20 things to do on the high street without shopping

One of the best things about the current exhibition about high streets at the Lighthouse in Glasgow is the way it looks creatively at the possible futures for the high street as well as indulging nostalgia with artefacts and film clips from the past. Many of its ideas about possible futures echo suggestions in The […]

Let’s hear it for the Queen of Shops

On a sleety December day in Wakefield or Wigan, Weston-super-Mare or Wisbech, a walk down the high street amid hard-up Christmas shoppers is a long way from most people’s idea of a good time. Today Mary Portas, TV’s Queen of Shops and the retail guru appointed by David Cameron to revive our high streets, is […]

From Mary Queen of Shops to DIY regeneration

News that Mary Portas – TV’s ‘Mary Queen of Shops’ – has been recruited by David Cameron to save Britain’s high streets has predictably got the media buzzing. And there is no doubting Mary Portas’s talent. But it will take more than the star of a TV makeover programme to change the fortunes of our […]