A spot of sunday shopping at Leicestershire’s new Pumping Station

I popped over to the recently opened Pumping Station, Cropston over the weekend to have a nose round and while i was there, picked up some lovely gifty bits and bobs at the spring shopping event, organised by the lovely ladies at Florence and Bow.

Housed in a Grade II listed building, the Pumping Station has been renovated and now functions as a bar, cafe, entertainment venue. It’s surrounded by 13 acres of woodland so don’t be surprised if you spot the odd deer roaming around nearby.

Today it was taken over by local crafty makers, bakers and designers selling their wares including these bright and colourful hair bows from Isabel Bowtique. Isabel sources fabric and material from all over the UK and designs hair bows, grips and bands for girls of all ages. She’s only been going for a few months but has had great feedback and it’s not surprising with these beauties. 

I absolutely loved the pretty home accessories over at Florence and Bow’s stand. Friends Caroline and Katie make these lovely scrabble frames and source other products from the UK. You an check them out here.


I’m drawn to anything bold and bright so these colourful pieces immediately caught my attention. Ann Charlish is the talent behind Milly Mop and designs all her pieces from her home. Made from Harris Tweed, her designs are then either screen printed or machine embroidered to create an individual piece. 

For a touch of country chic this spring, these handmade cushions and lampshades would be ideal and i especially love the pompom detailing. Country Abode create all these and more, check out their lovely handmade and re-useable notebook covers – they’re brilliant for dressing up an old or tatty one like mine.

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