In the South
- The Galleria Outlet Centre in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, has more than 80 shops and food outlets, most of them familiar high street brands. The center’s facilities include an Amazon Locker service where you can pick up or return goods from the online retailer. There’s a jungle themed adventure playground for children – with a cafe where adults can rest from their exhausting shopping – and a multi-screen movie theater.
- Bicester Village near Oxford is world famous, attracting visitors from all over Europe and the Far East to its huge collection of designer outlets. Bicester Village even has its own rail station making it very easy to reach from London.
- Gunwharf Quays in the middle of buzzy Portsmouth Harbour is beside Portsmouth’s outstanding Spinnaker Tower. Even if you’re not in the mood to shop, the area, also near Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose Museum, is a great place to hang out on a sunny day.
In the Southwest
- Swindon Designer Outlet in Wiltshire. Lots of famous brands and a specialty in childrens’ wear. To keep the kids happy, they have kiddie rides, little – and safe – “self drive” cars for kids and a towering climbing wall.
- Clarks Village in Somerset is not far from the shoe manufacturer’s headquarters in Street, Somerset – (yes that’s really the name of a place).The center has outlets for a number of fashion manufacturers but, as you might imagine, you can get some great factory outlet bargains on Clark’s shoes.
- Wilton Shopping Village in Salisbury, Wiltshire has a pretty compelling selling point. Besides the national brand retailers available, the center has a courtyard selling area surrounded by the shops of independent designer/makers, craftspeople and artisans. It is also the home of famous British Wilton carpet manufacturing so, while you’re there you can get some bargain floor covering, discontinued colors and usable-sized carpet roll ends.
- Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet, Somerset (near Bath and Bristol), was created around a farm and heritage site, against a 19th century viaduct, by Roger Saul, founder of British luxury leather goods company Mulberry. Mulberry’s first factory outlet store is just outside the designer village shops. What makes this center different is that you won’t find a lot of high street designer clones. The goods are almost all British made, from high end manufacturers. If you covet the jeans and denim worn by Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow, this is where to find it.