Bundle up and get out for a bit despite the chill - from clothes and homewares to trinkets and gifts, there's a nice warm store you'll want to explore in Northwich.
Nobody likes to go traipsing about in the cold, but that shouldn’t let anyone feel the need to stay confined indoors. While making sure everyone is bundled up in their best thermals, there are still plenty of great spots to explore and browse in Northwich without catching a chill. As well as the official “warm hubs” at the Northgate Arena, Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Northwich Memorial Court and Winsford Lifestyle Centre, the town has plenty of stores and shops with the heating on for a good old fashioned rummage.
Stop in at Northwich Art Shop (found on Witton Street next door to the dry cleaner’s and opposite the Tandoori restaurant) to browse through all things artistic, from pens and pencils to charcoal, paints, pastels, printing and modelling supplies. They do demonstrations and events too if you’re in a more activity-focused mood, but otherwise the shop is cosy and lovely to have a look around.
If textiles are more your thing, try the lovely Sew Easy (a little further along Witton Street opposite the library) which is crammed full of fabric rolls and general haberdashery accessories, from ribbons and lace to patterns and books. Prefer papercraft? Swing by The Works, next to Iceland and opposite Subway, which is generally crammed full of crafty papers, beads, brads, scrapbooking supplies – and of course plenty of discounted books to have a look through too.
You’d be remiss not to have a browse through White Ribbon Boutique in town if you’re in the mood to look at some clothes. On the High Street next to McDonalds, White Ribbon specialises in timeless ladies’ fashion with a classic twist, featuring pieces from senior-friendly brands such as Roma, WRB, and Zambia. Check out their Billy Bargains section for the latest discounts on offer, too! For the gents, try Apparel Cheshire, back up on Witton Street, which features a range of top menswear names like Fred Perry, Lacoste, and Ted Baker.
There’s no shortage of big brand presence in Northwich either, with large, well-lit and heated stores you can explore for hours if you want to! Find a River Island up in Barons Quay, along with an H&M in the same area and a huge Matalan across the way opposite Sainsbury’s. A bit further from the town centre at the Northwich Retail Park you’ll find an enormous Next and a Peacocks right next door to each other, with a handy Costa right there too for if you need a breather and a cuppa while you’re out.
Who doesn’t like to have a bit of a coo over furnishings and cookware now and then? Start off with a wander through the extensive B&M in Baron’s Quay, and remember the Matalan nearby often has plenty of home goods too. A little further south at the end of Witton Street is Cheshire Style Interiors, a lovely local name well worth a visit, with everything from lovely lighting to gorgeous kitchenware. There are two other local stores nearby; MUTA (for handcrafted goods) and Cane (for suites and wicker furnishings), with the latter sitting inside Weaver Square Shopping Centre so handy for staying under cover on wetter days.
The Poundstretcher further up Witton Street is always a classic spot for a good rummage, especially for inexpensive storage and gardening solutions, and south of the main town on the Riverside Trading Estate you’ll find Iconic Interiors, which sports much higher end pricing but some beautiful pieces – for window shopping at least. Head back up north past Wincham to The Sales Rooms for a visit to Voodoo Furniture Design, a wonderfully eccentric and quirky shop with a beautiful range of accessories and candles as well as larger pieces. Plus of course there’s good old B&Q back over in Northwich Retail Park, if you’re entertaining older people who’d rather admire lawn mowers and power tools than cushions and decor!
Sometimes you just can’t keep the grannies and grandpas from shopping for their little ones – with or without the fur. The Entertainer toy shop in Barons Quay is an obvious first choice for the (human) children, carrying everything from the latest movie action figures to preschool educational toys and classics like Sylvanian Families, dress-up outfits, Hot Wheels and much more, including collectibles for the more “grown up” well, -ish) of the grandkids. More niche interests can be served at Goblin Gaming, a tabletop hobby and board games store on Witton Walk within Weaver Square, although this spot definitely isn’t for everyone and if your seniors don’t speak fluent in Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, Magic the Gathering or general “Gamer” it might be best skipped without an itemised wishlist to work from!
Older people with pets, meanwhile, won’t want to miss a good long poke around Pets At Home over in the Chester Way retail park, including saying hello to the guinea pigs, hamsters and other small animals on show in the middle of the store. While you’re in the area, pop into Something Fishy on Church Road nearby to admire their tropical fish, and back in the centre of town on Witton Street (not far from the library) there’s the delightfully jam-packed Firthfield Pet Store. This independent treasure trove for pet lovers has fish, reptiles and other small animals for sale, along with everything you could ever need to look after them from homes and bedding to treats and toys.
Next time it’s cold outside and you don’t want to leave the house, think again! Northwich has plenty to offer without venturing too far from the cosy inside of these great shops and stores. Relax in one of the big high street brand outposts, or explore a new indie shop you may not have tried before – just remember your coat and scarf.
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