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There’s no denying the fact that Gloucestershire has a lot to offer in the way of retail therapy. Cirencester’s charter market is one of the oldest in the country and is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086. Regular farmers’ and arts and crafts markets are held in the broad Market Place, where you’ll find local strawberries, game, Old Spot sausages, chocolate brownies, jars of plum jam, pottery, jewellery and much more.
Perched on top of the Cotswolds is another market town, Stow-on-the-Wold and it’s well worth exploring the little alleyways that radiate away from Stow’s marketplace. The quirky, four-storey stone buildings are home to an array of country outfitters, artists and antiques shops, while Huffkins bakery sells the largest lardy cakes you’ll ever see. Scott’s of Stow, on the marketplace, is a many-roomed showroom for the household goods and homewares and if there’s anything they don’t have, try The Crock Ltd for another comprehensive selection of kitchenware.
Gloucester’s ‘gate’ streets have both individual and high street brands – perhaps you’ll spot a precious memento in the vast Gloucester Antiques Centre in Westgate Street – as seen on TV’s Bargain Hunt. Eastgate Street is also home to a shopping centre with stores such as M&S Food and H&M. The Montpellier/Suffolks area is regarded as the Notting Hill of Cheltenham and bucks the trend of lookalike shopping streets. Instead, they are filled with flourishing boutiques, artisan and individual stores. Bodega womenswear, the Suffolk Anthology bookshop and Cheltenham Crystal Chandelier shop are just some of the intriguing finds. There are regular Sunday markets and the Street Fair in May has more than 100 stalls, buskers, rides, street food, live music and children’s activities creating a unique shopping experience that attracts locals and visitors alike.
A short walk away, Cheltenham’s elegant Promenade is a wide, tree-lined boulevard of Regency buildings with a mixture of familiar-name stores such as Jigsaw, White Stuff and Molton Brown. Cavendish House department store, shoe and beauty shops sit alongside prestigious jewellers; Martin & Co proudly displays the Cheltenham Gold Cup each year before the race and Beards, which holds an annual diamond treasure hunt, with real diamonds as prizes.
26 Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2NG
From rare finds and classic collector’s items, to that little memento of your visit, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at The Gloucester Antiques Centre, located at the heart of the city, with outstanding views of Gloucester’s magnificent cathedral, which is just around the corner. Gloucester Antiques Centre have antiques and collectibles for everyone, including period and 20th-century furniture, fine ceramics, glassware, gold, silver and antique jewellery, coins, trading cards, stamps, vinyl records, postcards, toys, quality antique clocks and watches and much more. Visit website
4 College Street, Gloucester GL1 2NE
Situated on College Street in the heart of Gloucester, The Candle Tree is an eclectic gift shop emporium. It has an extensive range of candles, hand-crafted soaps, home fragrances, luxury bath and body treats, gift cards, creative lighting and accessories. Visit website
6-7 Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham GL50 1SD
Defined by distinctive design and sustainability, OSKA is a contemporary fashion brand offering high-quality clothing and accessories for individual women. OSKA’s designs let you feel good. Comfortable and flexible fits give you freedom to move. The fabrics have a pleasant feel and display their natural and authentic character. The design is based on continuity. It is inspired by trends, but remains true to its line. It can be mixed and matched in many ways, also with other collections. Customers are invited to create their own unmistakable look. Visit website
37-41 Clarence Street, Gloucester GL1 1EA
King’s Walk Shopping Centre offers a wide range of great shops and places to eat, drink and relax, right in the heart of Gloucester. Stores at King’s Walk include Bright House, Carol’s Flowers, Cex, Claire’s, Clinton Cards, HMV, Janes Pantry, Jessops, The Perfume Shop, Primark, River Island, Superdrug, Timpson, Warren James, WHSmith and many more. Visit website
11 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PP
Established in 1874, Rieker draws on its five generation heritage to create ultra-comfortable, feel good footwear with a flattering fit. Beautiful, stylish and functional, the brand’s timeless designs provide the ideal foundation for a stylish everyday wardrobe. The Rieker shoe selection includes a huge variety of footwear for men and women. From sturdy boots and diamante-detailed sandals, to formal loafers and trendy Mary Janes; the Rieker range offers you the ideal accessory to complement any outfit and occasion without trading off on foot support and comfort. Visit website
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