3
Dec

The Family Fun Guide for December!

We get it, 2020 hasn’t been the best year and so much has been affected: holidays abroad with loved ones, date nights with your best friends or even the simplest things like seeing your grandparents!

Well, Chesterfield Pavements want to make sure that the last month of the year can make up for it all… Whether it’s having fun on zoom with family, new foodie creations or making everything ‘just so’ before Santa drops down the chimney!

We’re here to give you a family fun guide on how to keep the kids (and yourselves) entertained during the month of December. With unique ideas and the centre at your fingertips, we’re here to make your life simple and the festive period sparkle a little extra.

Cooking Biscuits for Santa & His Reindeers

Mr Claus and his pack of reindeer will be landing on your home imminently! He’ll be shimmying down the chimney quicker than you can say Christmas cookies and milk… So, you better get your skates on a bake a few treats for them all to enjoy. Although, we heard carrots are preferred by Rudolph and his buds!

Here’s a quick guide to making simple sugar cookies:

Ingredients: 225g unsalted butter | 225g caster sugar | 1 tsp vanilla extract | 1 egg | 2 tsp baking powder | 330g plain flour

Method: Preheat oven to 180°C | Cream together sugar & butter in a bowl until fluffy | Beat in vanilla & egg until combined | In a separate bowl mix the flour with the baking powder and slowly add to the wet ingredients a bit at a time.

At this point, the dough will be very stiff, so you won’t need to chill the dough. Sort into manageable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into your desired shape(s). Finish by baking in the oven for 8-10 mins and allow to cool on the baking sheet. Eh viola! Santa will be super holly-jolly when he sees these treats!

Be sure to grab any ingredients or baking utensils from Tesco – plus, fancy new tableware to present your cookies on Poundland!

We can just smell the sugary goodness…

Get Creative: Family Christmas Card Edition

Again, as social distancing is still around, it will mean a lack of face-to-face interactions with those you love the very most! A lovely way to feel more connected with friends and family is to make your own Christmas cards. Plus, getting the kids involved will mean extra glitter, Chrimbo themed stickers and felt tip pen stick people that look nothing like their cousins! You can easily grab arts & crafts from WHSmith or Poundland and enjoy a night in with the kids, making something even the most distant of relatives will adore!

You could even dress up in your fave Christmas jumpers and snap a photo of you all, stick it on the front of some card with your special message inside and Santa’s your uncle!

Alternatively, you could pick up a box (or two) of ready-made Chrimbo cards from Card Factory – then each take turns to make your mark inside! There’s a tonne of cool options…

Christmas Movie Marathon!

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This may seem like something you do on the regular, but you can turn it into a family weekend ritual throughout December! Give each person in the family the chance to choose a Xmas themed film they love and watch it with lots of snacks and fluffy blankets to hand!

We recommend grabbing new movies from Tesco or WHSmith if you can’t find anything on the telly! Snacks are a MUST from Tesco as well as takeaway faves from Peacocks Café, Greggs and even Pound Bakery *licks lips*…

Also, if you’d like to get a few healthier treats to nibble on, you could also pop to Grapetree!

We also suggest ELF or Home Alone to begin with…

The Night Before Xmas: Zoom Style

Yep, we may not be able to have the WHOLE family together this Christmas, so why not have quality time, digitally on Christmas Eve! Yes, we said DIGITALLY! This way, you’re able to have a chinwag or get everyone onboard with a fun, festive-themed quiz! FYI: If you need any gadget accessories to get you set up for your family zoom call, grab them from Top Gifts on your next visit!

To step things up a Chrimbo notch, you could decorate a wall in the home, and have a competition to see who’s oozing holly jolly vibes! Then, everyone on Zoom can vote – although, all you’d win is a round of applause and satisfaction that all the decorations you grabbed from Tesco & The Christmas Shop were worth it!!

Be sure to grab extra bits & bobs from Poundland too! It could be banners, hanging decorations like snowflakes or lanterns and mini glittery Xmas trees that you can pop in the background for all to see!

If the ladies of the household fancy going the extra mile, you could sport a festive-themed jumper (or accessory) from Revolve… Everyone would be super jealous of your blingy threads!


Magical Surprises…

This is something that could make this Christmas the most magical it’s ever been! You could buy fake snow, imprints of Santa Claus’ boot or Rudolph’s hoof and plant them coming from the back door or fireplace! Imagine the kiddies waking up and thinking that they’ve REALLY been in the house…

Even getting the younger kids to write and ‘post’ their Christmas letters or wish lists to the elf helpers in the North Pole would really work their imaginations! You can buy everything from colour pens, writing paper, stickers and more from the centre on your next visit!

