Scores of children took to Kettering today to get their first taste of the summer seaside.
Kettering by the Sea returned to the town’s Market Place to build sandcastles, watch Punch and Judy and, of course, enjoy an ice cream.
Activities will run until August 13 every day except Sundays, from 10am to 4pm in the Market Place.
Among those providing entertainment is popular Punch and Judy puppeteer Peter Barratt, who will be at the beach tomorrow (Friday) and August 3.
There will also be visits from West Lodge farm animals, Steve the Magician and the KBA Steel Band.
There will be free parking in the Kettering Council car parks at the Municipal Offices in London Road, Queen Street, School Lane, Wadcroft and Commercial Road on Friday, July 29, Friday, August 5, and Friday, August 12.
Guy Holloway, head of corporate cultural services at Kettering Council, said: “Kettering by the Sea is a great, free family event and we hope that the sun will shine so that everyone can have a great time at Kettering by the Sea this year.
“The wide range of free activities taking place ensures that there’s something for everyone, so we look forward to seeing you on the Market Place this summer.”
Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “There are so many free activities during Kettering by the Sea and it’s fantastic that we are able to offer such a full programme for all ages every summer.
“I hope that people will also make the most of the award winning museum and enjoy Kettering by the Sea in the sun this year.”