We were invited along to the High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford to take part in a free Easter make-and-take activity and have lunch in Turtle Bay at the weekend & had a really fun day!
High Chelmer Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Chelmsford town centre, where I used to work, so I was thrilled to be asked to come along as I miss the big Primark & don’t need a good excuse to go shopping! There is a large selection of retail & dining options in one local, convenient place which is why I choose to park at High Chelmer when I visit Chelmsford. The parking on a Sunday is also capped at paying for just three hours which is even better!
The Easter make-and-take activity was well run by a lovely team of ladies, we were approached as soon as we hit the centre to participate in an Easter egg hunt & search the shop windows for six different eggs, Frankie was in his element running up and down & overjoyed each time he found one to tick off! When we had found them all, we headed back to the centre & Frankie was allowed to choose a free Easter Egg!
There was also free face painting & despite me trying to get Frankie to be a bunny, we went with a dinosaur and he was overjoyed walking round afterwards to everyone ‘argh’ing and saying how scary he was! It’s also a milestone for the books as he’s never had his face painted before!
Lastly there was a crafting activity where Frankie could make his own Easter basket and choose themed stickers to decorated with & then chose to fill his basket with little chicks and chocolate eggs, again complimentary!
We then made Daddy take 101 photos of us in front of the Easter themed backdrop which was positioned in the middle & made some lovely photos (despite the dinosaur facepaint!).
The activity itself took us around 45 minutes in total, we really enjoyed it & it was lovely to see other parents and children all running around the centre taking part too! It really brought a ‘community’ feel to the shopping centre & passers-by without children were all smiling at the face painted children and commented how well run it was!
Once we’d finished the activity, we went browsing around some of the shops in the Centre including, Primark – where I found some great dresses in the sale, Boots – to stock up on my ever running low pre-natal vitamins & I treated myself to some new trainers in Office.
We then headed to Turtle Bay for some lunch, which is a Caribbean Bar & Restaurant in High Chelmer Shopping Centre serving up ‘Rum, Reggae, Jerk and more’. The food was lovely, I was dubious what Frankie would eat but he wolfed down a ‘Tiny Turtles Meal’ of Flatbread Chicken & Cheese Pizza and shared our Crumbed Halloumi, it was huge for a children’s meal!
Myself & Mitch shared the ‘Seafood Platter’ to start, particularly enjoyed the whitebait which is one of my favourites that not many places do! I had the Pork Belly for mains, which was cooked perfectly and the rice was so yummy & Mitch had the Curried Goat, which I wasn’t brave enough to try but he loved it! We chose four side plates for just £10 extra, we had the Cheesy Jerk Fries, Crumbed Haloumi, Sweetcorn Fritters & Caribbean Slaw, we demolished the Haloumi, it was really tasty!
They also did the NICEST Ginger Beer, which has been one of my cravings this pregnancy, which gets a huge thumbs up from me! But I will definently be going back to have a rum cocktail (my favourite) once baby is out!
High Chelmer Shopping Centre is a great family destination to visit, especially with children as everything is inside, there’s even a Starbucks for a quick refresh in the middle & even more restaurant choice too.
We were so grateful to be invited along & a big thank you to the High Chelmer Team for running such a great event over the weekend! x
*we were gifted a voucher to eat at Turtle Bay & paid in exchange for an honest blog review of the craft activity at High Chelmer*