Now that we’ve given you fun family ideas for the month ahead, we hope that you’ll put them to good use and enjoy the time you have with family & friends. Be sure to keep up to date with Chesterfield Pavements social channels and tag us in any pictures of the unique activities you’ve decided to do over the holidays!

17
Nov

Chesterfield Pavements Christmas Guide is here!

Sleigh whaaaat? Christmas shopping already… You got that right! There’s no need to worry about compiling lists for each individual and racking your brains with what to buy your nephew, second cousin or mum, ‘cos Chesterfield Pavements have your back! We’ve put together a Christmas Gift Guide that will cut your shopping time in half… which means more relaxation time with mince pies & mulled wine for you! *Takes sip*

We would like to remind our customers that the centre only has stores open for essentials items to be purchased. We’re hoping to re-open fully (fingers crossed) by the 3rd December, after Lockdown 2.0 has ended. Although most of the stores mentioned in this article are currently closed, there’s no harm getting a little inspiration and planning out what you’d like to pick up – so, once the doors are open, you can get what you need in a flash.

We Require Your ‘Presents’…

Be it your daughter, stepdad, mother, or uncle, we’ll even give you different price points for the people you love, ensuring no one breaks the bank this festive season!

Young boys & girls in the family, under £50: Smaller toy sets or plush teddy bears from Tesco are a sure winner with kiddies’! For girls who are a little older and are into accessorising like ‘grown up girls’, you can grab them festive hair clips or Chrimbo themed clothing from Poundland – or shoes that offer a little sparkle from Shoezone! We’ve got ideas for the boys too… a cool tracksuit from Sports Direct with matching sneakers of course!

Under £20: Sweet make up gifts or funky pieces for their bedrooms (or even for the new school year) from Poundland and WHSmith will have the sophisticated young ladies smiling ear to ear! Little cars, helicopters and dinosaur toys will have younger boys joyous! Not to mention fun games that will get the whole family up and having fun… plus, painting, or colouring sets will get their creative juices flowing! All can be found from Poundland and WHSmith too.

Stocking fillers under £10: Smaller gifts like little books, colouring pads, dolls and other toys will fill up those stockings quicker than you can say ‘Make it rein!’. We’d recommend grabbing these essentials from Boots and Poundland.

Even though some of our stores are currently closed, there’s nothing wrong with writing a list of what you need, so once they have re-opened, you can tick everything off your ‘to pick-up’ list!

Teenage Dreams!

Teens in the family, under £50:

Forget ‘resting grinch face’, any teenager would be happy with what we’re about to say…

Gift cards are always a safe option! This way, they can choose what they want for themselves, but if you’re wanting to get them something with a little more pizzazz, look out for fruity fragrances from The Fragrance Shop or something with a little twinkle from Warren James… That will most definitely make a special present! (We would have loved something so sophisticated at 14!).

You can switch it up and get them the girls something chic from Bodycare and boys new kicks from Sports Direct. Gadgets like mini speakers for their rooms or accessories for their phones would be a real #Treat -when they re-open Top Gift are here at the centre to help with anything electronic!

Under £20: As each day gets chillier, we think another idea for a teens perfect present has to be a cosy hoodie or co-ord set from Tesco or Sports Direct!

Gift sets that mean the giftee must set time aside for themselves are a constant winner in our books! We’d recommend the gifting aisle from Boots – they have everything from eye shadow palettes to candles and men’s care essentials!

Stocking fillers, under £10: This doesn’t have to be tricky, funky phone accessories from Top Gift, hobby essentials from WHSmith or even a new diary for 2021 from Card Factory is just the ticket!

Although some of these stores are currently closed due to the second national lockdown, remind yourself to write down anything may need, so once the centre fully re-opens, you can grab everything in no time at all. Also, we’d like to remind you that Greggs & Pound Bakery are at the centre for when you need a cheeky mince pie or coffee while ticking everything off of your Xmas list… *YUM*

You only get better with age…

The older loves of your life, under £50: These ladies & gents really do deserve the best! But you have ‘the final sleigh’ when it comes to what you buy them, so here’s a little inspo…

A swanky new scent from The Fragrance Shop will have the recipients saying, ‘Love at frost sight’!

