The Breakfast Room

Breakfast Room

Our guests have different needs for breakfast – some people like the leisurely affair; others like to eat and go, but they have one thing in common – great food and a great choice.

Our breakfast and hot drinks service area has been in place for just over a year, so many of our guests will have already enjoyed the choice of Nespresso coffees, using the Quooker hot water tap for tea and hot chocolate.

Ingredients are sourced from all over the UK and we make breakfast fresh for every meal. Now we offer a wide range of fruit and herbal teas, great coffee and a great choice of items for your breakfast.

With a free copy of the ‘i’ newspaper every morning, and something to read in the big range of Sunday papers, there’s plenty of time to make a leisurely start to the day – or to get started as soon as you like.