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Eden Valley & The North Pennines

The Eden Valley is located on the tranquil eastern side of Cumbria. A landscape of undulating meadows and beautiful villages gives this area of Cumbria a unique charm and character. The area’s varied history has left a wealth of fascinating places to discover, from enchanting castles and historic homes to impressive Neolithic henges and stone circles.

The splendour of the rolling green Eden Valley stretches towards the rugged pennine hills, with an array of sparkling rivers, wondrous wildlife and grand stately homes along the way.

To the south west is Ullswater, where you can take a lake cruise to take in the surrounding soaring montains such as Helvellyn or simply enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore. This little known part of Cumbria is scattered with hidden gems and amazing market towns such as Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. Better yet, soak in the charm of traditional villages like Askham and Langwathby.

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Appleby in Westmorland
Appleby in Westmorland

Appleby-In-Westmorland

The ancient market town and royal borough of Appleby, in the heart of the Eden Valley, is the focal point for many outlying villages and hamlets.
Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen & Brough

A landscape rich in myths and legends, in prehistoric settlements and burial mounds, strategic Roman forts and defensive Norman castles.
Alston
Alston

Alston

Alston is the highest market town in England and sits at the junction of several Trans-Pennine routes. Surrounding the town is Alston Moor, a beautiful and diverse area known for its rare alpine flora and moorland birds.
Penrith
Penrith

Penrith & Surrounding Area

Located at an important intersection of routes between Scotland and England and a cross-Pennines road, the historic market town of Penrith has reaped the benefits of good transport links for centuries.

What's On

The Search For Life In Space

The Search For Life In Space

Penrith

Fri 6 Jan - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Daily Large Format Film: The Search For Life In Space

Furniture Painting with Chalk Paints

Furniture Painting: Upcycle with chalk paints

Penrith

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Bring your own small item of furniture and learn the techniques to upcycle it using chalk paints. With Sonja Tilleard.

K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade – plus support act.

K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade – plus support act.

Penrith

Fri 28 Apr 2017

This is one of Upfront Arts Venue’s regular live music events. A full standing concert with special seating requirements if needed.

Punctures Made Easy

Beginners Bike Maintenance evening for ladies

Penrith

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Punctures made easy! Basic bike maintenance evening and set up, things you need to know about your bike and how to mend them, in order to be self-sufficient when you’re out on a day bike ride on your own.

Being Human at Base Camp

Being Human at Base Camp

Penrith

Sat 29 Apr - Sun 2 Jul 2017

In April 2016, Cumbrian artist Derek Eland, became the first ever artist in residence at Everest Base Camp...

Inside Out (U) 2015

Inside Out (U) 2015

Penrith

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Inside Out tells the story about the emotions inside an 11-year-old girl's head.

Join The B Jambra Parage With Blue Jam Arts

Join The B Jambra Parage With Blue Jam Arts

Penrith

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

This year at Rheged we have teamed up with Blue Jam Arts to bring to life the huge ‘Green Dragon’ and we need some helpers!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (12A)

Penrith

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy.

Hands on Strip and Build Bike Day

Strip and Build a Bike day (Hands On)

Penrith

Sat 29 Apr 2017

This course is the next stage and for those who can already happily remove a back wheel and know how to mend a puncture/ change an inner tube.

Greystoke

Leather Handled Tote Bag

Penrith

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Make a large, spacious Tote bag with leather handles and an open top with a magnetic snap closure.

Julius Caesar

RSC Live: Julius Caesar

Penrith

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

Whittling Wildlife with Dave Harter - Bushcraft

Bushcraft: A 'Bird in A Day' Whittling course

Penrith

Mon 1 May 2017

During this course, Dave Harter will teach you traditional hand carving, whittling, skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete a carved bird in a day.

Inside Out (U) 2015

Inside Out (U) 2015

Penrith

Sat 6 - Sun 7 May 2017

Inside Out tells the story about the emotions inside an 11-year-old girl's head.

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Penrith

Sat 6 May 2017

Come and join us for our first Saturday Art Club inspired by Derek Eland’s fantastic Everest exhibition, “Being Human at Base Camp.

Jazz Brunch in the Candleroom

Jazz Brunch in the Candleroom

Penrith

Sun 7 May 2017

Join us to celebrate the Candleroom’s 1st birthday… with the wonderful sounds from The South Lakes Hot Four jazz band. Enjoy a spectacular hot and cold buffet with a celebratory glass of fizz and a slice of birthday cake!

Breadmaking by Hand

Artisan Breadmaking Workshop

Penrith

Wed 10 May 2017

One of our very popular traditional Baking day workshops, these are always very busy and productive day.

Eycott Hill volunteer

Conservation Day

Penrith

Fri 12 May 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows. Help us with nature reserve tasks this spring and summer including dry stone walling, fence and boardwalk building and wildflower plug plantin

Volunteers at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Volunteer work party

Penrith

Fri 12 May 2017

Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust with nature reserve tasks this spring and summer at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

Dawn birdwatching walk at Eycott Hill

Dawn birdwatching walk

Penrith

Sat 13 May 2017

Visit Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Eycott Hill Nature Reserve at a peaceful time of day to enjoy the dawn chorus. We’ll be looking and listening for species including skylark, meadow pipit, wheatear, curlew and snipe on this guided walk.

Inside Out (U) 2015

Inside Out (U) 2015

Penrith

Sat 13 - Sun 14 May 2017

Inside Out tells the story about the emotions inside an 11-year-old girl's head.

