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, to create and manage the “Visit Ulverston” website at visitulverston.com. Visit Ulverston operated successfully for four years, working very closely with Ulverston Community Partnership, and built up an email subscriber list and Facebook following of several thousand people.
In 2017, the Choose Ulverston website was introduced by Ulverston BID, with a significant investment in professional graphic design, copy-writing, photography, and videos, covering much of the same ground as Visit Ulverston. 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. Shortly afterwards, widespread changes to Facebook privacy rules in 2018 made this non-viable.
In 2019, Ulverston Ltd created the Ulverston News website at ulverston.com, to provide local news and information, including a comprehensive events calendar. The website continues to be operated on a not-for-profit basis, for the benefit of the community.
And so to the main purpose of this website. Anyone in the community is free to advertise a community event or venue, and manage their event listing themselves. Events can be one-offs, or recurring, such as a weekly class. If the event details change, you can log in and update the listing immediately so that everybody knows what’s happening.
We also operate a telephone help line (01229 357951), which was recently utilised by Ulverston Self Isolation Group as a route for elderly and vulnerable people to request help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, etc.