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New Eden Outdoor Pools leaflet is making a Splash!

New Eden Outdoor Pools leaflet is making a Splash!

For the first time, a new joint promotional leaflet has been produced to encourage people to come and enjoy a swim in Eden’s outdoor rural pools.

The idea for a joint promotional leaflet came from volunteers at the pools who felt that there would be merit in promoting themselves jointly rather than individually as had been the case in the past. 

Eden District Council’s Leisure and Communities Team working with Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) have bought together volunteers from rural outdoor pools at Askham, Greystoke, Hunsonby, Lazonby and Shap to network and share best practice.

The group has now met several times to discuss common issues ranging from pool plant training, volunteer recruitment and retention to marketing and promotion.

The leaflet has been funded by Eden District Council with images and content provided by the pools.  Sally Hemsley, Eden District Council’s Communities Officer, who has coordinated production of the leaflet on behalf of the pools said” We were pleased to be able to help the volunteers to produce a leaflet promoting Eden’s outdoor swimming pools. The pools are a great asset for Eden and appeal to visitors as well as locals and are all open daily at the moment” 

Rich Morris, from Shap Outdoor Pool said “It has been really useful being able to get together with volunteers from the other rural outdoor swimming pools in Eden and we are all really pleased with the joint leaflet. We are hoping that it will help to bring more people to enjoy what the pools have to offer. The leaflet features the Swim Eden Challenge in which swimmers can get a stamp at each participating pool then get a fifth swim free.”

Copies of the free leaflet which has full details of the facilities and opening times at each pool are available from local Tourist Information Centres and are being distributed around Eden by Northern Print Distribution.

New sign signals great welcome at Penrith North Lakes railway station

New sign signals great welcome at Penrith North Lakes railway station

Visitors to Penrith will get an extra special welcome when they arrive by train over the summer as a brand new welcome sign was unveiled at the town’s railway station this week.  A new "Welcome to Penrith" sign was installed at Penrith North Lakes railway station as a result of a joint initiative between Virgin Trains and Eden District Council’s tourism team which will encourage more people to explore what the town has to offer.  

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Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

The Lake District was today (9 July 2017) named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim.

Three key themes underpinned the bid for World Heritage Site status, recognising the Lake District National Park as a cultural landscape of international significance. These include world ranking examples of identity, the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration, art, literature and love of the place. This in turn sparked the birth of conservation, people fought and invested to look after this special corner of England.

The bid was submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England as the UK’s only submission in 2016.

Locals and visitors across the Lake District are being invited to celebrate the UK’s latest World Heritage Site this weekend by coming together for a Picnic in the Park! Marking the first weekend as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (15 and 16 July) lovers of the Lake District are encouraged to take a trip to their favourite picnic spot, café, garden, fell or iconic lakeside view in the National Park and share their photos using #WeAreTheLakes, which will appear on the World Heritage website.

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2017 Eden Tourism Summit

2017 Eden Tourism Summit

The 2017 Eden Tourism Summit will be held on Wednesday 18 October at Askham Hall, near Penrith. 

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Yorkshire Dales Tourist Information Centres experience Eden’s classic welcome

Yorkshire Dales Tourist Information Centres experience Eden’s classic welcome

Cumbria Classic Coaches and Stainmore Railway Company provided a unique taste of heritage transport from a bygone era for a group of Visitor Centre staff from the Yorkshire Dales this week.  

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Landscape journey leads TIC to artist studio’s bus stop

Landscape journey leads TIC to artist studio’s bus stop

A bus stop in the grounds of an Eden Valley artist was the unusual location for Penrith Tourist Information Centre (TIC) this week to launch their latest retail partnership with local artists in the area.  The bus stop looks as though it used to stand on the main street in Tirril located between Penrith and Pooley Bridge.  How it came to land beside the studio of local artist Haydn Morris remains a mystery.

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Indulge in Eden food festival’s free days out

Indulge in Eden food festival’s free days out

There’s no tastier time to visit this beautiful part of Cumbria than during the Eden Food and Farming Festival. The festival gets off to a delicious start with the annual Penrith on a Plate food festival day on Saturday 15 July, giving you the chance to try some of the finest foods and beverages lovingly produced in Eden and beyond. 

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Dorothy's Gate offfically unveiled

Dorothy's Gate offfically unveiled

A new art installation has been unveiled at Aira Force.  Dorothy’s Gate is one of nine commissioned pieces of art to make up a new heritage trail located on the Ullswater Way.

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Appleby Launch New Visitor Website

Appleby Launch New Visitor Website

Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council has launched a new website aimed at visitors to the town.  The website address is www.visitappleby.com. The website was designed and developed by Appleby Community Enterprises (ACE) and funded by a grant from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (Cumbria LEP), administered through Eden District Council.

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Lady Anne Clifford helps celebrate Appleby’s new Heritage Action Zone

Lady Anne Clifford helps celebrate Appleby’s new Heritage Action Zone

A character from Appleby’s history, famous for helping to rebuild the area’s castles - Lady Anne Clifford, joined the celebrations as the conservation area in Appleby has been chosen as one of the first Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) - the only one in North West of England. Ten villages, towns and cities across England have been selected for their historical significance and promise by Historic England.

The HAZ is a five year project based on a partnership between Historic England, Eden District Council and Appleby Town Council, who are working together with the local community to use the power of Appleby’s heritage to boost the local economy. The overall investment over five years is estimated to be £1,650,000, with Historic England contributing £760,000.

In 2015/16 Appleby was devastated by the major winter floods. People’s homes and businesses and the local economy were badly affected. A number of buildings were damaged and landslides closed the Settle to Carlisle railway line northwards for over a year.

Since the flooding, Appleby has been designated a Conservation Area at Risk and several buildings feature on the Heritage at Risk Register. Tourism is one of the town’s major industries, but Appleby had suffered from a decline in visitor numbers in recent years.

Some of the aims of the Appleby HAZ are:

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Feast of delights launches English Tourism Week in Eden

Feast of delights launches English Tourism Week in Eden

The iconic Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater was the magnificent setting for the launch of this year’s English Tourism Week in Eden where local tourism businesses were joined by Lady Cobham, Chairman of VisitEngland and David Curtis-Brignell, Chairman of VisitEngland’s English Tourism Week Committee.  

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