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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.

£50,000 boost for local community groups
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£50,000 boost for local community groups

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A Carlisle funding scheme launched to help communities come back together post lockdown and to stimulate economic activity in the district, has resulted in 24 community projects/events receiving a total of £50,000 funding.

We allocated the funding to support parish councils, community centres and constituted urban community groups to provide community activities and support the local economy.

The following organisations/projects received funding:

  • Belle Vue Community Church: Community Gala including family fun activities, music workshop, refreshments, staff costs and materials.
  • Bewcastle Garden of Remembrance at the Knowe: Creation of a woodland memorial garden/picnic area. Providing a focal point for walking and cycling in the area.
  • Brampton Acting Together: Adult park run events at Talkin Tarn.
  • Brampton Parish Council: Contribution to the cost of a new visitor focussed destination website for Brampton. Content by engaging with communities, schools, local artists and the wider parish. Plus, Provision of an outdoor seating area on Front Street.
  • Burgh by Sands Parish Council: Enhance and develop Commemoration Site by improving green space and provide outdoor seating. Development of a wildflower area.
  • Carlisle & District Federation of Community Organisations (Carlisle Matters): Family fun day at Morton Community Centre, Harraby Community Centre, Brampton Community Centre and Longtown Community Centre with information and advice on hardship and help as a result of the pandemic.
  • Currock Community Association: Improvement to the garden area to provide a welcoming outdoor space (aimed at their older service users). Planting, portable gazeebo.
  • Dalston Parish Council: Thankyou day for volunteers and local businesses who supported those isolating, shielding etc. Day of entertainment on Village Green. Plus, Provision of picnic benches for the recreation centre and a bench for the village square. A way of thanking those who supported the community during the pandemic.
  • Great Corby Village Hall and Playing Field Association: Bank holiday fun weekend to promote the village and bring people together. Includes Family fun activities, crafts and music.
  • Harraby Community Centre: Bring into use a secure outdoor area to create a community garden growing produce to support the food bank. Baby weaning and cooking on a budget classes.
  • Kingmoor Parish Council: Park benches for the community.
  • Meals on Wheels: Refurbishment of toilet facilities to make the building more useable by community.
  • Nether Denton Parish Council: Improvement to community green space with addition of covered seating area.
  • Scaleby Parish Council: Provision of two new benches and a book swap cabinet
  • Stanwix Community Centre: Bounceback event including adjoining preschool and community groups
  • Stanwix Rural Parish Council: Provision of six summer fun days at Crosby-on-Eden and Houghton.
  • The Belah Centre: Provision of a fun day including entertainment, children’s activities. Purchase of food for community and gazebos for shelter and for future community activities.
  • Wetheral Parish Council: Adult exercise equipment.
  • Yewdale Community Centre: Redesign of front of Community Centre to provide an outdoor hub with covered seating area. Improvement of facilities by providing 'conferencing' equipment.



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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