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EVENTS Nov 2017 - Feb 2018


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What’s On in Kettering

Welcome to your third edition of What’s On, bringing you the highlights of exhibitions and events happening in and around Kettering. If you would like to submit an event to be featured in the next issue of the What’s On guide, covering March – June 2018, please email with your content by Friday 5th January 2018. You can also be featured in the events calendar on - just email the event details to

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery Sheep St, Kettering, NN16 0AN Open Tues - Sat, 10am - 4.45pm, last admittance 4.30pm 01536 534 274 FREE ENTRY Christmas & New Year Opening Kettering Museum and Art Gallery will be open to the public on Saturday 23rd December from 10am - 1pm. The Museum and Art Gallery will then close for Christmas and New Year and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 10am.

The Alfred East Art Gallery was shortlisted for the best project on a limited budget at the National Museum and Heritage Awards 2017 for the Collection Connections exhibition. For further information on events and exhibitions: * (

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For further information visit or call 01536 410 333. We value your opinion and we’d love to hear what you think, so email us at

Alfred East Art Gallery


RA250 & Charles Spencelayh 60th anniversary Kettering & District Art Society 112th Annual Exhibition Alfred East Art Gallery 7th October – 11th November

Selected works will form part of this exhibition, featuring a range of techniques, styles and mediums, making this show appeal to a wide audience.

Room 23 Simon Shadowshow & Barnaby Darling Alfred East Art Gallery 18th November – 6th January Preview: 17th November, 6 - 8pm A mixture of photographs, video art, constructions & painted media. Influences range from Daido Moriyama, Charles Bukowski, Genesis P-Orridge & Friday night epiphanies room whiskey bottle wisdom. :

Alfred East Art Gallery 19th January – 24th February Charles Spencelayh’s exhibition continues to 10th March This exhibition features works from the permanent collection and celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Academy, and commemorates the 60th anniversary of Charles Spencelayh’s death.

Focus on Photography 18 Corby Photographic Alfred East Art Gallery 28th February – 28th March The displayed pieces will showcase the talents of the club’s members, from beginners to experienced amateurs who value traditional photographic techniques and embrace the latest digital technology.


Alfred East Art Gallery

Craft Showcase

Craft Showcase Featuring artists who specialise in all types of craft and design, providing the ideal opportunity to find a unique gift for yourself or a loved one. All items in the showcase are for sale.

Beauty of Light Brian Dion

Alfred East Art Gallery 18th November – 13th January Preview: Saturday 18th November, 1 - 3pm


Anna Guzek



Anona Wyi



Stella Benford

Mixed Media


Ruth Rignall


Brian shows the importance of capturing the true essence of the day and to be as true to life as possible. He proves that you don’t need to travel far to see beauty in nature.



If you are interested in exhibiting in the Craft Showcase please contact us on 01536 534 274 or by email at museumandgallery@


Lunchtime Talks Lunchtime Talks Enjoy our Friday lunchtime talks once a month at the Gallery featuring a variety of subjects from 1pm – 2pm.

Jean Edwards

Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

The Great War: Seen through Magic Lantern Slides By Kevin Varty Friday 17th November This Magic Lantern presentation shows how illustrations of the Great War, seen by the Home Front, were heavily censored due to the Defence of the Realm Act.

Willy Gilder

Dad’s Army By Steve Dimmer

Kettering & District Art Society Browser

Friday 8th December

Kettering & District Art Society is showcasing work from their members in the Art Gallery Browser over the next four months. All artworks are for sale including high quality prints and unframed originals.

Possibly the most loved comedy series of all time - DAD’S ARMY! This talk celebrates the timeless comedy and, whatever you do, DON’T PANIC!

‘Co-operators’ at War By Delia Thomas Friday 12th January

Val Sibley

A look at the part played by K.I.C.S. and its workers in World War I, both on the home front and on active service.

William Carey: ‘Friend of India’ By David Milner Friday 9th February William Carey,1761-1834, one of Northamptonshire’s greatest sons, has been described as ‘The Baptist Denomination’s greatest gift to the whole Church’. He was an evangelist, linguist, social reformer, botanist and a true ‘Friend of India’.

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Manor House Museum


Kettering Co-operatives Manor House Museum 21st October – 20th January

Tea & biscuits: A day to celebrate the Co-op Saturday 25th November 11am - 3pm

From opticians to operatics, discover how the ‘Shoe Grocers’ of Kettering came together to shape the working and family life of the town. Including personal stories and donated objects, this exhibition celebrates the story of the local Co-op movement.