We think a cosy scarf or pair of gloves for the ladies from Tesco would be great too. Or a new piece of jewellery from Warren James would make anyone smile with joy… Anything gadget-like for the ‘lads’ would be a hit! Whether it’s something for their laptops or accessories for the living room, like speakers from Tesco or EE. Before you say it; ‘yes there’s myrrh’ – comfortable jersey tracksuits from Sports Direct make the perfect boxing day outfits for the whole family!

Under £20: If you know they have a favourite hobby, like baking, you can get them new utensils or tableware from Poundland! (Who wouldn’t love a new baking bowl?!) Quirky homeware is also a fun route to go down. You know, quote mugs and funky frames that’ll deck out the kitchen, bedroom or living room perfectly! You could however, flip 180 and make it all about the men in your life who deserve a little TLC… Create them a small hamper with all their favourite bits inside, this could be fun food from Tesco, shaving balms from Boots and football-themed word search books from WHSmith.

Stocking fillers, under £10: We’ll keep it simple; it has to be cosy sport socks or sliders from Sports Direct, or a ‘must read’ book from WHSmith. Plus, small beauty gift sets or men’s skin care essentials from Tesco would get anyone *Happy Dancing*.

We’re hoping all of our gifting ideas will inspire you to get yourself in gear and ‘sleigh’ the season ahead! Like we said before, even though some shops are currently closed, we know you’ll get your wish-lists sorted while you have the extra time at home. We look forward to seeing you back at the centre soon. #ShopSafe #InThisTogether

6
Nov

Scents Worth Celebrating

It’s that time of year when thinking about presents for those we love can feel a mix of bamboozling and fun! The standard gift card, Christmas spiced biscuits or pack of new socks just isn’t cutting the mustard and you’re looking to  pick up presents that show you ‘know them’, ‘love them’ and have ‘spent time’ thinking about what they’d like to unwrap come Christmas morning (or any special occasion in fact!).

So, we’ve decided to take the hard work out of finding the perfect gift by giving you new ideas when it comes to presents, must-have fragrances and, even, suggestions to reflect their favourite season and mood. Who wouldn’t love a new scent for Christmas?!  So, here comes Chesterfield Pavements, to the rescue, with all the inspo you could need…

*Please remember that some of our stores will be closed from the 5th November, but there’s no need to worry! In preparation for the shops re-opening, you could make a list of the things you need to buy, and for which loved one it’s for! That way, you’ll be super prepared once the centre is fully open and you can get all the things you need in no time at all.

Autumn & Winter Aromas, At Your Service!

There’s so much to love about this time of year.  From green to amber, acorns begin to fall from the trees and the leaves change colour. This is the season for deep, seductive fragrances, those containing spicy, musky tones that linger on the skin and clothing for hours on end. Look out for fragrances that contain hints of musk, sandalwood, jasmine and amber especially.

You’ll find seasonal favourites in most of our stores (and online too!). We would recommend Poundland for added extras when looking for Christmas gift inspiration, or something small to brighten up your own home (while making it smell divine!). Pieces like incense sticks, candles and wax melts will do just the trick, plus who wouldn’t love one of these additional gifts with a new bottle of perfume? Ummmm, we would!!

Seeing as we’re quite close to the festive season too, you’re probably wondering; ‘What kind of scents should I be looking out for?’ Well, it’s all about citrus, spiced cinnamon, vanilla and cardamon – these warming tones will help lift spirits on a cold Winter’s day.

Select a fragrance that is reminiscent of holiday scents, like, pomegranate, vanilla bean, sharp lemon, or zesty orange. Some spiced aromas can be a little harsh during the warmer months of the year, but they bring a sense of warmth to the crisp winter air – so, you’ll feel cosy and fuzzy with just a quick spritz! We recommend an online browse on The Fragrance Shop  site and viewing their extensive range – they have new, traditional, and promotional scents that will most certainly tickle your fancy!

For a little added inspiration, we think it would be fun to match the fragrance you choose with a scented candle or a beauty gift set, including a fragrant hand or face cream from Boots after shopping for any lockdown essentials. You could even push the boat out and get a box of infused tea bags to match the season or perfume you’ve said yes to! (We’ll go for a cinnamon flavoured tea if you don’t mind…)

Need a ‘Spring’ In Your Step?

If the thought of a gloomy winter ahead, brings feelings of dread, why not consider a scent which will reflect freshness, lightness, and feelings of joyful nostalgia – whilst we can’t make Spring come any sooner, there’s no reason why you can’t choose a fragrance that transports your loved one to the warmer months.

