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New year, new you!

Hooked by Veganuary or found a new love for exercise? Rushden Lakes can help you along the way to a healthier 2020, from food to exercise, sports to yoga.

How’s the new year, new me going? If you plan to detox and focus on well being this year, Rushden Lakes can help! You’re probably thinking how can shops help me (well, aside from retail therapy!), but actually, there’s so much more going on around the retail park nestled in a nature reserve.

The Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre is a great first choice, offering a selection of wildlife-themed activities and guided walks. Their Nature Walk takes you around the gajwus lakes, so whether you are a runner or walker, you can get a some exercise in. If you wanted to set sail you can hire a canoe and take to the water over at Canoe2; they’re a great bunch of guys and gals too. Want to get the kids involved off the water too? 360 Play and Flip Out  are all perfect places for them to be let loose at.

If you’re a little bit of a foodie like us, you’ll be pleased to hear lots of the restaurants and cafes over at the Lakes have some great tasting healthy meals, with both gluten free and vegan options to tempt you; so there’s no guilt of eating out. And Wagamama have just announced their Vegan Tuna out for Jan; yes you read that correct, VEGAN TUNA. We’ve already had a try of the suika tuna; it’s made with dehydrated watermelon which is then sliced, seared and served hot, giving it the look and texture of tuna sashimi. The flavour still has watermelon, but because it’s charred and served with miso sesame wok fried kale, it’s savoury and a bit like charred peppers. It’s fresh and tasty and worth a try; but definitely not fishy if non vegans are wanting that flavour.

The thing we love about Wagamamas is the menu is always evolving. We also opted for a Yasai Nikki Curry and a very low alcohol hitachino craft beer at 0.3 %. The fragrant lemongrass and turmeric curry comes as a vegan option or with chicken or fish, and it’s delicious. We also opted for the Pad Thai which we can’t seem to not order whenever it’s on a menu!

If you’re not doing dry January there’s some lovely Asian inspired cocktails with flavours like cherry blossom, rose wine, pink grapefruit, Campari, lychee and green tea. Nom!

Sakura Spritz and Lychee Mule

And if you prefer vino with your meal, you can get a bottle (yes a whole bottle) of red wine for under £15; not a bad price these days in a restaurant. If you don’t fancy Wagamamas, Bills have a delicious spiced cauliflower and butternut squash falafel bowl and over at Jamaica Blue you can create your very own vegan meal, so lots of choice for you health conscious foodies.

Need running gear or equipment to help in your wellness journey? There’s shops like AJ Cycles where you can either buy or rent a bike or Cotswold Outdoor to get all of your outdoorsy bits and bobs. There’s Mountain Warehouse and Runners Need for your clothes and Skechers for the perfect pair of walking or running trainers. The Lakes really do have so much choice to spoil you with – and queuing and parking issues aside – it’s one of THE destination spots in Northants! Other outlets include a corker of a Boots and a Holland & Barret for all of your vitamins and supplements and Magazine Heaven often hosts yoga classes and other wellbeing events. Remember to keep your eyes peeled over on their events page for fashion styling, pop up supper clubs alongside the yoga.

So whatcha waiting for peeps? Rushden Lakes isn’t just a place to shop, even though it does help a little! With all this in one place, why wouldn’t you visit? Let us know what adventures you get up to over at The Lakes and tell us how you’re using it to help your New Year detox.

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