Retail therapy the Essex way

Shopping in Essex couldn’t be more eclectic and exciting! From fashionable malls to designer outlets, farmer’s Market’s to antique centres, we really do have something to suit everyone.

If you like ‘brands’, then a trip to Braintree Freeport Designer Outlet should be on your ‘to do’ list. Designer shops include Hobbs, Nike, Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger and many more. You will also find high street outlets here too such as M & S, Next and The Body Shop. Serviced by Greater Anglia trains and on a bus route, there’s no excuse not to visit!

Intu Lakeside is one of the UK’s largest indoor shopping malls, showcasing high street shops and boasting a cinema, plus a ‘quick bite to eat’ food hall and the Boardwalk - all your family favourite restaurants here such as Nandos, Strada, Prezzos and La Tasca – plenty of places to keep you fed and watered all day long.

Clacton Factory Outlet with its vast mixture of shops, is just a few miles from the wonderful Essex Sunshine Coast, and hosts some great events for the whole family too during the school holidays. Why not incorporate a visit here with a trip to Clacton Pier and the beautiful beaches in this area? This will keep the whole family happy!

Looking for that unusual gift? Take a trip to Battlesbridge Antiques Centre, the largest in Essex and located on the River Crouch - from time to time featured on TV too! Don’t forget The Tearoom @Frasers next door, drop in for tea and cake before your journey home. Gosfield Shopping centre in the Braintree district also sells antiques, and have regular Valuation Days, so you can take along your family heirloom and find out its worth!

Shopping in Essex

Freeport Braintree

Set in a relaxing village environment, Freeport Braintree offers an escape from the stresses of city shopping. Everything you need is right here, from great places to eat to fantastic offers and events.

Battlesbridge Antiques Centre
Located on the banks of the River Crouch, you can by a wide variety of antiques here including furniture, china, silver and telephones, together with interior design and restoration workshops
Image of people sitting around a leisure area of the shopping centre.
A range of great brands and independent stores selling all at discounts of up to 60% on high street prices. Don’t miss out on the exciting seasonal events, festivals and live entertainment.
Gosfield Shopping Village
Gosfield Shopping Village offers a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of the Essex countryside. The centre hosts over 120 traders offering a wide range of antiques and collectibles.
Lakeside
Intu Lakeside is the largest shopping centre in Essex, and one of the largest in Europe. It has over 250 shops for all tastes, as well as 12 restaurants along the Boardwork and a Vue multiplex cinema.
Barleylands Craft Village
Barleylands Craft Village, home to over 30 studios and workshops, offers a unique shopping experience. Browse for bespoke pieces, see crafters in action or even learn a new skill.