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Kids can discover their inner explorer at Rushden Lakes

Let the kids loose around Rushden Lakes during the school holidays as they embark on a new adventure with the Rushden Rangers

Woke up this morning and and thought ‘what the bejesus am I going to do with the kids this half term’? Well lookey no further, they can become Northants’ best explorers in the next new adventure at Rushden Lakes as it’s back and events will run between Saturday 16 and Sunday 24 February. They will include bird box nestbuilding and bird feedermaking as well as the chance to learn all about animal tracks and migration. Plus, the Winter Wonder Trail will be running, where children can search for the clues around Skew Bridge Lake to win prizes. 

5yr old Molly with Little Owl ‘Archimedes’ from the ‘Upon a Wing’ display by Alison Jarvis of Irthlingborough in The Wildlife Trusts centre at Rushden Lakes
Photo by John Robertson

The shopping (and fun) destination’s Rushden Rangers will see kids of all ages (but probably up to about 11) become the ultimate wanderer and roam around Rushden Lakes to complete the trail throughout the week.

All you have to do to take part in this adventure is collect an activity pack from customer services before exploring Rushden Lakes to complete the quests. Last time the kids had to find special wildlife photographs including dragonflies, birds, snakes and much more (incidentally, I purchased a dragonfly sweater at H&M, does that count?). It also included a sculpture sticker trail around Skew Bridge Lake, a wildlife word search and nature sudoku to keep the kids busy after they’ve completed the expedition. Sounds like so much fun, we can only imagine how great the activities are this half term – can adults join in too?

Centre Manager, Paul Rich, said the half term is going to be great fun for visitors to Rushden Lakes. “Rushden Rangers has been a great success and it’s something little ones really enjoy when they visit Rushden Lakes during the school holidays,” said Paul. “We have a number of bug and insect-themed images positioned around the shopping park, until Sunday 24 February, for keen hunters to find around the stores and restaurants. 

“The Wildlife Trust BCN also has a brilliant calendar of activities to continue the fun, which means visitors have the opportunity to get creative and learn something new about wildlife.”

Simon Gardner, Nene Wetlands Manager, said: “This half term our main focus is on birds, as we promote National Nestbox Week. We stock many nest boxes for all kinds of birds at the Visitor Centre, and the Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February people can make their own. This is the best time of year to put up boxes around your home and garden as birds will be starting to look for nesting sites with spring approaching.”

We’ve had lots of fun in Rushden Lakes over the last year (there’s absolutely loads for the kids to do)! And remember, all this and the chance to browse the sales (bag, shoes, whatever) and get that Christmas shopping done early (or just treat yourself)!

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