Pick a perfume or cologne that includes notes of lily of the valley, peonies, and refreshing violets. For individuals that prefer scents which are extra crisp, odours of mint, basil and orange blossom are just as appealing for the springtime. (We’re getting hungry just thinking about it…)

When you’re next at Chesterfield Pavements, be sure to pop into Tesco for new favourites for yourself or as a gift for a family member or friend! Don’t forget, you can browse Bodycare online too… Whether it’s for new scented lotions, facial masks or a new body mist. Plus, if it’s not in store, you can always order it online to be delivered straight to your home! *Happy Face*

Dreaming of An Escape to The Sun?

If you’re buying for someone who thrives on sunny getaways, perhaps they need a fragrance that gets them there in spirit?

Choose a fragrance which reflects that happy, sweet, and sexy mood that is often related to the summer holidays, alfresco date nights and spending extra time with your loved ones.

We’re thinking warm sweet florals like roses and orange blossoms, along with fresh fruit scents like raspberry and peach.  Select more tropical notes, including honeysuckle, island flowers, and sea salt – all remembrances of what we’re currently missing! Long, sun-soaked days on a beach…

Opting for fresher, cooler aromas contrast the hot weather perfectly. Little tip for you all, summer perfumes should be applied lightly to the skin, as their scent is much stronger due to the high temperatures they’re intended to be worn in. We’d suggest an online look at  The Fragrance Shop or  Boots (which you can also visit at the centre) – they have an abundance of perfumes, body mists and gift sets that will have you spoilt for choice! *Spritz spritz*

No one said that buying for a birthday, valentines or an anniversary in the new year is too early… we think if you see something fab, grab it while you can, especially if it’s currently on offer!

Now that we’ve given you tonnes of ideas for Christmas and beyond, we’ll be excited to see you, in the centre, on the other side of lockdown, buying a perfume or cologne for that special someone. Happy shopping from Chesterfield Pavements!

14
Oct

How to Have A Hauntingly Fun Halloween!

We get it, HALLOWEEN 2020 isn’t what we’d thought it would be. Probably no door-to-door trick or treating due to lockdown guidelines and certainly no Halloween parties with tonnes of friends and family! But there’s no need to be glum, because there’s a heap of ideas that we’re about to let loose on how you can still have fun as a family – or in groups of 6!

Whether you’re in need of frighteningly fantastic treats, spooky accessories to match a costume or hallow-inspired tableware, the centre is here to help you ‘creep it real’… We look forward to helping you make this year the best yet!

Before you scroll any further, we have a joke for you to guess the answer to. Answer will be revealed at the end of the style article.

‘What do mummies listen to on Halloween?’

Eat, Drink & Be Scary!

Having Halloween at home doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! It can be just as fun as trick or treating or attending a fancy-dress party… We’ve got a recipe that will make you say, ‘oh my gourd!’. These 3-ingredient biscuits are super easy to make and will keep the kids occupied as your mini home-Halloween party commences!

You’ll need:

  • Shortbread biscuits (ready made or homemade, it’s up to you!)
  • Icing sugar or melted white chocolate
  • Chocolate chips

How to:

  • Dip one side of your shortbread biscuit into the icing sugar or melted white chocolate. (If you are using icing sugar, remember to add a little water at a time until you get a thick consistency).
  • Once one side is dipped and covered in the white icing sugar or chocolate, add two chocolate chips as the eyes and one for the mouth! Yes, you want that spooky and shocked face going on…
  • And you’re DONE! Leave to set and you’ll have ghost-like biscuits ready to be devoured! *They will keep for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

Be sure to pick up cooking utensils from Poundland or even foodie ingredients from Tesco! Remember, you can always use vegan chocolate if you want to try something new.

Obviously, if you fancy a spiced latte or ready-made sweet treat, Peacocks Cafe’ will have you covered.

Ghoulish Games!

Of course, the traditional game of ‘bobbing for apples’ is great, but here are some tips on new games that you’ll enjoy playing whether it’s with your children or friends.

Mummy of the year: If the name didn’t give the game away, you’ll have to dress up your partner in rolls of toilet paper under time conditions! The person who looks most like a mummy by the end of it wins an extra chocolate bar (YUM!). Be sure to grab a few extra loo rolls when you’re next at the centre.

Sweety Jenga: Grab a bucket of relatively flat Halloween sweets (think chocolate bars) and take turns stacking them on top of one another. The first person to knock down the stack loses — and the winners get to split the sweet loot. You can grab all your favourite treats from Tesco, Poundland and even WHSmith! (FYI: WHSmith have personalised name Dairy Milk Chocolate Bars… You can thank us later!)

