Kettering Borough What's On Issue 10

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What’s On

March - June 2020





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 2020 please email with your content by Friday 24th April 2020. 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 2019, with Local Treasures: the British Museum comes to Kettering. For further information on events and exhibitions: * (

01536 534 219 @KMuseumGallery /KetteringMuseumandArtGallery /ThisisKettering

Contents Exhibitions �������������������������������������������������������������� 03

Museum & Art Gallery Events ������������������������������ 08

Visit to learn more about the history of Kettering and the town’s rich collection of artwork.

Children’s Activities �����������������������������������������������10

Community Events �������������������������������������������������11

All events and exhibitions are subject to change


For further information visit or call 01536 410 333.

Alfred East Art Gallery


People and Places Sue Lydia Taylor Alfred East Art Gallery 14th March – 25th April Local artist Sue Lydia Taylor is an established painter in oils for over 20 years. This exhibition visually describes the diversity of ordinary men and women engaged in work situations and depicts some of the places the artist has visited. Exhibition preview: Saturday 14th March 1pm All welcome Suitable for all ages

2nd May - 13 June Alfred East Art Gallery Kettering


Alfred East Art Gallery


Our World

Kettering Buccleuch Academy Alfred East Art Gallery 21st March – 2nd May Students from Kettering Buccleuch Academy have taken inspiration from their local community and its surrounding beauty and have created work through art and design to curate their own exhibition. This exhibition has been made possible by the generosity of the Kettering Old Grammar School Fund.

Exhibition preview: Saturday 21st March 1pm All welcome Suitable for all ages

Past, Present and Future

Town and Country

Northants Town and County Art Society Alfred East Art Gallery 20th June – 1st August

Kettering and District Art Society 9th May – 11th July


Craft Showcase & Browser

Film Nights

Craft Showcase

Film Nights

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

Alfred East Art Gallery Films start at 7pm Refreshments served from 6.45pm Tickets: £10 or £8.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass/Student ID Book in advance to avoid disappointment

March Kate Rowland Wooden Jewellery

April Guergana Sabkova Decorative Glasswork

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories





Friday 27th March

Image © Manuela Morais

May Alison Millen Textile Artist

June Local Souvenirs

Ever wanted to get away? To break free from your job, your family….your life? Breakout! A season of films where escape is the only option left.

If... Friday 24th April

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Friday 29th May

Kettering & District Art Society Browser A selection of works for sale by Kettering & District Art Society with works by Maureen Anderson, Stella Benford, Molly Scarborough, Vera Turner

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Blue Collar Friday 26th June



Manor House Museum



Manor House Museum


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Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events

The history of where you live Ever wanted to know about the history of the streets and houses in which we live and work? Explore the history of Kettering and the people we have shared it with.

Kettering Boot & Shoe housing: Wednesday 4th March

The history of Ketterings ‘social’ housing Wednesday 11th March

North & South and the differences Wednesday 18th March

Kettering Museum, Wednesdays 11am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 25th March •

Tickets £5 per person £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

The modern Kettering community and those who have contributed to it Wednesday 1st April

Archaeological finds surgeries

WWII family history sessions

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.

With family history and genealogist expert Andrea Pettingale. Kettering Museum, 11am -12.30pm

Kettering Museum Surgeries are drop in and run from 1.30pm - 4pm FREE

Tickets £5 per person £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass • •


C N The early KetteringA C community

Friday 27th March

Friday 24th April

CANCELLED Tuesday 31st March, 11-12.30pm

Friday 29th May

Tuesday 5th May, 2-3.30 pm

Friday 26th June

VE75 Street Party Join us on the 75th anniversary of VE Day to celebrate the end of the war in Europe and the hope for a better future. With music, entertainment and activities for the whole family, this FREE event runs alongside the VE 75 exhibition at the museum, which explores life in wartime Kettering. 9th May, 11am - 3pm Kettering Market Place, Kettering Museum & Kettering Library




Museum & Art Gallery Events

Museum & Art Gallery Events

Lunchtime Talks

Art Workshops

Refreshments are available from 12.30pm and talks last an hour.

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 1 - 2pm £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Alfred East Art Gallery

Nancy Wake and companions: the continuing story of the Special Operations Executive By Betty West Friday 27 March Betty West’s talk completes discussing the SOE Freelance circuit with Nancy Wake’s two companions, Major John Farmer and Major Dennis Rake.





