If you haven’t ticked all those boxes yet on your Christmas list, give Beaminster a try. Our neighbours have had a bit of a tough year with the bank heist so why not venture a little further than Bridport or Lyme and give them a helping hand.

Beaminster have a wonderful array of shops and boast a new addition to local shopping with a pop-up seasonal shop, Boarbarrow Gifts and Crafts, where decorations and gift ideas for all ages can be found, from felt toys to hand made Christmas wreaths. Read more ..

Cilla and Camilla

Beaminster already has a wide selection of other inspiring shops full of Christmas ideas from homeware and clothes shop Cilla and Camilla (with another in Bridport too!) where you’ll find Cath Kidston or Heathcote and Ivory products as well as fun stocking fillers and decorations, to Brassica Mercantile with gorgeous Italian food, beautiful books, and a selection of carefully chosen gift ideas like lambswool scarves and jumpers made in the UK. Partners in Design stock stunning lighting and glassware, Pomegranate sell leather handbags, kilims and pottery, Sophie Rose stocks lots of brands such as Voyage, Bon Maison, Jacqueline Milton with some beautiful Miranda Berrows ceramics.

Organic beauty products can be found at Sophia’s Choice and pets don’t have to be forgotten at Just’s Pets! There are several places to choose from for a coffee or a bite to eat from a vegetarian cafe to two award winning restaurants but don’t take our word for it, why not go and see for yourself!