News — Hooray for the holidays


School’s out for summer! Now it’s time for fun and frolics with friends and family, ready to embrace the summer like it’s 2019.

The stores at Cwmbran Centre have a wide range of products to suit all, from happy campers, to water babies and mini explorers – you certainly aren’t short of choice when needing to keep the kids entertained.

Read on to see our top picks to help you create lifelong memories with your little ones this summer.


Happy Camper

Do you have a mini-me that loves being at one with nature? If so, then camping is always a good idea. Sleeping under the stars, cooking over a real fire, watching the sunrise and set is what summer holiday dreams are all about for this little camper.

If you are making it out to the great outdoors or are simply camping in your back garden, be prepared and pack the necessities. This fully waterproof tent from Mountain Warehouse is a great starting point for setting up camp and comfortably sleeps up to 4 people.

You can’t sleep outside without a sleeping bag, so pick up this super cosy Silentnight kids sleeping bag from Matalan. With its super cute monster print, your mini camper won’t worry about any monsters being under their beds.

A waterproof jacket is a must for kids to be able to enjoy their time whatever the weather, pick up this Adidas jacket from JD Sports and not only will they be dry, but stylish too!

Along with the waterproof jacket, these unisex navy wellies (Shoezone) are great for all explorers who like jumping in the mud and puddles and will make sure their feet don’t get soggy either.

Holidays are the time to try a campfire. This mini bucket barbeque from Wilko’s is the perfect size for transporting when heading off on your camping trip. Just add the Dalby firewood charcoal (also Wilko’s) and you’ll be feeling toasty in no time.

Roasting marshmallows are a childhood memory of joy. Indulge in this traditional camping experience with Iceland’s mega marshmallows, pop them on a skewer and watch them turn golden brown.

When the evening sets in, why not serve up some hot chocolate in this enamel camping mug from House of Fraser and tell stories around the fire. A perfect end to the evening.


Water Baby

If you’re lucky enough to make a trip to the beach, don’t forget the essentials for your water babes.

Get them kitted out ready to hit the waves, these boys swim shorts from Peacock’s will make your little man feel like he is in paradise with its tropical palm print. We also love this Speedo swimsuit for girls (Sports Direct) with its gorgeous Hawaiian-inspired pattern.

When playing outside in the water, protect their delicate skin with Holland & Barrett’s sunscreen. Its SPF 30 protection and mineral formula make this sunscreen water-resistant and moisturising, giving you peace of mind knowing they are protected all day long.

Keep the sun out of their eyes with a cool pair of shades. Cwmbran Centre has a wide range of stores that stock kids sunglasses, we particularly love these gorgeous tortoiseshell framed sunnies from New Look.

Do your kids love hunting around rock pools? Pick up this fishing net from The Works, with an extendable arm, it’s perfect for this activity.

Provide your child with the appropriate footwear like these blue clogs from Deichmann. Made from a durable and waterproof material, these shoes are perfect for protecting little feet when exploring the seaside.

Another fun activity when at the beach is getting the little ones seeking seashells on the seashore. Poundland’s extra-large castle bucket is just what they need to hold their precious seashell collection, as well as making giant sandcastles.

A good old fashioned water fight always puts a smile on their faces, and if you dare, what about a fun battle – adults’ vs kids. This Storm Water Blaster from The Entertainer packs a powerful punch, an ideal water gun for such a battle.


Mini Explorer

All adventure seekers need to look the part while out on their escapades. Before they set off make sure they have a hat like this season’s on-trend black bucket hat from River Island.

Mini explorers will want to be out all day so make sure they have the best walking boots for the job. Trespass are well known for their good quality walking shoes. We like these colourful Gillon waterproof boots, with their cushioned footbed you won’t hear any complaining during your family hike.

When out in the wild, keep those pesky bugs away with this anti-mosquito slap-it band (Boots). Kids will love wearing this trendy bracelet and will avoid being bitten by any nasty bugs – win win!

MenKind’s original Den Kit is the ultimate adventurer’s dream. This super cool kit contains everything they need to make an outdoor hideaway including ropes, camouflage tarpaulin, face paints and more. Plus, it all comes in a handy bag so they can set up base at whichever destination they choose next.

For keeping your little ones hydrated throughout the day we love this Smiggle stainless steel water bottle with its fun dinosaur print, fitting for any discoverer.

Education doesn’t have to stop during the holidays! Why not get them learning about bugs with this bug hunter activity set – pick up yours from WHSmith.


However you spend your summer holidays, we hope you have a great time with your little ones.

Prices correct at the time of publishing.

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