Shopping and fashion

Shopping holidays

Shopping holidays combine the exhilaration of a city break with the thrill of splashing out on bits and pieces that take your fancy. In other words, they’re brilliant. England’s cities possess a tempting mix of posh department stores, quirky vintage and independent shops and high-street fashion brands that lead the world. Shopping breaks also mean some sightseeing, lunching in fine style and recuperating with a cocktail. Don’t forget to look up: often a city’s shopping district is based in its historic centre where the buildings are as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the shiny goods they house.

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Indulge in all things affordable and vintage in York

Indulge in all things affordable and vintage in York

‘York Does Vintage’ better than anyone else as the city’s affordable vintage fair in Merchant Adventurers’ Hall transports you to bygone eras.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Splash your cash in the Victoria Quarter

Splash your cash in the Victoria Quarter

A haven for designer brands, the award-winning Victoria Quarter is renowned as one of England’s finest shopping destinations.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Fashionistas welcome

Fashionistas welcome

Intu Metrocnetre shopping centre isn't just a fashionistas dream; an Imex cinema, bowling alley and arcade will delight both adults and kids.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Retail therapy in Eastbourne’s pretty little Chelsea

Retail therapy in Eastbourne’s pretty little Chelsea

Explore over 50 independent retailers in Eastbourne’s quaint Little Chelsea and find everything from contemporary art to chic home ware and more.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Visit the Stables Market in Camden and pick up affordable vintage fashion, cheap street food and quirky souvenirs – all without breaking the bank.

Location: Camden, Greater London

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Spend a day at Snape Maltings

Spend a day at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is a world-renowned landmark on the Suffolk Coast, with great shopping and eating and the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Location: Snape Maltings, Suffolk

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Enjoy a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Enjoy a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Wrap up warm and head down to the Manchester Christmas markets this winter to experience a festive array of sights, smells and sounds.

Location: Manchester

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Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

You’ll find the Ferrers Centre Courtyard in the beautiful Staunton Harold Estate, a traditional country estate with a great Georgian mansion.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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Seasonal shopping at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market

Seasonal shopping at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Explore Manchester's markets

Explore Manchester's markets

Manchester's varied markets are buzzing with independent traders and great bargains.

Location: Manchester

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Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Combining history, alternative therapies, and breathtakingly beautiful countryside, Totnes is a unique and charming market town.

Location: Totnes, Devon

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Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Visitors can enjoy Paul Smith’s Nottinghamshire with a visit to his first shop, which still operates on Byard Lane in Nottingham city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Explore the shops in the Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa

Explore the shops in the Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa

Enjoy an eclectic shopping trip where high street names meet independent boutiques.

Location: Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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Reinvent your style at the York Designer Outlet

Reinvent your style at the York Designer Outlet

Follow the savviest of fashion devotees to one of the UK’s best designer outlets in York, and buy some top-quality outfits at bargain prices.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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A shopping weekend in Birmingham

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

Enjoy great shopping and cutting edge art on a break to this buzzing city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.

Location: Rutland

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Retro shopping in Rye

Retro shopping in Rye

Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town.

Location: Rye, East Sussex

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