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Spotlight On...Whitehaven

The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world. Situated on England’s Western Coast, the wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town’ and voted one of the top ten seaside resorts in the UK, making it the perfect base to explore Cumbria’s coastal offerings.


What's On...

The Rosehill Theatre has a busy program throughout the rest of 2017, with shows including:-

Mark Watson:
After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, 'I'm Not Here', and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he's not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether.

It’s Wine O Clock! When do you stop? Imogen and Rich don’t care if the glass is half full or half empty, as long there is wine in it that’s what’s important. That’s how they unwind, how they party, how they deal with the stresses of life; young children, high powered jobs. But after twenty years of drinking to excess, Imogen is having second thoughts.

Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets, The Beacon Museum:
Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets is an exhibition that features the skeletal remains of six Roman men dating from the early 2nd century to the late 3rd century AD. Unearthed in York in 2004, the discoveries displayed evidence that so intrigued archaeologists; the men had been decapitated and suffered injuries prior to death.

This fascinating exhibition shows six of these discovered remains alongside other Roman-age material from excavations across Northern Britain. Recent research has added to the story and uncovered more about who these men were, where they came from, how they died and why. To accompany the exhibition is an engaging hands-on play-area based on a Roman market where families can have fun exploring what life was like a Roman town.

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What to Do…

The Rum Story
At the heart of one of Britain’s most historic ports, you are invited to leave the streets of Whitehaven’s Georgian town and feel like you’ve been transported to an exotic island in the Caribbean. Situated in the original cellars and warehouses of 1785, you will start your great Rum Story adventure, experiencing rainforest, slavery, piracy, smuggling, and gangsters, all brought vividly back to life through the careful recreation of each set to capture the essence of time and place.


Explore the Coast

Cumbria’s coastal path is set to expand this summer and become part of the longest continuous coastal walking trail in the world. From exploring the striking red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head to discovering ancient castles and historic ruins, enjoying a romantic sunset stroll along the beach to biking beautiful cycleways, the 32 mile stretch between Whitehaven and Silecroft has a lot to offer.

This will be Cumbria’s second contribution to England’s Coast Path, joining the popular 22 mile Whitehaven to Allonby trail. For keen long distance walkers, that’s a whole 54 miles of undisturbed coastline ready to be travelled and will also link up with another popular long distance walk, the Coast to Coast, which traditionally starts at St Bee’s Head.

Where to Refuel…

The Wellington Bistro at The Beacon enjoys the best harbour-side situation in Whitehaven. With an extensive menu, it’s the ideal venue for visitors to relax and re-energise whilst overlooking the historic harbour. The bistro serves homemade food, using locally sourced produce, offering a wide selection from afternoon teas to burgers, fish and chips to frittatas, as well as seaside ice cream creations for the kids.

Where to Stay…

Relax in a spacious log cabin within Springbank’s tranquil farm setting and enjoy the spectacular open views on your very own balcony. The lodges are close to the attractive village of St Bees with its renowned beach and coastline, whilst also lying within a close driving distance to the mystical Western Fells and the Valleys of Wastwater and Ennerdale.

Croft Hill Guest House
Croft Hill is a charming Georgian-style guest house built in 1770. With its own unique history and character set in enchanting walled gardens, the guest house has maintained lots of its original features, including open fires, whilst featuring tasteful décor and luxury modern facilities and equipment. All rooms boast spectacular views including those of the Solway Coast.

Getting Around…

With regular trains running to and from Cumbrian stations, why not leave the car at home? And, if you want to explore a little bit further Co-Wheels Car Club have a low-carbon car at stations including Penrith, Carlisle, and Oxenholme.

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