Still known as ‘The Hampshire Centre’ to some long-memoried locals, Castlepoint is situated just off the main Wessex Way A338 into town – take the exit for Bournemouth Hospital, the law courts and the Littledown Centre. Castlepoint is the largest shopping park in the country, with over 40 shops, cafes and restaurants and 3000 car parking spaces. The three anchor stores are Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Asda, with dozens of other high-street and unique names comprising fashion, outdoor, hardware, gaming, mobile, newsagents and card shops, plus three major coffee chains. Most doors open at 9am and don’t close until 8pm – ideal for hitting the shops after work or on the way home from a day on the beach. It’s just across the road from Mallard Road Retail Park, home to big names including the Smyths toy superstore and the BHS homestore. Why not round off the day with a bite to eat at Frankie & Bennys or Nando’s, also on site?