Halloween Charades: This Halloween game is perfect if you’re staying home with a small group this year. Simply write your favourite Halloween or spooky movies and phrases onto index cards and play a game of Charades – this will separate the ghouls from the Hallow-queens & kings. *Don’t forget to pick up those nostalgic movies from WHSmith – there’ll be tonnes to choose from.

We do hope #HocusPocus & #TheAddamsFamily are on your #to watch list’.

Local Lovin’

Yes, supporting your community (local farms especially) during the spooky season is important! You can pop to your local farm or supermarket and grab the essentials. And when we say essentials, we mean pumpkins, fresh apples, and Autumn veggies to enjoy.

Be sure to grab a large, juicy pumpkin to carve, ‘cos what’s Halloween without one?! Plus, fresh apples to cover in toffee and enjoy with a hot cup of tea (FYI; we recommend any infusion blend, mmmm).

And for any autumn veggies you stack up in your trolley, be sure to cook up a storm as the weather gets chillier. We think a warming stew, homemade soup or casserole sounds to die for! If you need a little extra inspo, be sure to pick up a cookbook from WHSmith when you’re next at the centre.

Costume Conundrums

Now this is a hard one! That dreaded question: ‘What are you wearing for Halloween?’ – this year is a little different, so get creative and enjoy the season in all its unique glory. Whether you’re wanting to match with your child or bestie, there’s plenty of retailers at the centre to help you with your desired look…

Grab extra decorations, costume accessories and all sorts of face paint from Poundland! But, if you’re really struggling with who or what to be for the 31st October, here are our top 5 faves:

  • A ghostbuster (perfect for all)
  • A pirate, pretty princess, scary skeleton, or an animal of choice! (perfect for kids and, to be honest, the list never ends!)
  • An army general (perfect for dads)
  • Wonder Woman (to all mums, EVERYWHERE!)

Be sure to take a picture with whoever you have round for your Halloween gathering, it could be a new tradition that’ll make memories for years to come. We’re hoping that our tips on how to make #Halloween2020 special has made you re-think cancelling any fun plans you had in place.

We’ll leave you with the answer if you hadn’t already guessed it…

‘What do mummies listen to on Halloween?’
‘Wrap music’

1
Oct

Save Your Skin… from Chilly, Wintery Weather!

Dry, cracked skin, begone!!

We have a few tips and tricks on how to maximise moisture and minimise any discomfort your skin may have due to the incoming chilliness… Whether you’re in need of a soothing facemask, scented soaps or nutrient-infused exfoliators, the centre will be here to help and stop the dropping temperature from chapping any lips! *Takes out lip balm*

To make things super simple, we’re going to give you a few essential tips, with the retailers that’ll become your new best friends, so sit back, relax and read away…

Moisturise, relax, rinse

Layer On & Hydrate!!

You must love a product that hydrates and gives your skin a little extra life! Why serum you ask? Because serums offer a liquid-like format, especially those containing Vitamin C! They help even out your skin tone and improve the appearance after continual use. They can also be used to combat signs of aging, plump up your skin and reduce the presence of wrinkles and fine lines. Who wouldn’t want that, right? 

Lock in moisture with a cream…

There are 3 types of moisturising agents:

  • Humectants: Attract and hold on to water.
  • Emollients: These are skin softeners that sink in and help bind cells together, making your skin feel smoother. (Could use jojoba oil and shea butter).
  • Occlusives: These block the water in your skin from evaporating. During your ‘morning routine’ for example, this ‘occlusives’ layer comes last, as it does the job of locking in the moisture! (Could use petroleum jelly, mineral oil and lanolin).

Need a new lathering cream to get the job done? Walk through the aisles of Boots and more for tonnes of options. We think a scented product would be nice too, smelling like a fresh bouquet or coconut all day doesn’t sound too bad at all…

 Facial Fun

DIY Avocado & Honey Facemask:

You need: 1 smashed avocado and two teaspoons of honey.

Method: As good on the face as it is on the plate, smashed avo mixed with a couple teaspoons of honey will treat dry, flaky skin. Mix and scrub your face with it for a minimum of 10 minutes. Leave it on for half an hour and then rinse with warm water. *Both ingredients contain humectants, which are used to reduce the loss of moisture from the skin. You can thank us later…

Treating your skin to a packet or DIY facial that will deliver an extra boost of hydration to your skin is just what you need after a long week at work! This is particularly good to do in the morning, or before you’re about to get ready for a night on the town… You could even buy some of those rejuvenating under-eye or lip smoothing masks (they work wonders!!)

