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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.

Kingmoor South Local Nature Reserve (CA3 9QH)
Cath Gregory 1964

Kingmoor South Local Nature Reserve (CA3 9QH)

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Once the home of Carlisle's horse racing course, Kingmoor South is now a tranquil woodland situated in the north of Carlisle. There are two small car parks, the first located on Kingmoor Road, the second at the end of Westmoor Road.The site can be reached on foot by one of the many entrances from the Lowry Hill housing estate, from Kingstown Industrial Estate and by following the path from Kingmoor North Nature Reserve.


Park Features

Carlisle City Council provide a variety of activities within the park:

  • There is a short surfaced access for all footpath path easily accessable from the Kingmoor Road car park
  • Surfaced footpaths through out the site, there are also some unsurfaced and uneven footpaths
  • There are benches around the site to sit back, relax and enjoy listerning to the bird song

History of Kingmoor South Nature Reserve

  • Kingmoor Nature Reserve has been enjoyed by the public for nearly 700 years since King Edward II gifted the original moorland to the people of Carlisle in 1352

  • It was also the first venue for the Carlisle Horse Race with the oldest surviving horse racing prize, the Carlisle Bells. The Bells date back to 1580 and can be seen in the Guildhall in Carlisle city centre

  • The name comes from the fact that moorland in the areas was given to the city of Carlisle in 1352 by King Edward 111. It was used for grazing, peat cutting and a racecourse. The woods were planted in later centuries

Opening Times

  • Kingmoor South Nature Reserve is open all day, every day.



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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