Best places to go shopping in Hampshire
PUBLISHED: 12:27 09 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:16 07 March 2017
From pretty North Hampshire high streets to harbour-side outlets – the county is a mecca for shopaholics of all tastes and budgets. Natalie French seeks out the cream of the crop, perfect for a spot of shopping
Where: The Hambledon, Winchester
Why go? The Hambledon’s fresh and funky take on the traditional department store has seen it become a firm favourite with in-the-know locals. Push open the heavy door to discover quirky gifts for all ages; cool cards and books, plus the stunning new spring/summer 2014 collection of Becksondergaard bags and scarves. I’m told that this season, homeware will take on a utility twist, think American diner; whilst the Toot Sweet Party range brightens the shop with pretty pastel paper plates, gift bags and cake toppers – great for garden parties.
Don’t miss...During April and May the project space will be styled like a reading salon with a mix of books and antiques from Rizzoli Publications and Puckhaber Decorative Antiques.
Visit: 10 The Square, Winchester, SO23 9ES
Where: Little Hampshire, Fullerton
Why go? This little treasure trove, located between Andover and Stockbridge, has beautifully stocked rails of stunning pre-loved summer clothes for children - with designer brands such as The Little White Company, Ralph Lauren and I Love Gorgeous. Pop in to see Lucy & Lucy at Little Hampshire, 9am – 12.30pm Tuesday and Thursday, 24th April – 20th May and 3rd June – 17th July.
Don’t miss...The arrival of the brand new summer collection from Kite Kids and new Darcey Brown clothing, along with shoes, gifts and local crafts.
Visit: Fullerton Barn, Fullerton, Andover, SP11 7LA www.littlehampshire.co.uk
Where: Overton Gallery
Why go? Overton Gallery frame everything from photographs, prints, sports shirts and medals in the premise’s custom built workshop - leaving you free to peruse the vast collection of cool cards, wrapping paper and hand-decorated Emma Bridgewater pottery.
Don’t miss...When the sun shines make a beeline for the beautiful Courtyard Garden Cafe. Surrounded by fig trees, this is an ideal spot to park your bottom and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake, or perhaps sample the salad – freshly-picked from the bottom of the garden.
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm and Saturday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Visit: 20 High Street, Overton, RG25 3HA www.overtongallery.co.uk
Where: Lyndhurst Gallery
Why go? This independent gallery in the heart of the New Forest National park is the perfect place to ponder a vibrant selection of original paintings, limited editions and sculpture by contemporary British artists. Stroll to the lower end of Lyndhurst’s High Street to find some fresh inspiration to brighten up your home. Don’t miss...From 5th April, the gallery will be filled with a beautiful collection of 25 new floral oils on canvas – a solo show, ‘Singing in spring’ from Marie Mills.
Visit: 68 High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BJ www.lyndhurstgallery.co.uk
The High Streets
Where: Hartley Wintney
Why go? Butchers, bakers and candlestick makers! The beautiful village of Hartley Wintney, in the sought-after Hart district, has a traditional High Street full of boutique wonders. Interior lovers will find beautiful homeware at Cashmere Goose; whilst those fond of the grape and grain should pay a visit to Auriol Wines, who boast 80 Malt whiskies and over 600 wines. One established shop that also tempts in passers-by is And So To Bed - who can resist the chance to climb onto one of the enormous, elegant Louis XV luxury beds?
Don’t miss...For an instant pick-me-up, nip into Moutan to soak up the stunning scents, textures and pops of colour that fill this small, but perfectly-formed flower emporium. You don’t need to a buy a blow-the-budget bouquet (unless the urge takes you) just a few of your favourite stems should brighten your day.
Visit: There is a pay and display car park located just off the A30. Turn off the high street between Montachus House and Quaintways Cottage Dental Surgery and follow the road round to the left. The car park also offers a limited number of free to park “red bays” for short stay use and there is free one hour parking along the length of the high street.
Why go? It’s not just the historic High Street, with its mix of well-known chains, pop-up markets and independent shops, delis and cafes, that’s worth a visit, but the cutesy lanes that snake off it. Pretty Parchment Street, marked by a newly installed Kite Flyer that arches across the paved road, is a hotspot for boutiques. Amongst others, you’ll find Forme – an über-stylish Italian interior design store; beautiful British designer jewellery at Justice and lavish lingerie at Boudoir Blush, renowned for its impeccable customer service and specialist fitters.
Don’t miss...Keep walking to the very end of Parchment Street, where the road meets North Walls, and you’ll find The Corner House. This continental style cafe bar is a great place to feast on toasted pitta bread with tzatziki hummus and roasted aubergine dip.
