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!
1st Thursday is here again, and the sun has come out especially to help us enjoy it!!
The event will be consolidated around just two hot spots this month - Jubilee Gardens and Castle Street. This is the area where there's the biggest cluster of open shops, so you can wander between hotspots and enjoy some great 1st Thursday shopping and promotions on the way.
Shops and bars will still be open in other parts of the town though, so don't forget to go to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and Visitor Centre, New Look, The Rugby Tap Room, Churchside Arcade and Bargain Booze - all of whom will be doing something for 1st Thursday.
There'll be musical entertainment at both hot spots, and you'll find all of the street food at Jubilee Gardens, with children's Archery and an artisan market over at Castle Street.
There are loads of promotions running in the shops - pop over to the Facebook page Love Rugby Town to have a look at all of the different things that are happening.
Parking will be free in the North Street and John Barford Carpark from 4pm, and the car parks will be open until 10pm. Obviously on street parking is free after 6pm anyway.
We'll see you later!!!!
Click on the link to see a list of the in store promotions for 1st Thursday on 7th May. Make sure you pop in and support all of your town centre shops taking part in this great initiative!
|Works 4 Me||Albert Street|
|Curtains by Design||Albert Street|
|Eliza Doolittle||Albert Street|
|Mirror Image Beauty||Albert Street|
|Quigleys on the Rocks||Albert Street|
|Vanilla Lifestyle||Albert Street|
|Delish Deli & Kitchen||Bank Street|
|Niki Lu's||Bank Street|
|The Bank||Bank Street|
|Christian Bookshop||Castle Street|
|Dragon Paper Craft||Castle Street|
|Legends Barbers||Castle Street|
|London Calling||Castle Street|
|The Rupert Brooke||Castle Street|
|House of Cards||Chapel Street|
|The Entertainer||Chapel Street|
|Church Street Shoe Repairs||Church Street|
|Essensuals (Toni & Guy)||Church Street|
|Mr Robinson's Barber Shop||Church Street|
|Rugby Electrical Co||Church Street|
|Shadow Games||Church Street|
|St Andrew's Church||Church Street|
|Sun Days Tanning & Beauty||Church Street|
|To The Point Tattoos||Church Street|
|Urban Beauty||Church Street|
|Bargain Booze||Clifton Road|
|Red Brick||Henry Street|
|British Heart Foundation||High Street|
|Marks & Spencer||High Street|
|World of Difference||High Street|
|La Casa Loco||Little Church Street|
|Mirror Mirror Dress Agency||Little Church Street|
|Papillion||Little Church Street|
|Florence Bridal||Little Church Street|
|Shoobiz||Little Church Street|
|Topaz||Little Church Street|
|Rugby Visitor Centre||Little Elborow Street|
|Rugby Art Gallery and Museum||Little Elborow Street|
|Central Cafe||Clock Towers|
|Bon Marche||Clock Towers|
|Claire's Accessories||Clock Towers|
|Vision Express||Clock Towers|
|Project Ink||Market Place|
|Shoe Zone||Market Place|
|That's Shoe Business||Market Place|
|Top Shop||Market Place|
|WH Smith||Market Place|
|New Look||North Street|
|Quality Supermarket||North Street|
|Phone Box||Clock Towers|
|Halsey's Opticians||Regent Street|
|Amethyst Residential Lettings||Regent Street|
|Beautique Maison||Regent Street|
|Brown & Cockerill||Regent Street|
|G Force||Regent Street|
|Garden Gate Flowers||Regent Street|
|Pure Harmony||Regent Street|
|Meadow Clinic||Regent Street|
|Purple Rose Lingerie||Regent Street|
|Smoke No Smoke||Regent Street|
|Dapp UK||Sheep Street|
|Sheep Street Cobblers||Sheep Street|
|Visible Changes||Sheep Street|
|Gymophobics||St Matthews Street|
|Mo's Fabric & Dance||St Matthews Street|
|Rugby Tap||St Matthews Street|
|Webb Ellis||St Matthews Street|
|The Little Retreat||Windsor Court|
|Love Coffee||Town Centre|
|The William Webb Ellis||Warwick Street|
|New Regent Chinese Restaurant||Church Street|
|The Rugby Hotel||Sheep Street|
A new guide to the independent shops and businesses in Rugby has been produced by local shopkeepers. Click here to take a look.
Fill in the survey and let us know what you thought about 2 April's 1st Thursday.
You could win £50 worth of vouchers to spend in the town centre
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Click here to go to the UK Code of Non-Broadcasting Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (CAP Code). There are various sections in there that will help you understand what you can and can't do for Free Prize Draws and other promotions, as well as the rules you have to consider when collecting data from people.
