Clarks Village it is what it sounds: a village full of outlet shops next door to door to each other where you can find whatever you want and more at an affordable price. Calvin Klein, Radley, Marks and Spencer, Hobbs, Jaeger, Osprey London, Phase Eight, Roman Originals, Mint Velvet, Jules, Ernest Jones, Jack Wills, Barbour, Levi’s, Vans, French Connection, Clarks of course and so on. A paradise for shoppers. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen this concept right in Paradise Island, Bahamas, while being on a round cruise New York – Bahamas, about three years ago. Lots of separate interesting shops in a relatively small “village”, mixed with coffee shops, bars and restaurants, even a playground for your kids. Everything is organized so that you can have an enjoyable shopping day. I noticed on their website that every Thursday Clarks Village is open from 8 a.m to 9 p.m. so I decided to go this last Thursday, as I was looking to find a pretty dress for attending a wedding at the end of the May and, knowing me, I thought I need more time (and shops) to make up my mind.
It was incredible easy and cheap to go to Clarks Village from Bristol, and I deeply regret it didn’t cross my mind to go there sooner. Just buy a single day ticket for West England (that would be only 6 pounds) and take bus number 376 from Bristol Coach Station to Street and you can travel all day long on all buses in West of England area. The bus stop closest to Clarks Village is the Library in Street, and you’ll know you’re there when most of the passengers get off the bus. 🙂
From the bus stop you need to walk about 10 minutes and you’ll find the stunning entrance of Clarks Village. This Thursday they were mowing the grass and the heavenly smell of freshly cut grass stirred up some of my sweetest childhood memories. In spring – but in summer as well – together with my brother, cousin and few neighbours, I used to dismiss my grandpa’s interdictions to roll through the grass, as he wanted to save it to be mown for the cattles. While stepping inside the Clarks Village, I felt a sudden urge to rest my head upon the grass and listen to it grow like I did back then…No, I didn’t dare to act on this, not that crazy yet, I’ll save this fantasy for my Alzheimer years, haha.
My shopping session lasted for about 3 – hours, partly because I arrived there already tired after a sleepless night, but I promised myself to spend more time next time. After wandering around between Hobbs, Phase Eight, Yumi and Roman, I finally decided I’ll go for my last two years love: color pink. At the Romans Original they had this lovely dress, which I fell in love with at the first sight. BUT…there is but. Although I found the right size for me, I decided to buy a smaller size in order to challenge myself to lose 5-6 kilos in three weeks. Wow, kind of already regretting that decision. What if I don’t manage to do that? Well, the good news is that I have 30 days to return the dress, however, will I find another dress in time for the wedding?