Shopping & Market
This small market town is a true mixture of old and new. Its historic buildings and medieval weinds are set amongst contemporary, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The main shopping streets are High Street, Bridge Street, Church Street and Thomas' Weind.
Garstang's market dates back to the early 1300's and the days of Edward II and the Market Cross at the top of the High Street one of the most familiar landmarks in the area.
The traditional weekly outdoor market is held every Thursday. This popular market stretches the length of the High Street offering a variety of stalls offering everything you need from children's clothes to plants and household goods.
NB Coach Operators: For groups wanting to book a day visit to Garstang there is coach parking available at the Sports and Social Club. Bookings can be made for a small charge via the Visit Garstang Centre – tel: 01995 602125
In addition to the weekly market you will find traditional stalls in the Market Hall on a Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat all day. The stalls include traditional and local cheeses, confectionary and homemade biscuits, locally grown fruit and vegetables and a traditional butchers offering local produce.
Over the years, Garstang has maintained its natural charm by supporting independent retailers and not succumbing to high street chains or fast food outlets. This distinct character, historic location, and traditional weinds that veer off the High Street, combines to make your shopping experience in Garstang varied, and unique. Also every Thursday, at St Thomas Church Hall on Church Street, from 10am to 12noon (March to December) you will find our local “country market” whose stallholders also offer a variety of crafts & local produce, cakes, jams, fruit & vegetables etc.
The Garstang and District Partnership have produced and funded a directory of local food producers in the Garstang and Hinterland area, which has been supported by Made in Lancashire and North West Fine Foods. Click here to download a copy of the Local Produce GuideThe guide offers advice on buying locally produced food, information on organic products, how to grow your own food, reducing food miles and much more.
The aim of the guide is to promote local food producers, from small farms who sell eggs at the gate, to retailers who sell the produce and restaurants where you can eat it.
This handy booklet is full of local producers from traditional cheese makers and potato growers, to local producers selling tomatoes, honey, herbs, milk etc.
Click on the image above to download (2mb) this excellent local produce guide. Alternatively, you can pick one up at the Discovery Centre in Garstang, and at all participating outlets.