The ‘Heart of the Shires’ is a shopping village unlike any other in the heart of England, beautifully set in and around a former Victorian farmyard with a bandstand at its centre. Unique and individual shops wind around a paved courtyard and through the old barns. Close to Fawsley Hall, enjoy a day out at The Heart of the Shires.

Darlington’s Tea Rooms now occupies the cottage style farmhouse, independent retailers offering quality products with emphasis on escape from main stream. Many top designer brands sit with lesser known quality ones that have been carefully sourced to provide the customer with something different but expected from ‘Heart of the Shires’.  Whilst the architecture of this bygone age has been carefully used to give each shop its own unique style they are by no means behind the times with what they have to offer.

Each individual boutique business is stocked with the latest trends in their field. You can dress everyone from the bride to mother of the bride – and groom of course in Silversixpence Bridal Boutique then pop across to see Lightdraw Photographic Studio our onsite wedding of the year photographer!  

Maybe treat yourself to a beautiful scarf with a hat to match from House of Carillon, have your nails polished at Pour La Femme after visiting Flutterbyes Hair Salon, spend ages in Abraxas Cookshop or China & Glass discovering all the things you didn’t know you wanted till you saw it! Be amazed at the bespoke handmade furniture or browse in Texture Sofas and Interiors.

Gather your gifts for gardeners or browse in our creative Artisan Gardeners corner. You could revive in the restaurant, be amazed at what you can buy for your much loved pet at Hogans Pet Hampers or take home some wonderful Belgium chocolates from Darcy’s Delights our traditional sweet shop to remember your day. Whatever you do make plenty of time for a visit; you will be surprised how quickly time flies.

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