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Carlisle’s Countdown to Christmas 

The city is all set for another cracking festive season. As the countdown gets into full swing, Carlisle will celebrate with a Christmas calendar jolly enough to bring seasonal cheer to even the sternest of Scrooge. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and all the annual festivities will return as the city collectively […]

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Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch-On Headline acts announced

X Factor finalists ‘5 After Midnight’ will headline Carlisle’s Christmas Lights Switch On event. The three-piece boyband said: “We are super excited to be in Carlisle performing we cannot wait to get up on that stage!!” The 2016 finalists will be joined by other celebrity acts, The Beatbox Collective – the reigning world beatbox champions […]

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Liar, Liar, Santon’s Triers

As The Bridge Inn at Holmrook prepares itself for the annual “World’s Biggest Liar” competition, Paul McGuirk gets to grips with what it takes to become the funniest fabricator on the planet. What do a sub-aquatic bubble car, aerodynamic snails and human-badger hybrids have in common? Each is the subject of a tall-tale which has […]

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Comic Sofie Hagen Speaks Out

Right now, talented, female comics are revolutionising British comedy. One of those leading the way, Sofie Hagen, tells Sarah Sinclair why she is challenging the patriarchy.   Sofie Hagen is furious. The other day, watching a Disney film with her younger cousin, despite having done so much work to promote body positivity and being, in […]

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All In, Fair Warned! Sean Kelly Brings Storage Hunters to Cumbria

Sean Kelly and the stars of Storage Hunters bring their eccentric auctioneering skills to Barrow-in-Furness this October. The reality TV series from the US, Storage Hunters, has picked up a dedicated UK cult following since being broadcast on Dave. It is now coming to Cumbria as part of a nationwide tour this autumn. At The […]

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US Funk-Jazz Band Stop Off at Florence Arts Centre this Month

Egremont’s Florence Arts Centre will play host to US bandleader, composer and saxophonist De’Sean Jones this week. On September 29, the jazz musician stops off at Florence Mine as part of his latest UK tour. This will be his first time playing in West Cumbria after a sold out charity fundraiser gig earlier this year […]

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Blue Light Walk to March for Mental Health This Weekend

By Arran George A 120-mile charity walk from Carlisle to Blackpool hopes to shine a light on a hidden problem in our emergency services. On the 16 September, the city will see the start of the Blue Light Walk 2017, where a team of representatives from the Emergency and essential services, will come together to […]

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Emma Rydal Gets Soaked

Does “I’ve only had a few” sound familiar? A new play by Cumbrian star, Emma Rydal is about to confront the UK’s drinking issue head on.   In 2014, 58% of adults in the UK said they had drank alcohol at least once in the previous week and a study in 2016 reported that 8 million people […]

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Best in Show

The region’s agricultural shows have been at the centre of rural tradition for hundreds of years and still remain at the heart of local communities today. These traditional country shows have been, provide fun and games for locals and visitors, who come together to celebrate local fare and have a really great day out. We’ve […]

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Here’s To The Next 750 Years of Egremont Crab Fair

This summer, the Egremont Crab Fair returns for its 750th year. Believed to be the oldest fair of its kind in the world, the annual two day celebration returns on Friday 15 to Saturday 16 September. The fair, which every year, sees thousands of people gathering in the streets of Egremont, will celebrate its 750th […]

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