The Bridges are giving retailers and shoppers a much-needed boost this winter – we’ve just learned that they will be extending opening hours during the Christmas trading period.


Here’s the key dates and times you need for shopping at the Bridges this Christmas…
















Until 23rd December, the Bridges opening times are:

Monday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm (with free parking from 5:30 – 9:00pm)

Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm


Other Festive Opening Hours:

Christmas Eve: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Sunday 27th December: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Monday 28th December: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Tuesday 29th December: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday 30th December: 9:00am – 5:30pm

New Year’s Eve: 9:00am – 5:30pm

New Year’s Day: Closed

Please note – normal centre hours resume from Saturday 2nd Jan.


Karen Eve, Centre Director at the Bridges, said the decision followed on from consultation with both customers and retailers.

“It’s clear that customers still want to shop for Christmas,” she said.

“They want to experience the buzz of being out browsing for those special gifts, they want to see beautiful decorations, hear festive music and plan for a happy Christmas break.

“Extending the opening hours will help retailers make up for missed sales but will also mean that shoppers can plan their shopping trips and avoid the busiest time of the day.

“Safety is still very much a high priority at the Bridges and we hope that this move will ensure everyone can still enjoy the shopping experience but in a socially distanced way.”

The majority of shops in the centre are supporting the late night trading initiative, including Primark, Boots, Next, The Entertainer, The Perfume Shop, The Fragrance Shop, Pandora, Hotel Chocolate, Swarovski, New Look and Starbucks.

“We want to remind everyone of how important it is to shop local this year and encourage them to support the high street.

“The Government’s decision to reopen retail will help preserve jobs, protect the economy and give us a much needed boost so that everyone can enjoy Christmas,” said Karen.

“It’s still important that everyone abides by the social distancing rules but we’re hoping that’s not going to stop people finally being able to enter in the spirit of Christmas.”



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