Ulverston is a place brimming with quirkiness and eclectic, eccentric folk. The beautiful cobbled streets of this market town is host to an array of festivals all through the year, including lantern festivals and the traditional Dickensian festival held at the end of November. There is even a breastfeeding festival that originated in Ulverston, but had to move to Manchester due to popular demand!
It is easy to see why people are attracted to this beautiful town, with something for everyone.
You can take a walk up to the Hoad and take a look around this lighthouse that dominates the skyline overlooking the town, then wander down and through the community funded Ford Park where you can stop for a lovely cup of coffee and a cake overlooking the edible garden (of which the produce is used in the café and maintained by volunteers).
If you fancy a film, the Roxy cinema is an Art Deco piece of beauty, and shows carefully selected films, both modern day and historical or art-house gems. They even continue the traditional intermission where you can buy an ice cream from a seller at the front of the room.
Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame was born in Ulverston, so it’s no surprise that there is a museum dedicated to the comedy duo right next door to the cinema.
As you stroll through the streets made up of independent shops and cafes, you may notice quite a few Buddhist monks walking around. That is because the town is host to Conishead Priory, currently home to the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. There are also other Buddhist groups such as the Yeshe Buddhist Group which are smaller but very active in the local community.
The Priory grounds are open to all, and the café onsite serves wonderful cakes and hot drinks, as well as small lunches. You will never find a café so relaxing!
The Coronation Hall is a surprisingly large entertainment venue which hosts everything from antique fairs to concerts from large name artists. The panto held by the local acting society is definitely one to book tickets for!
Best part is that it’s only a 50-minute drive from our lodges, and is a great day out with plenty to see and do.