‘Paula, Gwen and Dora, the hidden lives of three women artists’ By Sue Lydia Taylor Friday 24 April How a historical appraisal of the lives of three women artists can give us insights into the art world of today. Churchyards, Cemeteries and the Victorians - Black Feathers to Black Underwear By Kevin Varty Friday 22 May The Victorians had a preoccupation with death and many churchyards were full and in a terrible state. This talk shows the effects that the opening of the new cemeteries had on Victorian attitudes to death and mourning, illustrating the incredible growth of the funeral industry at the time. The story of the Wallis and Linnell factory in Brigstock By Bill Simon Friday 12 June Wallis and Linnell were an important clothing manufacturing company in Kettering. This talk covers the early days of the firm and the history of its Brigstock branch.

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Booking is essential 10am - 4pm Price for Single Day courses: From £50 Adults, £40 Kettering Leisure Pass Holders/Student ID *prices dependant on class size and materials.

Discovering Drypoint: Taking a Line for a Walk By Leicester Print Workshop Saturday 14th March Drawing: Owl By Jamie Boots Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April Drawing the Portrait By Cordell Garfield Saturday 16th May Mixed Media Seascapes By Catherine Matthews Saturday 13th 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 18th March Wednesday 15th April Wednesday 20th May Wednesday 17th June



Children’s Events

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum Talks

Shipwreck! The History of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute By Mike Alcock Wednesday 18th March Despite our distance from the coast, the people of Kettering are apparently amongst the more generous donors to the RNLI. Come and find out more about this great British institution.

The Unusual Story of Benjamin Cusley By David Brown and Bernadette Millar Wednesday 15th April An amazing tale of endeavour and achievement. Small Finds in Archaeology By Eleanore Cox Wednesday 20th May Your first brush with archaeology was probably through a small find, perhaps a shard of pottery on country walk. Eleanor is the small finds officer at NCC and holds regular sessions at the Manor House Museum. Find out more about small finds and what you should do with that Viking hoard that you discovered in your back garden! 1645 and all that By Phil Steele Wednesday 17th June On this important anniversary of the Battle of Naseby, Phil will explore aspects of this crucial battle and the religious, social and political consequences.



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

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Play days We have now teamed up with Kettering Market Place to bring you even more fun things to do! Come along from 10am - 3pm for a fantastic day full of FREE crafts, entertainment and activities. •

Celebrate Chinese New Year in style Wednesday 19th February

LEGO, LEGO, LEGO! Wednesday 8th April

Meet the animals at the museum Wednesday 27th May


Children’s activities Did you know we offer free worksheets and trails all year round? During the holidays we also have a free craft table with supplies and easy instructions provided. If you are looking for a way to keep crafty minds entertained, then why not drop into the museum and see what we are doing. •Toilets • Baby changing • Lifts • Food & drink friendly More information Please visit the museum or website for more details on each event

Community Events

Community Events

on Kettering Market Place




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8th April 15th April 27th May 22nd July 29th July 5th August


National Play Day @ the Museum & Gallery Gardens,12pm - 3pm

12th August 19th August 26th August 28th October

10am 3pm

Free activities for the whole family


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Aimed at children aged 8 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult


Where  What When From 6th April - 17th April

Geddington, Broughton, Mawsley, Desborough No booking needed, just turn up on the day, except libraries!

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Community Events Buddhist Meditation Friends’ Meeting House, Kettering Mondays Except Public Holidays, 7pm Suggested donation £5 Each session starts with a guided meditation, ideal for beginners, followed by readings and discussions on Buddhist topics. For more information or Facebook: Northants Buddhists

Kettering & District Flower Club Corn Market Hall, Kettering 4th March, 1st April, 6th May & 3rd June, 7:30pm Tickets: £5 Join us for our monthly meeting at the Corn Market Hall, with guest demonstrators. All welcome. Anyone interested in flowers and flower arranging and for more details 01536 516966 or email

Gauge 0 Model Railway Show Kettering Leisure Village 7th March, 10am – 4pm Tickets: £10 With over 80 traders, plus demonstrations existing model railway enthusiast, or an aspiring newcomer to this absorbing hobby, come along and chat to fellow modellers. For more details -

Burton Latimer: Our Sporting Town – Then and Now Burton Latimer Heritage Museum 7th March – 27th June Saturdays & Thursdays, 10am - 1pm Free An exhibition to celebrate Burton Latimer’s sports people past and present. Look out for updates related events on


Community Events Lanterns at the Lakes Stanwick Lakes Sunday 15th March, 5:30pm Tickets: £5 - £10 Following a short reflective speech by the Cransley Hospice Chaplain, guests will commence at their own pace, in a magical lantern-lit procession around the lake. To book visit

The Rubbish Shakespeare Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrews Church 21st March, 7pm Tickets: £10 / £12


Runaways. Fairies. Goblins... Water Pistols??? Look out, it’s RUBBISH Shakespeare! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is an anarchic all-ages comedy that promises belly laughs for the whole family.

