Independent Nottingham X Nottingham Castle

Introducing Independent Nottingham at Nottingham Castle

After the success of the John Lewis and Partners Nottingham Pop-Up initiative of the summer, which gave local small independent businesses the chance to set up shop in a well- established high street name, we wanted to provide more businesses the chance to pop up!

Independent Nottingham has teamed up with the city’s (re)newest premium tourist attraction, Nottingham Castle to provide independent businesses with the opportunity to showcase their products in the brand-new Visitor Centre’s shop. The initiative kicks off this week with two well- loved independents. Handmade luxury doughnut maker, Doughnotts who have created a bespoke doughnut for the occasion, will be joined by independent designer/maker champions Handmade, who sell a range of beautifully made cards, gifts, and homeware from their shop on King’s Walk.



If you haven’t heard of Doughnotts, or if you have but haven’t yet sampled their delights, this is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a tasty treat. For this pop up, the team have created Biscoff Cream, a doughnut dunked in Biscoff, deep filled with buttercream, and finished with a Biscoff crumb and dark choc drizzle! Established in 2015 by Megan and Wade in a family kitchen, this independent business has gone from strength to strength, with multiple shops and nationwide delivery under their belts. We are proud of this fabulous business and get excited every time we see our city represented as part of the Doughnotts brand.


Handmade Nottingham founder Rhea started her shop when she was a designer maker trying to get her products out into the world. Gradually she began to focus on growing Handmade Nottingham and poured all her retail knowledge and creativity into it. The shop now stocks over 100 designers and the products are quite frankly a ray of sunshine!


An advocate for independents, Rhea says that “Supporting indies is my passion and it fills me with so much joy! Whether it is helping fellow indies get their products out there, or shopping indie myself wherever I can, it simply warms my heart. When you shop indie, you know your money is going direct to the creators involved and that is a wonderful thing!” 


Well, we hope that these two businesses will warm your heart when you visit the Nottingham Castle Shop over the next few weeks. Remember, there’s no admission fee and Doughnotts and Handmade Nottingham will be there from Monday 20 September until 25 October, when two more wonderful Independent Nottingham businesses will follow suit.



Want to discover more independent businesses in Nottingham? Take a peek at our business our Directory.

Image credit: Doughnotts - Biscoff Cream

Image credit: Doughnotts - Biscoff Cream

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