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#OpenInLockdown – Hobbies & specialist shops


Perfect presents for your favourite people…

Find Christmas presents for crafters


The Bead Shop

7 Market Street, Nottingham NG1 6HY, UK
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The Bead Shop offers a range of beads, jewellery making supplies and haberdashery – alongside a variety of crafting workshops in ‘normal’ times. You’ll find everything needed to get started – or top up supplies – with a wide variety of kits, tools, supplies and free online patterns.

How to buy: Click & collect and delivery are available – order through the website or over the phone. The website lists a comprehensive range of products.

Visit here for: everything from stocking fillers through to beginners kits and more advanced tools, kits and supplies for the serious crafters in your life! There are also upcoming crafting sessions held over Zoom – visit the Facebook page to find out more.

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Find Christmas presents for musicians



75-77 Derby Rd, Nottingham NG1 5BA
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Specialist wind instrument store Windblowers stocks the largest selection of sheet music and wind instruments in the Midlands. You can browse a range of musical gifts, accessories and sheet music alongside new and second-hand instruments on their website.

How to buy: order via email or leave an answerphone message. Orders are being processed twice a week.

Visit here for: gifts including games and homeware and a range of musical accessories such as stands, bags and metronomes – alongside the extensive collection of sheet music and instruments.

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Foulds Music

39 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GA
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First opened in Nottingham in 1893, family business Foulds has long been a familiar sight near Derby’s Market Place. They specialise in pianos, digital pianos and keyboards and have a sister business Foulds Guitars.

How to buy: Order through the website or by calling 01332 344842.

Visit here for: Instruments, sheet music, accessories and musical gifts.

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Find Christmas presents for runners and cyclists


The Derby Runner

7 Sandringham Dr, Spondon, Derby DE21 7QL
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Describing itself as “the specialist running shop by runners, for runners”, Derby Runner is well-known locally for their expert staff who support runners of all abilities to find the right shoes, clothing and equipment for them.

How to buy: Order by messaging through social media, phoning 01332 280048 or emailing Click & collect and delivery options are available.

Visit here for: Friendly, expert advice and plenty of gift ideas with a range of accessories and clothing available.

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Cyclo Monster

76 Derby Road Derby Derbyshire DE21 7LX
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An independent bike shop in Derby, stocking a range of bikes, clothing and accessories. Cyclo Monster offer advice and products for everyone – from riders looking for their first bike through to grand tour riders.

How to buy: Cyclo Monster is open as normal under the ‘essential business’ rules. Delivery and click & collect is also available through the online store.

Visit here for: a range of bikes, clothing and accessories to cater for most budgets.

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