Grown tired of the city and want somewhere new and exciting to explore? Meet Ben’s Yard, the new curated retail village that’s set to open in spring 2023.
Set to be the best new retail destination to land in the UK, it offers the best of everything from luxury fashion units to a beautiful botanical inspired café restaurant, mesmerising wildflower walks to an adventure playground for the kids to run wild on.
Read on to find out more about the UK’s most exciting retail opening of 2023…
The first – and only – of its kind in the area, Ben’s Yard is a brand new retail village that’s set to open in Cambridgeshire early next year. Designed by owners Alastair and Victoria Morbey, the destination will champion local businesses and great British brands to create a community space that’s got something for everyone.
The village will take over Ely’s Stuntney Estate and is located just one mile from the popular Ely Cathedral, 15 minutes from Newmarket, the home of horse racing and 30 minutes from the picturesque city of Cambridge.
Looking for a new shopping destination to explore? Get excited as Ben’s Yard will be home to the UK’s most exciting independent designers.
With 13 retail units to explore, you’ll be able to shop from locally renowned brands, ranging everything from boutique fashion and lifestyle to hand-picked homewares and brilliant spa services.
For the foodies, expect to find a local artisan deli too, abrim with fresh cheeses, meats and store cupboard essentials.
It’ll be the local go-to place to shop for the best summer fashion trends, stock up on gifts for Christmas and celebrations, as well as being a new destination to meet and catch up with friends and family. Beats battling through the crowds in Oxford Circus!
After a morning of hitting up the shops, refuel with a light lunch at Ben’s Yard Cafe, the village’s all-day dining restaurant.
Home to botanical inspired interiors, the restaurant specialises in modern British and international classics. Taking pride in keeping things fresh and local, the dishes will be crafted using seasonal and locally produced ingredients. Think light salads perfect for lunch, coffee and cake to give you a little energy boost before hitting the shops and succulent steaks even Dad will love.
You’ll find plenty of cosy corners, from fireside sofas, great for warming up after a wildflower walk to counter-side stools for drinks and catch-ups with friends.
If you’re always searching for somewhere with outdoor seating, look no further as their wraparound terrace is equipped with heaters and umbrellas, so no matter what the weather is, you can sit back and enjoy.
The perfect stop over whether you’re after breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.
It’s not all just shopping at Ben’s Yard. The village is set within the Stuntney Estate and will be home to plenty of nature walks, adventure parks and events dotted throughout the year.
For the nature lovers, restore your balance on one of their wildflower trails. Set within their 250-acre reserve, there are five kilometres of marked trails to explore, from woodland and fenlands to wildflower meadows and winter bird food pastures.
There’ll also be a two kilometre loop on hardcore, that’s been designed with wheelchairs, bikes and buggies in mind. Spend the afternoon wandering the trails, taking in the sites including Ely Cathedral that you’ll spot on the horizon. You might even be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher roaming on the reservoir…
For the kiddies, an adventure playground has been devised. Paying homage to the historic Ely Cathedral, the playground is in fact a replica of the cathedral, perfect for little adventurers to explore, roam, clamber and dangle while you enjoy a moment of peace or refuel with a coffee and slice of cake.
Throughout the year, Ben’s Yard will play host to multiple events, from dog-shows, food fairs and Christmas markets, so make sure to keep up to date on their website and socials for more details to follow.
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