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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.

Bank Holiday information
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Bank Holiday information

Carlisle City Council Bank Holiday arrangements

It has been announcement that the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral will be a national Bank Holiday.

The Bank Holiday will allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

The Bank Holiday will operate in the same way as other Bank Holidays, and the following has been put in place at Carlisle City Council:


Bereavement Services

All scheduled funerals and cremations will carry on as planned on the Bank Holiday.


Customer Contact

Carlisle City Council’s Customer Contact team will be available until 4pm on Friday 16 September. You will be able to contact them again from 9am on Tuesday 20 September.

You can access our online services at


Bank Holiday Refuse and Recycling Collections

Refuse and recycling collections will be a day later than usual following the Bank Holiday. 

Usual refuse and recycling date and Bank Holiday collection date:

  • Monday 19 September (Bank Holiday) - Collecting Tuesday 20 September.
  • Tuesday 20 September - Collecting Wednesday 21 September.
  • Wednesday 21 September - Collecting Thursday 22 September.
  • Thursday 22 September - Collecting Friday 23 September.
  • Friday 23 September - Collecting Saturday 24 September.

Collections return to normal from Monday 26 September onwards.


For more information about council services, including emergency out of hours contact numbers, visit


Cumbria County Council services

For information on County Council services visit 



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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