• The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world.
• The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town' and voted one of the top 10 seaside resorts in the UK.
• Today the town's harbour enhanced by nautical sculptures, dramatic lighting effects and a brand new marina, is the focus for spectacular maritime events.
• Much of the accommodation has historical roots, including Moresby Hall which offers both b&b and cottage accommodation.
• Saltom Pit, sunk in 1729, was the first mine in the UK to extract coal from under the sea.
• St Nicholas's Church on Lowther Street is the resting place of Mildred Warner Washington (grandmother of George Washington, first president of the United States) who died in 1701. The site of her burial is not known, but the parish register records her death.
• In the mid 18th century, Whitehaven was used as a template for the expansion of New York.
|Sat 23 May - Fri 10 Jul||Angela Strange and Jenni Payne Exhibition at Florence Mine Arts Centre|
|Sat 29 Aug||St Begas Ultra at St Bees Independant School|
|Fri 18 - Sat 19 Sep||Egremont Crab Fair & World Gurning Championships at Egremont|
|Mon 12 - Sat 17 Oct||Evita at Carnegie Theatre|