It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since the last 1st Thursday, and here it is again!
So, on Thursday 2nd July, show your support for the town and our fabulous businesses, by getting into Rugby from 5pm to enjoy street food, entertainment and fabulous in-store offers and activities from some lovely shops.
Remember, 1st Thursdays is all about helping pump money back into our local economy, by getting people into the town centre to spend money in our local shops.
Not all shops are able to open on 1st Thursday – some of the big chains need a certain amount of money spent in them in order to be able to afford to open, even for just 3 hours, and sadly they didn’t achieve their targets during the initial events, so will now be closed. We’re now concentrating all of our efforts on making 1st Thursday really great in the area where there are more shops that can stay open (Churchside Arcade, Church Street, Bank Street, Castle Street, Albert Street and Regent Street) so that’s where the hotspots will be. You’ll find all of the street food at the end of Castle Street, as well as children’s Archery, and there’ll be a great artisan food and crafts market in Jubilee Gardens.
Don’t forget that Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Visitor Centre and New Look will be open too, so take a stroll around the town to visit them. There’ll be a great Drink & Draw event on until 9pm in Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, so you can do a bit of shopping and then go and join in the event.
Long term, we hope that 1st Thursdays will get so many people in to town, and enjoying the shopping experience, that the other shops along the High Street will want to open too. Once that happens, we’ll be able to get more hot spots going around the town again, and make the event even bigger.
Have a great night!