Even if the heatwave is over for now, it’s time for sun, sea, sand and... shopping

This summer Hemel Hempstead shoppers can relax on the beach, even if the weather’s a washout.

Families can visit the indoor seaside in the Marlowes Shopping Centre throughout the school holidays. There will also be exciting events each weekend including Punch and Judy shows and free face painting each day.

Zara Gaze sculpting a mermaid at Marlowes Shopping Centre

Zara Gaze sculpting a mermaid at Marlowes Shopping Centre

Saturday’s launch saw sand sculpture artist Zara Gaze create a sea-inspired mythical creature in the centre’s walkway, which will be on display throughout August.

Centre director Vince Williams said: “We ran a week-long beach event last year, and it was such a success that we decided to extend the event this year and have the beach in place throughout the whole summer. The beach adds a fantastic holiday atmosphere to the centre.”