Imagine what shopping will look like 50 years from now.

Will drones be carrying our bags for us while we navigate around a shopping centre on hover-shoes? Or will a giant rollercoaster whizz above our heads while we drink a trendy coffee infused with moon dust? Who knows?

The Watford Observer has teamed up with intu Watford to invite schools to get their creative juices flowing over the summer break and look into the future of retail in the year 2068. There is a prize of £200 for the best entry plus another £200 for their school, together with prizes for second and third place.

“Retail has moved so quickly over the past few years and we are currently creating a new shopping future in Watford,” said Vicki Costello, general manager at intu Watford.

The shopping centre is near completion of its £180 million development, which will see 13 new retailers, 11 new restaurants, an IMAX Cineworld, Hollywood Bowl and a four-storey Debenhams begin to open from September this year.

Vicki added: “It’s an exciting time for us and for Watford and who knows what the next 10, 20 or 50 years will bring to the town? Our project, in partnership with the Watford Observer, is a great way for the younger generation to share their thoughts and visions on how they envisage the future of shopping to be.”

The project is open to all schools in and around Watford as a summer holiday activity. It is for children aged 7 to 11 to work on alone or with their parents/guardian as a family task.

The entry form can be downloaded at or collected at the Customer Information Desk. A drawing and maximum of 100 words are to be completed and returned to the Post Box at the Customer Information Desk at intu Watford or emailed to by Sunday 30 September.

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