Loughborough is a large town in the East Midlands. It has an excellent university (HQ for Team GB during London 2012), several fantastic markets, lots of Victorian terraces, many Art Deco buildings in the town centre, a small medieval area, one of the few working bell foundries in the UK and a double track steam railway. Very quietly, over the last few years, several small independent craft shops have been opening along Church Gate, a short pedestrian street between the market place and the medieval area.
Next door is Creations, a pottery shop, where you can buy pottery or paint your own. Lots of fun to be had here!
Next to this is Jackdaw Bygones. This isn’t a craft shop, but sells vintage textiles and pots, and I suspect that most of us who like crafts will like this shop as well.
One along is Quorn Country Crafts, the longest established craft shop on this street. They sell materials for patchwork, quilting, sewing and knitting, and run workshops for these crafts.
Next door (yes they are all in a row) is Gallery 18, an art gallery who also offer bespoke framing, Giclee digital printing, as well as more workshops.
In your excitement about all these interesting shops, you may have missed the other side of the street. Turn around and you will see Bojangle Beads, who will entice you in with some of the best window displays in town. And they run workshops as well.
What? You need to recover! Or at least think about what to buy and which workshop to do. Conveniently there are several good independent coffee shops in town and the nearest is next door to the bead shop!