Well it is happening, a little over three years from the first meeting of just 5 people at Hobsons Choice that took place from grievances on Facebook, a few of us locals have come together voluntarily to organise a weekend of events to really spotlight the good and bring much colour and footfall to Kettering.
KettFest2015 and KettFest2016 where very successful and this year KettFest2017 will be even better.
This important community festival will bring street performers, performance artists, art and yarn bombing, live music, creative writing for all, author readings and advice, art and photography exhibitions, burlesque dancing, KettFest sausage, flash opera, fire throwers, theater and much more to the people of Kettering and the surrounding areas! We are bringing the arts to businesses and creating positive collaborations within our community. This festival has already had a huge impact on the town and most events over the 3 days are free.
KettFest2017 will be taking place on the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of June 2017.
So please share and tell everyone you know all about it as we would love to see you all during the weekend of events we have planed.
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Useful info for Disabled people travelling to KettFest2016
With so much going on in town on during the festival here is some useful information for those less mobile wanting to get into town.
Taxi firms with Wheelchair friendly vehicles
KLM taxis are laying on extra taxis all weekend, if you need to book one that has wheelchair access customers should request ‘a Hackney taxi for wheelchair access’ – they are based 6, Ebenezer Place, Kettering NN16 0DE Phone: 01536 310123
Premier Taxis 26 Rockingham Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 8JS
Phone: 01536 417858 also have disabled access taxis and you need to request when booking.
Wheelchair and Scooter Hire (Please phone to confirm prices)
Millbrook Healthcare who are 22 Meadow Road Kettering NN16 8TL
Tel 0333 777 3690 option 2. rent out chairs etc – but the number is very limited for more info and to book please either call in or phone.
A manual wheelchair is £8 per day with a £50 refundable deposit, however if you require the wheelchair for than 7 days we will lower the price of the hire to £45 per week .(cash deposits preferred as easier to refund)
A boot scooter is £15 per day with a £100 refundable deposit, however if you require the boot scooter for than 7 days we will lower the price of the hire to £75 per week.
Hearing and Mobility at 3 Station Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 7HH Phone:01536 415373 Also hire out wheelchairs
at £7.50 per day + 50.00 deposit refundable in cash or cheque ( we can not take card payments for deposits ) if you require a scooter please call asap to arrange with them as limited numbers available.
For those coming to the Friday events there is also Shopmobilty Wadcroft Commercial Road, Kettering NN16 8TH Phone: 01536 412886
Bus & Train
If coming by bus you will need to check with Stagecoach for details of the routes you need for accessible buses www.stagecoachbus.com/
If travelling by train in some cases you will need to phone ahead to request boarding assistance www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/
Disabled Parking Spaces
Please note to use disabled spaces in any car park you MUST display a current blue badge. (Click here for details of the blue badge scheme) Council run carparks allow blue badge holders to park free in all their carparks however in private car parks a charge may apply and maximum stay restrictions may apply so please check their signs when entering the car park or contact them before travelling.
London Road Car Park – 7 dedicated disabled bays
Municipal Offices Car Park – 4 dedicated disabled bays
Wadcroft Car Park – 26 dedicated disabled bays
School Lane – 3 dedicated disabled bays
You will also find disabled bays on the street, these get filled up quickly,
The Newlands centre car park (private) on all levels close to stairs and lifts, if you present your blue badge to their customer service office they will validate the ticket and parking is free.
Dedicated disabled friendly toilets can be found at the following locations in Town,
The Newlands Centre (20p charge)
Kettering Station, Platform 1 (Station hrs) (Midland Mainline) (radar key required)
“Earl of Dalkeith”, Dalkeith Place (Trading hrs) (Wetherspoons) (radar key required)
Gala Bingo, High Street (Club hrs) (Gala)
Kettering Council Offices
(Please check this information before travel as in may not be correct or out of date)