Idlewells Shopping Centre

Seaside Saturdays - free summer fun at Idlewells

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Another sweltering summer has prompted the Idlewells team to bring a little taste of our great British seaside into the shopping centre!

Throughout the six-week's holidays Idlewells is providing FREE ACTIVITIES for local families every Saturday 11am - 3pm.

Starting on Saturday 29th July with a traditional seaside horse-racing game - Roll-a-ball Donkey Derby - and free candyfloss and popcorn for everyone (while stocks last!), the six week programme is intended to provide a little bit of summer fun for everyone.

This latest promotion is another 'thanks' to shoppers from the busy Sutton-in-Ashfield shopping centre, for their loyal custom week in, week out!

Below is a timetable of activities in Idlewells from Saturday 29th July to Saturday 2nd September inclusive.

As well as this schedule of fabulous seaside-style events, Idlewells will be re-filling its popular sandpit, which will be open every day throughout the school holidays - starting on 29th July.

The hugely popular sandpit was first opened in 2015, when local landscaping business, The Garden Barber, donated the bespoke built construction with artifical turf to Idlewells and the Sutton community.

The shopping centre's giant deckchair will also be on the mall throughout the holidays for visitors to take pictures on.  There is also a £100 prize up for grabs, for anyone sending their photograph in to the Idlewells team via Facebook.


As well as the activity in Idlewells, Sutton Library - situated just inside Idlewells (at the Bus Station entrance) will be holding its annual Reading Challenge - summer long activity - and a series of free fun sessions and workshops (see below). For full details of The Reading Challenge and all of Sutton Library's events, click here.



Summer Activities - Terms and Conditions:

29th July: Free candyfloss and popcorn is available to shoppers of all ages, while stocks last. Each person can enjoy a single portion of candyfloss OR popcorn. Return visitors will not be given a second portion, so please don’t ask.

5th August: Our Caricature Artist will draw your portrait for free, and provide you with a copy. This is anticipated to be a popular event, so queueing should be expected. Artist, John G Roberts, will endeavour to please everyone, but time limitations will apply. ALL DRAWINGS will be posted on Facebook unless requested otherwise.

All workshops and events are managed by third party artists, performers or entertainment specialists. Please respect any requests they have regarding health, safety or behaviour of your children. Children under 10 years MUST be accompanied at all times by an adult, for the safety and comfort of everyone taking part. 

Rock giveaway: bring your voucher to any Summer Saturday event, to claim your free stick of rock. Vouchers are found on the postcard-sized timetable leaflets.  

Greggs Vouchers for a free hot drink with any purchase (throughout the Idlewells summer promotion) are also available on the timetable leaflet. This offer has been kindly provided to us by Greggs, Sutton-in-Ashfield, and acceptance of the vouchers is completely at the discretion of Greggs' staff. 

2nd September: Photographer, Jason Parnell, will take and provide one portrait per family group, and provide one 8"x6" print in a mount, completely free of charge - paid for by Idlewells Shopping Centre.  The number of photographs per person is limited due to time constraints and Jason's decision is final on the choice of print and number of shots he takes to achieve a quality result. All pictures will be posted on our Facebook page, unless requested otherwise.

 Sandpit: The sandpit is available for use throughout the six week's holidays. It is for accompanied children under 12 years of age. The following rules apply in the interests of all children's enjoyment, health and safety.:

1. Please stay with your child at all times 

2. Do not allow your child to: eat or drink in the sandpit, run or jump in the sandpit, throw the sand or toys, take toys away from the sandpit.

3. Please notify staff of any litter, hazards, accidents or unruly/unsafe behaviour.

4. Be aware that parents are responsible for the behaviour and safety of your child whilst in the sandpit

5. Do not allow children who are not toilet trained into the sandpit.

Giant deckchair photographs: You are invited to send us your pictures taken in our giant deckchair via Facebook Messenger, or by posting on our Timeline. These images will be put in an album for visitors to our page (and your friends and family) to like your pictures. The picture with the most likes on 2nd September, will receive £100 vouchers for the Idlewells shop/s of the taker's choice!