In our recent explorations, we decided to check out the shops in Storrington. We were not disappointed. This West Sussex town has a great selection of quirky and independent shops and boutiques and they’ve also got a couple of sizeable car parks and some great coffee shops. With a number of interesting things to do just a hop, skip and a jump away, it all adds up to making Storrington a great destination for a bit of shopping, a bite to eat, and a leisurely afternoon. As always, we can’t list all the great Storrington shops we found but these are some of our favourites:
The Nifty Gallery
If glorious colour and a whole heap of Sussex-ness is what floats your boat, this art gallery is the place for you. Showcasing the work of local artist Nigel Emery, the art you’ll find here is bold, fun, and utterly compelling. I defy you to walk on by.
As you might expect, there are a couple of great little antique shops in Storrington like the cottage-style Stable Antiques on West Street. Full of lots of eclectic collectibles, you could spend a long time here.
The Scribbling Shop
Calling all scribes, would-be writers and all-around stationery addicts! This is one for you and they also sell office supplies.
The Little Shop
We peered through the window of the Little Shop because it was just too tempting not to. It’s not as little inside as you might think and it’s filled with lots of lovely items for your home.
Garter and Veil
Storrington is becoming a bit of a wedding shopping destination, and one of the reasons for that is Garter and Veil with their gorgeous handmade luxury and bridal accessories.
And if you’re visiting Garter and Veil, there’s also a bridal dress shop (Eva Rose Bridal) just round the corner in the High Street, and a few steps in the other direction, in Church Street, you’ll find Top Totty where you can hire wedding hats, bags, mother of the bride outfits (to buy or hire) as well as other formal wear.
Stitch and yarn
Into your crafting and sewing? Look no further! Stitch is a sewing shop with dressmaking and quilting fabric along with a wide range of dressmaking patterns and haberdashery. They also hold sewing lessons and workshops as well as one-to-one sessions. Just up the road is the Sussex Yarn Collection where, as the name suggests, you can buy your wools and yarns.
Yup, this shop had me at the “anti-established since 1973” sign outside. It was founded by Abigail Chisman, the award-winning former editor-in-chief of VOGUE.COM, and is full of gorgeous second-hand fashion and accessory items.
In West Street and opposite Carters where they sell and repair electric appliances, you’ll find this lovely interiors shop where you could linger a long while over the cushions, pottery, ornaments and more. If it’s gifts you’re after, there is a good chance you’ll find something here or head back up to the High Street and the Little Velvet Hare (next to the bridal shop).
South Downs Bikes
With the South Downs Way right on Storrington’s doorstep, it’s great that they have a bike shop that also sells all sorts of biking accessories.
There’s quite a lot else including two butchers, a Village Hub, a post office, a chemist, Bamboo and Cotton (clothes shop), a nail bar, hairdressers and barbers, a supermarket, and of course, an estate agent. And as I mentioned earlier, there are some great places for a coffee or a bite to eat.
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