the best independent communities in the UK.

December 19, 2023

Independent communities are places where diversity and inclusivity hold fast. Their resilience should be celebrated, especially as they are in rapid decline.  So, a moment to celebrate a few of those proudly independent, uniquely special places, as we prepare to collaborate with many other communities and empower them to get on the map in 2024.


Totnes stands out as Devon’s bohemian haven for those seeking a laid-back and creative lifestyle.With its narrow winding streets, independent shops, and a commitment to sustainability, Totnes has become a beacon for artists, artisans, and free spirits. The Totnes community actively supports local businesses, fostering a sense of unity that transcends generations.

Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Bridge, in the Calder Valley, has earned a reputation as a haven for artists and musicians. With a vibrant arts scene, independent galleries, quirky independent shops, and a plethora of cultural events. Hebden Bridge's community spirit is evident in its regular festivals, celebrating everything from music to literature, bringing people together to share in the joy of creativity.


In the heart ofSomerset, Frome’s community-led renaissance is leading to its ongoing transformation.Fuelled by a grassroots movement, the town has embraced the concept of a ‘Flatpack Democracy’, with locals empowered to take an active role in decision-making. The monthly independent market, community gardens, and focus on supporting local businesses are the results of Frome’s commitment to localism. An inspiration for other communities seeking similar.  


Tucked away on the coast of North Wales, Portmeirion is an architectural gem. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the early 20th century, it is a unique destination forartists, writers, and those seeking something less than ordinary. The colourful buildings, succulent gardens and stunning surroundings create a sense of utopia and make Portmeirion a captivating independent community.

a more engaged, creative, connected way of life.

The best independent communities are not only vibrant places to live but that embody the spirit of diversity, economic sustainability and connection. Each with its own unique character and charm, attracting those who share a common vision for a more engaged, creative, connected way of life, they serve as beacons of inspiration for those seeking a deeper sense of belonging.

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