When it comes to shopping, there’s nothing quite like the real thing, is there?
It’s been a year of rescheduled events, growth spurts and getting a little too attached to our PJs... But with a return to civilisation now upon us, we’re ready to break up with our jogging bottoms. Whatever your shopping mission, Braintree Village has got you covered!
The key to any successful mission is being prepared, so if you have any questions about the reopening – including our opening hours, what safety measures we have in place, or what’s new at Braintree Village – please view our FAQs.
We hope you're just as excited to visit Braintree Village as we are to welcome you back! From surprise finds to superb outlet savings, here are some of our top reasons why shopping in real life just can’t be beaten...
A breath of fresh air
The outdoor spaces at Braintree Village are designed to be relaxing – and are just the ticket for safe social distancing. Move freely between the stores, take in the atmosphere, enjoy time outdoors and pause to refuel or take stock of your latest purchases.
Seeing is believing
When you don’t know exactly what you want, or you’re looking for the perfect thing for a summer birthday get-together, browsing the shops really is essential and can’t be replicated online. You never know when ‘the one’ is going to jump out at you – and that’s all part of the fun!
On-hand style advice
Another major benefit of a proper shopping trip that can’t be replaced is on-hand advice from the experts!
Whether you need a complete wardrobe overhaul, the perfect outfit for an upcoming wedding (or five!), or a special gift for a loved one; our brand style experts know current collections inside out and will be delighted to offer tailored advice just for you.
Finding the perfect fit
Take the guesswork out of shopping for growing feet and book a kids shoe fitting appointment at Clarks. Not only can you rest easy knowing the experts have ensured a perfect fit, an in-store measure and fit experience at Clarks is a childhood rite of passage that we all remember fondly!
Book online now and beat the queues!
Don’t want to give up online savings? We can do you one better. At Braintree Village, enjoy outlet prices with up to 60% off the RRP all year round, plus plenty of exciting extra discounts and seasonal sales. Our stores will soon announce their reopening offers and promotions, so check back soon!
Eats and treats
Who can resist grabbing something yummy on a shopping trip? Braintree Village is packed full of tempting delights – from a quick pit stop at The Cornish Bakery to something more substantial at Wildwood. We've missed this!
Quick and easy
Sometimes we just don’t have the time to wait for an online delivery to arrive. We know what we want and we want it now! That’s when a trip to Braintree Village is irreplaceable. Plus, with 1,600 FREE parking spaces, nipping in and out to do your shopping really couldn’t be easier.
We asked you on social media what you miss the most about shopping at Braintree Village. From bargain hunting and stocking up on chocolate, to spending time with mum... reading all your answers made us more excited than ever to open our doors and let you get back to doing what you love most! We've rounded up some of our favourite answers below.
‘I’ve missed walking around and always finding something I never even knew I needed, then it becomes my favourite thing ever!’
– Roxy Searle
‘Shopping followed by lunch or dinner and a glass of wine at either Wildwood or Bill’s.’
‘I just love the whole experience of shopping and eating at Braintree Village. So much to see (and buy!), great shops and such lovely staff! Especially looking forward to visiting Radley, Kate Spade and Molton Brown and my daughters spend hours (literally!) in Vans. Our favourite day out!
– Lynn Chubb
‘I've missed not being able to walk round the village. I always find something, even if I'm not going for anything in particular. I love how close it is to the cinema. It’s just perfect, can't wait.’
– Buffy-Jane J J Kyle
‘The lovely team at Kate Spade. Hopefully see you all in April! Throughout COVID, when the shops have been open, Braintree Village is my favourite place to visit. So well set up and the staff are so helpful!’
– Pauline Lifton
‘I’ve missed everything, Braintree Village has a little bit of something for everyone and you can treat yourself for less. Oh, and then there’s the Lindt shop - a little treat for when you get home after all that shopping – perfect.’
– Molly Grout
‘I’ve missed picking up some bargains with my husband and two daughters. Love strolling round looking in all the great stores and having some lunch .’
– Nikki Nowels
‘I miss my coffee dates with my friends, then wandering around the shops treating ourselves to goodies from The Body Shop, Cosmetics Company and the Cadbury shop.’
– Amanda Skinner
‘Starting off the day with a Bill's breakfast and some much-needed retail therapy in my fave stores GAP, Cosmetics Company, Polo Ralph Lauren and ending with some chocolate from Lindt.’
– Michelle Elizabeth Lee
‘Just being able to walk round — and not having to pay delivery on kids’ trainers and wait for them to arrive!’
‘I’ve missed spending time (and money) with my mum! Braintree holds a special place in our hearts and we cannot wait to come back as soon as we can.’
– Jack Suckling
‘Love a mooch about, nipping in all the shops, a cheeky coffee (with a chocolate treat), a lot more shopping, then stopping off in one of the fab restaurants before heading home to look at and try on my haul!’
– Kirsty Langer