Photo: fabric detail, Victoria Clothing, Penrith, Cumbria

Victoria - Fairtrade (and British) gifts in Penrith Cumbria

The shop is now CLOSED. We have been trading for 35 years at this site in Penrith and now wish to change our format. Thank you to all our wonderful customers over the last years.

please return in a few weeks for an on-line shopping up-date.

Our stock was full of wonderful Fair Trade textiles, and gifts in bold and beautiful colours. Lots of natural fibres, organic cotton, silk and wool. We have gorgeous unusual British made jewellery and jewellery made by Tibetans living in Nepal.

* We were in Penrith Cumbria. You can still get in touch with us by


* New phone number coming shortly....

We have a Facebook page, where there are often Special Offers and Sale items at Victoria Fairtrade Gifts .

About me

I wanted to have a business with a 'heart', so selling fabulous Fair Trade and British made things 'hit the spot' for me. I've been doing this for over two decades in the lovely Lake District town of Penrith, in a quirky old building that was, in a former life, a Temperance Hotel.

Penrith is still the sort of town where you can dash out in the morning and pass four people you know, who'll stop and pass the time of day. Community is important. As is our effect on the world at large – which is why I particularly want to support artisans who are struggling to improve their quality of life. Who cannot take reasonable wages or working conditions, or adequate healthcare or schooling for their children for granted. I want to try to sell the best quality for a reasonable sum. I want to nurture British small – scale artisans, in their especially creative endeavours.

I am passionate about the goods I sell. And I would like my clientele to treasure what they find here. My customers return year after year and many have become friends.

I am trying to do my best to 'leave only footprints'. We recycle everything we can. We haven't used plastic wrappings for at least 20 years.

This is where we used to trade. We are now working on an on-line store in a different format.

* You can contact us on email only at the moment:

  • I support Fair Trade

    I support Fair Trade

  • One of team making the cushion covers

    One of team making the cushion covers

  • These ladies in Bali make batik clothing

    These ladies in Bali make batik clothing