MONKSFEST at Monks Cross


York’s Monks Cross Shopping Park will be hosting a series of FREE activities for their summer festival themed event MONKSFEST. This weekly fun filled activity is set to entertain families, children and visitors to the shopping park.

MONKSFEST will be taking place every Friday from the 26th July until 16th August 2019. With a face painter each week and entertainment from local buskers, a Bubbleologist, Caricaturist and a variety of craft workshops, a mix of activities for all to enjoy.

Event dates and entertainment can be seen below:

26th July – Face Painter and Bubbleologist
2nd August – Face Painter and Flower Garland Making Workshop
9th August – Face Painter and Caricaturist
16th August – Face Painter and Kids T-shirt and Tote bag making workshop

Katherine Sharp, Centre Manager of Monks Cross, comments “We are extremely excited to be hosting our first ever festival themed event at Monks Cross. It is the perfect event to bring children along to and get them into the festival spirit. We also hope to attract new visitors and present Monks Cross as a fun and convenient place to shop! We look forward to welcoming people to MONKSFEST from Friday 26th July.”

Event page here.

Get Festival Ready with Monks Cross


 

Festival season is upon us so #MakeItMonksCross and stand out! We all know the aim of the game for festivals is to awaken your brightest, sparkly inner unicorn and wow the crowd with your fashion sense. So to give you a little inspiration and help you stand out, we’ve compiled our best tips and tricks, along with some fashion advice to help you live your best life this Summer.

DIY Fashionista

If you really want to impress people this summer and you want something that nobody will have then it’s time to get to work. We’ve spoken to the experts at Hobby Craft who have inspired us to create our own festival clothing, from knitted festival tops, tie-dye shirts, crochet bumbags and flower headbands, the festival creations you can do at home are endless!

For how to guides, go to: https://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/?s=festival

 

Shine bright

If you can’t cover yourself in glitter and diamonds for festivals then when can you?
We’ve had a wander around our stores and picked out a few of our favourite products to make you shine bright this Summer.

Boots – Barry M face jewels: £4.99, New Look – face & body glitter: £3.49, Superdrug – fantasy hair glitter: £2.99, Primark – marble acrylic nails: £2

 

Earn your Stripes.
Animal print is going no where this festival season! We’re alllll about embracing our spirit animals so why not bring them to the surface with a bold print.
From classic leopard to chic zebra, you’ll definitely be able to earn your stripes with these outfits.

Green tiger print – Caroline Flack collection at River Island, Leopard two piece – Primark, Snake skin sandals – H&M, Leopard print dress – New Look

Bright and Beautiful!
Stand out this Festival season with the brightest outfit you can find. We don’t know about you but we definitely use festivals as a way to step outside our comfort zone and wear something that’s going to stand out from the crowd. Whether you fancy wearing neon, multi coloured or just full sequins, we’ve found some show stoppers that NEED to be added to your basket ASAP.

Multicoloured fringe jacket – Primark, Multicolour two piece – River Island, Sequin bandeau – New Look, Metallic Fringe Jacket – Primark

 

Make it Monks Cross this Mother’s Day


Mother’s day is slowly approaching so it’s time to start searching for a fab gift for the most important lady in your life.
It’s the perfect time to show Mother figures everywhere how much they mean to us! Say thank you for the love and support they’ve unconditionally given to us and spoil them rotten in return.
To help you prepare for Mother’s Day, we’ve searched our centre high and low for the best gifts to give you some inspiration! #MakeItMonksCross

 

For the Mum that deserves a pamper.

Nobody works harder than Mums, which is why Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to pamper her and gift her some presents that make her sit back and relax like the queen she is!
So we’ve had a wander around our stores and picked out some of our favourite ideas that your Mum will love.

Superdrug: Pick N Mix individual bath bombs – £2.49 each, Primark: Luxury Bedding – starting from £30, Primark: pyjamas sets – £12, Boots: sanctuary incense set – £18.

 

For the Mum that never buys clothes for herself!

If your Mum is the type to only ever buy clothes for the kids, whilst she walks around in the same bleach stained top she’s had for years, then this is the section for you.
We’ve picked a few of our favourite outfits to give you some fashion inspiration that will suit any yummy mummy.

River Island: beige dress – £32, Oasis Fashion: Navy jumpsuit – £60, H&M: Khaki shirt dress – £24.99, New Look: Denim Jeans – £27.99, Leopard print bag – £15.99, Leopard print boots – £19.99.

 

For the fitness fanatic Mum.

If your Mum’s on a health kick and wouldn’t even dream of missing her weekly spin class, then we’ve got the ideal Mother’s Day gifts for you.

