Beat the January blues in a jiffy at The Glades

Cries of ‘are you having a bubble?!’ are filling the air in response to an upcoming day dedicated to protective packaging. And yes, The Glades Shopping Centre will be doing just that from Friday to help Bromley beat the January blues!


If the longest month of the year is making your zen feel off-kilter, pop to The Glades between Friday 24 January and Monday 27 January – the official day of National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – for some unconventional stress-relieving fun from 11am until 4pm each day.


The Glades is rolling out all the stops, with its pop-up bubble-wrapped room conveniently called ‘Pop’, which will be posted on the central atrium outside M&S. The bubble-bursting skills of the over 18s will be put to the test, with prizes up for grabs and a high-tech Mood-o-Meter will enable guests to see just how much squishing air-filled sheets will put the pep back in their step.


The Glades will be working with Terracycle, a specialist recycling company that takes care of unusual materials. Pop will feature biodegradable bubble wrap, with all the materials from the event to be either be recycled or repurposed.


National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was started by a US radio station in 2001 and has been celebrated on the last Monday of January since then. Mark Haynes, Director of The Glades, said: “January can be a tricky month to navigate now the festive celebrations are a distant memory, poor weather is ruining umbrella after umbrella and having the longest wait for pay day.


“To combat this, we’re encouraging people to literally take things into their own hands, with a relaxing and fun session puncturing packaging at The Glades. Our Pop room offers visitors the opportunity to leave all their worries at the door and have a stress-busting time through the healing medium of this much-loved wrapping.


“A lot of the time, it’s the simplest pleasures in life that can turn a dull day into something positively unforgettable,” Mark added. “We are excited to help the people of Bromley get re-energised and full of beans again.”