We are very proud of our independent shops in Ledbury. Our town’s attractions have been recognised by none other than the Guardian in its feature on 10 great places to go Christmas shopping in Europe! They say, “There may be more obvious places for a festive UK shopping spree – Bath, with its Georgian backdrop and artisan quarter; Brighton for its fun vibe; Manchester and London for the sheer choice – but little Ledbury in Herefordshire is a picturesque, stress-free option. With its stilted 17th-century Market House, timber-framed buildings, great independent shops and arty vibe, the market town has bags of atmosphere. Plus it’s in a particularly lovely part of the country, should a winter walk beckon.”
If you value our independent shops, this really is the time to support your local high street and “Christmas Shop Local”. There is much on offer in local food and drink products – chocolates, cheeses, ciders, beers, wines, fruit juices and cordials, plus delicacies from farther afield.
…and, of course, we have a wide range of shops featuring clothing, homeware, art works, books, cookware and so much more.
…and don’t forget to order your Christmas turkey, goose or whatever from our local butchers.
We even have a special Christmas pop-up this year – at the “House on Stilts” at Top Cross featuring local food, drink and crafts every Saturday until Christmas.
To add to the joys of shopping look out for the following events:
Saturday 25th November – Ledbury Christmas Lights at the Market House, including the Silurian Morris Men (3.30pm), Ledbury Community Brass Band and the Ledbury Community Choir (4.30pm), and the Christmas Lights Switch On at 5.30pm. The Master’s House in St Katherine’s is open to visit between 1.30 and 3.30pm.
Saturday 2nd December – New Street Tudor Christmas Festival in New Street, Ledbury from 1pm to 4pm, featuring jesters, jugglers and lute players and a special appearance by King Henry VIII. There will be Tudor wreath making and food on offer, made from genuine Tudor recipes.
If all this shopping is too much, don’t forget that the Ledbury Food Group website features a listing of producers who offer activities of all kinds – brewery and distillery tours, cheese making, cider making, orcharding, cookery and much more – which can make good presents – see http://www.ledburyfoodgroup.org/producer-directory/.