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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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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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.

Over the last year or so, we’ve all had to get used to online shopping, but there’s just no substitute for personal, face-to-face service, and this is what Newnham Court Shopping Village is all about.  So this Autumn, and during the run up to Christmas, make your purchases at your own pace and come and see us for some leisurely shopping and friendly, smiling faces. 

Need help planning your Autumn gardening projects? 

If you’re planning your gardening projects for this Autumn/Winter and need to know about what to choose and when to plant, Notcutts Garden Centre has everything you need and their knowledgable staff are on hand throughout the store to give you tips and advice on preparation, planting and pruning. They are hugely knowledgable and very approachable and will show you the best plants and bulbs for your particular garden. 

Find the right outfit for you with our friendly fashion advisors

Our fashion and footwear stores - Klass, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Pavers have approachable, helpful assistants on hand to advise on what suits you best, with fitting rooms to try before you buy and avoid those post office queues for online shopping returns!   With the latest seasonal lines, classics and party wear, you’re sure to find some fabulous outfits for Autumn/Winter and the upcoming festive season.  Men’s and Women's shoes and boots too.

Searching for a bed that’s “just right”?

A bed or mattress is definitely one purchase you do not want to make online. Did you know that Sussex Beds at Newnham Court Shopping Village is one of the largest showrooms in the area, with over 40 beds to try out in store?  There’s a bed and a mattress that’s perfect for everyone and just like Goldilocks, you can try out all the beds to find out which one is just right!   The very helpful staff are on hand to help you make the right decision. There’s also pillows, duvets, mattress protectors and linen in stock.

What’s your running gait? 

If you’re an avid runner already, starting out on your “couch to 5k” or determined to make it to next year’s London Marathon, it’s so important to get the right running show. The expert assistants at Runners Need will be able to test your size, running gait and the all important foot arches to make sure you get the best running shoe possible. With lots of other accessories and clothing, they’ll have you kitted out in no time. 

Get kitted out for Autumn adventures

Cotswold Outdoor's in-store experts are passionate about the outdoors and love nothing more than getting out there and making the most of it. All their staff have been there and done it and know what a difference having the right kit can make to both you and the planet. So whether it's mountaineering, skiing, walking or camping, they'll be able to help you get properly kitted out for your outdoor adventures. 

Looking for things to do this half term?

If you’re stuck for things to do with the kids this half term holiday, bring them along to see us because there’s so much fun to be had…

• Feed the fish and get expert fish-keeping advice in Maidenhead Aquatics

• Tempt them with hot chocolate and cake in our café or Bricks Coffee House

• Be at one with nature with lots of great ways to encourage wildlife into your garden at Notcutts Garden Centre

With Christmas coming soon, we’re also gearing up for the festive season in all our stores and Notcutts has a huge amount of inspiration for decorations, trees and gifts for all the family (and fur-family). 

So whatever your reason to shop,  Newnham Court Shopping Village's super convenient location and heaps of parking is just the first step to a great shopping experience across all our stores and services, but it’s our friendly faces and customer service that truly make all the difference. 

We are officially in Spring and it’s a great time to visit Newnham Court Shopping Village, because we’re buzzing with excitement and inspiration!

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While February may seem a bit of a dead month for gardening and often sees the worst of the winter weather, there’s plenty you can be getting on with in terms of planting, pruning and preparation for Spring.

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