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Orton to celebrate its 200th Farmers’ Market in September

Orton to celebrate its 200th Farmers’ Market in September

Saturday 8 September 2018 will see the 200th Farmers’ Market in Orton, Cumbria.  It was established early in 2001 and is one of very few FARMA registered Farmers’ Markets in the region.  

A couple of the original directors and stallholders are still involved including David Knipe, Jane Emerson and Dianne Halliday and there are lots of newer faces too.  The 200th Farmers’ Market will feature music, cake and a few surprise guests as well as having the bell ringing, coffee morning and second hand books that visitors expect in All Saints’ Church. 

The Market in Orton has been a great example of the development, growth and success of artisan food and drink producers in Cumbria during the past 17 years.  Leanne Duerden has been Market Coordinator at Orton Farmers’ Market since June 2006 and she was a food producer selling Mellow Meadow soups and cooking sauces at Orton before that: “The 200th Market is a great excuse to celebrate and we’re hoping to have a few of our past businesses and supporters taking part as a one off.  We know that a lot of our regular visitors will be pleased to see them and to catch up on what happened to their businesses and what they’re doing now.” 

Since the first Farmers’ Markets in Orton, the availability of local food and drink has grown tremendously.  The Cranston’s Food Halls have opened up, the Farm Shops and Butchery at Westmorland Services have developed and there are now various Taste food festivals and other food events across Cumbria.  There is also now better distribution to local shops in the villages, including Orton Village Store which stocks bread from Keswick, traditional puddings from near Penrith and cheeses from across Cumbria as well as local cakes, milk and cream. 

“It’s much easier to find locally grown and made produce now,” says Stewart Lambert of Kitridding Farm, one of the original stallholders, “and there are farms like ours that have developed their own farm shops too. But there’s still a place for a regular traditional Farmers’ Market.  Orton, so close to the M6 and also so much of a village community, is an ideal location as it draws customers from a wide area and feels like a day out in the country. I look forward to seeing my regular customers there as well as keeping in touch with other producers and good friends.” 

The 200th Farmers’ Market will also be a time to look back and remember some of the characters who contributed to creating Orton’s reputation as a great “foodie day out” in its early days.

“A few of our early producers are no longer alive,” says Leanne, “and many regular customers will remember them and appreciate what they did - people like Sue Forrester of Cream of Cumbria, Bob Kitching of Leagram’s and Ian Mullins of Rachael’s Kitchen Granola.  We’re hoping to celebrate their part in our past as well as bringing together as many producers as we can, past and present, to celebrate on 8 September.” 

Full details of the Orton Farmers’ Markets for 2018 are online at www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Beneath the Beacon Automaton Alphabet comes to Cumbria this Summer

Beneath the Beacon Automaton Alphabet comes to Cumbria this Summer

An amazing collection of mechanical sculptures is coming to Penrith, Cumbria this summer, telling the stories of famous and overlooked characters. 

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More treasure for Penrith and Eden Museum

More treasure for Penrith and Eden Museum

New finds from the Eden area discovered with metal detectors and declared treasure under the Treasure Act (1996) are now on display at Penrith and Eden Museum in Middlegate. They were all independently valued by the Valuation Court which sits at the British Museum. The Friends of the Museum bought a Charles 1st medallion from Kirkby Stephen dating to between AD 1640-1675 and valued at £200.  It features a portrait of the King and the reverse depicts a crowned Royal Stuart coat of arms surrounded by the Garter.  It was probably worn to demonstrate Royalist allegiance during the English Civil War or Interregnum. 

The Friends also purchased a medieval coin hoard of ten silver coins from Crosby Ravensworth valued at £404. The coins consist of pennies of the reigns of Edward I (1272-1307) and Alexander III of Scotland (1249-1286) the latter of which are common finds in hoards of the time as both currencies were freely interchangeable. The coins were found in a straight line over a distance of 6-10m among rocks and crevasses and it is likely these were an accidental loss from someone’s pocket. The face value of the hoard is 10d with a purchasing power of about £17.60p in today’s money. 

A gold and amethyst gemstone ring from Waitby has also been bought by the museum for half the valuation price. Under the provisions of the Act the finder, tenant and/or landowner are entitled to share the reward. In this case the landowner waived the right, allowing the museum to acquire it for £300.  The ring dates from the 13th to 14th century AD, has a simple plain band of undecorated gold for the hoop (roughly oval-D-shaped in cross-section), with a stepped and bevelled rectangular gold bezel mounted with the amethyst. 

Curator Dr. Sydney Chapman says “They add to a series of finds that have been acquired by the Museum in recent years under the provisions of the Act and through the Portable Antiquities Scheme which allows museums with Accredited status to have first option to acquire material declared Treasure by the Coroner. Again the Museum is indebted to the Friends of Penrith and Eden Museum for their continuing financial support in helping to preserve our local heritage.”

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History comes to life at the launch of the Eden heritage Trails

History comes to life at the launch of the Eden heritage Trails

A brand new set of heritage trails are now available to both visitors and locals. These new trails covering most of Eden highlight the rich and diverse heritage of our area in an easy to use, colourful style. The free leaflets are accompanied by a heritage trail app and display boards at Alston, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith information centres.

Costumed characters, courtesy of Penrith Players, Richard III, Lady Anne Clifford, Michael Faraday and John Smeaton welcomed guests to the launch event at the beautiful setting of Brougham Castle.

Jim Walker, Chair of the Eden Tourism Network commented,“Eden is extremely rich in heritage assets yet without meaningful interpretation and informed marketing these can be easily overlooked and their potential to inspire and enthral people remain unrealised. This exciting partnership between Historic England, Eden Council and local heritage attractions has worked hard to enable visitors and local residents to better understand the heritage of the area and as a result create great days out and rewarding holidays, while at the same time helping to support and contribute to the future care of the attractions themselves for the benefit of successive generations. I am really looking forward to seeing the positive impact of this work.”

