Summer Trail Winner

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; Science Workshops and so much more!

The Summer Trail was back again for Kettering by the Sea for 2018 and proved to be a family favourite with over 250 visitors taking part to be in with a chance to win the prize-draw! Congratulations to Lexie aged 9, 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 1300 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 and Alfred East Art Gallery hosted the Alice in the Garden fun packed programme to celebrate National Playday! The sunshine brought over 300 visitors to participated in the Tea Party themed event with FREE face painting, craft activities, balloon modelling and decorating treats!

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.

Cat, Mum of 9-year-old Summer Trail winner, Lexie, said: We really enjoyed doing the Summer Sticker Trail and afterwards we spent the afternoon at Kettering by the Sea. Such amazing free activities for all the community to enjoy. Thank you!”

Jane, who visited Kettering by the Sea, said: “The staff and environment of the beach has been superb this year. The kids have loved it!”

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