Kettering Vinyl & CD Fair Parish Church Hall, Kettering 28th March, 25th April, ~ 23rd May, 13th June 8:30am – 3pm, Free

LLED CANCE Vinyl: CDs: DVDs: Tapes: Books:

Memorabilia. From the 50’s to the present: Pop, Punk, Rock ‘n Roll, Northern Soul, Progressive and more! Drink and refreshments available.

Shrek The Musical Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering 31st March – 4th April Various prices


KOS Musical Theatre Company are proud to bring this spectacular show to Kettering and present their 2020 production in aid of Cancer Research UK. To book ticket visit –

To Book Call Box Office: 01536 414141 or visit

Community Events

Community Events

House and Gardens Open Boughton House, Kettering 11th – 13th April & 25th May, 12pm – 5pm Tickets from £8 Discover one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. With an outstanding collections of fine art, furniture, tapestries, porcelain and carpets. Enjoy its lawns, serene lakes, waterways and woods. Tearooms and Gift Shop open.

Market Place Tasters Saturdays, 16th May – 29th August, from 10am Come down and try out these physical activity sessions that you’ve always wanted to try. Any groups or organisations promoting health and wellbeing, exercise classes or life coaching would like to lead one of the taster session please email – uk or call 01536 410333


Bubble Rush Wicksteed Park, Kettering Sunday 10th May, 10am Tickets: From £8 Bubblers can walk, run, dance or slide their way through the thrilling 5k course as they are blasted with colourful foamy bubbles. The course is child, family, pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Visit -

Robert White: The Tank Top Tour 2 Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrews Church 15th May, 8pm Tickets: £15 Following on from the success of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, and his debut comedy Tour ‘The Tank Top Tour – 2019’, unique and hilarious musical comedian, Robert White, brings you more. For more details visit

Sunday 14th June


Voices Aloud

Sunday 21st June

Kettering Town Silver Band Sunday 28th June

Corby Silver Band KBC reserve the right to alter or amend any given dates For further information please contact Kettering Borough Council on 01536 410 333 If weather is inclement, concerts will be held at All Saints Church All monies raised at the events will be donated to Cransley Hospice.

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Community Events

Community Events

A Death in the Library Desborough Library 30th May, 7:30pm Tickets: £5

Kettering Borough

St Peter & St Paul’s Church 800th Anniversary Celebrations St Peter & St Paul, Kettering 20th June – 5th July To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first Rector of Kettering, there will be special services, concerts, children’s activities, historical talks, flowers, music, art, church tours, bells, two performances of Rebel Rectors (a theatrical extravaganza written specially for the occasion!), refreshments, and the church will be festooned with flowers and looking at its most beautiful. For more details visit Facebook peterandpaulkettering

Cycle for Cransley Kettering Rugby Club 26th June Various start times and costs Cycle for Cransley – Kettering’s only cycling sportive – is back for its third magnificent year! For more details


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Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 comes a BRAND NEW comedy-and-cooking show for 2020 from the award-winning stand-up who makes real gourmet food live on stage. For more details visit

Saturday 13th June Market Place Sunday 14th June Boughton House


George Egg: Movable Feast Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrews Church 13th June, 7:30pm Tickets: £12 / £14


Come down and see the different stalls, demonstrations, talks and activities spanning a range of different health topics.


The Hamitup Players present a ‘Visual Radio’ production of a Death in the Library. Come and join us for a fun Murder Mystery evening. For more details -

KeepHealthyKettering @KHKettering


Community Events



Community Events

In Kettering!


Saturday 4 April - Saturday 18 April 10am - 4pm


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


Pick up a map from the ouse Manor H Museum for 50p

ALL DAY ON Good Friday, 10th April Easter Saturday, 11th April Easter Sunday, 12th April Easter Monday, 13th April

*In all Council owned car parks

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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:

FREE ENTRY @KMuseumGallery /KetteringMuseumandArtGallery /ThisisKettering 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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