As far as life's little pleasures go, shopping is right up there. We love it.
Leisurely shopping of course. The type where you don’t have to rush and there’s always time to enjoy a coffee with the morning newspaper or a swish interior design magazine.
Maybe grab something to eat. No itinerary. Just possibilities.
Well, here’s the good news. That’s exactly the kind of shopping we do in Wrexham. The type that’s made to be enjoyed. A social occasion.
Let's start with Eagles Meadow. Since opening in 2008, this trendy retail spot has helped fire Wrexham up the official shopping leagues.
It occupies eight acres of the town centre and has a lovely cosmopolitan feel to it. Open space, water features, lovely stone and slate materials, penthouse apartments and a hint of café culture. Very nice.
You’ll find big retailers like Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Next and a myriad of well-known fashion brands. Frothy lattes and cup cakes at places like Starbucks and Costa. And mobile-phone shops offering the latest gadgets and gizmos to keep you talking, texting and tweeting.
There’s also an Odeon Cinema, lots of restaurants and a Tenpin bowling centre.
And the icing on the cake? Lots and lots of car-parking (970 spaces to be precise). So you never need to fret about where to park your motor.
Life is good.
Eagles Meadow www.eagles-meadow.co.uk
So we do big and beautiful, but we also do small and perfectly formed.
Alongside our big retail spaces we have historic streets like Town Hill, Bank Street and Temple Row, and lots of independent and quirky little shops that give the town its heart and charm. Ideal for people who don’t follow the crowd and like something different.
Shopping for free-thinkers.
Fashion boutiques, jewellers, photographers’ studios, shops with jars of old fashioned sweets filled to the brim. Swizzle-bombs, sugar-twirls and other delights that make you feel like a 10-year-old again.
You’ll notice something else when you shop in Wrexham. We like to chat. It comes with being a market town.
We’ve got three covered markets and one weekly outdoor market in the town centre, selling everything from sausages and steak to furniture and fashion. And the friendly banter is free. Bargain.
The Butchers’ Market, General Market and People’s Market are open Monday to Saturday (although the first two do close early on a Wednesday).
And the weekly outdoor market is held every Monday. On Queens Square to be precise. And did we mention it’s one of the biggest in North Wales?
There’s also various craft and local produce sold at events across the county
borough. An example? Try the monthly farmers’ market at St Margaret’s Church in Garden Village.
Wrexham Tourist Information Centre
Over the past decade, Wrexham has been one of the fastest growing retail centres in the UK.
Fact: 615,000 square feet of new shop floor space built since 1999. Somebody somewhere has been doing some pretty serious shopping.
A lot of this growth is down to the various retail parks that have sprung up in and around the town centre, including Central, Plas Coch and Island Green –all with lots of parking.
You'll find loads of big name retailers selling everything from sports-wear to electrical goods, and from furniture to food and drink.
Now a word of caution. Shopping is great, but sometimes you just need to ‘chill’. Take a break from the energy of the crowds and put those shopping bags down for a minute.
Open spaces like Llwyn Isaf and Bellevue Park provide lovely spots of calm near the town centre, where you can relax and admire your savvy purchases.
Places to try a few skateboarding tricks, throw a Frisbee or just sit in the sunshine. With an ice-cream? Happy days.
Keep your eyes peeled. Wrexham’s countryside offers retail therapy in surprising places. Like the Plassey Craft and Retail Centre.
Set in 247 acres of parkland near Bangor-on-Dee, it has 25 outlets including an interior designer, boutique, blacksmith, garden centre, tea-shop and restaurant.