Rushden Lakes opens

Published:  28 July, 2017

Crown Estate launches phase one of Northamptonshire retail and leisure destination

Developed by LXB and owned by the Crown Estate, Rushden Lakes combines big name fashion and boutique premium brands with lakeside dining and a range of leisure activities, all in over 200 acres of countryside surroundings.

Phase one of the ground-breaking shopping and leisure development offers 230,000 sq ft of retail. Retailers include Marks & Spencer, which is launching a full range store including home and instore cafe, Primark, New Look, JD Sports and H&M. In addition fashion and lifestyle brands Jigsaw, White Stuff, Joules and L’Occitane are all opening standalone stores and coming to Northamptonshire for the first time.

Leisure at Rushden Lakes aims to connect a new audience with outdoor activities, nature and wildlife. The leisure offer is anchored by the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre from The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN), the first such centre in the region, and the Boathouse from local canoe and boating experts Canoe2.

Future phases of Rushden Lakes, which will deliver a 14-screen cinema from Cineworld, trampolining and more retail, continue to be led by LXB and phase 2 is expected to open in 2019.

Hannah Milne, director of regional retail at the Crown Estate said: “Rushden Lakes is the first of its kind; a shopping and leisure destination which combines big name fashion, premium retail and new brands coming to Northamptonshire for the first time. Rushden Lakes is not only shaped by its natural surroundings, it puts the environment at the heart of its offer. Our mission is to create brilliant places, and with Rushden Lakes we see this ambition becoming a ground-breaking reality.”

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