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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!

21
Jul

It’s All About Staycations!

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.

Are you Summer ready?

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!

Fun in The Sun!

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.

Whet your appetite!

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!

10
Jul

Food Glorious Food!

Start your day with your favourite cuppa!

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?

Food for thought?

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.

 

25
Jun

Carve out a summer of fun

Summer Is Not Cancelled!

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:

Games, Set, Match

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.

Glastonbury Glory Days

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!

Missing the Beautiful Game?

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.

Going for Gold!

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!

15
Jun

Let’s Celebrate all Dads!

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.

Take a trip down memory lane

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.

Sport Mad Dad?

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’.

Fragrant Father’s Day

Why not treat Dad to his favourite aftershave, with 20% off from The Fragrance Shop or Boots.   You’ll come up smelling of roses!

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!

21
May

Take time out to relax during lockdown

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.

Just chill

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.

Find a new relaxation routine

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.

Pamper yourself

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.

Learn to paint

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.

This picture was featured on Derbyshire Live. The rainbow of hands created by children of Tower View Primary School, in Winshill (Image: Tower View Primary School)

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!

 

30
Apr

VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations at home

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.

Discover the history

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.

Host a ‘Street Party’ at home

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/  

Interview a neighbour or grandparent on the phone

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?

Raise a toast at 3pm on Friday 8th May 2020

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!

20
Apr

Stay healthy at home

While gyms up and down the country are definitely missing their members, plenty of us are getting fit at home with a #StayInWorkOut.  You can work up a sweat just ordering your gym equipment online. And once you’re all set up, never fear, online workouts are here!

Set up your home gym from Tesco.

Pick up an activity tracker in Boots.

Your wellbeing comes first

From sustainable living, to vitamins, to stress relief and help with sleeping, Boots have a host of products to browse in their online wellness section.

It may be tempting not to dress up while staying at home, but putting on your usual make-up can contribute to your wellbeing. Have a browse around Boots’ make up range for some inspiration.

Time to get into mindfulness

There has never been a better time to get your head around mindfulness. Different activities work for different people. Some might find yoga relaxing, others painting or colouring in. There is no hard and fast rule, just so long as you take some time out to distract your mind from any day to day worries and anxiety that might create stress.

Here are just a few suggestions – have a go and share the results with us on our social media pages!

Easter activities from WHSmiths.

Crafting ideas from Poundland.

Bathing essentials from Boots.

Lose yourself in a whole range of mIndfulness books from WHSmiths.

We hope to see you back at Chesterfield Pavements again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

20
Apr

Stores are closed but we’re still here for you online

We’re sad to see so many closed doors right now at Chesterfield Pavements. But many of our amazing retailers are still working hard behind the scenes to make sure their products are still available for you during lockdown.

Here is a little summary and perhaps some inspiration while we’re all staying safe indoors.

Let us entertain your kids

Who better to make parents’ lives easier than WHSmiths with a  whole range of Boredom Busters for the family, guaranteed to create in-house entertainment. From colouring in and paints, to jigsaws, educational books or arts and crafts kits. High demand means slightly longer timeframes for delivery, so in the meantime, check out their blog for some handy downloads.

If you’re lucky enough to have outside space and kids to entertain, check out the outdoor toy range at Tesco. How about hopper balls and playmats for the younger ones, and nerf guns or junior tennis  for the older ones?

Loving our leisure wear

If you’re not working right now (and massive thanks to those who are delivering essential roles in and around Derbyshire) then you might be sitting at home in your comfy gear. Need some new items if you’re wearing it all day, every day?  Have a look at Sports Direct for their up to 70% off flash sale, full of discounted hoodies, sweatpants and tees.

Pick your favourite scent

The Fragrance Shop is offering up to 70% off selected fragrances so what better time to enjoy your favourite scent to help make yourself feel good while in lockdown.

We hope to see you at Chesterfield Pavements again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!