So whether you’re just passing through, are local to the area or would like to escape the hustling bustle of the bigger cities, we’re here to provide you with a great selection of the very best of what’s on in Garstang and it’s surrounding area. Local Choice will provide you with the pick of the live entertainment and the staple events that happen periodically throughout the year in Garstang.

Garstang offers a variety of events to suit all interests throughout the year. As well as our traditional festivals there are often amateur performances from community groups. Be sure to visit search: "What's On" to keep up to date. aims to provide you with the greatest choice of things to do and places to visit in Lancashire, including Blackpool, Garstang, Southport, Lancaster and Rossendale. Explore indoor or outdoor attractions, activities, events, shopping, heritage or family fun.

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Come and visit Garstang in May for our Walking Festival, which attracts more and more people each year. The festival includes short walks, easy walks, long walks, children's events, canal boat trips, health walks, themed walks and much more. For further information and bookings please call 01995 602125 or click here to download a PDF

There are several hire bases on the canal, so you can rent a boat for a week's cruising - or, following the construction of the Millennium Ribble Link, you can also now bring your own boat from anywhere else on the waterway system. Maximum boat dimensions on the Lancaster Canal itself are 72ft (length), 14ft (width), 8ft (headroom) and 3ft (draught), but please note the Ribble Link and the Leeds & Liverpool Rufford Branch are more limiting. For more information visit

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We have 3 circular walking routes around Garstang that you can download by clicking on the links below.

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Please be aware, however, that you need a permit to use the canal. If you are a member of the British Canoe Union, this permit is included in your membership. If you are not in the BCU, please ring the Waterway Office to discuss your requirements.

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A super stretch of idyllic canal where you'll see plenty of water birds

The Trail starts at the Visitor Centre in Cherestanc Square and takes you along scenic riverside and canalside paths. The route then leads you to finish in the main street and market square of this bustling market town.

Garstang is the starting point for a diverse range of walking routes that traverse through beautiful pasture and woodland at the edge of the River Wyre and the picturesque towpath of the Lancaster Canal.

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The canal stretches for 41 miles without locks and was once called the Black & White Canal because it carried white limestone and black coal.

There are plenty of grassy areas to have a picnic

Garstang is a small and friendly market town covered in history. It is perfect for relaxed shopping trips, lazy picnics, teashop treats and traditional pub lunches. Every Thursday the town is busy with the hustle and bustle of market day, dating back to 1310 and it still has many stalls taking over High Street.

Below you will find a pretty comprehensive list of things to do during your time in Lancashire including a choice of art galleries, museums, historic houses, visitor centres, shops and animal attractions. You can even download your chosen leaflet by following the links below.

The ruins of Greenhalgh Castle can be seen over the River Wyre and the historic narrow alleyways (weinds) provide an interesting and unexpected diversion to hidden shops, restaurants and cafes.

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This popular festival is held at Whitsuntide, the last Bank Holiday Weekend in May. The highlight is the procession of decorative floats that travel around the town with children in bright costumes supporting their gala queen. For the children there are sports events and danving competitions, and the adults can even join in the fancy dress competition. For further information call 01995 605549 or click more info.

Within this fantastic market town are great places to go for what’s on in Garstang. You can always catch some live music and lots of different events for those calendar dates such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and Easter.

The town is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, medieval weinds and meandering waterways that provide the perfect location for an escape from the city. You can enjoy golfing, fishing and bird watching within the wonderful countryside whilst in Garstang. The area also has and an extensive programme of walks for all levels, so if you’re in Garstang on a budget there is always a chance to explore the beautiful scenery and wildlife with minimal expenditure.

The countryside rangers lead a variety of short and long distance walks linking the Lancaster canal, Forest of Bowland, surrounding countryside and neighbouring villages. For more information the routes and ranger-led events please click here. (2mb PDF)

Hearty homemade food in historic inns and friendly pubs is available and must be experienced. Whether you wish to explore by car, bicycle or on foot, Garstang is the perfect destination for all seasons. Exploring Garstang

The Bowland by Bike route guide can be found by clicking here. For more information visit Exploring Garstang

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The scenic Lancaster Canal is a popular venue for riverbank walks or a leisurely sail on a canal boat. Walkers can ramble through the hills to the Forest of Bowland, which is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty where you can enjoy breathtaking scenery.

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The Wyre Way is a long distance recreational route, which links the sea at Morecambe Bay with the Forest of Bowland, passing through Garstang. The local riverside walk, a circular trail suitable for all, links the Discovery Centre with the riverside picnic area, the Garstang Millennium Green and the River Wyre.

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Bicycles can be hired from Owd Nells, Guys Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, Preston Tel: 01995 640010 or Garstang Marina, Garstang Tel: 01995 600920.

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Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Garstang?

Reputedly one of the Best One Day Shows in the Region, the Garstang Show has been running for almost 200 years and is a spectacular ecent in the locla Annual Calendar. From 8.00 am until 9.00 pm you can see Shire Horses, Show Jumping, Vintage Tractors, Children's Activities, and much more. The event attracts in the region of 15,000 spectators making it a superb day out for all the family. For further information call 01253 799119 or click more info

Garstang boasts over forty miles of uninterrupted canal running through a beautiful landscape, making it the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy your local waterway. The area is brimming with historic architecture, including a stunning 15th century barn, canal basin and aqueduct. Relax in a riverside café, pub or restaurant, or take a gentle stroll and get immersed in the historic surroundings. Be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of canal wildlife - you may even spot a kingfisher or heron!

Garstang is a fun and vibrant area with plenty going on. Here we’ll list some of the best things to do in Garstang and the surrounding areas. We always do our best to list events but if you think there is something we have missed then please let us know!