At this craft centre there are somer 30 shops, set around charming Edwardian stables. Huge selection of unusual items from soft furnishings to ladies fashions and handmade chocolates ( I especailly love these!) to fine art and prints. Numerous craft shops where you can watch the artisans at work. Plus a garden centre which offers an extensive range of plants, trees and shrubs and an Aquatic and Falconry Centre with bird of prey flying displays and fantastic avaries.
The land on which Blakemere Craft Centre stands was originally owned by Lord Barrymore of Marbury, some time in the 18th century. Blakemere Hall, now demolished, was built in 1878 for a rich Cheshire gentleman called Barclay Pagett. The stables, which still survive, now housing the craft shops, were built in 1890 and were simply designed to accommodate coach and riding horses.
What to buy: the chocolates are really special. They also stock those delicious handmade jams and pickles - hampers can be made up from there as a special something. So lots to see and especially good for Christmas shopping or special unusual presents.
If its more designer shopping you crave then the McArthurGlen outlet village - Cheshire Oaks - has all you need and more. Its the UK's largest designer outlet village offering over 140 favourite designer labels with up to 50% off, including Levi's, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Timberland, Marks & Spencer and Pilot. Plus quality household goods from names like Professional Cookware, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood, Bodum and many more. There is even a tourist centre here to help you decide what else to visit in the surrounding area. Lots of info on their website plus list of upcoming events and new stores added.
Great treat for you and friends, Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor Hotel. After hard day shopping we had...more
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