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.
There’s a wide variety of gifts and mementos available at our Engine gift shop for you to remember your trip to Brownsea. 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. All our edibles from jams, chutneys, biscuits and fudge are all made lovingly the UK which creates that quintessential British taste.
We have fantastic local suppliers too - including Neal’s Yard Remedies, who started in Dorset over 30 years ago and believe in nature, honesty and transparency. We believe having a locally sourced range such as this, helps us connect to our surrounds here in Dorset which can in turn enrich your visit.
Here we’ve focussed on 4 local suppliers to Brownsea, all of which have been sourced within a 30 mile radius from the Island.
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 through the surface 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 belnding essential oils and melting soy wax on an old oil fuelled aga, in a cottage on top of a hill, overlooking Corfe Castle. These candles are created with 100% essential oils.
Field Honey: Purbeck, Dorset.
Field Honey Famrs came about in the late 1970s in the Thames valley. Robert Field relocated to the Isle of Purbeck in 1993 and he has hives located at various farm 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.