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Mar 2019 - Jun 2019


What’s On







What’s On in Kettering

Welcome to your Spring 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 2019, please email with your content by Friday 26th April 2019. 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.

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery won first prize in the Best Exhibition category at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards 2018, with their RA250 exhibition. For further information on events and exhibitions: * (

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All events and exhibitions are subject to change


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


Prints Charming Own Your Own Alfred East Art Gallery Now Extended 19th January - 20th April An exhibition to mark the start of the project to make prints available of works from the Permanent Collection.

It’s a Joy! Brenda McKetty, Pat Bustin and Annette Sykes Alfred East Art Gallery 27th April – 8th June A truly eclectic mix of colourists whose inspiration comes from their emotional response to their immediate surroundings interpreted in colour, line and form, through acrylics, mixed media and print. From landscape to seascape and everything in between; an impressive exhibition not to be missed! Enhanced by the skillful work of wood sculptor and chair maker David Haynes.



Alfred East Art Gallery


Paintings, Prints and Ceramics David Williams 1941 2018

Woodcuts and Linocuts Caroline Bilson

Alfred East Art Gallery 2nd March – 30th March

Alfred East Art Gallery 6th April – 8th May

David who died in 2018, left a legacy of superb artwork. Sales from this retrospective exhibition will benefit Cancer Research UK.

Caroline’s diverse selection of prints cover a variety of themes from architecture to the kitchen.

Kettering and District Art Society Alfred East Art Gallery 15th June – 28th July The 114th Kettering & District Art Society Exhibition. This exhibition will feature many of our 120 members with a broad selection of artworks, sculptures and prints showing many diverse styles. Also featured will be a series of drypoint etchings produced by the KDAS Etching Workshop.



Revisit some of the design icons from the past decades in this fascinating free exhibition at the Manor House Museum.


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Manor House Museum


Discover where the people of Kettering have gathered to enjoy their spare time, relax and play in this affectionate look into the history of some of the green spaces in town. Do you have an interesting story to share about the parks in Kettering or perhaps an object or photograph you would like to loan us for the ‘Out to play in Kettering’ exhibition? If so, the Museum would love to hear from you. Please contact the Museum Officer at before April.



Museum & Art Gallery Events

Local History Tasters Join us for a brand new set of local history themes. These drop-in sessions will give you the chance to talk to our experts, get some hands-on experience of the topics and see if you would like to learn more. Manor House Museum Wednesdays, drop in between 11am -2pm No booking needed, FREE •

Old Photographs: Their use as clues to the past March 27th


Dipping into documents: A brief introduction to reading and transcribing old documents April 24th


Archaeological Finds Surgeries Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Come along to the museum and meet our Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox, to find out more. Manor House Museum Surgeries are drop in and run from 1.30pm - 4pm FREE Friday 29th March Friday 26th April Friday 31st May Friday 28th June

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Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Art Workshops

Film Nights

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

7pm - 8.30pm Tickets: £10 or £8.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass Book in advance to avoid disappointment

Booking is essential 10am - 4pm Price for Single Day courses: £50 Adults, £40 Kettering Leisure Pass Holders *prices subject to change for 2019

Beginning in March, the Alfred East Art Gallery will be showing a short season of British New Wave films to complement the Design Icons exhibition in the Manor House Museum.

Knitting and Felting By Ruth Rignall Saturday 9th March Drawing: Eagle By Jamie Boots Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Friday 29th March

Linoprinting By Leicester Print Workshop Saturday 18th May Collage and Beyond By Ian Luck Saturday 8th June

Life Drawing Classes Monthly life drawing sessions at the gallery. All abilities are welcome. Model and some easels provided. Please bring your own materials and paper. Alfred East Art Gallery, 7pm – 9pm. £10 per session For more details contact email or call 01536 534 274 Wednesday 20th March

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Friday 26th April Up the Junction Friday 24th May

June sees Exhibition on Screen return to The Alfred East Art Gallery Van Gogh and Japan Friday 28th June

Wednesday 17th April Wednesday 15th May Wednesday 19th June



Children’s Events

Craft Showcase & Browser

Craft Showcase Providing the ideal opportunity to find a unique gift by a local artist Alfred East Art Gallery

Children’s craft activities Manor House Museum Join us every school holiday for our popular programme of craft activities for children 3 years and over. Please visit the museum or website for more details on each session nearer the time.