Free Entry



Join us at the museum to share stories, photos and memories of the Co-op over a cup of tea

Community Corner


Community Corner will be retiring at the end of the year to make way for new community projects coming to the museum soon. Free Entry

Kettering & District Natural History Society November Started in 1905, the society covers all aspects of nature including plants, animals, birds and geology through meetings and walks in the countryside. All are welcome to the meetings.

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum December From Sergio to Pop-Up museums, celebrate the year’s achievements as Friends of the Gallery and Museum.

Witch Hunt Manor House Museum 27th January – 17th March

Community Space New Community Space at the Museum! With funding from Arts Council England we are developing a new Community Space. From March 2018 we will have lots of space for community displays. Please contact museumandgallery@ if you would like a display in the Community Space. Free Entry

The infamous witch from folklore both frightens and fascinates us yet behind this image lies a story of paranoia and persecution. This exhibition looks at some of the political and social views which led up to several hundred witch trials between 1500 and 1800 and their devastating results.

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Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Workshops Learn something new or enhance your skills with a range of workshops at the Gallery. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, there is something for everyone.

Valuation Day

10am – 4pm at the Alfred East Art Gallery

at Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering 10th November, 10.30am - 3pm

Booking is essential Price: £95 Adults, £85 Kettering Leisure Pass Holders unless otherwise stated For more information visit

Experts from Gildings Auctioneers, Market Harborough will be on hand to provide expert advice on your objects.

Drawing in Graphite by Jamie Boots 11th – 12th November

Free Entry!

No booking required, although we do expect it to be a popular event

Life Drawing Classes £10 per session, 7 – 9pm Wednesday 15th November Wednesday 20th December

Archaeological Finds Surgeries

Wednesday 17th January Wednesday 21st February For more details contact email or call 01536 534 274

Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Then come along to the Museum and meet our Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox. FREE Entry, Drop in 1.30 - 4pm Friday 24th November Friday 26th January Friday 23rd February




Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Show your support and join the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum today! For a small annual subscription you will receive free evening talks, invitations to previews, local outings, and a chance to get involved in the work of the Art Gallery & Museum.

Family History Sessions Join us at the Manor House Museum for our family history sessions run by local historian and professional genealogist, Andrea Pettingale. 11am at the Museum Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass Booking Recommended Exploring Overseas Records: Immigration, Emigration and Researching in other countries Saturday 4th November

Special Offer! Book 3 consecutive sessions for £12

How to get started on your Family History Saturday 2nd December

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum Talks Join the Friends of the Art Gallery & Museum for a range of exciting talks at the Gallery. Wednesday evenings once a month, 7.30 - 9pm Tickets: £4 per person, free to Friends members. No advance booking required. A history of leather and the national leather collection by Philip Warner Wednesday 15th November Composing in the 21st Century by by Karl Ruetter Wednesday 20th December Stained Glass by Rachel Aldridge Wednesday 17th January Charles Rennie Macintosh and the Chelsea Peeps by Robert Kendall Wednesday 21st February

Criminal Records Revealed for Family Historians Saturday 6th January Military Family History Saturday 3rd February

Local History Sessions Join us at the Manor House Museum for our Local History Sessions run by local history expert, Delia Thomas. Each session explores a different period from Kettering’s history. 7 - 8.30pm at the Museum Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass Booking Recommended The Manorial System: Rockingham Forest Wednesday 8th November, 7pm

Special Offer! Book 3 consecutive sessions for £12

Town Development in the Mediaeval & Tudor Periods Wednesday 13th December, 7pm Pre-Reformation Religion Wednesday 10th January, 7pm Post-Reformation Religion Wednesday 14th February, 7pm

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Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Children’s Craft Activities

Family Fun Days

Join us at the museum for a fun filled programme of craft activities for children aged 3 and above. Sessions last approximately one hour and we ask that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Activities and events for the whole family to enjoy across the Museum & Art Gallery. Free Entry

Visit the museum or our website for more details on activity themes nearer the time. £3 per child, £2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass, FREE to Young Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum. Booking is recommended as spaces fill up quickly. Call 01536 534 219 or email

Folklore and Fairy Tale Crafts February Half Term 10th February – 17th February Join us for a week of crafts and activities to keep you entertained over the holidays.

FOLKLORE AND FAIRY TALES Friday 16th February, 11am – 3pm A fantastic day of free activities for the whole family to enjoy inspired by our traditions and myths. With crafts, games and much more please contact the museum nearer the time for more details. Free entry.



