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The Best Shops for Festival Wears in and Around Cumbria

It’s festival season and we’ve been on a hunt to find you the best places to get garms in our county.

With many highstreets in our little corner of the North West and being saturated with big brands it can feel impossible to find something unique at a cheap price point, so let's have a look to find a style that suits you just in time for some festival fun.

Wild Abandon, Kendal

Situated at the end of the south side of Kendal’s High Street, Wild Abandon offers up some serious boho/hippie inspired fashion.

Previously known as Turning Point the new ownership hasn’t changed the direction of the shop that offers spiritual paraphernalia such as incense, crystals and everything else you need for a more mindful way of living.

At the shopfront they even offer wellbeing retreats that are currently sold out until next year which offers a week of wild swimming, reconnecting with nature, mediation and art.

As for the clothing on offer, they have traditional Thai pants and dresses in an array of colours guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd and are made out of lightweight material so if the festival you are going to is sunny you don’t need to worry about getting overheated.

You can’t go to a festival without a bag and Wild Abandon has you covered with an array of satchel, backpacks and totes to choose from with Nepalese inspired boho bags in a variety of colours to choose from.

The boho bags on offer at Wild Abandon.

By far our favourite thing about Wild Abandon is their array of Celtic and Indian tapestry which you can buy to decorate your tent or use as a blanket to sit out whilst waiting around for acts.

Tapestries and throws

Assembly Rooms Emporium, Lancaster

This place has everything you need and more for festival fits and bits.

The Assembly Rooms is made up of independent traders selling everything from homemade candles to even Chinese crafts and food and we handpicked the best traders to get you festival ready!

Miss Frog:

Accessories are needed to complete any outfit and express your identity and Miss Frog has the funkiest, cutest and strangest earrings, rings and badges you could ever hope for.

My personal favourites include lollipop and mushroom earrings that have a very cottagecore aesthetic.

The accessories on offer at Miss Frog

Ann Kraken:

A large part of festival culture is dressing out of the ordinary, I haven’t been to a UK festival yet that doesn’t have people dressed as fairies and if fancy dress is your thing, then Ann Kraken has almost everything you could ever need to complete your character.

They offer costumes, UV paints, hair dye, contacts, wigs, silly glasses and more. If you want to stand out, then head to this stall and live your fancy dress dreams.

All the fancy dress and more at Ann Kraken

Thrift’n’Shout Wavey Garms:

A big part of UK festival fashion is inspired by 90s and Y2K culture and Thrift and Shout represents serving looks from these eras.

With UK festivals being prone to rain most of the time this shop offers an array of clothing to keep you dry such as iconic vintage branded shell jackets, funky fleece’s and even complete shell suits.

The fleeces and shell jackets at Thrift’n’Shout

They also offer a variety of pre-loved denim, patterned shirts and football shirts for that blokecore look.

Some of the shirt’s waiting to be patterned!

Warwick Bazaar, Carlisle

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Warwick Bazaar located just off the highstreet in Carlisle.

From hand painted trousers to denim jackets loaded with band patches this is possibly the most eclectic of all the shops that made our list. You can find anything from leather jackets to cowboy hats in this vintage shop.

An assorted collection of clothing at Warwick Bazaar photo credit: warwickbazaarshop

You’ll also find thrift favourites such as bomber jackets, denim jeans and shell jackets this shop really does have something for everyone that wants to experiment with their style.

Denim, leather, leopard print and more at Warwick Bazaar photo credit: warwickbazaarshop

Rapture, Lancaster

Located only 2 mins away from Lancaster station is Rapture, a small thrift shop with a big personality on the inside.

Rapture has a ton of American varsity vintage shirts and jackets in a range of different styles you won’t find from fast-fashion retailers.

The varsity vintage at Rapture

They also have 90s-inspired band t-shirts to choose from and a small selection of jewellery to buy.

The band tees section at Rapture

If you are an avid record collector, then you’re in luck as they have a variety of records on sale starting from just £1 and some books on offer for when you have some spare time to soak in the summer festival sunshine and read whilst you wait for your favourite bands and signers.

Some of the books and records on display at Rapture

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