Enjoy art? Adore craft? Love dodging chores by whiling away your time choosing must-have cards and jewellery? Then you’re definitely in for a treat.

Ex-punk Alison opened this friendly gallery and shop in 2006 after feeling the need to Carpe Diem (seize the day) following the unexpected death of her sister. Today, it’s the perfect showcase for homegrown and handmade gorgeousness from many of the region’s best-loved artists and makers, including jeweller Amanda Cox, painter Kate Lycett, artist Clare Caulfield and photographer Ross McGuiness.

The shopping equivalent of a big mug of hot chocolate under the duvet, this is a peaceful oasis packed with original, beautiful and quirky artistic delights. Heart Gallery is all about seeing the work and sharing the love close up, so there’s no online shop on their website – just a very warm welcome when you visit.

www.heartgallery.co.uk