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EVENTS Mar 2018 - Jun 2018


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What’s On in Kettering

Welcome to your fourth 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 July - October, please email with your content by Friday 27th April 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 Kettering Museum and Art Gallery offer a range of displays from their permanent collections.

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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All events and exhibitions are subject to change


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Alfred East Art Gallery


Focus on Photography 2018 [Focus] on Photography18 Corby Photographic Club

Corby Photographic Club

Alfred East Art Gallery 28 February - 28 March 28th February – 27th- March Long Gallery Alfred East Art Gallery The exhibition 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. Kettering Museum and Art Gallery Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, Kettering NN16 0AN Open Tues - Sat 10am - 4.45pm FREE ENTRY 01536 534274 @KMuseumGallery

Journey into Light Belinda Collett, Gill Denbigh and Alison Bull

Music Northampton Town & County Art Society

Alfred East Art Gallery 3rd March – 14th April

Alfred East Art Gallery 31st March – 28th April An exhibition exploring the theme ‘Music’ in a variety of styles and media, by the Northampton Town & County Art Society.


A creative interpretation of everyday subject matter viewed in a new light. The exhibition includes a cross-section of painted and drawn media, using the artists’ own signature styles within a harmonious body of work.


Craft Showcase & Browser

Alfred East Art Gallery

Craft Showcase Providing the ideal opportunity to find a unique gift by a local artist

Investigations of a dog Colin Smith


Julie Aves



Louise Crookenden Johnson



Jo Archer

Mixed Media


Mary Canny


Alfred East Art Gallery 2nd June – 14th July Colin Smith is a British painter who has for some time been living and working abroad. This show, including a selection from his ‘Wardrobe’ series, one of which is in our permanent collection, is his first solo exhibition in the UK for some years.

open18 Alfred East Art Gallery

Kettering & District Art Society Browser

Open 18 Alfred East Art Gallery An open exhibition of contemporary art by contemporary 21st April – 26thartists May Submissions April 21 April -26 May 201812th, 13th & 14th Submissions 12th, 13th & 14th April

Download application form from Open & Youth Open

A selection of works for sale by Kettering & District Art Society, with work by Lisa Thornton-Lane, Michael Salter, Molly Scarborough & Richard Adams.

All abilities welcome.

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, Kettering NN16 0AN Open Tues - Sat 10am - 4.45pm FREE ENTRY 01536 534274 @KMuseumGallery



Manor House Museum


Witch Hunt Manor House Museum 27th January – 2nd June

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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Lunchtime talk: Witchcraft & Northamptonshire by Kevin Varty Alfred East Art Gallery 13th April, 1-2pm The fate of many people throughout the country was heavily influenced by a trial held in Northampton in 1612. This talk reveals how witches were identified, persecuted and executed to satisfy one man’s personal obsession with the occult.

Event day Saturday 26th May To mark the end of our popular Witch Hunt exhibition the museum will be holding a FREE event day full of interesting activities and entertainment. Aimed at adults, there will also be things to keep the little ones entertained. Please visit the website or the museum for more details nearer the time.

Morning Campers! The British Holiday Camp Manor House Museum 9th June – 8th September Did you know that the first Holiday Camp appeared in 1894 on the Isle of Man? With the arrival of Billy Butlin in the 1930s, holiday camps were beloved by generations and dominated the British holiday scene in the 1950s and 1960s.

Community Space Enjoy a programme of displays put on by you, the local community! April – May Kettering Allotments Society June – July Girl Guiding Northamptonshire



Find out what was in store for intrepid holiday goers of the past and celebrate our own local ‘holiday at home’ destination, Wicksteed Park, in this light-hearted exhibition for all the family.

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Local History Sessions

Family 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.

Family history sessions are run by local historian and professional genealogist, Andrea Pettingale. Sessions cover a range of useful topics to guide you in discovering your own family history.

Manor House Museum Wednesday evenings 7- 8.30pm Tickets: £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Manor House Museum Saturdays 11am Tickets: £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Booking is recommended

Booking is recommended

C18th expansion; enclosure; early-C19th poverty 14th March, 7pm C19th expansion; the development of a modern town 11th April, 7pm Kettering in the 20th and 21st centuries; researching local history 9th May, 7pm

Irish family history 3rd March,11am Workhouse & hospital records for family history 7th April, 11am Writing your family history 5th May, 11am One-to-one sessions Andrea also offers support tailored to your individual needs in one-to-one sessions. Available on the same dates, starting from 1pm.

