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.
Learn an instrument with Ulverston Town Band
Ulverston Town Band and Junior Band are looking for new recruits. The band trains young people from the age of 8. The band plays a major role in the life of Ulverston and regularly performs in and around the town, supporting festivals and civic occasions. There are vacancies for young players for any instrument in the junior band. Adults who want to learn are also very welcome. Good instruments provided free of charge. Visit the Town Band website.
Sportive Lakes Summer 2015 cycling events
We’ve learnt a lot from our first Á L’ancienne in 2014. Now we ready to deliver something special. We’re creating a weekend of cycling times gone by. A time when things were simple. We’re creating an event where traditional Lake District fun, friendship and amazing rides are all that matter. So join us! New, longer, better routes with more choice on the day. On site music venue with live music all weekend. Vintage fair. Cycle market and cycle jumble. On site camping and motorhome parking. Traditional music festival in the town centre from Furness Tradition. Great food available on site. Pub – The Coro Arms. Our very own Á L’ancienne beer. Lower entry fees – more for less!
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.