What is Advent?
Advent is a period of time in the Christian year, it’s the 4 Sundays before Christmas and was around long before today’s offering of cardboard & chocolate! It does however follow the same theme, one of anticipation. Before mass manufacturing and the commercialism of the festive period, it was celebrated through wreaths and candles. Advent candle tradition involves four candles. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Each candle represents something different, although traditions vary. The four candles traditionally represent hope, faith, joy, and peace.
So What’s THIS about?
Remember back to New Year’s Eve 2019, and the exciting prospects of going into a new decade filled with hope and adventures (and only Brexit to worry about)………..who could have predicted what was to come?!
Fast forward to Nov 2020, and just coming out of Lockdown Part Deux, We have had everything, plagues, fires, and floods, and although the glass half full view is that we have had more time to spend with our families, with nature, and with ourselves, some people have seen their livelihood slipping away from them. We applaud local small businesses for making it through the wilderness, but now we have to do everything in our power to help them survive, not just because THEY have families to feed which is reason enough, but because they create the foundations of our high streets, towns, and communities!! Here is a link to an earlier Blog Show Love for Local and MORE reasons why you should shop local
As well as this business (Lytham Life and Style) I am also Chairman of a group called Lytham Business Partnership which has been around for many years, more about that in a later blog though. There is also a similar group for St Annes On Sea, in the shape of St Annes Enterprise Partnership, together we came up with this idea to help boost local business and provide some little treats on the run-up to Christmas, and of course, invite Ansdell businesses to join in too.
SO, we hope you find an offer or discount that speaks to you! Thanks to all the great businesses that have been included and please share the heck out of this blog and post about the daily offerings to ensure we get the widest possible reach and let people in all three towns know what’s available if they shop local.
Kicking off the Advent Calendar
Everything you need for the Great Outdoors!!
There is something for EVERYONE
Our friends at Ansdell Plumbing are offering a free “Ansdell Plumbing pencil” (plumber’s pencil) with every purchase, find them on Woodlands Road. Perfect for professionals and a stocking filler for DIY-ers alike. From tap washers to boilers, bathrooms suits (any budget) we do it all! Come take a look. You don’t have to trek to Blackpool or out of town retail park when we probably have it here on your doorstep!
For the COMMUNITY, their offer is to continue to act as a drop off point for any gifts you would like to donate to the lonely, the elderly, and the isolated.
You can continue to donate
Working with IHOPE who drop off presents every Christmas. Ansdell Plumbing wants to brighten up Christmas and bring a smile to those in need. Click for details – https://www.facebook.com/events/369178967483485/
Super Street food
Elvin’s, is a relatively new place in town, and has certainly made it’s name in a few short months!!! Serving original recipe food combining flavours from the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Asia and making local vegans (and carnivores) VERY happy!
From Breakfast to Brunch to Lunch, to pick something up mid afternoon and are now intending to open late nights in December so they really have got all bases covered! I’ve been told by customers that have been through the whole menu to recommend the Lebanese Chicken and the Lamb Shawarma, Grilled Halloumi Flatbread…………….. but then not, in case they run out!!!
Also amazing cakes (again some vegan options) and drinks. If you have not tried them yet, this will surely tempt you!
Open on Clifton Walks (Off Clifton Street, Lytham) until 8pm tomorrow evening with the fantastic offer of box meals £5 when you buy two or more!
You can pre-order on 01253 794999
PS (Offer from Endless Pursuit Dec 1st – also available)
We have NO BEEF……
with DAY 4’s advent calendar offer from Gigli’s
Mince has got to be the most versatile ingredient when cooking for a family and is the main ingredient of many comfort food recipes around the world, get some inspiration here Delicious Magazine or ask the knowledgeable butchers. Buy 1kg of minced steak and get an extra 500g for free! Available to buy in store, 8 am – 5 pm on Friday 4th December.
While you are there check out all the range of meats, Xmas Hampers and deli items (like the Whisky Mustard, Cheese Boards, and even ales).
Find them on St Albans Road, FY8 1UZ
Summer may seem a long way off
but make the most of this offer and one of the biggest discounts on the calendar from Uber Cool Optometrist in Lytham Broadhurst Optometrists (check them out, they already have a directory listing on this site)
but it’s LIMITED!!! 50% OFF 50 designer sunglasses for tomorrow only!!!
