About Garstang, Lancashire
GARSTANG has something for everyone.
Set on the banks of the River Wyre with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on her doorstep, the town is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, abundant wildlife and array of activities, whether you want an active holiday, a relaxing weekend or an enjoyable day trip.
Since 2000, Garstang has become known as the World's First Fairtrade Town, and in 2008 Garstang was voted the BEST town in Europe - winning a gold award in the prestigious Entente Florale competition.
This area is ideal for a country getaway. You can enjoy golfing, fishing, bird watching, beautiful countryside, and the town has and an extensive programme of walks for all levels. Furthermore you can enjoy a wide variety of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants and other leisure activities on offer.
Garstang is a small market town with a big history. Garstang is mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is referred to as Cherestanc. The medieval weinds bring a distinctive character to the High Street and the Market Cross and Greenhalgh Castle act as focal points to the town's historic past.
Garstang has a weekly market, which runs every Thursday - and has done since 1310! The Market House is also open Wednesday - Saturday and stallholders sell a good selection of local produce including cheeses, meats and vegetables. The Thursday market along the High Street offer a large selection of stalls including shoes, children's clothes, household goods, plants, books and lots more.
There are a variety of exciting annual events in Garstang - from May to Decemeber
- Garstang Walking Festival - May
- Garstang Children's Festival - Whitsuntide
- Garstang Show - August
- Garstang Arts and Music Festival - August
- Victorian Festival - December
- Garstang also has an excellent record in Britain in Bloom - recognised as a regular Gold winning town by the Royal Horticultural Society.
For visitors to Garstang and Bowland there is a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you prefer a bed and breakfast (B&B), a guesthouse, hotel, or self-catering cottage, caravan or campsite.