Living in Gloucester, I am surrounded by beautiful countryside and quaint Cotswold towns and villages, but a place that is perhaps a little understated in the local area is Stroud.
If, like me, you do take the time to visit Stroud, you will uncover a quirky town, full of charm, which is well known for its fair trade and local values and a vibrant arts and craft scene. Lucky for me, it’s less than ten miles away from my home and if I have nothing planned for the weekend, I love to head over to Stroud on a Saturday morning for a browse around the award-winning farmers’ market.
Come rain or shine, expect a bustling atmosphere in the market, where you’ll find stalls brimming with fresh, local produce, as well as gifts, plants and vintage items. You must try the Fair and Square brownies on offer too – they are the best around!
As well as having stunning views out to rolling hills, Stroud has some fantastic independent shops, perfect for finding unique interior pieces (a favourite pastime of mine!). My Stroud shop recommendations include:
- Made in Stroud (Kendrick Street) – oozing with gorgeous handmade items from pictures and ceramics to candles and stained glass – one of my favourites
- Fourteen Lifestyle (High Street) – next to Made in Stroud, Fourteen Lifestyle is full of fun and colourful products, like pom pom garlands, washi tape, lightboxes and funny postcards
- Cornflower and Calico (High Street) – lovely homeware products from the likes of Garden Trading and Nkuku, as well as a few vintage pieces, like glass cake stands
- Haberdashery Twist (High Street) – an assortment of fabrics, haberdashery items and vintage gems for craft projects, like embroidered handkerchiefs, doilies and much more
- Oxfam (King Street) – filled with shelf upon shelf of vintage books, for home styling
For drinks, or lunch, head to The Retreat on Church Street, a lovely little pub with a friendly vibe and roaring fires in the winter.
If you are spending time in Gloucestershire or the Cotswolds, then I definitely recommend a stop in Stroud; be sure to go on Saturday for the farmers’ market, and get there early!