Things to do in Notts: An afternoon interiors shopping in Southwell

Today we decided to nip up the road to Southwell, we haven’t been for a while and last time we were there for a trip to the garden centre so didn’t really get to explore the town.

My boyfriend Tom regularly works on a Saturday but is often finished before 3pm, leaving us a good couple of hours in the afternoon to go out or potter around in the garden while the sun is still shining (if we’re having one of those lucky ‘summer’ days).

This time we just wanted to go for a wander round as the weather was so nice, so this blog isn’t really about the main attractions of Southwell but just some of the lovely little shops and cafes I spotted on my visit. In particular, we were visiting interiors shops which Southwell seems to have the best selection of, as we are doing up the house so are always on the look out for inspiration.

As many of the retailers are independent, they may not be open on a Sunday so best to check their website for opening hours if you’re set on visiting one in particular. The first two hours in the car park opposite Southwell Minster are free and it’s not expensive for extra hours if needed.

Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain phone box Southwell

The Tour of Britain is going to be passing through the centre of  Southwell in it’s 4th stage from Mansfield to Newark on Trent on the 6th September, a fact that’s pretty hard to miss in the town at the moment as many of the businesses are getting into the spirit by creating some fab cycle themed window displays.

This may or may not be the best time to go, as of course it’s going to be great to see the cyclists go through the town, but it may be busier than normal and road closures will be happening along the route so check out the info before deciding how to travel. Alternatively, choose a day when you’re not going to be rushing around, so that you can take your time and have plenty of coffee breaks.

Tally Home 


One of my favourites, Tally Home not only stock some beautiful products but design and even make a large proportion of them, meaning you’re not going to be that likely to spot them in every single one of your friend’s houses so can get yourself something quite unique.

There was a range of lovely accessories like cushions and blankets (including Weaver Green textiles which are made out of recycled plastic bottles). The focus on ethical, sustainable and local production with literally no sacrifices on style made Tally Home a must visit. I also fell in love with this cushion from the Museum range, it WILL live on a chair on my landing as soon as I’ve saved some pennies.

Carnill & Co.

Carnill & Co Southwell

This shop felt like home because the doorway was occupied by a fluffy white pooch who was snoozing in the sunshine. For us, it’s normally our cat Zedd who no matter how many beds you buy him, always chooses to block a doorway when he’s sleeping.

Carnill & Co is a beautifully designed shop with a fantastic collection of lifestyle products ranging from furniture to wallpaper, hand wash to tableware. My favourites were the Baressential handmade soaps which would make the most beautiful gift and have gone firmly on to my Christmas wishlist.

Carnill & Co. also offer an interior design service and going from how well the store and their website is set out, I reckon you’ll be hard pushed to find better.

The Hen House

Hen House in Southwell

I have been wanting to visit  The Hen House for ages, because last time I went to Southwell and spotted it, it was a Sunday so it was closed. They stock so many amazing homewares particularly kitchen, bathroom, and garden products.  I love it because they have loads of brilliant vintage plant pots and candles, two of my faves. They even had seed envelopes which I have been after for ages to get rid of all the drying seed pods I have hanging up in the kitchen but I got so carried away I forgot to get them. A bit of me thinks I subconsciously did it on purpose, like, I’ll have to go again … oh. no. haha.

Home by Tea 

Not just a retail outlet, Home by Tea offer a full interior design service. The shop however, is small but lovely to browse around and has some gorgeous kids homeware products. I particularly liked the LOVE Frankie duvet sets and started to wonder if you’re ever really too old for a unicorn bed?

Home by Tea shop display Southwell

Lunchtime … 

When you need a break from shopping there are also some quaint and some more modern coffee shops to choose from. We went to The Old Theatre Deli (we visited in early summer when they have the most beautiful Ceanothus growing outside) as it was just nice to be sitting in the sunshine watching the world go by and chatting about Tom’s new supper club (blog coming very soon).


Thanks for reading and make sure you visit Southwell soon to check out all the brilliant interiors shops. If you think I’ve missed something out get in touch and let me know x