Introducing Independent Nottingham at Nottingham Castle

After the success of the summer John Lewis and Partners Nottingham Pop-Up initiative, 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 one of the city’s premium tourist attractions, Nottingham Castle to provide independent businesses with the opportunity to showcase their products in the brand-new Visitor Centre’s shop.

So far, the pop up has hosted luxury doughnut maker Doughnotts, gift shop Handmade Nottingham, rainbow queen Megan Crook, and the impressive National Justice Museum. This week we welcome two more fabulous businesses to join us at Nottingham Castle. These businesses are flying the flag for our city’s unique independent traders. With established venues in Nottingham, it is an absolute delight to welcome them to the historic castle for their four week- long pop ups, where they’ll showcase just some of their awesome products. 

First up is Delilah Fine Foods. Set up in 2005 by Sangita Tryner, Delilah's is a traditional delicatessen which echoes the shopping experience of a past era when food was real and fresh, and produced in local areas by local people. Delilah, found on Victoria Street, just off Old Market Square, is in an impressive building which was once a bank. A mezzanine was erected to make the most of this vast, beautiful space, which hovers over the open kitchen and boasts relaxed café-style seating. Delilah’s is one of those venues that you take out- of- towners to, to show off our fine city.  At Nottingham Castle shop, Delilah's will be showcasing a range of Christmas hampers as well as honey, chutneys, jams, and condiments with many made right here in the East Midlands.

Joining Delilah's will be the gift shop, Inspired. Owned and run by local artist, Jill Perry the shop in Flying Horse Walk sources affordable works from many artists and designers, including framed prints, cards, jewellery, textiles, and ceramics. Jill will be using the opportunity to showcase her popular range of handmade felt mice in a variety of outfits, including Robin Hood within the shop at Nottingham Castle. Each outfit is carefully crafted, and Jill even ropes in her husband, a gifted sculptor, who helps bring these whimsical creatures to life. You’ll find yourself chuckling at the detail that’s gone into each character as you admire in disbelief! 

The Nottingham Castle Shop is a fabulous place to pick up Christmas gifts for your friends, families, and colleagues. From fragranced reed diffusers and glassware to award-winning chocolates from Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates and coffee beans from Great Taste favourites Stewarts of Trent Bridge. The Nottingham Castle shop mission is to encourage people to shop small and help fantastic local makers, so pop along and peruse their large selection of bespoke products this winter. 

There is no charge to enter the Visitor Centre at Nottingham Castle, but we highly recommend when you’re there, popping up to see the current Paul Smith exhibition at the Ducal Palace, which is a ticketed event that runs until 20 February 2022. 


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