As much as we'd like to ignore it, we're fast-approaching Christmas shopping season, and there's no better place to find the perfect gift than at an artisan market.

And Lancashire has plenty to chose from, selling all sorts from meats and cheeses, scented candles and flavoured coffee, hand-crafted toys, flowers and plants and homemade jewellery.

Autumn is an extra special time to browse markets, with comfort food, festive gifts and decorations and with the days shorter, they'll be illuminated with a soft, welcoming glow.

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So, wrap up warm, dig out your favourite tote bags, put on some comfortable shoes and head on down to one of these markets.

We've included a full list of just some you can head to, with dates and times to pop into your diaries to make sure you don't miss them.

Farmers Market at Hoghton Tower

Crepes at Hoghton Tower market
Crepes at Hoghton Tower market

You can't go far wrong with a visit to one of Lancashire's founding markets.

Farmers, butchers, greengrocers, cheesemakers and expert craftspeople will have plenty to offer throughout the autumn and festive season.

You'll also discover handmade jewellery, cakes, fish from Creative Seafood, greetings cards and local gins from Brindle Distillery all in the shadows of the gothic tower and Lancashire countryside.

Walk through the tower's extensive walled gardens to complete your visit.

When: First Sunday of every month, 10am until 1.30pm (last entry), £2 per car - September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19

Where: Hoghton Tower, near Chorley

Ormskirk Artisan Market

Examples of artwork on show at Ormskirk Artisan Market
Examples of artwork on show at Ormskirk Artisan Market

You'll find some real treats if you pay a visit to this famous market town in West Lancashire.

Specialising in handmade and lovingly-crafted products from pet supplies to cheeses and vegan delights to artwork, visitors are sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts and trinkets.

And if you're lucky, animals from S & R Birds of Prey in Haskayne, including Cerys the barn owl and Woodward the Indian eagle owl may pay the market a visit for you to snap a picture.

The artisan market runs in addition to the regular traditional market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

When: First and third Sunday of the month, 11am - 4pm - September 19, October 3, October 17, November 7 and November 21

Where: Moor Street, up to the Clock Tower and down Aughton Street

Cedar Farm

Cedar Farm
Cedar Farm

A thriving and ever-growing market in the newly-refurbished multi-purpose farm, which also has an onsite art gallery, music school, coffee roastery and cafe.

There's fresh, local produce on offer and a host of sweet treats to tuck into at a variety of specialised markets - farmers', vintage, craft and farm shop - each Saturday (excluding January).

When: Farmers' - first Saturday of the month, Vintage - second Saturday of the month, Craft - third Saturday of the month and Farm Shop - fourth Sunday of the month. All 10am - 4pm

Where: Cedar Farm, Mawdesley

Kirkham Market

Bertie Chippington’s ‘Crazy Muddy Flipper’ Hot Pepper Sauce at Kirkham market
Bertie Chippington’s ‘Crazy Muddy Flipper’ Hot Pepper Sauce at Kirkham market

Produce from local traders including cheese, fruit, meat, puddings, pies, tote bags, nuts and crafts are on offer at this market in the heart of the town.

It's also home to the wonderfully-named Bertie Chippington’s ‘Crazy Muddy Flipper’ Hot Pepper Sauce, but you'll have to get there early, as they usually sell like hot...well...sauces.

Friendly faces will be ready to greet you, whatever the weather.

When: October 9, 9am - 3pm

Where: Kirkham Market Square

Grimsargh Village

Organic toiletries on sale at Grimsargh Village market
Organic toiletries on sale at Grimsargh Village market

This little gem has been trading for 15 years inside the Village Hall and therefore perfect for a peruse on a rainy day.

Regular stalls sell meats, cheeses, cakes, eggs, preserves, organic toiletries, artisan breads, chocolates, vegetables, ready meals and crafts.

The market, which usually has around 30 stalls, helps to fund the upkeep of the Hall, through stallholder fees and profits from the cafe.

When: Third Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm.

Where: Grimsargh Village Hall, Preston Road

Helmshore Farmers' Market

Plants are among the produce available at Helmshore
Plants are among the produce available at Helmshore

Helmshore offers 20 stalls all offering locally-grown and sourced produce.

From apples and freshly-squeezed lemon juice from Reedys Naturally to independent olive oil maker Oliviccio, sweet treats by Sugar Chic and plants from Samlesbury Plants.

Under the aptly-named very green gazebo in the centre of the market, visitors can enjoy a coffee and there's also free activities for children.

When: First Sunday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Where: Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Holcomb Road

Church on the Hill

St Leonard's Church will be home to the Church on the Hill Market
St Leonard's Church will be home to the Church on the Hill Market

This community-focused market is nestled inside one of the more unexpected venues on our list, with handmade jewellery, coffee, cakes and more on offer.

It's also set in the beautiful grounds of St Leonard's and the Grade II-listed church will be open for visitors on the day of the market.

Where: St Leonard's Church, Walton le dale

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