Throughout Worcestershire there are fantastic shopping opportunities and here some of the best stores and independent retailers for some retail therapy. Angel Place is home to lively markets selling local food, clothes, crafts and gifts which extend to the High Street most weekends. Crowngate’s two shopping areas, Friary Walk and Chapel Walk, offer goods galore in two covered arcades. Worcester’s pedestrianised High Street is also home to the splendid Guildhall, which regularly houses craft and gift fairs, plus all the major names you’d expect to find in a landmark city. Shoppers can browse the three storey M&S with large food hall and cafe, department store Debenhams, HMV with its recently-expanded vinyl section, River Island, Paperchase, Tiger and Accessorize. Flying the flag for independents in this part of town is Mr Simms Ye Olde Sweet Shop and Peplow jewellers. Worcester is renowned all over the world for Royal Worcester Porcelain, which was established in 1751 and is one of the oldest remaining English porcelain brands still in existence today. Although the brand is no longer produced in Worcester, products are available in the Museum Shop on Severn Street.
Droitwich Spa, which is famous for its salt production heritage, has mainly pedestrianised shopping areas including St Andrew’s Square while Bromsgrove has a long pedestrianised High Street. Also located in the north of the county is Redditch, which is home to the Kingfisher Centre with 140 stores including Debenhams, Primark, Waterstones and The Range plus plenty of cafes for a reviving cuppa.
Stores in the town centre of Evesham in the south of the county can meet everyday shopping needs and the Evesham Shopping Park comprises Next, Boots, Marks & Spencer, Poundstretcher and Argos. Don’t miss The Valley Evesham which is set out in 125 acres of stunning Worcestershire countryside – a great day out in itself! The centre of Great Malvern is home to numerous local independent stores as well as big brand stores such as Waitrose, Wilkinson’s and Fat Face while the out-of-town Malvern Shopping Park hosts household names such as M&S, Argos, Matalan and Halfords.
The Hop Pocket Shopping Village
Five Bridges, Worcester WR6 5BT
The Hop Pocket Shopping Village is unique. It is a collection of independent shops offering an alternative to both the high street and characterless out-of-town shopping. It’s spread over a number of old agricultural buildings, including some large hop drying kilns on two levels connected by three staircases and a lift. The village are mainly under one roof and it has a large car park which is free and no distance at all. In the winter The Hop Pocket Shopping Village is kept warm and toasty by its biomass boiler, in the summer a lot of the electricity comes from the village’s solar panels. It’s rural destination shopping – different with something for everyone! Visit website
Lower Court, Suckley, Worcester WR6 5DE
Holloways is one of the country’s best independent furniture stores and a fabulous destination retail experience. A trip to Holloways makes a great day out. Not only can you enjoy the most delicious lunch in the much-praised Glasshouse Café, you will also be inspired by Holloways vast furniture showrooms and enjoy browsing in the courtyards among garden antiques, oversized pots, garden art and unique ornaments. Free interior design advice is offered by the team of qualified interior designers and, if you are a visitor to Worcestershire, do not despair! Holloways deliver their furniture all over the country in their own vans. It’s always old-fashioned service, with a smile. Visit website
The Valley Evesham
Evesham WR11 4DS
Perfect for a relaxing day with a mix of brand names and unique gift shops set within 125 acres of stunning Worcestershire countryside is The Valley Evesham. Indulge your love of gardening at Evesham Garden Centre and browse top brands including Fat Face, Barbour, Mountain Warehouse and Pavers Shoes. There are also cafes and restaurants on site. Open seven days a week, The Valley Evesham has free parking and visitors can enjoy dog-friendly walks in unspoilt countryside. Handily located just off the A46, it is also home to the Evesham Vale Light Railway and rail buffs can travel over a mile on 15-inch gauge track through idyllic countryside, enjoying a picnic before catching a return service. Visit website
Kingfisher Shopping Centre
Redditch B97 4HJ
Shop in over 140 stores including Debenhams, Next, Primark, TK Maxx and The Range at Kingfisher Shopping Centre. Meet with family and friends at one of Kingfisher’s eateries, including Prezzo and Nando’s or share the fun at its seven-screen VUE Cinema and family entertainment centre 360 Play Town Redditch. Visit website
Parrys of Malvern
115 Church St, Malvern WR14 2AJ
In the heart of Malvern you will discover Parrys of Malvern, a family-run jewellers established in the 1950s. Serving Malvern and the surrounding area, now in its third generation, with styles both traditional and modern. With multiple car parks a short walking distance from the shop, you can expect a warm welcome from the knowledgeable and friendly staff. Parrys of Malvern is committed to customer service to help make your purchase a pleasurable experience, be it a gift or a self indulgent treat. Services include bespoke designs, engraving, repairs and purchasing of preloved jewellery, as well as valuations from the NAJ Institute registered valuer. Visit website
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