Carlisle Guide Issue 50: January / February 2019

2020 is here already and you don’t need me to point out just how quickly last year flew by.

One minute it felt like we had the whole summer to look forward to but a flurry of events and activities saw us through autumn, past the festive season and into the new year.

There was barely time to catch our breath and now here we are at the dawn of a brand new decade.  It’s official, the ’20s are here and all of a sudden I realised a whole new generation of people can vote, drive and legally drink that didn’t even exist in the 20th century.

Maybe it’s just me but when I think of what was going on twenty years ago my mind jumps back to the carefree days of my childhood.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Twenty years ago I was part of the workforce, got married and was contemplating fixed rate versus tracker mortgages.

When time feels like it’s slipping through your fingers, you have to take stock and appreciate what’s around you.  Enjoy those moments that make life special because, if last year is anything to go by, another one will whizz by before you know it.

Cumbrians are lucky to live in one of the finest parts of our tiny island.  We have the Solway flanking the edge of the county with its breathtaking sunsets and an actually two Unesco World Heritage site right on our doorstep.

When we consider other famous Unesco sites we’re talking about the likes of the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and the Galapagos Islands, so when you’re keeping company like that it becomes obvious why people travel hours to spend time here.

Seaside location and stunning scenery aside, Cumbria is perfect for stargazers with some of the darkest night skies in the country.  It’s also one of the least densely populated counties so escaping the crowds is easy in our wild open spaces.

We offer a few ideas for day trips or free experiences for the whole family that you might want to consider this year, while our Bridal section is perfect if your planning one of life’s most treasured moments.  As usual, we highlight all the acts, performers and events that will make this year a lively one.  Don’t let it slip through your fingers, enjoy it.

All the team at The Guide wish you a very happy 2020.

Craig

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