£25 Challenge

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary we reached out to twenty-five lifestyle bloggers and gave them a £25 challenge.  

We invited the bloggers to visit, offering them a £25 voucher to treat themselves whilst they were with us.

Sarah at Digital Motherhood, took a trip down memory lane and it was great to hear her thoughts:  

“I can remember visiting Clarks Village when it first opened in ’93. I would have been around 12 years old, my brother 8, and I have to admit that I don’t particularly have fond memories of it. We used to hate going shopping at the weekends with our parents and inevitably ended up arguing and driving our poor parents crazy. My main memory is also opening a packet of sweets and dropping them all over the floor.

Back then there wasn’t a huge amount there, I only really remember the Marks & Spencer and Clark's shoe shop – perfect for getting boring back to school essentials during the summer holidays. Fast forward 25 years and I was much more excited to be paying a visit to the shopping outlet as I love to shop and had seen that there was now a lot more there.”

We’re glad that she was excited to visit and enjoyed the wide variety of shops available. Take a look at her trip here.

Erin at Vintage Haxs made her £25 go extra far. Treating herself to some goodies from M&S and a purse from Radley for just £12. Using the remaining balance towards some super cool vans.  You can see how her visit to Clarks Village went by watching her YouTube video

Wayne B from a little life of lovely couldn’t quite believe the size of shopping village:

I honestly never realised just how large it is! you could easily spend all day there. At the entrance there is a stand with maps, that is a great idea and I now see why you would need them.”

If you want to take a look at their day out head over to their blog.

 Jamie from thrifty Mumma thrifty Bubba was on a mission for the perfect summer dress after spending time in Joules, Seasalt and Yumi she was drawn to the beachy, Boho styles available in Weird Fish.

“I instantly became drawn to the Weird Fish Tallahassee printed cotton jersey dress in cream. With a Breton stripe and splashes of lemon and aqua florals I knew this dress would work well with my current wardrobe and be a striking statement piece for Summer.”

The dress was that much of a bargain she had the change to spare, see how Jamie spent it.

Lisa from Less Stuff, enjoyed seeking out the ethical friendly stores such as sea salt, Molton Brown and M&S all playing their part to help the environment but it was the Clarks Village employees which really made her visit one to remember: 

“There was one other thing that made this shopping trip a great experience and that was the staff. Every single person I spoke to, from assistant to managers, had in-depth knowledge of the products and enthusiasm for the brand.  I’m a Fashion graduate and I’m used to going into shops knowing more about what is on the rails than the staff.  There was no risk of this happening at Clarks Village, instead, I got helpful advice and some great ideas.”

We loved reading about their experience and we can’t wait to celebrate our 25th Anniversary be sure to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the exciting activities we have planned.

Zoë over at The Blonde Blog was pleasantly surprised with her first trip. We loved that she loved the feeling of a quaint British village whilst she was shopping with us.

“What I loved about Clarks Village compared to other outlet malls I have visited was the outdoorsy atmosphere created by it’s attractive landscaped gardens and paved walkways. You really feel as though you are wandering through a quaint British village street rather than a busy shopping centre.”

Take a look at her treats here.

From chocolate shops, browsing for new clothes to a burnt orange leopard print shirt, Lauren who blogs at Emerald Dove had a great day hunting for a £25 outfit.

"I haven't actually been to Clarks Village since I was 16 (many moons ago) so I was excited to see if it was as good as I remember. In all honesty, it was better! There are now more chocolate shops (including a Lindt outlet shop that do pick and mix truffles) which I was very happy about and an awesome pasty shop. Most of the same clothing shops are there but I especially loved browsing in Sugarhill Boutique, Yumi, and Next (which stocked reduced items from brands like Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing as well as their own range). So, I was quietly confident that I would be able to get a full outfit for the £25 and a cute outfit at that."

See how she did it here.

Regular shopper, Gemma, jumped at the chance to show off her savvy shopper skills on her trip, stopping off for a bite to eat and her children enjoyed a play on our King Arthur’s Forest Play Park.

"There are plenty of restaurants on site, like PrezzoPizza Express & Frankie & Benny’s plus more, so you are definitely spoilt for choice! After a bit of lunch & refuelling, we headed to Clark’s Village’s very own park- King Arthur’s Forest Play Park."

Read all about her day here