Shop local for last minute Christmas buys

5:20pm - 15 December 2021

The final countdown to Christmas is now on and if you still have some seasonal essentials to buy, could you help spread some festive cheer to local businesses?

Independent shops, producers, growers, traders and hospitality venues in towns and villages across North Somerset are open for business, offering a variety of services close to home.

These businesses need our support to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic and help them survive in 2022.

If you buy locally, it keeps money circulating in the local economy, jobs in the community, and gives a unique identity to your town that you can feel proud of.

It also helps your carbon footprint by reducing transport emissions.


Get rewarded for town centre shopping

Free virtual smartphone guides have been developed for Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead to encourage shoppers to return to their local town centre.

These digital town guides help you find what’s on offer at your favourite shop or venue, and you can collect loyalty points for spending your money locally.

Points can then be used to claim a choice of rewards, such as discounts at other participating venues.

Register for free at enter your town to find the local offers.

Businesses can also sign up for free. For more information contact the economy team at


More ways to shop local online

Many outlets offer digital services so it’s easy to buy from the comfort of your own home.

Also see if your favourite local trader has their own website or social media account to buy from.