Head to one of the UK's many discount shopping outlets to indulge in some guilt-free retail therapy, and stock up on gorgeous gifts at discounted prices. Get hold of designer clothing, shoes, homeware, luggage, sports equipment, cosmetics and toiletries, power tools, books, health food, confectionery, toys, music and more – all at rock bottom prices. Many outlets offer free parking and play areas, and some even have tourist attractions nearby so you can really make a day of it.
Junction 32 Outlet Village, Castleford, West Yorkshire
Enjoy 30-80% off recommended retail prices at more than 90 famous-name stores, including including Gap Outlet, Le Creuset, Clarks, M&S Outlet, Nike Clearance Store, Tefal, Mango, Next Clearance, The Body Shop Outlet and Levi’s. Cafes and restaurants include Starbucks, Subway and Thornton’s Chocolate Cafe, and there's an outdoor children's play area as well as pirate-themed crazy gold. Head to Xscape, opposite, for the country's biggest real snow slope, 2 rock climbing walls, gravity trampoline park, an aerial assault course, an indoor skateboard park, a 4D golf course, Laserzone, bowling, adventure golf, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, and 17 bars and restaurants.
Lakeside Village, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Shop at more than 45 stores offering discounts of 30-80% on recommended retail prices, including Cadbury, M&S Outlet, Bench, Black & Decker, Ernest Jones, Antler, Nike Clearance Store, Clarks, Thornton's Chocolate Cafe, Next Clearance, and Mountain Warehouse. There's also an indoor soft play area for toddlers and a covered outdoor adventure playground for older children, plus events throughout the year.
Royal Quays, North Shields, Newcastle
One of the first outlet centres in England, Royal Quays opened in 1996. It's now home to more than 50 outlets offering up to 60% off recommended retail prices – including Body Shop Outlet, Next Clearance, Nike Factory Store, Dickies, Cotton Traders, Poundland Outlet, Clarks and Trespass. There's regular entertainment and live events too.
Dalton Park, Seaham, Durham
Enjoy up to 50% discount on branded products at the biggest outlet shopping centre in the north-east. Shops include Joseph, Radley, Clarks Factory Shopping, Adidas Outlet, Denby and Hallmark. There's also a children's play area and parkland trails to explore. The child-friendly trails were launched to celebrate World Wetlands Day and have become popular for pond-dipping, wildlife walks, and birdwatching.
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York, Yorkshire
Discounts of up to 60% at more than 120 stores, plus a play area and ad-hoc children's activities and entertainment throughout the year. The premium brands at McArthur Glen York include Calvin klein, LK Bennett, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Tag Heuer, French Connection, Clarks, Escada, Fossil, Phase Eight, Vans, White Stuff, Samsonite, Crocs and Hobbs.
Hornsea Freeport, East Yorkshire
More than 30 outlet stores offering discounts of up to 60% off brands. Highlights include Clarks Factory Shop, Card Factory, Thorntons, The Works, Tog 24, Craghoppers and The Edinburgh Woollen Mill. As well as shops, there are landscaped surroundings, refreshments, regular live events and free parking for 1,400 cars.
McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire
This is the UK's largest designer outlet, and home to more than 120 shops, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy discounts of up to 60% on brands including Diesel, Michael Kors, Reiss, Superdry and All Saints. There's also a play area as well as ad-hoc children's activities and entertainment throughout the year.
Lowry Outlet Mall, Media City UK, Salford Quays, Manchester
Save up to 50% on high street prices at this shopping and leisure destination, which also boasts a cinema and a gym. Retailers range from Molton Brown, M&S Outlet and Chapelle Jewellery, to Antler, Pussycat London, Wax Lyrical, Gap Outlet, Yankee Candle and Black & Decker. There's a wealth of eateries, including Pizza Express, Nando's, Harvester and Cafe Rouge, as well as regular children's entertainment and craft fairs. As the mall is part of the Media City development, there's a wealth of other attractions nearby.
Lowry Outlet Mall
Freeport Fleetwood, Lancashire
Save up to 60% on recommended retail prices at more than 45 famous-name stores every day, including M&S Outlet, Next Clearance, Regatta, Hallmark Outlet, Costa Coffee, Bench, Gap Outlet, Home Bargains and many more. For children, there's a nautically themed outdoor play area, plus entertainment events throughout the year.
