Back to school

It’s almost the start of term!

After months of home schooling for many families, followed by the summer break, schools in England are due to fully re-open at the start of September and that means it’s time to buy new uniform and all the other bits and pieces needed to start the new school year in style.


Your basic shopping list is likely to include polo shirts, fleeces, cardigans, skirts or trousers, underwear and a warm, showerproof coat.

Ten best school uniform essentials at M&S
Click on the image to read about M&S’s 10 best school uniform essentials

Check out the school clothing ranges at Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Peacocks, and Slater Menswear for hard-wearing yet super-comfy essentials that won’t break the bank. Primark and TK Maxx both have a great selection of outerwear for boys and girls.

Click on the image to discover the back to school range at Slater Menswear


Beat the crowds and skip the queues by booking an in-store fitting appointment at Clarks in Broadmead and their expert fitters will ensure your kids start the new school term in comfort and style.

Shoe shopping can be overwhelming for some children. If you think a shopping experience without crowds, noise and bright lights would be better, then book a Quiet Time appointment. To do this, contact Clarks Bristol Broadmead on 0117 929 0992 or call the Customer Care team on 01458 899053.

Shop and save with buy one, get one half price on all school shoes at Deichmann in Broadmead. The offer includes their exclusive Hush Puppies range, Nike, Adidas, Fila and Skechers and also features some of their adult sizes for those with slightly larger feet! Leather, scuff-resistant, microfresh technology and memory foam products also available. Prices start from just £14.99.

Buy 1 get 1 half price at Deichmann
Click on the image to find out about the back to school offer at Deichmann

Shoe Zone on Broadmead has a great range of school shoes including brands like Hush Puppies and Kickers. And don’t forget plimsolls (or daps as we call them in Bristol) – these touch fasten ones by Walkright are suitable for boys and girls and are priced at just £2.49. They have great accessories too, including backpacks and lunch boxes.

Skechers, just a few doors away from Shoe Zone, has a good selection of school shoes too, as well as trainers.


Talking of trainers… Sports Direct, at the Cabot Circus end of Broadmead, has everything you need for their new PE kit with the biggest brands of sportswear, footwear and sports equipment including Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Umbro and Lonsdale at guaranteed low prices.

Stationery and books

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the all-important school stationery – who doesn’t love a new notebook?

Illustrate in The Arcade, WHSmith in The Galleries, Wilko on Union Street and The Works on The Horsefair (pictured) have all got great selections and there are plenty of bargains to be found too!

Also, check out Bristol Tourist Information Centre on the ground floor of The Galleries for notepads, pens, pencils, erasers and more, all with a truly local twist.

You’ll find an extensive range of school books in the Kids’ section at Waterstones in The Galleries and many are currently buy one, get one half price.

Lunch boxes, water bottles and bags

Once again, you’ll have plenty to choose from when it comes to picking out lunch boxes, water bottles and bags for the new term. We’ve spotted some great character-themed items in The Television and Movie Store, which opened in The Galleries just a couple of months ago – whether your kids are into Star Wars, Spiderman, The Simpsons, Dr Who or Harry Potter, they’ll find something to put a smile on their faces.

The Television and Movie Store

Delux on The Horsefair also has a great selection of school bags.


Bags4U, Luggage Centre and Damaged Society (particularly good for teenagers and young adults) in The Galleries are all worth checking out too.

Luggage Centre
Damaged Society


Don’t throw their old uniforms away

We should all be making an effort to recycle, especially our textiles – an estimated one billion items of clothing are sent to landfill every year, and the vast majority of them could be re-purposed and put to good use.

There are several stores that will recycle your clothes for free and some will even reward you with vouchers or loyalty points when you donate!

In Bristol Shopping Quarter, you can also recycle your shoes, your glasses, even your used light bulbs! And don’t forget you can donate good-condition items to the charity shops in Broadmead – British Heart FoundationShaw TrustSt Peter’s Hospice, and Tenovus 

Visit our recycling blog to find out more.

A treat for you

Download the LoyalFree app and you can claim 20% off adult footwear when you buy any pair of kids’ shoes from Clarks in Broadmead.