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A guide to shopping in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 31st July 2015


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When you go on holiday it is always nice to have a nose around some shops and if you are heading to the Forest of Dean this summer, then check out our guide to the best places to shop in the area.

As people who have stayed in Forest of Dean cottages before will know, the area is full of picturesque villages and market towns that have a number of small independent shops. So if you are heading to the Forest of Dean in the near future and see yourself as a bit of a shopaholic, then read on to find out where you should visit and what shops you can expect to find.




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The small market town of Ross-on-Wye is full of unique little shops and convenience stores that offer visitors great opportunities to pick up little gifts and munch on tasty treats.

If you want to buy some fresh, locally produced foods from Herefordshire, then Pengethley Farm Shop should be your first port of call as the farm shop sells meat, fruit and veg, bread and dairy products, including delicious ice cream!

The Castrees Garden Plants centre in the town is a renowned family-run business that will be like heaven to gardeners, whilst the local independent store Crowsfeet is the perfect place to pick up some gifts to remember your holiday by.

Other notable shops that you should have a sneak peek at include The Cookshop, Labels Outlet Shopping and the Tudorville Express & Post Office.



Newent is more than a market town in Gloucestershire as it is home to a range of quality shops and stores.

Take the award-winning Brown and Green food store that specialises in local produce. The store’s awards include Best Local Food Retailer at the Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards and the gold award for the Local Retail Outlet at the Taste of the West Awards.

The Trioscape Garden Centre, Raft Clothing and the Gooch Sports and Leisure sports shop are all worth a visit too.




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Gloucester city centre is a hive of activity that has a good mix of well-known high street shops and local independent outlets.

Being just a short drive away from the Forest of Dean means that the city is easy to get to and those who decide to take a wander around Gloucester’s shops will not be left disappointed.

The main shopping area fans out from the Cross and incorporates the ancient streets of Southgate, Northgate, Eastgate and Westgate.

If you are after independent shops then head to Westgate as there are a wide variety of little independent shops, while in contrast Eastgate and its beautiful shopping centre is home to all the main high street brands and clothes shops. Eastgate does, however, boast a market that has stalls selling a range of different foods and snacks.

Talking of markets, Gloucester has a number of great ones such as the Gloucester Farmers Market, the Orchard Street Food and Craft Market and the Cherry and White Market.



Lydney is not just a popular cottage holidays destination in the Forest of Dean because of its close proximity to the forest, as the town itself is picturesque and offers holidaymakers a number of activities to do.

The town is great for shopping and if you are looking for a bargain or something a little bit unique, then head to Taurus Crafts as it is full of artisan businesses, local food stores, gift shops and it even has a café. It is no wonder that it has been lauded by people on Trip Advisor!

If you want to try some local produce in Lydney, then head to the Cowshill Farm Shop and Delicatessen. Holidaymakers looking to really remember their stay in Lydney should visit Picnaks Graphics in the town centre, as they can print holiday photographs onto mugs, coasters, clocks, jigsaws and keyrings.