Top Shopping experiences in South Somerset

From ancient crafts to high fashion, there are plenty of shopping options to explore around Yeovil. Find our favourites listed below.



Sherborne has the feel of a classy, sophisticated town that is brimming with independent shops, galleries, and boutiques. It has a charming atmosphere with a strong community spirit. The mix of art, antiquities, clothing, and fine culinary fare, make it the kind of place that you can easily linger for hours without a purpose. Medieval architecture lines the narrow streets, with Sherborne Abbey dating from the 10th century, stealing the crown. Sherborne is a top destination for shopping if you are looking for unique high-end items that you wouldn’t find on the more traditional high street.

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Castle Cary on market day

Castle Cary is a delightful market town with high quality shops including a bookshop, delicatessen with wine store, and ironmongers. Head there on a Tuesday for market day and you will find an energetic vibe with plenty of local Somerset fare on offer. Take your pick from the vibrant colours of the locally produced organic fruit and veg, local cider (of course), jewellery, homemade pies, and tasty bakes. We love the buzz in the marketplace, and this is why our clients and care professionals like to go back time and again.

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Temperley London, Phoenix Studios, Ilminster

On the hunt for London fashion in a rural idyll? Then look no further than Alice Temperley’s HQ in Ilminster. Temperley London has now extended its brand to Temperley Somerset – the designer’s home county, that she refers to as “The land of the summer people”. Alice’s roots are in Ilminster where her parents have a farm; after spending many years splitting her time between the city and country, in 2021, Alice relocated the headquarters of her coveted label to Phoenix Studios. Here you will find the trademark beautiful Temperley designs from both current and archive collections that aim to “empower and embolden the modern woman”. And if that’s not enough, you can enjoy a cocktail or cider from the bar whilst you shop. What a perfect girls’ day out!

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Clarks Village, Street

Street is of course the home of shoes – made famous by the Clark brothers Cyrus and James in the 19th Century. The old Clark factory buildings were replaced by Clarks outlet shopping village almost 30 years ago. A mix of up to ninety designer and high street outlets rub up against each other in a self-contained space that is easy to navigate for the discerning shopper. There are plenty of bargains to be found here, and of course shoes still play a part with a large Clarks outlet situated at the heart of the village. Best foot forward!

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Market Cross Antiques, Somerton

An emporium of treasure for lovers of antiques, collectables, and those unique pieces we all love that are the showstoppers. Situated on the corner of the market square, more than thirty dealers display their wares at Market Cross Antiques. Items for sale range from a vast array of home furnishings and stone sculptures for the garden to more intricate collections including jewellery, china and clocks. It’s the kind of place that doesn’t stand still, with collections changing on a regular basis. So don’t hang around, go and enjoy seeking out the gems from this Aladdin’s Cave of shopping.

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Exploring new places is a great way to keep the mind and body active, and this is especially important for older people. Many of the people we support enjoy a trip to the shops with a care professional; it enables them to remain independent and engaged in their local community.

If you would like to find out more about our home care services in Yeovil, Sherborne and Bridport then please get in touch on 01935 577030.