Away from the crowded shopping centres and big-name brands, you'll find a treasure trove of unique and quirky independent businesses on South Gloucestershire's high streets. 

We've rounded up a few fantastic local businesses that are definitely worth a visit so grab your shopping bag and let's explore!

Dive into a seafood paradise in Kingswood

If you're a seafood lover, Fresco Fish in Kingswood is a somewhere you won't want to miss. As a traditional fishmonger with an impressive selection of fish and seafood from wild sardines to dressed Cornish crab and even Caribbean parrotfish their range of offerings caters to diverse tastes. Need advice on preparation, storage, or cooking? No worries! Michael, the owner, and his friendly staff are always available to provide expert guidance.

Two staff members working behind the counter at the Fresco Fish Market fishmonger in Kingswood, near Bristol - credit Fresco Fish
Image: Fresco Fish

Fuel your crafting passion in Downend

Calling all crafters! From quilting and dressmaking to upholstery fabrics, yarn, patterns, haberdashery, and more, Fabrics Plus in Downend has everything you need to bring your creative projects to life. Robin. and his team, all crafters themselves, are on hand to offer advice on fabric or yarn choices and colour matching. 

Interior of the Fabrics Plus shop in the Downend area of Bristol - credit Fabrics Plus
Image: Fabrics Plus 

Get ready for a wild time in Thornbury

Looking for a place where you can relax while your kids have a blast? Safari Rock in Thornbury is designed with families in mind. Owner Aimee has created a play area that allows adults to keep a watchful eye on their little ones without the need to crawl through the equipment. The animal theme extends beyond the vibrant décor; they also offer animal encounter days, a unique opportunity for children to learn and appreciate the wonders of the animal kingdom in a safe and friendly environment.

Interior of the Safari Rock cafe in the village of Thornbury, near Bristol - credit Safari Rock
Image: Safari Rock 

Pedal your way to adventure in Yate

If cycling is your passion, Yate's Bike Station is the place to be. With a vast selection of bikes for adults and children, road bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, and accessories, Jude and Pat, the owners with 19 years of experience, can help you find the perfect bike for you and your budget. And, if you need repairs or servicing, their fully equipped workshop and qualified bike mechanic are ready to get you back in the saddle.

Interior of the Bike Station in the town of Yate, near Bristol - credit Bike Station
Image: Bike Station 

Showcasing local artist and makers in Hanham

Hanham's Eclectic Gift Shop offers a huge range of Bristol-themed items all under one roof, including locally brewed beer, cider and gin, prints of Bristol landmarks, clothing, jewellery, and more. Owner Nicola is passionate about supporting local artists and makers, making this shop a hub for independent creativity. When you buy something from Eclectic Gift Shop, you're not only getting a one-of-a-kind item but also supporting the vibrant local art scene.

Interior of the Eclectic Gift Shop in the Hanham area of Bristol - credit Ecelctic Gift Shop
Image: Eclectic Gift Shop 

Sustainable parenting solutions in Staple Hill

As a sustainable parenting store, The Friendly Eco specialise in cloth nappies... But that's just the beginning! Owner Freya's dedication to promoting sustainability shines through in their diverse product offerings. From toiletries to reusable sanitary products, plastic-free lunchbox supplies to wooden toys and children's books, they've got it all. They even provide nappy classes to help families make informed decisions on their parenting journey.

Interior of the The Friendly Eco in the Staple Hill area of Bristol - credit The Friendly Eco
Image: The Friendly Eco

Tech trouble-shooters in Filton

Got a broken smartphone, a sluggish computer, or a laptop that's acting up? Owner Graham and the goto iT team are here to save the day! They understand that people want to keep their machines running smoothly for as long as possible, and that's why they offer free diagnostics to identify the root of the problem. You won’t have to deal with confusing jargon, it’s all about plain English so that you understand exactly what they're doing and how they can help.

Two men working on the circuit board of an open computer - credit goto IT
Image: goto iT

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to working with local high streets to support them and improve the experience for all visitors. So, now that you know about these fantastic local businesses why not plan a visit and explore the high streets and all they have to offer? 

Travel sustainably around South Gloucestershire. You can reach all of the high streets listed above by travelling with First Bus, or travel to Yate and Filton by train with GWR. Find out more about cycling routes in the area here.

For more information about getting around the area by public transport, please visit TravelWest or go to our Public Transport page

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