DID YOU KNOW

Northamptonshire was once home to a thriving shoemaking industry, which started about 900 years ago, manufacturing boots and shoes from its bountiful supply of oak bark and water for tanning. The county produced over two thirds of the 70 million pairs of boots worn in the First World War – perhaps that’s why Northamptonshire-based businesses were recognised as the pioneers of footwear.

BEST VANTAGE POINT

A stone’s throw away from our store are the Stanwick Lakes – the perfect post-shopping place for nature lovers and hikers to appreciate woodland and wildlife at its best. Go on an afternoon adventure or just a quick walk to get a little headspace, and don’t forget the wellies…

WHAT TO DO

If a day of shopping and eating leaves you yearning for some history visit 78 Derngate – the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Scottish architect, designer and artist. Remodelled in 1916, this house was the architect’s final major commission and the only place where Mackintosh’s interiors can be seen in their original setting. Walk through the house in awe and find art galleries, a design shop and have a light lunch in its boutique restaurant.

 

WHAT TO EAT

It’s finally that time of year where we all get pretty festive, so maybe opt for Christmas dinner at The Griffin. This 17th century pub is a Grade II listed building and only a short distance away from the Rushden Lakes complex. On to the more important part: food – we suggest starting with a Prawn Cocktail, tucking into roast turkey with all the seasonal trimmings, and of course, finishing it all off with Christmas pudding.

WHAT TO WEAR

Walking by the lakes? Stay causally stylish in head-to-toe Jack. Guys wrap up warm in a coattrousers and a classic T-shirt – girls bring a jacket too for good measure, choose a dreamy dress or go for a simple T-shirt and skinnies combo.

Passing through? Be sure to pop in to our new store and say hello to our fabulous team. Our store locator is here.