In terms of culture and entertainment Wellingborough has several venues of interest, the most vibrant and popular being the Castle Theatre. The theatre's five hundred-seater auditorium hosts a wide variety of productions year-round, from professional touring companies performing new drama, dance and musical theatre to youth and amateur theatrical organisations' shows.
The building also houses exhibition spaces and an excellent art gallery which showcases the works of the present artist in residence, as well as visiting contemporary exhibitions. Next door to the Castle Theatre is the Wellingborough Museum, which details the town's long heritage with exhibitions celebrating local culture and traditional industries in the surrounding region.
A number of traditional alehouses find a home in Wellingborough such as the Horseshoe Inn which offers a homely atmosphere, many local beers and regular live music. Another popular pub is the charming Rising Sun, which also sells a range of traditional ales in a friendly setting. The town's annual beer festival, held in the Castle Inn, draws visitors from miles around to sample many examples of real ale, cider and wine from across the country.
Among the town's many historic buildings, perhaps the finest is the Jacobean splendour of Croyland Abbey, which lies adjacent to the seventeenth century Tithe Barn housing the local tourist information centre. The Abbey itself is closed to the public but is an impressive sight surrounded by beautiful grounds including an excellent sculpture park.