Showcasing Keswick

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Written by Paul Roper, Sunnyside Guest House, Keswick

(Credit: Paul Roper, Sunnyside Guest House, Keswick)

Keswick is located in the heart of the northern Lake District. For nearly 200 years Keswick has attracted visitors from far and wide, initially by writers, poets and artists who were inspired by the surrounding mountains and the beauty of Derwentwater then followed by those who were inspired by those works of art. Today visitors are still attracted by the same beauty and majestic scenery, although Keswick is equally regarded as the adventure capital, a destination for those seeking outdoor activities but it offers so much more than that.

Keswick attracts thousands of visitors, of all ages and from all over the world every year who want enjoy getting away from it all in a unique landscape. From leisurely walks with stunning views to a boat trip on Derwentwater and Keswick is blessed with many amazing things to see and do including the award-winning, program packed Theatre by the Lake and the beautiful Alhambra cinema. And no visit to Keswick is complete without visiting the Pencil Museum and the Keswick Museum.

(Credit: Paul Roper, Sunnyside Guest House, Keswick)

For foodies Keswick has a great selection of cafes and restaurants that offer delicious food and drink – you’ll be spoilt for choice. For those who like a wonderful shopping experience Keswick is full of interesting independent shops plus a vibrant market around the famous Moot Hall on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Keswick is situated close to the shores of Derwentwater which is commonly referred to as “The Queen of the Lakes” and it’s easy to see why, majestically surrounded by mountains and fells such as Catbells, Skiddaw and Walla Crag. At only 3 miles long, 1mile wide and 75ft deep at its deepest it’s one of the smaller lakes and is enjoyed by many rowers, motorboats and wild water swimmers. Derwentwater attracts photographers in all weathers and is an iconic view that symbolises The Lake District. Even if you’ve never visited it the landscape will still be recognisable to you as its been used as the backdrop for many famous films including Swallows and Amazons (2016) and Star Wars ep. VII The Force Awakens (2015).

(Credit: Paul Roper, Sunnyside Guest House, Keswick)

For those who want to explore the famous Cumbrian Mountains, Keswick is the ideal base. Surrounded by beautiful smaller fells such Latrigg, Catbells and Walla Crag, which are achievable by most of the family, within walking distance of Skiddaw and Blencathra and a short distance from Helvellyn and the Scafells – Keswick has something for everyone and all abilities.

(Credit: Paul Roper, Sunnyside Guest House, Keswick)

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The John Peel Theatre’s Robin Hood The Pantomime Opening Night Success

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Showcase Cumbria attended the first opening night of the well-awaited and anticipated Robin Hood The Pantomime at Wigton’s historical and award-winning John Peel Theatre.
 It was attended by all ages as well as the attendance Wigton Mayor Christopher Scott who all enjoyed the show.

Written by David Ross, this version of Robin Hood The Pantomime has all the hallmarks of a classic Panto but has it’s own take with lovely surprises and turns, much to the delight of the those watching. 
It pulls also from the story of Robin Hood but stands as it’s own creation taking recognisable parts of well-known stories, music and movies and rolling it into one, which is both brilliant and witty. 
It kept everyone engaged till the end, from the fun boos and to the awwws. There were plenty of laughs, clapping and smiles. (Even forgiveness, when yes, I didn’t managed to get the hints from the cast to find the ladder straight-away under my seat that was meant to be passed to the Merry Men for the rescue of Robin Hood- oops!). 
The cast were fantastic, their acting electric, the lighting and sound of the show was also second to none. 

This Robin Hood The Pantomime is sold out now for the rest of the week but there is still opportunity to attend the remaining dates for their Folk At The John Peel.
16th March 2024 Damien Barber and Mike Wilson

Together, Damien and Mike share an incredibly rich repertoire of traditional songs from around the country, as well as drawing on the work of modern folk writers such as Peter Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

“Under The Influence’ is chock full of nothing but great songs brilliantly sung” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
2nd May 2024 Kathryn Roberts and Sean LakemanMore on them on

20th June 2024 Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones More on them on
You can book those shows and their other events on or call 07977 835094.Do give their Facebook page a follow too for all the latest

Wish to also thank  Aaron Cockbain, Joint Chair of Wigton Theatre Club and Technical Manager of Wigton’s John Peel Theatre for the invitation to tonight’s show, truly honoured.