Archaeological Finds Surgeries Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Then come along to the Museum and meet our Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox. Manor House Museum Surgeries are drop in and run from 1.30 - 4pm FREE Thursday 29th March

Friday 25th May

Friday 27th April

Friday 29th June

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Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events


Exhibition On Screen

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

Alfred East Art Gallery

Alfred East Art Gallery Booking is essential Price for Single Day courses: £45 Adults, £35 Kettering Leisure Pass Holders Monoprint by Leicester Print Workshop Saturday 17th March

7pm- 8:30pm 9th March: Loving Vincent – Bafta nominated 6th April: Cezanne – Portaits of Life Tickets: £10 or £8.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass Book in advance to avoid disappointment

The Gallery plays host to a series of films, showcasing exhibitions from around the world and exploring the lives of some of history’s greatest artists.

Drawing in Graphite: Elephant by Jamie Boots 14th - 15th April - FULL Journey of Discovery through Mark Making by Belinda Collett and Gill Denbigh Saturday 19th May Drypoint by Leicester Print Workshop Saturday 16th June

Life Drawing Classes Monthly life drawing sessions at the gallery. All abilities are welcome. Model and easels provided. Please bring your own materials and paper. Alfred East Art Gallery, 7 – 9pm. £10 per session Wednesday 21st March Wednesday 18th April Wednesday 16th May Wednesday 20th June No Booking Required



Children Craft Activities

Family Fun Days Family Fun Days

Children’s Craft Activities Join us every school holiday for a fun-filled programme of craft activities. For children aged 3 and over and we ask that all participants are accompanied by an adult. Visit the museum or check the website for more details on each session nearer the time.

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

Session 1 starts at 10.15 am Session 2 starts at 11.45 am Sessions last approximately 1 hour £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

LEGO PLAY DAY Friday 6th April, 11am-3pm

Did you know the museum offers free worksheets and craft activities all year round to keep little hands entertained!

Let your imagination run wild at our Lego Play Day. Come along and make your own creations and see if your model is a winner! Lego provided.

Easter Holidays Crafts everyday over the two weeks and a Fun Day on Friday 6th April 3rd April – 5th April 10th April - 13th April

May Half - Term 29th May – 31st May

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PLAY DAY Friday 1st June, 11am-3pm Fun across the museum and library in Kettering. Join us for free crafts, activities and entertainment.



Museum & Art Gallery Events

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum

Lunchtime Talks Enjoy our Friday lunchtime talks once a month at the gallery. Refreshments are available from 12.30 and talks last an hour. Alfred East Art Gallery 1-2pm £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum Talks Alfred East Art Gallery 7.30 - 9pm £4 per person, free to Friends members. No advance booking is required.

The artist Charles Spencelayh, 1865-1958 By Helen Norman Friday 2nd March Reflections on his life and work. Please note that due to popular demand the Spencelayh Exhibition will continue to the end of March.

Film showing: The day the Americans came By Gary Halliday, UK Film School, Northampton Wednesday 21st March Documentary of American GIs arriving in Kettering during WWII featuring local accounts and the making of the film. Bog bodies uncovered By David Brown Wednesday 18th April Explore the mysterious phenomenon of bodies discovered by peat diggers over the last few centuries. Murder, execution or sacrifice?

Witchcraft & Northamptonshire By Kevin Varty Friday 13th April Please see page 6 for details.

Mayan civilisation and architecture By Sylvia Rosado, University of Yucatan, Mexico Wednesday 16th May

Royal Mistresses By Roger Powell Friday 25th May Roger Powell, local author, speaks on the subject of Royal Mistresses, many of whom were provided to the monarchs by some of the key aristocratic families over successive centuries. Film showing: Play & School By Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust Friday 29th June Vintage cine film showing featuring Wicksteed park, the UK’s first custom made theme park, it’s open day with Charles Wicksteed and a look at four village schools in the 1950s.



Learn abouth the political, social, religious and cultural aspects of this mysterious ancient civilisation.

The history of banknotes and their use in WWII By Mick Scrimshaw Wednesday 20th June As a national authority on paper money, Mick will recount the history of banknotes, official and otherwise, including some strange examples from the war years.

Community Events

Community Events

Burton Latimer Heritage Museum 3rd March – 23rd June Thursdays & Saturdays 10am – 1pm Burton Latimer people are sharing their hobbies through their collections. Call 01536 722 722 for more information.

Rushton Roxy ‘Abdul and Victoria’ Rushton Village Hall Saturday 10th March, 7:30pm Tickets: £5 Film screening with refreshments available, tickets on the door.

