Things to do in Cumbria

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Discover the Spirit of Cumbria: Shed One Distillery’s Award-Winning Experiences

Uncover the Charm of Artisanal Spirits at Shed One Distillery From Garden Beginnings to a Destination of Delight! Enjoy Botanical Afternoon G&Teas,  Personalised Distillery Tours, and Craft Your Own Signature Gin. Celebrate Special Moments with Cocktails & Cakes, Engage in Artisan Workshops, and Build Team Spirit with Corporate Events. Say ‘I Do’ at Our Licensed Wedding Venue and Toast to Our Sustainability and Excellence Awards.

Visit Shed One – Where Every Sip Tells a Story.

Andy & Zoe launched Shed One Distillery in 2016, from their 7×7 foot garden shed. We moved to The Old Calf Shed in 2019 and opened to the public with a shop, bar and visitor experiences.

Shed One is open to the public on specific days and times; however, if the shutters are up, ring the bell for the shop and bar. Experiences need to be booked. 

Shed One Distillery
The Old Calf Shed
North Lonsdale Road
Cumbria LA12 9AU

Botanical-inspired Afternoon G&Tea with Distillery Tour.

Featured in The Sunday Times: “The Seven Best Affordable Afternoon Teas”.

Distillery Tours & Tastings. 

Make Your Own Spirit. You can choose to create your signature botanical spirit, or gin. 
All experiences are hosted by us, the distillers and owners. 

Look out for our other special events including “Cocktails & Cakes” and local artisan-led workshops.

Corporate team-building

Licensed wedding venue.

Winner of Visit England’s Excellence Awards, Silver
Winner of The Gin Guide’s Environmental Sustainability for 4 years running.

Contact them now to book as well as follow them on social media:

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🏇 Elevate Your Brand at Cartmel Racecourse! 🏇

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Step into the winner’s circle with Cartmel Racecourse’s exclusive promotional opportunities! As the racing season gallops ahead, they are offering a range of packages to showcase your brand, entertain clients, or simply savour a day at the races.

🔹 Hoarding Banners: Only a few spots left for the season! Be quick as once they are gone, they are gone. For just £500 + VAT, gain visibility in front of up to 100,000 guests and potential TV coverage. Plus, receive complimentary extras that you don’t want to miss out on!

🔹 Car Park Promotion: Make a statement in the only car park in Cartmel.

🔹 Paddock Marquee: From £59.00pp, enjoy the races in style and comfort.

🔹 Party Tents: Enjoy the races with clients or family in one of their Party Tents

🔹 Parade Ring Restaurant: Dine with a view.

🔹 Louis Roederer Restaurant: Indulge in luxury dining.

Don’t miss this opportunity to align your brand with the excitement of Cartmel Racecourse. Let’s make this racing season a winner for your business!

To book any of the above or for more information, please contact me, Mary Ballard via as I am an acting agent for Cartmel Racecourse and selling them on their behalf.

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The Blood Bikes Cumbria Chairman – Jim White said:
“As we are now in our 10th Anniversary Year, I’m delighted to announce that Blood Bikes Cumbria will be holding a significant Open Day at Carlisle Airport on Sunday 16th June 2024 and we would be especially delighted if you could attend and provide vital coverage of this event. The 10th Anniversary Open Day promises to be a magnificent event, building upon the success of last year’s hugely popular gathering. This is a massively significant day for us, providing vital awareness, fundraising and attracting potential new members. The day itself will run from 10am until 4pm and we confirmed the attendance of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), the Police, Fire and Ambulance Service, motorcycle dealerships, IAM and RoSPA Advanced Motorcycists, together with our partner Blood Bikes groups from Northumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lakes/Lancashire. Entertainment will be provided by local blues band the Delta Gecko’s and food and motorcycle clothing retail outlets will also be there.
We are a charity, run by volunteers who freely give up their time and energy to support our North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). All our members are unpaid and it costs our charity money to keep our vehicles on the road, so every penny we raise is vital to continue our lifesaving service. We save the NHS and GNAAS money each year delivering critical blood supplies and urgent specimens 365 days a year. More importantly, we deliver without fail. We are proud to support our community in their time of need, both Cumbrians and visitors alike. So please support us with vital PR if you can, and we hopefully look forward to seeing you on Sunday 16th June at Carlisle Airport”.

What’s going on at our Open Day?

This is a road safety focussed event and is both free to enter and open to the general public.

