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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 www.facebook.com/independentlancaster


By Independent Lancaster, May 24 2017 04:23AM

When? 12th to 16th October 2017.


Venue: Various music venues around Lancaster city.


WEBSITE: www.lancastermusicfestival.com



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 www.lancastermusicfestival.com or contact us via email or social media using the details below.



CONTACT DETAILS:


Email: info@lancastermusicfestival.com


Facebook: www.facebook.com/LancasterMusicFest


Twitter: www.twitter.com/LancsMusicFest


Instagram: www.instagram.com/lancastermusicfestival


By Independent Lancaster, May 22 2016 10:32AM


Lancaster Music Festival
Lancaster Music Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Lancaster Music Festival 2016

FESTIVAL DATE: 13th - 17th October 2016


VENUE: Various music venues across Lancaster City


WEBSITE: www.lancastermusicfestival.com


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 and even the local brewery.


The festival is FREE TO ATTEND! However, there's a nominal £1 entry into the Castle main stage (a limited number of weekend passes will be available from the festival website from 1st July 2016).


The family-friendly festival caters for kids of all ages from 8 to 80.


Venues will be hosting live music all times of day, with at least one venue with a 24 hour licence. For beer lovers, there is an official 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 (although 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".


Watch a video of Lancaster Music Festival here: https://youtu.be/5BOZRq3WVlk


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



CONTACT DETAILS:


Email: info@lancastermusicfestival.com


Facebook: www.facebook.com/LancasterMusicFest


Twitter: www.twitter.com/LancsMusicFest



By Independent Lancaster, Apr 27 2016 08:00AM

After their old premises on Rosemary Lane was flooding at the end of 2015, clothing shop Waterhouse has upped sticks and relocated to a shiny new shop on Brock Street. They're just across the road from fellow Independent Lancaster supporting business Arteria and the same side of the road as The Polish Delicatessen. Card holders are in for a treat on this street!

By Independent Lancaster, Mar 11 2016 10:16AM

Storm Desmond at the end of 2015 ruined the Christmases of many people in Lancashire. Great swatches of Lancaster town centre ended up under several feet of water and businesses were destroyed. In the aftermath of the storm people have been doing their best to rebuild their livlihoods and some premises were able to open again after a few weeks. Others are still fighting with insurance companies, dealing with complete building renovation and trying to get things back on track. It could be another few months before they're back up and running again.


Some of the businesses have moved premises entirely and reopened elsewhere in town, such as the FIG Tree, which was located in the old chuch on the corner of Chapel street, selling fair trade items. They've had to relocate their stock into a number of different locations, such as the Corner Stone Cafe near Dalton Square. Both the FIG Tree and the Corner Stone Cafe support the Independent Lancaster loyalty card and we're really pleased to see businesses coming together to help each other out in these difficult times.


The clothing shop Waterhouse which was also hit by the flooding, has moved locations to Brock Street. They're not open yet but they're optimistic they should be on track for opening by Easter all being well.


Go Burrito on lower Church Street was devested by the flooding and they're still unfortunately closed, but they're working hard on sorting out the insurance and pulling through.


Lancaster's had a tough time of it lately, and with cuts to museum services on the cards along with hikes in council tax and reductions of bin collections - things are set to get grimmer. But we're a hardy and resilient lot here in Lancashire and as the aftermath of the flooding showed, we know how to pull together as a community when the chips are down. This is a very gratifying thing to know.

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