Ulverston is a festival town, attracting participants and visitors from around the world. It is also a working town, and is home to a surprising number of hi-tech companies. Ulverston is known for the Hoad Monument (a replica of the Eddystone Lighthouse), the mile-long canal, the Laurel & Hardy Museum (Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston), the indoor and outdoor markets, and the traditional pubs and tea-shops. Ulverston is twinned with the town of Albert in the Somme area of northern France.
Town Council Movements
Ulverston Town Council members have voted to vacate the Town Hall in Queen Street, as part of an exercise to reduce overall running costs and promote greater use of the Coronation Hall. The Council proposes to operate its administrative functions from a new office that will be created in the Brogden Street building currently used as public toilets. The option to create a Council office space within the Coronation Hall building was rejected. In future, the Coronation Hall will be used for public meetings. In the meantime, Town Council operations will continue at the Town Hall until new accommodation arrangements are finalised. We look forward to finding out what the new building will be called; and if any of its original features will be retained.
Founded in 2001, Printfest is the UK’s foremost artist led printmaking festival. Dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary prints, it offers the opportunity to view and purchase art works, meet the artists and learn more about printmaking. The Printfest weekend is held each May in Ulverston with an art trail, workshops and demonstrations taking place before, during and after the exhibition.
Discover the unexpected! Celebrity Speaker event: BILL BIRKETT on Wednesday 29th April 2015. The ‘Birketts’ are all the Lake District hills topping the 1,000ft contour and included in Bill Birkett’s Complete Lakeland Fells, which has so far sold more than 100,000 copies. The photo shows a bat walk (just in case you were wondering). Some feedback from last year: “We four ladies from London had a wonderful time and were made to feel most welcome. What a wonderful and interesting area you live in and what friendly and helpful people. A big thank you from London where we are spreading the word about Ulverston WalkFest. Highly recommended!”
The buildings and public spaces of Ulverston are decorated with hand-made coloured flags for a fortnight. Many of the individual flags depict the products and services sold in the shops and offices that they are attached to. There are spectacular massed displays of flags at various locations around town, such as Tank Square and The Gill.