about us
Ginger Fig Workshop  

Ginger Fig really is the culmination of a childhood dream. Back in the 1960s my father was involved with the retail trade and I was forever playing shop with the props and advertising material he brought home. Later I spent 25 years honing and perfecting my shopping skills all over London, but never imagined that one day I would have my own lovely shop!

But it happened – my partner and I moved to Taunton, I met a like-minded friend, and in October 2007 Ginger Fig gift shop opened, offering an exciting mix of contemporary design, British hand-made goods plus fair trade and eco-friendly products. I wanted to make it the sort of shop my friends and I would love to visit and I’m proud to say we have a huge number of loyal and regular customers. (And I have to say I love choosing all the beautiful (and sometimes quirky) things that we sell here – it’s great fun!).

Then in January 2008 Ginger Fig Gallery opened. The intention was always to provide a showcase for local artists and highly skilled craftspeople, with a particular emphasis on new and emerging artists.  We also want to make the light and airy gallery a friendly and welcoming place to visit. We run a wide variety of workshops throughout the year, and can also arrange children’s craft parties.

Who are we?

Apart from myself there is Tina, who knows where EVERYTHING is, Isla who is our apprentice, and Jilly who is helping us in the run up to Christmas.  Then on Saturdays Olivia and Milly join the team.

So – we look forward to seeing you at Ginger Fig when you are next in Taunton, or hearing from you on the phone if you are tempted to buy something from further afield!


Catherine Esbester


Bath Place photo reproduced by kind permission of Reflections Photographic (c) 2010 - contact 0786 7512667