K Village, Kendal, Cumbria
The Lakes Outlet, which sits at the southern edge of Kendal, comprises a premium discount shopping village, restaurants and cafes, and more than 400 parking spaces. Save up to 70% on recommended retail prices with brands including Clarks, Cotton Traders, Trespass, The Works and Denby. The site was home to the K Shoes factory for more than 160 years – visitors can learn more about the history while they are there, at the K Shoes Heritage Centre.
Freeport Talke, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
This outlet centre boasts more than 40 stores and eateries offering up to 60% discount on recommended retail prices. Shops include M&S Outlet, Sports Direct, ProCook, Nike Clearance Store, Costa Coffee, Gap Outlet and many more. Entertainment for children comes in the form of an indoor play centre – Zennz Den – featuring ball pools, climbing frames and more.
Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens, Spalding, Lincolnshire
Combine a day of shopping with a wander around landscaped gardens. Save up to 75% at retailers including Game, Bench, Weird Fish, Jeff Banks, Skechers, Radley, Holland & Barrett and Nike Factory Store,
Springfields offers more than 55 outlet stores plus showcase gardens, display fountains, attractions, a Play Barn and a garden centre.
Springfields Outlet Shopping
East Midlands Designer Outlet, South Normanton, Derbyshire
Enjoy savings on more than 75 brands, including Gap, Ghost, Phase Eight, Levis's, Jaeger, Superdry, Kurt Geiger, Reebok and Radley. There's also an adventure playground plus regular events.
Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping, Gloucester
This designer discount shopping outlet has an outstanding mix of high street and designer labels, offering up to 70% off brands including All Saints, Puma, White Stuff, Taking Shape, Gap Outlet, Antler, Toys R Us and L.K.Bennett.
Labels Outlet, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
Offering clothing, shoes, luggage, homeware, jewellery and more, Labels Outlet boasts brands including Dash, Storm London, Rocket Dog, Red or Dead, Joules, Guinness, Elle, Boxfresh, Irregular Choice, Monsoon Home, V&A and Tigi.
The Galleria, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Shop at more than 80 stores offering up to 60% off recommended retail prices. Enjoy discounts on brands including Clarks, Gap, icandy, Wonderbra, Waterstones, TK Maxx, Superdrug, The Works, Nike Factory Store, Chapelle, M&S, Ghost, Antler, Paul Costelloe and Jaeger. There are also around 10 places to eat and drink, as well as a nine-screen cinema and a jungle-themed adventure play area for children aged from 1 to 12.
McArthurGlen Swindon, Wiltshire
This indoor discount shopping village is house in the beautifully restored Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western railway works, so the weather can't spoil your day. Enjoy savings of up to 60% at 90 stores selling premium brands, including Phase Eight, Crocs, Clarks, L.K. Bennett, Lindt, Paperchase, Jigsaw, John lewis Home Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren and Superdry. There's also a play area for children, extensive car parking, places to eat and Steam – the Museum of the Great Western Railway.
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire
With a beautiful waterfront setting, Gunwharf Quays is home to the iconic Spinnaker Tower, and sits only yards from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. This extensive development is also home to more than 95 outlet shops, 30 bars and restaurants, a health and fitness centre, a 14-screen cinema, a 26-lane Bowlplex bowling alley, Tiger Tiger nightclub, an art gallery and an Express by Holiday Inn hotel. Stores include Animal, Cadbury, Boots, Bose, Crabtree & Evelyn, Diesel, Hobbs, HMV, Karen Millen, Lindt, Molton Brown, Ugg, White Stuff and Paul Smith.
Bicester Village, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Save up to 60% on designer and high street prices at Bicester Village, at more than 130 retailers including Cath Kidston, Dior, Agent Provocateur, Alexander McQueen, Barbour, Jimmy Choo, Diesel, Matthew Williamson, Anya Hindmarch, The White Company, Mulberry, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Prada, Smythson and Thomas Pink. There's also a Tourist Information Centre, a children's playground and a valet parking service, should you require one.
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Clacton Factory Outlet, Essex
Enjoy discounts of up to 60% at more than 20 shops, ranging from Claire's Accessories and Trespass to Card Factory and Thorntons. There's also an outdoor play area, several eateries and 1,000 free parking spaces.
Dockside Outlet Centre, Chatham, Kent
Enjoy up to 60% off leading brands in a waterside, Grade II listed building, which was originally constructed at Woolwich Dockyard but re-erected in Chatham in 1876. The £63 million development is home to retailers including Cadbury, Pilot Outlet, Sports Direct, M&S Outlet, Cotton Traders and The Range. You'll also find places to eat and drink.
