NEWS AND EVENTS
GIANT PINK WITCHES FLY INTO BELLE VALE
On Saturday 29th October between 10am and 4pm, shoppers finishing off their Halloween shopping will be met by Belle Vale’s learner witches. These wonderful witches are a spectacular sight to see with their colourful costumes and stilts. The learner witches are known for their legendary incompetence and can be seen flying around, surprising people and trying to remember their magic spells. These bungling characters are sure to receive some sympathy and a giggle from the unsuspecting public.
Alongside the character appearances, Belle Vale Shopping Centre is offering face painting and temporary glitter tattoos that can be shown off when having a photograph with the witches. The BIG Little Library will also be joining the fun, with free spooky story-telling throughout the day. Find them next to Snips Salon on Hedgefield mall.
Visitors will be spellbound to learn that the performances and face painting are FREE and what’s more – there are over 1,000 free car parking spaces at the centre, making it a budget-friendly family day out. Shoppers will be able to pick up everything they need for their own spooky celebration, as well as trick or treat goodies, from a selection of retailers such as Wilko, Poundland, B&M and more. There’s great value Halloween ranges in stores now, so pop into the centre today.
AWARD WINNING GREEN AND CLEAN SHOPPING CENTRE
Belle Vale Shopping Centre is the proud recipient of a National award for their environmental initiatives. The Green Apple Environment Awards recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
Since 2008, becoming ‘greener’ has been an important part of the Shopping Centre’s corporate social responsibility policy. Over the years, the centre management team has completely changed how they deal with waste on site. Cardboard and polythene are made into bales on-site for recycling, drink cans and plastic bottles are separated at source and all residual waste goes to a facility to be processed and sent to a power station, to generate electricity and steam for district heating. New bins on the mall areas of the Shopping Centre also help tenants and shoppers to recycle easily. The Centre has continuously reduced waste to landfill and in 2012, achieved their target of ZERO waste to landfill that has been maintained since.
In 2015, the management team chose to work with Carbon Neutral Bagnall & Morris Waste Services to provide innovative solutions to their waste management systems. The centre has now started to further improve their waste segregation and recycling through the introduction of food and glass bins across the site.
Alongside these procedural changes, the Centre also held a community event to promote their ‘green’ credentials. Posters were displayed around the mall to encourage shoppers & tenants to support the recycling agenda and a Waste Management Roadshow was held on site by the waste management contractor and the Centre mascot, Bella the Bee.
Paul Wilson, Centre Manager, said of the accolade ’we are extremely proud to receive a Green Apple Award in recognition of our achievements. Over the last few years the centre has made a significant reduction in its impact on the environment, as all the waste created on site is either recycled or redirected to be made into new energy. The site staff work really hard to ensure all recycling opportunities are taken, but with further support from the centres tenants & shoppers, we can continue to improve the recycling initiatives. The waste management costs to the Centre have also been significantly reduced which means any savings can re-invested into other initiatives to the benefit of our shoppers and the local community.’ The awards presentation will be held in November at Westminster Palace and the centre will then find out if they have won a Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
This award comes only a few months after another award for the Centre, achieved in the field of marketing and events. The BCSC Purple Apple Merit Award was given to Belle Vale Shopping Centre in May for their partnership work with Gateacre School for ‘The BIG Little Library’ project.
ROALD DAHL DAY CELEBRATION
The library will be open from 10am on the day, with events from 12pm to 4pm.
The fun free fantastic events will include;
Activity sheets, colouring in, word searches & quizzes. There will also be some popular Roald Dahl Audio Books playing in the backgound.
Additional activities will also be held on the main mall area by the mall cafe. Children will get the chance to make Dream Jars, Wonka Bars & Bulging Biscuits. The event is FREE to join in and all children are welcome.
For more information about these activities or the BIG Little Library project, please visit the library located on Hedgefield Mall near Snips Hairdressers.
NEW RETAILER OPEN AT BELLE VALE SHOPPING CENTRE
Belle Vale Shopping Centre is delighted to announce the arrival of an exciting new independent retailer – Glitz n Glam.
The new store can be found on Hedgefield mall and offers an extensive range of beauty and hair products. The glitzy store stocks a large range of handmade hair accessories appropriate for both school and leisure wear. Glitz n Glam also have a wide- ranging selection of accessories including socks, hair extensions, make-up, jewellery, handbags, false lashes and nails extensions as well as Vibrant Directions hair dye and fancy dress.
Glitz n Glam join a line-up of beauty and fashion retailers already trading at the Centre, including Bon Marche, New Look, Peacocks, Store Twenty-One, Shush, Branded Clothing, A J Accessories, Boots and Superdrug. The new accessories store will be open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm each day.