(Pictured above: Mary Ballard from Showcase Cumbria and Ballard PR Agency, Luke Conn-Goodman star of the show, Robin Hood Georgia Campbell and Aaron Cockbain, Joint Chair of Wigton Theatre Club and Technical Manager of Wigton’s John Peel Theatre)

(Mayor of Wigton, Christopher Scott and Mary Ballard from Showcase Cumbria and Ballard PR Agency)

(Mary Ballard from 

Showcase Cumbria and Ballard PR Agency with Widow Hood played by John Martin 

and Luke Conn-Goodman )

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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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Showcasing Kendal

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Written by Jonny Gios, Showcase Cumbria Contributor

(Credit: Jonny Gios Photography)

Kendal is situated in South Cumbria and known as the Gateway to the Lake District but it’s also a destination in itself! I think that our town will surprise you – and you’ll pack so many unique experiences into one visit, you’ll want to come back! From indulgent shopping to incredible food and drink, adventurous activities to leisurely strolls with wonderful views all around. There are so many great places to meet for coffee or lunch that are independent and different. Down many of Kendal’s famous yards there are more local shops / cafés that are hidden gems.

We even made the Times in 2023 as one of the coolest places to live in the UK. We also have one of the best FE colleges in the UK!

John Cunliffe who lived in Kendal based the Postman Pat books and later the TV series on the former post office at Greenside. The adventures featured nearby Kentmere and Longsleddale.

Scout Scar is a 5-minute journey in the car to what the locals call the ‘mushroom’ which is a lookout point that takes in views of Blackpool, Heysham and the Lake District. Seeing almost 30 miles on clear days! It’s also been known to see the Northern Lights on camera from Scout Scar!!

(Credit: Jonny Gios Photography)

Although Kendal is having a lot of work done along the River Kent by the EA the river is full of life! We often see our ‘3 otters’ playing and fishing along the river, Kingfishers, Herons, Cormorants are all very common along with salmon and white clawed crayfish. It’s a delight to see so much wildlife in our Kendal. We have a wonderful community and Kendal is packed with festivals and many local support groups that benefit locals and tourists alike!

When do you plan to visit?

(Credit: Jonny Gios Photography)

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Nenthead comes together to save Miners Arms

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The Miners Arms Community Association (MACA) was formed to explore options for a

community buy-out of the local pub.

The Miners Arms, Nenthead, Cumbria has been at the heart of the village for generations, first

opening its doors nearly 200 years ago. It closed in 2020 and has not reopened, it is now for

sale. Residents of Nenthead came together at a special community meeting recently to discuss

how they might go about saving their local, the Miners Arms. Since its formation, the Miners

Arms Community Association (MACA) has been busy researching what is required for a

community to successfully take ownership of a local pub and reopen it to the public.

MACA completed a survey with residents to better understand local people’s appetite for the


“When we asked local people whether we should save our pub, the response was an

overwhelming YES!” said Simon Walker, Chair of MACA.

“The Miners Arms was a favourite of the village and a huge part of our local community. We want

to see it open again. It won’t be easy, but with the right support and the dedication of this

community I believe we can reopen The Miners Arms together.”

MACA has continued to research the possibility of a community buy-out, arranging meetings with

other successful community pubs and seeking support from The Plunkett Foundation – a charity

that supports community businesses.

A community buy-out requires significant investment. It is hoped that community fundraising

activities will raise a significant portion of the funds required, and there are options for grant

funding being explored by MACA. The intention is to form a Community Benefit Society and

issue a share offer scheme, where anyone can purchase shares in the Miners Arms, in exchange

they become a member of the Community Benefit Society and have a say in how the pub is run

in the future.

Simon Walker added: “There is a long way to go, and we are counting not just on the residents

but all those that visit our beautiful village to come together to restore this community asset. If

you would like to volunteer your support or have ideas for fundraising, we would love to hear

from you.”

The Miners Arms Community Association meets regularly, with members focussed on specific

activity that supports the plan to complete a community buy-out of the pub.

justgiving page has been established to raise funds for initial project costs such as registering

as a Community Benefit Society and setting up a share offer.

