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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

Best Of British Season

Best Of British Season

Penrith

Mon 27 Feb - Sun 26 Mar 2017

Daily Film: Best Of British Season

Mr Holmes

Best of British Season: Mr Holmes (2015) PG

Penrith

Mon 27 Feb - Thu 2 Mar 2017

Director Bill Condon puts a spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated character with Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as the famous detective.

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

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty Live From The Royal Ballet

Penrith

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Best of British: Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 12A

Penrith

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Mar 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins is the British-French biographical comedy drama about a New York Heiress and socialite who lived out her dream of a life on stage as an Opera singer despite her notoriously bad singing skills.

New Quilting

New Quilting

Penrith

Fri 3 Mar - Sun 23 Apr 2017

This new exhibition will challenge the perceptions of quilt making.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Penrith

Sat 4 - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the centre of a battle to protect the peace.

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Penrith

Sat 4 Mar 2017

eatured in Elle, Vogue, The Telegraph and Marie Claire, Judy’s mission is simple; gather a selection of the UK’s tip-top vintage traders.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty Live From The Royal Ballet

Penrith

Sun 5 Mar 2017

Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells.

The Endurance Store Eden Valley Epic Cycle

The Endurance Store Eden Valley Epic Cycle

Penrith

Sun 5 Mar 2017

The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride which will take place from Penrith Leisure Centre.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Best of British: Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 12A

Penrith

Mon 6 - Thu 9 Mar 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins is the British-French biographical comedy drama about a New York Heiress and socialite who lived out her dream of a life on stage as an Opera singer despite her notoriously bad singing skills.

Concert by ‘Dowland Works’

Concert by ‘Dowland Works’

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Tue 7 Mar 2017

North Westmorland Arts: concert by ‘Dowland Works’ in St Lawrence’s Church, Appleby

Guided walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Guided walk

Penrith

Wed 8 Mar 2017

Enjoy wonderful views as you learn about our fantastic upland nature reserve and the wildlife and geology that make it so special. Sturdy wellington boots recommended as the route is over very wet and uneven ground.

Volunteers

Conservation Work Party

Penrith

Thu 9 Mar 2017

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

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

Penrith

Thu 9 Mar 2017

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler

Love and Friendship

Best Of British season - Love and Friendship 2016

Penrith

Fri 10 - Thu 16 Mar 2017

Based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’ and set in 1790s London on rural English estates, Love and Friendship is a tale of matchmaking and heart-breaking.

Wildlife Illustration with Simon Williams SBA

Wildilfe Illustration with Simon Willliams SBA

Penrith

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

Simon Williams is a highly accomplished artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration, now the director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme. This course is suitable for all levels.

Wine Tasting Weekend in The Lakes

Wine Tasting Weekend in The Lakes

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

A chance to explore the amazing range of wines produced by this one country of great diversity and to savour fine food and wines in the company of like-minded wine lovers!

How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Penrith

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the centre of a battle to protect the peace.

Somethng Boro'd

Something Boro'd: Something Blue with Fi Oberon

Penrith

Sat 11 Mar 2017

Quilts are often created to commemorate a life event, but with the technique Boro, Quilting is used to mend clothes with scraps of cloth layered and quilted together.

Volunteers enjoying a break

Conservation Day at Smardale Gill Nature Reserve

Kirkby Stephen

Sun 12 Mar 2017

We'll be coppicing and brash burning along the disused railway line to maintain an open ride for butterflies. This will encourage the diverse woodland ground flora to proliferate and keep the footpath open for public access.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

Penrith

Sun 12 Mar 2017

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler

Wedding Showcase

Wedding Showcase

Penrith

Sun 12 Mar 2017

Come along and see what we offer at one of our Wedding Showcases.

Wedding Venue Showcase

Wedding Venue Showcase

Penrith

Sun 12 Mar 2017

Are you looking for the perfect wedding venue?

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....

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leacet Stone Circle

Leacet Stone Circle

Penrith

Circle is 37' across, seven stones and the retaining kerb of a destroyed cairn. Nineteenth-century excavations produced a cremation.

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.

Gamelands Stone Circles

Gamelands Stone Circle

Penrith

One mile east of Orton is the ancient Gamelands stone circle. One of the largest in Cumbria, all of its stones have fallen over so none are higher than one yard but they are 100 yards in circumference. Easy access.

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