Historic Market Town
Ulverston is recognised 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 also a festival town, attracting regular attendees from around the world.
Ulverston has a contemporary feel, whilst retaining a strong sense of its past. You'll appreciate the friendly and individual service in Ulverston's specialist shops, pubs and restaurants. Visit Market Street on a Thursday or Saturday, and buy quality produce from the traditional street market. Witness real community endeavours at Ford Park. Come along to an event at the Coro, or experience an Ulverston festival; you'll be very welcome.
Once again the show is at the site in Urswick. The fields are flat and set amongst beautiful countryside, and proved very popular with visitors last year. There are cattle and sheep championships, a dog show, horse events, and pet shows. There will also be displays of birds of prey, vintage motorcycles, chain saw carving, craft stalls, etc. Free buses are available from Barrow, Dalton and Ulverston.
Take part in workshops beforehand to make your lantern. Then come along on the evening to one of the four starting points on the edge of town. Join with hundreds of people weaving through the town to form a “River of Light”. This year’s theme is “What’s under Hoad?”.