On behalf of all the employees and management team, we would like to welcome you to The Bat & Wickets public house in Northampton. Here at the Bat we pride ourselves on offering a warm and welcoming presence, as well as a range of well stocked beers, ales, spirits and soft drinks. The pub itself has been established for well over 100 years, and has a history of always being an outstanding tavern. For as long as we are aware it has always been known as The Bat & Wickets and gets its name from the traditional game of cricket, played on the Racecourse that falls just behind the pub. As well as cricket the Racecourse (formally known as Northampton Heath) has over the years been used for many different spectator events from horse racing through to public executions for convicted criminals. In its later years the Racecourse has been home to the annual Northampton Town Balloon Festival where hot air balloon enthusiasts would gather and launch their balloons, the event displayed over 70 hot air balloons as well as numerous stands, stalls and attractions. The Bat can be found on the northern outskirts of Northamptonâ€™s town centre and is viewed as a homely local pub to many of its ever growing number of regulars. We hope to see you at the bar for a drink or two.