Guest blog by Sarah Payne, Tourism Officer at Newark and Sherwood District Council and Co-Ordinator of the Southwell Traders.
Whether you live in Southwell or simply make an occassional visit, it may come as a surprise to know that there are over 50 retail businesses in the town and its surrounding area waiting to be discovered and enjpoyed. The vash majority of these are small and independently-owned by local people for whom retail, catering and hospitality are a passion rather than merely a job.
In this age of online offers, huge nationally recognised chain stores, discount cards and year-round ‘bargin prices’ it is often easy to overlook the value and pleasures of shopping locally. When was the last time you bought something from a local retailer, other than perhaps an essential pint of milk or a newspaper? If it’s been a while you don’t know what you’re missing!
No one can argue that the convenience of buying online has its place in moderen everyday life, but don’t ever underestimate the enjoyment of browsing at lesiure around the much loved town of Southwell.
Thank to its lively retail group – the Southwell Traders – you will find a unique selection of businesses which combine carefully puthcased goods, a friendly welcome and personal service which together provide a refreshing antidote to over-crowded city centres.
Shopping here will never feel like a chore; include a morning coffee, delicious pub or resturant lunch and afternoon tea, explore its beautiful surroundings and historical attractions and you will have a great day out!
King’s Steet’s central position often makes it the starting point for shoppers, but from there venture towards
Queen Street, into Bull Yard and along Church Street. Together they offer a varied selection of fashion, gifts, jewellery, interiors accessories, antiques, books, toys, sportswear, pet supplies, chocolates, wines and many unexpected delights.
There are also plenty of places to indulge in health and beauty treatments, massage or hair dressing, as well as a lively Saturday market, occassional daytime concerts and recitals and nearby garden centres. In recent years Southwell was praised by the Sunday Times Best Place to Live Survey, with particular reference to its shops – this national recognition is a real achievement for such a small retail community.
Whether you need household essentials, a special gift, a new outfit or just a cup of tea as a treat for yourself come to Southwell – avoid the hassle of expensive parking and battling through disgruntled crowds and make the most of the friendly welcome that shopping locally will guarantee.
#ShopSouthwell – the Traders look forward to seeing you soon!
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