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!
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…
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!
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
Many of us have sadly had to cancel our summer holidays, as a result of the worldwide pandemic. If you’re currently reconsidering your July and August plans, how about a day trip to some of the UK’s beauty spots? Or for at-home relaxation, here’s our guide on how to re-create the holiday atmosphere at home this summer.
Whilst the run up to a holiday is usually filled with excitement, panic summer clothes buying and a quick dash to get pampered at the beauty parlour, you can still create those same endorphins but without the stress!
Not managed to get a slot at the beauty salon yet? No worries, for all your summer beauty essentials head to Boots and grab yourself a DIY home manicure and pedicure kit. And don’t forget the all-important sun screen for when the sun (eventually) comes out!
With home schooling finally finished for the summer, how can you keep the kids entertained? Why not create your very own holiday kids’ club in your own back garden?
Creating your own garden getaway is easy, with an inflatable swimming pool, garden accessories including some new garden games and fairy lights! Or you could turn your back garden into a sports playground, with a host of sports accessories from Sports Direct. And should the British weather fail us, Poundland will have all your essentials for an arts and crafts home workshop indoors.
If you’re missing that ‘brimming-with-food’ buffet and want to break free from the kitchen, it’s time to put a holiday spin on your cuisine. Choose a different take away each night, design your own summer menu with a new cookbook from WHSmith, or perhaps your palate fancies a beach picnic or BBQ? With themed tableware and a wide range of accessories to compliment your feast, you’ll find some great ideas from Tesco.
So, you CAN make the most of holidaying at home. Whether it’s a picnic party or a playground in your own glorious garden. You’ll find all your staycation essentials at Chesterfield Pavements.
For all the latest openings, check out the website and stay in touch!
What’s your go to hot treat? A flat white? Cappuccino? Hot chocolate? Or even a milkshake, it is summer after all!
Popping to your local shopping centre gives you the perfect chance to grab your favourite cuppa. Why not visit Greggs for their selection of deliciously hot and ice-cold refreshing drinks and tasty snacks, a bit of a pick me up whilst shopping for your groceries?
With most of us stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, our eating habits are likely to have changed. Meals out have been impossible, and we’ve all been having to create a week’s worth of interesting family dishes from home. So, here are a few new ideas to help with cooking up a treat in the kitchen.
With the arrival of summer perhaps you want to make the most of al fresco dining. Tesco has a lovely range of new cookware and tableware, as well as all you need for the perfect picnic. We reckon that will keep your creative cooking juices flowing all summer!
Or perhaps a change of cuisine with some different recipes is what you’re after. Have a look in WHSmith for a huge selection of celebrity chef cook books to inspire mouth-watering menus.
Whether you’re ready to start dining out for a taste of normality, or bursting with excitement to check out the latest summer specials, you’ll find shopping at Chesterfield Pavements is a safe and secure experience.
For all the latest retailer opening times, check out our website.
With Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since WWII, and Glastonbury missing its 50th birthday celebrations, we’re all feeling a bit low about this summer. But never fear, we’ve put our thinking hats on and we’re here to tell you how you can recreate some of the fun and excitement at home…kind of:
With no Wimbledon this year (sad times) you can still recreate your own slice of The Championships! Are your whites looking a little grey? Has that racket seen better days? No need to have a John McEnroe tantrum, you can head straight to Sports Direct to grab yourself some stylish tennis attire. New balls please!?
Perhaps it’s not so much about the game but the experience? If you fancy a picnic in the park or garden with some juicy strawberries (cream is optional), freshly chilled Robinsons squash or a glass of Pimm’s – you can grab all the coolest picnicware and grocery supplies you need from Tesco whilst you soak up the summer sun.
And if you’re missing the game itself then we have a sneaky feeling that the BBC will be showing some classic replays to recreate that atmosphere.
Gutted about missing Glastonbury? We’re here to help ease the disappointment. Why not set up a tent in your back garden? We know Tesco has a full range of camping essentials, as well as Poundland. If you don’t want to brave the outdoors, just set up a sound system in your front room, to play the best music from bands who have appeared at Glastonbury over the years.
No festival is complete without the frenzy of festival fashion – to get the latest make up trends, try Boots either online or instore for your one stop festival glam shop. We can almost guarantee it will feel like you’re at Glastonbury, and at least you won’t have to queue for the toilets!
With no Euro Championships, you can still get involved from the comfort of your home. Visit Sports Direct for all the latest team kits, hang up the flag bunting (check out Tesco’s party supplies), get in the snacks and watch all the re-runs you can find on TV.
And if that gets you in the mood for a game, you can set up goal posts in the park or garden to recreate your favourite goals. How about a family Subbuteo tournament? You’ll find the latest equipment at Sports Direct and after 90 minutes you could even head into extra time and teach yourself or your kids a new European language – WHSmith has a selection of self-taught language phrase books.
