Our beautiful little furniture shop on Garstang high street is entering the shop window competition for best Christmas window display, as part of the town’s Victorian Festival. You cans see from the photograph what a wonderful effort has been made by the staff and volunteers at the shop. The display was designed and led by shop manager, Tim Sutcliffe.
The Retail General Manager for St John’s Hospice, Heather Taylor said, “the Garstang Furniture Shop opened in February 2013. Tim has always done a Christmas window but this is the first year the festival committee have run a themed window competition. The shop sells great quality second hand furniture with all proceeds going directly to the hospice. We rely on fantastic donations from the public, our loyal local customers and a dedicated team of volunteers to keep the shop running.”
The shop is run by two members of staff and a huge team of 18 volunteers. The shop manager Tim has 25 years’ experience in furniture sales. Tim’s knowledge of the furniture trade, the support from the public and the excellent presentation of the store make the Garstang Furniture Shop a huge success!
About the garstang victorian festival
It all started in the early ’80s with a wheelbarrow full of baked spuds being sold around the town, whilst the shops stayed open late to catch any last minute Christmas shoppers. The atmosphere, with the Christmas lights on the High street and the town’s Christmas tree, was festive but low key.
Move the clock forward over thirty years and what is now known as the Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival is a huge community event attracting local residents and hundreds of visitors from around the region. The town’s Christmas lights are better than ever, and the wheelbarrow full of spuds has been replaced by stalls and carts supplying everything from German sausages to burgers, candy floss to roasted chestnuts. Visitors can also enjoy a glass of mulled wine as they stroll around the town.
Although still a traditional Christmas Festival with a Victorian theme, more modern entertainment is also on offer alongside the traditional. There is usually a Punch and Judy show, morris dancers, and brass bands, whilst stilt walkers and drumming bands often add a touch of polished 21st century entertainment. The exact programme of events varies from year to year, so there is often something new to make it an ever improving festival.
And let’s not forget the main man of the night, Santa Claus! He arrives in style led by a band and paraded down the High Street to his grotto, where he settles down to welcome the children.
There is a great selection of small, independent shops in Garstang, and many of them stay open throughout the evenings so you can pop in to purchase those last minute presents. In many you are even welcomed with a glass of wine and a mince pie!