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Rushden Lakes – the one-stop-shop for May half term

Exploring, climbing, canoeing and pizza competitions, what more do you want for the school holiday break?

Photo by John Robertson

It’s half term AGAIN already! Meh, I suppose that means no school runs and possibly a bit of a lie-in if you’ve taken some time off. Anyhoo, as always, Muddy is here with a few suggestions; this one, a one-stop-shop of entertainment! Rushden Lakes is the gift that keeps on giving, with an ever growing mix of activities and lots of things to do from the new 360 indoor play area (reviewed by us, natch) to their Rushden Rangers explorer day.  

Not only is Rushden Lakes the perfect spot for a little retail therapy, kids have so much choice with an array of things to keep their half term’s fun filled and action packed. With two new additions to the Lakes, Paradise Island, an indoor adventure golf complex filled with 2 bespoke 18-hole golf courses and Rock Up (reviewed by us again ; ) an indoor climbing centre with 26 climbing walls and soft play area, there’s loads of options. And if the weather isn’t on your side, you know you can dodge the rain at Rushden Lakes.   

If the sun does decide to make an appearance, Rushden Lakes have some fabarooni things to do in the great outdoors including their  Rushden Rangers family club on Wednesday 29th May. This is a great way to explore the Lakes with their very own Rushden Rangers who will take you on an educational, fun and themed eco-adventure around the Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve. On Sunday 2nd June, Nene Wetland’s Sponsored Wild Waddle will take place, a chance to dress up as your favourite animal, and see the colourful wetland creatures that await. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a “30 Days Wild” goody bag, so a great way to raise funds for The Wildlife Trust whilst keeping fit and winning some prizes, so it’s a win win really! None of that flick your switch, there are of course, even more doozy things to do at Rushden Lakes, such as hiring a canoe and setting sail on the lakes (yup, reviewed by us again ; ) You can take a kayak out for a few hours or even hire a boat to escape for a few days, choice is all yours (we heart Canoe2, they’re good guys)! 

Photo by John Robertson

Rushden Lakes also spoils for choice with decent places to eat, so you (and the kids should you have them) won’t be left hungry. From Zizzi to Bills and Wildwood  (AGAIN reviewed by yours truly), many of the restaurants offer kids menus too. Pizza Express are also thinking of parents over the half term with their create a new pizza competition for their kids menu, as well as 25% of all food from 27th May to 30th May, so head down for some inspiration and a bite to eat.  

I know I’ve said it before, but Rushden Lakes really is a place to escape and pass the time (with ever more additions regularly being introduced). The Lakes are just under 30 minutes’ drive from Northampton Town Centre, depending on traffic of course and it has great bus links to get you to and from the action, and is a damn as near perfect spot for you and the kids this half term and beyond. Enjoy! 

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