How to spend 48 hours in Staffordshire
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Throughout Staffordshire there are fantastic shopping opportunities and here some of the best stores and independent retailers for some retail therapy. Due to open in 2020, the £160 million McArthurGlen West Midlands Designer Outlet will be the seventh retail village in the group’s UK portfolio, and promises to draw shoppers from across the region to the 30-acre site with up to 60 per cent savings at 80 premium, luxury and high street brands.
Another a good starting point on your retail journey is the popular shopping village on the Trentham Estate, off the A34 between Newcastle and Stone. Turn left at the mini-roundabout, grab yourself a space on the large free car park and head straight for the 77 timber lodges that make up the shopping village. There’s an eclectic mix of stores with many names you’ll recognise and many you won’t – but will definitely want to explore! There are plenty of independent retailers at Trentham too. If you’re a musician you’ll find A Major Music Supplies hits the right note with its extensive sheet music collection, as well as stocking keyboards, woodwind, brass and stringed instruments. If you can tear yourself away from Trentham, around 15 miles north-east you’ll find the historic market town of Leek which is a hotspot for antiques lovers. The town’s market was established in 1207 by Royal Charter and there are still a number of thriving markets held regularly throughout the town, including a fine food market on the third Saturday of every month and an intriguing craft and collectables market held in the indoor Trestle Market every Friday.
Antiques fans will be particularly keen on Leek and will easily be able to spend a day searching for unusual treasures to take home. Come on a Saturday and start your hunt in the cobbled Market Place which will be filled with antique stalls for its weekly collectors’ market. From there take a two-minute walk to St Edward Street, which is packed with fine buildings full of beautiful objects. The half-timbered Grade 2-listed Odeon Antiques and Interiors, for example, has four floors and 12 rooms of antiques, collectables, vintage lighting and furniture, as well as their nearby Victorian warehouse which is open to the public and trade by appointment only.
Main Road, Denstone, Uttoxeter ST14 5HF
Denstone Hall Farm Shop is a family-run farm shop and cafe on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire border set in the picturesque village of Denstone beside the River Churnet. The farm shop is part of a thriving beef and arable agricultural business with the shop and cafe based in red farm overlooking the fields. Visit website
Stone Rd, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG
Falling broadly into eight categories – art and ceramics, craft and hobby, fashion and accessories, food and snacks, gifts and collectables, homeware, health and beauty, and outdoors and leisure – the stores at Trentham Shopping Village are attractively laid out along a wide shopping street and offer a unique experience to tempt even the most jaded shopper. Big brand names include Antler, Cotton Traders, L’Occitane and Whittard of Chelsea, while the area’s pottery connections are well-represented by local favourites Portmeirion, Spode and Royal Worcester. Visit website
Wrottesley Park Rd, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7HL
Located in Burntwood near Lichfield and established in 1916, Bradshaw’s Farm Shop and Cafe is a 4th generation family run business. The award-winning Butchers are renowned purveyors of high quality meats. The onsite Farm shop specialises in locally-sourced fine foods, wines, spirits and gifts and the Cafe serves fresh home-cooked food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Visit website
The White House, 2-4 Market Pl, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 4AT
Barewall Art Gallery specialise in British fine art and ceramics connected with Staffordshire, Potteries, Midlands, North Wales and the North with an especially outstanding collection by artists connected to the Potteries. The gallery provides British 20th-century modern art to contemporary original art of the day. It also offers signed limited edition prints from a selection of artists. The gallery is proud to stock British studio pottery and hand-painted art pottery by a number of potters from Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area. Visit website
5 Barton Turn, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent DE13 8AS
Start and Tremayne is a family-run business which was originally established in Burton upon Trent over 100 years ago. Today the business continues on the High Street in Burton and has shops at Barton Marina, in Barton-under-Needwood and Mercia Marina in Willington, near to Derby. The main business continues to be the sale of high-end quality designer leather goods, such as handbags, suitcases, business luggage, purses and wallets, all supported by knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Visit website
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Image credits: ©Alexandre Godreau/Caroline Attwood/Peter Wendt/Tim Wright/Unsplash; Trentham Estate