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A long drive for nothing
Botany Bay (England)
Member Name: kelly10
Botany Bay (England)
Date: 03/10/08, updated on 29/11/11 (160 review reads)
Advantages: Didn't cost to get in
Disadvantages: I've got a years membership but won't be using it
After working every weekend for the last 5 and a half years and hearing what everybody else did I now make the most of having free weekends so try and do something every weekend. Sounds ideal, except to get the free weekends I was made redundant, so maybe not as great as I've made it sound.
One place I have always wanted to go is Botany Bay. The TV adverts always make it look like a great place to visit. All those shops under the one roof selling a multitude of things, that is heaven to me. So I was really looking forward to visiting last weekend.
It is situated in Chorley, Lancashire, just off junction 8 of the M61. You can't miss in when driving on the motorway and there are plenty of the brown tourist board signs showing you the way.
Admission currently costs £3.50 for adults but they are currently running a promotion to the end of the year where it is free to get in and you get a free years membership for next year.
So things were looking good, lots of shops and not a penny spent getting in there.
Well, was I disappointed. Yes there is lots of things to buy but to me it felt more like a market or a seconhand/antique shop. So for me it was not as unique as the adverts make out. I could have gone somewhere nearer home and saved on petrol money.
The best part was on the top floor they have all the Christmas decorations and it looks so good. But again, you can buy decorations anywhere.
What I thought I was going to was a mill with separate units in it selling a multitude of different things. I thought there would be more clothes and jewellary but there wasn't.
Yes the history side of it was good, but it was too big a disappointment to me. I won't be going again.
Summary: More like a market
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