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Durham Tees Valley has bags to offer on the retail therapy front. The open-air Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham offers more than 40 leading retailers and a range of boutiques. Just across the river by Framwellgate Bridge the £30m Riverwalk leisure complex opened in 2019 and features a wide range of shops, a multiplex cinema, restaurants, and riverside promenade. The beautifully-restored Durham Indoor Market, built in 1851, is a real gem. Several of its 70-odd traders have been in business more than 30 years. Meanwhile, the Market Place hosts Durham City Farmers’ Market every third Thursday of the month.
Bargain hunters should head ten miles east to the North East’s biggest outlet shopping centre just off the A19 at Dalton Park, near Seaham. It contains more than 60 outlet shops ranging from high street brands such as M&S, Next and Gap to designer labels, with up to 50 per cent off.
There’s certainly no shortage of shopping opportunities in Middlesbrough with four shopping centres – the Cleveland Centre, Hillstreet Shopping Centre, Captain Cook Square and Dundas Shopping Mall – just a few minutes’ walk from each other. Psyche, a pioneering and palatial independent store, offers more than 200 designer brands and has earned national acclaim for its style and innovation. Yarm, near Stockton, was voted by BBC Breakfast viewers as Britain’s Best High Street for Something Old and Something New. Its Georgian charm invites you to explore its wide, largely-cobbled, High Street. Here you’ll find the family-owned department store of Strickland & Holt, a fixture for more than 150 years, selling everything from quality fashion to cards, toys and a huge range of gifts. For designer clothing check out The House and Attitudes.
Darlington still retains a traditional high street which links to The Cornmill Shopping Centre, with more than 40 stores, and the smaller Queens Street Shopping Centre. The flagship House of Fraser department store sits on the corner of pedestrianised High Row. The Victorian Covered Market has been at the heart of the town since 1863 and an open market is held in the centre every Monday and Saturday while the Sunday People’s market is held on the first Sunday of each month on Blackwellgate.
City, Durham DH1 3UL
Prince Bishops Shopping Centre is Durham city’s premier retail shopping destination, located immediately next to the city’s historic Market Place. Prince Bishops’ famous horseshoe-shaped mall includes outlets from a wide range of leading high street names such as Next, Monsoon, Fat Face, Boots, Thorntons, Costa, H&M and New Look. Whatever the weather, Prince Bishops’ range of shops and cafes is the perfect place to shop the latest fashions, beauty trends and gadgets. Visit website
3 Windsor Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1AX
Located in the small Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-by the-Sea, on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast, Chocolini’s offer a unique opportunity to purchase something truly special. The talented chocolatiers can work magic with chocolate, no matter how crazy your idea is, they will always do their best to help you. Visit website
Church Street, Murton, Seaham SR7 9HU
At Dalton Park there’s always a bargain to be found, with savings of up to 50% off RRP on top brands every day. There’s over 60 outlet shops which include high street fashion favourites M&S Outlet, Next Outlet alongside Radley, Fat Face, Lindt and footwear store Pavers, plus many more! When you have shopped until you are ready to drop there are lots of great places to take a quick break including Starbucks, Love Coffee and Thorntons Cafe. Plus a seven-screen Cineworld to end your night. Visit website
37 Market Place, Richmond DL10 4QL
Dot’s Place stocks a range of hand-made items including, jewellery, pictures, pottery, candles and personalised products. A little something for everyone all at affordable prices. The shop is a stockist of Gisela Graham, Silver Tag Bears, Sophie Allport, Rufus Rabbit, Owen Barry hand-crafted leather bags, Katie Loxton, Powder and many more fantastic labels.
Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland DL14 7EG
The Newgate Shopping Centre has something for everyone. Right in the heart of Bishop Auckland town centre, it boasts national chains selling electrical goods, clothes and jewellery. With great places to eat and drink, plus independent shops and stalls, the Newgate centre is a fantastic place to bag a bargain. Visit website
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