Last weekend my mum and I celebrated Mother’s Day a little early with a whole day of shopping, eating and general pampering by the lovely team at Glasgow Fort (Junction 10, M8, G34 9DL). We got up to so much and were treated like royalty by everyone we met. There’s so much to see, do and eat at Glasgow Fort that I ended up dividing this post into two parts; shopping and dining. If you’re looking for an award-winning shopping destination with over 100 popular high street retailers and over 2,500 free parking spaces and don’t want the stress of travelling into the city centre, then I can’t recommend Glasgow Fort highly enough.
After a quick coffee at Starbucks and a delicious lunch at T.G.I. Fridays where we were lucky enough to sample a whole range of new appetisers, mocktails and smoothies (I highly recommend the Sober Loader) we headed over to The Body Shop. The store maybe on the cosy side, but it was crammed full of all my favourite products and the lovely staff were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. We were treated to a skincare consultation and I was very kindly given a few samples of the Seaweed collection to take home along with the Drops of Light Pure Refacing Liquid Peel. I was also treated to a mini-makeover and took the opportunity to be matched to my shade of their new Fresh Nude Foundation. I often find that beauty counters can be a bit intimidating so it was really lovely to be able to have a chit chat about makeup and be recommended products in a more friendly and relaxed environment.
After our visit to The Body Shop, we visited TK Maxx in search of a few bargains, Marks & Spencer, Zara, Next and Superdrug. We browsed around Hobby Craft and couldn’t help but get excited about all the arts and crafts activities we had in store for Penny once she’s older. What I loved about Glasgow Fort is all the additional events, displays and activities taking place in the stores, it’s like a little community. For example, we noticed the staff in TKMaxx fundraising for Red Nose Day, in Hobby Craft they had an Easter inspired activity table for the children to get involved with and Waterstones were advertising an upcoming Pokemon event and storytelling & crafts event on the 18th & 19th of March to celebrate Mother’s Day. I loved the extra mile stores were going to build a relationship with their customers.
We also visited ASDA Home, H&M, Fat Face and Mamas & Papas, drooled over the exquisitely made cakes in the window of Patisserie Valerie and spent a fortune in Kiko Milano. This was one of my favourite stores. It was modern, bright and every wall was covered in makeup, skincare and accessory displays – every beauty blogger’s idea of heaven. I was surprised by how many limited edition collections they stocked and how many promotions they had running; let’s just say I didn’t leave empty handed; expect A LOT of makeup reviews coming your way!
Glasgow Fort was the perfect destination to start our Mother’s Day celebrations. The staff went out of their way to make it special and I can’t emphasise enough how immaculate it was. As promised, I have a whole other post coming your way about all the dining options available, however, even though we didn’t have enough time to visit, I thought I’d let you know that there is also a DW Sports Fitness with state of the art fitness, swimming and spa facilities on site, plus an eight-screen VUE cinema if you need a break from shopping.
General opening times are 9am-10pm Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm Saturday and 10am-7pm Sunday.
For directions and a full list of stores, restaurants and facilities please visit glasgowfort.com.