You can pick up a few of your favourite facemasks from Bodycare if you’re feeling fancy, maybe you can grab a few ‘relaxing’ essentials (or even the facemask ingredients!) from Tesco –  Avocados, candles or even a new novelty mug for your infused tea to enjoy while your mask is hardening…

Lip Balm Love

You need a lip-smacking balm that’ll prevent uncomfortable chapping. The balm will work to moisturise dried tissue in the lip, while protecting the area from exposure to wind and cold temperatures!

We recommend the retailers below if you need a new balm to get you through the upcoming (and most likely) chilly season. *Brrrrr* Grab a few Poundland favourites in store today! They’ll have everything from moisturising to scented and flavoured!

Shower or Bath? Moisturise Immediately!

You may not know this but applying moisturiser on damp skin is the way forward! During wintertime however, it can be a little nippy once you pop out the shower or bath – which means you’re probably not in the mood to stand around lathering up your skin. So instead you get dressed or lie on your bed, tightly covered in your towel waiting to dry off a bit.

Whip out the body cream and don’t even leave the bathroom to apply – because walking from your bathroom to your room will evaporate the water droplets you need.

Nails, Hands & Cuticles Need TLC too!

Rough feeling hands are just the worst, plus your nails and cuticles take a bit of a battering once the weather becomes cooler! The nail shop queues even quieten down seeing as it’s too chilly to leave the comfort of your cosy blanket set up at home…

Opt for a new hand & nail cream that’ll keep skin smooth, supple and protected. You can grab a handbag-sized bottle from Boots – to be honest, you might want a little snack in there for later, so we recommend popping to Pound Bakery or Greggs for a delicious pastry or sweet treat.

Now that we’ve given you a few handy tricks on how to keep your skin silky smooth as cooler weather commences, we’d love for you to pop down to the centre and pick up all the essentials you need! We look forward to seeing you soon.

17
Sep

Get your mid-September #HealthOn

Suddenly it’s mid-September, schools are back in session, some people are back to work, and in the shops you can start to see Halloween and Christmas starting to take over… (We know it sounds crazy, but it’s always closer than you think!).

It’s a common trend around this time of year that healthy eating and keeping fit go somewhat out the window as nights start to draw in, but egg white brekkies and cashew nuts as midday snacks isn’t always practical when your routine is getting back on track!

And seeing as the entire world has had a tough time of it this year, (virus that shall not be named) we thought it was time we took matters into our own hands, rather than waiting for ‘summer season’ to re-grace us with its presence, reminding us to get healthy for those holiday snaps. Now is the time to get your #HealthOn and Chesterfield Pavements is here to help you with your journey!

Get into Fitness!

It could be time to swap your croissant for a cross trainer (well you can have one or two still, just in moderation). If you can make it to a weekly fitness classes, or squeeze in a session whenever you can, you’ll keep burning calories to keep on top of your health for 2020. You might as well enter the new year feeling your very best, right?

Although, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet treat or cool coffee frappe from Massarella’s

Upgrade you Leisure Wear & Accessories

If you’re in need of moist-wicking clothes to keep you fresh during workouts, daily walks or staying active with the kids come weekends, we suggest you head to Sports Direct for leggings, trackies, trainers and more!

Plus, Tesco & Poundland will have the accessories you’ll need to keep hydrated while getting your sweat on: water bottles and refreshing energy drinks!

Top Up your Vital Vitamins

After COVID’s peak, and with a possible further wave on the way, we think it’s super important to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape. We’re highlighting below the 8 best vitamins and minerals to support a healthy immune system:

You can pick these up from Boots & Tesco:

  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Get into Healthy Habits

You, your kids, family members and friends can remain on the health track without straying by adopting a few healthy habits here and there! These habits will keep individuals entertained, healthy and even help boost your child’s immune system in various ways. So, it’s win, win really!

