The sun's high in the sky, the gardens are blooming, the weather’s improving and summer holidays are on their way! It’s time to celebrate with friends and family and Newnham Court Shopping Village has all you need to make the most of this wonderful time of year.

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Father's Day is Sunday 19th June, and whatever your Dad’s into, we have it covered at Newnham Court Shopping Village. Either shop for presents in advance or bring him along for a lovely day out and let him choose something he really wants…

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As we head into half term and the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, what are your plans to celebrate this historic milestone?

Communities all over the country are coming together to mark the occasion and whether you’re celebrating with family and friends at home, throwing a street party or planning an afternoon tea in the park, Newnham Court Shopping Village is the perfect place to go for inspiration.

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We're very excited for Easter because the ever spectacular "Santus Circus: Le Cirque de France" is back at Newnham Court Shopping Village with shows from Thursday 7 April — Sunday 24 April 2022.

This hugely popular family run circus, run by the Santus family from Southern France has toured the UK for over 30 years and been in the circus industry for over six generations with their famous juggling, crossbow and unicycling performances, performed by entertainers from all over the world! Visit their on-site booking office for tickets.

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If you’re a regular to Newnham Court Shopping Village, you’ll know that one of our longest-standing brands is Pure Beauty & Hair, the go-to for all your beauty treatments, hair styling and colouring needs… and this month, Pure Hair turns 21 and they'll be celebrating with style, of course!

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At Newnham Court Shopping Village, we’re not just here to give humans a good day out and a helping hand with all your home and garden projects; we're also happy to help you cater for all the needs of your furry, feathered or fishy friends too!

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Our easy and convenient location with plenty of easy access parking is the perfect place to unwind and meet friends and family for a bit of shopping…or skip the shopping and just come along for a coffee or lunch!

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Marathons are back and they're all over the country, with the famous London Marathon being on 2 October this year. If this is your marathon year and you’re still feeling a little under-prepared, let our friends at Runners Need in Cotswold Outdoor help you prepare, find the best shoe and realise your marathon dream.

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It's now more important than ever to help bring local wildlife into our gardens as small animals like hedgehogs and some well known birds are on the decrease, so encourage them to make your garden their home this spring, by making it as interesting as possible for them.

Not only is this fantastic for the animals, it will also add interest and diversity to your garden and is a great way for children to learn about nature.

Whether your outdoor space is a small patio or large garden, there's lots you can do to encourage the wildlife in, and early spring is a great time to do it.

Feed the birds
In early spring, birds will be looking for nesting places, so now’s the time to pop up a bird box or two on trees or walls around your garden. Pop up a feeder or two in different places that are visible from your windows, so you can do a little bit of bird-spotting from indoors. Just make sure whatever you put up is out of reach of local cats and dogs.

It's a bug's life!
Creepy crawlies may not be your cup of tea, but they are incredibly important to biodiversity and everyone's going mad for bugs and bees! Bug Hotels and Bee Hotels are a great way to help to sustain our insect population, and early spring is a very good time to install them as all those little critters emerge from their winter hiding places to find new homes for the coming year.

Bats and Hogs
There are so many different sorts of animals coming in and out of your garden at different times of the year and of the day/night, and you'll be surprised at what you can spot.

But many of these little animals, such as bats and hedgehogs are in grave danger of dying out as our environment gets more and more hostile, so we need to help them survive.

Notcutts Garden Centre sells all sorts of interesting and different havens and feeders to help with biodiversity in our back yards, including bat boxes and hedgehog houses. All made of hardwearing materials, these animal houses have been designed specifically to provide a safe shelter all year round for each particular guest.

As well as all the hardware and houses, Notcutts also sells different types of feeds for birds and hedgehogs, including wet and dry options, so you can keep your garden visitors healthy and well fed all year round.

The bulbs are starting to pop out and it’s the time of year when, despite the inevitable cold snaps that will pepper the next month or two, we start to think about the arrival of spring. So what’s on your spring to-do list?

We've hopefully seen the worst of the winter weather, so there’s plenty you can be getting on with now in terms of planting, pruning and preparation for spring.

Early Spring Gardening Jobs

  1. Plant summer bulbs. If it’s a particularly wet one and the ground is a bit boggy, plant bulbs in pots and containers instead. Good ones for early Spring include lilies, agapanthus and nerines – fantastic scent in late summer.
  2. Pruning. Prune winter-blooming shrubs like winter jasmine and heathers - once they've finished flowering. It's also a good time to prune Roses, Buddleia, Cornus, Hydrangea and last chance to prune your wisteria.
  3. Prepare your veg plot. It's important to fully prepare your vegetable plot for the spring time and now's a great time to do it. Dig the soil and mixing in organic material will break up the soil, ensuring it is not compacted.
    Rake the soil through, particularly if it's been a wet winter - the more you do this, the better it will be for growing.
  4. Potted herbs. Herbs are great for any size of space even if you only have a balcony or a window sill. Perfect for pots, they're great for early spring planting, particularly more hardy herbs such as rosemary, bay, thyme and sage. Others can also be planted indoors for transfer to outdoor pots as the weather warms up.
  5. Bedding Plants. If you've got a frost-free heated greenhouse, shed or conservatory, then bedding plants are also great to be getting on with now – ideal for the preparation of your Spring hanging baskets.
  6. Have a tidy up. Aside from planting, it's a good time to do a bit of a tidy up, with some pruning, potting and dividing up of plants for new spring growth:
  7. Pot up containers with hardy spring bedding, such as primroses, bellis and forget-me-nots. You'll find these appearing in pots and beds now anyway, and you can divide them and spread them out to give them more room for Spring growth.
  8. Divide congested clumps of herbaceous perennials and grasses and spread them out a bit for lots of new growth in the Spring. You can also divide up clumps of snowdrops quite successfully after flowering.

Notcutts Garden Centre has absolutely everything you need for Spring gardening, and their dedicated and hugely knowledgable staff are on hand to give you the best advice for your particular garden.

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