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A great place to shop. Everything you really need is here.
Fosse Shopping Park (Leicester)
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Fosse Shopping Park (Leicester)
Advantages: Convenient parking, extended opening hours, good stores,
Disadvantages: Does get busy so try abit off peak to visit.
I've been visiting Fosse for about 10 years now, its located off the M1 at J21 (if your heading from the north thats the junction right after the Leicester Forest East Services). J21 is also the junction for the M69 (don't head there though) turn down the A5460 and it is sign posted and visible.
Fosse is an out of town retail development, where it is free to park and also has great extended opening hours (Mon / Tues 9am - 8pm, Wed to Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat 9am - 8pm and Sun 11am - 5pm) however please check on line for individual store opening times - these are available on a PDF to download. Some hours also change particularly on the run up to Christmas to give you more time to shop.
Now without doubt you could visit Derby / Nottingham / Leicester towns and there would be an army of stores with a list so long it would bore you. Fosse mainly has the main stream high street stores so BHS / Evans / Dorthy Perkins / Next / Burtons / JJB / Wallis / Boots / WH Smiths / Monsoon / New Look / River Island / Gap ! / and a huge M&S (fab), Clarks / Clintons. In addition in an extension to Fosse behind these stores is a Argos / Currys / PC World / Land of Leather / a furniture store (name escapes me) and I noticed on Saturday that Next are building a separate home store her too - this is currently with the main clothes store.
Despite this restricted list of stores Fosse is hugely popular - arrive at midday and you will spend 30 mintuse circling for a parking space so either arrive earlier or later to avoid this. You can park directly outside the stores which are configured in a L shape so you can keep popping back to the car to drop off your shopping before your arms drop off.
There is a food court here located in the middle of the L - which has a Pizza Hut Express, Macdonalds, KFC, Druckers, Pret a Manger (never mind), Costa Coffee, Potato Bake House, Thorntons and also an O2 and Orange store. Seating is available upstairs and downstairs. M&S also has a cafe - again usually popular so go off lunchtime peak.
All areas at Fosse are fully disabled access - and equally that means a pushchair. Toilets and baby change facilities are available by the food court but I preferred the ones in M&S - no particular reason why though. Maybe convenience. Access to the stores requires walking outside there is no complete under cover access - hardly a major hardship.
Asda also have a big store accross the road and a petrol station by Fosse so if you need fuel you don't need to worry about hunting somewhere down.
And another good tip - for those that don't live near to this shopping area but travel up and down the M1 - Fosse is half a mile from the motorway - you could always call in during opening hours as an alternative to using the services - or to call in and get that forgotton birthday card / present.
Summary: Good for shopping, an alternative to services, long opening hours
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