March Ruth Rignall Felting

April Stella Benford Mixed Media

Lego Play Day Friday 12th April, 11am-3pm Do you love Lego? Then show us what you make! Come along to the Museum and join in with the building fun. Lego is provided with Duplo for little ones. No booking required. Free entry.

May Stoned Affection Mixed Media

June Wendy Casson Bird Studies

Animal Magic Play Day Wednesday 29th May, 10am - 3pm Join us for some animal magic fun at Kettering Market Place and the Manor House museum. Meet the animals, have your face painted, take part in the fantastic free activities and much more. Free entry.

Kettering & District Art Society Browser A selection of works for sale by Kettering & District Art Society with works by Liz Staveley, Janice Hay, Sorrell Kinley, and Wendy Casson

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Museum & Art Gallery Talks

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum

Lunchtime Talks Enjoy our Friday lunchtime talks once a month at the gallery. Refreshments are available from 12.30pm and talks last an hour.

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

Alfred East Art Gallery 1 - 2pm £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass Isaac Newton and the Brigstock Connection By Sally Wilks Friday 15th March Isaac Newton’s Brigstock connection was through his half-sister, who married and moved there. Newton would have come to Brigstock to visit her and her family. ‘Away with the Fairies’ By Kevin Varty Friday 26th April In 1917, at the height of the Great War, two girls from Cottingley in Yorkshire took photographs of fairies. These photographs came to light in the 1920s and caused a sensation. This is the fascinating story of how it all started. Tales from the Trenches By Steve Dimmer Friday 17 May Some of the myths and legends that came out of The War to End All Wars are traced, shedding fascinating new light on the many curious and unexplained wartime tales from World War I. ‘A little Square of Bliss’ By Tricia Thompson Friday 28 June This talk offers a glimpse into the fascinating history of chocolate. Rich, seductive and irresistible it’s little wonder that throughout its history chocolate has been a symbol of decadence and indulgence.


Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum Talks


Exile and Transportation Mike Britton Wednesday 20th March Mike is a leading member of the Finedon Historical Society and is an authority on the subject. Come and learn about the crimes, trials and brutal sentences imposed on some local felons. AGM at 7.15pm followed by The Arts of Skagen David Brown Wednesday 17th April A taste of this most northern tip of Denmark and some insight into the Skagen school of artists. How does this link to Kettering? Come and discover how we are joined! Printmaking John McGowan Wednesday 15th May John is an artist and teacher and specialist printmaker. He employs a variety of techniques to achieve his final image. Fascinating!

Women Artists Sue Lydia Taylor Wednesday 19th June Sue Lydia Taylor has specialised in the subject of women in art as the theme for her Masters thesis. Taking a historical perspective, she will explore the different ways in which women have chosen to portray their own self image.

Community Events

Community Events

Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Women Burton Latimer Heritage Museum, Civic Centre 1st March – 22nd June Open Saturdays & Thursdays, 10am – 1pm Free

on Kettering Market Place

An exhibition about the women who helped to make Burton Latimer what it is today. For more details email project@burtonlatimer. info or see Facebook: Burton Latimer Heritage

Buddhist Meditation Friends’ Meeting House, Kettering, every Monday, except Public Holidays 7pm – 9pm Suggested donation £5 or whatever you can afford. Each session starts with a guided meditation, ideal for beginners, followed by readings and discussions on Buddhist topics. For more information

British Science Week Wicksteed Park, Kettering 8th – 17th March

New for 2019

Wednesday 10th April Wednesday 17th April Wednesday 29th May Wednesday 31st July Wednesday 7th August National Play Day @ the Museum & Gallery Gardens, 12pm - 3pm Wednesday 14th August Wednesday 21st August

Join our community and education team to celebrate British Science Week with a range of science based activities and talks in our new learning space. For more details

George Egg: DIY Chef Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church Saturday 9th March 8pm, £12 - £14 Direct from sell out shows at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2018 & Brighton Fringe 2018, award winning comedian George Egg, The Anarchist Cook returns for his latest tour. For tickets

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Wednesday 28th August Wednesday 30th October

10am 3pm


Free activities for the whole family


Community Events

Community Events

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church 16th March, 20th April & 25th May 8pm, Tickets £9 Join host and compere Nick Wills for an evening with three top acts on the UK Comedy circuit! More details –

Ward and Parker Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church Saturday 23rd March 8pm, Tickets £12 Expect a diverse set from upbeat pop to soul song from the founding members of folk super group The Willows. More Details

Mess Around – Messy Play Sessions Ise Lodge Community Centre, Kettering 24th March, 28th April & 2nd June, 10:30 – 11:45am £10 per child, £5 per sibling Multi-sensory, messy play experience with wall painting for babies to 5 year olds. Big Kids Create & Make Corner with arts, craft and junk modelling for up to 10 year olds. Visit northamptonshire

Community Centres are available to hire for a range of events.

