September is a time for new beginnings and if you are looking to start a new creative hobby, we take a look at the simple yet effective craft of journaling. Think September means it’s time to pack away your secateurs for the year? Think again! If you’re green in the garden and not green fingered, we have some tips for the garden this month. And if you’re heading off to university, how can you create a student room with style? From bedding to decorations, we show you how to deck those halls!
Let’s face it. Student rooms and shared houses aren’t pretty. The walls are plain, the curtains are in weird patterns and let’s not talk about the state of those carpets! Whether you’re a fresher, or a returning student renting a house, decorating your own space to make it feel like home is easy.
So, to bed Stylish bedding is a great start to introduce colour to your room. For a cosy vibe, dress your bed with a chunky throw.
Store while you snore In a small student room you’ll want to make the most of your space with storage solutions. Your desk will also need organisation. We recommend coming prepared with a magazine rack, a pen pot and an in-tray from WHSmith.
Let there be light A lamp is essential not only to show off your taste, but for that late night studying. Fairy lights can liven up a bare-walled room. Plus, fairy light curtains look amazing over windows.
You don’t need to be green fingered to manage a houseplant if you consider cacti, aloe vera and spider plants. Not ready to become a plant-parent? Fake plants require zero watering!
Sweet smell of success
Candles and diffusers make a room smell fabulous. Visit Poundland for budget-friendly candles. Perfect for your relaxing haven.
Finally, don’t forget to check out Tesco for cutlery and pans!
With winter nights (sorry) looming, September is a great time to start a new hobby and we recommend journaling. With mindfulness a growing focus in the UK, the use of journaling is growing in popularity, with searches for journals up 18% on craft websites.
Bullet Journaling uses a bullet point structure to keep on top of all your tasks. It’s designed to be quick, easy and creative! Your bullet journal gives you a birds-eye view of your tasks, work and social commitments and goals.
Use your journal to unleash your inner creative with lists, books to read, recipes and brainstorming. The creative personalisation will take your mind off worries and is perfect for mindfulness.
You can splash out on a fancy journal from WHSmith or grab a plain notebook. Stock up on highlighters, stickers and washi tape too!
September might be peak harvest time, but there’s still plenty to do.
Sow salad leaves for quick crops and sow turnip seeds into well-prepared beds for small roots. If you have been growing herbs, now is the time to pot up mint and parsley for the kitchen windowsill.
Continue to feed and deadhead hanging basket and containers. This time of year, you are planting for spring flowering bulb displays with flowers like Crocus, Narcissi and Alliums.
Grab that journal and plan next year’s garden with a sketch of your borders and vegetable plot.
We’ve seen April 12th roll by, then May 17th came around quicker than we could say ‘dining indoors, and now June is on our doorsteps and we’re awaiting the news from good ol’ Boris come the 21st.
But we’ve noticed a lot of chatter around staying home for the summer holidays (again), or whether individuals will brave the current climate and hop on a plane to somewhere sunnier… Are you in two minds? Same here!
As your local shopping centre, we’re here to inspire readers with whatever decision they make. We’ll be going through activities you can enjoy during June and beyond if you’re not jetting off – plus, ideas on what to prepare if you are planning on having some fun in the sun.
If you’ve opted to stay in the country this summer, there’s still plenty for you and your kiddies to enjoy! All the activities highlighted in the link here are ones hosted in our beloved Chesterfield.
The link above offers a super simple guide to what’s on for children and families over the next few months. From painting pots activities to sports centres and aqua park, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and we know the kids will LOVE spending time with their parents and besties alike.
We particularly like the idea of a day of petting our favourite animals at Matlock Farm Park, finished with a fun evening at Chesterfield bowl! Be sure to scroll through the entire list, there’s so much on offer! #TimeToHaveFun
If we’ve tempted you to stay in the UK for your summer hols, click the link to find out more and book your trips out today! Don’t forget to grab cosy clothes and even comfier shoes to complete these activities from Sports Direct and ShoeZone. Remember, it’s best to be prepared!
And not just this, we think it’s a fabulous idea to pop to Tesco and Poundland to grab fun activities that you can set up to do at home. From water slides to paddling pools and mini-inflatable bouncy castles, the kids will feel like they’re on holiday either way – as long as the UK weather holds up!
Look, everyone LOVES going on holiday, but the pandemic has put a couple of bumps in the road to say the least!).
So, if you want to save a few pennies, or don’t feel 100% to travel abroad yet, then there’s still LOADS of fun things to do when you next visit the centre. Here are just a few:
If you and your loved ones are going to ‘seize the day’ by swanning off on your holi-bobs, then we’re here to inspire you with all the essentials you’ll need to pack.
Suitcase essentials MUST include:
– The right clothing, from undies to tank tops! We’d recommend popping to Sports Direct and Tesco.
– The toiletries. Get your toothbrush, moisturisers, and makeup at the ready. Here is where you can grab the goods: Has to be Boots for us.
– SUN CREAM. Grab a bottle (or three) from Bodycare or Boots.
– Mini first aid kit, you know, just in case! We’d recommend getting stocked up on allergy medicines from Tesco too.
– And lastly, all your electronics, from chargers to protective cases. We think Top Gift is your best bet. 😊
It’s time for you to tick everything off of your list! *high five*
Now we’ll await for more information on the 21st June and whether or not more holidays abroad become a popular theme for 2021. Whatever you plan on doing this Summer, we hope we’ve helped inspire you! Remember to #ShopSafe when visiting the centre – we look forward to seeing you soon.
