Archive for February, 2016

The best shopping scenes in movie history

The biggest event on the movie calendar, the Oscars is taking place on Sunday 28th February. In preparation, we’ve picked out some of the best shopping scenes in movie history.

But be warned, reading this article will make you want to shop, right now.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

2 minutes of glamorous window shopping has become one of the most iconic opening scenes in movie history. A timeless classic in which Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, dressed in a Givenchy black dress and silk gloves stares longingly in the window of Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue, New York.

Pretty Woman

This scene has got it all; a changing room montage with a killer song and a fashion transformation, featuring Julia Roberts strolling down Rodeo Drive.


For the bit where Tom Hanks gets a dream job in a toy shop by playing Chopsticks on a giant foot operated electronic keyboard. We just wish this could happen in real life.

Tom Hanks

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Taking all those emotions we have during the sales: the temptation, the frustration, the justification and the guilt, and multiplying them to the max.

What Women Want

The best prom dress shopping scene with one of the best soundtracks to match.



For the scene when shopping can’t even solve Cher’s romantic problems and she walks from Rodeo Drove to the soundtrack of ‘All by myself.’ We’ve all been there, Cher.

Ok, ok  it’s not Christmas. But Elf still makes the cut on this list for the number of laugh out loud moments that happen inside a shop.


Crazy, Stupid Love
Finally it’s a guy’s turn to get a fashion transformation as Steve Carell is given a de-slobbing makeover with assistance from Ryan Gosling. A pretty perfect situation if you ask us.

Crazy, Stupid, Love


Have you got any other classic shopping movie moments? Tweet us @therockbury

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Mother’s Day gift ideas

With Mother’s Day on Sunday 6th March we’ve scoured the stores at The Rock for the best gift ideas for your mum so you don’t have to.  From perfume to pampering, there’s something to suit every mum.


For the fragrance fanatic mum

Looking for the perfect fragrance for your mum? Get the latest Dolce & Gabbana perfume from The Perfume Shop. The new Dolce Rosa Excelsa Eau de Parfum (from £49) captures the boldness and pure spirit of the rose with the essence of fresh petals in bloom. With notes of Papaya Flower, Turkish Rose and White Waterlily, this is a feminine fragrance which any mum is sure to love.

For mums who like to be pampered

A Lush Night In will take place on Thursday 3rd March, 6pm-8pm, the store will be Lush night inclosed for facial, foot, hand and arm treatments, to make anybody feel extra special this Mother’s Day. Pop into Lush Bury for more details and to buy a ticket for just £20, included is a £5 gift card to spend on the night. (This is an exclusive night with limited places so be quick and get your ticket in store while you can).

For mums who like a bit of sparkle

Swarovski have a range of gorgeous gifts if you’re looking to spoil her this Mother’s Day, we love the Stardust Deluxe Bracelet (£69) which comes in various colours,  plus if you spend over £100 you’ll get a limited edition sparkling styling mirror for free.

The new collection at Pandora includes intricate knot ring and studs, embellished with hand set cubic zirconia, in addition to personalised charms. The Sparkling Love Knot Stud Earrings at £45 are simply stunning.

For those with a sweet tooth

Has your mum got a sweet tooth? Then why not treat her to a giant personalised cookie from Millie’s? From just £14.99 you can choose from a giant milk, white or double chocolate cookie with a personalised message of your choice. Or for just £16.99 get to a heart shape cookie in a heart shaped box!  Call 0161 764 7199  to order yours ready for Mother’s Day now.

For foodie mums

If you want to treat your mum to a meal out then Pizza Express are offering three courses and a glass of Prosecco from just £16.95. Choose from starters such Dough Balls or Bruschetta, any classic or Legarra pizza, salad or Al Forno dish for main plus a range of desserts like Honeycomb Cheesecake. Call 0161 763 3655 to make a reservation.