• Melton Community Centre • North Park Pavilion • Ise Valley Pavilion • Rothwell Community Centre • Highfield Barnes Community Centre • Corn Market Hall

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Totally Tots Wicksteed Park, Kettering 25th March, 29th April, 20th May & 24th June, 10:30am – 12noon £2 per child Join us for a morning of fun and friendly pre-school crafts in the learning space. More details -


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Community Events Tony Law: A Lost Show Kettering Arts Centre St Andrew’s Church Saturday 6th April, 8pm, Tickets £12 A mind changing, comedy art, laugh affirming experience you will never forget. More details –

Kate Rusby Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Sunday 7th April, 7:30pm Tickets from £18 Folk music’s shining star, Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby will showcase her original song writing talents and is one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs. Visit or call 01536 414141

Family Easter Activities Wicksteed Park, Kettering 8th, 10th, 12th, 15th & 17th April 10:30am – 12noon £3 per child Join us for one of our family Easter themed activities in the Learning Space. Booking essential visit –

Sooty’s Magic Show Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Tuesday 16th April 11am & 2:30pm Tickets from £10 Join Sooty for his brand new Laugh Out Loud Magic Show. Visit: or call 01536 414141

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Community Events

Community Events

Easter Craft Tea Party The Yards, Kettering Saturday 20th April 12pm & 1pm £6.95 Children’s Tea Party including sandwich, cake, fruit, crisps and juice box. Make a train for the Easter Bunny and make a Card for a loved one. Book now

Boughton House & Gardens Open Weekend Boughton House 20th – 22nd April & 25th – 27th May 12pm – 5pm (House – 1pm – 5pm) House & Gardens £10, Gardens only £6 Gift shop, tearoom, grounds and the freedom to explore the house at own pace. More details –

Walk in the Woods Month Wicksteed Park 1st – 31st May 11am – 3pm Free, parking charges apply Join us for Walk in the Woods month, collect a trail guide with identification sheet from reception and explore the fabulous arboretum. Visit

The Jungle Book Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Saturday 18th May 1:30pm & 5:30pm Why not bring your cheeky monkeys to laugh like a pack of hyenas when The Jungle Book swings into town! To book – or call 01536 414141


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Specialist flea market on Wednesday General markets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Find out more: 01536 535 913 markets Kettering Markets ThisisKettering

Community Events

Community Events

Cransley Hospice Bubble Rush Wicksteed Park, Kettering Saturday 18th May 10am – 2pm £22 Adult, £8 Children Bubblers can walk, run, dance or slide through the 5k course for all ages and abilities. Everyone will receive a medal and t-shirt for taking part. More details:



T-Rextasy Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Saturday 1st June, 7:30pm Tickets £23.50

Wedding Ceremonies

Truly a rock ‘n’ roll concert for all ages and the World’s only official live tribute band endorsed by Marc Bolan estate former T.Rex member. To book visit or call 01536 414141

Cycle for Cransley Kettering Rugby Club Sunday 23rd June, 8am – 2pm Adults from £10 & Children £5 10 mile, 25 miles, 50 miles and a fantastic 63 miles fondo routes through the Northamptonshire countryside to choose from! More details:

One Voice Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Sunday 23rd June, 7pm Tickets £10 Charity concert in celebration of Joan Carnell life in music by Sound Sensation. More details: or call 01536 414141

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Introductory Offer - 30% off your wedding ceremony!* *T&Cs apply - visit

Modern ceremony room for135 guests

New garden pavilion for outdoor ceremonies

Accessible location on Rothwell Road

Free on-site parking

Beautiful gardens

Licensed for weddings, civil ceremonies & partnerships t. 01536 535 991 | e. a. Warren Hill, Rothwell Road,Kettering NN16 8XE



In Kettering! Saturday 6 April – Saturday 20 April 10am - 4pm

Complete the hunt, claim your treat and be entered into a prize draw! Pick up a map from the Manor House Museum for a suggested cash donation of 50p.

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Whats On Guide Issue 7  

Whats On Guide Issue 7