The month of March has tonnes of special occasions to celebrate… from Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day to Teen Wellness Day and so much more. But we would LOVE to focus on International Women’s Day, especially because this is celebrated worldwide, and why shouldn’t we rave about the inspirational women that have paved the way for us all?!
Feeling inspired? Read on…
Celebrated on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a global day, honouring the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women everywhere. This time also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality! #WomenRule
Over the last century, the role and rights of women have changed beyond recognition. But one thing that has stayed constant is the number of wonderful women (and present role models) that exist all over the world. We have a mini list of inspirational women and what they’re best known for that you can scroll through below… We’re sure they’ll give you a personal push to pursue your own ambitions too.
Feeling motivated to succeed?! Whether you want to prosper in the workplace or your personal life, you can get organised by heading to the centre and picking up the essentials. Notepads, highlighters, new weekly organiser or even a whiteboard to keep track of those super important projects! We’d recommend popping to WHSmith or Poundland – we just love their themed notepads and pen sets.
*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.
Now, we don’t want to bombard you with quotes that normally flood your Facebook and Instagram pages, so we thought we’d share the two that spoke to us instantly!
”Where there is a woman, there is magic” – Ntozake Shange
‘’Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness’’ – Oprah Winfrey
There’s been bushels of women (and men of course) throughout the years that have given us the strength to push through barriers and accomplish our goals.
Has someone inspired you recently? Why don’t you let them know and share the love! You could even go the extra mile and grab them a little pressie to say, ‘thanks for being so amazing’*. Pick up a sweet box of choccy’s from Tesco or a few of their favourite bubble bath bits from Boots. *Be sure to drop it off safely to their home seeing as we’re still in Lockdown.
*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.
Just because the ‘New Year, New You’ chaos is over and the first month of 2021 is behind us, doesn’t mean you can’t make positive changes in March or the months to follow!
Whether you’ve been encouraged by individuals, through inspiring quotes, local charity work and more, it’s never too late to do something for you.
We’ve heard that many people are into re-decorating at the moment and getting a new fengshui for their home. Or, simply treating themselves when they’ve ticked something off their list – whether it’s as small as finally getting round to washing the bath or smashing a revision sesh for a future exam.
Feel like you want to give your home a new look? Head to Poundland and Tesco for when you’re next visiting the centre for the essentials. Or, if you’d just like to pat yourself on the back, grab something you’ve had your eye on from the centre!
Not all our shops are open but, we’re counting down the days we can welcome you back to a safe, yet bustling Chesterfield Pavements. And although you may not be able to buy what you want RIGHT NOW, get your list at the ready and prepare for when the centre re-opens fully.
We’re hoping that we’ve filled your #Inspo bottle to the brim and that you can encourage others to live their best lives too, while celebrating people that inspire you each day! Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre is sending you lots of love and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year. #YouGotThis
We want to bring LOVE back into the community. And whether we’re in Lockdown or not, there are still so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s with those special people in your life this year. We’ll be giving you our best tips on how to create a romantic night in, making each other’s favourite dish, to just being silly and playing a board game with a cosy massage for the winner!
Sounds fun, right? Read on…
We get it, Lockdown has taken away evening dinners out at your favourite restaurants, spa weekends and so much more. But just because we can’t go out to our ‘top spots’, doesn’t mean you can’t have a romantic night in, don’t you agree?
We’ve got a few ideas and we just want to inspire you:
We’d recommend a visit to Tesco or Boots when you’re next at the centre picking up your essentials. You could get a sweet or sentimental gift for the one you love, be it spa pamper gifts, a new fragrance, mugs or even something gadget-y!
*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.
Making each other’s favourite brunch dishes is truly the way to someone’s heart (well, it is for us anyway!)…
Whether you decide to make this a new tradition before, on, or after Valentine’s, we think it’s a lovely (and simple) way to say ‘I love you’.
Need some inspiration when it comes to yummy brunch ideas? Fret no more, we’re here to help.
Got the idea? We knew you would!
Fancy like grabbing new tableware pieces to make this brekky/brunch combo extra fancy? You could pop to Tesco or Poundland on your next visit to the centre. (Or, if you decide to make something like cookies or toast, you could buy heart-shaped cutters from these retailers too.)
*We’d like to remind all our wonderful customers that although some of our stores are open, you should be following the government guidelines of wearing a mask, sanitising regularly and keeping a safe distance to others when visiting the centre.
Now, this is something that can either make or break a relationship…
Playing board games like Monopoly, Cluedo or even a simple game of charades can be a fabulous option as we stay in this Valentine’s – just try not to kill each other when ‘Mayfair’ is bought!
You could spice things up a little bit and play with your favourite bottle of wine and nibbles – YUM! If this sounds appealing to you but you don’t have board games lying around the house, be sure to make a speedy click & collect from WHSmith before the special day!
We also want to give you a little challenge – if you find yourself playing a game of charades, be sure to throw these doozy action movie titles at your partner! We’d suggest making a wager, because you’ll definitely win.
So, as we enter the month of love, it only seemed fitting that we created a Style article bursting with ideas on how to spend our first Valentine’s forever, in doors only! Lockdown or not, we know that you’ll create a special day for you and your loved one – especially with all the extra ‘essentials’ you’ll buy from the centre! We hope to see you soon and remember to always #ShopSafe when you’re at Chesterfield Pavements.
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…
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
We can just smell the sugary goodness…
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…
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…
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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*
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
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?’
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!
Obviously, if you fancy a spiced latte or ready-made sweet treat, Peacocks Cafe’ will have you covered.
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’.
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.
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:
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?’
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!
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.
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