Fair rolls into Kettering and Rushden

It’s all the fun of the fair in Kettering and Rushden.

John Thurston and Son’s autumn fun fair is currently open in Kettering’s Northampton Road recreation ground – where the founding Mr Thurston was born in a caravan more than a century ago – and will run until Sunday.

The fair will be coming to both Kettering and Rushden this week and next

The fair will be coming to both Kettering and Rushden this week and next

That will be followed, from Friday, September 19, until Sunday, September 28, by Rushden’s Feast Fair, which takes place in Spencer Park, Washbrook Road.

The feast fair will be granted a civic opening by the mayor of Rushden Richard Lewis on the first Friday night at 6.30pm.

John Bugg, director of John Thurston and Son, said both fairs were local traditions which remained extremely popular, and added that Rushden-based Copper Kettle Craft Brewery had this year agreed to bring out a special beer to celebrate the fair.

Mr Bugg said: “Our company also prides itself on keeping up-to-date with trends.”

This year, a 40-metre ride known as Altitude will be making its debut at both fairs.

He added: “This year in Rushden we are opening on two Sundays, which we haven’t done before. There are a lot of people who work during the week and are tired in the evenings, so we’ve decided to open both Kettering and Rushden fairs on Sundays.

“Our rides travel all over Europe but we are still happy to maintain the traditions in Northamptonshire.”

Cllr Lewis said: “The fair has been going almost for time immemorial. I think it gets pretty good support here.

“The rides now are also dramatically more exciting than when I was a youngster.”

The fairs in both Rushden and Kettering are open on weekdays from 6pm and on Saturdays from 2pm.

Most rides cost £1.50, with the dodgems costing £2 per car and the new ride Altitude priced at £2.50. From 2pm on Saturday, September 13, in Kettering and on Saturday, September 27, in Rushden there will also be an opportunity for children to meet their favourite Disney characters.