Hooray for the Holidays

School’s out for summer! Now it’s time for fun and frolics with friends and family, ready to embrace the summer like it’s 2019.

The stores at Wellgate Shopping Centre have a huge range of products to suit all, from happy campers, to water babies and mini explorers – you certainly won’t be short of choice to keep the kids entertained.

Read on to see our top picks to help you create lifelong memories with your loved ones this summer.


Happy Camper

If your mini-me loves being at one with nature then camping is always a good idea. Sleeping under the stars, cooking over a real fire, watching the sunrise and set is what summer holiday dreams are made of for this little camper.

Whether you’re able to make it out to the great outdoors or are simply camping in your back garden, this tent from B&M is big enough to fit 2-3 people comfortably in.

You can’t sleep outside without a sleeping bag, so pick up this super cosy Lakescape double sleeping bag from Home Bargains, and snuggle in for the night.

Encourage your little ones to keep a journal of their camping experience.  This travel journal from The Works is great for jotting their feelings down and sticking keepsakes in.

Work up an appetite with a fun outdoor game, we love this snap It game from The Entertainer, which will provide hours of fun. Why not have a competition to see how many time you can catch the ball without dropping?


Stick some tunes on with this compact wireless speaker from Poundland and get cooking. The Works have a great 33 piece picnic set to serve your alfresco meals on, and the bright colours just scream summer.

Don’t forget to wash your hands! Savers Cuticura antibacterial hand gel is perfect to clean those grubby little fingers, and the mosquito wipes (also from Savers) are great to keep bugs away when the evening sets in.

Roasting marshmallows over an open fire creates a childhood memory to bring them joy. Iceland’s mega marshmallows are a perfect size, just stick them on a skewer and watch them turn golden brown.


Water Baby

Make a splash this summer and treat the water babies in your life to some much-needed fun. Slip and slide down this rainbow water slide from B&M. They’ll be non-stop racing one another to the bottom!

A good old fashioned water balloon fight always puts a smile on their faces, and if you dare, what about a fun battle – adults vs kids. The Zuru Crazy Bunch water balloons from The Entertainer are so easy and super quick to fill and tie, you’ll be blasting each other in no time.

Don’t forget when playing in the sun to protect your families skin, this pocket-size Nivea sun lotion from Superdrug is great for reapplying throughout the day.


If you’re lucky enough to make a trip to the beach, don’t forget the essentials for you and your water babes. First set up this windbreaker (B&M), it will give you some shade as well as a bit of privacy.

Home Bargains have these cute children swim shoes, perfect to protect little feet when exploring the seaside.

Do your kids love hunting around rock pools? Pick up this fishing net from The Works, with an extendable arm, it’s perfect for this activity.

Look for seashells on the seashore and place them in Poundland’s extra-large castle bucket, then get the kids to make a sandcastle and decorate with the shells they’ve found.


Mini Explorer

Education doesn’t have to stop during the holidays and if you have a mini explorer at home who thrives on learning new things then we have just the thing.

Expand their knowledge with this fab bird book from The Works, see how many different birds they can spot while out for a walk.

A magnifying glass (The Works) is a necessity for this adventurer, ideal for looking up mini-beasts that they find in the garden.

Why not learn some facts about bugs with a game of Top Trumps, a card game suitable for all ages – pick up yours from The Entertainer.

While they’re out and about let them document their findings by taking some snaps. This selfie stick from Superdrug is wireless, meaning even the littlest of hands will manage to get a good photo.


Keep your food cool all day long when on your day trips with Home Bargains lemon print cool bag, large enough to fit food in for the whole family.

All adventure seekers need to keep hydrated while out on their escapades, we love this B&M stainless steel water bottle. Not only will it keep your drinks colder for longer but the tropical print is fitting for any discoverer.

After a long day of new experiences, treat the kids to Iceland’s delicious fruit cone recipe, super easy to make and tasty too plus they are getting one of their 5-a-day – winning!


However you spend your summer holidays, we hope you have a great time with your little ones. Want more summer inspiration for the kids? View our Pinterest board here.

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