Saturday, 11 August 2018

Why I prefer out of town shopping to the High Street

My home town of Swindon is a large town, which could almost be a City except we don't have a cathedral and I feel lack in the diverse culture of our nearby neighbour of Bristol. Our town centre is in dire need of a multi million pound rehaul, which has been promised to us for many years but yet nothing has come of this promise other than increased parking charges and more pound shops. And so for many years I've opted to get on the M4 and travel to Bristol, Bath or Oxford for my shopping experiences.

Luckily for me in North Swindon we have the Orbital Shopping Centre which has some of my favourite shops such as New Look, M&S, Next and Outfit. There's also an Asda Walmart, DW Sports Gym and a brand new Nando's. For me and many Swindonians the Orbital has everything you need. I can do my food shopping, get an outfit, work out at the Gym, fill my car up and get everything I need for a bit of DIY at home or even book a holiday.
This out of town shopping centre is not only clean and tidy, and with loads of free parking, in the past few years they've started putting on events which have created a real community feel and brought a more interesting experience when popping down to the shops at the weekend. Last year I went along to the Eat from the Streets pop up food festival, and this weekend it's returned again. With the stand out red Routemaster double decker bus in situ, kids can be entertained with colouring and games, and there's a face painter. A brilliant addition on last year is the live music and when I went down for some lunch, there was the Soul Acoustic duet playing. And what a talented pair.
Me and The daughter shared a pulled pork and coleslaw roll, with chips of course. Her boyfriend had buffalo wings with a blue cheese sauce.
There was a really cool bar trailer but we decided to opt for a rolled ice cream treat. And they were delicious.

It made for a much more interesting and tasty lunch than my usual cheese sandwich on a Saturday! What I really like about these events are they give you an excuse to slow down, sit down and enjoy some outdoor dining with family and friends. 

If you want some tasty food treats this weekend, why not pop along to the Swindon Orbital. There's more live soul music all day tomorrow as well. And you can sit back and enjoy the music and food without having to worry if your parking ticket is about to run out!

xx
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