In Kettering! Tuesday 3 April Saturday 14 April 10am - 4pm

Complete the hunt, claim your treat and be entered into a prize draw!

Pantaloon’s Theatre Company presents ‘The War of the Worlds’ Kettering Arts Centre Saturday 10th March, 7:30pm Tickets from £10 Critically acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation of H G Wells’ classic novel.

Kettering and District Eisteddfod 14th – 17th March An annual competitive festival on music, speech and dramatic arts culminating in a Celebration Concert on Saturday 17 March! For more information please go to

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Pick up a map from the Manor House Museum for 50p *Please note the Museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays



Community Events

Community Events

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Kettering Arts Centre 24th March, 21st April, 19th May, 8pm Tickets from £9 Join host and compere Nick Wills for an evening with three top acts on the UK comedy circuit!

Women’s Suffrage Kettering Library, Sheep Street Wednesday 14th March, 7pm Tickets: £5 Peter Barrett to give a talk on “Women’s Suffrage” – his grandmother, Annie Hawkins, was a Suffragette, all welcome to join us for an entertaining evening.

Discover one of the UK’s finest stately homes Boughton House! For more information or to book tickets call 01536 515 731 or visit

Rushton Roxy ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Rushton Village Hall Saturday 14th April, 7:30pm Tickets: £5 Film screening with refreshments available tickets on the door.




Spring at Boughton House Boughton House, Kettering 31st March – 2nd April & 26th May – 28th May Tickets from £10


Come and join us on gentle-paced short walks from villages and towns in and around Kettering, for 30-90 minutes. 01536 410 333

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Community Events

Community Events

History of Carry On Films Kettering Library, Sheep Street Wednesday 18th April, 7pm Tickets: £5 Steve Dimmer, takes us through the rise and fall of these popular film comedies made between 1958-1992. If you have a funny bone, this talk is definitely for you!

Heritage Walks of Burton Latimer Thursday 19th April and Thursday 24th May 10am – 12pm Tickets from £3 Walks start at Burton Latimer Heritage Museum, tickets from the museum or Linda Gregory on 07944 083170 or email

Swim for Cransley Kettering Swimming Pool 21st / 22nd April and 28th / 29th April £15 per person to enter New Cransley Hospice Event! For more information go to

Richard Herring Kettering Arts Centre Saturday 28th April Tickets from £17.50 The Arts Centre are delighted to be hosting legendary comic, podmaster and cult hero! For more information go to

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Community Events

All Shook Up Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive 24th – 28th April, 7:30pm Tickets from £13 The story is all new… the hits are all Elvis by KOS Musical Theatre Company! To book call 01536 414141 or visit

Kettering High Street 9am – 4pm

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive Friday 11th May, 7:30pm Tickets from £12

Upcoming dates

9th March 13th April 11th May 8th June

Experience the power of thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography, in a spellbinding display of sheer energy!

The Little Mermaid Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive Saturday 19th May, 7:30pm Tickets from £17 Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s all-time favourite story of The Little Mermaid.

Day Trip to Wakefield and Pontefract Saturday 19th May Tickets: £17.50 Arranged by Wondertours Community Transport, departing from Kettering Telford Lodge at 7am call 01536 770784 for more information or to book.


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Community Events

Community Events

Bubble Rush Wicksteed Park Sunday 20th May starts 11am Tickets from £8 A 5k walk, run, hop, skip or jump for all the family to enjoy! For more information go to

An Evening with Chris Conway and Dan Britton Kettering Library, Sheep Street Friday 8th June, 7pm Tickets: £5 Chris Conway and Dan Briton’s concert is a mixture of American West Coast plus touches of Celtic music and jazz, come along to enjoy this lively and musical evening.

Walking Football A walking pace version of football for men and women of all ages Kettering Arena Every Tuesday, 10.30am – 12 noon Desborough Leisure Centre Every Friday, 10.30am – 12 noon

Dusty & the Shades of the 60s Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive Sunday 10th June, 7:30pm Tickets from £17 The show celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time!

Children’s Film Club Kettering Library, Sheep Street 24th March, 28th April, 26th May, 30th June Saturday, 2pm FREE children’s film club for children between ages of 4-11, just turn up!

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Kettering Museum and Art Gallery Sheep St, Kettering, NN16 0AN Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4.45pm, last admittance 4.30pm Tel: 01536 534 274 Email:

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Kettering Borough Council Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road,Kettering,NN15 7QX Tel: 01536 410 333 Email: All events and exhibitions are subject to change

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