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Get ready to explore the outdoors this May half term

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The sun has finally started to make an appearance and its pure bliss to feel those early summer rays against your skin. With this in mind, it’s the perfect time to get outside and explore the great outdoors in all its glory. Fresh air and some fun outdoor activity is the ultimate stress relief and soul cleanser which we should all get involved in to keep us feeling great.

Get your walking boots on and explore some serene views

Walking is a great activity to clear your head or to spend some quality time with friends whilst also doing great things for your body and health. Luckily for us, the UK is blessed with tonnes of idyllic places where you are able to get away from the stresses of the city and every-day life.

1) For a scenic walk not too far from Birmingham, visit Lickly Hills. This gorgeous country park is only 10 miles from Birmingham and is the perfect spot for a family day out. Enjoy spectacular views and the vast array of wildlife, all only a stone’s throw away from the bustling of the city centre.

2) Perhaps you prefer the idea of getting away for the weekend, and venturing further away from the city life. The Peak District National Park is the perfect place to do so. The beautiful landscape is only two hours away and easily accessible by car or train. The rolling hills and valleys are impressively scenic and a delight to explore. Finish a day’s walk in one of the countryside’s traditional English pubs for the true experience.

3) If you’re really looking to expand your horizons and you want to venture away from the good old Brum and explore some foreign turf, Wales is a fantastic destination for you. Snowdonia National Park is home to the highest mountain in Wales and second highest in the UK, Snowdon. Standing at 1,085 meters tall, the views from the top of this mountain are outstanding. Snowdon has 6 different routes up to the top, these paths vary in difficulty so make sure you take the best one to suit your abilities (and make sure you pack some thick walking socks, a light weight jacket and a rucksack full of mars bars).

Pack up your rucksack and head to the coast

Living in Birmingham, you couldn’t get further away from the coast. However this makes for a delightful change of scenery when you do decide to take a trip. An excursion like this may be best for a weekend away, or longer, due to the distance to the nicest coastal towns, so if you do head to the beach for a weekend, Make sure you fit in as much walking as you can. If you’re heading away for the weekend, this also gives you the exciting opportunity to camp. A camping trip should never go amiss in the early months of the summer, whether it’s with family or friends, it’s an activity everyone can enjoy if you have the right comfortable and practical gear.

1) Southwold is a beautiful seaside town on the Suffolk coast. Camping here is an enchanting experience due to the unspoiled coastlines, superb walks and jaw dropping panoramic sea views. With a pier, a lighthouse and striking beaches, a weekend is the perfect amount of time to spend here to explore the stunning coast. Pitch up your tent in a local campsite, get the BBQ lit, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors.

2) Abersoch is another beautiful coastal seaside village surrounded by fantastic beaches and even better walks. With a multitude of campsites to choose from, each with serene views and quirky characteristics, there’s somewhere for everyone to enjoy the picturesque welsh community.

Cotswold Outdoors

Make sure you’re kitted up with all the appropriate attire and equipment to get as much enjoyment out of these trips as possible. Cotswold Outdoor has everything you could need to prepare for these trips, so you don’t need to worry as the kit is accessible to all.

Here we have prepared a list of the essentials we think you may need!

Walking Trip

• Walking Boots
• Walking Socks
• Lightweight windproof jacket
• Rucksack
• Water Bottle
• Fleece

Camping Trip

• Tent
• Sleeping Bags
• Sleeping Mat
• Small lightweight pillow
• Head Torch
• Stove / Fuel / Cooking appliances
• Camping chair
• Water bottle
• Flask
• Cool box
• Camping Kettle
• Hand Pump

So pop into Cotswold Outdoor to pick up everything you need for a weekend break or speak to a team member if you need any more advice.

Be inspired this Easter

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Easter is a breath-taking time of the year. The sun begins to shine, the days get longer, the flowers begin to bloom and it’s really something to smile about. With Easter comes the beautiful spring colours and an abundance of new styles and trends to explore. Here we have pinpointed some top Style and Home tips and must haves to help you get Easter ready.

Style

The spring has arrived and so it’s time to spruce up your finest Easter look. It’s the time of the year where we like to flourish into butterflies and leave behind our cocoons from the bleak winter. Fortunately, Piccadilly Arcade is the home to an array of wonderful stores to help you in your transformation, selling bespoke products allowing you to be a trend setter rather than following the crowd.

Shepherds

Shepherds Barber is the first stop for you gents out there. With a remarkable passion for hair styling, Shepherds offers both old fashioned wet shaves, and good modern haircuts at an exceptional standard. The textured crop and the undercut quiff are two major trends for male hair styles this spring. Not only can Shepherds master these desirable cuts, but they also have a plethora of unique grooming products to help everyone achieve the look they are aiming for.

 

 

Piccadilly Opticians

At Piccadilly Opticians, the independent eye-wear experts have a collection of profound brands from all over the world which are handmade by skilled artisans and designed to remain beautiful, unique and timeless. Whether you prefer the extraordinary and unmissable fashion items which will ensure you to stand out from the crowd or you prefer more subtle and delicate trendy frames, Piccadilly Opticians have something for everyone at the finest quality.

Top Tailor

This spring time we’re all about doing our bit for the environment so it’s out with fast fashion and in with living more sustainably, and wearing clothing that will last you a lifetime. So dust off your timeless, classic pieces from the back of your wardrobe this Easter and restore those items you love the most.

