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Gloucestershire has a varied and eclectic mix of retail experiences; from designer brands at discount prices to farmers markets. The vast array of shops, markets and boutiques on offer will ensure that every shopper's tastes are catered to.

The sophisticated Regency town of Cheltenham is a prime location for shopping. Trendy boutiques such as Jack Wills and House of Fraser are highlights of the tree-lined Promenade (one of Britain's favourite shopping streets), whereas Montpellier and The Suffolks are 'shopping villages' home to many independently owned shops selling antiques, gifts, clothes and more. Side streets such as Cambray Place, Winchcombe Street and Regent Street are wonderful places to enjoy the architecture while shopping, and there are many cafes, pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating.

The historical Gloucester city centre, spectacular Cathedral and Victorian Docks make a great backdrop for shopping. Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet is a great place for top brands at outlet prices, situated in Gloucester's Historic Docks, where you can also explore the history and enjoy the views. It is also home to Gloucester Antiques Centre with three storeys of antiques to browse through. The Westgate Quarter proudly boasts small independent shops including jewellers, vintage clothes, fine drinks and local food, not far from the famous Gloucester Cathedral. Close by, in College Court you will also discover the Beatrix Potter Shop, home to the 'Tailor of Gloucester', selling a range of souvenirs and gifts. There are also many choices for lunch and refreshments - Gloucester Farmer's Market held every Friday has a particularly tasty selection of local food and drinks.

There are three main streets in Tewkesbury - Church Street, High Street and Barton Street. There is an open air market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are also several smaller independently run shops such as 1471 Delicatessen, Dough Boys Bakery, Bikes & Bits and Tewkesbury Angling Centre.

The market town of Stroud, at the centre of the Five Valleys, is known as 'The Covent Garden of the Cotswolds' for its emphasis on local produce and organic food, while its cosmopolitan style has seen it likened to Notting Hill. Stroud has a solid community of independent retailers, and these far outweigh larger franchises and chain stores. Its farmers market, every Saturday, has won several awards.

Cirencester has the usual chain stores, but much more interesting are the independently owned stores that attract many people to Cirencester. Head up Dyer Street towards The Woolmarket, a lovely area with a number of independent businesses. Don't miss the sculpture by Jill Tweed - The Ram. Continue on to the beautiful Corn Hall and Arcade - a thriving and vibrant part of Cirencester's retail experience. Regular weekly events running in the Corn Hall include: a home, fashion and garden bazaar from Monday to Thursday (each day/week varies, so it's always worth having a look around); Antiques and collectables every Friday; and every Saturday there's a Craft Market. Cricklade Street is home to many of the chain stores, whilst Black Jack Street has many small shops & courtyards to explore.
Cotswold Villages

In the Cotswolds you will find many quaint and picturesque villages each with its own shopping experience to be had. Places such as Moreton in Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury, Winchcombe, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury and Chipping Campden are abound with character and delightful shops. Find antique stores, bookshops, traditional toyshops and organic produce in the heart of these charming villages and towns.