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“On our first visit we were enchanted by the town, independent quality shops, cosy pubs and variety of dining.” *
It’s the wide range of small independent shops, galleries and places to eat and drink which make Cockermouth special. It’s a place to walk round at your leisure. Take in the architecture and history on our Town Trail, enjoy a walk along the Rivers Cocker or Derwent, pop into the newly-opened museum at JB Bank’s ironmongers, and make your choice from the many excellent restaurants and pubs. The town centre is brighter and better than ever after the community pulled together to recover from the devastating flood of 2009.
“Spectacular recovery after the floods. Good community spirit. One of the most pretty and historic towns in Cumbria.” *
The Christmas lights are really special and you can count on the shops to decorate their windows with originality and humour. The Cockermouth Beer Festival is another winter highlight but if you miss it, the town has 15 pubs and bars that are open all year, not forgetting the Jennings Brewery tour!
“Friendly people who will take the time to talk to you.” *
Our great local facilities include the Kirkgate Arts Centre and the Leisure Centre and Pool, or you can enjoy walking, cycling and golf in beautiful surroundings - and there’s always a chance of seeing a red squirrel.
“A very pleasant surprise. I haven't ventured this far from the lakes before and will definitely come again and recommend.” *
A short scenic drive will get you to some of the county’s most beautiful lakes and fells, as well as attractions including Honister Slate Mine, Whinlattter Forest Park, Trotters World of Animals, and Maryport Aquarium. Come to Cockermouth for a day and you’ll want to return.
*Quotes from the Cockermouth Visitor Survey 2012
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Rannerdale Bluebells in May 2013
There is something to suit every taste in Cockermouth from award-winning B&Bs to boutique hotels. If you prefer a rural setting, the surrounding villages offer cottages, farm B&Bs, cosy inns and country house hotels – all located just a short drive from the town.
As well as the fantastic Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Cockermouth excels in quirky annual events run by enthusiasts and volunteers. The list includes The Cockermouth Weekender, CockRock, WoolFest, the Agricultural Show, Beer Festival and Midsummer Festival, not forgetting the Malcolm Wilson car rally, the Christmas lights switch-on, an amazing annual firework display, and the biannual Georgian Fair. There are heritage days, with tours of the town and castle, as well as numerous events at the Kirkgate Centre and Wordsworth House and Gardens.
If you want to visit chain stores in town centre which is a clone of hundreds of others across the UK, you won’t find them in Cockermouth. Our visitors take pride in being able to do all their shopping in small independent shops where the owners and staff are friendly and give a personal service.
They’re old fashioned values, perhaps, but they’re combined with bright modern shops and quality goods which are well presented. As well as everyday items you can browse art and crafts, antiques, interiors, toys, books new and old … and then rest your feet in a tea or coffee shop, or even indulge in a beauty treatment.
The birthplace and childhood home of one of England’s best-loved romantic poets, William Wordsworth. Meet the servants, taste Georgian recipes, enjoy a talk or tour and relax in our glorious walled garden. There is also a shop and café serving home-made cakes and local goodies.
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