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Welcome to Art's and Culture

Whatever the new ‘normal’ is there’s never been a more poignant and exciting time for arts and culture. Like very thirsty people we’ve all been dreaming of slaking our creative thirst. There’s real positive energy just bursting to get out. Be part of these exciting times, there are already many ways to get involved (some listed below) but there’s always room for new ideas.

So sharpen those pens, dust off the brushes, or have a gargle and get your voice ready. Here’s to it. Scroll down for more information or use our interactive map and lists of exciting museums and monuments.

Do you want to build your own home?
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Do you want to build your own home?

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Our Local Self-Build and Housebuilding Register provides valuable information about self-build and custom house building within Carlisle district. This is a register of people and associations that are seeking to acquire serviced plots to build their own homes to occupy as their sole or main residence.

A serviced plot of land has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and wastewater.

We will notify customers on the register whenever we become aware of any sites providing serviced plots for self/custom build receiving planning permission. We will also inform them of any other useful information, including details of any local events relating to custom or self-build housing.

Would you like to build your own home? Here’s how to join the register:

Applicants can register as individual or as an association (a group of people wanting to build together). Each individual or member of an association of individuals that applies for entry must be:

  • aged 18 or older;
  • a British citizen, a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • seeking (alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Carlisle district area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

Individuals who wish to register as an association must appoint a member or officer to act as the lead contact for the purposes of correspondence.

If you are part of a couple or other household group that wants to register for a single plot, please complete the ‘individual’ application. If you are representing a self-build group and would like to make an application on behalf of the group, please complete the ‘association’ application. 

Once you have submitted your application, we will notify you within 28 days as to the success of your application for entry to the register. 

If you wish to apply to join the register, please download the appropriate form for

  • individual self-builders; or 
  • associations of self-builders (if you are part of a group).

The form should then be returned to the e-mail address or postal address on the bottom of the form.

For copies of the application forms and to find out more, visit

Self-builders are subject to the planning rules. Find out more about planning advice and guidance at




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Useful Information and links

A Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle was initiated in 2019 by a small steering group of Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and the University of Cumbria.  The consultation was designed to not only engage existing cultural specialists but to encourage a diverse range of voices representing diversity, business, education, health, individual and freelance artists and creative practitioners to contribute to shaping the future arts and cultural agenda.

Discover Carlisle has lots of ideas for things to see and do in and around England’s biggest city

"A virtual hub for all things multicultural in Cumbria. Sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences"

    Cumbria Arts & Culture Network 

      Prism Arts

   Eden Arts

   Carlisle Contemporary Arts 


There are a number of historical monument in and around Carlisle.  Please see the downloadable Monuments and Memorial Guide below.

Public art

Professional street art is growing in the city as show cased in this Cumbria Guide article.  


Landmark Street Art


The Source Collective  

Theatre and Drama


  Rocket Theatre