Glorious Garstang

Garstang is a market town with plenty to offer

Shoppers crave a different kind of experience. They no longer put up with the ordinary or the predictable. That is why the market town of Garstang is so appealing.

Every Thursday the ancient street market comes to town. Colourful stalls suddenly appear selling everything from fresh fish to flowers and from plants to home-made pies. While Thursday’s market acts like a magnet, attracting visitors from right across the region, Garstang has something to offer every day of the week. The town’s indoor food market is packed with fresh and local produce such as cheeses, meats and vegetables – at prices which even the supermarkets can’t match.

Generations of Garstang folk have been buying their food from Market House and it’s not difficult to understand why. The High Street has some familiar independent shops which still retain their character. Here the shop owners haven’t forgotten what good customer service is all about.

Why not pamper yourself in a hair or beauty salon, followed by a bite to eat and a coffee? The delightful weinds which lead off from High Street contain some great little cafés and intriguing shops.

If a traditional pub lunch beckons, you’ll have trouble deciding where to go. Garstang appears to have more pubs per square mile than any town around. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Lancaster Canal, there are lots of nice walks to enjoy from the town centre. What’s more there’s always something going on.

This year will see Garstang’s first ice cream festival on 15th July. A day packed with entertainment, fun, games and of course ice cream. And the popular Garstang Show returns once again on 4th August. There will be agricultural and horticultural displays, a farmers’ market, craft stalls and much more. 2018 will also see the full extent of Garstang Show’s tech-savvy makeover, thanks to local event and ticketing outlet, Skiddle. The ticketing process has now moved online, making the process safer, cheaper and more efficient for visitors. Queueing at the event will be reduced thanks to the online ticketing process, which allows event organisers to admit entry in a second by simply scanning a barcode.

So, if you’re planning a different kind of day out soon, make sure you head to Garstang.



Tedd Walmsley

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