… film screening at Cineworld of the Higham Ferrers Charters film, Medieval fun, games and entertainment, face painting and many other activities.
A family fun day is taking place at Rushden Lakes on Sunday (September 15) as part of the Nene Valley Festival.
Entertainment includes performances from local bands, an exciting open top bus tour highlighting the history of the local area, a free film screening at Cineworld of the Higham Ferrers Charters film, Medieval fun, games and entertainment, face painting and many other activities.
As part of the event many local heritage groups and nearby high street businesses have signed up for a stand. business. Members from Rushden Town Council and Higham Ferrers Town Council will be handing out goody bags to encourage visitors to explore further afield. The bags will include the latest “Shop Local” booklet of shopping vouchers and concessions which can be spent in Rushden and Higham Ferrers throughout the autumn.
The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm.
The aim of heritage family fun day is to strengthen partnership working between Rushden and Higham Ferrers Town Councils and nearby Rushden Lakes and to raise awareness of the local high street offer.
Plans for the family fun day are based around local heritage and bring together a wide array of interesting information about the local towns of Rushden and Higham Ferrers.
While many local people are excited for the development, saying it will ‘modernise’ the area and give us more things to do in the city centre, others are disappointed in its appearance and question whether the development is really aimed at local people.
We asked local people what they thought.
Find out what Plymouth people REALLY think of the Barcode in the video above
Local man Keith Oxenham is looking forward to the new development and thinks it will update and modernise the area.
He said: “It’s excellent, it’s modern, it will be nice.”
“It’s a good idea, an upgrade, you can’t have the old stuff, this is excellent,” he added.
‘It’ll keep kids off the streets’
Kyle White, 23, from Plymouth, thinks the Barcode will keep children off the street and give young people something to do.
Kyle said: “It’ll be a good thing, it’ll keep trouble off the streets, it’ll keep kids off the streets.”
Kyle says he’s mostly looking forward to the cinema. He said: “It’ll be a better cinema, hopefully not as expensive as the other one.”
Not everybody is impressed, though.
Susan Stoker, from Plymouth, likes that there is different architecture around the city, but doesn’t think the Barcode is designed for local people.
Susan said: “I really like the different architecture in the city. I don’t have a problem with this architecture, I like the juxtaposition of the whole thing. However, in these particular times of austerity, I don’t think they [Plymouth City Council and the developers] have thought about local people.
“It’s for business and money-making. It’s not giving something to the city.”
Susan also questioned how long the development would remain popular – and remain open – and suggested the money spent could have been spent elsewhere.
She said: “I don’t think it’s going to benefit the people of Plymouth. It’s a very poor city, it won’t be for the people of Plymouth. [The money should be spent on] an airport [that] would benefit the city.”
Lesley Chrysanthou added: “I think it’s ugly, it’s off-putting, it’s not in harmony with the rest of the city.”
Dan Lee, 23, from Wadebridge doesn’t think he’ll visit the Barcode.
He said: “I prefer an old-school cinema, with old-school seats in a nice old building, Wadebridge Cinema is really good for that.
“These new cinemas are alright, the picture and all of that is really good and the sound quality is really good.”
The Bretonside building’s owner British Land Company Ltd, has confirmed a “first wave of openings” at the 100,000sq ft pile, now named The Barcode because of its black-and-white striped cladding.
Also launching in Drake Circus The Barcode, in addition to the 12-screen Cineworld cinema, will be the eateries Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys.
The following day Cosy Club, part of the chain which owns Royal William Yard’s Seco Lounge, will start serving and then indoor Paradise Island Adventure Golf range will be ready for tee-off.
There is, however, no opening date for Frankie and Benny’s, despite marketing firm Cushman and Wakefield, working for British Land, confirming that the Restaurant Group-owned brand would be moving in.
That still leaves seven units, plus the Sky Bar, empty in the vast block, but Cushman and Wakefield has said two are under offer and negotiations are at an advanced stage with two other “national operators”.
Exactly when the Barcode cinema and restaurants will open
When will the cinema open?
Monday, October 21
When will Zizzi, Nando’s and Five Guys open?
