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Find the perfect gift at The Rock this Christmas

Are you stuck for what to buy the special someone in your life this Christmas? Have you got a colleague in the Secret Santa draw but no idea what to buy them? Or need something for dad which is a little bit more exciting than socks? Or maybe you’ve decided you want to treat yourself – maybe to a new dress for the party season or that special fragrance you know and love.

Well, look no further, we’ve pulled together a handy gift guide – with the help of some of our retailers – to showcase just some of what you can buy here at The Rock this festive season.

If it’s pampering they’re into there’s some great gifts and stocking fillers available at Toni & Guy.

Buy a conditioner and get the shampoo half price – both come wrapped in a gift box.

Or, if you buy two products or one electrical item you’ll receive a free designer House of Holland clutch bag.

And if it’s something for Him you’re after, there’s this Label men’s gift set, priced at £24.45.

Plus don’t forget there’s a range of GHDs available to purchase in store.

Meanwhile, it’ll be hard to walk past Lush this Christmas without popping in store and stocking up on their goodies.

The store’s ‘Night Before Christmas’ set – priced at £10.95 is ideal for Secret Santa exchanges.

Or if you’re looking for something that’s extra special why not go for the ‘Stardust’ gift set, priced at £37.50 it contains some of the brand’s very popular Snow Fairy Range.

Does the lady in your life deserve an extra special treat? Maybe an advent calendar with a twist? Well, look no further than the ’12 Days of Christmas’ bundle filled with all the pampering treats she could wish for – priced at £67.50, this is super popular. Grab it while you can!

Over at Oasis there’s some gorgeous girly treats to make the perfect stocking fillers – including this dazzling hat and scarf twinkle set priced at £26 or these snug heart and strip socks priced at £7 – if’s sparkle they’re looking for what about this three set collection of pouches, priced at £25.

If it’s the perfect party outfit you’re looking for Oasis is the place to visit. We love this outfit the girls in store have put together. It’s a classic and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.

The Nottingham Lace Jacquard dress is priced at £60 and this stunning glitter sparkle envelope clutch is £20.

Complete the outfit with these scallop Estrella heels for £38. This look is available in store now.

If it’s a good pair of boots they’re after this Christmas – check out the latest collections at Deichmann. These Women’s Floral Embroidery Boot priced at £29.99 are both pretty and practical.


Don’t forget there’s plenty for the kids at Deichmann too, including these girl’s glitter high tops priced at £14.99.

And for the gents, these Venice men’s brown casual slip on boots would match with jeans and chinos and are the perfect choice for those looking for stylish and versatile footwear. Priced at £29.99, these are in store now – make sure you check them out.

Hundreds attend The Rock’s Student Savings Night

Hundreds of students descended on The Rock for its third annual Student Savings Night.

Students from Bury College, Holy Cross, Hopwood Hall, Bolton University and the University of Manchester, enjoyed exclusive shopping discounts and offers from the centre’s retailers including H&M, River Island, The Perfume Shop, Oasis, Debenhams and more.

Plus there was upto 40% off at Pizza Express and Subway as well as savings on cinema tickets and bowling.

As well as special offers within the stores a number of activities were held in St John’s Square at The Rock including a free photobooth, inflatable twister, a spin the wheel game and £100 cash prize for the person who managed to stay on the surfboard simulator for the longest – Chad Meadows from Bolton bagged the cash after managing to say on for 72 seconds.

The evening culminated with students having the chance to meet Ex on The Beach star Ross Worswick and enjoy performances from the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop.

The Rock’s centre director, Arnold Wilcox-Wood, said: “Our Student Savings Night continues to go from strength to strength and has become a firm fixture in our events calendar.

“It was wonderful to see so many students here at the centre and making the most of these fabulous discounts and the free activities which ran throughout the evening.”

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Independent womenswear store opens at The Rock

Independent womenswear store, Acacia Style, has opened at The Rock.

The store is located close to St John’s Gardens and has been opened by Katie Brown.

To mark the official opening shoppers were treated to bucks fizz and chocolate brownies – there was also goody bags for the first 20 customers.

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Reality star to make appearance at The Rock’s student night

The countdown is on for this year’s Student Savings Night at The Rock.

Taking place on Thursday, September 28th from 3pm until 7pm the shopping and leisure destination is promising exclusive discounts from more than 40 brands, competitions and a personal appearance from Ex on the Beach star Ross Worswick.

