Yorkshire is the finest County in England (well we would say that!). It also has some of the most unique and interesting shops and places to visit in the run up to the busy festive period. If you are struggling to find that something special for that someone special, you may just find that inspiration lies below.
Ceramic Inspirations is the home of beautifully handcrafted teapots made in the UK. With unique and quirky designs, they are created by a dedicated team at a pottery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. The company, which was originally known as Swineside Ceramics and most recently The Teapottery, has a long history of producing high quality ceramic teapots and has built up an enviable reputation. The extensive range of innovative and eccentric designs has captured the imagination of many and has become a firm favourite with enthusiasts across the world. Each teapot is handcrafted using a combination of modern and traditional techniques. The basic manufacturing process has remained virtually unchanged since the 18th century. From bestsellers including ‘The Aga’ and ‘The Espresso Machine’, to the novelty ‘Bath Tub’ and the iconic ‘Countdown’ teapot, collectors are sure to find a unique design that is just their cup of tea!
Ceramic Inspirations are delighted to be working with world renowned designer Paul Cardew who has created an exciting range of exclusive teapots. Cardew Design’s enchanting Alice and Wonderland themed creations along with other inspiring works are now available to purchase online. So whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a tea lover or hoping to enhance your personal collection with a beautifully handcrafted teapot, mug, milk jug or sugar bowl, you’re sure to find what you are looking for.
Trading for nearly 25 years, the shop enjoys a solid reputation for quality, friendly and customer focused service while also being known for high quality supplies, lasting cards and gifts. Nickery Nook are appointed DEAL Clothing retailers for the Yorkshire Dales areas and also stock the fun 'Old Guys Rule' range. In store and online you will also find products from quality brands like Yankee Candle, Orange Tree Toys, Tractor Ted, Ness handbags, Warmies, Bomb Cosmetics and Alex Clark stationery.
Silverdale is a beautiful jewellery shop who pride themselves on sourcing well-made but unusual collections. They have a large range of silver jewellery with a focus on the unusual as well as Gold and diamonds too and a range of gifts and christening items all with their usual "twist". Whether you are looking for an inexpensive token gift for a friend or a serious diamond ring for that special occasion, you will find it at Silverdale. Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00pm
Masham Gallery work with the very best artists and craftspeople from the region and some from across the UK. They have very few suppliers from abroad with much consideration of environmental and ethical issues. Many of the artists and craftspeople sell on a sale or return basis giving them more of the profits from sales. The Gallery provides creative business support for many artists and craftspeople starting out in business and throughout their career. Everyone at Masham Gallery has a knowledge and interest in art and is continually learning about art and craft from the artists and makers that sell there and other organisations. Since 1994, the Gallery has worked with many charities and community groups on specific projects and exhibitions including recently Herriot Hospice Homecare, The Woodland Trust and Masham Arts Festival. They are proud to be an active participant in the creative community in Masham and North Yorkshire. Currently they are an angel to the amazing North Country Theatre, sponsor Crafted By Hand and contribute to many other smaller events in the region and beyond.
Michael Kusz is a Yorkshire based sculptor creating unique works from recycled materials, mainly copper. Michael can bring to life to your garden, home or business producing hand-made numbered sculptures for indoor/outdoor enjoyment. He begins a new piece by immersing himself in the subject, intensively researching to get a feel for its nature, gaining insights as to how it will transcribe into metal and often resulting in creative custom tooling and templates. Through tem-plates he produces an extensive body of work, to his highest possible standard. His current work aims to recapture an essence of his childhood, that sense of joy of the absurd and unexpected dis-covery embodied through characters like Rooks - gregarious, mischievous and demonstrating a clear sense of freedom and fun.
Kemps General Sore is an emporium of the beautiful & the unusual and a unique place for people to browse and lose themselves in a source of fascination and delight. Growing up as a shopkeeper’s daughter in West Yorkshire, Liz Kemp saw first-hand the care and attention her parents put into running a successful business that had real customer service. Today, Liz ensures that Kemps shop stands as a testament to tradition and the old ways of doing things, a small oasis which re-flects a slower, calmer way of life. However, alongside heritage, there is also certainly room for the new with exciting new products alongside traditional customer.
Kemps provide you with the things you most certainly want and may even need, such as an interesting book, lovely art, great cards, quirky things or a selection of beautiful tableware. It’s charm is that it also helps you uncover something more unusual... one of those little treasures which pops out at you on a shelf when you least expect it. Kemps also has a sister store on the coast giving a perfect excuse to visit beautiful Whitby.
The name 'Sleepy Elephant' refers to a comment made by the writer A. Wainwright who wrote that the neighbouring Howgill Fells were 'often likened to a huddle of squatting elephants'. However, when the current business was set up, it was felt that 'sleepy elephant;' might be more ap-pealing. Sleepy Elephant is now the place in Sedbergh for walking boots and other outdoor essen-tials.
