Advantages Lots of shops, genuine discounts, heaven for those who like shopping.
Disadvantages Crowded, slightly off the beaten track, foul food emporiums.
Clark's Village is in Street, Somerset. If you live within an hour's drive of Street, you will have no trouble finding it. It is well signposted by those brown "attraction" signs from most directions and is very easy to locate if you arrive via the M5 – leave at J23 and well… follow the signs. It will take about ten minutes to get there once you are off the motorway. From the M4 it is J18 or J19, depending on the direction from which you are coming, onto the A39 and again… follow those brown signs. Try not to go on Saturdays in high summer season, for you are sure to spend hours behind caravans. An hour's drive can easily turn into two or more hours at peak times in this part of the West Country. I know this to my cost!
Last week, we made the twice-yearly penance trip to Clark's Village. Clark's Village is the kind of place loved by shopaholics. An "outlet" through which the big high street names offer end of line items and overstock at significant discounts, the place is very popular. This Murphy, however, hates shopping intensely, so for me a trip to Clark's Village is a penance, but a necessary one.
We went on a Sunday. I choose Sunday mornings, as soon as the village is open, for it seems to be the least busy time and I cannot bear crowded shops. (Late night shopping until 8pm on Thursdays is ok in the winter, but busy as hell in the summer). I like to arrive as early as possible, at 10am. However, Sunday trading regulations mean that not all the outlets open at that time. Any store over 3,000 square feet – there are half a dozen or so of these – cannot open until 10.30am and cannot actually sell anything until 11am. You might find this irritating, but I like it. I dash around the smaller shops I need to visit while they are still empty – no browsing for Murphys! – and am ready to look at the bigger shops just as they open and while they are still empty. Sunday trading laws are ridiculous though.The main reason for my penance shopping trips to Clark's Village is to buy shoes for my children. The place started out as a single Clark's Shoes factory shop and the mall has grown from there. The Clark's outlet is the largest there, and it offers big discounts on a wide range of their shoes – not just the ends of lines. Children's shoes sell at a minimum of 30% off high street price; shoes that retail between £30 and £40 per pair, are generally reduced to around the £20 mark. Ends of line shoes are even cheaper. I paid £15 for Conor and Kieran's autumn term school shoes and £10 for trainers. This was a 60% discount; better prices than I could find anywhere, even at sale times. It is important to get well-made, properly fitted shoes for growing feet and if I bought nothing else at Clark's Village, the trip would be worth it for children's shoes alone. Those items with the biggest reductions may not be available in every size, but the standard reductions seem to cover everyone. Adult shoes are there in plenty and I bought myself a pair of fifty quid walking shoes for £15.
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