Paul Wilson, Centre Manager, said, ‘Here at Belle Vale Shopping Centre we are proud to support local independent retailers and wish Glitz n Glam every success at the Centre.”
BELLE VALE CELEBRATES THE OLYMPICS
Belle Vale Shopping Centre will be celebrating the summer Olympics in Rio with a special appearance from two larger than life tropical birds. The avian amigos will be roaming the centre on Saturday 13th August to entertain shoppers.
Belle Vale Shopping Centre has flown two exotic Rio Birds all the way from Brazil to entertain visitors as they shop. The vibrant duo will appear at intervals between 10am and 4pm and will be exploring their surroundings with inquisitive beaks and joyful squeaks. Shoppers can marvel at the beauty of the giant birds and will be encouraged to take a bright and brilliant selfie.
Alongside the event, Belle Vale Shopping Centre is giving one shopper the chance to win a sports outfit, courtesy of Mersey Sport. Shoppers are invited to visit the Centre’s Facebook page between Friday 5th and Monday 22nd August to answer the question ‘Who is your favorite Olympian of all time’ and all entries will be put into a prize draw to be in with a chance of winning the brilliant prize.
Paul Wilson, Centre Manager comments, “The Olympics is a fantastic occasion that everyone enjoys. We are pleased to host an event which celebrates the summer event in Rio and we are also delighted to work with Mersey Sport on an exclusive competition; all the activity is free, family entertainment for our shoppers.”
Terms and conditions for the competition can be found on the Facebook page.
CAMPERVAN COUNT UP
Our campervan will be rolling into the Centre for a week to entice shoppers into a big summer and holiday themed competition! The campervan will be brimming with balloons and shoppers will be invited to guess how many balloons are inside to be entered into the prize draw. The prize will be a night’s stay for 2 in a luxury hotel in Liverpool. Entry forms will be located in the main mall by the campervan and the full Terms & Conditions will be listed on the form.
Bella the Bee will be making appearances throughout the day for photo opportunities with visitors….PLUS selected stores will also be displaying their range of summer products in rotation throughout the week so that shoppers can pick up some great bargains whilst in the centre!
A children’s craft workshop will run alongside the campervan Count-up event on Saturday 30th July. Kids are invited to make a keyring for free to take home. The team at Jungle Fun & Area 51 will also be involved with a colouring competition and they are giving shoppers the chance to win tickets to a party at one of their venues. All the entries will be displayed on the Centre’s Facebook page in an online gallery and shoppers can vote for their favourite. The entry with the most votes will be awarded the prize.
SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST
To celebrate the Olympics in Brazil, a pair of exotic giant birds will take over the Centre. The brilliant birds will be roaming the mall between 10am – 4pm and shoppers will get a chance to catch a glimpse of the rare species! They will mix and mingle with visitors and pose for photographs. The animatronic puppets are colourful, fully animated and completely unique!
We invite all shoppers to take a selfie with the birds and then Tweet us @BelleValeSC or post a photo on our Facebook page and spread the cheer.
FUND RAISING TOMBOLA
On Saturday 18th June, the staff from Belle Vale Shopping Centre hosted a fun day in aid of Zoë’s Place, Liverpool. The fun, family activity was held on the mall including a tombola and face-painting. All proceeds from the event was donated to the Centre’s chosen charity, Zoë’s Place.
Belle Vale Shopping Centre hosted a special fun day to raise money and awareness for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice. Shoppers were invited along on Saturday 18th June to enjoy a tombola, raffle and face-painting while raising money for a great cause. All of the items were donated and were either end-of-sale goods from retailers at the Centre or unwanted gifts including homeware, jewellery and children’s gifts.
The tombola and raffle proved to be very popular with most of the prizes being scooped up early on. Face painting was also available so that children could get a colourful make-over from a professional face painter. There was a small charge for the face painting and a percentage of proceeds was also donated to Zoë’s Place. The centre’s mascot Bella the Bee made appearances and posed for photographs throughout the day and this brought a smile to many faces.
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years old suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Zoë’s Place is Belle Vale Shopping Centre’s chosen charity and the centre has been supporting the charity for many years. Together they work on events and promotions to fundraise for the charity and the team hope to raise more money this year than ever before. The centre’s team raised £720 towards their goal.
BLOOMING GREAT TEA PARTY
What’s brewing? Like baking the perfect cake, a Blooming Great Tea Party is all about the right ingredients – nice cuppas and naughty cakes, old friends and new faces, bad jokes and good conversation. It’s all about having a blooming great time while raising money for a blooming great cause. The money you raise will help to support families who was cared for at home by Marie Curie Nurses.
The BIG Little Library, by Gateacre School, is hosting a Blooming Great Tea party on Wednesday 22nd June, 11am to 4pm.
All visitors are welcome and all proceeds are going to a good cause.