Thousands enjoy town’s traditional summer fun

Kettering By the Sea
Kettering By the Sea

A council has claimed its flagship summer event was its best ever this year.

Kettering Council has revealed that more than 5,000 people joined in the fun in the sun at Kettering by the Sea which took place last month.

The town’s Market Place was turned into a huge sandpit from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, August 18, along with lots more entertainement for families.

Val Hitchman, head of community services at the council, said: “Kettering by the Sea was bigger and better this year than ever before. We develop the event each year and listen carefully to feedback from those who visit it.

“We are now making plans for an exciting line-up of Christmas activities and events to follow in 2013 so watch this space.”

The beach was open for four weeks, which was twice as long as in previous years.

New to the event this year were educational experiments run by the London Science Museum.

The National Space Centre also visited and provided a star gazing experience, which proved popular with visitors.

Organisers have said they are already looking to plan next year’s event.

Cllr Jonathan Bullock, portfolio holder for the community, said: “The event provided hundreds of children, their families and friends with a wide range of free activities during the summer holidays.

“Kettering Council is very committed to providing these types of events which are an important, distinctive and fun feature of Kettering town centre.”