Ulverston is a festival town, attracting participants and visitors from around the world. Ulverston is also 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.
Hoad Monument Webcams now live
After a long absence, the Hoad Monument Webcams have been been brought back to life by Furness Engineering and Technology Limited (FETL). Now you can see in four directions from the top of the Hoad monument. Look up towards the Lake District fringes, west across Ulverston town and the Furness peninsula, or south and east over Morecambe Bay towards the Cartmel peninsula. You can’t get much more spectacular than that! Unfortunately, the cameras are showing signs of their age, so the image quality isn’t the best and the service might be a little intermittent. It is hoped that they can be replaced with shiny new super-reliable cameras in the not too distant future.
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 town festivals and civic occasions. There are currently vacancies for:
Cornets, trombones & basses
Young players for any instrument in the junior band
Adults who want to learn are very welcome. Good instruments provided free of charge. If you are interested in any of the positions above, please 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!
Manchester Camerata 2014-15
Manchester Camerata is going further than ever to redefine what an orchestra can do. Expect extraordinary events with some of the world’s finest musicians as they perform fresh interpretations of the classics and spotlight lesser known musical gems. This season experience the unique talents of accordionist Martynas Levickis, immerse yourself in the music of Barber’s Adagio for Strings, enjoy the romance of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto performed by the brilliant young pianist, Dejan Lazic, and let your hair down at the annual New Year’s Viennese concert. manchestercamerata.co.uk
The South Cumbria Musical Festival was formed in 1976 and has developed over the years to become one of the most respected competitive events in the country. The Festival is well known for its high standards, friendliness and efficient organisation. It gives competitors an opportunity to perform on a stage in a beautifully refurbished venue, with ideal facilities. All aspects of the performing arts are catered for in the many and varied selection of classes in music and speech.
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.