The event is being held at Carlisle Airport on Sunday 16th June from 10 am until 4 pm.
With the focus of the day continuing to be about road safety and skills awareness we will be running our slow speed courses in a safe and managed motorcycle environment and IAM RoadSmart and RoSPA will be doing observed ride outs, where riders will receive feedback from qualified National Observers to help improve their riding techniques.

KC Superbikes and Lloyd BMW Motorcycles Motorcycle dealerships will all be in attendance showing off the latest 2024 motorcycles. BMW, Triumph, Suzuki and Indian Motorcycles will have their mobile showroom trailers on site, with test rides available on the day.

A rapid response vehicle from the Great North Air Ambulance Service will be there, with attendance from Cumbria Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service who will also be advocating road safety. There will be catering vans, ice cream, donuts and live music from local blues band The Delta Geckos. Further entertainment will be provided by Workington Comets Speedway riders, Cumbria Motopark Electric Motocross bikes, Birchall Brothers Racing; and Andy’s Man Club will all be in attendance to showcase what they do.

Who are We?
Blood Bikes Cumbria is a locally based charity operating throughout north and west Cumbria, registered in England (No.1159026). We are all volunteers and we wholly rely on fundraising to maintain a continual 365 days a year service to the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and GNAAS. We currently have 154 members: all are unpaid and willingly give up their free time and energy for the benefit of our community and for the benefit of others. We are always looking to recruit more members: all our riders & drivers have advanced rider or driver qualifications and receive expert on-the-job training. It is a rewarding and satisfying role; one that gives so much back to others in their time of need.

What Do We Do?
Blood Bikes Cumbria provides free ‘out of hours’ cover for the NHS. Every day, we transport vital lifesaving blood and laboratory samples between hospitals and medical centres in Cumbria and from the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle to specialist laboratories in Newcastle, including the Royal Victoria Infirmary, The Freeman Hospital and the northern region National Blood and Transplant Service facility. Our service saves the NHS £400K annually, but more importantly we ensure that urgent blood and samples are delivered as soon as possible. Additionally, we deliver a daily supply of blood to the GNAAS helicopter ‘The Pride of Cumbria’ based at Langwathby and return unused items to Newcastle with the help of a relay provided by Northumbria Blood Bikes. We save GNAAS over £80K annually. The Pride of Cumbria medical team has achieved over 500 lifesaving blood transfusions throughout Cumbria: we are incredibly proud to play
our part in delivering this vital life-saving capability.

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Cumbrian Rowing club launches open-to-all bursary scheme

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Adult learn-to-row graduates ready to race at Warrington. Photo: Karen Wagstaff

A Keswick-based sports club has created a scheme to encourage more people to take up rowing, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Lakeland Rowing Club wants to attract new members from across north and west Cumberland by making learning to row as affordable as possible.

Its John Inman Fund, named after one of the club’s founding members, aims to ensure local residents of all ages can get involved without worrying about the cost.

Lakeland chair Julia McCumiskey said: “Rowing has a reputation as an elitist sport, but that isn’t the case at all. Our members are ordinary, local people who enjoy spending time on the water amid some of the country’s loveliest scenery.

“Rowing is great low-impact, full-body exercise, whatever your fitness level. It’s also a fabulous way to de-stress. When people are under financial pressure, they need outlets like rowing more than ever, but paying to learn or for ongoing membership can feel like an unaffordable luxury.

“Our membership fees are already the lowest in the country and, as a charity, it’s important for us that those who can afford to pay full price do so. However, we want to make rowing even more accessible, to ensure it’s open to anyone who fancies giving it a try, no matter what their financial status.”

The Derwentwater club normally charges £110 for an adult weekend learn-to-row course and £40 for a junior course. Both prices include use of club equipment and facilities for the year. Membership for subsequent years is £130 for adults, £70 for students and under-18s.

Julia continued: “Anyone struggling financially can apply to the bursary fund for help to pay. There are no intrusive forms to fill in and all applications are confidential. Just drop us an email, tell us about your circumstances in a sentence or two and what you can afford to pay, and we’ll take it from there.”

Aggie was club’s first bursary recipient. She said: “Rowing was on my mind for a long time and I always wanted to try it, especially on beautiful Derwentwater, but it was a bit tricky for me to pay for the course. With the cost-of-living crisis and other unexpected expenses, I thought I’d have to put it off for another year.

