The Necessary Angel is just one example of the many little shops that abound in Keswick and the villages throughout the Lake District. This little jewelry shop is emblematic of many of them. My wife looked at the jewelry while I talked with the husband and wife owners of the shop. My wife found a couple things that she fell in love with and we bought one of them, a beautiful yet simple ring, as an anniversary gift. Treasures like this abound in the Lake District.
What to buy: Look for different items that appeal to you in shops throughout the Lake District. Lots of tea, lots of whiskey and wine, jewelry, clothes, art.
We were there to meet some friends, and found ourselves in the middle of the Market. Whatever you needed - farmers market for food, clothing - new and previously-enjoyed (aka used), books, gadgets and gizmos - it all seemed to be there.
What to buy: At the market - whatever takes your fancy, or whatever you need.
What to pay: $ to $$ - you control your budget
Keswick has an excellent little shopping centre with a good selection of various shops, and on saturday there is a open air market held in the square by the moot hall.
Its not a huge market, and like all markets there is some "tat" there, but there is also some good little stalls selling local produce and handicrafts. Well worth a visit.
A Sweet Shop!
It's huge, being about the size of two "normal" Keswick shop units!
What to buy: They sell a vast range of sweets (candy to our American friends). My favourite of course is chocolate, but they sell all sorts of other candies from fudge & toffee, to "novelty" sweets and also pickles, preserves and mustards.
What to pay: Whatever it costs!
Most of the shops in Keswick (as with most of the main Lakeland villages) are "outdoor" shops, selling equipment and clothing for hiking, walking, camping and so on. These shops are nice, and interesting to look around, and as always some are cheaper than others and some sell better stuff, so shop around.
Not ALL of the shops are "outdoor" shops though, there are some other good shops such as sweet shops, bakers, gift shops, craft goods, bookshops and so on. Keswick is my favourite lakeland town for shopping.
What to buy: Outdoor goods! And sweets! :-)
Brysons bakery is famous locally for the quality of its products. Above the bakery is a tearooms serving typical home made snacks & dishes.
What to buy: It does a great range of freshly made pies, pasties, cakes, etc and the sandwich counter will make you almost anything you want - my personal favourite is smoked cheddar with mustard.
I wrote enough about George Fisher's in the "Must See" tip, so look there if you didn't see it already. Suffice to say it's a "legend" amongst outdoor shops, even in a town full of outdoor shops!