Garstang is a true countryside gem becoming the first Fairtrade town in 2000 and is known locally for its tasty home-grown produce including Garstang blue cheese! The Fairtrade ethos is carried on today and is promoted throughout the various cafes, restaurants, shops, businesses and schools.
The town prides itself on being home to a variety of specialist shops where you can pick up treats galore that you won’t find on your average supermarket shelf, ranging from local foods to fashion.
There’s a market every Thursday on the high street where you’ll find plenty of fantastic items to purchase.
Located at the foot of the Trough of Bowland, Garstang has plenty of stunning walks all around the town, with the River Wyre running alongside, it makes for a peaceful walking place for all ages. If you’re here at the start of May, don’t miss the annual Garstang Walking Festival, it’s the perfect way to explore this beautiful part of the world.
Through the heart of Garstang is the Lancaster Canal, again this is perfect for walking along and visiting one of Garstang’s many brilliant pubs and eateries or taking a canal boat cruise
Garstang Arts Centre located opposite the high street car park, is open to view the free arts and crafts exhibitions, visit the café and join one of the many group holds.There are a variety of activities to enjoy ranging from musical and literary to energetic and creative.
There are two lovely parks with great play areas for children, Moss Lane Park and Kepple Lane Park. These are great to play sport on too and there are football posts up year round.
Just a 5-10 minute drive outside of Garstang down the A6 is the Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre It’s very easy to spend a full day here with great food and drinks, a cinema, bowling, crazy golf, crazy pool, curling and much more. This place is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area with so much to do all in one place.
The history of Garstang stretches back thousands of years as Bronze Age artefacts have been found in the area. This becomes evident when walking down the wonderful, traditional cobbled high street once used as a cattle market. There are plenty of historical landmarks such as the Market Cross in the centre of the town which was erected in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
If you want to know about the area and what’s on when you are in Garstang, Cherestanc Square is home to the Visit Garstang Centre where staff are very happy to advise and answer any questions you may have about the town.