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If you are searching for a special gift, looking for a souvenir from your visit or on the hunt for bargains, there is plenty of choice in the National Forest.

Make sure you take time to stop off in the pretty market town of Ashby de la Zouch and explore the galleries and antique shops in Tutbury and Melbourne.

Browse around the wonderful shops at the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts which, is home to craft workshops and the Ferrers Gallery. Barton Marina has beautiful shops along the waterfront promenade including The Butcher, Baker and Ice-cream Maker.

As you might expect, there are many excellent garden centres to visit in the area such as Byrkley Garden Centre, Planters at Bretby, Donington Nurseries & Walled Garden and Breedon Priory Garden Centre & Shopping Complex.