We are huge supporters of independent craft and design shops selling beautiful, handmade, functional design products, gorgeous homewares and special gifts for our loved ones. We love a proper bricks and mortar shop. We don’t want to see our town centres become uniform. We don’t want to see the same retailers wherever we go. And we certainly don’t want to see our high streets disappear as a place for community and gathering!

There is something wonderful about going into a shop, seeing, picking up, and feeling a unique beautiful item. The connection with the product, the chats with the shop staff and then going home with the purchase in your bag. It’s so satisfying.

Our Business Club Manager Anne-Marie Shepherd has chosen 20 of our favourite independent bricks and mortar lifestyle, craft and design shops from the South of the UK to the North.

We know there are many many more so please add your favourites in the comments box. Let’s spread the word and keep shopping personal!

We are proud supporters of the Just A Card campaign – the voluntary-run campaign supporting independent shops and creatives. If you own your own independent craft shop or gallery or are a creative then get involved, show their shop sticker with pride or wear their pin. And talk to your clients too about the importance of independent shops and retailers.

Midgley Green Lifestyle Store Clevedon Somerset
Midgley Green in Clevedon, Somerset

Berylune, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Cards, gifts, homewares, stationery, children’s goodies, and accessories – an ever-changing range of unique products. @beryluneuk

Brass Monkeys, Hove, East Sussex

Really lovely small jewellery shop and workshop stocking the work of over 40 established and emerging designer-makers. Something for everyone, a haven for jewellery addicts. @brassmonkeysjewellery

Caro Somerset, Bruton, Somerset

A lifestyle shop offering objects for life and home sourced from around the globe. Clothes, candles, ceramics, beauty products, kitchenware, cards and more. @carosomerset

Choosing Keeping, Central London

A fabulous store in Convent Garden selling all things stationery. Paper, books, pencil cases, pens, gift wrap, cards, notebooks and a whole lot more. @choosingkeeping

Collate, Axminster, Dorset

Bringing together carefully sourced vintage and antiques with stylish modern-day objects and locally made artisan craft. A wonderful shopping experience. @collateinteriors

Curiouser & Curiouser, Edinburgh, Scotland

Showcases the best of British and Scandinavian design; illustrative prints, jewellery, homewares and things for kids. The owners work with the creative Edinburgh community to discover artists and designers. @curiousershop

The Hambledon, Winchester, Hampshire

Describing itself as a mini department store housing menswear, womenswear, beauty and bath products, homewares and a fabulous kids department. A beautiful shopping experience @thehambledon

Illustrate Cardiff, Wales

Illustrate transforms art into clothing and accessories all handmade or designed by independent illustrators. The shop also stocks longboards, candles, phone cases, prints and homewares, all decorated with unique designs using high-quality materials. @illustratecardiff

Glos Guild Crafts, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The shop representing The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. Exceptional handmade textiles, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, wood, leatherwork and more. Guest makers are often invited too. @glosguild

Heavy Gretel, Worthing, West Sussex

Relatively new to this up and coming south coast town is this beautiful retail space offering craft, design and art by independent makers. Pop upstairs to the tattoo parlour if some body art also takes your fancy. @heavygretel

Leadbetter and Good, Lewes, East Sussex

Gorgeous independent store selling homewares and gifts including British made ceramics, textiles and prints, books, handmade chocolate and vintage accessories. @leadbetterandgood

Lift Store, Southwold, Suffolk

A home accessory and lifestyle store devoted to sourcing and creating well-designed, functional items to wear and for the home. Lots of the stock is Danish or Japanese inspired. @liftstoresuffolk

Made in Hastings, Hastings, East Sussex

A beautiful shop in the old part of town, promoting some of the many talented people in the area by acting as an agent for them through sales of their craft and artwork. Each month sees a stock meeting with decisions made on what to feature. Always worth a visit. @made_in_hastings

Maud and Mabel, Hampstead, London

A carefully curated selection of beautiful everyday objects focussing on ceramics, but also including cloth, wood, and silver with some lovely contemporary art too. @maudandmabellondon

Midgely Green, Clevedon, Somerset

Delightful contemporary crafts & homewares shop in this lovely seaside town (it’s got a fantastic pier!). Midgely Green works alongside small batch craftspeople who produce playful, design-led pieces for the home. @midgleygreen

Mulberry Tree Gallery, Swanage, Dorset

A great gallery selling art by nationally and internationally known artists and contemporary makers. Handmade ceramics, jewellery, original artwork, limited edition prints, greetings cards, stationery, lifestyle, and homewares, as well as unique vintage finds. Also a picture framing, and art restoration and conservation service. @mulberrytreegallery

Our Handmade Collective, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Crafters, makers, designers, and artists handpicked to provide a total gift shopping experience. @ourhandmadecollective

Studio Vault, Settle, North Yorkshire

Gallery and shop space showcasing contemporary craft and fine art in beautiful Settle, North Yorkshire. Fabulous ceramics, woodwork, jewellery, paintings, and prints. @studio_vault

The Shop of Interest, Glasgow, Scotland

An art boutique and gallery filled with jewellery, prints, homewares, cards, original artworks, and gifts. @theshopofinterest

Smithsonia, Birmingham, West Midlands

Thirty-five years of independent retail with the shop being handed down from generation to generation. A true gift shop with products designed and made in the UK with new and original stock being sourced from around the country. Jewellery, clocks, ceramics, homewares, cards, gift wrap, glassware and more! @smithsoniagifts

Please let us know your favourite independent craft and design shops in the comments below. All recommendations are very welcome. Let’s share the independents!

12 Responses to “20 of our favourite independent craft and design shops across the UK”

  1. Léla Burgoyne

    Great list, thanks.
    I would like to suggest the Geek Bothy in Kemnay, Scotland. It is an award winning craft shop, one of the best I have been to and run by the most lovely lady. Well worth a look @geekbothy

  2. I’m in the middle of writing a blog about my favourite indie shops and galleries within striking distance of my home in east Devon. I’m not ready to post it yet but here is my first draft list for starters.

    Ashburton Craftmongers
    The Ashburn Gallery in Ashburton
    Nkuku lifestyle store near Totnes
    China Blue, Totnes – especially at Christmas but mainly for the coffee and cake
    Azure Gallery in Sidmouth. There’s a few new shops popping up here too so worth a visit.
    The Homestore and Gallery at Symmondsbury Estate near Bridport
    Yandles Home and Gift at Martock. Great cafe too.
    The Emporium Somerset at Wellington
    Cockington Court near Torquay for an overdose of handmade loveliness
    ACEarts in Somerton
    Duchy of Cornwall garden centre near Lostwithiel
    Teals Farm Shop just off the A303 near Yeovil
    Burton at Bideford Gallery. There’s also a couple of great shops in the town but I don’t know the names.

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