Primark: pink workout fleece – £12, sports leggings – £9, H&M: yoga top – £19.99, New Look: Rose Gold water bottle – £12.99, Primark: Yoga Matt – £7.00

 

For the Mother Figures

Mother’s Day is also a day to celebrate the people in your life who are like a Mum to you, whether that’s a grandparent, auntie, family friend or Dad. So we’ve had a browse to find some extra special gifts that will show them how much you appreciate them.

Superdrug Nail Bar: Treatment – starting from £7, Hobby Craft: homemade box frame – supplies from £3, Debenhams: Jewellery set – £22, Boots: Perfume – check individual prices in store.

 

Whatever you do on Mother’s Day, we hope you spoil the special lady in your life rotten! We also hope that this gift guide has made it a little easier finding the perfect present to buy for them.

And remember, Make it Monks Cross this Mother’s Day.

 

Make it Monks Cross this Black Friday


 

Black Friday is just a few days away and the offers are already rolling into our stores at Monks Cross. So we’ve had a browse and found some of the best deals that are currently on at our stores. 
You’re going to need to be quick if you want to get your paws on these deals though, they’ll be flying off the shelves.
On your marks, get set…. GO! 

 

New Look

New Look offers you en vogue items destined to be your new favourites. Black Friday 2018 is guaranteed to make your Christmas shopping as easy as possible. Gift your mum that designer bag for half price and surprise your sister with those shoes she’s been pining after for months! The Black Friday sale at New Look has got you covered. Find discounts of up to 25% off across all departments, both online and in-store. Start preparing for the year’s biggest bargain hunt today!

Primark

We’ve got some must have offers on at Primark in the build up to Black Friday. Starting from 20th November 2018, they’ll have special promotional prices and reductions across the entire store!
They’ll also be opening at 8:30am on 23rd November to give you some extra time to bag your in store favourites!

Schuh

Black is back at Schuh! There’s up to 50% off on selected lines in store.

River Island

Looking for a Black Friday deal already? We love your spirit, but like your birthday, this special event happens just once a year (sob). It’s not all bad news, you can still pick up a fresh style steal (or ten) with River Islands latest offers and savings – go on treat yourself, you deserve it…

Debenhams

Debenhams is treating your to their 12 day spectacular this Black Friday season… Check out their 12 days of amazing deals.

Boots

This Black Friday, Boots has some incredible offers in store just for you. Get up to half price (or better) off selected ranges! Pop in store and grab yourself some bargains.

 

Hobby Craft

To kick start Black Friday, Hobby Craft are giving you up to 50% off on selected lines!! Pop in store and check it out.

 

To keep up to date with our latest Black Friday deals and other amazing offers, check out our offers page!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday at Hobby Craft


To kick start Black Friday, Hobby Craft are giving you up to 50% off on selected lines!! Pop in store and check it out.

Welcome Home


 

If you’re anything like us then you take pride in your home. You love making it look, feel and smell beautiful and adjusting your homey touches to fit the seasons.
So we thought we’d have a browse around our favourite stores for home ware and give you a little Autumn / Winter décor inspiration. It may even give you a few gift ideas for Christmas!

Cosy Cushions

Cushions are a great way to inject a bit of character into your home and definitely make it cosier; which is exactly what you need in the winter.
Whether you prefer a muted toned cushion or a bright and quirky masterpiece, our stores have definitely got something to suit you.

Beautiful Bedding

Settle into the season with Monks Cross’ range of beautiful bedding. We’ve searched high and low to bring you the cosiest, softest and prettiest bedding in our stores. Whether you’re looking for ultimate warmth or cool and breezy sheets, you’ll definitely love what we’ve found for you.

Homey Touches

There’s one thing we refuse to leave out of this blog and it’s one of our favourite parts.
That’s right, you guessed it – it’s those little accessories that give your home that extra cosy, welcoming touch.
There’s something about adding a cinnamon candle, an inspirational poster or a snuggly throw around the house that perfects that inviting feeling.

Get Crafty

Maybe you’re one of those people who likes to add their own unique personality into their home. So why not customise your accessorises or even make your own?
We’ve taken some inspiration from Hobby craft and decided that this AW18, we’re going to get crafty and create unique accessories to dot around the house! Whether you’re sewing royalty and fancy making your own cushion covers or just want to add a seasonal wreaths to your doors, Hobby craft can definitely help.

Workshops at Hobby Craft


Join us at Hobby Craft for a range of amazing workshops the whole family will enjoy in the build up to Christmas!

To find out more about which workshops are available, go to their website: https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/store-events

*Booking is required via Hobby Craft’s site.

Hobby Craft Kids Craft Club


Free weekly workshops, to keep the kids entertained over the Summer

Slime making is held every Saturday from the 28th July – 1st September

A range of activities are available mid-week, such as foam mask making, decorating decopatch animals, making your own dream catcher and ceramic animal painting.

Full class details and times can be found at https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/store-events along with booking details.