The Eden Heritage Project comprises 4 trail leaflets covering Eden’s main towns and surrounding areas, which present a fascinating insight into the area’s rich historical legacy. Each guide brings history to life, guiding the visitor on a journey of discovery to Eden’s historical castles, houses, churches and buildings. Visitors will be able to obtain the guides from Tourist Information across Eden including Alston, Appleby in Westmorland, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith.

A brand new app will also enable the public to explore Eden’s main heritage sites at their leisure via smart phones and tablets.  Users of the app will be able to see what sites they are nearest too along with getting travel directions and information on what facilities are available at each site.

Copies of the leaflets are available to download from the Eden Heritage Trails section of our website as well as access to the free heritage trail app.

This has been a two year project which would not have been possible without the funding support received from Historic England North West.  

Charles Smith from Historic England added “Historic England is delighted to have worked in partnership with Eden Tourism to deliver this exciting project. The new heritage trails will give both residents and visitors greater access to the fascinating history to be found in this beautiful part of Cumbria, embracing modern technology to bring historic places to life.”

Visitors already contribute over £336m to the local economy and tourism activity continues to employ an increasing number of employees on an annual basis. Last year Eden welcomed 4.9 million visitors an increase of 4.6% on the previous  year. “We are hopeful that this new initiative will help to continue to grow the volume and value of tourism in the Eden district” commented Jessica Goodfellow, Eden Tourism Manager.

Research figures Source STEAM 2017

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The Dalemain Loop Opens: the official extension to the Ullswater Way

The Dalemain Loop Opens: the official extension to the Ullswater Way

Following the fantastic success of the ‘Ullswater Way’ footpath around the shores of Lake Ullswater, the Lake District National Park and Dalemain Estates are delighted to announce the official new ‘loop’ extension, ‘The Four Bears Marmalade March.’ At approximately 5 miles, the new route offers walkers the chance to enjoy different features of the Ullswater Valley.

The Dalemain loop can be started from Pooley Bridge or Dalemain Mansion and allows visitors to travel on foot along the banks of the River Eamont. The route leads walkers through historic pasture lands and the charming village of Dacre, which boasts a castle, an ancient church with mysterious stone ‘bears’, and the Horse and Farrier Inn.

The Dalemain Loop has been clearly signposted with Ullswater Way Loop markers and uses Public Right of Ways and quiet roads. It is included in the Ullswater Map and Visitors Guide, available at Tourist Information Centres and attractions throughout Cumbria, and is available for free on the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ app. An illustrated account of the walk can also be found in the Official Guide to the Ullswater Way, written by Mark Richards, with £1 for every copy sold donated to the National Park to keep the Way in good repair.

Suzy Hankin of the National Park says: ‘The Dalemain Loop builds on the success of the Ullswater Way in getting people out of their cars and experiencing the beautiful Ullswater Way on foot, this time encouraging people to explore the wonderful House and Gardens at Dalemain and the historic village of Dacre. It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy the Ullswater Valley this summer.’

Florence Lindeman of Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens says ‘The Dalemain Loop will enable walkers to connect to the beautiful Ullswater Way, providing a lovely walk from the Mansion to Pooley Bridge, the Ullswater Steamers and Dacre.’

The creators of the Dalemain loop hope that visitors will enjoy the history and tranquillity of the new walk, and that it will encourage both locals and tourists to explore this beautiful valley further.

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The Great Gable war memorial of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club comes to Penrith

The Great Gable war memorial of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club comes to Penrith

‘So many dreams and hopes of future exploration in the mountains and on the crags destroyed. Their legacy is in the freedom we have to follow our dreams and the opportunity to fulfil our hopes.’ The Fell and Rock Climbing Club (FRCC) President, John M Barrett.  

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Follow the EVAN Art Trail

Follow the EVAN Art Trail

The second EVAN Art Trail takes place 16 to 24 June around Eden.  Pick up an Art Trail map to guide you to artist venues and look out for the wooden orange arrows with black ART TRAIL writing. Artists will help you with directions to the next artist and also to good local eateries, where you can have a brew or lunch! After the Trail this directory will guide you to artists who are working all year. 

EVAN is a self-managed, not for profit, voluntary organisation that encourages artists to get fully involved in projects. Visit the new EVAN Gallery and Studios at No.4 Corney Place, Penrith to see a wide range of work by local artists.

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The value of Eden’s Tourism Economy rises to £336.6m

The value of Eden’s Tourism Economy rises to £336.6m

The most recent economic analysis of Eden’s tourism industry shows that this sector demonstrated an 8.8% increase in visitor spend revealing that tourism is now worth a massive £336.6m to the local economy. Eden welcomed 4.998 million visitors (4.7% increase on the previous year) and tourism activity supported 4,472 full time equivalent jobs which increased by 4.4% from 2016.

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Visit Eden by Air!

Visit Eden by Air!

Why not book your visit to Eden, Cumbria The Lake District by air? 

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Eden’s new Refill scheme is up and running!

Eden’s new Refill scheme is up and running!

Eden is the latest area in the UK to offer a Refill scheme - where shops, cafes and other places agree to give you a free refill of tap water if you come in with a water bottle. 

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Updates from the Eden Tourism Team – we don’t want to lose touch!

Updates from the Eden Tourism Team – we don’t want to lose touch!

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), that comes into effect May 25, 2018.  We need to check that you still want to stay subscribed to our newsletters with updates from the Eden Tourism Team. 

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