Kettering is a market town in the Kettering (borough), Northamptonshire, England. It is situated about from London. Kettering is mainly situated on the west side of the River Ise, a tributary of the River Nene which meets at Wellingborough. Originally named Cytringan, Kyteringas and Keteiringan in the 10th century, the name Kettering is now taken to mean 'the place (or territory) of Ketter's people (or kinsfolk).
As of the last census in 2001, the borough has a population of 81,844 and the town is twinned with Lahnstein, Germany and Kettering, Ohio, in the United States. Being part of the Milton Keynes South Midlands (MKSM) study area along with other towns in Northamptonshire, the town is due to get around 6,000 additional homes mainly to the east of the town. The town like other towns in the area, has a growing commuter population as it is located on the Midland Main Line railway, which has fast East Midlands Trains trains directly into St Pancras railway station taking around 1 hour. This gives an interchange with Eurostar services to Continental Europe.

Why visit?

  • Kettering is home to a number of local breweries, including the award-winning Brampton Brewery. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery and sample some of the delicious beers.
  • Throughout the year, Kettering hosts a variety of events, from the annual Kettering Carnival to the popular Christmas Market. There are also regular farmers markets, music festivals, and art exhibitions.
  • Kettering is home to a number of attractions, including the Kettering Museum and Art Gallery, the Manor House Museum, and the Rushton Triangular Lodge. There are also a number of parks and gardens to explore, such as Wicksteed Park and Boughton House.