Essentially a rural county, Northamptonshire retains its rich traditions of craftsmanship, most notably renowned for its influence in the boot and shoe industry. You will discover some wonderful shopping opportunities as you explore the countryside, uncovering handcrafted ceramics, homemade preserves, decorative ironwork and homebaked cakes and scones. There are also many small farm shops and local farmers markets selling freshly grown and locally reared produce.
Ark Farm Sheep Dairy, Tiffield
Ark Farm Sheep Dairy, High Street, Tiffield, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8AB
A one hundred acre farm set in peaceful countryside surroundings specialising in sheep milking and cattle farming. Fresh meat and homemade yogurt and ice cream can be bought on site.
Easily accessible, the farm is situated just one mile from the A43 east.
The shop is open every day, from 2.30pm until 5pm Sunday to Friday and from 8.30am until 5.30pm on Saturday. Guided tours are available by appointment.
Castle Ashby Shopping Yard, Castle Ashby
Rural Shopping Yard, Castle Ashby, Northampton, NN7 1LF
Set in the tranquil Northamptonshire countryside, Castle Ashby Shopping Yard is neatly tucked in the shadow of its neighbour, the Elizabethan mansion known as Castle Ashby.
Within this attractive shopping yard you can browse individual shops selling a wide range of goods including special gifts and crafts for any occasion, and traditional delicatessen fare - all in a relaxed atmosphere with disabled facilities, free parking and refreshments.
The shopping yard is open from 10.00am until 5pm on Tuesday to Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
Glendon Lodge Complex
Rushton Road, Kettering NN14 1QF (Just off A43 opposite the Holiday Inn Express)
Tel: 01536 511954 Visit Website
A shopping experience on the doorstep of Kettering with easy access and free parking.
Plenty of shops and a cafe!
Old Dairy Farm Centre, Upper Stowe
Old Dairy Farm Centre, Upper Stowe, Nr Weedon, Northants NN7 4SH
Located in the historic Northamptonshire village of Upper Stowe, the Old Dairy Farm Centre includes shops selling a wide selection of clothes, cards, gifts, antiques, needlecraft and delicatessen products.
Not just a shopping experience, you can also see craftspeople at work and the children will love the farm animals on site.
The restaurant caters for up to 100 people and offers a range of home-cooked food.
Open all year round from 10am until 5.30pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The deli and fresh meat counters
Relax in the charming tea room
Wakefield Country Courtyard, Potterspury
Wakefield Country Courtyard, A5 Watling Street, Potterspury, Nr. Towcester, Northants, NN12 7QX
Set in the countryside between Towcester and Stony Stratford on the A5 at Potterspury, the Wakefield Country Courtyard offers a great shopping experience. The shops include a food hall with home baked pies and cakes, homemade chutneys, pickles, wines and traditional ales. The delicatessen features a wide selection of speciality cheese and the fresh meat department offers own reared produce including beef, lamb, game and turkey.
You can pick your own fruit in season, take a woodland walk or browse the stunning range of crafts including furniture, china and dried flowers.
The tearoom offers a variety of good food ranging from light snacks to 3 course roast lunches on Sundays.
The Shop opens from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, 9am until 5.30pm on Saturday from 10am until 4pm. The shop is also open on Bank Holidays.