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Things to do – Shopping in the Lakes.


Now I know what your thinking, shopping and Cumbria don’t exactly go together in perfect harmony. However, come spend some time in the sleepy towns that adorn this beautiful part of the world and you will be pleasantly surprised by the couture on offer.


Bespoke shops inundate market towns like Ulverston and Cockermouth. Indeed, Cumbria offers a vast variety of shopping choices, from the boutiques found in  smaller towns like Morecambe to the familiar brands on the high street in Carlisle.


Shopping may not be top of the list of priorities  for many people coming to the Lakes, who view this holiday destination as a chance to reconnect with nature. But holidays are about pleasure and relaxation and for many people  shopping is just that.


Let me give you the lowdown on what’s out there:


Yes Carlisle does high street clothing better than most places in the county, but it also offers some hidden gems, like the  shop in Carlisle Cathedral, which offers a range of  fine carved wood, stonework and stained glass gifts. Located at the Abbey, it offers on site parking.


Crazy about your labels? Head to K Village Outlet in Kendal. With16 premium factory outlets selling famous brands at up to 70% discount, K Village  offers amazing deals on familiar designer labels.  It’s setting is perfect for an indulgent afternoon. You can stroll along the riverside terrace, stopping for lunch in nearby elegant restaurants and bars.


If you want to pick up some truly authentic Cumbrian souvenirs from your time in the Lakes, take a trip to the Hawkeshead National Trust shop in Ambleside. This delightful small shop, sells a range of locally produced gifts and souvenirs, which you can adorn your mantlepiece with, safe in the knowledge no one at home will have any similar trinkets.


And now for the truly unique. Head to Barrow and visits the Conishead Buddhist temple to fill up on unique quality gifts, greeting cards, clothes, jewellery, food and confectionary. For the more spiritual amongst you, there is a chance to pick up some authentic Buddhist prints, statues and books at very reasonable prices.


Cumbria and shopping, they go together more fittingly than you thought. Come and try it for yourself.

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