Places to Visit
Welcome to Potz
Potz Ceramic Studio, based at Billing Garden Village in Northampton is an excellent place to try out a new hobby. We provide ceramic plates, moneyboxes, figures, mugs etc, the paint and stamps that you may use to create your own masterpiece. Potz friendly staff are always pleased to give advice and guidance on how to get the best results and there are always plenty of examples of finished work on show to help with ideas. If you want writing on your item this can be a bit tricky - so we (unlike some others) are happy to do most writing free of charge. After you have finished your piece, we will glaze your work and fire it in a kiln ready for collection after a few days.
We can also arrange group events at your premises and provide kits for home parties.
You can relax with a complementary coffee while you create your masterpiece.
Wednesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Monday: Closed (School holidays open 10am - 5pm)
Tuesday: Closed (School holidays open 10am - 5pm)
Sywell Aviation Museum (SAM) is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation which aims to preserve the history of Sywell Aerodrome and Northamptonshire's rich aviation heritage from the early days of aviation to the Second World War and beyond.
SAM began life in 1998 and the Museum building was opened in 2001 by the legendary aviator Alex Henshaw MBE who was also our honorary president. Alex flew from Sywell regularly during the Second World War, airtesting Vickers Wellingtons from the aerodrome so we were honoured that he agreed to launch our small Museum.
The Museum originally consisted of three Nissen huts, dismantled at thew now-closed RAF Bentwaters and erected on site at Sywell. The buildings themselves are artefacts having been used as bomb fuzing sheds at Bentwaters by the USAAF during WW2.
The Museum has expanded in 2010 and 2011 by the addition of two new Nissen huts, formerly POW Camp Huts from Snape Farm, Derbyshire. The first hut (opened during Easter 2011) was named The Paul Morgan Hall and houses the Museum's cockpit collection and a complete WW2 Link Trainer. The second hall (opened in Easter 2012) includes an expanded USAAF Hall and a new POW/Luftwaffe exhibition.
The Museum's first complete airframe, a Hawker Hunter, was acquired in summer 2012, and work is ongoing to restore this exciting new exhibit.
Sywell Aviation Museum is open from Easter Saturday to the end of September every Saturday, Sunday and also on Bank Holidays between 10:30 and 16:30.
Please note that every effort is made to keep the Museum open at these times. Occasionally, as we are few in number, the Museum may be unable to open due to staff sickness etc. - if you are travelling a long way, please contact us to ensure that we will be able to meet you.
The Museum can be opened for group visits outside these times. Please contact us to arrange a visit.
Entrance is FREE but donations are very welcome - we rely on them to survive!
The Lunch Club opened 12th January 2015.
The Lunch Club operates between 11:00am and 2:00pm, Monday to Friday and is open to all, booking is not required. For £7.50 per person you are able to enjoy a freshly cooked, healthy three-course meal, socialise and take part in an activity.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for if notified in advance.