Ulverston Events & Festivals Guide

Wishing you a Happy New Year. This beautiful atmospheric photo was taken from the Coast Road, just south of Ulverston, by Kay Muszynski. It is the winner of the ULVERSTON our GREAT LILE TOWN Facebook group December photo competition.

Visit Ulverston

We are fortunate to have some great entertainment venues and tourist attractions in Ulverston town centre, including the Coronation Hall, Laurel & Hardy Museum, Ford Park, and the Roxy Cinema, as well as historic and fascinating out-of-town locations, such as Swarthmoor Hall and Conishead Priory. There are friendly traditional hotels, restaurants, and pubs, where live music is frequently performed. Numerous well-established festivals take place in Ulverston. Don’t miss the popular Walking Festival, Lantern Festival, Dickensian Festival, International Music Festival, Retro Rendezvous, CAMRA Beer Festival, and Another Fine Fest (celebrating Stan Laurel’s birthday).

Ulverston sits at the head of the Furness Peninsula, between the expansive sands of Morecambe Bay, and the breathtaking mountainous landscapes of the Lake District National Park. In the thriving town centre you’ll find a healthy range of well-stocked small independent shops. You can walk from the town into quiet countryside within a few minutes. Coniston and Windermere are just a short drive away. Visit Ulverston for fun and pleasure, and to experience the close connection between the town’s people, it’s heritage, and the beautiful natural environment.

Ulverston Events Calendar Highlights

Ulverston is famous for its festivals and events. Here are some 2020 highlights and important dates to look forward to.

Another Fine Fest

A free festival of music, comedy, street theatre & art, in celebration of Ulverston town & the birth of its most famous son, Stan Laurel. FREE! Live Music – DJs – Live Graffiti & Window Art – Street Theatre – Circus – Comedy – Magic & More For all ages – across 11 stages and throughout the streets of Ulverston Town!


Burns Night Supper **NOW FULLY BOOKED**

Join us for one of our most popular events – Burns Night Supper at The Coach House @ Ford Park. Enjoy a delicious themed meal (see image below for full menu) Early booking essential – please call 01229 581666 to reserve your table.


Furness Tradition

Furness Tradition promotes folk music in pubs, schools, and entertainment venues around South Cumbria. The annual summer festival includes morris dancing, clog dancing, a parade through town, and some late night storytelling.


Jonathan Nicholas

Jonathan is an acoustic blues musician & songwriter who’s influences range from the early blues masters (Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Blake…) to the likes of Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, The Beatles and Jeff Buckley. Having released his first album ‘Tangled Web’ which is a collation of the early blues he has gigged for the last few years, his next EP ‘Rolling Eyes & Sighs’ leans more on his more contemporary influences. “A guitarist of pronounced, envy-inducing ability, Jonathan Nicholas fuses his wealth of skills together with a naturally performative talent and a truly staggering breadth of influences,


Keswick to Barrow Registration

Team registration opens at 12:00 mid-day on the 20th January for the 2020 Keswick to Barrow (K2B) and Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walks. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 2nd May. The K2B starts at the top of Thirlmere and is 39.4 miles long. The C2B starts at Coniston Sports Club and is 21 miles long. Walkers in both events have raised almost £5 million for charities and good causes over the years.


Retro Rendezvous & Velo Retro

Based in the brilliant old market town of Ulverston, Retro Rendezvous is a full weekend of fabulous retro fun. Music, food, dance, cinema, clothes, markets, cars, motorcycles, drink and the famous Velo Retro old school cycling events through the Lake District World Heritage Site. It’s about as much fun as you can have with your retro clothes on! So put it in the diary and get ready for one of the great weekends of the summer.

Ulverston Carnival

Ulverston Carnival

The town comes alive with music and family fun. Traditional carnival procession through the town centre streets, finishing at Ford Park. Lots of street entertainment throughout the day.


Ulverston Music Festival

The Festival presents principally classical and jazz music through a programme of concerts, as well as education and outreach work, bringing artists of the very highest calibre to the South Lakes.


Ulverston Walkfest

Guided walks around Ulverston town, and the surrounding villages and countryside. Find out about the area’s fascinating past. Meet up with lovely like-minded people from all over the UK. A wide range of walks, from gentle to strenuous.


Valentine’s Dinner at The Coach House @ Ford Park

A divine sharing menu created especially for this Valentine’s Day – perfect treat for your loved one. Take a look at the menu below… £34.95 per person. With limited spaces available for this special dining experience, booking is essential – please call 01229 581666.  


Volunteering in Ulverston

The activities in the Events Calendar provide opportunities for new experiences, and in some cases provide support and companionship for members of the community who might otherwise have few social interactions. Through the continuing efforts of enthusiastic and caring people, Ulverston is more than just a Festivals Town, it’s also a great place to live. Would you like to give something back to the community? Take a look at our Volunteering page for opportunities.

Blencathra at night
Climb Blencathra at night. Celebrate with a well earned drink at the summit. Raise money for St Mary's Hospice.

St Mary's Hospice Events

St Mary's Hospice Ulverston logoSt Mary’s Hospice run events and fundraising activities all year round, including sponsored walks, themed parties, second-hand furniture sales, and Christmas tree recycling. They also support participants in major events such as the Great North Run, Keswick to Barrow Walk, Born Survivor, and the London Marathon.

All St Mary’s Hospice services are free for patients and their families or carers. Services include caring for people at home as well as in the hospice, helping patients achieve improved quality of life, providing bereavement support for families and carers, and training local health care professionals. There is a significant cost involved in providing this wide range of care. It costs around £3.2 million a year to run St Mary’s. Only 18% of running costs are paid for by the NHS, so donations and fundraising need to cover the rest – that’s over £7,000 per day.