RUSHDEN A diamond on your doorstep 

Rushden Town Partnership 

Rushden Town Partnership is working with local businesses and the community to ensure Rushden remains a great place to live, a great place to visit. 

The best of both worlds 

Rushden town centre already offers a wealth of independent businesses as well as well-known high street brands within an attractive late Victorian/ Edwardian setting, an enduring reminder of Rushden's rise to prominence as a 'boot and shoe' town. Parking is FREE (in Council owned car parks). 
Now Rushden Lakes offers an exciting new dimension to the existing town providing 30 acres of high quality shopping, restaurants, 12-screen cinema, and opens up 214 acres of lakes for leisure activity - an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Nene Valley for everyone to explore and enjoy. 

A thriving hub of events 

Organised events in and around Rushden bring added vibrancy to an already bustling atmosphere within the town.  
Events throughout the year include 'Party Week', a week-long programme of events for all culminating 'Party in the Park', music concerts, 'Proms', a dog show and the Switching On of the Christmas Lights in the High Street organised by Rushden Town Council. 
Other major events include Rushden Cavalcade, a 3-day rally organised by Rushden Historical Transport Society, Armed Forces Weekend and the traditional Rushden Feast, the largest ‘backend’ feast in Northamptonshire.  
Full details on our 'Events' page. 

Within easy access 

Rushden is centrally located on the A6 between Bedford and Kettering. The county of Bedfordshire borders the town to the south whilst to the north lies the River Nene and the stunning landscapes and world-class wildlife of the Nene Valley
Convenient road links via the A45 connect Rushden to the neighbouring towns of Wellingborough (4 miles) and Northampton (16 miles) and the M1 motorway westbound. The A14, the M1/M6 (North) and A1 are also within easy reach. Peterborough (30 miles), Milton Keynes (23 miles), Cambridge (44 miles) and the East coast are also easily accessible. 
Rushden is also well placed for train and airport links. 


FOLLOW UP FROM OUR OPEN MEETING – 7th August 2019  An Open Meeting held at Pizzeria Venezia on 7th August was attended by a broad mix of people interested in Rushden. These included residents of Rushden as well as local business people, representatives of community groups and the local authority.  Not everyone was there just for the free pizza! The aim of the meeting was to set out the role Rushden Town Partnership has to play but mainly to hear the views of others who are also passionate about keeping the town at the heart of our community.  From the questions raised, parking seemed to be the major concern. Two suggestions that came forward were that - we carry out some surveys to find out whether any visitors to Rushden Lakes also come into the town to shop - survey the people using the car parks to see whether they are shoppers or whether they are staff/visitors of RL using the public car parks in the town and catching a bus to Rushden Lakes.  There were many more questions to be asked but time ran out on us. We therefore plan to hold another Open meeting in the near future. Hopefully, our generous hosts at Pizzeria Venezia will again provide delicious pizza for us.  

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