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Rushden Lakes has summer covered

Kids moaning about being bored already? Take them to the Lakes for multiple days of activities and fun with Cineworld, Paradise Island, Canoe2 and loads of shops and eateries to keep them occupied

Does the thought of searching and planning for things to do have you reaching for the wine and stressing a little? Not to worry, Rushden Lakes has your back and all of your family needs covered. It’s a local God-send as it has almost everything you need for an action-packed family day out; to be fair, there’s so much to do and see you may need a return visit (check out all of our reviews for Rushden Lakes here).


The latest addition to the Lakes is the incredible Cineworld & IMAX cinema that’s just perfect to watch all the latest releases like The Lion King and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It has the very best in cinema tech and is the thirteenth cinema to have the out of this world 270-degree experience of Screen X. There’s also a Starbucks and Baskin Robbins for some sweet treats and pick me up caffeine drinks to enjoy.



Right next door is Paradise Island, an indoor adventure golf course with two 18-hole courses to play. Be transported to a tropical oasis, with an interactive sticker on each hole to get more gripped into the adventure. Once the game is over, take on the final challenge of getting a hole in one to win a free game – challenge accepted!  There’s a small arcade to end the adventure with…last place pays for dinner? 



Head over to Rock Up and challenge yourself on the 26 fun climbing walls that reach just over 8m. There’s the popular Traverse Challenge Wall, soft play area and the vertical drop slide. Let your kids reach new heights as you chill in the café that serves snacks and drinks. Right now, you can book 4 for 3 so you can bring someone along for free or get the whole family up to the top with a 25% saving. 



Now, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean every day the sun will have its hat on, but when it does, head over to Canoe2 and set sail on the lakes. If a canoe isn’t your style you can enjoy the water on a swan boat, yes you can. Canoe2 offers great value camping and short breaks on the River Nene too, so if you fancy a few nights away from home, you don’t have to travel too far to get a great escape. 



Kids can also enjoy some great fun shops including Hobbycraft where they are hosting regular crafting workshops letting your kids’ creative side run wild (check out their socials for more information). There’s also  great places to eat and drink, many with kids’ menus. From sweet to savoury, meat to vegan you are spoilt for choice with some great places such as Heavenly Desserts, Magazine Heaven (a great business where the food is quite a bit cheaper than some of the other outlets), Five Guys and Bills who have their own signature Lion King cocktail for you parents to try out before watching (we’ve heard it’s delicious and you can drink up at the outdoor seating to soak up the rays – if it’s sunny obvs!).

Whatever you decide to do, the Lakes are a perfect destination for all the family, we could spend all day here if our purses let us (speaking of which, if money is a bit tight there’s now a Greggs – the Mudlets love a steak bake). Be sure to check out their social media and website for all the latest goss, happenings and new arrivals and enjoy a fun family day out at the beautiful Rushden Lakes (parking issues are getting sorted we hear…so bear with if you can)!


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