The next day, we woke up early, had our breakfast of muffins and cereal and drove off to the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village!!
We dedicated an entire day to shopping! Woohooo! I was obviously excited beyond words, even though I knew I was going on a limited budget 😀 just the prospect of SHOPPING itself got me into hyper mode.
It was about an hour’s drive from Manchester and we reached there at about 10am, just as the outlets were opening. Beforehand, we had keyed in the address into our GPS so finding the place wasn’t that difficult. We also printed out the map of the entire village and planned which outlets to go to first and boy were we glad we did so! The place was actually rather huge and if you were to randomly go in and out of the shops, you would probably need two days to cover the whole place entirely. Therefore, highlighting the outlets on the printed out map of the village was the best way to plan our shopping day.
There were SO many brand outlets that I wanted to go to. SOOOO MANY!! But we had to pick and choose so among the outlets that I spent time at were GAP, Levi’s, Fred Perry, NEXT, Sports Direct, Adidas, Nike, Pumpkin Patch, Ted Baker, Mulberry, Clarks, and Skechers. FUUUHH!! Ok wait wait, before you jump up and down in your seat exclaiming “HOMAIGAWD BANYAKNYA DIA SHOPPING!!!” please let it be known that I didn’t shop at every single outlet I mentioned here, mostly were just browsing and soaking in the awesomeness of all the goodies on display 😀 There were a whole bunch of other outlets that I popped in and out of but I can’t remember all of them.
Huuuge store with GAP goodies
Egads! Pretty pink top for less than 3 pounds!!
MUST tell Mommy!!
How about this one instead?
I like this one, Mommy!!
Halfway through the day, we were had lunch at Harry Ramsden’s Fish & Chips. It was not bad, huge portions served so if you’re not too hungry, it would be a good idea to share. My mom wasn’t feeling very well so she was not looking forward to another round of deep fried battered fish. We asked if there was anything that wasn’t fried and they made her steamed fish fillet instead. Very nice ey? I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar that our fast food outlets would have just said “Takde” if we went with such requests.
Oh and you should probably plan your toilet breaks too, as their washrooms isn’t exactly conveniently placed. It’s in the centre of the village so if you’re at one end you’d have to walk quite a bit to get there. People with bladder issues, please take note!
At around 4pm, we decided covered most of the shops we wanted so we piled our shopping bags into the car and headed back to Manchester.
It was a good day in Cheshire Oaks indeed 🙂
Those with a budget to spare, I highly recommend you check out their high end brands as all the items certainly are A LOT cheaper than what you would pay for here in Malaysia. When I was browsing in Mulberry, there was this young Arab girl who was picking out bags and putting them onto one of the glass shelves in the shop. I thought to myself “Ahh.. she must be comparing the bags, deciding which one to take”. Then I saw her walk to the cashier, and the sales assistant started packing the bags for her. ALL. OF. THEM.
Nak terkluar bijik mata mak noks.
So, again, Cheshire Oaks is a place worth visiting indeed. I’m not saying that you should spend all your life savings at Mulberry, but there surely are some good buys there 😉
Can I have this one, Mommy? Please?
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Links to my Europe trip posts:
Introduction – Europe Trip!!
Europe Day 1 – Hellooo Manchester!
Europe Day 2 – Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Europe Day 3 – Brockhole, Lake District National Park
Europe Day 4 – Lancaster
Europe Day 5 – City of Bath
Europe Day 6 – Stonehenge!
Europe Day 7 – Paris
Europe Day 8 – Disneyland Park, Paris!!
Europe Day 9 – Walt Disney Studios Park, Paris
Europe Day 10 – London baybeh!