Instead of an Olympic summer of sport, there’s now plenty of time to set your own Olympic challenges: obstacle races, high jumps, long jumps, races around the block, football, tennis – you name it, why not try and do one different sport every day as a family? We recommend the following stores to get your own Olympics off to a winning start…
Whatever your summer feels or looks like, we can guarantee that Chesterfield Pavements will offer you all the latest in retail and with more shops starting to re-open we hope to see you back here soon to bag a bargain. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep in touch!
We understand that days like Father’s Day can be difficult for many, and this year even more so. Our sympathies are with anyone who has lost a loved one at any time.
So, come Sunday 21st June 2020 we would like to encourage a bit of a celebration of all Dads, whether they are here or have sadly passed on.
With a little bit more lockdown time on our hands, perhaps a trip down memory lane would be a nice idea? How about digging out some old family photos to reminisce over zoom, or to show your kids some of their distant relations? And if you spot a classic why not turn it into a Father’s Day gift, mounted in a frame or as a printed keepsake?
For photo gift ideas why not head to WHSmith to re-create that special family album.
Maybe your Dad or Grandad has a favourite sport or hobby? As Sports Direct are currently offering 20% off all full price items until midnight on 18th June (using code SUMMER20) you can have a good look around for inspiration. WHSmith also has the latest award-winning sport biographies, such as Tyson Fury’s ‘Behind the Mask: My Autobiography’.
Whatever your Dad or Grandad is deserving of this Father’s Day, Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre wishes you a great day of celebration, and with more shops beginning to re-open we hope to see you back here soon. In the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!
As lockdown enters week 9 (we think?) are you finding this enforced time together relaxing or tiring? According to recent You Gov figures, 87% of us think we are coping pretty well, although 25% felt it was putting a strain on their relationship. So, if you’re looking for new ways to find a little me-time away from it all, look no further.
Even though we are confined to a much smaller space than we are used to, it is possible to create a special place in the house or garden to just chill. Treat yourself to a comfy chair, some colourful new cushions and the perfect footstool, and then splash out on some new books and your favourite music from WHSmith. It’s all about recognising the need to walk away from work/family/the phone and taking a little time out before moving onto the next task.
Many of us have found time to add one hour of permitted exercise into our lives. Whether it’s a gentle walk around the block, a vigorous jog or a speedy bike ride, it’s all good news for our mental health. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, and stimulates endorphins in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers. So now the one hour restriction has been lifted, you have all day to watch some inspiration from Sports Direct before you get going.
Online sales of toiletries have increased, showing that with non-essential stores closed, many of us have rushed to order that special moisturiser, bubble bath or face pack. Good to see that taking care of our skin and looking good is still high on the agenda. Check out the luxury body and bath range from Boots and the latest health and beauty range from Poundland.
From getting DIY tasks done around the house, or sorting out the garden, thanks to Poundland, to enjoying the challenge of painting by numbers, we seem to have been getting creative. And with offers on kids art and crafts supplies from Tesco and great deals on stationery essentials from WHSmiths it’s no surprise that local Derbyshire schoolchildren have been hitting the paint pots to create rainbow hands to say thank you to keyworkers in a display at Tower View School. Plenty of evidence that the nation’s artistic skills are on the rise. The perfect way to relax the brain after a busy day.
We hope to see you at Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!
Sadly, most of the planned activities for this year’s VE Day 75th Anniversary have had to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, but we’re not going to let that stop us celebrating this special bank holiday weekend at home.
We’ve pulled together a few ideas for local families to remember, learn and reflect on the incredible sacrifice, courage, and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.
Watch this short BBC Teach Class Clip film to find out all about VE Day and VJ Day, and the events that led to the end of the war.
Download a special VE Day poem, Unmentioned in Despatches, by Peter Wyton.
Or read up on more of the history with a selection of books from WHSmith.
Of course, we can’t go out into the street this year, but we can still create a smaller scale party at home. The English Heritage have created a useful Party Pack, complete with recipes for tasty 1940s dishes, a VE Day poster to display, invitations to send your family, lyrics to popular 1940s songs and tips for dancing the Lindy hop swing.
Tesco have a range of party plates, cups and balloons in red, white and blue.
Card Factory are still taking orders online for Union Jack balloons.
And you can buy official VE Day merchandise from the following websites: https://www.poppyshop.org.uk/catalogsearch/result?q=VE%20Day and https://www.veday75.org/merchandise/
Local radios will be sharing memories and interviews in the run up to VE day, but you can set up your very own phone interview. Make someone’s day with a friendly chat about their own memories – we’ve put together a list of questions to help.
How about writing up your interview as a school project?
Question 1: Were you born before the 8th May 1945?
Question 2: Do you remember where you were on this special day 75years ago?
Question 3: How did you feel when you heard the war had ended?
Question 4: How did you and your family and friends celebrate in 1945?
Question 5: What do you remember about the war?
Question 6: How will you be celebrating VE Day today?
In place of public gatherings, the Pageantmaster is encouraging us all to join in a ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May. Easy to join in from the safety of our own homes, we are asked to stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”
You can download a copy of the toast here.
This will be a unique opportunity for the nation to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom.
Happy VE Day, everyone!