Museum and Gallery Events

October 2019 workshop

Drawing the Portrait
with Cordell Garfield
Art Workshop

Saturday 19th October, 10am - 4pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
£50 Adults / £40 Kettering Leisure Pass holders

This workshop will guide you through creating and drawing a pencil portrait. Participants will use a portrait photo provided at the workshop, although they can work on their own reference photo if required.

Cordell will provide advice on general head proportions and anatomy, including techniques to develop your drawing skills. The aim of the workshop is to give you the skills and the confidence in approaching portrait drawing.

For more information about our upcoming art workshops, including how to book your place, please visit the art workshops section or call the Gallery on 01536 534274.

Lunchtime Talk October 2019

A celebration of pumpkins and squashes
By Russell Attwood
Lunchtime Talk

Friday 25th October, 1 - 2pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
Tickets £5 / £3.50 Kettering Leisure Pass holders.

Tickets are available to reserve and collect from the Alfred East Art Gallery.
Refreshments available from 12:30pm. 

Come and listen to Russell Attwood presenting his seasonal talk on all things pumpkin-related, from carving to different ways of preparing them for eating!

To book your place, please call the Gallery on 01536 534274 or email For more information about our upcoming talks, please visit our Talks section.

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet (1986) directed by David Lynch
Film Night

Friday 25th October
Alfred East Art Gallery

Film starts at 7pm, Refreshments served from 6:45pm
Tickets £10 / £8.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass or Student ID

Cinema has often focussed on love and romance, but there is a lot more to offer than bunches of flowers and living happily ever after. The Alfred East Art Gallery proudy presents a curated season of films exploring relationships that differ from the Hollywood norm... unconventional stories of obsession, lust and desire.

Book in advance to avoid disappointment by visiting the Gallery or contacting us on 01536 534274.

craft activities

Children's Halloween Craft Activities

Tuesday 29th, Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November
at the Manor House Museum

Craft sessions begin at 10:15am & 11:45am and last approximately 1 hour.
£3 per child / £2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. FREE to Young Friends.

Join us this Halloween half-term for a full week of crafting and entertainment to keep young families entertained. Craft activities are suitable for children aged 3+ and we ask that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Phone the Museum on 01536 534219 or email to book your place. For more information, please visit our children's activities section or contact the Manor House Museum.

Halloween Play Day

Halloween Play Day

Wednesday 30th October, 10am - 3pm
at the Manor House Museum & Kettering Marketplace
FREE Entry

A fun packed family day with a host of free Halloween themed activities.

Come along in your best scary outfit and join us for some spooky frightful fun. 

No booking required.


LPW Nov 2019 Workshop

Mono Printing
with Leicester Print Workshop
Art Workshop

Saturday 16th November, 10am - 4pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
£50 Adults / £40 Kettering Leisure Pass holders

You will learn how to use cut paper stencils laid on inked printing plates to create bold and colourful prints. The process explores layering shapes and colours and we will be printing on paper using a small portable press.

For more information about our upcoming art workshops, including how to book your place, please visit the art workshops section or call the Gallery on 01536 534274.

life drawing

Life Drawing Sessions

Monthly at the Alfred East Art Gallery, 7pm - 9pm
£10 per session

Life drawing drop-in sessions are held on the third Wednesday of the month. All abilities are welcome. Please bring your own materials and paper - Models and some easels are provided. No booking required.

  • 16th October
  • 20th November
  • 18th December

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum
Art Gallery & Museum Talks

Alfred East Art Gallery, 7:30pm - 9pm
£4 per person, FREE to Friends members.

Once a month on a Wednesday evening, the Friends put on a talk in the Alfred East Art Gallery. No advanced booking is required.

  • Annual History Day
    Saturday 12th October

    In place of the regular Wednesday evening talk, in conjunction with Northamptonshire Heritage Forum and Kettering Civic Society, the Friends are hosting the annual History Day in the Corn Market Hall. A delicious lunch will be provided as well as drinks and treats throughout the day. Don't miss it!

For more information on The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum Talks, please visit our Talks section.


Archaeological Finds Surgeries

Monthly at the Museum, 1:30pm - 4pm

Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Meet the Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox, at our free drop-in sessions on the following days:

  • Friday 25th October

A drawing of a house

Local History Tasters

Monthly at the Museum. 
Wednesdays, drop-in between 11am - 2pm

Join us for a brand new set of local history themes. These drop-in sessions will give you the chance to talk to our experts, get some hands-on experience of the topics and see if you would like to learn more.

No booking needed.

There are currently no Local History sessions scheduled at the Museum.

Old photos

Family History Sessions

Monthly at the Museum

Once a month, at 11am on a Saturday morning, local historian and professional genealogist, Andrea Pettingale leads themed Family History sessions to guide you in discovering your own family. Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is recommended.

Andrea also offers one-to-one Family History advice sessions which are £12.50 or £10.00 with a Kettering Leisure Pass per 30 minute session. Please note one-to-one sessions are available on the same dates, from 1pm onwards in consecutive order only. Booking is advised.

There are currently no Family History sessions scheduled at the Museum.