If anyone has any questions, or would like to offer skills or resources to help the Nenthead

community to be successful in a community buy-out of the Miners Arms, please contact 

justgiving – Miners Arms Nenthead

Facebook group – Miners Arms Nenthead

X @minersarmsnent

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Keeping people and businesses safe & secure in Cumbria

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AJ Training Academy
Beth and Managing Director, Adrian Kirkbride at Carlisle Ambassadors 

What inspired the creation of AJ Security and AJ Training Academy in Adrian Kirkbride’s words:

I’ve been in the industry since 1989 & in 2017 a good friend of mine & the town was fatally wounded in an unprovoked knife attack. 
Overnight I decided that this would not happen again to the best of my ability, or would be hindered.
I founded AJ-Security with the sole intention of protecting & reassuring people & businesses that Assets & properties are safe. In doing so it would also be an intention to welcome tourist trade to Maryport & also encourage new or established businesses to set up in Maryport which may also increase revenue for the area.In early 2018 I managed to get all the boxes ticked in order for us to go ‘live’ and hit the ground running to benefit others, as well as gain a foothold in the industry currently covered with National security service suppliers.
What are you working on making happen for the people and businesses in Maryport? 
My aim is to employ CSO Safety Wardens to operate during silent hours & weekends and have a presence on High Streets, other business areas plus have boots on the ground in known trouble areas for ASB or criminal activity (minor or major).
The Emergency services are stretched beyond their means through no fault of their own and my vision is to fill a gap which would allow Police to concentrate on serious crime & incidents leaving my qualified & experienced CSO SW’s to deal with traffic management, ASB, minor call outs, incidents requiring minor 1st Aid treatment, low level 999 calls, as well as liaise with shop workers, vulnerable & elderly people plus report back immediately on a regular basis via radio or weekly/monthly meetings with seniors of the relevant agencies.
This has so much potential to benefit so many walks of life, as well as offer employment to some unemployed male & females who we train using the sister company AJ Training Academy, also based in Maryport.
Those who attend our courses, pass & proceed to gain their Security Industry Authority licence, AND who portray the qualities & personality needed to maintain the company standard and reputation, are offered an interview and should they still fit the description needed then they are offered employment and utilised among my already experienced security officers.
Helping reassure communities while also reducing unemployment figures and improving individual wellbeing and quite possible for their families too.
My spare time activity outside of owning a company & being a father & husband is to run & manage a boxing club in Maryport, renamed ‘Wilters Gym- The home of Nemesis Boxing Club’ in memory of my friend, and to keep his name alive. William Richardson nickname was ‘Wilter’.

I do hope after reading the above that you get a feel for my passion to protect, reassure & also help people & areas.
This is the tip of the Iceberg & there is so much more detail surrounding my vision. If you would like to help or get involved on how Adrian to get this vision happening, you can contact me via our website 


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British Army Troops rally to help restore Cumbrian peat bog

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Submitted Kay Hyde, RSPB England Communications Officer 

Haweswater. Image credit: Patrick Neaves

A team of sixty soldiers from the British Army had joined up with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to reinvigorate the peat bog ecosystem at Haweswater, as part of an extensive landscape restoration effort. 

This collaborative project happened on Thursday 19 October, marks the second year of the British Army’s ‘Global Charge’ green initiative, demonstrating their commitment to supporting local environmental projects. In an area of peat bog in the Riggindale Valley, the soldiers will be using their strength, and crucially, their engineering expertise, to strategically move several huge boulders and 1,000 natural bags of earth, so that water will be captured and held in place to re-wet this landscape for a thriving habitat to develop.

Haweswater, nestled in the Eastern Lake District, was selected as the site of this partnership due to its long-term conservation work.  It is the base for ground-breaking landscape recovery work, which is the result of the pioneering partnership between landowner United Utilities and the RSPB, working together since 2011, to enhance this beautiful landscape for the future, to benefit wildlife, water and people. 

Major Sean Mackey, of the Light Dragoons, who instigated the army’s involvement in the project said:
“As a local resident, I was aware of the vital work taking place at Haweswater to improve the habitats there. When the British Army’s annual green initiative was coming round again this year, I saw a golden opportunity to contribute. The team at Haweswater readily embraced our offer of assistance, knowing that with 60 soldiers, we can make a significant impact on the peat bog restoration.”

