Six-year-old Oliver wins Kettering’s Summer Trail!

Published: Friday, 15th September 2017

Four weeks of Kettering by the Sea is another huge success.

Kettering’s Market Place seaside extravaganza has proved to be a popular destination for another year, offering a number of free activities and events for families to enjoy over the summer season. 

The 15 metre sandpit with 20 tonnes of sand, splash fountain and daily entertainment saw hundreds of families visiting the area to take part in activities such as: table tennis; hoop dance; West Lodge Farm animals; Punch and Judy; ConnectFM summer fun and so much more!

The Summer Trail was NEW to Kettering by the Sea for 2017 and proved to be a family favourite with hundreds of visitors taking part to be in with a chance to win the prize-draw! Congratulations to Oliver, who was our winner and won a bag full of prizes! Including: Lighthouse Theatre pantomime tickets; swimming pool vouchers; a Manor House Museum Golden Ticket and more!

Playschemes were all FREE and extended to two weeks around the Borough this year! Over 1100 people attended the family-friendly shows in: Geddington, Broughton, Wilbarston, Burton Latimer, Rothwell, Desborough and Mawsley.

Steve the Magician made a few appearances throughout the four weeks to entertain and amaze the children, while the Primary Workshop Science shows demonstrated some fantastical experiments with their mesmerising workshops.

The Manor House Museum hosted the Monkeys in the Manor fun packed programme to celebrate National Playday! Despite the rainy weather, over 130 visitors participated in the FREE face painting, craft activities, balloon modelling and jungle fancy dress competition!

Some of the activities were hosted by local companies, making Kettering by the Sea a great platform for them to promote their work and get involved with the community. 

Special thanks to The Yards, Wicksteed Park, The Lighthouse Theatre, Legacy Leisure and the Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery.

Alison, auntie of 6-year-old Summer Trail winner, Oliver, said: “I have a niece and nephew and it was actually Oliver who asked if we could do the trail again this summer, he loved it! It’s fantastic and I am really impressed. It was enjoyable at Easter so it’s good to see its return.”

Iain Ridley, who visited Kettering by the Sea, said: “This is a fantastic venue to take your children to during the summer holidays. Thank you Kettering Borough Council.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said: “Once again Kettering by the Sea has been a fantastic success, drawing thousands of people into the town centre to enjoy a host of free activities. Once more we have brought a taste of the seaside into the heart of the country for all to enjoy, this community event has been the ideal way to spend some of our summer holiday. We are extremely grateful for everyone who helped make it memorable.”

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate and Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Kettering by the Sea always provides a good opportunity to bring the community together and create a lovely atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all. The range of activities meant that there was something for everyone and it was great to see all the children having so much fun. Work is already underway for the next lot of festivities, so definitely keep an eye out for the details.”

See you next year!