Wellingborough SOUL Weekender 2017





Food @ the Weekender !!

This year Franks Hamburger House will be open for anyone attending the Weekender only..

It is expected to be very busy throughout the weekend so it would be a good idea to make a advanced booking by Tel 01604 948 904 (Option 6) Link to menu below...

The bar area will also have burgers, chips, snacks, Teas & Coffee





Advanced: Full Weekend Pass £15.00
Friday Only £6.00 OTD
Sunday Only £6.00 OTD



Friday 6pm - 1am

Main Room ( Northern & Motown ) 6pm - 1am
Bar ( Rn'B, Rare, Underplayed & Early 60s ) 6pm - 1am
Balcony Lounge ( Modern, 70s & Crossover ) 7pm - 1am
Dance Studio ( Hip Cat Express ) 8pm - 1am

Saturday 12pm - 1am

Main Room ( Northern & Motown ) 12pm - 1am
Bar ( Rn'B & Early 60s ) 12pm - 1am
Balcony Lounge ( Modern, 70s & Crossover ) 12pm - 1am
Studio Room ( Rare & Underplayed ) 12pm - 1am
Dance Studio ( Hip Cat Express ) 4pm - 1am

Sunday 2pm - Midnight

Main Room ( Northern & Motown ) 2pm - Midnight
Bar ( Rn'B, Rare, Underplayed & Early 60s ) 2pm - 10pm
Balcony Lounge ( Modern, 70s & Crossover ) 2pm - 10am



A great mixture of music for everyone and all for a great price, don't miss out on a great Weekend....book your tickets early!





Welly 2015 - Part 1


Welly 2015 - Part 2


 Welly 2015 - Part3



Welly 2015 - Part 4



(Same price as 2014)
Weekender pass - £15.00
Saturday £10.00 (Includes Friday)
Sunday Only - £5.00 OTD
Friday Only - £6.00 OTD






Hotels near to the Castle

The Hind Hotel - Sheep St Wellingborough NN8 1BY - 01933 222827 - 5 Mins Walk


Canberra Guest House, Midland Road, Wellingborough - NN8 1NB - 01933 276905 -

5 Mins Walk

Owned by Sally (Soulie) (no en suite)


The Oak House Hotel, Wellingborough – NN8 4LE – 01933 27113315 Mins Walk


Travelodge – Rushden Hotel – NN10 9AP – 01933 357008 10 Mins Taxi


High View Hotel156 Midland Rd, Wellingborough, NN8 1NG - 01933 225948 - 10 Mins Walk


Premier Travel Inn London Road, Wellingborough, NN8 2DP - 0870 242 8000 - 10 Mins Walk  SOLD OUT


Hotel Ibis Wellingborough, Enstone Court, NN8 2DR - 01933 228333 - 10 Mins Taxi


The Columbia Hotel - Northampton Road, Wellingborough, NN8 3HG - 01933 229333 - 15 Mins Walk


Special offer at the Hind Hotel

£60.00 per room instead of £75.00 Just state Kev's Soul



The Venue

The Castle

Castle Theatre, Wellingborough - exterior view

Castle Theatre, Wellingborough - view from auditorium




History of Wellingborough

Wellingborough is a town in Northamptonshire, England situated some eleven miles from the county town of Northampton and eight miles south of Kettering. It has a population of 46,959 (as of the 2001 census).

It is situated on the north side of the River Nene with most of the older town being sited on the flanks of the hills above the river's flood plain. Frequent flooding of the Nene's flood plain makes it obvious why the town was mostly built above the flood plain.

It is twinned with Niort, France and Wittlich, Germany. Recently there has been talk of a new twinning with Mont Sillia in Italy and the population await further developments.

Wellingborough dates from the 6th century. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book under the name of Wendelburie, and was granted a market charter in 1201.

