18
Dec

Celebrating the New Year at Home & How to Have a Positive Start to 2021!

Can you believe that New Year is only a stone’s throw away? We can’t either! We get that COVID-19 has stopped us having the Spring, Summer and Winter we all wanted, but we are determined to bring in 2021 with positive vibes only! We want to give you a bunch of cool ideas on how to spend New Year’s at home (whether you’re with family or flat mates), and how to have a bright start to 2021.

Ready to get inspired? Keep reading…

Host a Fancy Smancy Dinner

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Whether you’re with the littluns’ or you’re spending the countdown to New Year’s with the best friends you live with, host a fancy dinner… ‘cos why the hell not?! You deserve mini canapés; a three course slap up meal and flowing wine!

You can create a menu together, where everyone has a course they LOVE. Doesn’t that sound like great fun?! You can pick up any foodie bits you need from Tesco’s, plus a cheeky takeaway from Pound Bakery or Greggs! Don’t forget dinner party tableware or accessories from Poundland!

We suggest those fun toothpicks with the umbrellas, party poppers and chic grazing platters for those delicious mini bites.

Countdown Party Bags

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Who would say no to a party bag? We know even adults wouldn’t be able to resist… Create a countdown bag that you can open up one hour before the clock strikes 12!

These bags can be used with family, kids, friends or even just for you and your partner – the possibilities are endless…

Simply buy some paper bags from Poundland along with arts & crafts, so you can let the kids (or yourselves) get creative by making these bags look fun & colourful! Then, you can pop in some of yours and their favourite bits. This could be chocolates & drawing pads (from WHSmith) for the kids, or a small bottle of prosecco for your spouse… You can treat these like belated stocking fillers (yay, more presents!!).

You can buy plenty of special pieces from the centre… whether it’s a sweet fragrance from The Fragrance Shop (currently click & collect only), accessories from Boots or even gadget pieces from TopGifts!

Karaoke & Quizzes

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Who doesn’t love singing their fave songs at the top of their lungs or becoming the new quiz master of the household?

Fancy getting a little dressed up while you’re blaring out tunes? Pop to Poundland for unique New Year’s accessories as well as your local dress-up shop! We think the kids will ADORE having extra fun with costumes for 2020 New Year’s.

Or prepare for the quiz of all quizzes. You could grab pens, paper and even a ‘winning prize’ from Tesco!

Prepping for a Positive 2021…

Seeing as 2020 dealt us a bad hand, we want to give you a few tips on how to keep your spirit up in the New Year.

  1. Live Each Day to the Fullest: We all thought that 2020 ‘was our year’ but knowing how drastically the world can change in a matter of weeks, should remind us to take each day as it comes and to think more about what we want to do. So, walk briskly into 2021 with a little more spontaneity under your belt and say YES to things you may not have previously. You never know what a simple ‘yes’ could bring you…

Feeling spontaneous right now and feel like you deserve an end of December treat? Pop to Sports Direct once they re-open and grab yourself a cosy clothing set or a new pair of kicks!

Everybody at Chesterfield Pavements think that it’d be great to keep positive affirmations on a board or diary… Then, each day you can find a positive quote that puts your mindset back in the right place! If you’re in need of notepads, scrap books, pens and more, head to WHSmith where there’s tonnes to choose from.

  1. Set Goals: This could be anything from baking once a week, heading to the gym and smashing your 10K steps goal or simply reading a new book each week – the world is literally your oyster… A new hobby could really put your mind in a positive space, making you feel busy and appreciated! (We always feel so appreciated when a new recipe works out and people are thanking you for satisfying their sweet tooth…).

Head to your local gym and sign up now. Or pop to Tesco for essential baking bits & WHSmith for a new page turner.

  1. Create a Safe Space for Family & Friends: We now know how important it is for us to speak out when we’re feeling a bit blue. Keeping positive for the New Year means that you should have a ‘safe space’ to talk to friends and family and vice versa. Knowing that you can call someone once a week to check in to see how you both are is an important part of keeping positivity up and negativity buried away! Grab a new diary from the centre and pencil in your loved ones each week, so you don’t forget to check up on one another.

Positive Quotes We <3

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Melton Berle

Now that we’ve given you tips & tricks on how to enjoy a New Year’s bash at home, and a how-to on prepping for a peppy 2021, the power is in your hands! Be sure to pop to the centre to grab the essentials you need while getting organised for the 1st January and beyond… Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre is wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

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

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’

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!

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!

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!

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!

10
Mar

Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas

In case you hadn’t got the memo, Mother’s Day is on Sunday 22nd March – yes, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy that ultra special person in your life.

And thankfully there’s still some time to nail it. Just follow our Mother’s Day gift guide ideas! Mums, we suggest a little link forwarding if you like what you see… hint, hint and all that ?

Here we go…

Paint it

Looking for a gift to make mum smile? You can’t go wrong with something personalised. Our fave idea? A painted mug that she’ll treasure every time she has her morning coffee. Make a day of it, banish mum from the house and let the kids get their craft on with a porous mug and paints. Mum not budging?  Give her some peace and quiet in advance and take your little ones to a local pottery painting place… that’ll keep them occupied for hours.

Spa survival kit

What mum doesn’t love a little pampering? Or anyone for that matter really. So, give her the day off and book her into a spa with her bestie mum mate. Can’t get the dates? Give her a pampering session at home. We love how you can now buy a range of great spa products, from face masks, foot massagers and sumptuous moisturisers and bubble baths. Pack them in a gorgeous gift bag and there’s your very own pamper kit. Just don’t forget the candles and wine ?.

Frame it

How many pictures do our mini Monets come home with from school and nursery? Loads. So if you’re looking for a sentimental gift at a budget, utilise these. Grab the top five, buy a multi-frame and pop them in for a personal present. Got more space? Place them in individual frames and create a picture wall. Cute right?

Make a date

Nothing says Mother’s Day more than a memorable day out. So make it just that. In her Mother’s Day card, list out what you have planned from a walk to coffee and cakes or a cinema trip. Mum a fan of roast dinners? Take her out for one, or better still, get the kids involved in making one at home. There’s your Mother’s Day memories right there.

So, there it is, a little guide on some ways to make that special mum figure smile this Mother’s Day. Have fun y’all.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

offer Champneys Professional Collection Firming Heroes Gift

Boots:

Champneys Professional Collection Firming Heroes Gift – £13.33

 

 

WHSmith Glass A4 Clip Frame

WHSmith

Glass A4 Clip Frame – £4.49

Go Create Paint Your Own Tea Set In Case

Tesco:

Go Create Paint Your Own Tea Set In Case – £6.00