Showcasing Ulverston

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Written by Zoe Arnold-Bennett, Shed One Distillery, Ulverston

Ulverston, the l’al town with a big heart.

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Can you see the Pepperpot? Then you must be in Ulverston! The Sir John Barrow memorial, sitting atop Hoad hill is one the most recognisable symbols of the town. If the flag is flying, you can climb the 112 steps up the spiral staircase to the lantern chamber. The views are magnificent across Morecambe Bay, the Lake District fells and the Pennines. Look down to Ulverston canal, the straightest canal in Britain. At 1.3 miles long, it’s perfect for a stroll. OAfter admiring the flora and fauna, relax at canal foot and enjoy more stunning views and a refreshment from the pub.

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Wander into our market town, via alleyways and ginnels, to the famous cobbles. Here’s where many of our festivals take place. Another Fine Fest, a music and comedy weekend in honour of Ulverston born Stan Laurel. Retro Rendezvous with its nod to all things vintage. The Lantern Festival, Flag Festival and Printfest. Our Dickensian Festival is one of the most popular in the country with stalls and performers, and many visitors come dressed in their Victorian/Steampunk finery.

Among the variety of independent businesses, you’ll find The Laurel and Hardy Museum which attracts fans from around the world. For a cinema with history and still has an ice cream interval during the main film, visit the art deco Roxy, opened in 1937.

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A short drive or longer walk from Ulverston centre is Swarthmoor Hall. An historic house set in beautiful gardens with a crocus meadow, the cradle of the Quaker movement.

It’s all going on in Ulverston!

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