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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.

Some of the aims of the Appleby HAZ are:

  • Improving shop fronts improved in the conservation area 
  • Repairing and restoring a number of listed or scheduled buildings At Risk in the conservation area 
  • Consideration and contribution towards a flood resilience plan 
  • Assisting the community to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Appleby 
  • Increasing visitor numbers to Appleby 
  • New jobs created by reducing the number of vacant shops 
  • Exploring opportunities for tourism with the owners of Appleby Castle and use of the Castle grounds 
  • Enhanced tourist information resources in the Tourist Information Centre and around the town
  • A conservation area appraisal and management plan is produced for Appleby conservation area 

Appleby Town Council are a key partner in the delivery of this project with the Council’s Moot Hall and Tourist Information Centre to benefit from restoration and new tourism promotional materials.

Reviving Appleby’s Tourism economy is key to the town’s economic success. This is a major focus of the Appleby HAZ, equally as important is engaging the local community in helping to restore the town’s conservation area and public realm for future generations to enjoy. Part of the community engagement work includes heritage open days and projects with local schools.

Eden District Council’s Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mike Slee, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to bring this project together. It has the potential to deliver major economic and community benefits to Appleby. The District Council is contributing in the region of £180,000 towards realising the objectives of the HAZ.  

“The District Council, with the support of Heritage England are going to recruit a Programme Officer for the Appleby HAZ; this person will be responsible for the project’s day to day delivery. Eden District Council will also be appointing a Conservation Officer to join our Planning Services Team. This appointment will help guide the restoration of Appleby’s conservation area and the management of the 23 other designated conservation areas within Eden District.”

Win! An Eden Food and Drink Hamper

Win! An Eden Food and Drink Hamper

To celebrate English Tourism Week (25 March to 2 April) in Eden, we've teamed up with some of our local food and drink producers to offer you a mouth-watering chance to win a special hamper.

The winner of the hamper will have the chance to sample some of the best local food and drink in Eden from yummy producers including Appleby Creamery, Kennedys Fine Chocolates, Country Flavour, Cumberland Mustard, J&J Graham, Mr Vikkis Chilli, Penrith Toffee Shop, Marmalade from Dalemain, Fiends Fell Pantry, Traybakes, Magnificent Marshmallow Company, Cranstons, Little Salkeld Watermill, Appleby Brewery and Eden Brewery.

Eden offers great opportunities to sample fantastic local food and drink from pubs, restaurants and cafes not forgetting the area’s renowned local Farmers’ Markets held on a regular basis in Brough, Penrith and Orton.  Eden also has some great Farm Shops which sell fantastic locally sourced high quality produce.

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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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Get set for a beary sticky day out!

Get set for a beary sticky day out!

Come and meet Paddington in Penrith along with a huge dollop of marmalade, shopping and festival fun - yes, Penrith Goes Orange is back on Saturday 18 March, as the town joins in the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival.

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Tree Tales of the Eden Valley at Penrith and Eden Museum

Tree Tales of the Eden Valley at Penrith and Eden Museum

Tale Trees of the Eden Valley: 24 March to 30 April 2017 at Penrith and Eden Museum

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The 2017 Eden visitor guide is here!

The brand new 2017 Eden visitor guide is now available - which we worked on in partnership with Bucket and 2017 Eden visitor guideSpade.....perfect if you are planning a break to Eden in 2017.

The 2017 Eden guide is colourful, contemporary and contains stunning images of the area which compliment the range of activities on offer with a choice of quality, comfortable accommodation from cosy bed and breakfast accommodation, scenic caravan and camping sites and award-winning hotels. 

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Re-Opening of the Settle to Carlisle Line

Re-Opening of the Settle to Carlisle Line

The re-opening of the section of Settle to Carlisle line between Armathwaite and Carlisle, is on target for late March. To celebrate, the Flying Scotsman is returning the route with a special excursion from Oxenhope to Carlisle on 31 March. More details can be found on the KWVR website.

Until then, the Northern service is still fully operational with trains running between Leeds and Armathwaite and buses for the final short hop to Carlisle.

There is a very big Valentine’s week treat in store on February 14th, 15th and 16th with a total of twelve Northern services running by steam-hauled, eight-carriage trains between Appleby and Skipton (and return). They will pass over the ‘roof of England’ behind Britain’s newest steam locomotive, Tornado. The trains will cross the spectacular Ribblehead viaduct and wind their way through the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley.

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Make a sticky date to visit Penrith!

Make a sticky date to visit Penrith!

Teddies, marmalade, shopping and oodles of festival fun… March is a bearfect time to visit Eden for the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards and Festival.

Join marmalade lovers and families from across the country at this annual celebration of the golden conserve, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2017.

Enjoy the Awards Ceremony, talks and other marmalade activities at Dalemain Mansion and hop on the free shuttle bus to the nearby Penrith Goes Orange festival day in the town centre on the Saturday. Festooned in orange, Penrith will host a special market with lots of exceptional marmalades on offer, as well as local artisan food and craft products. Add a huge dollop of music, dance, street entertainment and activities and it’s a day out guaranteed to please humans and bears alike!

Activities continue at Dalemain on the Sunday, so why not make it a weekend?

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Enchanted Indoor Woodland Photo Shoot at Llama Karma Kafe

Tourist Information Centres go Twizy for Charities this Christmas

Tourist Information Centres go Twizy for Charities this Christmas

Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas came face to face with Dec and Dovera, the Renault Twizys outside Penrith Tourist Information Centre (TIC) today (Wednesday 2 November 2016) this week as they gear up to deliver thousands of Christmas Cards that will be sold by Eden TICs.  

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Winter Drover’s Felting Day and Felt Making Workshop at Penrith and Eden Museum

Winter Drover’s Felting Day and Felt Making Workshop at Penrith and Eden Museum

Winter Drover’s Felting Day: Drop in Community Event and Felt Making Workshop at Penrith and Eden Museum Saturday 12 November, 10:30am to 3:30pm

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