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There is such a large range of shopping experiences in Dorset, we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you want indoor shopping centres, traditional high streets, antique emporiums or modern retail parks, you’ll be pleased with your purchases after a hard day of shopping.
From big named brands to small, independent retailers and everything in-between, you can buy designer handbags or vintage cocktail dresses – so whether you’re a dedicated follower of fashion searching for the latest trend or someone that loves the retro look, our shops will produce the goods.
Get your retail therapy fix in the large department stores and well-known high street brands as well as independent fashion retailers. You can find on-trend fashion straight out of the magazines or something a little more unique and bespoke that will make your friends green with envy.
Bridport’s Art and Vintage Quarter is a well-known treasure trove of all things from years gone by. Boscombe is also becoming known as a place for vintage, antiques and bric-a-brac with a variety of independent shops, quirky cafes and individual book shops.
There are also a number of emporiums all over Dorset where groups of vintage, retro and antique dealers all sell under one roof. You can find them in Christchurch, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Wareham, Dorchester, Sherborne, Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. And of course don’t forget the independent antique shops found in nearly every town in Dorset.
Strike off the beaten track for a totally different kind of retail experience and uncover potters, painters and sculptors working in remote studios across the county. Take home not only a reminder of your holiday to Dorset, but also a potential collector’s piece.
Dorset’s high streets are proud of their small, independent shops selling unusual gifts, art, antiques and independent fashion.
Lyme Regis is well known for art, fossils and books relating to the Jurassic Coast and famous fossil collector Mary Anning.
Chic Westbourne, Bournemouth’s Westover Road and Dorchester’s Brewery Square are home to well-known high end clothing, accessory and footwear brands as well as independent boutiques – perfect for seeking out an elegant or exclusive addition to your wardrobe.
The market town of Blandford Forum is home to Badger Ales while Bridport's Palmers produces beers in a traditional thatched brewery; and there are micro-breweries all over the county, plus a couple of vineyards – so you are spoilt for choice for a tipple or two!
On nearly every day of the week there are farmers' markets selling everything from sausages and seafood to mustard and marmalade. It's a great chance to meet the producers and sample some delicious goods direct from the heart of Dorset.
And don’t forget the local farm shops too, which are jam packed with local food and drink and some of which have adjoining cafes where you can eat the local produce too.
But if world food is something you crave, then Charminster near Bournemouth has a selection of international food shops and delicatessens, as well as eateries from every corner of the globe.
Short Break Ideas in Dorset
Dorset has some of the finest food and drink you'll find, from fabulous places to eat out to wonderful farmers' markets and events!...Come and enjoy the true taste of Dorset
Dorset has an excellent public transport network for you to use, find out more...
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