Northampton is home to a number of cultural gems which draw visitors in from far and wide.

The historic Royal Theatre, which dates back to 1884, attracted big names from stage and screen as one of the leading repertory companies in England.

In 1984, the Royal was absorbed by the Derngate entertainment centre but maintained its separate identity as part of the Royal & Derngate theatre.

The new theatre complex quickly established a reputation for promoting quality productions and acts and is widely regarded as one of the foremost theatres in the region.

Coming more up to date, the complex recently added the Errol Flynn filmhouse to its entertainment package.

The filmhouse has proved so popular that, by popular demand, a second screen is due to open shortly.

Theatre, shows and film can be found in one location within the town’s Cultural Quarter.

Just down the road is 78 Derngate, another star attraction in that the house is the only house in England remodelled by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic modernist style.

Mackintosh’s client was the thoroughly modern Northampton model engineer Bassett Lowke.

The house is celebrating its centenary in 2017, marking 100 years since the Bassett Lowke family moved into 78 Derngate in March 1917.

Northampton’s Museum and Art Gallery is currently closed for expansion and is due to re-open in the autumn of 2018 to include new galleries, an activity space and a café.