  • Serve more fruits and vegetables. This can be as part of crudité platters for snacking in between meals or fruit bowls as desserts instead of heaps of cookie dough or bags of sweeties. If you (or your littluns’ deserve a little sweet treat, add a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce over your fresh fruit!). You can always buy new dessert bowls or swanky wooden platters from Tesco if you fancy new tableware!
  • Boost sleep time! Sleep is good, and we want to make sure the whole family is getting a good 8 hours minimum. Try a pillow spray at bedtime, or listening to soft music to help you relax.
  • Exercise as a family. Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore, so enjoy the time together in the park or garden! Keeping kids active is harder than ever now that electronic games have taken over the 21st century. Head to Shoe Zone, Tesco & Sports Direct to pick the kiddies out new football boots with a ball to match, plus any accessories to get them in the mood. Or get creative with bits from Poundland & Whsmith to ensure that outdoor activities always stay fun. We think, creating ‘completion medals’ or following ‘circuit cones’ is a great place to start!
  • Guard against germ spread. Head to the centre’s cleaning haven – Boots will be your go-to. Stock up on kitchen supplies, home cleaning products and anti-bac that’ll pop into your bag easily. These items will kill germs before you can say ‘spread’!

We’ve given you our go-to shops when you visit Chesterfield Pavements. Now it’s up to you to kick-start a healthy September and beyond.

3
Sep

(Finally) Back to School!

‘Ding-Ding!’

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, the new school term is back in session! We’re here to give you the 4-1-1 when it comes to what your kids may need when they return back to school. Whether it’s a smart new uniform, stationery or notebooks to keep organised, Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre is here to help you tick off everything on your must-have list!

Need to knock the ‘back to school jitters’ out of your system? Let’s face it, COVID-19 & lockdown has kept us caged in for months and heading towards (almost) complete normality can be a little daunting! But with our tips and tricks, you’ll be prepared and ready to ACE the new term.

A+ GRADE LOOKS

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With the last school day back in March for most, it’s time for a fresh set of everything – you’ll need new school trousers, pleated kilts and patent school shoes! Wondering where to start?  Chesterfield Pavements is home to a bunch of retailers who’ll make picking up the essentials in one easy trip a simple task! We recommend heading to:

SHOEZONE | TESCO | SPORTS DIRECT – These are the places you’ll find some of those uniform must-haves. Shoezone is perfect for picking up your littluns’ preferred shoes, while Tesco’s will have packs of plain vests and perhaps themes lunch boxes too! Plus, Sports Direct is where you’ll find sporty bits for PE kits, new trainers and school accessories like water bottles, socks and more.

CHESTERFIELD LIBRARY: Does your child need a few books for school or to read at home perhaps? Pick up a few new reads and enjoy them at bedtime or after completing homework, as a ‘winding down for the day’ treat.

TICKED OFF YOUR TO-DO!

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And it’s not just the kids getting ready. Returning teachers and parents have also been prepping hard, from school lesson plans to new work wardrobes.

We think teachers should be thinking of tapered trousers and slick shirts to show that ‘they mean business!’. And for all the wonderful parents that’ll be doing the morning rounds and drop-offs, we suggest cosy tracksuits or simple coordinates that you can throw together early in the morning!

Unless you’re heading to work straight after… If so, think skirt & blazer combos, tailored trousers that offer a little stretch for comfort and contemporary shirts that offer an oversized silhouette. (Yes, I know! We’ve made wanting a new wardrobe SO tempting)

So, if you’re in need of some new threads, you can head to TESCO, SHOEZONE and SPORTS DIRECT.

SMASHING STATIONERY!

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This year, the centre has you covered! You’ll need the usual fab new pencil case, protractors, safety scissors and all-new colouring pencils! We think it’s best for you to pop to: WHSMITH | TESCO | POUNDLAND. They’re all havens in which you’ll find everything for little kids and teens alike. Study guides and stationery kits are plentiful, plus – pens, calculators and academic diaries.

*Oooh, don’t forget those colourful sticky tabs that’ll keep your kids organised. Red for homework to complete and green for homework completed perhaps?

APPRECIATION IS KEY!

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Feeling thankful for the school’s staff? Show a little appreciation for those who teach, create new learning programmes and have the patience of absolute saints! If you’d like to give a gift to a headteacher, teaching assistant, cleaner or janitor (whoever it may be) we recommend:

CARD FACTORY – Get creative and pick up arts & crafts from the Card Factory! You can create teachers’ (or for the friends you may not have seen in March) welcome back cards, a painting or something to remind them of a memory when you were in their class.

THE FRAGRANCE SHOP – Perfect for a late thank you gift for teachers, cleaners and keyworkers that have worked so hard over the last few months. Pick them up something that smells sweet and fruity!!