River Nene


The town was founded in the early Saxon period. The name is formed from elements which translate, roughly, as "the town of the people of Waendel", or Waendel-ingas-burgh. Many newcomers to the town mistakenly think that the name comes from the 5 wells that are found around the town (Red Well, Buck Well, Stanwell, Lady's Well, Whyte Well), which appear on its coat of arms.

The medieval history of Wellingborough had no features that stand out from any other small town in the country. It housed a modest monastic grange – now the Jacobean Croyland 'Abbey' – which was an offshoot of the much larger and better known monastery of Croyland Abbey, near Peterborough, some 30 miles down-river. This part of the town is known these days as 'Croyland'.

Wellingborough Zoo

Wellingborough currently has All Hallows Church  which is the oldest building in the whole of Wellingborough that still stands today. The manor of Wellingborough belonged to Crowland Abbey, Lincs, from Saxon times and the monks probably built the original church. The earliest part of the existing building is the fine Norman doorway opening in from the later south porch. It dates from c1160. The church was enlarged as both the population grew and the need for more side chapels was felt and by the end of the 13th century had assumed more or less it's present plan. The fine west tower, crowned with a graceful broach spire rising to 160 feet, was completed about 1270, after which the chancel was rebuilt and given the superb east window twenty years later.

In Elizabethan times the Lord of the Manor, Sir Christopher Hatton was a sponsor of Sir Francis Drake's expeditions; Drake renamed one of his ships the Golden Hind after the heraldic symbol of the Hatton family. A modern connection with this is that the main hotel in the centre of town is still named the Hind Hotel

The Hind Hotel

In the Civil War there was little of note (the largest substantial battle in the area was Naseby in 1645), although a minor skirmish in the town resulted in killing of a Parliamentarian officer Captain John Sawyer. Severe reprisals followed which included the carrying off to Northampton of the parish priest, Thomas Jones, and 40 prisoners by a group of Roundheads. However, after the Civil War Wellingborough was home to a substantial colony of Diggers. Little information about this period is available, which causes some local historians to suspect deliberate suppression, though the naming of a  residential street after Gerrard Winstanley, a prominent leader of the Diggers, suggests some public knowledge on this front. The neighbouring streets name other religious reformers John Knox and Matthew Newcomen, implying that front of Winstanley's life rather than the Digging.

The twentieth century Church of St Mary is a masterpiece of Ninian Comper.

More recent history has been undistinguished save by economic changes, many of which are more widely shared with the eastern end of the county of Northamptonshire.

From 1920-1950, Wellingborough grew into an attractive rural market town and by the late 1950s boasted all the amenities a small town could wish for including several dance halls and four cinemas.

In 1959 residents awoke on April 1st to find white footprints painted down the length of their main street with the words "I must fly" at the end.


At one time, the town had four cinemas in the town centre, possibly the largest number of screens per head of population in the country. The Palace (converted from a theatre), The Regal (same management as The Palace), The Silver Cinema and The Lyric (latterly the ABC). The oldest is now a kebab shop, although it still has distinctive pre-war cinema architecture on the first and second floors, and the newest of the three became a supermarket before being demolished in the 1990s to make space for a taxi rank. The Art Deco Lyric was demolished to make way for an Arndale Shopping Centre. The town no longer has a cinema, with the longest lasting one being The Palace, which has now been made into a new Bar named 'The Cutting Room' downstairs and the upstairs into a snooker and pool hall.

Local redevelopment plans have recently ruled out the building of a new cinema due to "the population being too small to support a multiplex", despite many other smaller towns in the area having them.

Victoria Mills and its jetty at Wellingborough


The Castle Theatre was opened in 1995 on the site of Wellingborough's old Cattle Market. It brings not only a theatre to the area but other facilities for local people. Most rooms are used on a daily basis by the local community, users include the Castle Youth Theatre, Youth Dance, Youth Music and the Castle Youth Company. Annually there is a festival which is held by the Wellingborough Rotary Club in the Castle Theatre. Many people throughout the Wellingborough district enter this competition and there are many categories to enter. After the competition, some people are picked to perform in a concert. There are two main categories; Young Vocalist of the Year and Young Musician of the Year. Young Vocalist of the Year gets £50 and Young Musician of the Year gets £100. 

