For your local #Staycation, shop Fairhill

for your local staycation shop Fairhill

If you’re staying local this summer, do not fear! We have all you need this summer at Fairhill Shopping Centre. From sporty gear to relaxing garden furniture. The best of summer reading for those who love to curl up into a good book, huge selections of arts and crafts for creative types, and fun toys, games and jigsaws for those who need to be entertained.  And if you just can’t wait for lockdown to be over so you can rush the kids back to school, we’ve got all you need, from uniforms to school shoes to pencil cases and rucksacks.

This month, we’ve been busy interviewing our knowledgeable Fairhill store managers to get their expert recommendations on how to make your #Staycation the best ever. We’ve even asked them what they are doing for their summer plans!  Check out our ‘Inspire Me’ section of the website and read their regular top tips and bestselling products.

#Staycation Tips 1: Let’s Get Sporty

exercise equipment

Let’s face it.  We’ve all been enjoying a few too many lockdown box sets, chocolate treats and BBQs the last few months, so why not make a date for a new sporty start as part of your #Staycation?

Make a summer commitment to go for an early morning swim in your local leisure centre, cycle around the block once a day, or go for a walk before lunch.  Or, if you’re really feeling brave, how about taking on the NHS’s Couch to 5k Challenge?

But first, you’ll need the right outfit.  And that’s where our expert Fairhill store managers come in…

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This summer, the Next Store Manager says interest in sportswear has really increased since lockdown eased off:

‘As we were just coming out of lockdown, we saw a big increase in demand for our sports range, including myself!  Everyone seemed to be looking to refresh their gear, as they had been getting out and about and wearing their old gear all the time.

The Next Emma Willis sports range has been a must have purchase for all the sporty spices. Customers really just want to browse our store, purchase a new top or item for themselves that would be easy to wear and feel a little normal again.

It’s the simple things that we all missed, as well as the things we took for granted.  Our kids’ department has seen massive interest lately as the little ones continued to grow in lockdown so a refresh on shorts & T-shirt’s was a must.’

We recommend:

  • Next Blue Emma Willis Textured High Waist Bikini Briefs, £18.00
  • Next Nike Run Revolution 5 Trainers,  £48.00

You can see the full Next Emma Willis range here.

running shoes

At River Island, post-lockdown bestsellers have definitely been the River Island active girls wear, including leggings, trainers and sweatpants. Hurry, and you’ll still find multi-buy offers on sweats, tees and vests, which means you can workout happy that you’ve also bagged a bargain.

We recommend:

  • River Island Girls pink active mesh hoodie, £16.00
  • River Island Girls RI Active blue crop zip up hoodie set, £35.00

You can see the full range here.

Chilling at home has been the order of the day, according to the Topshop manager, who  believes that people are happy to relax and stay casual, while putting their staycation money back into the local economy:

‘In the last few months we’ve seen sales of mostly casual gear, sweats and joggers.’

We recommend:

  • Topshop Green Zip through hoodie,  £22.00
  • Topshop Black three stripe hoodie by adidas, £45.00

Read all about it


Getting sporty doesn’t have to be just about working out. Take inspiration and tips from your favourite sports stars, from the comfort of your own sofa!  Check out the whole range of sport & leisure available at Waterstones.

In fact, just setting time aside for reading can offer massive health benefits in terms of relaxation and taking the mind away from everyday life. Discover wellbeing through mindfulness, yoga, healthy eating and sleep routine guides. And why not start to take a note of your eating habits, sleep trends and general wellbeing over the next months?

The Waterstones store manager says:

‘I’m always excited about buying book and this month is no different! I have the perfect job! Later this week Ali Smith releases the last book in her seasons quartet – Summer. I am looking forward to getting a signed copy of this. I am trying to be very healthy and have bought myself a Fitbit, and I am looking forward to buying more cookery books with lots of healthy recipes.’

Don’t overdo it!

a woman in work out clothes stretching

Finally, our Fairhill experts recommend making sure you have all the right equipment, from specialist sports eyewear from Specsavers:

to all the latest massage relief and sports protection lotions from Boots:

Whatever your favourite sport or hobby, we’re sure you’ll find all you need for your #Staycation at Fairhill Shopping Centre this summer.

Enjoy your 2020 #Staycation. #RediscoverMEA.

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