Culture

There is a vibrant and varied culture in Cumbria and Lancashire. The number of theatres and year round festivals means there is always something interesting to do.

FESTIVALS

There is hardly a weekend goes by without one festival or another taking place. Some of the best known include:

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Award winning RESTAURANTS and pubs

Cumbria and Lancashire have some of the nation’s best award winning restaurants – L’Enclume, Forestside, The Old Stamp House, Cottage in The WoodThe Samling and Northcote.  The Lakes prides itself on being one of the best areas in the UK for exquisite and innovative produce.

Carlisle and Lancaster are both university cities with large student populations with vibrant nightlife. The region also has a full and varying range of pubs from traditional country to the modern bars of Hell Below, Thin White Duke, Last Zebra (Carlisle). Also, numerous award winning pubs like Drunken Duck and the Inn of Whitewell, both of which have recently ranked in the The Times Best 20 Pubs 2017.

HISTORY/HERITAGE

Cumbria and Lancashire simply ooze history and heritage. From the Romans to the Border Reivers to the Plantagenets our region has been making history throughout the last few thousand years or so.

Hadrian’s Wall once defined the extremity of the Roman Empire and still defines the top of our region.

Lancaster is home to the House of Lancaster, the English Red Rose and the Plantagenet line.

Carlisle was key in Roman times as the principal fort on Hadrian’s Wall and remained at the centre of matters between England and Scotland until unification. It’s Norman castle was the major stronghold during the Border Reiving years and Carlisle Cathedral is a stunner.

The region has a plethora of sites of historical interest from the stone circle of Castlerigg , the last battle field in England to the priories of Furness and Lanercost.

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UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO

The tourism sector provides varied and unusual activities for all whether it is a ride on Laal Ratty aka Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a steam gondola trip on Coniston or Ullswater, a cruise on Windermere or Derwentwater or a trip to Hadrian’s Wall and Roman Forts.

COUNTY AND TRADITIONAL LAKELAND SHOWS

In Summer, county and the Lake District’s traditional agricultural and sporting shows take place. The agricultural shows also showcase sports events such as Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, fell running and hound trailing. The Grasmere Show is a particularly good one to go to.

They are held in summer or early autumn and include:

Family Relaxing At Outdoor Summer Event

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