Museums and libraries

Wellingborough has a library located in the corner of the market ground.

The Wellingborough Museum has exhibitions which show the past of Wellingborough and the surrounding villages. Accompanying the exhibitions and articles is a souvenir shop.

The Wellingborough Museum is now next door to The Castle Theatre.

 Ethnic diversity

Following the post war arrival of immigrants from the commonwealth group of nations into Britain, Wellingborough was seen as an attractive location for many who chose to work in the many local industries, most of which are now extinct. A sizeable Black Caribbean and Indian/Pakistani community grew up in this small market town, and now represents well over 10% of the total town population.

More recent arrivals include a significant number of Polish immigrants, who are often found working in the low paid service sector jobs. It is likely that this is disproportionate compared with the rest of the UK because the town has had a small, vibrant, and well integrated Polish community since the second world war. They are now estimated to represent as much as 4% of the town's population.


Agrarian hinterland.

Boot & Shoe industry. Iron & Steel smelting (1920s - 1990s).

Light manufacturing: a chemical plant and a former British Leyland plant at the foot of Sidegate Lane.

Wellingborough Prison is also a major employer in the town.

Cash & Carry chain Booker Group is based in Wellingborough


6358 Walkers and Cyclists took part in Waendel 30 enjoying the Northamptonshire Countryside.





Transport and communication links

Wellingborough station building

Wellingborough enjoys excellent communication links, with the A45 dual carriageway skirting to the south, linking the town with the A14 and M1; which allows links not just north and south, but also to the east and west of the country. The main county town of Northampton is located 9 miles to the west of the town.

The town has a good local bus network, with nearly all provided by Stagecoach Northants, with buses departing every 30 mins for Northampton during the day. A half hourly X4 service also links the town with Milton Keynes, Kettering, Corby and Peterborough. Local buses W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7 & W8 called Connect Wellingborough are provided by Stagecoach Group and First.

East Midlands Trains operate direct trains to London St Pancras International from Wellingborough railway station, departing every 30 mins, and an average train time of 51 mins. The railway line also connects Wellingborough with Bedford, Luton, Kettering, Corby Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield and Leeds. St Pancras also became the home of Eurostar international services in November 2007. A railway connection to Corby was due to open in December 2008, but has been delayed until mid-February 2009 because of a lack of rolling stock.

Wellingborough originally had two railway stations, the current Midland Mainline, and another on London Road. The London Road station linked to the Midland Mainline and went on to Peterborough as the Nene Valley Railway. The other side of the station the line carried on to Northampton. Wellingborough London Road railway station closed in 1964/66.

Several major UK airports are within 2 hours' drive of the town, including Luton, East Midlands, Birmingham and Stansted. Luton can be reached directly and Stansted can be reached easily by train with one change at Leicester. East Midlands Parkway station will make East Midlands more accessible by train also, and Birmingham is two changes away


As a small town, Wellingborough boasts few major high street chains (although it does have a lot of card shops) with most located in the town centre and its main shopping centre called the Swansgate Shopping Centre, previously known as the Arndale Centre, which was built in the late 1970s. The town has a local market twice a week.

Much of the town centre was redeveloped during the 1970s, when the town grew dramatically, based on London "overspill". In recent years this has started to look a little tired and weary and plans are currently on display and being discussed for future regeneration of the town centre. With the town seeing a large influx of Polish immigrants in recent years, a number of specialist stores have opened to cater for these markets.

To supplement the town centre shops there are several out-of-town retail parks and large supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Tesco's, and Aldi. There is also Morrisons which is in the town centre.


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Only 2 mins walk from the Castle

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