shop local allerdale

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Allerdale is the ideal place to shop local.

Our towns and villages are home to a wealth of independent producers, retailers, hospitality businesses and more.

We have some of the best food and drink, beautiful arts and crafts, gorgeous homewares, clothes and shoes, as well as the practical things you need for your house, garden and cars – and they are all available on your doorstep.

There are things that are too special to buy on the internet – things that are unique, or quirky, or hand-made by someone who really knows their business.

But shopping local is about more than just what you can buy – it’s about the whole experience. It’s about getting to know that local butcher, or baker, or even candlestick maker! It’s about the service with a smile, the cheery wave through the shop window, and the aftercare if something goes wrong.

And it’s definitely about the hands-on experience that you can’t get in an anonymous online store – the haircut or manicure, the coffee and cake with friends, the sociable pint after work, or the discussion with the shopkeeper so you know you’re getting exactly what you need.

There are so many reasons to shop local in Allerdale. You’ll find something different in each of our towns – Aspatria, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport, Silloth, Wigton and Workington.

Keep coming back to this website to find out more. We have many fabulous stories to tell.

Our Shop Local stories

Gift & Stitch - Aspatria

Dawn Richardson’s Gift & Stitch Aspatria business began as a small home-working embroidery enterprise to fit around her family – but her West Cumbrian customers had other ideas…

When Dawn Richardson’s home was filled with helium balloons, her husband James delivered a heartfelt plea: “Please get a shop!”

She had been running her small gift business from their house in the village of Plumbland but it had expanded so much due to customer demand, every room was overrun with products. Read more …

Win a Shop Local Allerdale hamper worth £500!

We’re putting together the perfect prize – a hamper packed with goodies from all over Allerdale.

Competition details here

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