Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has organised a major free Spring Art Festival which will see many of the region’s artists, musicians, dancers perform between the 10th – 15th April . The free festival, created to celebrate the magic of the new season will boast a calendar of great events for everyone in a crescendo that brings the vibrant colours of spring to life.
“Many of the performances will be held on a specially constructed stage surrounded by a chill out area set up with grass and deck chairs for people to sit and watch” said Anna Proto, Marketing Manager at Castlepoint. “Some of the performing arts will be seen along the Malls and within selected shops, as will some of the fashion and craft workshops. It will be a magic event, which will take advantage of the participation of great talented artists, to be enjoyed by our visitors!”
A Teen Fashion Photography boot camp will be hosted by professional personal shopper Liz Ryles with leading fashion photographer Sammy Baxter during which some of the best teenagers will be selected to appear in Castlepoint’s summer advertising campaign. University of Arts members will host a workshop for kids to learn how to facepaint. London based florist and artist Harriet Parry will lead a demo on how to create a magic spring atmosphere in your home. A variety of music genres and styles will include R&B, Salsa, Jazz, Swing, soul, baroque and classical piano, and dance will also be represented.
The Spring Arts Festival has been organized and made possible thanks to collaboration of local artists, institutions and important event production companies both local and International including the International Jazz Festival, the Dance Pavilion and the Arts by the Sea. It has benefitted thanks to the support of the Yellow Busses, the BU, the Arts University, the Brockenhurst College and tens of local schools and businesses all to bring something very special for the community of Bournemouth.
Full information on the free festival is available at www.castlepointshopping.com
If you spotted a Pink Cadillac driving in Bournemouth on Mothering Sunday you may have seen a super star mum! Sarah Annett, 45 from Throop won the Castlepoint Shopping Park’s Mothering Sunday competition after her daughter Molly nominated her as being an inspirational, strong, amazing woman and mum. Sarah was joined by other nominated Mothers who also had their names placed on stars on the shopping mall floor similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.
Sarah prize package included a ride in a 1959 Pink Cadillac formerly owned by the screen goddess Diana Dors, and £400 worth of vouchers for clothing and hair and beauty treatments, and use the skills of professional personal shopper Liz Ryles. The Cadillac, given to the star by Shepperton studios, was one of two she owned. One was driven in the USA and one seen on British roads.
“It was a fun chance to anyone to nominate their mother for a very special treat and show that they really appreciate the love and care that a mother brings to a child’s life,” said Anna Proto, Marketing Manager at Castlepoint.
Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park’s is supporting the World Book Day on Saturday (4th March) by encouraging the public to donate unwanted books to support the National Literary Trust. Waterstones will have Maz Evans, the author of “Who let the Gods out”, their Children’s Book of the month at a special book signing, and children can enter a fancy dress competition by dressing up as a Greek Gods.
Harry Potter characters will be along the malls promoting new glasses at Boots and Sainsbury’s will be hosting a free Fancy Dress Party for kids as their favourite book character.
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Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has announced that a £3.000 luxury holiday for two people to the Dominican Republic can be won by any shopper who spend £40 or over at many of the stores catering, or hair and nail salons at the shopping park between the 7th and 14th February. Many of the retailers will be promoting the popular day that encourages lovers to do something special to celebrate the traditional day of romantic gifts and treats.
Anna Proto, Marketing Manager at Castlepoint, says that the special one off promotion will give the winner a beautiful Caribbean holiday to look forward to later in the year.
“The holiday will be something great to look forward to during the dull and cold winter! We will have a luxury Glamping tent outside Marks & Spencer during the promotion where shoppers can produce their receipts to be able to enter the draw which will take place on the 14th February.”
Full information available at www.castlepointshopping.com
This years range of fun Christmas activities at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park are to be launched by Cinderella panto cast members on the evening of Thursday 24th November at 5 pm. With a snow machine adding to the magic, Cinderella Dani Harmer, The Prince, Rhydian Roberts from X factor, and ugly sisters David Ball and Michael Chance will launch the activities with the help of Santa Claus and officially switch on the Christmas lights.
