Shopping Beyond Cambridge
A gentle stroll around the compact city centre, some window-shopping or some serious spending will be a feature of any visit to Ely. For those looking for something a little different, the city abounds with the sort of small, independent shops which you thought no longer existed, and there are many gift shops, craft shops, bookshops, antique shops, and art galleries where you can while away many a happy hour.
For those who love a bargain, Ely holds three different sorts of markets, from the award winning Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month to the regular Thursday General Market and Saturday Craft and Collectables market.
Market Days change the ambience of the City Centre and creates a real buzz. Regular cookery demonstrations on the market and a series of street entertainers, along with special themed markets held throughout the year adds to the city centre’s vibrancy.
And there are plenty of places to sit and relax and a number of pavement cafes for a drink and a snack in the summer.
Anyone with restricted mobility is welcome to make use of the wheelchairs and power scooters available free of charge under the Ely SHOPmobility scheme.
St. Ives’ shopping centre has a good mix of independent traders and multinationals. The original character is retained with regular markets held every Monday and Friday with Bank Holiday markets being very popular. On the first and third Saturdays of each month an excellent Farmer’s Market takes place offering fun for all the family.
The thriving town centre offers a lively shopping experience, with hidden courtyards running off the main high street. Browse the local shops for unique gifts and indulge in some excellent food at one of St Neots many restaurants and pubs. Visit the Charter Market (held every Thursday) and the Farmers Market (held on second and fourth Saturday of each month) for a chance to meet local producers and sample some delicious goods.
A market has been held in Saffron Walden since 1141, and market days are now Tuesdays and Saturdays with shoppers enjoying browsing and buying goods from a wide variety of market stalls. In and around the Market Place, there are many independent shops and eateries to choose from. The town is also well known for its art galleries and antique shops.
Newmarket is a world famous centre for horse racing and hosts a thriving retail community. On and around the high street there are many shops, restaurants and cafés to be found, from well-known high street companies to established, quality, independent traders.
Since receiving its first charter for an annual ̀fair in 1223, the town has been a hub for trade and travellers alike. In 1604 the connection to horse racing was established by King James I & famously patronized later by King Charles II and has strong, current links to the British and other international Royal families.
The racing industry flourishes to this day in the town with a wide choice of attractions linked to the industry. Not only does the town offer prestigious horseracing and the worldwide renowned horse auction at Tattersalls but it also boasts high standards of accommodation including luxury hotels and boutique bed & breakfast accommodation all within footsteps of the centre.
In the town centre you will find an interesting collection of retail experiences from more familiar retail brands to various independent and unique family run businesses dealing in everything from famous sausages to antiques.