The summer holidays have finally arrived, and whether you're looking forward to a trip abroad, or planning a relaxing staycation in the garden, here at County Square we have everything you need to make your long-awaited break go with a swing. We've compiled a list of ten seasonal essentials, so visit us soon and get ahead with your holiday planning!
Is it time to replace your ancient suitcase with a smart new one? Pick out something bright and easily identifiable on the luggage carousel from Debenhams, where you'll find an impressive selection.
There's a wealth of wonderful clothes to fill the summer wardrobes of all the family at County Square. Find that perfect dress or shirt at Next, New Look, H&M, Bon Marche, Peacocks and Yours.
Pop into No 1 Currency to make sure you've got plenty of euros, dollars or whatever you need to tide you over, at very competitive exchange rates.
Probably the most important purchase! You'll need high SPF for the kids as well as whatever factor you prefer to use, so pay a visit to Superdrug and get enough to cover the whole holiday. Hand sanitiser, mosquito repellant and a small first aid kit are also sensible buys.
When you're stretched out on the beach or by the pool, catch up on the books you've been wanting to read all year. Pick out an enticing selection to keep you going from Waterstones – you'll be spoiled for choice. If you're going abroad, add a phrasebook and impress the locals!
It's easier to pack mini bottles of shampoo and other lotions and potions to save space in your luggage. The Body Shop stocks everything you'll need, and has just brought back the recycle-and-refill scheme it pioneered in the early nineties, so you can do your bit for the environment at the same time.
"Are we nearly there yet?" Whether you're heading to Cornwall in the car or Paphos on the 'plane, it's a long time for children to sit still. Head to Smiggle for some gorgeous stationery for drawing and colouring, and The Entertainer or The Works for some luggage-sized toys to keep them occupied.
Let's assume it's going to be sunny! If you need sunglasses head over to Specsavers for the latest in fashionable eyewear.
Have you unearthed your summer sandals from the back of the wardrobe and found that they're in need of reheeling or other repairs? Pop into Timpsons and they'll look like new in no time. You can stock up on insoles and laces for your walking boots at the same time.
Perhaps you've been too busy this year and haven't actually got around to booking your holiday yet. Don't despair, the team at Tui or Thomas Cook will help you find a perfect last minute holiday bargain.
If, on the other hand, you've decided to have a staycation, we've got that covered too. We're hosting an exciting free series of children's craft workshops in Main Square, near Costa, on August 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th. The workshops are aimed at children between 3 and 10 years old and they can drop into them between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Each workshop will have a different theme from Pirates and Parrots, Sea Life Crafts and Carnival Masks to Mug Decorating and making a Back to School Bag. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
So what are you waiting for? Head down to County Square, Ashford, and get everything you need for your holiday under one roof. We're open seven days a week, from 9am until 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 4pm on Sunday.
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