Best Village Competition

All Best Village Competition Winners 2017

All the winners from the 2017 Best Village Competition

The Northamptonshire Best Village Competition celebrates the initiative and resourcefulness of over 300 villages in the county and is a chance for people living in those rural communities to showcase what is great about their village and what they like about living there. The Competition is run annually and is based on the two essential criteria of:

  • Why would you want to live in this village?
  • Why would you want to visit this village?

These two criteria combined are intended to ask the question: what are the ‘Wow’ factors of the village.  The Competition looks at village life, community activities and cohesion, sustainability, and provision for the younger and more senior residents. It is also an opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to work together to bring about improvements in their village.This year’s winner was Blisworth who won the title of 'Best Village in Northamptonshire'. The Judges commented that Blisworth is a very active community with excellent interaction between different groups. The canal is a great asset providing a focus for various events. There is much to enjoy as a resident of the village for all age groups.

Entering the 2018 Best Village Competition

There is a small fee to enter the competition: For villages with populations under 500, the cost is £20. For villages with populations between 501 and 3000, the cost is £30. For villages with populations between 3001 and 6000, the cost is £40.

If you would like to enter your village for the 2018 Best Village Competition, please complete the registration form and the application form and return them with your fee to: [email protected] or post to Rebecca Breakwell, Northamptonshire ACRE Competition Co-ordinator, The Hunsbury Hill Centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton. NN4 9QX by THURSDAY 15TH MARCH 2018.


The competition is run entirely by local volunteer organisers and judges and is administered from Northamptonshire ACRE’s offices in Hunsbury Hill, Northampton. If you are interested in becoming a judge for the competition, this poster gives more details or please contact Rebecca Breakwell on 01604 825884. Full training is given to all judges and expenses paid.


Villages enter one of the following categories depending upon their size:

  • Small Village - for those with a population of 500 or fewer. Syresham won this category in 2017
  • Medium Village - for populations of 501 - 3000. Blisworth won this category in 2017
  • Large Village - for those with a population between 3001 - 6000. Irchester won this category in 2017
  • Newcomers Cup - this is awarded to a village that has not entered before but is ajudged to be the best newcomer village that year. 2017's winner was Evenley.

Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of £250 to spend on something for their community and then go forward with the chance to become the overall Northamptonshire Best Village winner. The Best Village winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 to be spent on community benefits for their village.

Competition Evening:

The winners are announced at the Presentation Evening Ceremony, which is held in July every year at the Hunsbury Hill Centre. For more details of the 2017 winners and photos from the Presentation Evening, click here.

Want to know more about how your village could get involved? Then call Rebecca Breakwell on 01604 825884 or email [email protected]