Six rea­sons to visit

Lancashire Life - - PLACES TO VISIT -

Make for the mar­ket – a proper open air street mar­ket is held ev­ery Thurs­day and Satur­day, right in the town cen­tre as it should be. The pies are rec­om­mended.

Check out the town’s boom­ing café and eaterie scene, grow­ing to meet de­mand from the ever-ex­pand­ing uni­ver­sity.

Visit the unique St Peter and St Paul Church, the only one in the coun­try with both a tower and a steeple at the same end of the building. It’s also noted for beau­ti­ful stained-glass win­dows.

Visit The Chapel Gallery on St He­len’s Road, where there are art ex­hi­bi­tions and fam­ily events year-round, and a fab­u­lous new bistro/café headed by chef Nathan Booth that’s worth a trip in it­self.

Eat the town’s cel­e­brated gin­ger­bread – made here since at least 1732 at one of sev­eral out­lets bak­ing it still. In July, there is the an­nual gin­ger­bread fes­ti­val.

And talk­ing of fes­ti­vals, Orm­skirk has the North’s biggest free clas­sic car event, Orm­skirk Mo­tor­fest, held ev­ery Au­gust.

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