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Ideas for a brilliant May bank holiday and half term

With two bank holidays in May and the kids’ school holidays, let’s plan a fun day out at Westwood Cross. We’ve got leisure activities, restaurant spring menus and holiday shopping.

See a musical at the cinema


‘An American in Paris The Musical’ (12A) is coming from London’s West End to Vue cinema, Thanet on Tuesday 7th May at 7pm. Sit back and watch the romance blossom between an American GI and a dancer, set in Paris in the aftermath of war. The musical features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin as well as stunning choreography. Escapism at its best for the day after early May bank holiday!

Pizza heaven


ASK Italian’s spring menu is here! Try the new pizzas: the Vegan Prima Super Green Pizza and the Prima Two Egg Fiorentina Pizza. Also, tickling our taste buds is the Pea & Ricotta Soufflé. For dessert, the Warm Cookie & Salted Caramel Gelato is pure indulgence.

Scream for ice cream


Grab an ice cream from Thorntons or an ice cold drink from one of Westwood Cross's cafés and take a mindful moment in our green areas. Our Pop-up Parks, found outside Debenhams and Primark, are little havens to chill out in after a fruitful shopping trip.

Let’s go to the Barber Bus


If a haircut is on your list of life admin, then head to Anton Antoni Barber Bus (opposite Next). Fathers and sons could book in together during the school holidays to get their locks tamed.

Holiday shopping


A holiday is the perfect opportunity to wear floaty outfits with ethnic patterns and bright colours. Bring on the kaftans, maxi dresses, cami tops and bikinis from Monsoon, complemented with bold accessories from Accessorize.   

Fashion to thrill teens


During half term, treat your teenage kids to new outfits from River Island. The new season collection for girls features slogan T-shirts, jumpsuits, denim dresses and skirts. For guys, there’s classy suits, patterned shirts and muscle tops.

Best dishes to eat


Fill up on burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and tacos at Chiquito. The menu is packed with new burrito fillings such as greens, grains, Mexican sauces, jackfruit or pulled Chicken Tinga. Fire up the Mexican grill and enjoy sharing food with your family.

Bring the Little Bears to life


You'll find posters on display throughout the centre with our Little Bears’ Snapchat codes on them. Scan the codes and the bears will come to life. It's lots of fun! Collect a map from Guest Services. It's a great way to keep the kids entertained while you shop.