Ulverston is a Great Place to Live
Ulverston is a traditional market town in the Furness Peninsula, South Cumbria, close to the tourist areas of Coniston and Windermere. Ulverston has a remarkably unspoilt town centre. It has its share of chain stores, but on a small scale. There are many independent specialist shops, as well as an indoor market hall, and an outdoor market held in the main streets on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Ulverston differs significantly from many of the Lake District towns and villages, because its economy is not so dependent on tourism. Perhaps surprisingly, Ulverston is a vibrant hub for modern electronics companies, and perhaps less surprisingly, it also hosts a number of specialist undersea technology companies and service providers. The major employer in the Furness peninsula is BAE Systems Submarines, in nearby Barrow-in-Furness.
Map courtesy of Ulverston Town Council
Ulverston is located just outside the Lake District National Park boundary, which is great for the locals. House prices are affordable, so young adults can afford to stay in the area and bring up their own families in their home town. Because of that, and because of the geography of the area, living in Ulverston can feel like being part of a big extended family. People look out for each other. Big events feel safe. Crime rates are low, and so are insurance premiums. However, because everyone knows everyone else, don’t expect to keep any secrets for long!
Ulverston Tourist Information
The idea of creating a dedicated Ulverston tourist information website was born in in 2011, when Ulverston Town Council asked if a local business or entrepreneur would be prepared to provide a tourist information service, at no cost to the council. Various websites resulting from previous local initiatives, such as “Ulverston 2000+” and “Ulverston and Low Furness Partnership”, had not been maintained due to lack of funding.
A research and planning activity was undertaken, which included successfully obtaining British Tourist Authority certification for operating a new service. Consequently, Ulverston Ltd was incorporated as a company in 2013, with Ulverston Town Council support, to create and manage the tourist information website “Visit Ulverston” at visitulverston.com. Visit Ulverston operated successfully for four years, working in conjunction with Ulverston Community Partnership, and built up an email subscriber list and Facebook following of several thousand people.
Visit Ulverston was retired in 2017, when the Choose Ulverston website was introduced with a large financial investment from Ulverston BID. Ulverston BID also contributed financially towards a new Visitor Information Point, staffed by volunteers, in the indoor market hall. In the face of such well-funded competition, and without any financial support itself, Visit Ulverston could not survive. Following an alternative route, Ulverston Ltd created a community website known as “Ulverston Alive”, closely linked to the popular Facebook group of the same name. However, widespread changes to Facebook privacy rules in 2018 made this non-viable.
In 2019, Ulverston Ltd set up ulverston.com, as an events and festivals guide, and to provide tourist information over a slightly wider geographic area and covering a greater range of interests than Choose Ulverston. The website is operated at low cost, on a not-for-profit basis, for the benefit of the community. So far, the concept seems to be working…
Events and Festivals Guide
And so to the main purpose of this website. There are a lot of fantastic events in Ulverston. There’s almost always a pub with a live band, or a quiz, or another event running. There are swimming events, running, cycling, knitting, writing, storytelling, music-making, etc. Anyone in the community is free to advertise their event and venue on this website, and manage their event listing themselves. Events can be one-offs, or recurring, such as a weekly exercise class. For recurring events, you can exclude certain dates if you wish, such as during the Christmas period. If the event details change, or the event gets cancelled, you can log in and update the listing immediately so that everybody knows what’s happening.
If you need something important highlighting, please let us know via the contact form, and we can display a message in a pop-up banner and post on Facebook so that nobody misses it.
Please bookmark this site and spread the word. If you’re an event organiser, go to the Register page and create a User ID now. Mention us to your friends. Link to us from Facebook. We’re looking forward to working with you.