50’s favourites, including R&B jive and bogie will be performed within a concert by Miss Annie and the Midnight shift whilst Cinderella and the cast meet the public and Santa Claus meets the children. There will be stilt walkers, roller skating baubles and Christmas bells and fun characters from Christmas and fairy tales along the East and West malls.
Bill Riddle, Operations Manager at Castlepoint, said that the launch will also announce a series of activities and demonstrations throughout December that will create a special period of joy and festive merriment to the UK’s largest Shopping Park.
“We will be creating a special atmosphere to get the festive season underway. There will be lots to see and do within our retail stores with demonstrations from various specialists and artists and also the opportunity to win a range of prizes in our 12 days of Christmas count down competition,” said Bill. “Many of our stores will extend their late night opening policy to 9pm from the 1st December to help shoppers get those special presents.”
Full information available on the launch night or from www.castlepointshopping.com
More than 20 retailers at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park have agreed to offer up to 20% discount on the evening of Monday 3 October to promote its annual Student Lock-In event. Between 6.00 pm – 8.30pm some of the biggest high street brands, including New Look, Clarks, River Island, Topman, Frankie and Benny’s, WHSmith, , H & M, Robert Dyas, Topshop, GAP, and Accessorize, Games, Fone Accessorize, Clinton Cards just to name a few will be offering special discounts, whilst micro events will be happening including a win a shoe competition at Clarks, a post-it wall at Clintons and a Nail Parlour within Topshop.
Peter Matthews, General Manager at Castlepoint said that any students from college, university or sixth forms who register will be identified by a Castlepoint wristband to obtain their discount.
“Previous Lock-Ins have attracted well over 3000 students so we are delighted that so many retailers have backed this successful event,” said Peter Matthews. “It is part of our drive to encourage the younger generation to take advantage of our late evening shopping and enjoy competitions and entertainment provided for this special event.”
Anyone wishing for more information and pre-register can visit www.castlepointshopping.com
Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has been accredited with ISO14001 that encourages better environmental management to reduce waste and energy use and improves efficiency to cut the cost of running a business. Operations Manager Bill Riddle said that whilst many of the initiatives have been in place at the 41 acre park for years, including a major fight against landfill waste and maximising recycling projects, the accreditation demonstrates compliance and encourages more opportunities.
“The ISO14001 process is important to the continued improvement with a documented plan that ensures that we manage against environmental risk. We have added 25 assorted bird boxes and insect homes around the site that are part of our current wildlife plan, that ties in with ISO 14001 and encourages ecological growth on our site. It all makes Castlepoint a very pleasant place to shop.”
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Peter Matthews, the General Manager at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park, announced the start of the Park’s latest recycling initiative from the west roof of the main building.
“We can now harvest rain water to flush the public toilets with a 1200 litre tank that is tapped into one of the draining pipes,” said Peter. “When the tank fills the excess water carries on into the drains.”
It’s another important milestone in Castlepoint’s long term plan to be Eco friendly and reduce operating costs. For years the park has received accolades for its minimisation of landfill with the support of the retailers and the intelligent lighting installed to reduce the electricity required to illuminate the 41 acre site.
“We are now considering the best locations where we can efficiently collect more rainwater. We could support our public loos on the east wing, pressure washers, and the landscaping,” said Peter Matthews.
He admits that its a great start but still a splash in the ocean. CastlePoint uses around a 100 cubic litres of water per month.
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Colin O’Shea, one of the Public Safety Officers at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has received recognition for keeping the peace within one of the retailers. As Colin patrolled the malls, a young child became uncontrollable in a tantrum so Colin decided to help the distraught mother recover the situation. To the amazement of the retail workers, Colin sat on the shop floor with the toddler and used leaflets to show the child how make paper jets.
Bill Riddle, Operations Manager at Castlepoint says on hearing the story, the London based security firm Emprise, asked him to Present a Pride Award certificate on behalf of the retailers and Emprise.
“Colin’s initiative helped to restore the peaceful shopping environment that our customers enjoy. His actions were appreciated by the mother and other customers so the Pride Award is well deserved,” said Bill Riddle.
Colin, who has worked at Castlepoint for 4 years, said: “Our role is to keep Castlepoint an enjoyable, safe and secure shopping environment. The paper jets were not the most aerodynamic ever made but did keep the noise level down.”