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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.

Over the past year, the Friends of the Ullswater Way who work with all five parishes around the lake, has been working closely with local craftspeople and artists to create the heritage-themed installations. They celebrate different aspects of the history and culture of the valley.

The Dorothy Gate, stands on the grassy area in front of Aira Force Cafe and celebrates the writing of Dorothy Wordsworth and her influence on the poetry of her brother, William Wordsworth. The ash poles have been carved with words from Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal by local craftsperson James Mitchell - describing the beautiful daffodils she saw as she walked along the shores of Ullswater not far from this spot

Funding for the gate has come from Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the Wordsworth Trust. Additional support has been given from a wide range of individuals and organisations including: Colin Bell and Stephen Gorton in Hartsop who advised on how the gate would have looked in Dorothy's day.

The National Trust and the Lightburn family, of Watermillock, have also contributed to the overall design, production and sourcing of materials necessary to install the gate.

Look out for the gate if you are walking the Ullswater Way this year.

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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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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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