Living in Kettering

One of Northamptonshire’s more desirable towns, Kettering is a market town situated towards the north of the county, popular thanks to its excellent commuter links, with regular trains to London St Pancras, its county’s relatively low unemployment rate – North Northamptonshire’s unemployment rate, as of 2022, was 4.7% - and refurbishments that have taken place in the town’s centre over the last 15 years (including the additions of water features and various forms of public art).  

Discover what living in Kettering is like below.  

What are some of the popular things to do in Kettering?

Beyond its business parks and manufacturing plants, Kettering is some of a cultural hub, being home to popular theatres like The Light House Theatre.

Kettering also has the Kettering Museum and Art Gallery and the Kettering Arts Centre – which puts on a whole manner of live entertainment, including theatrical productions and immersive concerts. 

In terms of the more outdoorsy things to do in Kettering, there’s the vintage amusement park – Wicksteed Park – that children and adults alike are bound to get a kick out of. 

The Weekley Glebe Field Centre offers the naturist beautiful walking trails to explore and is a particularly ideal spot for bird watching.  

There is also quite the culturally diverse selection of restaurants in Kettering; there are popular Italian restaurants in Kettering like Bella Sicilia and Casa Di Roma, Thai restaurants like Tong Thai, Bangladeshi spots like The Raj, or there’s The Yards at Kettering that offers the diner a little bit of everything. 

In terms of shopping, Kettering has the Newlands Shopping Centre as well as several popular retail chains, including M&S Simply Food and Sainsbury's.

Schools in Kettering 

There are a number of primary schools in Kettering, these include places like Greenfields Primary School and the special primary school - the Kingsley Special Academy (both of which scored an ‘Outstanding’ during their most recent Ofsted inspections) as well as a multitude of other ‘Good’ schools.

Popular secondary schools in the area include the likes of the Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Latimer Arts College, and the Southfield School for Girls (all of which scored ‘Good’ as of their most recent Ofsted inspection)

Kettering also has a number of special schools including the Isebrook School and the Wren Spinney School.  

In terms of further education, Kettering is also home to the Tresham College of Further and Higher Education – a college that offers a number of vocational courses including beauty, hairstyling and hospitality. The college’s partnership with notable institutions, the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Northampton, provides students with a natural path to an undergraduate degree at either if that is a path they opt to pursue.

Local transport services in Kettering 

Kettering’s extensive train services make it an ideal commuter town. 

Travelers can catch half hourly services to London St Pancras – which is only about an hour away from Kettering.  

Other services provided include routes that cover the likes of Bedford, Corby, Derby, Leicester, Luton, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Wellingborough. 

Stagecoach Midlands manages the bulk of Kettering’s bus services. 

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