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Individual Retailers

Part of the attraction of any ‘retail therapy’ is discovering something different filled with charm and character that you’re sure to fall in love with! Independent shops in Lancashire like Carnforth Book Shop, Live Like the Boy and The Regent all give a sense of mystery to what shopping delights you may discover. The renowned Carnforth Bookshop in Lancaster sells a variety of products including in excess of 100,000 books spread over 14 rooms to explore the rich and diverse collections.

Many shops are family run and have been handed down from generation to generation ensuring the quality and consistency from the good old days and secret family recipes.

Boutique shops often hunt through suppliers to be able to provide the unique and quality goods that are ultimatly individual and a fantastic alternative from the high street. Many of the independent shops will use local suppliers and as such, this helps the local economy thrive.

Here is Lancashire there is a wide and sometimes quirky choice of retailers including The Wool Boat. This floating yarn shop offers a unique shopping experience selling a range of hand knitted garments, greetings cards and even knitting supplies to have a go yourself!

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  1. Add Live Like the Boy to your Itinerary

    Live Like the Boy

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Location:

    Colne

    Live Like the Boy is about the consciousness of style in our lives, with a carefully chosen and sourced selection of products to buy and articles on all aspects of creativity and style to read on the blog, Live Like the Boy is here to help you be as

  2. Add The Wool Boat - Colin and Carole's Creations to your Itinerary

    The Wool Boat - Colin and Carole's Creations

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Location:

    Burscough

    Enjoy a unique shopping experience for exclusive knit wear, photo art and all your knitting supplies aboard a canal narrowboat. Come and visit the Wool Boat as we cruise the canals into the villages of West Lancashire.

  3. Add Bowland Outdoors to your Itinerary

    Bowland Outdoors

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Location:

    Scorton

    Situated in the heart of the countryside between Preston and Lancaster, Bowland Outdoors of Scorton stock brands from leading clothes specialists including Ariat, Musto and Pikeur.

  4. Add The Old Corn Mill to your Itinerary

    The Old Corn Mill

    Type

    Antique/Craft Centre

    Location:

    Leyland

    As featured on the BBC. A family run business and still one of West Lancashire's best kept secrets. Browse through an Aladdin's cave of antiques, collectibles and gifts which are on show from a group of the North West's top antique dealers.

  5. Add Carnforth Book Shop to your Itinerary

    Carnforth Book Shop

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Location:

    Carnforth

    New, second-hand and antiquarian booksellers. Also good quality greetings cards, stationery and toys. Carnforth Bookshop is an independent, family run bookshop at the heart of the historic town of Carnforth, Lancashire.

  6. Add Minerva Craft Centre to your Itinerary

    Minerva Craft Centre

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Location:

    Darwen

    Minerva Crafts is a family run business that was established in 1998, born out of a love for fabric, sewing and knitting, aiming to bring you a craft website like no other. Our aim is to be your favourite online sewing, knitting and craft retailer, bringing you the best products at the best prices...

  7. Add Bygone Times to your Itinerary

    Bygone Times

    Type

    Antique/Craft Centre

    Location:

    Eccleston, Chorley

    A converted mill with 500 stall holders of antiques & collectables across 5 enormous floors, includes a cobbled alleyway, courtyard garden centre, cafe & museum.

  8. Add Artisan Foodworks to your Itinerary

    Artisan Foodworks

    Type

    Food/Drink Producer

    Location:

    Burscough, Ormskirk

    Artisan Bakery producing slow fermentation breads, sourdoughs, artisan pies, handmade cakes and traybakes for retail and wholesale. Also the leading provider of educational classes for bread making and pies in the area.

  9. Add Kiddiroo to your Itinerary

    Kiddiroo

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Location:

    Preston

    Kiddiroo is one of the largest independent children’s stores in the UK specialising in unique gifts for children. Also available at Kiddiroo is Teddy Mountain build a teddy bear experience & outdoor leisure Regatta & Weirdfish.

  10. Add Clean and Green Recovery to your Itinerary

    Clean and Green Recovery

    Type

    Covered Market/Market Hall

    Location:

    Accrington

    I make all my own natural cleaners, washing powder and beauty products. ALL products are vegan friendly and are organic where possible.

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