Find them opposite Market Square Building in Lytham
It’s Beginning to Smell
a lot like Christmas for Day 6 of our Advent Calendar offer!
What is Christmas means to you is no doubt wrapped up in the smells of winter, the smell of home and the smell of happiness and joy
Evoke all these feeling of Festive Seasons gone by with this Lytham Candles offer for Day 7 of the Advent Calendar
15% off all the Christmas Collection for any orders placed on Sunday 6th December to light up your festive season.
No need to rush out of the shops for this one!! .You can order from the warmth & comfort of your home.
Xmas Gifts, Home Decor with a quirky edge
Day 7 takes us to the very heart of Ansdell, on Woodlands Road. Wild Ginger A lovely Gift & Homeware shop, Sarah, has a fantastic eye for adorable, quirky and cool items. You will NOT be disappointed and you will not know where to look first !!
Supporting very talented Artisan makers, in addition to stocking well known brands. Eco & Ethically Conscious.
10% discount (on over £10 spend) tomorrow.
That’s an instruction we should take notice of (especially after the year we’ve had!) . This lovely shop on Park Road, St Annes ‘Treat Yourself’ is a treasure trove of vintage inspired clothing, stockists of Irregular Choice amazing shoes, Vendula Handbags that put the Q in Quirky and lots of gift & home inspirations, worth a browse in person or they also have a Facebook shop. With an early Xmas treat of 10% off tomorrow.
My personal faves include
Go on (sod present buying) Treat Yourself!
Have a Butchers at Day 9
Fylde Meats Remember a time when they all were ‘family shops’ no prepacked meats, anything you bought you got exactly how much you wanted as cut in front of your eyes. It’t refreshing to know some of these places remain and whats more also stock complimentary items, traditional and unusual ones at that. Today’s offer, spend £50 in Fylde Meats, get your meat in for the Festive Season, or check out the fantastic hampers to give as gifts or another treat yourself, and get a £5 voucher to spend in another shop on Woodlands Road!! What a lovely thing to do guys!
Today’s offer is a very welcome cuppa whilst you are shopping in St Annes On Sea. Unfortunately the photo is of more ‘normal’ and warmer times. Situated right in the middle of the Square and lots of fabulous take away items, to eat on the ‘hoof’ or take home. Free TEA or COFFEE with every sandwich………………thanks very much guys !
World Food, at your door!
To paraphrase their website……………..Your chance to eat damn delicious food, whilst doing just the right amount of cooking. Hassle free, your box comes with everything you need to make delicious creative meals.
They deliver to All FY & PR1-PR5 Postcodes.
Izzy and Tim the driving force behind Home Box by Lytham Fizz and have in 2020 been kicking their heels, and I know they hated that as they are hospitality through and though so they put there extensive knowledge of World Food, into this new strand of the business. (They have visited MOST of these countries themselves, so are being as authentic as they can). It’s just like any other home delivery kit (said in a M&S voice) bit this IS Home Box. Offering 15% off anything booked tomorrow 11th December, with code 12DAYS , website link below
All kits will come with easy to follow instructions, the best and most authentic ingredients, and we guarantee deliciousness.
Our very OWN Department Store
Over halfway there, (to Christmas Day!) and here’s a chance to win £50 to spend in either the Stringers main store or Homelife, and a bottle of Prosecco but you do have to visit the Main Store to ‘register’ and sign up to Stringers’ e-newsletter. All you need to do is pop in-store, head up to the Menswear Department (on the second floor) and ask to enter the competition to win. No purchase necessary. You could put it to gift buying or something for yourself (we wont tell!) Plus you will be getting early reminders of offers & sales going on in store. WIN – WIN I’d say!
The ‘home’ of sweet treats galore ……….and amazing Sunday lunches, oh and pies like your grandma used to make! Wigglesworths Coffee Shop on the Crescent, is offering a Xmas treat box.
I spy a Rudolf (is he slightly cross eyed?) , a Snowman & some Christmas Puds, among other treats, and for fear of being sued, not the actual ones, as they wouldn’t fit inside the box!
Any hoo, they are not open at the moment, so you need to message them via Facebook (link on their name above) to reserve one to be picked up on 19th December at the Shop. So treat the kids, the Grand kids or dont tell anyone but let them sit beside you watching a Xmas Film!
