Fairhill has well established itself as the go-to place for fashion and beauty must-haves in Ballymena. I’ve picked up loads of bargains when I fancy a change from shopping in Belfast. It’s also becoming synonymous with great events, and in particular its Ladies Lock-In. This popular Mall take-over is in its 5th year and returns again tomorrow night, Tuesday 3rd October (6-9pm). It is bursting at the seams with everything you need for a great night of retail therapy. If you haven’t been, here are 7 reasons to grab your girlfriends and make a night of it!

Handsome Waiters: Who doesn’t love a well built man with very little on giving you treats in between shopping? Thankfully they have become a regular fixture during the Lock-In. Make sure to get a quick snap with them and if you’re especially nice they might even help carry your bags!

Discounts: Being a dedicated follower of fashion is great, but it can be a tad expensive. Thankfully many of Fairhill’s 50+ stores have discounts on the night to help keep the bank balance in check. Top picks include 20% off full price items at Quiz, River Island, Miss Selfridge, Evans and H&M. Buy one get one free in Starbucks, 50% off glasses in Specsavers, 15 goody bags to be won in Boots, 20 in M&S and 40 in NEXT. 

Competitions: To help curb buyers remorse there are always great giveaways to be had! This year includes 100 goody bags from event sponsor, Insanity Tan, vouchers for NEXT, Quiz and Galgorm Resort & Spa, perfume, accessories, hospitality vouchers and much more. But how do you win one? I heard a rumour of a rodeo bull – but I guess you’ll have to go along and see it to believe it!

AW Style & Beauty Advice: Lets face it, many of us can feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of trends on the market. Thankfully at this year’s event, the Fairhill experts always give tip-top advice on key pieces to keep you going all season. 

Free Parking: Park for free in the covered multi-storey, and if you are not the designated driver you can enjoy some complimentary fizz and treats.

Pamper Parlour: Enjoy the pamper parlour where you can be treated to makeovers, manicures, eyebrow threading or even a quick massage. Check out some great discounts here too.

Cool FM Cuties:  The presenters everyone loves to wake up with, Cool FM’s Pete Snodden and Paulo Ross will be at hand to sprinkle some stardust throughout the evening.

Phew! Can you believe all this is in one event! For more info, check out Fairhill’s Facebook for the full list of discounts, competition and details on how to obtain a ‘Fast Pass’ wrist band to beat the queues on the night. Fashion, freebies and fit men – what’s not to love! 

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