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How Five Valley’s can help you to celebrate the perfect Christmas

Pumpkin picking season is over, the last embers of the bonfire have long gone out – and now, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The shops are once again filled with special offers and the jingle jangle of festive music, schools are preparing for their nativity plays and we’re all starting to make plans for how to celebrate the festive season with our loved ones.

Here at Five Valley shopping centre in Stroud we have an abundance of fantastic shops, restaurants and other attractions to ensure you can enjoy a fab family day out and are all set for the big day. Here’s six great ideas for how we can help you to celebrate the perfect Christmas this festive season.

Tip 1: A trip to the cinema!

Enjoy a state-of-the-art cinema experience at VUE Stroud across six screens and more than 790 seats, with premium Sony 4K picture quality and Digital Dolby Surround Sound.

There is a fantastic range of films for all the family to enjoy including Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie and Trolls Band Together, with a whole host of new Christmas films expected to be released soon.

VUE is currently running a number of special offers – including Mini Mornings offering tickets for kids’ films from £2.49 - to help you save those pennies.

Tip 2: Take to the bowling alley!

Fancy your chances at bowling? Find out who the top player is in your family at the Family Olympics every Sunday at Stroud Bowl.

There are a number of special offers running in conjunction with the special events. Choose from bronze, silver or gold packages.

The game only bronze option for a family of four starts at £25, right up to the gold offer for a family of six that includes game, drink and food at £74.

The silver and gold packages include five drinks vouchers of your choice (maximum of two alcohol vouchers). Gold packages also include a platter of spring rolls, chicken strips, onion rings, sliders and chips.

If you fancy getting a group of parents and children together for a festive get-together, there is also a kids’ party package available for just £11.95 per person, which includes a game of bowling, kids’ meal, unlimited squash, a certificate for the winner and party bags.

Tip 3: Grab a bargain at Sandersons Boutique department store

If you’re looking for high quality and reasonable prices, then Sandersons could be the ideal place to find that prized present for your loved one. The store is home to a range of beautiful national and independent brands which includes ladieswear, menswear, fragrance, bags and accessories, gifts, shoes and homeware.

Sandersons’ unique array of much loved and unique brands includes Holland Cooper, Barbour, Barbour International, Jacob Cohan, Hackett, Armani Exchange, Boss, Pennyblack, FRNCH, Soya Concept, Ugg and Stand Studio.

There are a number of special offers via Sandersons’ Christmas Gifting promotion, ensure you keep an eye on our offers page to find out more.

You can also sign up to the Sandersons Friends Card loyalty scheme to receive exclusive discounts and keep up to date with what's new via regular newsletters.

Tip 4: Grab a festive-themed coffee

Tired from all that Christmas shopping? Why not refuel at Starbucks where their baristas’ passion for coffee is rivalled only by their love of sharing it.

Coffee fans will be delighted to hear that the popular chain has recently announced its new Christmas menu.

This includes the newly-introduced Hazelnut Crunch Hot Chocolate, which is steamed with milk, made with cocoa powder, with chocolate whip and a chocolate and hazelnut topping.

There are also a few fan favourites making a return, including the Toffee Nut Latte, Eggnog Latte, and the Caramel Waffle Latte.

Tip 5: Get some culinary inspiration at a live cookery demonstration

We all know cooking Christmas dinner can be a bit of a challenge, but thankfully Five Valley’s fantastic artisan chefs will be on hand to provide you with a bit of culinary inspiration during a series of live cookery demonstrations on Sundays throughout November and December.

Foodies can also expect to find a rich tapestry of gourmet street food from around the globe at the accompanying market, with future demonstrations set to be delivered by Thai2Go with Armadeli guiding people on how to put together the perfect cheeseboard.

Shoppers will also be able to take advantage of free parking, which is running on Sundays leading up to the New Year.

For more information about Five Valleys and future cookery demo events visit our what’s on page.

Tip 6 :Discounts galore!

If you’re watching the pennies this festive season, Blue Light cardholders - the discount service for the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces – can take advantage of discounts at a number of businesses including House of Piri, That2go, BBQ Society, Cordells, Victoria R, Non Solo Pasta, Jojo Maman Bebe, Sandersons Boutique and F.Hinds (with a £50 minimum spend).

Shop & Eat

Whether it's household products, beauty, fashion or gifts you need, Five Valleys has a wide range of unique independent retailers - as well as a number of national, well-loved brands to choose from. You'll find everything from everyday essentials to something just that little bit special. We're also home to good food, a range of key services and we provide a choice of venues to entertain the family - including a Vue cinema and bowling.

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