Now in its third year, the Student Savings Night is becoming a firm fixture in The Rock’s event calendar. Stores including H&M, Topman, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Oasis are offering upto 20% off. Plus there’s 40% off at Pizza Express and Subway as well as savings on cinema tickets and bowling.

As well as discounts, there’ll be a free photobooth, inflatable twister, a spin the wheel game and £100 cash prize for the person who can stay on the rodeo bull for the longest.

Students attending are reminded to bring a valid student or college ID to ensure they are able to benefit from the exclusive, one night only offers.

Plus there’s 100 goody bags up for grabs for the first 100 students who show up and have pre-registered on The Rock’s website.

The Rock’s centre director, Arnold Wilcox-Wood, said: “Our Student Savings Night continues to go from strength to strength and we’re thrilled to be hosting it once again this year.

“This year’s event is set to be bigger and better with more prizes, freebies and offers for students to enjoy.”

Visit  to find out more, pre-register for a goody bag and the chance to win a Nando’s feast for you and three friends.


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Clarks opens at The Rock

Clarks, the leading global casual footwear brand, which has been based in Bury for the past 20 years has relocated to The Rock.

The new store, which has relocated from the Millgate, was officially opened by the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther.

Situated on Central Street at The Rock, Clarks is the latest addition to the centre and will be based in a 3,500 sq ft unit which has undergone a complete refit.

Clarks has relocated the existing Bury team to the new store and plans to create additional permanent and temporary positions.

A spokesman for Clarks said: “We’re thrilled to have re-located to The Rock and to be able to offer our customers a more modern and vibrant shopping experience.”

The Rock’s centre director, Arnold Wilcox-Wood, said: “Clarks is a hugely popular brand and we’re delighted to welcome the store and the team to the The Rock. They’re a great addition to our tenant line-up.”

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Find the perfect Father’s Day gift at The Rock

Father’s Day is just around the corner and here at The Rock we know just how tricky it can be to find the perfect gift for that special dad or granddad – so to make it easier this year we’ve pulled together a handy gift guide of Father’s Day presents available from retailers  at The Rock.

Put a smile on his face with a delicious giant cookie personalised with a message of your choice from Millie’s Cookies. Prices start at £14.99.

Over at Debenhams there’s plenty of accessories for dapper dads from prime leather men’s bags, wallets and to elegant formalwear with a choice of ties and pocket squares with gifts to suit all budgets.

Does your dad love a cuppa? Or maybe a whiskey is his tipple? From pint pots to flasks there’s a range of special gifts available at The Card Factory, with mugs starting from £2.99.


Maybe dad needs to relax and enjoy a pamper, if that’s the case head to Lush and treat him to one of their Father’s Day gift bundles and let him have some ‘me time’. From budget bath-bombs to full gift sets the store has something to suit every pocket.

Treat him to a new scent from The Perfume Shop – as part of the store’s Father’s Day promotion there’s some great discounts on some much-loved aftershaves.

From toffees to t-shirts and whiskey to real ales there’s an endless choice of treats in store at M&S – make sure you don’t open them before you gift them.


And don’t forget the card!

However you plan on wishing your dad a Happy Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June, visit The Rock for the perfect gift.

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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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 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



The fashion trends you need in your life right now

Taking you seamlessly and stylishly from winter through to spring.

Hippie Chic

The 70s trend is here to stay. Think suede, bold prints, chunky layers, and flared pants to create modern 70s-inspired ensembles. We’re just thankful that double denim is no longer a style sin.

Kiss The Sky Talitha Cold Shoulder Dress £32.00 Ark (left)

The slip on

This may take until the weather warms to really hit the high streets, but the slip on is back and it’s sexier than ever. Underwear, outerwear, same thing. The key to this trend is layering, over fine knits and lace.


Red asymmetric slip dress £36.00 River Island


Moody floral

Bringing the soft florals of summer into winter, with moody, mellow, darker vibes. Look out for florals mixed with lace and team with even darker colours.


Shirt dress £14.99 H&M

Bold stripes

Whether they’re big and bold, delicate and detailed, or even combining them both together, for 2016, the stripe is oh so right. Instant style, without too much effort.


Wrap around long line blouse £35.00 Simply Be

The 90s

We know, we never thought we’d see the day either. But unlike Justin and Britney, 90s fashion is back. Dungarees, chokers, crop tops, matching sets, high waisted jeans and shirts tied casually around your waist, it’s the naughty 90s gone good.

Get ready to throw it back


MOTO Short denim dungaree £39.00 Topshop