Freeport Braintree, Essex
Choose from a variety of high street and designer stores offering discounts of up to 60% off recommended retail prices every day. There's a large choice of fashion, homeware, sportswear and gift ideas, with brands such as Karen Millen, Ted Baker, M&S Outlet, Mamas & Papas, Ernest Jones, Bose, Barbour, Jaeger, Nike Factory Store and Samsonite. Take a break in one of the cafes or restaurants, including Costa Coffee, Starbucks or Pizza Express, then head to the adjacent Freeport Leisure Park which boasts a 12-screen cinema and bowling alley.
Ashford Designer Outlet, Kent
Make savings on more than 70 designer brands, including Fossil, Clarks, Crocs, Animal, Fred Perry, Fat Face, Links of London, Molton Brown, Fat Face, Abercrombie & Fitch and Levis. Grab a bite to eat and take the children to the play area. There's also ad-hoc entertainment ranging from clowns and face painting to puppet shows and character appearances.
Atlantic Village, Bideford, North Devon
Incorporating more than 30 stores offering up to 50% off recommended retail prices – including Cadbury, Gap Outlet, Poundland Outlet and Trespass – Atlantic Village boasts its own children's theme park. Atlantis Adventure Park features fun for all ages from gold panning and adventure golf, to indoor play and a children’s train ride.
Panning for gold in Atlantis
Clarks Village, Street, Somerset
Save up to 60% on recommended retail prices at more than 90 stores. From famous high street brands to designer labels, new stock arrives daily. There's a large choice of fashion, homeware, sportswear and gift ideas, from great brands including Coast, Whistles, Timberland, Gap Outlet, Monsoon, Seasalt Cornwall, Vans, Clarks, Jaeger, Phase Eight, White Stuff, Vodafone and many more. There are plenty of places to take a break for lunch in the Terrace Restaurant, including Pret, Prezzo, and Frankie & Benny’s. There's lots of fun for children too, including a traditional carousel and an outdoor adventure playground with wooden turrets, dragon slides, swings and an infant play area. Why not visit Clarks Shoe Museum while you're there? Clarks Shoes used to be made in Street, until production moved to the Far East. Clarks began life in Street in 1825 and its head office remains in the town.
Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, Clackmannanshire
Discover famous name brands with up to 70% off the recommended retail price, at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Central Scotland. Brands include Adidas Reebok, Tefal Outlet, Thorntons, Gap, Ultimo, Home Bargains and M&S Outlet, and there's a children's play area.
Gretna Gateway, Dumfriesshire
Save up to 50% on recommended retail prices at 50 stores all year round. Retailers include Clarks, Molton Brown, Antler, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sports Direct and Gap Outlet, and there are five eateries to boot, as well as an outdoor play areas and regular events.
Livingston Designer Outlet, West Lothian
Just a 40-minute drive from Edinburgh, enjoy discounts of up to 60% at more than 70 stores, including Fossil, Fred Perry, Lacoste, Crocs, French Connection and Tommy Hilfiger. There's also a host of places to eat and drink, as well as an eight-screen cinema and adventure golf.
Festival Park, Ebbw Vale, Gwent
Festival Park Outlet Shopping and Leisure, save up to 50% on high street prices at more than 40 outlets, at the head of the Ebbw valley. There are more than 1,000 free car parking spaces and retailers include Dickies, Hallmark, Select, Autonomy, Poundland Outlet, sports Direct and Clarks. A licensed restaurant offers panoramic views across the valley. As if this wasn't enough, Festival Park also boasts regular events, a free children's play castle, an owl sanctuary and the UK's longest super-tubing run.
McArthurGlen Bridgend, South Wales
Enjoy discounts on more than 90 brands including Billabong, Tommy Hilfiger, Smow+Rock, Lacoste, Osprey London, Helly Hansen, Fossil and Calvin Klein Underwear. There's also a cinema, 12 bars and restaurants, a children's play area and a host of regular events.
Killarney Outlet Centre, County Kerry
Save up to 70% at retailers including Nike Factory Store, Holland and Barrett, The Works, Claire's and Trespass.
Kildare Village, Dublin
Find discounts of up to 60% on recommended retail prices at this sister outlet of Bicester Village. There are more than 60 retailers to choose from, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Cath Kidston, Le Creuset, Villeroy & Boch, and Samsonite.
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(30 July 2015)