Engine Gift Shop
There’s plenty to browse through at our island gift shop and everything purchased by you, goes towards keeping this island special forever, for everyone.
Before you get the ferry home, pop into the Engine Gift Shop and take a look at the range of gifts, postcards and mementos available. The shop sometimes has sales on and tasting events and has a small second-hand bookshop attached.
For your trip to the Jurassic coast; pick up a handy travel blanket from the beautiful coastal range or remember your small bushy tailed friends with a cuddly red squirrel toy. We have a range of red squirrel items, including soft toys of various sizes.
The shop has lots of pocket money treats and sweets for the kids. From junior binoculars to wristbands and leather money pouches to sweet treats, there’s lots of choice available, at around five pounds.
All our edibles including jams, chutneys, biscuits and fudge are made lovingly in the UK which creates that quintessential British taste.
Here we’ve focussed on four local suppliers to Brownsea, all of which have been sourced within a 30 mile radius from the island. These locally-sourced Dorset goodies, include:
Elm house studio: Blandford Forum, Dorset
Elm House Studio carefully creates handmade pottery including the rock pool pots, from Dorset and other ceramic products. Pottery artist Catherine Broadway only works with local Dorset pottery clay, fired to earthenware temperature. The thrown pots are covered with white liquid clay (slip) and later, the design is engraved to reveal the red clay beneath (scraffito). The pottery is then finally coloured using under glaze pigments and a clear glaze applied at the very end.
Piddle brewery: Beer, lager and cider: Piddlehinton, Dorset
'With a name like Piddle, you’d think we don’t take anything seriously but, we do – brewing', say the team at Piddle brewery. 'Our passion is blending hops, barley and malts to create ales that bring serious pleasure, from delicate thirst quenchers to thick, velvety stouts. A match made in heaven - or in this case Piddlehinton in deepest Dorset.'
Purbeck Candles: Purbeck, Dorset
Purbeck Candles was started in 2011 with the desire to share their love for beautiful fragrances. Created by blending essential oils and melting soy wax, Purbeck candles are made in a cottage on top of a hill, overlooking Corfe Castle.
Field Honey: Purbeck, Dorset.
Field Honey Farms came about in the late 1970s in the Thames valley. Robert Field relocated to the Isle of Purbeck in 1993 and has hives located at various farms and estates between Swanage and Salisbury Plain.
‘The Isle of Purbeck is perfect for keeping bees due to the long summer season of the south coast, as well as the culture of farming small fields in the lowland heath surrounding Poole Harbour.’ Robert Field Master Beekeeper.