The Army will be working at Sale Pot which means “Willow Pool”, situated in the Riggindale Valley adjacent to Haweswater Reservoir. Its meaning gives a nod to how it used to be and previously the RSPB conducted vegetation surveys that revealed this now dry area was once a flourishing wetland habitat, as evidenced by the remnants of bog plants that still exist.

Extensive peat bog drainage has historically occurred in upland areas, primarily for agricultural purposes. However, this practice has inadvertently impacted water quality, increased downstream flooding, and disrupted the bog’s capacity to support diverse plant and animal life.

Richard Smith, one of the RSPB Wardens, who will be involved in leading the day said:

We’ve previously investigated re-wetting this peat bog, but it would have involved helicoptering in machinery and the cost of that was prohibitively expensive. We’re a small team of three Wardens here at Haweswater, so it isn’t a task we could have done alone.

“But with 60 soldiers to lend both engineering expertise, and their collective strength – moving rocks and earth to block old ditches and hold the water in the bog again, it will hopefully only take a day to complete this mammoth task. We’re extremely thankful to the Environment Agency who funded the natural bags we’re using to hold the earth in place, and of course, to the Light Dragoons for thinking of us and we hope to work with them again in future years.”

John Gorst, Catchment Partnership Officer for United Utilities said,
We’re delighted to have the army’s help on this project. It’s a continuation of previous peat bog work we’ve carried out at Haweswater to improve drinking water, slow the flow during high rainfall, and increase the wildlife and biodiversity that relies on this internationally important habitat. Wet peat bogs also absorb large amounts of carbon, so make a huge contribution to the fight against climate change.”

To discover more about the work of the RSPB and United Utilities at Haweswater, visit

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Bringing an Easter smile to Cockermouth people’s faces

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Submitted by Suzanne Elsworth, Elsworth Communications

Lyn Osbaldeston with her Easter gifts (Credit: Suzanne Elsworth)

People living in and around Cockermouth are being given an Easter treat by a town centre shop owner and her customers.

Lyn Osbaldeston, who runs the New to You by The Cumbrian Wordsmith shop in Market Place, at the bottom of Castlegate, is making up seasonal goody bags for the Linking Lives charity. It’s the second time she has donated gifts to the charity after sharing vouchers for local businesses at Christmas.

Lyn sells quality second hand items and also has a mug printing business and a percentage of her sales goes to charity. She had been approached by Linking Lives to create some mugs and decided to keep supporting the befriending service it offers.

Lyn said: “I just want to bring a smile to people’s faces and this means I can take the generous donations of local people and put the benefits right back in the community.

“I’ll be putting Easter eggs and some lovely toiletries in the bags for Linking Lives to share through its networks.”

Linking Lives is a befriending service aimed at adults who want additional friendship and support. It can be a lifeline for those living alone, or are unable to leave home regularly, or otherwise have little community contact. The charity has a team of volunteers who provide weekly home visits or phone calls, as well as social events.

Terry Peate, of Linking Lives Cockermouth, said: “We are so grateful for Lyn’s support and want to say thank you to her for thinking of the people we befriend. Little gestures like this go a long way and we look forward to seeing the smiles from the gift recipients.”

Linking Lives volunteers need to commit just one hour a week to help with the befriending service. If you can help call 07957 515140 or email More information is available at

Easter gifts for Linking Lives (Credit: Suzanne Elsworth)
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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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Beyond Four Walls – Unveiling Carlisle’s Newest Meeting Space

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 🌟 Exciting Announcement! 🌟

Kinsella HR Solutions is thrilled to share some fantastic news – the Roslyn Meeting Room is officially open for hire! 🎉✨

Picture this: A space that’s more than just four walls; it’s where ideas spark, collaborations flourish, and success takes centre stage. 🌈💼

The Roslyn Room is not just a room; it’s an experience waiting to happen! 🚀 Whether you’re planning a team meeting, a workshop, or a brainstorming session, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. 💡✨

Why choose the Roslyn Room?

✅ Vibrant ambiance

✅ Flexibility for various events

✅ A touch of elegance and comfort

Ready to elevate your events? 🚀 for further information. Let’s make your next gathering one for the books! 

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