What’s good about Garstang

Garstang became noticed after it was awarded the world’s first Fairtrade town 20 years ago. In that time the town has grown from strength to strength, thanks to its community spirit and independent outlets

Garstang is a lovely place to visit no matter what time of year, but Christmas has always had a special feel. Obviously it will be different for everyone this year and while Covid-19 has put paid to the popular two day Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival and the Christmas Lights switch on will be a virtual one, it will still be a great place to visit over the festive season.

At the time of writing there are still plans in place for a fabulous festive maker’s market for the whole community on Saturday 6th December at the Garstang Country Hotel and Club. Featuring a hand-picked selection of stalls selling unique handmade gifts, yummy treats and perfect Christmas presents. To keep up to date visit facebook.com/events/201539970931312

The town’s community spirit is what has kept it going and all the retailers have pulled together to make sure visitors and locals alike feel safe when they are shopping. While some outlets have had to adapt to do business differently, stores will still be there for customers once they are allowed to reopen and with a great range of independent stores, you are sure to find something unique for that Christmas gift.

Browse around gift and homeware store Harrison Cropper, offering stylish home furnishings lampshades and home accessories to enhance your home. Treat yourself to a decorative festive wreath from The Flower Shop by Morgan or Carrs Jewellers will be happy to help you choose a piece of jewellery for that special person in your life. For something creative visit The Artroom Gallery, Garstang, British Art & Craft is a gallery selling art & craft all handmade in the UK with many local Lancashire artists, displays of paintings, glass, ceramics, jewellery and textile pieces.

Garstang market is a traditional weekly outdoor market held every Thursday and it dates by to the charter set up in the reign of Charles II. It takes place along Garstang High Street and Church Street and stalls offer everything from plants, clothing, footwear, household goods, fresh produce to name a few.

And once you have finished your shopping, there are lots of lovely walks around the area, visit visitgarstang.com/walks for some inspiration.

Make sure you shop local this Christmas. There’s definitely a lot that’s good about Garstang.



Tedd Walmsley

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