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Eden Valley & The North Pennines

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 take in the views as you 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. Uncover medieval castles and ancient relics, or 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

Moana (2016) PG

Moana (2016) PG

Penrith

Mon 27 Mar - Sat 1 Apr 2017

Moana is a young girl who ventures out to sea on a mission to save the future of the people of the Pacific island on which she lives.

New Quilting

New Quilting

Penrith

Fri 3 Mar - Sun 23 Apr 2017

This new exhibition will challenge the perceptions of quilt making.

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

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly Live From The Royal Opera House

Penrith

Thu 30 Mar 2017

Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccinis deeply poignant opera.

The Pat McCarthy Quartet

The Pat McCarthy Quartet

Penrith

Fri 31 Mar 2017

These incredibly talented and engaging musicians present a varied programme, with the very best of jazz and swing, ranging from 1930’s classics to the new generation of modern jazz hits.

Ruth Issit

Ruth Issit: Working Wtih Colour Dye Print & Stitch

Penrith

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Author Ruth Issett is one of the world’s leading colourist in textile art today.

Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends - The Great Race (2015) (U)

Penrith

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Apr 2017

Thomas & Friends: The Great Race sees Thomas wishing he could represent Sodor at the Great Railway Show, which is taking place on the mainland.

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

Penrith

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly Live From The Royal Opera House

Penrith

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccinis deeply poignant opera.

Moana (2016) PG

Moana (2016) PG

Penrith

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Apr 2017

Moana is a young girl who ventures out to sea on a mission to save the future of the people of the Pacific island on which she lives.

The Twelfth Night

National Theatre Live - The Twelfth Night

Penrith

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

Two Way Mirror

Two Way Mirror

Penrith

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Theatre by the Lake On Tour Presents - Two Way Mirror by Arthur Miller

Beginners Embroidery

Beginners Embroidery with Leah Halliday

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

This fun and relaxed 1- hour workshop will give you an excellent introduction to hand embroidery.

Volunteers

Conservation Work Party

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows.

Di Giplins Gansey Knitting Masterclass

Di Giplins Gansey Knitting Masterclass

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Join expert, Di Gilpin for an exploration of some key techniques and an appraisal of the fabulous fisher patterns we uses in some of our key designs!

Dragon Egg Hunt and The Growing Egg

Dragon Egg Hunt and The Growing Egg

Penrith

Sat 8 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

Join us for our giant dragon egg hunt and see if you can track down all 100 of the hidden dragon eggs with lots of prizes to be won.

Patchwork Session With Sooz In The Shed

Fun Family Patchwork Session With Sooz In The Shed

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Join Sooz in this fun family patchwork workshop.

Knit and Stitch Show

Knit and Stitch Show

Penrith

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Apr 2017

Knit and stitch Show. In association with Cool crafting.

The Twelfth Night

National Theatre Live - The Twelfth Night

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

Sarah Peel: Building Yuor Craft Business

Sarah Peel: Building Yuor Craft Business

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Join Sarah from CoolCrafting who will be sharing her experiences in establishing a successful craft business.

Storks

Storks (2016) (U)

Penrith

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

A Hero Of Our Time

A Hero Of Our Time - Live From The Bolshoi Ballet

Penrith

Sun 9 Apr 2017

Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…

Crochet For Beginners With Marion Woolcot

Crochet For Beginners With Marion Woolcot

Penrith

Sun 9 Apr 2017

We are pleased to welcome Marion Woolcott, a popular tutor at Rheged, to unravel and simplify the mysteries of using a crochet hook. All materials will be provided to get you started.

Patchwork Session With Sooz In The Shed

Fun Family Patchwork Session With Sooz In The Shed

Penrith

Sun 9 Apr 2017

Join Sooz in this fun family patchwork workshop.

Things to do

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle

Appleby-in-Westmorland

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

Cumbrian Discoveries

Cumbrian Discoveries

Penrith

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moor Divock

Moor Divock

Penrith

This area is rich in prehistoric remains including a standing stone, stone circle and cairns. Park in the centre at Pooley Bridge and head east towards Roehead, carry on up this track to reach the top of Askham Moor and Morr Divock.

Broomrigg Circle

Broomrigg Circle

Penrith

Three stone circles and two smaller settings of boulders 12' across. Inside one of the circles was a series of cremations, one in a collared urn. The cirlces are located just behind ther village of Ainstable near Carlisle.

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.

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