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By Independent Lancaster, Jan 19 2019 07:26PM

A New Year starts and an old year ends. We've been happy to see some new businesses opening up in Lancaster. Places like sandwich shop Ravenous on Sir Simon's arcade and there's a new tapas bar on Mary Street too. Have you spotted anything new in Lancaster lately? Comment below and let us know if there's a new shop or cafe you've noticed.

A fond farewell to some of the shops we've lost. These are hard times indeed for the retail sector, with even big businesses crumbling, it's no wonder small businesses are really finding it tough.

In just three years, the doors have now closed on Shelleys Sandwiches, Kitchen Corner, Roots Vegetarian Cafe, Ahoy, Cafe 23, Chrissie Harrison Beads, Dress II Impress, Enve, Fresh Cafe, The FIG Tree, Fruits of the Lune, Inspire Gym, Soupanova Soups, Jeccabox, Leaf and Bean Pantry, Moghuls, The Novel Cafe, Penny Street Boutique, Polish Delicatessen, Slip Inn Lane Emporium, Vanity, Wilde and Well Read and The Yard.

It's a shocking amount of businesses closing down, and those are just the ones that were supporting members of Independent Lancaster. There are many other businesses both large and small, national and local, that have ceased trading in Lancaster over the past three years.

It's not all doom and gloom though, there are still the hardy few who are opening businesses and starting new ventures. There's Tipple on King Street (a cocktail bar) and there's Lancaster Escape Rooms down on North Road. Down to Earth has had an extension, Bombay Balti has had a refurbishment and we've got a new gift shop on New Street called Inspire Gifts.

Please keep the news coming in about anything you've noticed around town, or questions on where you might be able to buy something locally. We'd love to hear from you, either comment below or send us an email using the contact form on this site. We're also available on Facebook if you need a chat so look us up at

By Independent Lancaster, Aug 9 2018 01:59PM

It's great when we add a new business to our ever growing list of places that accept the Independent Lancaster reward card. We've got fantastic offers at restaurants, shops, bars, retailers, services... it's brilliant. We're happy to say a warm welcome to Quayside Computing and Design on St George's Quay.

A fantastic local, independent business you can call upon for your refurbished laptops and desktops, IT repair and website designing needs, and if you do get in touch, remember to bring your valid reward card so you can access the special offers. Currently they are as follows: 5% off products and 10% services.

You can find out more by visiting their listing on this website.

We've got to bid a very sad farewell to a wonderful Lancaster business though. It really pains us to say goodbye to Kitchen Corner because they were a fantastic shop, the kind that you could spend ages in! Sadly though the time came for the owner to retire and have some well earned rest and relaxation after serving Lancaster's kitchen accessory needs for many a long year. We're sending everyone at Kitchen Corner all our best wishes and we hope you have a wonderful retirement James.

By Independent Lancaster, Mar 9 2018 11:14AM

The wintery weather is certainly making people look forward to summer and the possibility of maybe getting away from it all for a bit. In the mean time, it's good to treat yourself to a bit of fun to brighten up the frosty working week.

We're pleased to welcome some new independent businesses to our lists that might just help to lift your spirits, and with exclusive money saving deals for card holders too, what's not to like?

So, it's a warm welcome to MINT bar on Church Street who is now accepting the reward card. They're giving some great discounts to our cardholders, so if you fancy getting 10% off all of your drinks or 25% off your cocktail sharer pitcher then don't forget to show your valid reward card at the bar.

Lancaster Escape on North Road is now accepting the reward card. They offer a fantastic puzzle solving experience similar to the TV show The Crystal Maze. You and your team need to solve the puzzle and escape the room in a set amount of time to win! Card holders receive a 10% discount of room booking

AND food and drink in their cafe!

Tipple on King Street is now accepting the Independent Lancaster card, it's a great little cocktail bar with large windows to watch the world go by. They've got a basement chill out area you can slink away to if you fancy, and it comes equipped with a ping pong table. Pop along on your night out and bring your reward card to get 10% off your cocktails there.

Based in Dacrelands clinic, Suzi from Wax Massage Therapy is a clinical massage therapist trained in a number of techniques for relaxation, reduced pain and increased mobility. She's offering Independent Lancaster cardholders £5 off their treatments.

MINT Cocktail Bar - Church Street
MINT Cocktail Bar - Church Street
Lancaster Escape - Church Street
Lancaster Escape - Church Street
Tipple Cocktails - King Street
Tipple Cocktails - King Street
Wax Massage Therapy - Dacrelands Clinic
Wax Massage Therapy - Dacrelands Clinic

By Independent Lancaster, May 24 2017 04:23AM

When? 12th to 16th October 2017.

Venue: Various music venues around Lancaster city.


Lancaster's award-winning FREE Music Festival: Welcoming Walkable Wonderful is famous for reflecting the city of Lancaster's vast musical abundance, excellence and diversity while bringing in top notch acts from around the UK and worldwide. Driven by well over 200 acts performing a wide range of genres, the festival takes place over 5 days at over 40 venues bringing the entire city to life with live music. No wonder the festival is dubbed as Lancaster's Unofficial Bank Holiday weekend!

Live music venues include the main stage at Lancaster Castle, all four of Lancaster's historic outdoor squares, Williamson Park, countless pubs, bars, restaurants, coffee places, theatres, shops, two local breweries and, new for this year two heritage double-decker buses and a flotilla of canal barges.

The festival is FREE TO ATTEND! However, there are several ticketed events and there's a nominal £2 entry into the Castle main stage (a 2 day unlimited re-entry pass is available for £5).

The family-friendly festival caters for kids of all ages.

Venues will be hosting live music all times of day, with at least two venues with a 24 hour licence. For beer lovers, there is an unofficial Festival Ale specially taste-tested by our festival team. There is also a wide variety of excellent eateries for appetites worked up by wandering from venue to venue, dancing or from general carousing.

For visitors to the city there are plenty of hotels providing overnight accommodation (we advise early booking as rooms tend to sell out fast), as well as a campsite at Lancaster Cricket Ground.

So come along to a huge variety of performances from local, regional, national and international acts. More venues, more acts, more of the time, more music, more madness!

As one of our sponsors put it, "If you can't find music you like at Lancaster Music Festival you probably don't like music".

For more information about the festival including full programme details, how to apply to perform, and information on camping, please visit our website or contact us via email or social media using the details below.






By Independent Lancaster, Oct 27 2016 06:19AM

Two new businesses have just joined up in support of the local loyalty card. The first is "Wilde and Well Read" a recently launched cafe on New Street that's offering cardholders 10% off all of their purchases there.

The second business joining us is William Firth Woodcraft, based in Lancaster and currently selling his wares online until they can get a shop front in the city centre. They're offering cardholders 10% off when they spend £10 or more. Please get in touch with them for further information if needed.

Wilde and Well Read
Wilde and Well Read
William Firth Woodcraft
William Firth Woodcraft
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