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Back to School with Arena

New Term, Fresh Start

Going back to school means new knowledge, new friends and new responsibilities, but most importantly, new chances and new memories are ready to be made. So to get you back in the educational mode, we’re giving you the chance to WIN a £50 gift voucher to spend on back to school essentials from our stores here at Arena Shopping Park*.

There are four vouchers up for grabs and to be in with a chance of winning simply head to our Facebook page to answer our Back to School competition quiz!

*Applicable stores only, Terms & Conditions apply.

But first, if you’re not sure about what to put on your back to school shopping list, we’ve browsed the shelves from the likes of Tesco, M&S, New Look, Decathlon and Card Factory and put together our must-haves — not to be missed for September ’19.

School Uniform

School uniform is a staple, and boy do these little ones grow-up fast. But it doesn’t need to cost the earth. M&S has a range of affordable and durable uniform basics from shirts and trousers, cardigans and dresses and shoes and socks. Plus when you take the kids to choose their new uniform, they’ll get to choose an animal mask to take home with them for FREE!

Another key piece for the school wardrobe is a new coat! As the British weather is so unreliable, we recommend these padded jackets from New Look. Waterproof and warm, they’ll make the perfect autumn/winter coat.

Kids and clothes shopping don’t always go to plan. So to make things a little easier, leave the sports kit shopping until the end to give them something to look forward to. Decathlon has shelves full of trainers that are ready and waiting to be put to good use on the athletics track! You can even find top brands like Nike!


Remember the feeling of writing on the very first page of a brand new book? Bring back the magic with this super sweet notebook from Card Factory. It also comes with a matching pencil case and keyring!

Perhaps one of the most important decisions to make before going back to school, what cool pencil case shall I get this year?! To really stand out from the crowd why not get this personalised pencil case from Card Factory.

Of course you also need cool equipment to fill the cool pencil case with, right? Right! Add some entertainment to the school day with these tropical island erasers from Card Factory or these ravishing rainbow highlighters from Tesco.


If lunchtime is their favourite time of the day, then make it extra special with the main star of the show, the lunch bag. If food is life, then this lunch bag from Shoe Zone is the most ROARsome lunch bag for you!


Last but not least, the trusty backpack. This really is the holy grail of the back to school shop for not only is it a fashion statement but it also needs to be good quality to store all of the above! Keep it casual with an understated camo print backpack from New Look or for something a little more ‘out there’ we suggest this multi-coloured leopard print bag from Tesco.

For even more Back to School inspiration, head to our dedicated Pinterest board for the best of the rest at Arena Shopping Park.