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Penrith

Sat 13 May 2017

Come and join us for our first Saturday Art Club inspired by Derek Eland’s fantastic Everest exhibition, “Being Human at Base Camp.

The Cumbria Photography Show

The Cumbria Photography and Video Show

Penrith

Sat 13 - Sun 14 May 2017

The Cumbria Photography Show. In Association with Rod Ireland Photography and The Penrith and District Camera Club.

Hutton in the Forest

Plant & Food Fair

Penrith

Sun 14 May 2017

Hutton in the Forest's annual Plant and Food Fair brings together the best from northern nurseries and Cumbrian food producers.

Guided walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Guided walk

Penrith

Wed 17 May 2017

Enjoy wonderful views as you learn about Cumbria Wildlife Trust's fantastic upland nature reserve and the wildlife and geology that make it so special.

Things to do

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust

Penrith

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem....

Aira Force Waterfall

Aira Force Waterfall

Penrith

The tumbling waterfall of Aira Force, drops an impressive 65 feet. Its roaring falls set amongst enchanting woodland and landscaped glades with cheeky red squirrels and perfect picnic spots make for a great family day out.

Askham Hall Gardens

Askham Hall

Penrith

Take a stroll through our beautiful gardens with views of the River Lowther, visit our animals and enjoy something delicious in our Kitchen Garden Café.

Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House

Hutton in the Forest

Penrith

Historic house based on a medieval pele tower with substantial 17th, 18th and 19thC additions. The house contains fine collections of furniture, ceramics, tapestry and portraits and is still a private residence.

Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Penrith

A lovely walled tea garden to the front and back of our 17thC Cumbrian home providing a tranquil spot in which to relax, read the papers and let the world pass you by. Perfect for children and families.

The Rheged Centre

The Rheged Centre

Penrith

Rheged has the largest 3D cinema around, an art gallery with changing art, craft and photography exhibitions, 3 cafes and 9 individual shops.

Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank

Penrith

At the heart of the Eden Valley, with spectacular views to the Lake District, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a walled garden and an outstanding medicinal and culinary herb collection. The restored watermill works most weekends.

Eden Valley Artistic Network

Eden Valley Artistic Network

Penrith

Eden Valley Artistic Network aims to bring art to an audience. We are a group of artists, organisations and venues based in the North Lakes and Eden Valley.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Penrith

Dalemain is a fine mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture. The imposing Georgian façade strikes the visitor immediately but in the cobbled courtyard the atmosphere of the north country Tudor manor is secure.

The Lake District School of Food & Wine

The Lake District School of Food & Wine

Penrith

The Lake District School of Food & Wine is situated in the beautiful Eden Valley with close proximity to the M6. The Cookery Classes take place in a modern well equipped teaching kitchen, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle

Penrith

Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13thC by Robert de Vieuxpont, near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont.

Appleby Summer Pudding: Sat 20th August

Eden Arts

Penrith

Appleby Summer Pudding; a fruity, juicy, gooey, indulgent one-day festival for all the family set in the unique and magical 12th Century Appleby Castle in the heart of Cumbria.

Upfront Puppet Theatre

Upfront Puppet Theatre

Penrith

Purpose built 140 seat puppet theatre at Upfront Gallery. This is the only purpose built puppet theatre in the north of England. Productions will delight audiences from ages 4 - 94 years of age.

Gyrocopter Experience

Lake District Gyroplanes

Penrith

A spectacular Gyrocopter Trial Flight and unique flying lesson. You have the thrill of taking control or just take in the views. Based at Berrier Airfield near Penrith/Ullswater/Keswick. Ideal gift or just to treat yourself.

Cumbrian Discoveries

Cumbrian Discoveries

Penrith

Customised sightseeing and walking tours - general or special interest. Cruise specialists. Private visits, 'meet the locals'.

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve

Penrith

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve is a basin mire which supports an unusual range of fen, bog and heath communities with several rare and scarce plant species.

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Appleby Castle is one of the few Norman castles to have been occupied continuously since its building.

Upfront Gallery and Coffee Shop

Upfront Gallery & Coffee Shop

Penrith

Upfront gallery has changing exhibitions throughout the year. There is a shop selling ceramics, jewellery, cards and gifts. A restaurant serving a wide selection of vegetarian meals, snacks and home-made cakes.

Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve

Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Moor House is an upland National Nature Reserve on the backbone of England, around the headwaters of the River Tees and includes Great Dun Fell (848m), Little Dun Fell, and Knock Fell as well as the source of the River Tees.

Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve

Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve

Kirkby Stephen

A secluded and tranquil railway cutting and embankment where a wealth of wildflowers can be seen in the summer along with many species of butterfly.

Brougham Hall

Brougham Hall

Penrith

This is a site of considerable historical interest from Bronze Age onwards. As part of the amenities of the hall for wedding receptions there is also a 1310 chapel.

Thacka Beck Nature Reserve

Thacka Beck Nature Reserve

Penrith

Hay meadows, wet grassland, scrub, hedges, ponds and the beck provide homes for a wealth of wildlife. Although small in size, the reserve has a remarkable number of birds.

Shap Standing Stones

Shap Standing Stones

Penrith

Early antiquarians describe an avenue of stones at Shap extending for more than a mile in length. A short distance south of Shap village, the Kemp Howe stone circle, unfortunately it has been cut into by the railway line.

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