Carole Nelson, proprietor of Sleepy Elephant, spent forty years in the outdoor clothing industry, mostly 'in boots'. Knowing the outdoor clothing industry as she does, Carole is now able to get the best prices from suppliers – which can then be passed on to you, her customers. Sleepy Elephant is half way down the Main Street in Sedbergh and they specialize in good quality but afford-able walking boots and other hiking equipment. They also sell new and second–hand walking and mountaineering books, as well as vintage children's books and a small selection of gifts and cards.
Farfield Clothing have been manufacturing clothing since 1985 and so have seen the coming and going of “new innovations” but have established themselves making their own brand of clothing which stands the test of time. Based at the foot of the Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (although they are officially in Cumbria), means they know a thing or two about outdoor clothing.
Their fabric is made exclusively in Yorkshire to their our own design. Farfield Clothing make a lot of clothing for people who are not “standard”. So, if like a lot of people, you cannot get a jacket to fit you no problem, they will work to your measurements to make your jacket. Larger sizes are their speciality. Call in to the Factory Shop just off the Main Street in Sedbergh (with customer parking) to see the full range of ladies’, mens’ and children’s jackets, hats, gilets and headbands. Open: Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday: 10.00 to 4.00, Sunday: Closed
Partners in life and art, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have been making exceptional contemporary blown glass together for over 20 years. Their pieces are made the slow way, just as glass was prior to industrial revolution – labour intensive and reliant on the skills acquired over a long, inter-national apprenticeship. Operating from their studio and workshop in the village of Rosedale Abbey, they have developed a unique aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the elemental beauty of their rural surroundings. They have received worldwide recognition for their complex cameo works, the traditional methods they use are practised by only a few glass makers across the world. This process involves the folding of different coloured glass bubbles over each other to produce a complex multi-layered and coloured piece.
Their defiantly decorative work can be found in both public and private collections locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside their craft practice, they also undertake prestigious commissions and regularly lecture in the UK and overseas. The studio is open 1st March – 20 December (December – February by appointment). Monday-Saturday: 10am – 4pm, Sunday: 2pm – 4pm. Other times by appointment
Adage Dance is a small independent boutique based in the gorgeous spa town of Harrogate run by Sandi along with a small team of dancers and dance Mom(s). Each of them loves to dance, either participating, encouraging others or simply to watch. Because of their love of dance, they have a never-ending enthusiasm to provide fantastic service to customers and because of that, they get lots of repeat custom!
As an independent retailer, they supply customers with lots of choice for stunning dance wear, a wide selection of dance shoes and regulation school uniforms for their fantastic local dance schools. Adage Dance love to pass on their passion for dance, musical theatre and creative arts to customers and followers, if you have a question, or want some information, just pop in and have a chat with them.
Adage Dance offers a specialist pointe shoe fitting service by appointment, please call 01423 530777 or use the 'Contact Us' page online to request a preferred date and time.
If you've ever wondered about the origins of stained glass or thought about owning your own exclusive stained glass windows or lampshade, then look no further. At the Stained Glass Centre, they maintain a tradition that has existed for over a 1000 years. The production methods are the same today as they were then and if you visit the Stained Glass Centre, you can learn about the history of Stained Glass and browse in the showrooms full of stained glass panels, lampshades, mirrors and gifts.
You could also join in one of their Glass Craft classes - have you ever gazed at the stained glass windows in our great Cathedrals and churches and wondered how they were made? The exhibition of Stained Glass in the teaching studio charts the history of the art and craft from medieval times to the present day. The stages of making a stained glass window are explained. You can also watch a DVD showing Lampshades and windows been made by the team at the Stained Glass Centre. Classes are run in our studio and you are more than welcome to stay and watch. Better still why not book on one of our many courses yourself?
AND DON'T FORGET THE TREE
In the run up to Christmas, Braithwaites have a huge selection of Christmas Trees including Nordman (non-drop), Fraser (non-drop and narrower tree than Nordman so takes up less room) and traditional Norway Spruce. Their florists are making door wreaths which can be made to a customers specification of size/colours etc and they also have holly wreaths to put on graves. They always carry a large range of pot plants for indoors but it gets even bigger with Christmas favourites such as Poinsettia in a range of colours, Orchids and Amaryllis. For someone wishing to brighten winter days with a taste of the Mediterranean, or to 'Grow Your Own' for their G&T, they have a good selection of large citrus including Limes, Lemons and Grapefruit.
If anyone just isn't sure what to get the gardeners in their lives, they also offer gift vouchers to spend both with them or ones that are accepted nationally at Garden Centres up and down the country.