|Garstang is the gateway to
some of the finest countryside in the North West with
guided walks or way-marked paths that run through
beautiful woodland, alongside winding rivers and the
Lancaster Canal, or close to the ruins of ancient
Greenhalgh Castle destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in
It is the ideal centre for relaxed
shopping trips, lazy picnics, tea-shop treats or
traditional pub lunches. Each Thursday the
town becomes a hive of activity as the ancient
trading practice of local inhabitants takes to the
streets and the market comes to town.
Garstang has a wealth of old buildings bordered by historic "weinds" (narrow alleyways) that provide an interesting and often unexpected diversion for the visitor. The Market Hall carries on the ancient ways and has numerous stalls selling local produce. The Old Grammar School houses a thriving Arts Centre, and visitors can still enjoy traditional beers and hearty pub food in a number of popular hostelries.
Sports enthusiasts will find Garstang the ideal place to visit with a leisure centre open seven days a week offering a wide variety of indoor pursuits. a modern swimming pool, crown green bowling, an 18 hole 'pay and play' golf course and driving range, canoeing and well stocked lakes and rivers for keen coarse and game fishermen.
If it's culture you are after then you need look no further than the Garstang Arts Centre. It is always a hive of activity holding regular exhibitions of work by local artists. The annual Garstang Celebration of Arts in August is a week long programme of arts, entertainment and events for all the family.
The Discovery Centre at Garstang houses both the Tourist Information Centre and one of Wyre's Countryside Ranger bases. The new walk through exhibition, in the Centre gives an insight into the history and wildlife of the Over Wyre and Bowland fringe areas of Wyre. Open every day except Christmas Day, the Centre also provides details on numerous local events such as the Whitsuntide Children's Festival, annual Agricultural Shows and the winter spectacle of a Victorian Christmas.