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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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!
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!
Black is back at Schuh! There’s up to 50% off on selected lines in store.
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 is treating your to their 12 day spectacular this Black Friday season… Check out their 12 days of amazing deals.
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.
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!
We’ve been exploring our stores for some of the top fashion finds to keep your autumn look on point. From H&M to River Island and Next Look, here’s our mini guide to the season’s ultimate style finds and accessories.
Like bring wrapped up inside a cuddle, it’s all about being a big softie when it comes to picking your coat. Wear it in a teddy boy style in a shade of brown for the full teddy-bear effect!
Coat £79.99 at H&M
If you’re not sure about going the full monty with fake fur, then give a nod to the trend with your accessories. This River Island bag is perfect for party season!
Furry Bag £22 at River Island
Animal print is literally owning the high street this season and you definitely need to embrace your inner feline (or Zebra!) to keep up with the fashion pack. We love his leopard print jumper from New Look – perfect for cosying up with by the fire after a brisk autumnal walk!
Leopard Print Jumper £24.99 at New Look
For anyone who truly wants to unleash their wild side, this pink leopard print dress from River Island is a fabulous choice for the upcoming party season, also ticking the trend box for bright colours!
Dress £55 at River Island
Checks of all shapes, sizes and colours are everywhere this season and giving animal print a serious run for its money as the top seasonal trend. Whether you’re wearing checks for leisure or getting your office suiting on fleek, there’s something for everyone. These trousers are a real find, reminiscent of Versace’s rock n’ roll catwalk take on the trend!
Blue Tartan Trousers £22.99 at New Look
Rupert Bear himself would be envious of this super cosy tartan scarf from River Island. The ultimate check choice to give make last year’s winter coat instantly fashion forward.
Tartan Scarf £15 at River Island
Bright and Beautiful
Wow, all we can say is that we need this dress. Brights and neons have kept their fashion credentials this season and this colour popping pink dress from H&M Studio is one of the best!
Pink Dress £55 at H&M
Summer’s in full swing, the sun’s shining (for once), people are jetting off left, right and centre and there’s not been a spot of rain in nearly 2 weeks!
Since the weather has been so dreamy, we’ve been inspired to put together the perfect beach-wear guide just for you.
Sun, sea and sarongs
If you weren’t blessed with skin that tans instead of burns then it’s important you have a beach cover up to hand just in case the sun gets a little too much.
We’ve had a look through Debenhams range of sarongs and kimonos to give you a little inspiration on how to style your swim wear with a stunning cover up. They have everything from light linen wraps to beautiful lace pieces.
Swim into style
You can’t go to the beach without the perfect swim wear so we’ve had a look in some of our favourite stores at their collections. Whether you’re a one piece kind of girl or prefer a sultry two piece, our broad selection of swimsuits will definitely complete your summer wardrobe.
Don’t worry boys, we haven’t forgot about you, we’ve found collection of swim shorts in H&M that will be perfect for all types of getaways, from family fun to lads holidays! Keep it simple with a solid colour or show off your personality with a bold and bright pattern, whatever your style, we know you’re going to love this range.
In our opinion, there’s one item of clothing that every lad needs when they go abroad and that’s a bright Hawaiian shirt!
There’s something about being on holiday that lets you push your style boundaries and nothing says that like one of these shirts from H&M, coming in at just £17.99.
What does your beach towel say about you?
Whether you’re a self-confessed mermaid, Disney princess or Baywatch wannabe, then boy do we have the towel for you. We’ve had a little browse through Primark’s new range of beach towels and they have something that will radiate your personality to every sunbathing sally within a 5 mile radius.
Summer is here! We may be seeing the odd bit of cold weather and rain but the sun has actually managed to make an appearance for more than a couple of hours, so it’s time to embrace the sunshine and hit the high street in the latest summer fashion. To give you a little helping hand, we’re going to be picking out some of our favourite looks from this season!
Whether you’re hitting the beaches of Marbella or just sunbathing in your back garden, we’ve found the perfect bikinis and swimsuits that will make you swoon. From triangle plain halter necks to bright patterned one pieces, there’s swimwear to suit everyone in our stores.
Strolling around the shops helped the little fashonista inside us run wild, we found dresses to suit everyone’s style!
From bright flowy numbers to 90’s styled denim, we couldn’t get enough of the endless collections our stores had to offer
Step into Summer
We don’t know about you but we think shoes can either make or break your outfit. So we’ve had a look around Schuh to find some seasonal must haves that will never ruin your style. They have everything a girl could ever need this summer from strappy sandals, peep toe heels to glitzy boots.
Get the glow.
When the sun’s bright and beaming, you want to make sure your highlight is too, so we’ve put together some of our favourite makeup products from our centre.
Whether you’re into a subtle sultry look or you prefer to be a glowing golden goddess, our stores will definitely be able to help you out. They have everything from foundation and highlight to give you a true summer glow, to setting sprays to keep you looking perfect throughout the day.
Don’t worry if you’re not an expert or don’t know where to start, our lovely store assistants have a world of knowledge to make sure you leave feeling happy!
Spring fashion has officially sprung! Although the weather has been frosty over the past few weeks, it’s definitely starting to pick up. The elves have been taken down off the shelves and replaced with Easter eggs, so we thought we’d release our inner Gok Wan and give you a little spring style inspiration.
Give Winter The Boot.
The sun is peeping through the clouds but that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the flip-flops.
But it also doesn’t mean the only shoes you can wear are your clumpy winter boots because let’s face it, they’ve probably taken a beating in the latest weather.
So we’ve had a little browse around Schuh and we were speechless. All we can say is they’ve really pulled out all the stops this year. From Kim K styled ankle boots to flower power doc martins, their spring shoe collection is stunning. They have something for everyone, for the simmered stylist to the full blown fashion icons, you’ll 100% find the shoe for you.
An outfit is all about the accessories and this spring, we’re all about pops of colour and florals! Bright greens, yellows and pinks are definitely on the seasonal menu. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we stepped into New Look and saw the array of colours surrounding us!
From stylish back packs to WAG bags and clutches, there’s a bag to fit every occasion just in store for you.
Get your coat…
We know it’s spring but we’re still in York, so lets face it, it’s still going to be chilly – they don’t call it April showers for nothing! But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to trek about in a big parka all the time, H&M’s men’s jacket range is amazing. From sleek going out jackets, to casual day to day, their collection is perfect for any man with any price range!
It’s time to whip out your skirts girls, because we’re all about flowers and frills in the spring.
Topshop’s collection is perfect for a quick photo opp in the street – whether you prefer a fitted mini skirt or you want to channel your inner princess in a long flowy maxi, we’ve got you covered.