Welcome to Heart of the Shires

The Heart of the Shires is a Northamptonshire shopping village is a unique retail outlet in Northamptonshire that offers shopping without the stress. We are open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm. If you are looking for a relaxed shopping environment in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside then the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village offers a wide range of independent retailers for you to choose from.

Shopping Heaven From 1867

Set around a Victorian courtyard, The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village offers a selection of individual shops with character. From kitchenware to bridal couture, antiques and collectibles, clothing, tasty treats, gifts, watches, home furnishing and gardenware. Complete with a photographic studio too there really is something for everyone at Heart of the Shires with elegant gift solutions as well as Darlington’s, our popular licensed restaurant and tea room.

There’s also plenty to pamper yourself including a beauty salon and hairdressers!

Important NEWS Regarding Roadworks/Road Closures on the A5 Please click here for the latest details on roadworks.

The Latest News From Heart of the Shires

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At Your Service
We love these gorgeous new curtain and upholstery fabrics from the Leonora collection by Colefax & Fowler.
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All Things Breitling Beautiful
For more than 65 years, the Breitling Navitimer has been one of the world’s most beloved mechanical chronographs. The Navitimer family
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The Perfect Pedigree at Dressage Country Clothing
Keep your eyes peeled for the pooches on this cute Joules shirt – how many can you spot?
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Meet the Animals – a FREE Event for you!
Come and join the cuddly fun at Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, this August.
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Delightful Darlington’s
Whilst offering all the charm of a traditional Tea Room, Darlington’s extends beyond this with a superbly appointed menu offering
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What to Expect


A warm welcome
Unique Victorian setting
Individual shops with real character

Free parking for all
A relaxed shopping environment
Items not available on the high street

Free Wi-Fi for all our customers
Avoid the city centre crush
Countryside location

How To Find Us

We are located just off the A5 between Whilton and Weedon. Click HERE for a map and directions.
Please click HERE for disabled access.

Our Retailers

Click on the pictures below for more details on our individual retailers.


Click on the icons below for the individual Facebook accounts of our Retailers:

The Heart of the Shires shopping village