A traditional historic market town, Woodstock is a picturesque, eclectic place to shop.
The four main streets: Oxford Road, Market Square and High Street, leading into Park Street, all link up and can be strolled around in a matter of 15 minutes – longer of course if you duck in and out of the variety of boutiques and galleries.
Woodstock is a particularly good place for finding special gifts or one-of-a-kind antiques. As well as the permanent established shops, there’s an antique fair in the town hall every second Saturday and Sunday of the month. Woodstock also holds regular craft fairs, and a farmers’ market in the main square on the first Saturday of every month.
The gates of Blenheim Palace can be accessed off Park Street via High Street, and the large gift shop and annual Christmas Craft Fair are hugely popular with visitors.
Antiques at Heritage
6 Market Place
Woodstock, OX20 1TA
+44 (0)1993 811332
Antiques at Heritage is home to 12 established antique dealers located in a 15th-century building in the heart of Woodstock. The shop carries a wide and ever-changing array of antiques including English furniture, crafts, silver, fine art, porcelain, pottery, jewellery, glass, mirrors, rugs, clocks, garden antiques, books, vintage luggage and accessories.
The Cotswolds Tailor
21b Oxford Street
Woodstock, OX20 1TH
+44 (0)1993 358 284
A high-quality boutique, The Cotswold Tailor is a modern testament to the days before mass high street retailers, when unique, specially designed items of clothing were a thing to treasure and keep forever. Catering to both men and women, The Cotswold Tailor focuses on using British manufacturers and specialises in traditional British cloths, adapting them into unique designs with a modern, elegant twist. www.thecotswoldtailor.com
Iona House Gallery
4 High Street
Woodstock, OX20 1TF
+ 44 (0)1993 811464
A long-established gallery, Iona House showcases a diverse range of quality and affordable work from both renowned and new artistic talents. Over 300 pieces are on view at any one time including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wood, glass and jewellery, with a framing service also available. Partial proceeds from sales go towards funding children’s charities around the world, including the Mary’s Meals project. www.ionahousegallery.org
The Woodstock Bookshop
23 Oxford Street
Woodstock, OX20 1TH
+44 (0)1993 812760
One of the most notable independent bookstores in the UK, The Woodstock Bookshop is a must-visit for booklovers in need of some new reading material or a special gift. As well as offering several thousand titles in-store, books can also be ordered, often within 24 hours, including second-hand and out-of-print titles. There is a particularly good children’s section and always someone on hand to offer advice and recommendations.
The Real Wood Furniture Company
London House, Oxford Street
Woodstock, OX20 1TS,
+44 (0)1993 813887
Prepare to get lost and fall in love as you wander through the 14 showrooms within the Real Wood Furniture Company. The pieces found here will be kept for a lifetime and passed down through generations. Offering a wide range of unique, individual pieces as well as commissions, the products are crafted exclusively using ash, oak, cherry and elm, timbers indigenous to the shores of Britain, from sustained and managed sources. www.rwfco.com