The county of Northamptonshire is home to the market town of Kettering. Situated to the west of the river Ise, the town is just a two hour drive from five major airports, while the East Midlands railway provides commuters with a direct link to St Pancras International railway station, in London, in less than an hour.
Kettering is home to the Green Trunks Garden Centre on Loddington Road, which is a well-thought out retail centre and presents great educational opportunities in the form of 'The Jungle Hut' and 'Bugtopia'. Children will enjoy all the interaction that the 'Meet and Greet' days provide; a variety of insects and small creatures abound; nature definitely rules at Green Trunks. The vintage style tea-room is the perfect venue to round up the day's activities.
Wicksteed Park opened its doors to the public in 1921 and it now enjoys the status of an English Heritage Grade II Listed park and garden. Spread over many acres, it is a popular wedding venue and has a delightful fairground.
For theatre-goers, the Lighthouse Theatre in the Kettering Conference Centre provides a variety of entertainment programmes, including pantomimes, live comedy and ballet. Parkwood Leisure Centre, on London Road, encourages an active lifestyle and provides all the facilities required to achieve it.
The younger generation are sure to have fun at Kettering Leisure Village, where amenities include a climbing wall, astra slide and giant play frames.
The boot and shoe industry put Kettering on the map in the 19th century, but the town is now associated with service and distribution industries. Though many large companies have made the town their base, Kettering General Hospital employs a large percentage of the workforce.