Students came out in their thousands to grab a bargain in Lancaster’s first ever Student Shopping Night. Over 70 businesses stayed open for the evening, which lasted until 9pm on Wednesday 4th October.
The event was the idea of the Healthy High Streets team, made up of representatives from Lancaster BID, Boots, Greggs, Wilkos, M&S, Lancaster University, Lancaster City Council and both St.Nics and Marketgate Shopping Centre. It was the first co-ordinated student shopping evening in Lancaster aiming to draw students away from campus and into the city centre.
The event took place throughout the city centre, with a pop-up DJ in Market Square, provided by Lancaster University Students Union (LUSU), glitter face painters and the Lancaster BID team were on hand, giving out student goody-bags.
Students participating in the evening also had the chance to win a weekend away for two, which included overnight stay, travel, VIP club entry, three course meal and drinks on arrival to either Newcastle or Liverpool.
Lancaster BID Manager Rachael Wilkinson said: “We were extremely unlucky with the weather, with persistent heavy rainfall and strong winds all evening, however it was fantastic to see that the students still came to explore the amazing businesses that Lancaster has to offer, with an 80% increase in footfall on Penny Street, compared to the same Wednesday last year. The event was successful, especially for big brand retailers, with some businesses reporting takings of over £5,000 between 6pm and 9pm.”
“We are welcoming feedback from all businesses who took part in the event and would encourage suggestions of how to improve the event in future years.”