Visit: Winchester operates a park and ride system which is easily accessible from the M3 motorway, which provides frequent bus services to all main areas of Winchester City Centre. There are also a number of short and long stay car parks throughout the city, visitwinchester.co.uk will help you plan your day.
Why go? The pretty Georgian town of coloured-washed houses and riverside walks makes Alresford a delightful place for a morning mooch. Not only is it the UK’s capital of watercress farming, it also has some fabulous independent shops, galleries and antiques. Caracoli on Broad Street is a foodie’s must-stop. Devour handmade Passionfruit and Orange cake and a fresh coffee in the modern bright interior, whilst eyeing up the vast array of tempting goodies that line the shelves of the food store.
Don’t miss...On Sunday 18th May Alresford Watercress Festival takes over the entire centre of New Alresford. Hampshire Farmers’ Market and others create a huge street festival, showcasing the best and tastiest local produce. Award-winning local chefs will be cooking up a storm, plus there will be plenty of stalls selling arts, crafts and items for the home and garden. Whilst children can enjoy circus skills workshops, face painting and a petting farm.
Visit: There is long term pay and display parking (free on Sundays and Bank Holidays) in Station Yard and Perins School, accessible from Jacklyns Lane. Free, short term on street parking is also available along the high street. For more information on the Watercress Festival visit www.watercressfestival.org.
Sea View Shopping
Where: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
Why go? Serious shoppers can enjoy spectacular views of the historic Portsmouth harbour, whilst being let lose in over 95 designer outlets. Hugo Boss, L.K. Bennett, Ted Baker, The White Company and Cath Kidston are just a handful of famous brands, all of which offer a minimum of 30 per cent discount on their regular retail prices, giving you an excuse to treat yourself!
Don’t miss...At the end of a hard day’s bargain-hunting, retreat to one of the many harbour-side cafes, bars or restaurants - such as Jamie’s Italian, Las Iguanas and Brasserie Blanc, and watch the yachts sail out into the Solent.
Visit: Gunwharf Quays has excellent public transport links, as well as a 1532 space underground car park that gives direct access to the site visit, www.gunwharf-quays.com for more information.
Where: Port Solent
Why go? You may not have just stepped off your million pound yacht, but no one need know that...marina-side shopping is where it’s at. Alongside its bigger name retailers: Cotton Traders, Pavers and Snow & Rock, you’ll find a unique collection of traders offering a more boutique experience. Plus there is a huge choice of waterside bars and eateries– offering a fabulous location to watch the world float by.
Don’t miss…Port Solent’s popular Bank Holiday Rock event on Monday 5th May with 60s music from The Flicks and Moo Dollar live and a 70s music event on Monday 26th May – both live on the waterside from 12 noon. The Sunday Waterside Market also takes place on the on the first and third Sunday of the month, 11am to 5pm, April to November - a great place to discover one-off, handmade crafts and artisans.
Visit: There is a large section of free parking at Port Solent, to find out more visit www.portsolent.com.
Where: WestQuay, Southampton
Why go? Smack bang in the heart of Southampton city centre you’ll find WestQuay. With over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels, this is one destination built for the hardcore shopper. Whilst the major stores of Marks & Spencer and John Lewis draw in the crowds, there are plenty of other fashion retailers such as French Connection, Karen Milen, Zara and Coast.
Don’t miss...WestQuay’s Student Session is back on 1st May 2014 offering massive discounts of up to 50% on favourite brands. There’ll be live entertainment from Cafe Parfait, free giveaways and competitions, plus the chance to meet The Only Way is Essex star, Jessica Wright, at her pop-up shop, With Love Jessica!
Visit: There is a vast amount of paid parking beneath the centre. To find out more head to www.west-quay.co.uk
Where: Festival Place, Basingstoke
Why go? Festival Place is a 1.1m sq ft shopping centre situated in the centre of Basingstoke, just off the M3, housing over 160 big brand stores including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Apple, Next, H&M, Zara and New Look. The centre benefits from a large and affluent catchment area of approximately 2.3 million people and also has a significant leisure offer in place with a 10 screen Vue multiplex cinema and around 20 restaurants, including Ask Italian, Las Iguanas, Pizza Express, Wagamama, Costa, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Giraffe and Nando’s..
Visit: Festival Place is minutes off junction 6 of the M3 and has over 2,500 safe, secure car parking spaces directly above the shopping centre. Visit www.festivalplace.co.uk for more details.