There are some excellent entertainment options for you to experience during your stay in Kettering. As you’d expect from the town that gave the world the absurd hilarity of James Acaster, Kettering has a monthly comedy club, as well as a number of great theatre options that also excel when it comes to drama and music. As if that wasn’t enough, Kettering is complete with fantastic live music pubs and a couple of sports options and all.
Entertainment in Kettering
The Lighthouse Theatre is Kettering’s leading arts centre and entertainment venue. This state-of-the-art, 567-seat auditorium curates an excellent year-round programme that ranges from theatre, musicals and ballets right the way through to comedy acts, children's shows and celebrity talks. Upcoming shows include Swan Lake, Footloose the Musical, and Kettering’s favourite son James Acaster.
As it only opened in 2008, the Lighthouse Theatre is clean and boasts all kinds of facilities you come to expect from a contemporary theatre. Plus, you’re only ever a few minutes taxi-drive away from the High Street and some of our favourite places to eat in Kettering if you want to grab a pre-theatre meal.
Be sure to check what’s on at The Masque Theatre, as well. The fantastic performing arts centre is affiliated with the Lighthouse Theatre and based in the nearby Latimer Community Arts College in Barton Seagrave. The theatre is intertwined with the local community. The quality of its am-dram productions would easily fool us into thinking we're watching full-time pros.
Your third and final theatre option is the Kettering Arts Centre, which has taken over St Andrew’s Church on Lindsay Street at the top of the town centre. It curates a programme of live music, drama and talks. It also hosts the Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club, which comes to town once a month with reliable hilarity. It’s an intimate venue with heaps of character and incredible acoustics – because, duh, it’s a church. It’s top-class; get tickets if you can.
Kettering may not lead the vanguard when it comes to sporting entertainment, but that’s not to say the town lacks in teams to vociferously throw your support behind. Kettering Town FC is the peak of your sporting options during your stay at our Kettering hotel. It’s a semi-professional club that dates back to 1872, and up until recently, was able to boast about being the leading FA cup goalscorers of all time. The Poppies, as they’re affectionately known, play their home games at Latimer Park. Tickets are only a tenner for adults and just a pound for children under the age of 16.
Alternatively, for those who think footballs are too conveniently shaped, you can make your way to Waverley Road to watch Kettering Rugby Football Club. It’s an amateur rugby union club with more than 140 years of history and a passionate local following.
When it comes to seeing a gig in Kettering, the Lighthouse Theatre and Kettering Arts Centre, which we’ve already mentioned, are both well worth checking to see if they’re hosting live music during your stay. No small amount of our favourite Kettering nightlife options have weekly live music as well. One we forgot to mention is the Prince of Wales pub just off Silver Street. It hosts an open mike night every Thursday as well as regular gigs on the weekend. You’ll see that the pub has a proclivity for rock music. If that’s your cup of tea, then head down. Gig nights are always great fun with a gregarious atmosphere; the cheap drinks might have something to do with that.