Unique boutique shopping experience for Suffolk Show visitors


The Suffolk Show will be hosting a unique array of independent labels and boutique designers, showcasing the best of local fashion, homewares and art that can’t be found on the high street. The county’s biggest pop-up shopping experience will be returning to Trinity Park in Ipswich on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.

For fashion-conscious visitors, the popular pink-carpeted Fifth Avenue, sponsored by Dummett Copp, is the place to meet unique local brands, such as Suffolk-based Tilley & Grace with their popular range of handbags and scarves, celebrity favourite Emily Mortimer Jewellery, and Suffolk-based skateboard and surf brand Hoax, as worn by global superstar Ed Sheeran.

A trio of innovative East Anglian manufacturers will be making their debuts on Fifth Avenue in an exciting collaboration to showcase their British-made brands. Monty and Co will be exhibiting their fabulous childrenswear alongside Yarmouth Oilskins with their heritage workwear brands and Daisy Bridgewater’s Spry Workwear, whose stunning boilersuits have been celebrated in leading British fashion magazines this year.

Other new brands to discover on Fifth Avenue include Norfolk-based Whale of a Time Clothing, launched by young entrepreneur Ellie Wales, and Pink Cactus & Co, established by up-and-coming Suffolk pair Emily Hicks and India Clarke, who will be unveiling their fashionable scarves, accessories and children’s clothing. Marmaduke London, which is regularly highlighted in fashion magazines such as Vogue and GQ, will also be offering their quintessential, vintage-inspired menswear for Show visitors.

Replenishing your wardrobe in the glorious Suffolk sunshine can leave even the most prepared shopper feeling parched – but Fifth Avenue has visitors covered, welcoming back the Suffolk Coffee Pod mobile barista and the new Adnams World’s Best Gin and Vodka Bar.

The shopping experience continues in the Lifestyle Pavilion, which has been revamped for 2019 with a colourful purple makeover and additional entrances and exits to improve access for visitors. Room sets will also be returning to the Lifestyle Pavilion this year to offer visitors inspiration and ideas for their own homes.

The Lifestyle Pavilion will be packed with luxury home décor, furnishings and gifts from local designers and retailers such as Bromley and Fitch Tile Merchants and The Wool Room East Anglia. New to the Lifestyle Pavilion this year is Woodbridge-based Pippa Rolls Ltd with their bespoke curtains, upholstery and soft furnishings in unique and fashionable designs. Other new retailers to look out for include Hugo & Otto with their luxury dog accessories, and T London who offer natural home and body fragrances. Meanwhile, Fishers Gin bar will be on hand to quench the thirst of Pavilion shoppers.

In the Art Show area, which this year once again is sponsored by Hopkins Homes, visitors can also browse and buy unique drawings, photography, paintings and sculptures created by local artists. Following a competition run by the Suffolk Agricultural Association earlier this year, the Art Show will also host a new exhibition and live demonstration of artwork produced by local sixth-form pupils from Woodbridge School, Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, Framlingham College and Ipswich School.

Angie Ashby-Hoare, Fifth Avenue Head Steward at the Suffolk Show, said: “We are thrilled to welcome another fabulous range of fashion and homeware brands to the Suffolk Show this year, with many new faces alongside our local favourites. Fifth Avenue, the Lifestyle Pavilion and the Art Show offer something for everyone, and it’s fantastic to provide a huge platform for recognition to allow this county’s amazing crop of up-and-coming designers to showcase their creativity. We hope visitors will once again find something unique and special to take home with them this year.”

As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to be a force for good to encourage and facilitate positive engagement between the public and those working in food, farming and the countryside. The SAA achieves this through the Suffolk Show as well as a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges.

Tickets for this year’s Suffolk Show are now on sale at the same great value as last year. Advanced tickets cost £23 (saving £5 per ticket) while children aged under 15 will once again receive free entry.

From May 13, the Suffolk Show App will also be available to download for free again, with new features and a fun new activity trail with great prizes to win. For more information and to book tickets visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01473 707117.