Prepare for getting outdoors again this Spring Article

As restrictions lift, we can now look forward to catching up with a small number of friends and family outdoors. For some, this means picnics in the park, and for others it means outdoor adventures!

Whatever it means to you, we’ve got you covered thanks to the retailers at Victoria Centre, with many options available to order online before stores fully reopen.

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Make the most out of picnics this year with the Croft Collection Luxury Filled Wicker Picnic Basket for four people. All you need to do is add the food - this picnic basket has everything you need, including cutlery, wine glasses and napkins.

This is priced at £175.

For those of you looking to head into the great outdoors now that the weather is looking a bit brighter, you’ll still need to remember a waterproof jacket! After all, when you’re miles away from the car and the heavens open, it’s better to be over prepared than caught out!

The Helly Hansen Seven J Women’s Waterproof Jacket in Caribbean Sea is the perfect addition to any rambler’s wardrobe. This jacket is lightweight, so it’s perfect for April Showers when it’s still quite warm.

This is priced at £95.

John Lewis & Partners is now open for Click & Collect.

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Wherever you’re heading this Spring, it is important to remember that we still need to be doing our bit to stay safe and protect ourselves from the spread of Coronavirus. The Boots Hand Hygiene Bundle is a must have, whether you’re on the go or staying at home. It contains 20 bar soaps, 120 antibacterial wipes, 10 hand wash bottles and 10 hand gel bottles.

This bundle is worth £53 but is currently priced at £25.

While it may not feel like Summer, the sun will still be trying to peek out as we head into the Spring months, so it’s important to keep the whole family protected from harmful UV rays. The Soltan Family Essential Pack has three Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion bottles in it, ranging from SPF15 to SPF50+. It also includes the Soltan Face Protect & Moisturise SPF30 and Soltan Soothe & Moisturise Aftersun Lotion so you don’t need to worry about stocking up on anything else!

This pack is priced at £14.67.

Boots is open as usual as an essential retailer, however, if you do plan to visit their store, please be aware that you can only enter and exit via their on-street Parliament St doors during the lockdown.

Urban Outfitters

Whether you’re packing a lunch for a picnic or heading deep into the countryside, you’ll need to take some supplies with you to stay fed and watered on your travels! Cling film and tin foil is very wasteful and not to mention, not always the most reliable.

These Reusable Gingham Bees Wax Wraps will solve all your problems here - simply wrap the waxed cotton around your food to keep it fresh and rinse the wrap when you're done.

A pack of three costs £18.

To add something extra to your picnic with five friends, you’ll need a stylish blanket. The Plant Lovers Throw Blanket is huge - 152cm x 120cm - and features a woven pattern of all of your favourite house plants. To really add the finishing touch, it has a multicoloured trim all the way round.

This is priced at £120.

Urban Outfitters is currently open for Click & Collect orders.


Any good hike starts with the right footwear. Not only will a sturdy pair of boots keep your feet dry and warm, the ankle support will reduce the chances of any sprains or strains when heading for the hills. The Trespass Men’s Waterproof Walking Boots have a breathable membrane to stop blisters, as well as a cushioned and contoured footbed to ensure that you can stay out on the trails for hours on end.

These are priced at £79.99.

To keep the kids warm and dry as you head out this Spring, you can’t go wrong with an all in one rain suit. The Dripdrop babies’ rain suit is cleverly designed to keep the little ones cosy, dry and protected from the elements, whilst still being breathable.

This is priced at £47.99.

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