Shopping in Lancashire

Polly Checkland Harding

There’s a definite retro theme to some of the best shops in Lancashire: take The Regent antiques centre in Blackpool, which not only stocks three floors of vintage wares, but is also housed in an original 1920s cinema. Then there’s Charabanc, or GB Antiques in Lancaster, both of which are go-to places for antiquities in the county. Morecambe‘s long-running second hand bookshop is an absolute treasure trove (somehow the owner knows where everything is amongst the towering stacks), while Records and Relics pretty much does what it says on the tin. Also steeped in tradition are the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse and Glassmonkey Studio in Burnley, both of which showcase skills passed down for generations. If, however, you’re after something more modern, you need only head for Remix Casuals in Blackburn for streetwear and skate brands. Read on to discover more.

Our top picks

Me To A Tee

Me To A Tee, Heatleys Arcade, 47 Darwen Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2BL - Visit now

Me To A Tee sells vintage and sought after football casual brands, such as Iceberg, Moncler, Stone Island CP and Company.

ME TO A TEE

Port of Lancaster Smokehouse

Port of Lancaster Smokehouse, West Quay, Glasson Dock, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 0DB - Visit now

Port of Lancaster Smokehouse is an award-winning family owned business using traditional methods to smoke fish, meat and cheese products.

The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse eatery
Courtesy of The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse

Records & Relics

Records & Relics, 9B Caunce Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3DN - Visit now

From rock to reggae, jazz, punk and soul, the vinyl revival is going strong at Records & Relics in Blackpool.

Blackpool record shop
Image from Records & Relics

Glassmonkey Studio

Glassmonkey Studio, Unit 1 Oakmount Mill, Wiseman Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1RU - Visit now

Glassmonkey Studio is the largest glass fusing studio in the Burnley area. The gallery here sells glassware jewellery, art and greeting cards.

Glassmonkey Studio
Courtesy of Glassmonkey

GB Antiques Centre

GB Antiques Centre, Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3LA - Visit now

GB Antiques Centre is now the country’s biggest indoor antiques and furniture centre, attracting 220,000 visitors every year. Recently extended, and set all on one floor, there’s 120 individual dealers, each with their own specialties, offering an amazing choice and variety of wares.

GB Antiques Centre, Lancaster
Courtesy of GB Antiques Centre

The Regent

The Regent, The Regent, 181-189 Church Street,, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3NY - Visit now

The Regent is as an antiques centre and auction house, as well as a 1920s cinema with a vintage tea room and diner.

Courtesy of The Regent

The Old Pier Bookshop

The Old Pier Bookshop, 287 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5BY - Visit now

The Old Pier Bookshop on Morecambe’s seafront is family run and almost proudly disorganised and overflowing with many a printed treasure.

The Old Pier Bookshop, Morecmabe
Courtesy of The Old Pier Bookshop

Remix Casuals

Remix Casuals, 8-12 Railway Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5AX - Visit now

With a mini skate ramp in the basement, Remix Casuals is a long term favourite for skate brands and streetwear alike.

Remix Casuals
Courtesy of Remix Casuals

Filbert’s Bakery

Filbert’s Bakery, 20 King Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1JY - Visit now

Filbert’s Bakery started out on a kitchen table in Lancaster with a simple aim in mind: to create artisanal crusty loaves for Lancaster.

Filbert's Baker artisan bread in Lancaster
Courtesy of Filbert's Bakery

Where to go in Lancashire

Winckley Square
Lancashire
Park
Winckley Square

Hosting a variety of year-round events, from guided walks to jazz evenings, Winckley Square is a Georgian square packed with history in Preston city centre.

Friargate
Lancashire
Shop
Friargate

With an array of independent shops and places to eat and drink, including a number of contemporary pubs and bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Avenham and Miller Parks
Lancashire
Park
Avenham and Miller Parks

Located in the heart of Preston, Avenham and Miller Parks are among the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the North West.

Blackburn
Music venue
The Exchange, Blackburn

Dating back to 1865 when it opened as one of four exchange halls in the country, The Exchange is an iconic Blackburn venue

Lancashire
Music venue
The Platform

Music, comedy, dance, drama and children’s shows in an Edwardian railway station, opposite The Midland Hotel.

Lancashire
Gallery
The Crescent Gallery

Morecambe gallery which showcases and sells contemporary works, often by artists from the area, which are varied and beautiful.

Lancashire
Gallery
Edgelands Gallery

Edgelands Gallery in Morecambe is a beautiful studio and gallery, regularly displaying high quality artwork.

Lancashire
Restaurant
The White Swan
at Fence

The White Swan at Fence is a gastro-pub with much to brag about. Delicious drinks and fantastic food has got this pub a Michelin Star.

Lancashire
Restaurant
Bootleg Social

The live-music venue and bar is a hidden gem, standing out against the technicolour nightlife of Blackpool with its own understated edge.

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Walks in Blackpool
Walks in Blackpool

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Walks in Blackburn & Burnley
Walks in Blackburn & Burnley

An inspired array of walks and cultural spaces to hike, saunter or work your way through, featuring wild landscape and stately halls alike.

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