Community Events

Community Events

Fireworks Night Wicksteed Park Saturday 4th November 5pm £4 in advance, £5 on the night Come along to enjoy Wicksteed Park’s Fireworks Night, the popular annual event for all ages.

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair Ise Lodge Community Centre Sunday 5th November 10am - 4pm Admission: 50p With numerous stalls and refreshments available! For further information, call 01536 516 714.

Potbelly Roots Presents: Sally Barker; Chris Conway & Dan Britton Kettering Arts Centre Saturday 25th November 7:30pm onwards £9 in advance, £10 on the door Live music from singer/songwriter Sally Barker, plus powerful duo Chris Conway & Dan Britton.

Santa’s Grotto The Yards Thursday 30th November Sunday 24th December, 2pm - 4:30pm £5.50 per child or £10 for two children Santa Claus is coming to The Yards! Book a 30 minute slot from 2pm every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.

Wind & Water Burton Latimer’s Mills Burton Latimer Heritage Museum 3rd September – 3rd December Thursdays & Saturdays 10am – 1pm

KCU Christmas Fair Corn Market Hall Saturday 18th November 10am - 2pm Come along to enjoy Christmas gifts, decorations, cakes and refreshments throughout the day.

The Wind in the Willows Geddington Village Hall Wednesday 22nd November until Saturday 25th November, 7:30pm onwards Alan Bennett’s version of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows! To book: 01536 742 527

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Telling the story of Burton Latimer’s two water mills & two windmills. Call 01536 722 722 for more information.

Santa Saunter Wicksteed Park Sunday 10th December, 11am onwards Admission: £10 adults, £5 children A festive walk around Wicksteed Park! Call the Cransley Hospice Fundraising Office on 01536 452 423 or enter on the day.



Community Events

New Year’s Eve Party Wicksteed Park Sunday 31st December 7pm onwards Admission: £35 Enter the New Year at Wicksteed Park, with a Moulin Rouge theme and buffet before the countdown.

Dance to the Music Lighthouse Theatre Sunday 14th January Admission: Concessions: £28, Full: £30 Dance to the Music is a must-see dance show like no other! Created by and starring Kristina Rihanoff.

Chicago Blues Brothers Lighthouse Theatre Friday 19th January 7:30pm onwards Admission: £23 The adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers.

A Vision of Elvis Lighthouse Theatre Sunday 28th January 7:30pm Admission: £23 Multi-award winning Rob Kingsley is renowned as one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists.


For all Lighthouse Theatre events call 01536 414 141 or visit

Community Events

Community Events

Community Events

High School Musical On Stage Lighthouse Theatre Thursday 8th February, until Saturday 10 February. Admission: Concessions & Child: £13, Adults: £15 RARE Productions bring the Disney Channel’s famous musical live on stage to the Lighthouse Theatre!

Kettering Geek Con Arena Sports Saturday 10th Sunday 11th February, 10am - 4:30pm from £8- £20 Kettering Geek Con will be a weekend to remember! For more information, visit:

Cirque Enchantment Lighthouse Theatre Friday 16th February 7:30pm Admission: £22 This cirque production features stunning choreography, live vocals & mesmerising circus performers.

Jim Davidson Lighthouse Theatre Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd February, 7:30pm Admission: £22.50

Saturday 2nd December High Street, Kettering Free Parking* markets /KetteringMarkets *In all Council car parks

The people’s favourite comedian takes to The Road Again, which promises to be as outrageous as ever.

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Community Events The Lighthouse Theatre in association with Jordan Productions present

Matt Lapinskas

Michael Neilson as Dame Dolly

(EastEnders & Dancing On Ice) as Prince Simon

Mark Pearce

as Herbie the Huntsman

Natasha Gray

Direct from the West End

Hannah Boyce

(Emmerdale) as the Wicked Queen

as Snow White

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Choreography by Twist & Pulse

Written by Chris Jordan & Ian Marr Directed by Sasha Regan Musical Direction by Candida Caldicot

8 - 31 December 2017

Box Office: 01536 414141 Book online:

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering NN15 6PB


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Community Events

Community Events

Christmas around the Borough •

Burton Latimer Christmas Lights Switch-On

Friday 24th November, High Street, Burton Latimer, 5pm

Desborough Christmas Gala Night

Kettering Christmas Lights Big Switch-On

Friday 24th November, Desborough Town Centre, 6-8pm

Thursday 30th November, Market Place, Kettering, 5pm

Rothwell Christmas Gala Evening

Kettering Christmas Market

Friday 1st December, Market Hill Square, Rothwell, 6pm

Thursday 14th December, Market Place, Kettering, 4pm-8pm

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