If you’re looking for a unique gift or something a bit different our independents are at the heart of the shopping experience here in Uttlesford.
You can park in our town centres for only £3.50 for a whole day so park up, grab your bags and explore our indie retailers.
Set against the historic backdrop of Saffron Walden the independent retailers rub shoulders with some of the country’s biggest High Street names. You’ll find everything from independent chocolatiers, bookstores, craft shops and fashion boutiques, home furnishing retail stores and outdoor wear to quirky gift shops and handmade jewellery. Specialist beer and wine shops and delicatessens selling local produce. Discover art galleries and artist studios where you can find paintings, jewellery and ceramics. You’ll find the ideal gift to take back home as a memento of your stay, or a gift for a loved one– Saffron Walden really has something for everyone. Make sure you take time to explore all the side streets and alleyways where you will discover independent coffee shops and quirky retailers. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the award-winning market takes over the Market Square with a delicious array of gourmet foods and household staples.
In Great Dunmow town centre, you will encounter a very different pace of life. A High Street comprised solely of independent traders Great Dunmow is proudly traditional. You’ll find award winning florists, handmade jewellery and luxurious homewares. Wine stores and gift shops, butchers and pet stores. Ladies will be spoilt for choice with numerous stylish boutiques alongside some wonderful restaurants and coffee shops. A small market takes place every Tuesday with excellent fresh fish and cheese stalls. Twice a year the town centre businesses come together to close the High Street and host a fabulous community event with live music and lots to eat and drink. Great Dunmow really is a memorable place to shop away from the usual hustle and bustle found elsewhere.
Thaxted is a beautiful small town in open countryside halfway between Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow. The compact nature of the historic centre with its timber framed buildings, its steeply pitched roofs and chimneys contrasts with the surrounding agricultural mosaic of brown, yellow and green. The church and windmill with its white sails dominate the town and surrounding area. The town centre is home to an array of independent shops offering unique gifts and products, many with a strong focus on sustainability. Definitely worth popping by to take a look, and see what treasures can be found.