Top Tailor at Piccadilly Arcade are an experienced team providing quality services in clothing alterations, repairs and dry cleaning. Not only does this mean you can hold on to your favourite garments for decades without people seeing the wear, but you will also be doing your bit for the planet.

 

ONXY Workshop Jewellers

Accessories may be small but they are everything when it comes to style. No outfit is complete without the help from a delicate silver bracelet or an eye-catching gemstone falling on your chest. The ONYX Workshop Jewellers have a multitude of beautiful, intricate pieces from renowned jewellery makers and local designers which are crafted to the highest quality, enabling them to be staples for your new spring look.

 

Home

Everyone knows how to decorate their homes for Christmas, the tinsel, the baubles and a great big Christmas tree in the corner of your living room. When it comes to Easter, the same amount of effort is lacking and people are missing a trick. The beautiful spring colours and adorable spring animals make the perfect decorations for your home so why miss out on that opportunity and have a fun Easter revamp. Not only is it an enjoyable and therapeutic activity, but it also brightens up your home for the springtime.

Petals of Piccadilly

However you decide to decorate your home this Easter, flowers are a must. There’s no better way to liven up your home in the spring than a bunch of the most colourful, fresh and brightest flowers. Tulips are said to signify the arrival of spring and look beautiful in lilac and yellow. The scent revives your surroundings and keeps your home smelling beautiful in the most natural possible way. Petals of Piccadilly are renowned for the freshest blooms in the most beautiful colours.

 

Smithsonia

An Easter centre piece is a lovely traditional way to decorate your dining room whilst creating a beautiful focal point for your Easter roast dinner. At Smithsonia you can choose from a whole range of exquisite ceramic and glass vases which are ideal to hold an extravagant bouquet of flowers or an Easter Tree.

This beautiful vase was handmade and designed by Japanese artist Miyu Kurihara. Each vase is individually drawn with the most amazing intricate detailing.

Smithsonia also host a multitude of quirky, fun ornaments which are perfect to continue with the Easter theme. These adorable wooden ducks are hand carved from bamboo root and would look great on the mantelpiece to welcome in your visitors.

Piccadilly Arcade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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I think we can all agree that Mothers are pretty special, their unconditional love, their ability to fix everything and their supernatural capability to juggle a million things a day to help you out.  With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to spoil those lovely ladies and make sure they know how much they mean to you.

Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Piccadilly Arcade is the home to an array of fantastic and unique shops where you can stray away from those corny, cliché gifts which you get bombarded with on the high street. Piccadilly arcade is an idyllic spot where you can find hidden treasures which are perfect if you’re looking for something that little bit different for your mum this year.

Here are some of our favourite gift idea’s we have hand-picked for your inspiration.

Smithsonia Ceramic Vases

Smithsonia is a quirky gift shop at the centre of Piccadilly Arcade, selling all sorts of beautiful and authentic items which are far from the generic, mainstream gimmicks you find on the high street. We love these tasteful ceramic vases. They are perfect to display some lovely Mother’s Day flowers, for those who like an artistic and original style.

 

Petals of Piccadilly

Conveniently, Petals of Piccadilly is right on Smithsonia’s doorstep, selling the most luxurious flowers. The beautiful blooms come in a huge array of colours, sizes, styles and arrangements ranging from stunning bouquets, intricate, dainty flowers and gift baskets with chocolate and wine. Pair up the freshest flowers in Birmingham with stylish ceramic vases from Smithsonia, and you’ve found a gift to make your mother smile.

 

The ONYX Workshop

The ONYX workshop is a family run jeweller, dedicated to creating the most exceptional jewellery. Not only are the ornate, hand crafted, silver designs one of a kind, but if you have something special in mind, they are willing to have a look into making it for you and turning your idea into reality for a specially designed bespoke gift. If custom-made Jewellery isn’t something to smile about, then we don’t know what is!

 

Marco Benito

Treat your mum to some bonding time at Marco Benito where you can get pampered to your hearts delight. Whether you’d prefer a mani-pedi, an eyebrow wax, eyelash extensions, or all three, pamper time is the perfect opportunity to have a long and relaxing catch up, with a gorgeous finishing result. The salon is established for providing the highest quality treatments as their committed specialists are experts at natural looking manicures, specialist nail art work, gorgeous brows, lash extensions and silky smooth waxing. The beauty products used are leading edge and therefore ensure flawless results.

Piccadilly Jewellers

New Street’s oldest surviving Jewellers, Piccadilly Jewellers is a stunning Victorian shop selling a host of antique books, furniture, jewellery, clocks and china. These pieces are timeless, and make the most eye catching, memorable gifts. This amber collection caught our eye with its deep orange colourings making you feel warm and cheerful. Match up a pair of earrings with an elegant amber necklace to create a remarkable gift which will take your Mums breath away.

Sixteen Bakery

You could even take your mum out for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea and cake at Sixteen Bakery. This serene little coffee shop sells a plethora of exquisite home baked cakes and treats so you can indulge on these delicious delicacies in the comfort of this picturesque spot. There’s not a better place for a long natter at your own leisure… and there’s no cakes better to satisfy your sweet cravings.

We’ve all experienced that feeling waking up the day before Mother’s Day and thinking oops…..

Rushing around the shops and asking yourself “what on earth can I buy?”

Hopefully with our inspiration and ideas you can find the perfect gift this year and have a truly special day.