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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.

Live screening of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral
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Live screening of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

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A live screening of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's State Funeral will be shown on a big screen in Carlisle’s Bitts Park on Monday 19 September.

This is an opportunity for communities to come together.

Following the announcement of the timings for the State Funeral and Committal Service by the Royal Household, we can confirm that the live screening will start at 10am and will conclude when His Majesty The King and Members of the Royal Family depart for Windsor.

The Royal Household has announced the following programme and timings:

  • 10.30am approx: The Queen's coffin is lifted by gun carriage from Westminster Hall
  • 10.44am: Procession leaves for Westminster Abbey
  • 10.52am: Procession arrives at Westminster Abbey
  • 11am: Service at Westminster Abbey begins
  • Towards the end of the Service, at approximately 11.55am, the Last Post will sound followed by Two Minute’s Silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom. The National Anthem will bring the State Funeral Service to a close at approximately 12noon.
  • 12pm approx: Procession to Wellington Arch begins shortly after.
  • 1pm: Procession led by the King arrives at Wellington Arch and departs for Windsor Castle.

The guidance for the Carlisle screening is as follows:

  • Live BBC One coverage will be screened from 10am.
  • The screen will be located near to the Queen Victoria monument in Bitts Park. The main access to the site is via Bitts Park car park or Mayor’s Drive.
  • No seating will be provided.
  • There will be toilet provision.
  • Tribe Carlisle will be closed and there will be no food and drink concessions.
  • There is free parking in Carlisle City Council city centre car parks on weekends and Bank holidays. This includes Bitts Park car park and Castle car park.

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday 19 September 11am at Westminster Abbey.

Following the funeral, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch, the coffin will travel to Windsor and once there, the State Hearse will travel to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.

A Committal Service will then take place in St George's Chapel.




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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 


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