There are so many advantages of exploring, shopping and relaxing in your own neighbourhood! You get to build great relationships with some amazingly talented people, you are helping to grow small businesses and the local economy and you get that buzz of knowing you are part of a fabulous community and are actively supporting it! Last week, I spent a lovely day with my husband, Andy, out and about in Jampuppy’s hometown; Brackley, Northamptonshire! So here’s a quick rundown of some of my favourite things to do and places to visit in Brackley!
First stop, Brackley Antiques Cellar. With over 200 dealers, this is the biggest antique centre in the Midlands! I have some beautiful pieces of furniture in my home that I’ve found here, as well as some wonderful ornaments and decorations! I love spending an afternoon wandering around and exploring this ultimate antique treasure trove!
Next up, The Courtyard Shops. Set in a beautiful building with cobbled stone floors, The Courtyard Shops are host to a variety of cool indie retailers selling unique and handmade items! I absolutely love the hand painted stone mats and coasters currently for sale here by Katie Brown, artist and owner of Blue Butterfly Designs! They’re so beautiful and bright for summer! The amazing selection of handmade soaps is also fabulous!
Fancy a spot of lunch? Nothing beats the delicious, and quite recent addition to Brackley High Street, Mediterranean restaurant Dough & Vine. There’s a delightful little courtyard out the back too that is such a suntrap and the perfect spot to enjoy a super tasty pizza and a glass (or two) of prosecco this summer!
After lunch, head over the road for an hour or two indulging in the beautiful Old Hall Bookshop. Always full of amazing finds, this place is a bookworm’s paradise! My latest purchase is 50 Years of Illustrationby Caroline Roberts and Lawrence Zeegen.
Finally, finish off by enjoying the beautiful flowers – and the even more amazing window displays – of Bloomers of Brackley! Explore their lovely range of decorative garden items and pick up a lovely plant or some freshly cut flowers to take home with you!
Hopefully this has inspired you to come and visit the home of Jampuppy and spend some time in this lovely little town! Keep your eye on the blog for more local discoveries and, of course, Jampuppy news and updates! Don’t forget you can also follow Jampuppy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Much love, Rianna xx