Don’t forget we’ve got a special Mother’s Day event on Saturday 5th March, My Mum and Me will see 12 mums get a makeover from professionals. There will be free nail art, cupcakes, face painting and crafts. For more info click here

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How to revolutionise the way you shop

Shopping is a skill. It takes practice to become a pro. Here’s how to take your shopping to the next level to help you save time, money and stress.

Take a break

Shopping can be tiring, so keep your energy up with regular snack breaks. Plan your route so that it ends in something you can look forward to, like a meal at Frankie and Benny’s or a coffee and a cake at Barista.

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Click and collect

If you’ve already got your heart set on something, order it online and collect it from the store. That way, you don’t have to search desperately around the shop and you cut out the risk of it selling out. This is a free service offered by many retailers including, Topshop, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams and Next.

Change is good thing

Always have loose change on you for things like the parking machine or the bus home.

Need versus want

Make a shopping list, categorising it into things you really need and things you want. That way you can prioritise your purchases and don’t forget something crucial like your Dad’s birthday present.

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Take an honest friend

Take THAT friend, who will always tell you the truth, even if it’s hard to hear. Because sometimes we need to know when we’ve already got 22 bags or when that style isn’t flattering our shape.


Follow your favourite shops (and The Rock) on Twitter and have a scroll through their feeds when you’re shopping. That means you’ll be the first on the scene for the latest deals.

Earlier the better

The mornings are always quieter at The Rock, and at shopping centres generally. So beat the crowds, queues and the competition and get in there earlier. We’re not talking 8am, let’s be realistic and call it 10.

Treat the kids on a budget

Reward the kids for good behaviour with a meal out, bowling or the cinema. With Mini Mornings at Vue Cinema tickets start from just £1.99 and at AMF Bowling kids can eat, drink and bowl for £6.59. Check out our other offers here.

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The Best Valentine’s Dates at The Rock

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we’ve got the date ideas at The Rock, to make this Valentine’s the best one yet.

  1. Pizza my heart 

We know, we know, Valentine’s Day is all about love and stuff. But it’s also about pizza. From Friday to Sunday over Valentine’s weekend at Pizza Express you can enjoy any starter, main and a glass of Prosseco from £16.95.



2. Frankie ‘n’ Benny’s

Some of the best cocktails around including the romantically named ‘ P.s I Love You’ featuring Bacardi, Disaronno Originale and cream , topped with a Bailey’s heart.


3.  Keep the good times rolling at AMF Bowling Bury. 

2 games of bowling and 2 drinks for £14.99 per person, valid from Sunday 7pm until Thursday 11pm. Perfect for a post Valentine’s meal activity.

4. Vue cinema

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, doesn’t mean you have to watch a cheesy rom-com. At Vue cinemas there are loads of great films including Zoolander 2 and Deadpool and the Oscar nominated films Room, The Revenant and Spotlight.


4. A cosy night in with Marks and Spencers

Choose a starter, main course, side and dessert and combine with a bottle of wine or cava and a box of chocolates, all for £20, 11 February – 15 February 2016


Looking for gift ideas with the V-Day factor? Check out our gift guide here. 








The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


It doesn’t matter what your partner says, how much they claim to not care, Valentine’s Day matters. So we’ve picked out our favourite gifts from The Rock to help you to discover the perfect match this Valentine’s Day.


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1. Set of 2 Yours and Mine Mugs Next £7

2. Heart Beat charm Pandora £35.00

3. Openwork Linked Love ring Pandora £30.00

4. Paco Rabanne 1 Million The Perfume Shop £36.99 ( get 20% off your second purchase at The Perfume Shop)

5. Jimmy Choo Blossom The Perfume Shop £39.99

6. Lots of Love bubbles set Lush £27.99

7. Personalised Giant Cookie Millie’s Cookie £14.99 or 16.99 in a heart shaped box (if pre-ordered by the 11th or £2 extra after that date)

8. Be Mine Rose Gift Bag  Marks and Spencers  £25.00