Oswaldtwistle Mills: Oswaldtwistle Mills Complex
A huge complex of former mill buildings linked together to form one big shopping emporium. It has "themed" areas specialising in different things. One sold cloth (a haberdashery), others sold clothing, crafts, kitchenware, homewares, candles, gagets etc etc. There was also a small deli, a small and a large restaurant and the Stockley Sweet Factory.
In addition there is parkland, with a small petting zoo and wildfowl and picnic areas, a mill museum and probably even more.
See the website for further details.
The following tips are basically just pictures & small descriptions of some of our favourite bits.
What to buy: Cloth (haberdashery), clothing, crafts, kitchenware, homewares, candles, gagets, "traditional" food etc etc.
What to pay: A bit less than high street. We saw something (a candle lamp) that we had already bought in another town that same weekend and it was £2 cheaper at the mill store.
Stockley's Sweet Facory: Old Fashioned Sweets
Part of the mill complex used to be the Stockley Sweet Factory. This is a traditional sweet maker and this part of the mill is now a "living museum" where you can watch (from behind glass) as the sweets are made by hand. There are vats of the sweets to help yourself to, and a little video and board presentaion describing the history of Stockley's Sweets.
Look out for them in good sweet shops when you're in England.
What to buy: Cinder Toffee is my favourite - Pear Drops is Susan's.
Also in the Stockley Shop is Sarsparilla, Dandelion & Burdock and Cream Soda from Fitzpatricks of Rawtenstall (see Rwtenstall page). Try some and then buu some - it's lovely stuff - and healthy and traditional too!
What to pay: Entrance to the sweet factory museum is 50p, and you can walk out with sweets worth that much ;-)
Oswaldtwistle Mills: Household Crafts
There was a lot of household "decorative items" here too - such as painted vases and candle lamps. Most were very nice - we bought some and saw some that we had already bought elsewhere for more money! :-(
What to buy: All sorts of "decorative" items for the home.
Oswaldtwistle Mills: Crafts Galore
Inside the mill complex was a huge art & craft shop. It sold everything that you could want including all kinds of paints (waters, oils, "craft"), decoupage, the stuff where you poke holes in paper (Susan does this - dunno what it's called), stampers, pens... you name it it was here.
Oswaldtwistle Mills: Yankee Candles
Yankee is our favourire candle maker and they make a huge range of scented candles. Oswaldtwistle sold more of these than we've ever seen before - surely the whole ranhe was here.
What to buy: Candles - and lots of them!