Plans to transform Maryport’s historic harbour

An artists impression of what the new space could look like in Maryport (Image: Cumberland council)

A planning application to revitalise Maryport’s historic harbourside has been submitted to Cumberland Council.

The proposals include a new public event space, which will be located on a piece of grassland next to the aquarium and the Shiver me Timbers play area.

If approved, it will include a purpose-built stage for live entertainment with amphitheatre-style banking where the audience can sit. There will also be a bar created from repurposed shipping containers, and a marquee space which will be flexible for different events, whether that’s the Taste Cumbria food festival, pop-up music or family festivals, or even markets.

An artists impression of what the new space could look like in Maryport (Image: Cumberland Council)


In addition to these plans, enhancements are being made to the wider harbourside location. The aged Shiver me Timbers park is being replaced with a colourful new adventure play area and a splashpark. A public consultation is underway to choose the design for this and the results will be announced at the beginning of May.

Meanwhile, at the nearby Maryport Activity Centre, formerly known as the Wave, a major refurbishment will get underway in June which will include a new adventure soft play for smaller children, an enhanced Clip n’ Climb activity centre, and an improved gym.

These are all part of the regeneration scheme but either already have planning permission or do not require it.

Cumberland Council is managing the £12 million regeneration of Maryport and this planning application is the next step in Maryport’s transformation. The money for the harbourside improvements is being provided through the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

The planning application can be viewed in full by searching for application number FUL/2024/0083 on the Cumberland Council website.

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