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St Marychurch

A great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and indulge in an afternoon of shopping, St Marychurch is a real change from high street chain stores. Full of history and charm, you’ll feel you have stepped back in time to the era of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

Wander through the charming Victorian-style precinct and take in the pretty architecture. This area is closed to traffic, so you can take your time and enjoy the scenery before exploring the number of independently owned shops. Here you’ll find a range of treats hidden amongst the shelves, with antique dealers and clockmakers all selling treasures that are a bit more stylish and individual.

Along the main shopping street of Fore Street you’ll find several well known stores as well as small market shops selling local produce, a bookshop and local crafts. Don’t forget to stop off for a few sugary treats at the traditional sweet shop.

When you’ve finished shopping, stop and unwind for a while in one of the many cafés or delicatessens offering up the best of English tea and cake. Alternatively, take a trip to the ever popular Bygones Museum, which has three floors packed with relics from the times gone by. With a model steam railway, a 1940s shopping arcade and a replica of a Victorian amusement arcade, this blast from the past is a great way to show the kids how their grandparents and great-grandparents lived years ago.

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