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Spending the day at Cheshire Oaks

While the North West may be home to quite a number of modern shopping meccas, few are more popular than the Cheshire Oaks outlet village in Ellesmere Port.

The covered shopping centre was opened in 1995 and is the UK’s largest outlet village, with more than 145 stores. The complex attracts visitors from all over the country, most of whom make the trip to take advantage of the bargains on offer from fashion’s biggest brands, such as Hugo Boss, Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

Marks & Spencer

The already popular mall was given a further boost when Marks & Spencer decided to open a huge store there in 2012. As well as being the second biggest Marks & Spencer store in the world, it has the best eco credentials of any of the brand’s branches. It was designed specifically to address a number of areas of sustainability, all at once. A quick walk around the 148,000 sq ft of shopping space will make it clear just how this has been achieved.

One good example of the M&S green attitude in action can be seen in the way the store harvests rainwater. With an 80,000 litre storage tank at its disposal, the store manages to provide water for customer and staff toilets, and the car park’s impressive green wall. By doing things this way, 25% of the store’s water demand is displaced, simply by making the most of our wonderful British weather.

The Coliseum

After a day of bargain hunting, Cheshire Oaks’ Coliseum complex is the perfect place to sample a range of different cuisines. Shoppers are able, for example, to enjoy everything from Portuguese chicken at Nando’s to top quality steak at Miller & Carter. There’s also The Boot Room, a Liverpool FC affiliated sports bar serving a selection of popular pub meals in a modern setting.

The Coliseum also houses some of Cheshire Oaks’ bigger fashion stores, with large outlet branches of Next, Deichmann and H&M.

Blue Planet Aquarium

Located just a little further round from the Coliseum is the popular Blue Planet Aquarium. With more than 100 living exhibitions, it is the place to be for families during the summer holidays. The aquarium is open every day at 10:00am but those looking for something extra special should make a point of visiting between 20th-21st July, when the Creepy Crawly Weekend takes place.

Cheshire Oaks is tipped by many as the best place in the North West to start planning for the summer months. With shops to suit everyone, all selling the trendiest garments with as much as 60% discount, there are few better places to enjoy a day’s retail therapy. On top of this, MacArthur Glen, the mall’s owner, provides a further 10% discount for those who visit in groups of 20 or more – and with a number of restaurants vying for hungry shoppers’ tastebuds as well, it shouldn’t be too difficult to persuade a few friends to make a day of it.

Posted by Mark
June 26, 2013
Cheshire Oaks

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