Kettering by the Sea returns!

Published: Friday, 6th July 2018

More than 4 weeks of FREE fun at Kettering Market Place from Friday 20th 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 Friday 20th July until Saturday 18th 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 3rd  August
  • Friday 10th August
  • Friday 17th August

Come along, join in with our Alice in the Garden tea party, and decorate your own treat to celebrate National Playday on Wednesday 1st August with our fun packed programme. Find us in the Manor House Museum, Alfred East Art Gallery and the museum and gallery gardens from 12noon ‘til 3pm, where free face painting, create a Mad Hatter Hat craft activities and balloon modelling will be taking place!

Returning to Kettering town centre this year, the Summer Sticker Trail will be in full swing throughout the month! Grab your passports from the Alfred East Art Gallery or Manor House Museum and explore the map to find clues, claim your treat 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 23rd July to 3rd August in Geddington, Broughton, Wilbarston, Burton Latimer, Rothwell, Desborough and Mawsley, showcasing The Three Little Pig 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:
   Beach Fun

Week 2:
   Punch & Judy
   Hoop Dance
   Looking Glass Theatre – The Three Little Pigs
   Seaside Craft Activities
   Pop up Museum

Week 3:
   West Lodge Farm Animals
   Hoop Dance
   Steve the Magician
   Alice in the Garden National Play Family Fun Day
   Pop up Museum

Week 4:
Punch & Judy
   Summer Craft Activities
   Hoop Dance
   Pop up Museum

Week 5:
Primary Workshop: Science Show
   Lego Workshop
   London Science Museum Workshops – Bubbles, Not too Sleepy Hedgehog, Greatest Hits

To see a full timetable of summer fun including FREE playschemes around the Borough, go to 

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 Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Youth, 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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