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Five of the best rural pop-up shops


Feast nights, temporary street markets and quirky foodie stores, the pop-up shops trend shows no sign of abating.

Five of the best rural pop-up shops | Feast nights, temporary street markets and quirky foodie stores, the pop-up shops trend shows no sign of abating.
Five of the best rural pop-up shops | Feast nights, temporary street markets and quirky foodie stores, the pop-up shops trend shows no sign of abating.
Five of the best rural pop-up shops | Feast nights, temporary street markets and quirky foodie stores, the pop-up shops trend shows no sign of abating.

As a small independent company, gaining access to high-profile retail spots can be tough but pop-up shops have made these previously out-of-reach locations available to artisans and craftspeople on short-term rentals, enabling new brands to test out the marketplace up and down the country.

Here’s five rural pop-up shops to try

1. Lisa’s Larder

A farm shop with a difference, Lisa’s Larder (below) is a pop-up based in Keyhaven in Hampshire offering high-quality produce from small suppliers, who wouldn’t be able to deal with the constant demand of stock that bigger retailers might impose on them.

Lucy’s Larder stocks delicious seasonal and local produce, including bread, cheese, smoked fish and lamb from Lucy’s own Zwartbles sheep, which graze on the herby pastures of the surrounding farm.

The shop also offers a range of locally sourced produce boxes from a slow-cook box to a frugal meat box, which provides at least five meals for a family of four.

The pop-up shop can be found at Aubrey Farm, Keyhaven, Lymington, Hampshire, and is open on Friday and Saturday every four weeks.

Lisa organising cards at Lisa's Larder rural pop-up shops

2. Dalegate Market

Head to Burnham Deepdale in Norfolk from Thursday 23 to Tuesday 28 October 2014 to find a wonderful selection of pop-up shops and stalls. Indulge yourself in beautiful handmade natural and organic skincare products from Johanna Naturals, decorate your home with cushions featuring the beautiful wildlife-inspired watercolours of artist Debbie Fisher and deck out your garden with a selection of mental and wooden models from Garden Classics.

Previous pop-ups on the site include Folk Who Bespoke an upcycling mother-daughter team Linda and Gemma Bullimore who combine their crafting skills to transform preloved furniture and handmade items into beautiful shabby-chic creations.

Dalegate Market takes place in Burnham Deepdale, North Norfolk Coast, PE31 8FB, find more details at Dalegate Market.

3. Full of Life Gloucestershire

Following International Day of Older Persons on 1 October, Gloucestershire County Council is running a selection of events throughout the month to celebrate the contributions of older people.

Seated exercise sessions, music performances, hand massage, table badminton and indoor croquet are among the wide range of activities taking place, and there will be helpful information and guidance from services such as Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Shopmobility and Age UK.

Head to one of the pop-up shops and help older people, their families and carers learn all about the activities and advice available and put them in touch with the local community.

The pop-up shops will be coming to Gloucester, Stroud Valleys, Cotswolds and Tewkesbury, find full details at Full of Life.

4. Pickle Shack

Advocating ethical, sustainable and free-range produce, Pickle Shack (top and above) was set up by chef Josh McDonald-Johnson. As well as popping up around the Exeter area in Devon, Pickle Shack also caters for weddings, corporate events, intimate dinner parties and supper clubs.

Dishes include pollack ceviche with green chilli, roasted shallots and confit lemon; slow-cooked mutton loin with kale and white bean cassoulet; and cardamom and cinnamon doughnuts with vanilla espresso semifreddo.

Check Pickle Shack’s events page for more details.

5. The Natural Fibre Company

From 17-18 October, The Natural Fibre Company are running a pop-up shop at their woollen mill in Launceston, Cornwall. Take a tour of the mill and dye house before bagging a woolly bargain and taking expert advice from the team.

With over 100 years of wool processing between them, the team have worked on over 50 of the breeds that make up the 33 million sheep in Britain, understanding how fleece quality and yields can vary from one breed to the next.

If you have sheep and aren’t sure what to do with the fleeces, The Natural Fibre Company are on hand to advise you on the best processes to use, before turning it into the product, and colour, of your choice.

The pop-up shop can be found at The Natural Fibre Company, Unit B, Pennygillam Way, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7PJ. Full details are available at The Natural Fibre Company.

Charlotte Dar - Country Living
11/10/2014