We think that’s more than enough to keep you busy! Whether you’re off to get small feet sized-up, welcome back prezzies for your favourite teachers or finding the perfect cigarette trouser on your return back to work – we wish you luck for the new term!

10
Aug

Summer Reads

Summer is here and it’s time to soak up the sunshine and submerge yourself in lots of great summer reading. Whether you’re looking for a good by-the-beach read or wanting to find some fun or educational material for your little ones, we’ve got everything you need to keep occupied during sun-dappled days!

Get your read on: With Richard & Judy

Richard and Judy have compiled a list of six great books that you should look into reading during summer 2020.

Get stuck into:

With genres that’ll make you cackle with laughter, encourage strength, cry and make you a little jumpy, there’s something to suit all. (All are available to purchase online) Alternatively, you can pop to the centre and visit Chesterfield Library or WHSmith to pick up a book of your choice!

Challenge Accepted!

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Have you heard of the school holiday challenge? This challenge is for the kids, and although you may not think this’ll tickle their fancy, we think it’s a great way to bond while reading together before bed and giving them a chance to feel like they’ve successfully completed something!

The challenge is to read 6 (yes 6!) books by 6 different children’s authors before the next term begins. Pop to the centre, or your local bookstore and pick out a stack with your littlun so they feel involved in the process… If you fancy getting extra creative, head to Poundlound or Tesco to grab ‘well done’ stickers or pick up arts & crafts to make a ‘Table of Progress’. This way, they’ll be able to keep track of what books they’ve read and which they have left!

On-the-Move Reader

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A book isn’t just meant for the home… Why not enjoy a new book in a few of your favourite places. Head to a nice café and choose a cosy spot to enjoy a few dozen pages… Don’t forget to order your fave slice of cake and a Frappuccino to keep your energy levels up! Or, swing past Peacocks Cafe for a latte, and head to your local park! Grab an empty bench and sink into your latest novel.

For all the latest opening info, check out the store page on our website and stay in touch!

6
Aug

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Many of our summer plans have either been cancelled or rescheduled for 2021. But with holiday companies starting to get back up and running, will you be considering planning a holiday with friends or family this year?

UK vs Abroad!

The big question is if you’re considering taking the plunge and planning to go away, will it be for a UK break or an abroad-adventure! Whether you’ve booked or are thinking to, there are plenty of essentials you can pick up from the centre to ensure you’re prepped for your last-minute hols! Pop to Shoe Zone and grab summer-ready sandals and Boots for those mini-sized shampoos and conditioners too! (They’re our fave!)

If you feel like you deserve a treat for your (possible) holiday, make your way over to The Fragrance Shop and get your hands on a summer scent, ‘cos you deserve it! Think, sweet, candy-like aromas – YUM!

Holiday Bag Essentials

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Stress. Excitement. And a little more stress! We get it, it’s natural to have mixed feelings about packing for your holiday, so we’re here to make things super simple for you… We want you to have everything ticked off, so we’ve created you a mini list of what you’ll need to pack away.

  • The Docs – Yep, this covers your currency, passport, boarding passes etc)
  • The Toiletries –Your deodorants, shampoos and conditioners – you know, the basic bits!)
  • Sun Cream!! – Even if you’re taking a break in the UK, if it gets sunny, you’ll still need a little to protect from the rays.
  • Electronics – Remember, if you’re headed overseas, you may need an adapter or travel hairdryer. Check out @DrGadgets for the essentials you may need.
  • The Accessories – Have some fun with it! Sun hats, mini-cup holders for the pool and a selfie stick to snap some memories!

We recommend popping to the centre and picking up a few magazines, wordsearch books and reading material for the kids too – just so there’s enough entertainment while travelling to your destination! These can be picked up from Poundland or WHSmith, so you have plenty of options.

Destination: Beauty

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We’re not sure about you, but some of us love to get a fresh coat of polish on our nails, or a new bag of beauty products to get prepped for that sun-kissed glow! Head to Bodycare to stock up on a few nice things (maybe even a new makeup bag), just ‘cos you deserve it.

For all the latest opening info, check out the store pages on our website and stay in touch!

6
Aug

Eat Out to Help Out

Get a 50% discount when you eat at restaurants and cafes at The Pavements registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Just pop in on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd to 31st August to take advantage of the promotion.

Whether you fancy a cool morning coffee or a delicious dinner, come and visit us for an eat out, help out treat!

Participating restaurants:

T&Cs
Get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner). You can use this as many times as you like. You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend. You cannot claim a discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges. The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. Establishments will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you. All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.