Crickhowell named as Best High Street in the UK

We’ve always known there was something special about Crickhowell, which is why we’ve had a branch in this picturesque part of the Brecon Beacons.  The team are also celebrating as interest in this wonderful town has increased since it was named as boasting the best high street in the UK.

Being one of the last towns in the UK to be free of major retailors, the high street is full of independent shops and beautiful boutiques, and even boasts Wales’ first zero waste shop, Natural Weigh.  As you wander around you are met with a wonderful blend of historic shop fronts, but it wasn’t just this that caught the judges’ eyes.  The Great British High Street Award judges were also swayed by the strong sense of community that’s alive and kicking in Crickhowell.

"Crickhowell is a fantastic example of a community that has made huge strides in transforming its high street.  The town’s tourism website advertises the high street as one of the ‘few shopping streets left’ in Wales, where ‘local businesses selling local produce recall a long-lost era when all high streets reflected the character of their town'," said awards judge, Hemlata Narasimhan.

We often feature many of the wonderful events happening in this vibrant town and our team are always keen to participate, especially where fancy dress is involved. 

One thing you may not know if you’re not local to the area is that the residents recently came together to prevent a national brewery taking over their local pub, or stop it being turned into a supermarket.  Instead, the residents spent 10 months raising the funds to buy the pub to ensure it remains part of the community, and have since created three more locally run shops.

Chloe Masefield, owner Natural Weigh, said: "It's an amazing achievement for the town. To be recognised as a small town with such a fantastic high street across the whole of the UK is fantastic.  One of the reasons we moved here was because of the community spirit in the town. The support we have had from other businesses has been great, and that's why we opened here.

The town also fought back against a supermarket opening, which allowed shops like mine to open up, as the town supports independent local businesses.  This award is great motivation for the town moving forward and recognises the fantastic work that goes on everyday."

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