Extra Special with 10 days to go
You’ll of all heard of Lytham Gin, but you may not heard of Lytham Rum yet?! Plus they are in a new home, which is also their distillery and shop on Boundary Road, Lytham. (Turn down past McDonalds)
So in celebrating the launch and for today’s offer, it’s a fantastic 15% off everything (for spends over £35) if you call in person to the shop, open 10 – 16.00 every day bar Sunday and stock up for Christmas or give as a perfect gift for a Gin or Rum lover
To make it EVEN MORE fabulous,the offer runs EVERYDAY until New Years Eve!
Just quote Lytham Gin 15 when buying……..and the offer is yours!
NB Day 1 offer @Endless Pursuits is active on a Tuesday (& Thursday) too
Getting Crafty at Christmas
Today’s offer is for a brilliant paint range called French Chic which is an all-natural, chalk and mineral paint, It is a self-priming paint (but will need sealing with our wax / finishing coat) which is rich and creamy, always giving superior coverage. Great for all your upcycle, recycling projects you had planned. It’s far more affordable than some chalk paint on the market, and even MORE affordable with 10% off today!
Call into Craft Cat a magical place (all year round) and a great supporter and stockist of local artists, so lots of styles and LOADS of uniqueness!
Find them at 35 St Andrews Road South, St Annes On Sea
Send a Pretty Parcel
Another fantastic home based business you may not know about Jo Jo’s Pretty Parcels (who is already part of the LifeStyle Directory) so read more about them at the link.
In order NOT to stress poor Jo out so close to Christmas this offer is carried over to the First Two weeks of January when you can send any scarf for a birthday, a just ‘I’m thinking of you’ gift, relatives in a care home or in isolation, or that live in another part of the country. Just quote ADVENT TREAT. So put a reminder in your calendar for then! Here are some gorgeous scarf (examples) you can choose from. You can add other items to your parcel , such as jewellry, or wax melts among other things, but you will get 20% off the scarf element.
Jo also does beautiful Welcome Baby and Pamper Mummy Parcels too, make sure you check her out
FABULOUS FRIDAY FASHION
Mother and Daughter fashion business on Lytham High Street stocking some amazing lounge wear, covetable coats and jackets, separates and dresses, a unique curated mix of brands. Not what people expect on Lytham High Street.
Today they are offering a ‘very nice, thank you’ discount of 20% in store! Excludes accessories
Find them at 17 Clifton Street (Windmill Quarter) Lytham
We’ve not forgot your pup!
Happy Dog, Happy Life I say. So what could make them happier than a new bed to sleep peacefully and have those doggy dreams of finding the biggest stick or a never tired ball thrower……just make sure the cat doesn’t take over!
Pets Unleashed on Pleasant Street are offering 10% off dog beds today only and as they HAVE been a Good Dog this year show your love.
Pop in there’s lots more treats for all your pets
Nignt = Night Bessie
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas
Our own #madeinLytham candles from Millie and Mini (click to see their Directory Listing on THIS website). These soy wax candles are probably the best there is at a very reasonable price point. Not JUST a smelly candle. The fragrances are clean and sharp and you can smell every element. They are offering 10% off their Festive Fragranced candles today
Flowers say it all whatever time of year. At Bond & Bloom their creative team work hard to come up with seasonal traditional & contemporary designs to suit your budget & timescales. They are offer 15% of today (and until 23rd) off spend over £25
Some Traditions should be kept
There is still baking going on at the Kitchens of Vanilla Artisan Bakery and are offering these beautiful & delicious gingerbread houses for just £5 today (usually £10) you will need to order via FB messenger, & they can be collected from Treat Yourself Boutique , who have very generously have added a 20% off selected items
A Festive Bubble for YOUR Bubble
The brilliant BubbleLowe have been feeling festive for a while, look at those windows! Also celebrating just 6 months (disjointed) in business. Bless them for seeing it though the hardest year every for new business!!
So support them whenever you can, they are are open from 12 – 8 most days (except Xmas Day) and by way of thank you or introduction, they are offering 20% off everything today, so try that bubble waffle as well, as the bubble tea or milk shakes…………it is Christmas after all!
A lovely way to start Xmas
Last minute shopping or just a stroll along the Green, what ever your reason, you can say Hello to Christmas at The Shambles with either a ‘straight’ coffee or an indulgent liqueur one and a mince pie for £4.50/£6.50 all served with Good Cheer
Find them at the End of Dicconson Terrace Lytham