This month sees the opening of refurbished building The Spud Shed – home to eight independent businesses ideally located next to the Owd Barn at Bispham, writes Sarah Ulyatt. Photography: Roger Moore
Housed in a 16th Century barn, the Owd Barn at Bispham’s gift loft, tearoom and rustic farm shop is always a delight, but you’re in for even more of a treat now with the addition of The Spud Shed – so called after the old potato shed that stood there only 10 months ago!
The eight businesses now calling The Spud Shed their home all complement each other with their wellbeing focus including a beauty salon, hairdressers, Yoga studio, physiotherapist, florist, a women’s boutique, kids’ clothing shop and a graphic design creative company.
Overlooking the beautiful, tranquil setting of the West Lancashire countryside, The Spud Shed is a fantastic addition to the Owd Barn at Bispham truly making it a one-stop destination and the perfect place to spend a day relaxing, pampering, shopping and eating – and who doesn’t need a bit of relaxation and ‘me’ time at the moment.
Helen Charlesworth from Owd Barn and The Spud Shed said: “The Spud Shed has actually been in the planning for the last 10 years, so we’re really proud to open the doors and show everyone our dream!
“Given the past few months, we didn’t know if we’d be able to open this year, but the team has worked a miracle to get this ready for us. We’re so grateful and extremely excited to welcome the businesses on board.”
You can find out more about The Spud Shed businesses on the following pages.
Owd Barn continues to offer a delicious, homely menu in the tearoom and afternoon tea is just £14 per person (bookable 48 hours in advance).
Seasonal products and local produce are available in the farm shop, ready for you to stock up your cupboards at home.
Not forgetting the home and gift lofts which are packed full of inspiration to either treat yourself, or others, and coming soon are Owd Barn’s renowned Christmas displays and decorations.
Located just 30 minutes’ drive from central Preston, The Spud Shed and Owd Barn at Bispham have so much to offer, and with lots of free parking, why not pay them a visit to see for yourself?
Sorrel and Sage Florist
Offering rustic, natural bouquets and cut flowers, mother and daughter pair, Christine and Nicole, are passionate about what they do – ordering direct from Holland’s leading wholesalers, they carefully select top-grade, long-lasting flowers and plants to ensure freshness and quality.
With 30 years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge between them, Sorrel and Sage draws its inspiration from the rural setting of The Spud Shed.
Piecing together custom-made floral tributes and arrangements, the pair provide funeral and wedding services.
Plus, their local delivery service means you can send flowers and gifts to friends and family alike.
If you can’t visit them in person, or you would like to place an order, visit: sorrelandsageflorist.co.uk
The Den Kidswear
For cool kids’ clothing from sustainable brands, look no further than The Den. Catering for newborns up to 10-year-old boys and girls, it stocks clothing with an environmentally friendly focus featuring bright, vibrant prints and an individual style.
Stockists include outerwear specialists Muddy Puddles with garments made from plastic bottles that would otherwise have gone to landfill, Tobias and the Bear with their organic cotton romper suits, Turtledove London, who are a unisex organic brand using fabrics with Azo free dyestuffs and Toastie who create sustainable, weather-proof outerwear.
Owner Lucy has 20 years’ experience in buying and merchandising having previously worked for some of the UK’s best-known retailers. With this knowledge, she is passionate about selecting only the best, sustainable clothing that is super durable, affordable and perfect for our stylish environmentally savvy children!
Visit in store or: thedenkidswear.com
A La Mode
A La Mode is a brand-new boutique selling stylish Parisian ladies’ wear and accessories, all featuring beautiful detail and an edge of luxury, but still at affordable prices.
A La Mode is French for ‘of the fashion, of the trend’ – so that’s exactly what they aim to offer with beautiful French styles from hand-picked Parisian labels including Malissa J, 3Trois Paris, Exquiss’s Paris, Choklate and Bluoltre.
Having previously worked as a designer for several leading brands, owner Alison has a great eye for fashion and will also be joined by her daughter in this new venture.