Monday, October 21
When will Cosy Club open?
Tuesday, October 22
When will Paradise Island open?
Thursday, October 24
‘We’re looking forward to bringing in more additions’
Greg Lumley, centre director at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, also owned by British Land, said further “additions” were being pencilled in.
He said: “There’s been a lot of anticipation for the opening of Drake Circus The Barcode, and I’m so pleased to be able to announce official dates for the cinema, adventure golf and our first restaurants.
“There’s huge excitement around the brands and attractions we already have on board, and we’re looking forward to bringing in more great additions in the coming months”.
Cineworld, which is looking forward to screening the latest Star Wars space-opera in late 2019, will be opening the first IMAX screen in Devon and Cornwall inside the Barcode.
It will also have a Starbucks outlet in its 41,000sq ft cinema and will introduce the city to the sweet delights of ice cream purveyor Baskin Robins.
The cinema chain has begun recruiting 82 full- and part-time staff to fill a range of posts including team leader, team members and baristas to work in the Starbucks outlet.
Everything you want to know about the Barcode…
The Five Guys burger joint will be in a 2,500sq ft restaurant; Nando’s has committed to a 4,300sq ft unit; Cosy Club will take 6,700sq ft; and Italian-food eatery Zizzi is to fill 4,000sq ft of space.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf will open a 15,000sq ft indoor adventure golf centre, its first in the South West, in side a double unit. The combined lettings bring the total space let to 68%.
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The Barcode will also contain 400 parking spaces, and is set to become a major visitor attraction in Plymouth.
Cllr Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Drake Circus The Barcode promises to be a fantastic addition to Plymouth’s already vibrant leisure offering and we’re all looking forward to its opening day.
“Our decision to release Bretonside for this amazing facility is entirely vindicated. Plymouth people will love it.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the offence – outraging public decency – after a man reportedly touched himself inappropriately during a film screening at Cineworld on Stevenage Leisure Park at about 6pm on August 17.
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Police Constable Kat Murray-Rochard said: “If you were at the same film screening and left prior to police arrival, please get in contact, as you may have information which could assist our enquiries. We believe there are two people in particular who may have witnessed the incident, but have not yet been identified.”
Anyone with information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Herts police on 101, quoting crime reference 41/74726/19.
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to stay anonymous.
The man arrested has been released under investigation.
I’m sure many of you who have visited the town centre recently will see the excellent progress being made on the Time Square scheme. It’s hard not to get excited about it! The announcements made so far – including The Botanist, 13-screen Cineworld and flagship market hall – signify that Time Square will be a regional leisure destination for Warrington and beyond. There will be something for everyone to enjoy – and it’s all on our doorstep.
I had the recent pleasure of being a judge for North West Young Market Trader of the Year 2019 in which Warrington-based micro-brewery Modern Day Monks were crowned champions. The event was hosted by the National Market Traders Federation and there were 25 brilliant finalists from across the region.
What’s even more welcome news is that 10 of 13 regional finalists shortlisted for the national finals are from Warrington. This gives our town a great chance to yet again be home to the Young Trader of the Year, after greengrocer Rob Leicester’s win in 2018. The grand final takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon on 30 and 31 August – I’ve got my fingers crossed for another Warrington winner.
With our investment in Time Square and a brand new indoor market, we want to provide opportunities to the next generation of thriving independent retailers that are uniquely Warrington.
It’s also important to note that money we spend with local business means more money retained in the local economy. By spending more money with independents in Warrington, we can secure a strong and prosperous local economy that creates more jobs and promotes a varied and interesting high street.
Finally, on a different note, I’d like thank the countless armies of volunteers, friends and staff who have helped contribute towards our attainment of twelve Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag awards in our town. Green Flags recognise the high quality parks and spaces we have in Warrington and our recent flag awards reflect the dedication that goes into maintaining all of our spaces to such a high standard.
The Green Flag awards and our thriving local market make me consider what we can all do to help Warrington continue to prosper. Whether it’s shopping local to support our local businesses, joining a friends group to help keep a park well maintained or volunteering your time with a local community organisation, there are so many ways we can all ‘count ourselves in’.