Buy local and support independents is Stroud’s mantra. As well as a range of one-off gift and clothing shops, Stroud boasts galleries, pubs, restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes. The recently completed Five Valleys shopping centre is also home to a range of local food suppliers. All the main supermarkets can also be found including Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco and Lidl.
As well as a number of good comprehensive schools, Stroud’s two grammar schools – Stroud High School for Girls and Marling for boys – are attended by children across the county. There are also popular independent schools nearby: Beaudesert Park School in Minchinhampton and Wycliffe College in Stonehouse. The prestigious Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies’ College are just 30 minutes away.