The shop is elegantly decorated, featuring colour co-ordinated displays making it easy for you to style your look, from faux fur gillets, capes and knitwear to dresses and handbags.
Elevate Physiotherapy is a five-star rated clinic offering clinical physiotherapy, sports injury treatments, acupuncture, post op rehab and physio-led Pilates. If you’re experiencing ongoing pain, have a sports injury, or you’re not moving as freely as you were, experienced professionals Claire and Alison will provide you with a tailor-made treatment plan to fit within your lifestyle. Even better there are no NHS waiting lists.
Unique to the clinic is physio-led Pilates, currently offered as a class via Zoom. Suiting all ages and fitness levels, it’s particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis and stress related illness.
Elevate Physiotherapy truly believes in addressing the cause, not just the symptoms of injury or dysfunction – with the outcome leaving patients stronger, happier and injury-free.
Book at: elevatephysiotherapy.co.uk or call: 01704 330939
The Yoga Collaboration
The Spud Shed is the perfect country setting for this brand-new boutique Yoga and Pilates studio, providing a peaceful, calm and tranquil location to escape to. Offering classes for every ability and age is a focus for owner Kim, along with a promotion of wellness and a holistic approach to Yoga and Pilates, giving an understanding of how the body and mind work together to create harmony and a sense of peace.
Classes, which will be small and social with a maximum of six, include an Introduction to Yoga, an Introduction to Pilates, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Calm, Yin and Meditation and Dynamic Pilates. Future plans include live streaming of classes from the studio and weekend workshops and retreats.
Keep up-to-date, or book a class at: theyogacollaboration.co.uk or via Facebook/Instagram
Established for over 25 years, Vitality Spa has now moved into its new home at The Spud Shed. Featuring beautiful, tranquil views of the surrounding countryside from its first-floor location, there’s no better place to relax and unwind.
Its wide range of treatments and packages all take place in luxurious, calmly decorated rooms, delivered by a team of highly experienced therapists using quality brands, including Elemis, Neom and Medik8.
Currently on offer is the Winter Warmer pamper package. For just £54 (£99 for two) this includes a hot stone back massage and back of legs, facial and scalp massage. Gift vouchers are also available, so why not treat someone you know for their birthday, anniversary or just because.
Book at: vitalityspa.co.uk via Facebook, or call: 01257 472054
Mon-Tues: 10am-6pm, Weds-Thurs: 10am-8pm, Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: 9am-5pm
iSight Graphic Design
Creative company iSight Graphic + Web Design is your one-stop-shop for websites and online shops, logos and branding, print and design, marketing and photography.
Having started the company back in 2011, The Spud Shed is the new home for Paul and the team who cater for both local and international clients. The experienced team manage your project from start to finish, ensuring an efficient, friendly and hassle-free experience along the way.
With the design studio set within the peaceful backdrop of The Spud Shed, it’s a perfect environment for the team to keep their creative juices flowing!
To see how Paul and the team can help you, visit:
isightgraphicdesign.co.uk (a read of the client reviews is a must)
Call: 01772 285131 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New U Hair
New U Hair cover all aspects of hairdressing with a personal touch, and at affordable prices. Chelsie, Anne, Lauren and their soon to be expanded team, aim to give you a warm, relaxing welcome at their new Spud Shed salon, whether that’s for a cut, colour, extensions or a complete hair transformation.
Luxury hair products, Neal and Wolf and Olaplex are used in all of their treatments, which are also available to buy from the salon. With a free drinks menu to choose from, including Prosecco, you can really kick back and relax!
To mark their move to The Spud Shed, they are offering £5 off any hair treatment.
To book, call: 01704 790236 or email: email@example.com
Late nights – Wednesdays 8pm and Thursdays 6pm, Sundays by appointment
Spud Shed @ Owd Barn at Bispham
Spencer’s Farm, Rufford Road
Bispham, Near Ormskirk L40 3SA
Owd Barn opening times
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-5pm
Monday: Closed (open Bank Holiday Monday)
Spud Shed business opening times vary, check before you visit