Top Ten Family-Friendly Attractions in and Around Kettering

Offering excellent employment opportunities, good educational facilities and dozens of child-friendly attractions, Kettering is a great place for families. If you are looking for 3 bedroom houses for rent, we have some wonderful properties to choose from both in town or in one of the surrounding villages.

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Meanwhile, if you are choosing 3 bedroom houses for rent in the Kettering area, here are the ten of the most popular family-friendly attractions:

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Wicksteed Park

Family-friendly activities in Kettering couldn’t go without a mention of Wicksteed Park, Britain’s oldest theme park which receives more than 1 million visitors a year. Among the most talked about activities are: the outdoor children’s play park (which is free to visit), roller coaster rides, Snakes and Ladders (with its 8m drop), the zip wire, dodgems and the monorail. It is well worth a visit for a great family day out.

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery

This free museum can be found on Sheep Street, not far from the tourist information centre. Here you can find out about the area’s long history, which pre-dates Roman times, and the town’s rapid growth in the 19th century. It is a fantastic museum for children and has natural history and archaeological items on show. Additional activities, including craft workshops, take place over the school holidays. The art gallery has local exhibitions and a permanent display.

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle, near Market Harborough, has a full programme of events throughout the year for children and adults alike. This includes a Viking living history camp and battle displays, horse trials, fairs, dog festivals and Easter egg hunts.  As well as a magical castle tour, you can also take a wander around the castle grounds, or enjoy a bite to eat in the tea rooms. A superb day out!

Boughton House

Boughton House, Kettering, is considered one of the most impressive and best-preserved stately homes in England. Take a tour around the house and find out about the past owners or enjoy a stroll through the magnificent 18th century gardens and the country park. You can enjoy works of art by masters such as Van Dyke and Gainsborough, and see beautiful Middle Eastern Carpets.

Sywell Aviation Museum

Situated in the village of Sywell, this expanding aviation museum is ideal for families fascinated in aircraft and covers aviation from WW2 to the present day. You can find all sorts of artefacts including cockpits, a prisoner of war/Luftwaffe Exhibition, and a Hawker Hunter. It is a small museum staffed entirely by volunteers who are happy to share their knowledge with you.

Kirby Hall

Kirby Hall in Corby is another magnificent stately home which dates back to Elizabethan times and has elaborate decoration. Take a free audio tour of the house, which is part ruin and part mansion, and enjoy a wander in the beautiful gardens which have peacocks roaming free.


If your little ones are fascinated by creepy-crawlies they will love Bugtopia on Loddington Road, Kettering. Here they can find out about all sorts of insects and reptiles including hissing cockroaches, stick insects, bearded dragon lizards and tarantulas. If you feel brave enough, you and your family can also get the chance to handle some of the insects at one of the talks.

West Lodge Rural Centre

Situated in the village of Desborough, this 540 acre farm gives visitors a hands-on experience of farming and rural life. Your little ones can visit the animals, see farm machinery or cuddle small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs in the pets’ corner, ride a pony or watch piglets race. At the end of the day they can let off steam in the playground or explore one of the many walks and nature trails. A top tip is to bring a picnic to eat by the stream.

National Space Centre

If your children are fascinated by space, the National Space Centre is a year-round attraction in Leicester, 25 miles away from Kettering. Among the shows and exhibits are the UK’s largest planetarium, rockets, meteorites, a rocket tower and satellites. In addition to this, if you are moving to Kettering as a couple, and are looking for an out-of-this world wedding venue, you can even get married here.

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