IT'S that time of the year again to get festive and no better way than to enjoy the unique shopping experience that Ulverston has to offer, writes JUSTIN WALES.

Late night Thursday shopping is back this year starting on November 28 (6pm-8pm). These late night openings will take place for the four Thursdays running up to Christmas which are November 28, December 5, 12 and 19 so pencil the dates on your calendar so that you can get the perfect gifts and enjoy a great shopping experience for all the family.

As well as Christmas carols and brass bands there will be mulled wine and mince pies for you to enjoy.

Santa will also be there in his bus so the kids can tell him their wishes for Christmas and get an early gift from him.

After that make a night of it and meet friends and family for a pre-Christmas gathering in one or more of the fantastic bars and restaurants that Ulverston has to offer; this is sure to kick the festive season off to a great start!

If you would like more information, visit Choose Ulverston or pay us a visit at the Dickensian on November 23 where we will be giving away free late night cotton shopping bags filled with offers from the shops and establishments taking part in the festivities. Grab a bag, save money, discover the Loyal Free app and the activities of Ulverston BID.

If you would like know which shops are taking part in the late night shopping events, visit your Loyal Free app and access the ‘Trails’ option (available from November 20) so you can follow and even comment.

If you do not have the Loyal Free app, visit your app-store and search for Loyal Free. Alternatively, if you are in town, access the free Ulverston wi-fi and follow the links provided to take advantage of more than 96 offers the retailers have available for late night shoppers.

BID is also looking forward to seeing the town sparkle again this year following investment into the Christmas lights and the hoad lighting, interacting with the town council to make this happen. So thanks must go to the businesses that support BID which in turn enables Ulverston, its businesses and community to thrive.

Ulverston BID welcomes community feedback on how to improve the town further as it enters into its next five-year term - investing for business and community.