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Welcome to Derwen College’s Marketplace.

Derwen College Marketplace sign in foreground, and entrance to Garden Centre & Gift Shop in the background

What is Derwen Marketplace?

Derwen Marketplace is an unique setting where Derwen College students undertake work placements in a range of customer facing outlets to gain vocational work skills.

You can directly support our students’ learning by visiting Derwen’s Marketplace in Gobowen.

By undertaking work placements at Derwen’s Marketplace (in our restaurant, cafes, charity shop, hotel and garden centre), students learn key skills through real-life experience.

Work placements enable students to learn essential vocational skills for life including customer service, retail and hospitality skills.

In our latest inspection report, Ofsted said:

Leaders prepare realistic work placements for learners within the college campuses. For example, learners will work in the Garden Café, The Vintage Advantage charity shop, Hotel 751 and the extensive gardens. Learners develop industry-standard skills, which help them to find employment on leaving the college.

This is only possible through your support of Derwen Marketplace.

Christmas at Derwen.

Visit Derwen Marketplace over the Christmas period.

Christmas Cards

Our Garden Centre & Gift Shop sells a wonderful array of bespoke and locally produced gift items, including our Derwen College-made jams and chutneys. We also produce our own Christmas cakes and hampers. Support Derwen Charity with our in-house designed Christmas cards, only £6 for a pack of 12.

Our Christmas trees come with free delivery if you live within a 5 mile radius. Choose between a potted or cut fresh British-grown tree. Prices start at £27.

While you’re here, enjoy our hospitality at the Walled Garden Café or The Orangery Restaurant.

And don’t forget to stop by our award-winning charity shop – The Vintage Advantage – for a selection of high quality clothing and more at a fraction of high street prices.

Information and opening times.The image shows a view of the inside of the Orangery restaurant. A table with four chairs around it stands in front of a wooden fireplace.

For further information and opening times please see the relevant links on the left hand menu, or below.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Visit our range of outlets at
Derwen College’s Marketplace:

Find Derwen Marketplace

Derwen College lies just off the A5, outside Oswestry.  It is just half an hour from Shrewsbury and Chester.

Find us at Entrance B on on Twmpath Lane in Gobowen.

Gobowen railway station is a 10/15 minute walk from college.

There are also bus stops near to Derwen College:

  • The ‘Gobowen Agnes Hunt‘ bus stop is just a short walk from the main entrance on Whittington Road.
  • Park Hall Derwen College entrance‘ bus stop is located on Twmpath Lane. A short walk will take you to reception, along the public footpath next to our sports pitch.
  • A little further walk from Derwen College (5/10mins) are the ‘Park Hall North Drive Junction‘ and ‘Park Hall Orthopaedic Hospital‘ bus stops.

If you use the what3words app, the entrance to the Garden Centre Car park is located at: ///splinters.sampled.endings

How to find Derwen College

Looking to apply to Derwen College as a student?

If you would like to visit Derwen College as a prospective student, please contact the Admissions team. Arrange an appointment by telephoning 01691 661234 ext 401