Get everything you need for all sections of guiding from Guiding Essentials- our fantastic volunteer-run shop based at Girlguiding Leicestershire County Office. We keep a wide range of stock including uniforms, badges, books, gifts and more, and anything not available can easily be ordered.


Buying from us in the shop has many benefits. You can try uniform on and have a look at items before you buy, as well as getting the expert advice from our friendly volunteers and a chance to visit the magnificent County Office building. What’s more, all purchases directly benefit Girlguiding Leicestershire.   




Guiding Essentials Leicester shop: For the safety of volunteers and customers an         Order and Collect’ system is being set up on two collection days each week at county office, 97 Princess Road East for all items in the current catalogue.

Collection days will be Wednesday 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm     during August and September beginning on Wednesday 19 August. The system will be reviewed at the end September.

Orders should be sent to  at least 48 hrs before collection.  

Please give:




Contact phone number (preferably mobile)

Items required:

The date you will collect and ideally your estimated time of arrival.


All orders will be invoiced, there will be facility to pay for goods collected by card or cheque. Please bring your own pen.


Parcels will be collected from a table in reception, there will be no access to the shop and no facility to add goods to the order on the day.

Only one person/family at a time will be allowed into the reception area. There will be shop volunteers in attendance.

Orders will be prepared in advance of collection. An email, text or phone message will be sent if we are unable to fulfil your order. Stock from Trading is taking some time to arrive.

There is still the opportunity to order badges and certificates to be posted. In line with Trading Service special offer, orders for less than 30 badges will be posted at just £1.00, Full postal charge will be applied to all others. Please state clearly if you wish your order to be posted and add your address.

UMA 8 is now in stock

For all enquiries, or to order items for collection, don’t hesitate to call us directly on (0116) 204 4902 during opening hours. Alternatively you can e-mail us at please ensure that you give your name, unit name and section and a contact phone number.




Equipment Store currently closed due to Covid-19

Shop holiday closures 

Closes after business on Friday 3 April
Reopens on Saturday 18 April
May Day
Closed Friday 8 May (moved from Monday - VE 75 day)
Spring half term
Closes after business on Friday 22 May
Reopens on Thursday 28 May
Closes after business on Friday 10 July

Leaders - it is very helpful if you can make these dates known to parents.

Email orders should be sent to as usual, giving your name, unit, phone number and goods required.

New catalogues were sent out to all leaders with Guiding Magazine in mid July. We now have the new Parent and Families catalogues, so please ask for these to distribute to your unit. 


Day Open Close
Monday 12 noon 6pm
Tuesday 12 noon 6pm
Wednesday Closed  
Thursday 12 noon 3pm
Friday 12 noon 3pm
Saturday 10am 1.30pm


Remember that if you would like “The Flying Squad” to visit your training, meeting, or sleepover then this needs to be organised well in advance. This service is for Leaders only, and can be organised by contacting Alison via


We are always looking for new volunteers at the shop, if you can give some time, or simply would like to find out more, please get in touch using the Contact form. 

County Office, 97 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7DW

County Office, 97 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7DW