The East Midlands town of Kettering lies in the county of Northamptonshire. Just 55 minutes away on the train from London and also within driving distance of Oxford, Cambridge, Leicester and Birmingham, Kettering is a superb starting point for exploring the East Midlands and southern England.
On the outskirts of Kettering is the 750-acre nature reserve Stanwick Lakes. The reserve is packed with activities for visitors from many walks of life whether you’re looking for a heritage trail, bird watching, orienteering, or just wishing to picnic with the family. Throw a barbecue or take the kids to play on the adventure play facilities is also possible.
Fifty minutes north-west of the hotel is the National Space Centre. This award-winning centre is home to the UK’s largest planetarium, the 42-metre high Rocket Tower and interactive galleries. You’ll see space suits, rockets, satellites and much more.
The action-packed Wicksteed Park is an ideal family day out if you don’t feel like venturing too far from the hotel. The rollercoaster, log flume and other rides; the indoor play facilities and playground; wall climbing and other adrenaline-pumping pursuits; will keep you entertained.
If you want to get out and explore, you’re only an hour and 30 minutes from Oxford, where you can visit Blenheim Palace, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, head to Cambridge for a spot of punting.
Meanwhile, Leicester offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in some culture at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, or at its premier entertainment venue De Montfort Hall, where you can watch opera, ballet and other live performances. It takes less than an hour to reach Leicester.
Of course, you could even hop on the high-speed train to London. Visiting Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, seeing Big Ben and stopping for a photo by Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square would be a few of the highlights.