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Somerset’s vast array of shopping choices are close by. Try spoiling yourself at Mulberry’s factory shop or buy something special from a local artist.
CLARKS VILLAGE, STREET
Discount shopping village
Established in 1993, Clarks Village was the first outlet village to open in the UK. Situated in the heart of Street, Somerset, Clarks Village has continually grown and developed over the years and brings an unrivalled and unique shopping experience. With over 90 famous name stores offering up to 60% off, you’ll find a fantastic range of men’s, women’s and children’s fashions and footwear plus gifts.
KILVER COURT, SHEPTON MALLET
Stylish outlet shopping in a former textile mill
Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet is the place to find Jack Wills, Orla Kiely, Margaret Howell, Folk and Caramel Baby & Child, not forgetting the original Mulberry factory store, all at discount. It is set in immaculately manicured gardens with boulders, a stream and waterfall (the mature rockery is a highlight). Planted with sedums, rock roses, geraniums and dianthus, it is a riot of summer colour; and the Japanese acers are impressive in the autumn. The café focuses on local spelt from Sharpham Park, with recipes by Yotam Ottolenghi, Mark Hix, Tom Aikens and others.
MULBERRY FACTORY SHOP, SHEPTON MALLET
Elegant outlet in a former school
Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside, the original Mulberry Factory Shop resides in an old school building. It carries a wide selection of Mulberry accessories and clothing from past seasons, as well as limited edition samples.
CABOT CIRCUS, BRISTOL
Modern shopping mall
Cabot Circus is a fantastic, modern, shopping centre which provides city centre visitors with over 120 shops including 15 major flagship stores and signature stores Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. A great mix of restaurants and a multi-screen cinema are also part of the entertainments.
Independent shopping set in an historic city
The compact city centre means that Bath can easily be explored on foot, from the modern SouthGate shopping area next to Bath Spa train station, right up to the independent boutiques tucked away between the Royal Crescent and Circus. Seek out TCS for a beautifully curated collection of hard-to-find fashion labels, Square for big names and Found for sweet Bensimon plimsolls, quirky homeware and stationery. The Fine Cheese Co is the place for British and European cheeses. Browse Bath’s many enticing independent shops such as the ultra-civilised Topping & Company bookshop on the Paragon, while Pluck and Lustre (2 Hetling Court) has very desirable yet affordable jewellery and necklaces.
Notting Hill of the West
Bruton is a bit of a one off, even more so than every Somerset town. Miles from anywhere, it’s a tiny and intense place, with shops, houses and chapels crowded close together even though it stands in the middle of tracts of rolling hills, and this gives it a very special character. Arts and crafts flourish here in terraced streets of historic houses, and it’s one of Somerset’s local centres of creativity, punching far above its weight. It’s also a great town for exploring. The name refers to the River Brue, which flowed dramatically fast through this hill country, and often flooded the town. Follow any of the alleys which lead behind the houses, and you’ll see the now tamed and picturesque river winding through a deceptively deep valley in the heart of the town. Look out for Phillips and Skinner for the unique and unusual, Alchemy‘s 2500 sqft of antiques, the Garden Shop for the beautiful and useful and of course Hauser and Wirth for all things creative.
Quaint market town
Tucked away off of the A371 this very pretty market town is packed with galleries, gift and book stores plus delicious places to eat. The old part of Castle Cary, which is still the town centre contains buildings like the Market House, the Round House and the old George Inn, that runs along the foot of steep, grassy Lodge Hill, below where the castle used to stand. The street market is held every Tuesday offering lots of delicious organic and local produce. You must try The Bakehouse, fabulous Thai tearoom where East really does meet West! The Thatched George Inn is a very cosy, traditional pub serving typical English menu.
CATHERINE HILL, FROME
Unmatchable indie shopping
Is Catherine Hill, in Frome is probably one of the best independent shopping streets in the UK. Highlights include MC2 for telescopes and binoculars; Deadly is the Female for Fifties-style frocks and swimsuits; Make & Mend for fabulous vintage clothes; Millie Moon haberdashery for pretty fabrics and sewing workshops; Marmalade Yarns for every conceivable kind of wool; Crocker & Woods for coffee and art; and Sergeants Ironmongers for everything else. Every shop is a find. An artisanal market runs the length of the hill on the first Sunday of the month, April-October.
SOMERSET ARTS WEEK gives you the chance to find handmade fabric in a tiny sitting room, or a startling painting in a garden shed, as artists throw open their homes and studios.