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Shopping in Stratford-upon-Avon - Farmers' Markets, Antiques, and Historic Arcades

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Shoppers have been coming to buy groceries and other essentials in Stratford-upon-Avon for 8 centuries. Today, you’ll find plenty to browse among the town's markets, chain stores, antique emporiums, and secondhand booksellers. High Street, Henley Street, Sheep Street, and other main thoroughfares are lined with familiar retailers and independent stores that deal in curios like vintage teddy bears and rare editions of Shakespeare plays.

Making the most of a market town

 

Stratford-upon-Avon's main marketplace on Rother Street recieved its official charter in the mid-15th century, though its history as a major trading hub dates back even further. The Charter Market is still held here on Fridays, with friendly vendors selling everything from fresh-baked bread to Peruvian silverware. Every second Saturday, the Farmers' Market on the same site is a colourful gathering of local producers, with stalls filled with meat, vegetables, honey, and other natural goodies from the nearby countryside. Near the River Avon you can also browse for crafts and specialty items at the Waterside UpMarket every Sunday.

 

  • Stratford-upon-Avon Markets, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LP; Website: Stratford-upon-Avon Markets
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  • Waterside UpMarket, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA; Tel: +44 1384 877336; Website: Waterside UpMarket

Antiques and antiquarian books

 

The sheer age of Stratford-upon-Avon has made it a prime location for antique collectors, and you can hunt for bargains at various establishments in the middle of town. There's a cluster of sellers around Stratford Antique Centre and its adjoining timber-framed Tudor courtyard. Here you can find a piece of old England to take home in the form of antique jewelry, vintage clothes, and period furniture. The Shakespeare factor also makes this a literary hotspot, with independent bookstores on almost every corner. Try Robert Vaughan's cozy and inviting secondhand shop for rare editions of the plays and other bard-related volumes.

 

 

Vintage toys and teddies

 

The old-fashioned English "curiosity shoppe" is alive and well in Stratford-upon-Avon, where many stores specialize in unusual and distinctive items that aren't commonly found in modern retail culture. Among these local gems you'll find Curtis Brae, which deals in teddy bears and Russian dolls that are a delight to browse. For more toys that seem to come from a bygone age of craftsmanship, check out the handmade dolls and other high-quality novelties at Treacle, which also sells children's and baby clothes.

 

  • Curtis Brae, 42A Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW; Tel: +44 1789 267277; Website: Curtis Brae
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  • Treacle, 3 Meer Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QB; Tel: +44 1789 415021; Website: Treacle

 

Mall shopping in Stratford

 

It's not all Tudor-style quaintness in Stratford-upon-Avon. You'll also find familiar high-street stores on and around the town's own High Street, while Maybird Shopping Park is only a 10-minute walk from the commercial centre. Here you'll find brand-name retailers and fast-food outlets conveniently clustered under one roof, including the British discount store Poundstretcher and TK Maxx, a clearing house for cut-price clothing from major designer labels.