5 market towns in Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 September 2016
We love a good market in Lancashire, but there is more to our market towns than just shopping.
WHERE IS IT? Clitheroe is located in Ribble Valley, just ten miles north of Blackburn.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Take a stroll through the centre of Clitheroe and you will come across a variety of independent shops, where a keen shopper could spend hours perusing stylish boutiques of fashion and interiors, picking up delicious food and drink or browsing art in local galleries. You’ll be spoiled for choice in Clitheroe deciding where to dine as there is an abundance of choice including gastro pubs and the ever so stylish Piccalinos.
MARKET DAYS: Clitheroe market is located in the heart of the town and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with a special antique flea marketing open on Fridays.
WHERE IS IT? Poulton-le-Fylde is commonly abbreviated to Poulton and is 5 miles away from Blackpool town centre. There are regular railway links to Poulton from Blackpool and Preston if you are driving to Poulton use the post code FY6 7EH.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You can’t take a visit to Poulton without visiting the famous Pork Shop which, rumour has it, serves some of the best pork pies in the North. You’re sure to eat well in Poulton as you could grab some locally sourced and delicious brunch at the trendy Salt of the Earth Deli restaurant or tuck into an oriental dinner at Suda Thai Cuisine. The pretty historic market town is a central tourist spot for exploring the countryside and nearby coastal destinations; Fleetwood and Cleveleys.
MARKET DAYS: Poulton market is open every Monday and is located in the historic market square.
WHERE IS IT? Chorley is close to the M61 and M6 motorways and is situated 12 miles from Preston and 15 miles from Bolton. If you are driving to Chorley, use the postcode PR7 1DN.
WHY WE LOVE IT? Chorley is the archetypal Lancashire market town, the Flat Iron market has been established in the town for hundreds of years in the town centre which also has a small selection of independent shops.
Astley Hall is a Grade l listed building set in the gardens of Astley Park and is brimming with Jacobean and Elizabethan history. The house still has orginal features and scenic surroundings such as historic woodlands, a lake and a Victorian walled garden. Rivington Pike is a few miles away from the centre of town and is the perfect place to enjoy views of the county from the high vantage point.
MARKET DAYS: Chorley is famous for its markets which are open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is also a special food and crafts market which is held every second Saturday of the month.
WHERE IS IT: Garstang is situated 15 miles north of Preston and is close to the edge of the Forest of Bowland. If you are travelling to Garstang by car use the postcode PR3 1EB.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Garstang has established itself as a bit of a foodie town in recent years, with a whole range of award-winning local producers operating in the area. Garstang also has the honour of being the very first fair trade town in the world, with 60 businesses and organisations in the town signed up and certified to display the Fairtrade logo.
MARKET DAYS: This popular market stretches along the town’s high street and is held every Thursday.
WHERE IS IT? Ormskirk is a market town located 9 miles from Southport and around 15 miles from Wigan.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Ormskirk has one of the lowest high street vacancy rates at 5%, with the national average being 15%, due to in part the work of the Love Ormskirk community group that was formed to create a town centre strategy.
For nature lovers, The Martin Mere Wetland Centre is just a few miles away and is the perfect day out for the family as the children can explore the range of wildlife there from otters to wild birds and even some flamingos.
MARKET DAYS: Ormskirk market is one of the busiest and most traditional street markets in the UK and is held every Thursday and Saturday.