Free parking days in Kettering town centre on run-up to Christmas

A programme of festive entertainment is on offer in Kettering this Christmas
A programme of festive entertainment is on offer in Kettering this Christmas

Free parking is being offered to motorists in Kettering in the run-up to Christmas.

Council car parks in London Road, Queen Street, School Lane, School Lane Pop and Shop, Wadcroft and Commercial Road will be free to use all day on Saturdays 6, 13 and 20 in December, and after 3pm on Thursdays 4, 11 and 18 December.

These are in addition to the free parking that already operates in Council-owned car parks on Sundays (all day) and evenings (after 6pm).

Kettering Council says it has lined up an exciting programme of festive entertainment this month.

Several free film screenings are being hosted in Market Place. The hugely popular children’s film, Frozen will be shown on Thursday, December 11, from 5pm, with The Polar Express on Thursday, December 18, also from 5pm and Miracle on 34th Street on Saturday, December 20, from 3pm.

Late night shopping is available on Thursdays in December.

Small Business Saturday, this Saturday, December 6, will see entertainment from choirs, musicians and street performers as well as a chance to inspire your festive wardrobe at Kettering on the Catwalk’s Christmas Fashion Show, from midday to 2pm.

The Teenage Market returns to Kettering on Saturday, December 13, and a Living Nativity will be performed on the Market Place on Saturday, December 20, between 11am and 3pm

For the latest updates about Christmas in Kettering this year go to ‘This is Kettering’ on Facebook or @MarketPlaceKett on Twitter.

Guy Holloway, head of corporate development at Kettering Council, said: “There’s never been a better time to get into Kettering town centre. I am looking forward to seeing everybody enjoying the free activities on offer.”

Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for finance, Cllr Ian Jelley, said: “We recognise that this is an important time of year for both families and businesses.

“We are encouraging people to support our local businesses and the town centre and believe offering a seasonal reduction in parking charges will make this easier.”