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Head to Hepworth Arcade


M&S on Whitefriargate is a popular destination for Christmas shoppers, especially thanks to the company's festive adverts that add a little extra Magic and Sparkle to the season. But did you know that just down the road, next to Trinity Indoor Market, is where Mr Marks and Mr Spencer opened one of their first penny bazaars? This sets the scene for what is now a shopping hotspot that combines local heritage with modern retail style: Hepworth Arcade.

Home to fantastic independent traders the likes of The Myton Gallery, Fanthorpes Hifi and Dinsdale's Joke Shopwhich has sold all manner of novelty items to children and big kids alike for decades, Hepworth Arcade contains voguish boutiques alongside hidden gems. Though you can walk from one end to the other in under two minutes, you can easily spend the entire day under its glass roof, soaking up a truly unique atmosphere.

This Grade II listed arcade is beautiful all year round, but during December it takes on an a magical atmosphere, with traditional decorations and Victorian detail merging to create something out of A Christmas Carol. The traders themselves are well known for their community spirit, such as Julie Buffey, owner of Roisin Dubh and manager of Trinity Open Market, and the Beasleys, one of the happiest families you will ever meet, who run the amazing Beasley's Clothing.

From grabbing a coffee and a bite to eat, to treating yourself and a loved one to a special gift, a trip to Hepworth Arcade over Christmas and New Year is absolutely essential.

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