If you don't have time to read the whole thing, bear in mind that when you're collecting customer details, as part of a free prize draw for example, you have to allow people to opt in or out of receiving further marketing information. e.g."Tick here if you do NOT wish to receive further marketing information from us".
If you're running any kind of competition, then you also need to provide the terms and conditions of that promotion, so that people know what it does and doesn't include, and what the rules and regulations are around that competition. Things you need to put in your terms and conditions include:
If you're running a free prize draw, you shouldn't have to purchase anything to be included in that draw. If you're running a competition, there has to be an element of skill involved in the competition entry (eg answering questions, spotting the ball, writing a sloglan etc).
If you need any more information you can contact the Institute of Promotional Marketing www.theimp.org.uk
Is there something you’ve always wanted to ask an estate agent?
Not sure on whether to move or improve your home?
Want to check the advice you’ve been given about selling or letting your home?
Or are you currently on the market and not getting the results you hoped for?
Well as part of First Thursday, Cadman Homes, a local family run agents in Rugby are opening their doors and promise to answer ANY property based question you have!
This is an opportunity to quiz husband and wife team Adam and Valerie McHenry who own and run the Rugby based firm in a candid and fun Q&A session.
There will be drinks and nibbles from 5:30 and you can pop in without an appointment. All they ask is that if you have anything you want the team to look over then you can email it over in advance or make sure to bring it on the night.
Contact Adam McHenry on 01788 560 905 or email email@example.com for more information
Pop into the Urban Beauty Salon on Church Street between 5pm and 8pm on 5th March and you could enjoy:
FREE complexion perfection makeup tutorials with Bare Minerals
To book a treatment in advance, call Urban Beauty on 01788 540 479
Church Street based Exposure Clothing are going to be taking part in 1st Thursdays too. Visit the shop between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 5th March, and not only will you get a glass of pink fizz, but you could bag yourself a free hand pamper session, there and then, with a Lush product specialist. Plus, spend more than £10 in the store on 1st Thursday and you'll get a free hessian SeaSalt bag to take your purchases home in.
Find out more about the full range on offer at Exposure Clothing by clicking here.
Pop into Mirror Mirror Dress Agency, in Churchside Arcade, on 1st Thursday.
Buy, or order, a pair of shoes from the Lexus range between 5 and 8pm on 5th March, and you'll be eligible for a free clutch bag.
Churchside Arcase based Papillion Café Bar is in! To celebrate the 1st Thursday promotion, Papillion will be offering a free take-away coffee to anyone who pops in between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 5th March.
Whilst you're there, why not take a look at their menus and drinks offerings. Click here to check out their website and find out more about everything they offer.
Equivalenza, based in the Swan Centre on Chapel Street, is going to be offering a great 1st Thursdays promotion on Thursday 5th March.
There will be 20% off the entire range of perfumes, as well as the Rosewater and Bio Organic Cosmetic range.
Equivalenza is also teaming up with Tree of Life Healing, to offer customers some fabulously relaxing 15 minute mini treatments for just £5 each. Choose from Indian Head Massage, Reflexology or Neck/Shoulder Massage. These are bound to be really popular so make sure you pop into the shop before 5th March to book your slot.
To find out more about Equivalenza, visit Facebook.com/equivalenzarugby, or ring Emma in the shop on 01788 578688
Terracotta are getting into the swing of things on 5th March.
Supporting 1st Thursdays, they'll be showing off the new collections and trends for the upcoming season. You'll be able to enjoy a glass of fizz, as well as the fashion on show, so don't forget to pay them a visit on the night.
We've got people signing up to 1st Thursdays all over the place.
A few of the new outlets now signed up include: The Rose Tearooms and Beautique Maison on Regent Street, Delish Kitchen on Bank Street, Works 4 Me on High Street, Urban Beauty on Church Street, Equivalenza in The Swan Centre and Mirror Mirror Dress Agency in Churchside Arcade.
Keep checking back to find out more about who will be open, and what exciting offers you can expect on the night.
Not everyone who's signed up for 1st Thursdays has defined their promotions yet, but keep your eyes out for something from Gymophobics (on St Matthews Street) and Mirror Mirror Dress Agency (in Churchside Arcade). More and more shops are signing up all the time, so keep visiting the site to see what else you can expect to see on March 5th.
Visit Nadine Rose in Churchside Arcade during the 1st Thursday event on 5th March and you'll be able to take advantage of the 50% she's offering on ceramics for that evening only.
Visit the website www.nadinerose.co.uk to have a look at the great range of products that she sells. If you're looking for something a little bit different, you'll definitely find it here.