If you were following my Instastories on Monday you would have seen that I finally succumb to the joys of Back to School shopping. It is one of the things I like to put off as much as possible and the lovely people from Aintree Shopping Park challenged me to jump in the car and see if I could do all of my Back to School with them.
Aintree Shopping Park is next to the Aintree racecourse and located just six miles to the east of Liverpool and just off the M57 and M58 motorways which means it is easy for me to drive too. It is also within walking distance of the Old Roan train station if you needed to use public transport.
Aintree Shopping park is home to 18 retail units including M&S, Next, Boots and more meaning that there was a great selection for me to be able to choose from for our back to school shopping.
We started in Next where we managed to get a lot of Elizabeth’s school uniform. She is really picky when it comes to skirts and loves the pencil skirts from next which have a great length and don’t need ironing. We also grabbed tights from here as well because they last longer than from other places. The Next at Aintree Shopping Park includes a Paperchase so we grabbed the girls some back to school stationery supplies including fluffy notebooks because we all need a fluffy notebook!
They also had a Costa so it was a great opportunity to grab a caffeine top up and a sweet treat. If you wanted some proper food then Aintree Shopping Park also has a Nandos, Frankie & Benny’s and a McDonalds so there are plenty of choices.
After a brief rest, we headed into Mothercare to pop to the Clarks at the back of the store. I loved the fact that there was only a small selection of shoes available which meant choosing shoes was fairly quick and painless. Usually, my girls spend ages choosing shoes so this was a real bonus for me.
M&S was our next stop where we grabbed Alison’s school trousers. Alison wears boys school trousers and shorts as she hates skirts and finds the girls’ trousers to restricting. As she is very active the quality and durability of M&S school uniform make them perfect for her. They also had a great selection of lunch bags and backpacks including some Harry Potter ones so we grabbed those while we were in there.
Now that was all the main Back to School items done. We had Uniform, Shoes, backpacks and lunchboxes as well as a few bits of stationery but we still had to go to Boots for hair supplies and Hobbycraft for some extra bits.
Boots is never usually on a lot of parents Back to School shopping list but I have two girls and I can almost guarantee that they will get headlice within the first two weeks of going back to school so we always grab some repellent and treatment now. Also as my girls are getting older they need to have deodorant and body spray to ensure that they smell nice.
Hobbycraft is always a dangerous place for my bank balance when I take my girls as they love it so much but we went in with set objectives. They needed more school stationery supplies and some additional craft items to keep them happy for the last two weeks of school. I am sure the parents out there will not be surprised by the amount of glue and glitter we ended up buying to use with the Contact lens solution we grabbed in Boots!
I have never before managed to do my whole Back to School shop in one place and it certainly helped to ease the stress. We still have to get the girls polo shirts but they are school specific so we need to order them in which I will do now.
If you haven’t got your back to school shopping done yet and you are local why not take a trip to Aintree Shopping Park and get everything you need in one place.
We were compensated for our trip to Aintree Shopping Park and given a voucher to spend whilst there.