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Clarks Village in Street, Somerset is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to bargain hunting – Earlier this month I headed there to find myself an outfit for an upcoming wedding.
I love shopping at Clarks Village in Street Somerset and have been heading there to hunt down bargains for many years as I live around 15 minutes away. However, definitely feel it’s not as well-known as some of the other outlet shopping centers in the country. Clarks village is definitely worth a visit though if you’re in the area. Heck, even if you’re not it’s worth making a day trip for if you love shopping and bargains. It’s very close to Glastonbury, Wells and Bath so there are plenty of other places to explore locally if you don’t feel you could spend a whole day shopping.
What’s on offer at Clarks Village?
This year Clarks Village is celebarating it’s 25th anniversary and is a must visit if you’re in the area over the summer months. As well as the shopping on offer the warmer weather enables you to enjoy the award winning landscaped gardens and even do some late night shopping on a Thursday when the village is opening until 8pm.
With over 90 stores to choose from, most of which offer discounts on the usual high street prices, Clarks Village really does have something for everyone. If you love Chocolate there is a Cadbury Shop, Lindt Shop, Thortons and a Hotel Chocolat (this one is always my downfall!). For the Kids there is Hamley’s, Claire’s and The Works. And for those who love beauty there is Molton Brown, The Cosmetics Company Store and the Body Shop.
On top of that there is a huge range of designer clothing and shoe shops – you can find a full list of everything on offer here. Oh and not forgetting places eat – such as Costa, Cafe Nero, GBK, Prezzo and Frankie and Bennys to name a few.
Wedding Outfit Shopping at Clarks Village
On this particular occasion I had decided to go shopping for a wedding outfit, as we have no less than three weddings to attend in the next year or so, all with the same group of friends too, so no getting away with wearing the same thing twice. I also didn’t fancy shopping for all three outfits at the same time as I usually find it hard enough to find one dress I love let alone three!
The first place we looked for wedding outfits was Coast. Even for a discount store I was honestly amazed at some of the prices – they had some beautiful dresses reduced from over £100 down to around the £20 mark, some even less. While I found the dresses on offer here a little bit formal for my personal tastes, there were some serious bargains to be had. I would especially recommend popping in here if you’re currently wedding planning and looking for Bridesmaids dresses – there was a good range of sizes and many of the dresses would have been perfect for this.
There were also a range of dresses that had a small fault or imperfection that were hugely discounted too.
Phase Eight is right next door to Coast and once again had some fantastic bargains. While the dresses here weren’t quite what I was looking for there were lots of outfits that would be perfect for a mother of the bride. The dress pictured below was £110 down to £44.
The only downside I found to both Phase Eight and Coast were that neither had many discounted accessories such as handbags and facinators.
Roman Originals was fab because the dresses on offer were a lot less formal than the other places I’d looked but still had huge discounts, perfect if you’d prefer something a little more casual or are looking to stock up on dresses for the summer.
When I headed to the Next outlet store I honestly felt like I’d hit the wedding outfit shopping jackpot. There were rails upon rails of discounted dresses and as well Next items there were other big brands such as Lipsy and Boohoo.
It was in Next that I ended up Purchasing a Dress and a Pair of Shoes. The dress is from Boohoo and was half price – £45 down to £22. The shoes I bought were better than half price – £38 down to £15. There is no way I’d normally spend almost £40 on a pair of shoes for wedding!
The only downside to this Next store is that there are no changing room so there’s nowhere to try anything on – not so good if you don’t plan on returning any time soon. However, I have been able to return items to my local Next store in the past so that may be an option if something didn’t fit.
There are plenty of other options for dress shopping I didn’t even explore too, such as Yumi, M&S outlet, Jaeger and Jack Wills. I really enjoyed out trip to Clarks Village and I’m sure I’ll be visiting many more times in the future.
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