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Artists join forces to open gallery in The Old Fire Station

Carlisle’s artists have banded together to form their own gallery.  The Carlisle Contemporary Arts is a cooperative of ten local artists who have created an exciting  space in the Old Fire Station.  The idea to create a contemporary gallery in Carlisle was born some time ago.  Marilyn Laugesen had a hand bringing the collective together […]

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Aerial flight at Honister is a step closer to take off

The planning committee of the Lake District National Park Authority voted 7 – 3 in favour of the Aerial Flight at Honister Slate Mine. Co-owner of Honister Joe Weir is happy with the outcome. “We are over the moon that the Aerial Flight has been approved – subject to conditions. It’s been a long process, […]

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Our Lakes Series – Loweswater

It may lack the grandeur of Wasdale or the drama of Ennerdale but Craig Wishart explains why Loweswater has a charm of its very own. It’s a rare when you stumble on a place the modern world has left largely in peace. Technology, traffic, relentless development and our own electronic devices infiltrate our lives further […]

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Bite Size History – Carlisle Canal and the Castle.

Carlisle has a rich and varied history.  It’s too big to be covered in one go so we like to break everything up into bite-sized, interesting little facts for our readers.   Carlisle Castle The castle was first constructed by William II in 1092, when the area was still considered to be part of Scotland.  […]

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Cumbrian Castles: Appleby Castle

Written by Sarah Lewis-Briggs   The ford through the Eden River at Appleby has always been of strategic importance, the cliff top location that guarded it was even more so. The Romans were aware of its importance when they built a signal station on the current site of Appleby Castle. Whoever held the location had […]

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Kids Half Term Roundup

There’s loads on offer throughout West Cumbria, to keep the whole family occupied this autumn.   Woodland Walks Siddick Woods, Workington What will you find in the woods? A guided walk with a Workington Nature Partnership Officer through Siddick Woodlands is a great way to find out. They’ll happily answer any questions you have about […]

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Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition comes to Whitehaven

Photo credit – Isak Pretorius Stunning images unveiled as Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives in Whitehaven 10 November – 13 January   The world-renowned exhibition – on loan from the Natural History Museum in London – opens at the Beacon Museum on Saturday 10 November. Running throughout the festive season until the 13th of January […]

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Our Lakes: Ennerdale

In the second installment of our western lakes, Craig Wishart lets us in on one the region’s best kept secrets, the magic of Ennerdale Water. In a National Park filled with big names Ennerdale is the black sheep of the family. That’s because Ennerdale lacks the funfair that draws the big crowds. There’s no steamers […]

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Weeping Window

Weeping Window Wows Carlisle

Thousands of people have admired the iconic Weeping Window sculpture which put on a dramatic display at Carlisle Castle over the last six weeks. The Weeping Window, on display at the castle from 23 May to 8 July, came to the city as part of in the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK tour of […]

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Senhouse Museum

Behind The Scenes at Senhouse Roman Museum

Jane Laskey takes us behind the scenes at the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport. Many people who visit the Senhouse Roman Museum are intrigued by the museum building. The building’s massive stone walls and large rooms work well as a museum and may suggest that it was built for that purpose. However, the building had […]

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