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  • Meeting with the Prime Minister

    You will never guess who we've been talking to over the past few days via Zoom....


    1. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

    2. Leader of the Labour party, Sir Keir Starmer


    We were delighted to be invited to both calls to discuss the challenges facing small businesses at the moment and how they can be best supported. These discussions were in connection with Small Business Saturday UK which is this Saturday!


    The Rise and Rise of Small Business Saturday

    Small Business Saturday 2020

    Small Business Saturday UK, now in its eighth year, returns on Saturday 5th December.

    Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.

    The campaign has grown significantly each year with an estimated £800m spent in small businesses across the UK on 2019's Small Business Saturday, with a record turnout of 17.6 million people choosing to shop small on the day.

    American Express created the first-ever Small Business Saturday back in 2010 in the US and has been the principal supporter of the UK event from the beginning.

    We were very pleased to be chosen to be part of Small Biz 100 last year and to be included in this fantastic cause.



    Notes: Top image taken during the discussions with the Prime Minister, Whalley Warm & Dry (represented by Lisa), Wild Oats Natural FoodsPerky Blenders Coffee RoastersDJV Boutique IpswichHouse of Rothach and Small Business Saturday director Michelle Ovens

  • Black Friday with a difference – supporting Mind, the mental health charity!

    Mind, the mental health charity have declared Christmas a mental health emergency so we will be donating 50% of our profits from online sales tomorrow, Black Friday, to try and help.⁣⁣ ⁣

    The challenges of 2020 have been tough for everyone. Unfortunately for many, new mental health problems have developed as a result of the pandemic, and existing mental health problems have gotten worse.

    More people have experienced a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic than ever previously recorded. Mind

    We want to give back and support Mind so they can be there to help and support all those who need them at this difficult time.⁣⁣

    We would in like to thank in advance all those who choose to shop online with us tomorrow and in doing so, help us to raise money for this very worthy cause.


    We've been busy during lockdown creating a new & improved online booking form for our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service appointments.

    You can now view our appointment availability and book a confirmed fitting online in just a few quick & easy clicks. You can choose your appointment time and even your fitter (if you have a preference).

    The booking system is now live and ready for you to book appointments for when we reopen on Wednesday 2nd December.


    In light of last night's government announcement we just wanted to provide you with a quick update...

    - Firstly, we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support in these difficult times, we cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude!

    - In a change to our normal opening hours, this week we will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9 am - 5: 45 pm)All in-store operations will be closed from Thursday 5th November in line with lockdown rules.

    - Our online shop will remain open throughout the lockdown & we will continue to respond to emails during this time

    - If you would like a Specialist Boot Fitting when we re-open in December, please sign-up to our waiting list & we will get in touch with you as soon as we are able to offer appointments.

  • All new opening hours!

    new opening hours

    From tomorrow (1st October) our opening hours will be changing to the following;


    Monday               Closed

    Tuesday               9 am – 5:45 pm

    Wednesday        9 am – 5:45 pm

    Thursday             9 am – 5:45 pm

    Friday                    9 am – 5:45 pm

    Saturday              9 am – 5:00 pm

    Sunday                 Closed


    We look forward to offering you more boot fitting appointments per day and improving the work-life balance for the Whalley Warm & Dry team!

  • Tripadvisors’ Traveller’s Choice Award 2020

    tripadvisor traveller's choice

    We are currently celebrating being awarded Tripadvisors' Travellers' Choice Award 2020!

    According to Tripadvisor, the world's largest travel site, the Traveller's Choice Award is given to businesses who consistently receive great feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businessses around the globe!

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who leaves a review whether it be on Tripadvisor, Facebook, Google or via email - we really do appreciate each and everyone!

    “Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers/diners as the world begins to venture out again.”

  • Now open again on Sundays!

    Whalley Warm and Dry

    We are very happy to report that our Sunday opening hours of 12 -4 pm will resume from this weekend!

    We would like to say thank you to everyone for your understanding whilst we were closed on Sundays -we appreciate the inconvenience this may have caused and we are very much looking forward to getting back to our normal opening hours!

    Tuesday 10 am until 5 pm

    Wednesday 10 am until 5 pm

    Thursday 10 am until 5 pm

    Friday 10 am until 5 pm

    Saturday 10 am until 5 pm

    Sunday 12 pm until 4 pm



    boot fitting

    We are very excited to launch our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service in the great outdoors! Multi-award-winning service delivered in the wonderful fresh air!

    Weather permitting, you could enjoy a boot fitting in the garden at the front of the shop.

    This exciting development is just one of many practical measures we are taking to help keep you and our team safe. Additional measures include a hand sanitiser station, a protective screen at the till & a limit on the number of customers in the store at any one time. Our Covid-19 policy can be found here.

    Our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service will now operate on an appointment-only basis to help us manage the number of people visiting us & follow social distancing guidelines. 

    Hurry, appointments are booking up fast!

    We can't wait to help you!


    We are pleased to announce we will be reopening our bricks & mortar store on Tuesday 16th June & we are now taking online bookings for our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service.

    We would like to stress that creating a safe environment for you & our team is of utmost importance to us & we will be implementing a number of policies & procedures – these include a hand sanitiser station, a protective screen at the till & a limit on the number of customers in the store at any one time. Our Covid-19 policy can be found here.

    One new development we are excited to announce is the option of having a Specialist Boot Fitting appointment in the great outdoors! Weather permitting, you could enjoy our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service outside in the garden at the front of the shop! Further information on this exciting development to follow.
    Whilst our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service will need to operate slightly differently than before, the result will remain the same –comfortable & supportive footwear so you enjoy walking even more!
    Further updates, will be announced in the coming days – make sure to follow us on social media or check back on the blog to stay in the loop!
  • Shop is now temporarily closed but online operations continue

    In order to fully support the fight against COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily close the shop until further notice. Our online shop will, however, continue to operate for as long as it is safe to do so.

    Whilst we will really miss helping you in person, we know it’s the right thing to do- we must all play our part.

    • We regret that all appointments for our Specialist Boot Fitting Service from now until 1st May will need to be postponed, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
    • If you’ve made an appointment after the 1st May - we will continue to actively monitor government advice on a daily basis & we will contact you if your appointment needs to be postponed.

    We will continue to respond to emails as soon as we can so please do get in touch if you have any questions.

    We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone for their support & we wish you all good health, mental & physical.

    We hope to see you again soon but in the meantime, take care of yourselves & each other.

    The Whalley Warm & Dry team

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5:45pm
& Saturday - 9am - 5pm.