A host of Gloucestershire shops and shopping centres will be opening their doors later than usual to cater for the annual Christmas present-buying dash.
Whether you’re heading to a high street or shopping centre near you, check out SoGlos’s useful festive guide before leaving the house!
Whether you want to enjoy a day of Christmas shopping without the hassle of driving and queuing for parking, or are planning a late night shopping trip teamed with festive drinks, let Stagecoach West take care of getting you from A to B during the season of goodwill.
For more information call (01452) 418630 or visit stagecoachbus.com directly for details of its Christmas timetable.
Venue: Regent Arcade
Late night opening times: Regent Arcade will be open for Christmas late night shopping on Thursdays from 9am to 8pm, including Thursday 23 November, Thursday 30 November, Thursday 7 December, Thursday 14 December and Thursday 21 December 2017. In the week running up to Christmas, including Friday 15 December, Saturday 16 December, Monday 18 December, Tuesday 19 December, Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 December 2017, Regent Arcade will be open from 9am to 7pm. On Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December 2017, the shopping centre will be open from 10am to 4.30pm for that last-minute gift dash!
For more info: See Regent Arcade or call (01242) 521345.
Venue: Cheltenham Town Centre
Late night opening times: There will be late night shopping every Thursday in Cheltenham town centre from Thursday 23 November 2017, through until Thursday 21 December 2017. Plus, shoppers can enjoy free parking from 5.30pm in both the Regent Arcade and Town Centre East car parks. A number of high street shops will be extending their trading hours and staying open longer the week before Christmas. The popular Cheltenham Christmas Market will also be pitching up on The Promenade from Thursday 23 November to Saturday 16 December 2017.
Late night opening times: King’s Walk Shopping Centre will once again be offering late night shopping from 9am to 7pm on Thursdays 7, 14, and 21 December 2017; from 9am to 7pm from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 December 2017; and from 10am to 5pm on Christmas Eve. What’s more, the Gloucester retail destination will also be open on Boxing Day from 9am to 5.30pm.
What to expect: Easily accessible, convenient and with a variety of affordable brands. King’s Walk Shopping Centre is located in the heart of the city, with a range of great places to shop, eat, drink and relax, and parking facilities nearby so you won’t have to lug your shopping bags far. Offering a huge selection of stores, you can get all of your presents sorted in one day. Snap up some seasonal trends for the fashion-conscious at River Island and Primark; grab the latest releases for gamers at CEX and HMV; or put a smile on a special someone’s face with gifts from The Perfume Shop or jewellery from Warren James.
SoGlos loves: The popular Gloucester shopping centre not only offers families the perfect place to grab their pressies, but there is a whole host of Christmas activities scheduled throughout December too. Santa will be giving out goodie bags on Thursday 7 and Tuesday 12 December and meeting shoppers on Sunday 24 December 2017, while carol singers will be adding a festive atmosphere on Saturday 2, Friday 8, Monday 11, Wednesday 13, and Saturday 16 December 2017.
For more info: See King's Walk Shopping Centre, call (01452) 304953, or visit kingswalk.co.uk directly.
Late night opening times: Located in the centre of Gloucester, Eastgate offers a convenient place to get your Christmas presents sorted, with plenty of chances to shop after hours at its late night shopping evenings. Normally open from 9am to 5.30pm on Monday to Saturday, and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays, Eastgate will be extending its hours for the festive season to offer shoppers the chance to hunt for gifts until 8pm from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 December 2017.
What to expect: Eastgate offers an array of shops that will leave your gift list ticked off in no time, whether you’re looking for Secret Santa pressies, ideas for the little ones or a special something for a loved one. For fashion buys for teens head to H&M, stop by Accessorize for token treats for friends, pick up the latest releases at Game, discover timeless jewellery at F.Hinds and find gifts for all the family at Marks & Spencer. Shoppers looking for festive stationery and gift wrap are spoilt for choice with Card Market, Greetings Galore, and Card Factory.
SoGlos loves: Children will be delighted with the prospect of a visit to Santa's Grotto on selected dates from Saturday 25 November 2017, offering the chance for them to have their pictures taken with Santa before telling him their festive wishes and receiving a gift to take home.
For more info: See Eastgate Shopping Centre, call (01452) 520023, or visit eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk directly.
Venue: Gloucester Quays
Late night opening times: From Thursday 16 November to Friday 29 December 2017, stores will be open till 9pm on weekdays, with the exception of bank holidays.
For more info: See Gloucester Quays or call (01452) 338933.
Late night opening times: On Friday 15 December 2017, a host of independent retailers that are part of The Tetbury Edit will be opening their doors for a late night shopping extravaganza across the Cotswold market town.
What to expect: Shoppers hunting for unique festive presents are spoilt for choice, with retailers involved including Amy Perry Antiques, Taylor Black Jewellery, homeware and gift emporium Domestic Science, cosmetics store Mayfair & Grace, independent fashion boutique Anna Lizzio and Artique, which specialises in Asian-inspired items. If you need to warm up, head to The Royal Oak Tebury for delicious pub grub and plenty of real ales; relax with a glass of wine and deli delights at Quayles, or enjoy coffee and cake at Café 53.
SoGlos loves: Tetbury will also be hosting a Late Night Shopping evening on Thursday 7 December, which coincides with the Christmas lights switch on, with highlights including Casualty actor Jason Durr turning on the lights, along with carols, Santa’s Grotto and a Christmas market.
For more info: Visit facebook.com/TetburyEdit directly.
If you’re looking for present inspiration, don’t miss the Gloucestershire Christmas gift guide, which is brimming with ideas for family and friends.
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