Summer at Ashford Designer Outlet

With summer in full swing, where better to enjoy the sun than at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford, where shoppers will find a series of complimentary events to entertain and delight the whole family.

The centre has been transformed into a destination of family fun, where visitors can enjoy an open-air summer festival garden area complete with an ice cream stand and giant games including Connect 4 and Jenga. There will be a Kid’s Reading Corner packed full of favourite titles, plus the chance to quite literally walk on water with giant inflatable Water Walkers.

The centre will also be welcoming some of the area’s most talented musicians, performing regular sets every Saturday throughout the day, with Ashford Introduces… a ‘Battle of the Bands’ style search for the best talent on social media. Musicians either solo or bands - can audition by emailing a YouTube or audio clip to The Summer Social will officially launch on Saturday 22nd July, and will run until Sunday 3rd September, with a unique calendar of events being held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 11am and 4pm.

Top family events at Ashford Designer Outlet

Keyboard Wizard – Thursday 3rd and Tuesday 22nd August

Become a keyboard wizard at the centre’s mobile music school, with mini lessons from an in-house musician on his keyboard, before kids will get a chance to try out a tune on the giant floor version.

Summer Badge Making – Wednesday 26th July, Thursday 10th and Tuesday 29th August

Little ones will love these colourful badge-making workshops. Choose from either a summer design or let the creativity flow and start from scratch.

Digital Graffiti – Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 31st August

All the fun of spray painting without the mess, this electronic spray can produces ‘graffiti’ on the screen right in front of your eyes. Suitable for those aged six years and over but with a little help younger children can also enjoy. Bookable by emailing

Design a Festival Tee - Thursday 27th July, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 30th August

Let the kids unleash their inner fashion designer and get creative making their own T-shirts - the only limit will be their imagination!

Bubble Craft – Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 16th August

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Blowing bubbles, painting pictures with bubbles, simply having fun with bubbles – hours of messy summer fun! (Aprons included)

Spin Art – Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 23rd August

Have you ever seen the art of spin painting? Discover what it’s all about at Ashford Designer Outlet this summer. Guaranteed to make kids giggle.

DJ Workshop – Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 17th

Learn to spin some tunes on the decks with this introduction on how to be a master DJ - a unique opportunity to learn the craft of mixing sounds and tunes. Bookable by emailing

Several of the centre’s restaurants and caf├ęs will also be offering great deals throughout July and August and Pizza Express, Patisserie Valerie, and Wagamama are getting into the summer spirit with special menus and offers.

On top of all this, the centre is also home to over 80 premium, high street and designer brands including Barbour, Abercrombie & Fitch, All Saints, Timberland, Jack Wills and Diesel and offers amazing year-round savings of up to 60&% off RRP.

The centre has extended its opening hours for the summer months and will be open from Monday to Saturday from 9am – 8pm and on Sunday from 10am – 6pm.