“Then I found out about the bursary. I’ve met like-minded people and felt a part of the team straight away. Being a member of the club gives me a true sense of belonging to the rowing ‘family’ and I look forward to Saturday morning sessions.”

Lakeland has places available on adult learn-to-row courses, open to over-18s, on 18-19 May, 29-30 June, 27-28 July and 24-25 August. Junior courses, for Year 7 upwards, are planned for 4-5 May, 8-9 June and 20-21 July. For details of how to apply, visit

Junior learn-to-row graduates after winning at Hexham Regatta. Photo: Clive Penkett
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June Events 2024

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June 23rd June

Coming to Carlisle this summer:

This isn’t an ABA show because there’s already homegrown boxing clubs putting their great events on already in the city.

What Bricktop Events is bringing to the Border city is a lively afternoon of boxing which will include skill, tough, brawl, experienced & novice & beginners giving it their all to get their hand raised at the final bell.

A perfect City, location & venue for what will be a lively event rammed with the atmosphere & adrenaline of other shows.

It’s Quality over Quantity at these events & will consist of a number of Ringside tables of ten, VIP tables of ten & some, only some tickets where the ticket holder gets their own refreshments.

Ringside & VIP tables have waitress service meaning you can relax & watch the best sport while in the company of colleagues, family members or good mates…. either way, you are away from the grind of work, to relax & enjoy.

Ringside & VIP tables are limited to ensure the ticketholder(s) ain’t squashed like sardines because comfort matters.

Also at the event will be a FUNdraiser bout raising needed funds for ‘Cash For Kids’.

Interested in coming or definitely wanting to come? Brilliant then keep your eyes pinned for updates.

Tell your boss, colleagues family & friends. Its planning to be a blinder.

Contact to find out more


Friday 28th June 2024

Following last year’s hugely popular evening with Björn Again, we are thrilled to welcome three fabulous acts to the stage on Friday 28th June 2024 who will be bringing together some of the biggest Britpop tunes of the 90s after a day of racing!

Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets will kick off the evening with a DJ set, followed by two incredible sets from Definitely Oasis and Complete Stone Roses. 

It’s sure to be an outstanding night of singing and dancing to perfectly complete a day of racing! 

The site will operate as one enclosure for the day with general admission tickets set at one price.

All tickets and packages will be available to purchase here from 10:30am on Wednesday 28th February. 


To book the above, head to Mindfulness Events – Lakeland Wellbeing

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Bowness-on-Solway: Burgh Marsh a rarely visited monument (and how to get there on bike!)

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Taken from Bowness-on-Solway: Burgh Marsh – Border City Cycle Hire blog with their permission. Photo their own.

I’m often asked about the absence of Hadrian’s Wall along the route between Bowness-on-Solway and Carlisle? Those that have experienced my ‘Tour Guide’ monologue when travelling with their bikes to begin cycling along the N72 cycle route Eastwards, will recognise that the stone from The Wall is now incorporated into various structures, notably the Keep Tower at St Michaels Church in Burgh-by-Sands.

This invariably leads me into another area of ancient history – the demise of King Edward 1st, otherwise known as ‘The Hammer of the Scots’ or Edward Longshanks.

Edward was a formidable King and had pushed the Scottish forces northward and out of Carlisle, on a number of occasions. This time, he had assembled his army on Burgh marsh just north of Burgh-by-Sands, with the intent of crossing the Solway estuary when the tide allowed, then attack the Scottish forces occupying Carlisle from the North where they would least expect or be prepared for.

Unfortunately, the old King (66 years allegedly) became ill with a fever and died before a crossing could be attempted and as the army still needed to do this, his aides and generals decided to keep his body safely stored in St Michaels Church, until they had dealt with the pesky Scottish invaders – which was about 10 months later… They then transported his body back to Westminster Abbey (via Waltham Abbey) for Burial.

The place where he died on the Marsh is marked by a rarely visited monument and can be reached by taking the HWCR Loop between Burgh-by-Sands and Kirkandrews-upon-Eden.

About Border City Cycle Hire – 

They are a fully mobile operation with delivery and collection mutually arranged. Bookings can be made online via their website

* Delivery/Collection charges over 3 miles from City centre may apply

Book & pay for your bike online then contact us to arrange exact delivery details to your location – simple!

Telephone: 01228 808253

* Charges over 2 miles may apply – Security deposit required in all cases *

Also check out their Facebook page and give it a like!

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