Published: Tuesday, 18th July 2017

More than 4 weeks of FREE fun at Kettering Market Place from 21st July

Does the thought of the British seaside put a smile on your face? Then join us at Kettering by the Sea at the Market Place.

Kettering by the Sea is making a splash again this year, bringing you a taste of the traditional British seaside combined with a host of free activities!

The giant sand pit will be open from 21st July – 19th August every day (except Sundays) from 10am – 4pm at the Market Place, Kettering.

There will be FREE parking in the Kettering Borough Council car parks at: Municipal Offices; London Road; Queen Street; School Lane; School Lane Pop & Shop; Wadcroft and Commercial Road on:

  • Friday 4th August 
  • Friday 11th August
  • Friday 18th August 

Come along and join us to celebrate National Playday on 2nd August with our fun packed programme, Monkeys in the Manor. Find us in the museum and gallery gardens from 1 till 3:30pm, where free face painting, craft activities, balloon modelling and a jungle fancy dress competition will be taking place!

New to Kettering by the Sea this year, the Summer Trail will be in full swing throughout the month! Grab your passports and explore the map to find clues and be entered in our prize draw to be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes this summer. What’s more? It’s completely free to take part. 

Summer playschemes around the Borough are free this year from 24th July to 5th August in Geddington, Broughton, Wilbarston, Burton Latimer, Rothwell, Desborough and Mawsley, showcasing The Railway Children show and Steve the Magician.

So, grab your buckets and spades and make your way to Kettering Market Place to enjoy magic, theatre, arts and crafts, animals and lots, lots more. Things to do include: 

Week 1: 

  • Mini beast roadshow
  • Connect FM – Summer Fun

Week 2: 

  • Punch & Judy
  • Hoop Dance
  • Starlight Dance and Musical Theatre School Summer Showcase

Week 3: 

  • Jungle Craft Activities
  • Steve the Magician
  • Monkeys in the Manor Family Fun Day
  • Urban Beach Volleyball Tournament

Week 4: 

  • Under the Sea Craft Activities
  • Lego Workshops
  • West Lodge Farm Animals

Week 5:

  • Primary Workshop: African Drumming & Science Shows
  • Carnival Craft Activities
  • Fun & Games with Play

LeadersYou’ll find a full timetable of summer fun including FREE playschemes around the Borough, find out more at:

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:  “Kettering by the Sea is a great, free family event and we hope that the sun will shine so that everyone can have a great time at Kettering by the Sea this year. The wide range of free activities taking place ensures that there’s something for everyone, so we look forward to seeing you on the Market Place this summer.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: “There are so many free activities during Kettering by the Sea and it’s fantastic that we are able to offer such a full programme for all ages every summer. I hope that people will also make the most of the award winning Museum and Art Gallery and enjoy Kettering by the Sea in the sun this year!” 

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