The NPS Factory Tour offers an exciting insight into all areas of shoe production. Our expert guide will take you through the ‘Clicking’ Room, Closing room, Levelling/ Making Room and finally the Shoe Room. Talking you through production technologies you will learn that while machines have made production more efficient, the fundamental processes have remained the same at our factory for over a century! Come prepared with questions as you walk through Northamptonshire history and modern day manufacturing!
The tour will end within our Solovair® and NPS® factory shop where you can make the most of up to 20% off RRP while you enjoy light refreshments. (Please inform us if you have any dietary restrictions) Take advantage of our Outlet area where you will find other footwear ranges including Limited Edition, end of line and some High Street branded styles.
TIME: 11AM – 1PM (unless otherwise stated below)
Max. 20 (individual visitors are organised into groups of 20). Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 6yrs of age and for security reasons, tour participants are required to understand English.
Some areas of the factory may be restrictive for wheelchair users, please contact us before booking.
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"This factory tour was far greater than expected ... Unlike other factory tours the managing director himself hosted the entire event and gave a very detailed description of the company and its history as well as each stage of production."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the tour at NPS in Wollaston, it was informative and interesting. So brilliant that the craft of shoe making continues in our village! I'd certainly recommend you take a visit!"
"We learnt about the history of the factory and the process of making high quality, handmade shoes. We received a warm welcome from beginning to end ... I would highly recommend this tour if you are in the area, but remember to book in advance as it is highly popular."
"If you get the chance to visit the factory I’d recommend you do it. It is a great insight into the rise, fall and rise again of the Northamptonshire shoe industry ... If you like shoes and craftsmanship you will not be disappointed, but book early it’s very popular."
"It was better than our expectations and a warm welcome by all the staff from the moment we arrived, with a tea/coffee and biscuits to boot (no pun intended!!) We both walked away with the highest respect for the skill and craftsmanship of the workers!"