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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

3D Printing Workshop

3D Printing Workshop

Penrith

Mon 20 Feb 2017

Back by popular demand, join our Arts Manager John Stokes and discover the exciting technology of 3D printing, where you will learn how to use simple design software to create and print your own model.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Penrith

Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb 2017

Tim Burton returns with this weirdly wonderful story.

Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon

Penrith

Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb 2017

Pete’s Dragon tells the story of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Join them on adventurers you’d never believe!

The Great Print Exhibition 2016

The Great Print Exhibition 2016

Penrith

Fri 25 Nov 2016 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

The Great Print Exhibition is the largest exhibition of original prints in the North of England.

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

Trolls (2016) (U)

Trolls (2016) (U)

Penrith

Mon 20 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

Put your hair in the air for this excitingly funny film!

Film Making Animation with Sheryl Jenkins

Film Making Animation with Sheryl Jenkins

Penrith

Tue 21 Feb 2017

Ever wanted to have a go at creating your own stop motion animation?

I, Claude Monet

I, Claude Monet

Penrith

Tue 21 Feb 2017

In this striking film from award-winning director Phil Grabsky, we take a new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.

Screen Printing with Creation Station

Screen Printing with Creation Station

Penrith

Tue 21 Feb 2017

Discover different ways to use paint in this fun screen printing session where you can make lots of amazing pictures by repeating the same design.

Woodworking Workshops With Woodstone Learning

Woodworking Workshops With Woodstone Learning

Penrith

Tue 21 - Thu 23 Feb 2017

Back by popular demand, we have sword making as well as a chance to make your own shield - just like a real Knight!

Volunteers

Conservation Work Party

Penrith

Wed 22 Feb 2017

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

Join The Spy Academy

Join The Spy Academy

Penrith

Wed 22 Feb 2017

Calling all would be spies. Come to our Spy Academy and train to be an Agent.

Aye Aye!!

Madagascar

Penrith

Wed 22 Feb 2017

Emily Fitzherbert reports on a Sedbergh School expedition to this unique island and its endangered ecology.

Create Your Own Mystical Creature

Create Your Own Mystical Creature

Penrith

Thu 23 Feb 2017

Inspired by Pete's Dragon, Trolls or other mystical creatures, create your own clay model to take home. Will your Troll have pink feathers for hair or maybe you will choose googly eyes for your dragon!

Guided walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

History and Archaeology walk

Penrith

Thu 23 Feb 2017

Enjoy wonderful views as you learn about the history and archaeology of our fantastic upland nature reserve. Sturdy wellington boots recommended as the route is over very wet and uneven ground.

Professor Pumpernickel’s Mind-Bending Science Show

Professor Pumpernickel’s Mind-Bending Science Show

Penrith

Thu 23 Feb 2017

Roll up to witness Professor Pumpernickel in his greatest show on earth!

Immersion Theatre's Alice in Wonderland

Immersion Theatre's Alice in Wonderland

Penrith

Fri 24 Feb 2017

Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other.

Make Your Own Mad MAtters Hat With ARTventurers

Make Your Own Mad MAtters Hat With ARTventurers

Penrith

Fri 24 Feb 2017

The Mad Hatter is at Rheged and he has the biggest most mad-hatting hat.

Music Festival Weekend

Music Festival Weekend

Penrith

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

A renowned Israeli pianist will be among the international musicians heading to the Lake District, Cumbria, for the second Askham Hall Music Festival Weekend this February.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Penrith

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Meet members of the local Penrith Team, explore their vehicle and kit and there will be a fun interactive experience for children on the day.

The Making of BBC Planet Earth II

The Making of BBC Planet Earth II

Penrith

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

Penrith

Sun 26 Feb 2017

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust

Penrith

The ruined castle and gardens at Lowther stand on a limestone escarpment at the Northern edge of the Lake District National Park. Visit the once famous gardens, one of England's greatest, but unseen for 70 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Long Meg and her Daughters

Long Meg and her Daughters

Penrith

Second largest circle in England - 360' diameter. Long Meg is an outlying stone and is decorated with concentric circle - late Neolithic or early Bronze Age (c2000 or earlier).

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