One of my favourite poets of the 19th century is John Clare. Considered to be one of Britain’s most iconic and important poets, Clare was known for his descriptive poems of rural life and scenery. When Clare was asked about his poetry and inspirations, he merely replied; “I found the poems in the fields and only wrote them down.” In the same respect a lot of my inspiration for blogging comes from the English countryside; from the patchwork-like fields stitched together by hedgerows and dry-stone walling to the wondrous wildlife and the fine flora and fauna. Having been imbued with a sense of admiration and affection I find myself spending a lot of my time outdoors in the charming countryside and thus require practical clothing and footwear.
I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail regarding a Go Outdoors store opening in Nottingham which opens Saturday 5th November 2016. Located at Mansfield Road in Arnold, the vast and spacious store including an upstairs boasts all outdoor and country pursuits providing excellent clothing, equipment and accessories for all disciplines including; camping, caravanning, climbing, cycling, running, skiing, walking, riding and fishing. Furthermore, the store encompasses a range of facilities comprising of changing rooms, bike servicing, bike repair service, rucksack fitting and boot fitting. The store includes a tent display area, public toilets, disabled access and (Ben will be pleased to know) pets are allowed into the store.
Next, I am directed to the cycling department with a huge display of bikes from road and mountain to children’s and even folding bikes. Everything from accessorises to spare parts and maintenance can be sourced, including servicing and repairs in their very own quarters, which is great as you can have your bike serviced or repaired while you shop. From reading my blog you may have guessed that I adore classic and vintage designs and while enjoying the tour, I spotted these beautiful vintage ladies bikes complete with wicker baskets in an array of stunning shades (my favourite is the sage green).
Our tour then leads to the horse riding department featuring clothing, equipment, horse care products and stable equipment. Natalie demonstrates that Go Outdoors stocks prestigious brands such as Nike, Berghaus, Marmot, Outwell, Harry Hall, Raleigh and Salomon to name a few. You can find a full list of brands stocked here. Furthermore, Go Outdoors stocks a more ‘fashionable’ range where you can purchase clothing and footwear but not necessarily appear to go hiking.
Natalie informs me that they provide a ‘bundle option’ where the customer can purchase the essentials and make a saving, for example a skiing bundle consists of jacket and trousers costing £60 instead of the retail £80 and this bundle option can be found throughout the various departments.
Our tour ends with me being able to choose a few of the products (I shall be posting a separate review) and was served by the lovely store manager Graham. Overall Go Outdoors offers a wide range of products crossing all boundaries from climbing to cycling and prides themselves on its friendly and informative service, making the customers experience their number one priority and ensuring you get the right products for you. I would highly recommend a visit and Nottingham’s grand opening will see the first 200 visitors receive £20 plus 10% on Saturday 5th November 2016.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my visit to Go Outdoors. Is this a store you will visit?