The following organisations host or support community events which have been advertised on Ulverston News, now or in the past. If your organisation is not listed, and you’d like to advertise an event, please just let us know via our Contact Us form.
2nd Ulverston Scout Group is a very active scout group, with a lively and friendly membership. We have our own scout hut at Dragley Beck where most meetings take place. 2nd Ulverston Scouts normally meet on Friday evenings. For both boys and girls, aged 10 to 14.
The Charity currently known as ACTion with Communities in Cumbria was formed in 1948. ACT is a member of the Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) Network, the national voice for rural communities, from grassroots to government. Our focus is on the wellbeing of all people living in all rural areas of England, especially those who are at risk of isolation and disadvantage and for whom rurality brings an additional challenge and cost to their daily lives.
Every June, Ulverston erupts in a multicoloured feast of live music, DJs, circus, street theatre, live street art, window painting, yarnbombing, stand up comedy, spoken word, interactive workshops and a carnival parade, as well as a cornucopia of various other weird and wonderful activities. Probably Ulverston’s biggest festival. Organised by Dave Crossley, Mark Greenhow, and a dedicated team of supporters.
Barbara organises community events at Gleaston Village Hall, and at other venues around Ulverston and Dalton. Some events are organised in partnership with Kirkgate Arts Out West, with support from Arts Council England.
Bay Search & Rescue is a charity formed in 1999 to assist the statutory emergency services with special skills and equipment in difficult to access areas. The charity owns several ex-military all terrain tracked vehicles, which can be used in sand, mud, quicksand, and snow. The volunteers and equipment are based at Moor Lane, Flookburgh.
Established in 1993, Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Under the brand Better, we operate 240 public Sports and Leisure facilities, 120 libraries, 10 children’s centres, and 5 adventure playgrounds in partnership with local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.
Brantwood Trust is an independent registered charity. Brantwood is a historic house on the eastern shore of Coniston Water. It was the former home of John Ruskin, a famous Victorian writer, artist, and social reformer, and is now open to the public. Brantwood’s estate comprises 250 acres, with remarkable gardens created by John Ruskin, his cousin Joan Severn and head gardener Sally Beamish. Beautiful in all seasons, with spectacular views across Coniston Water.
Brathay is a registered charity offering life-changing community programmes to children, young people and families in need. We also run innovative outdoor learning self-development programmes for schools, community groups, companies and public sector organisations, specialising in outcomes and wellbeing. We’re based near Ambleside, and host iconic fundraising challenge events and offer tranquil room-only stays to public.
The Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society (CATMHS) is a society interested in historical industrial sites with an emphasis on mining remains above and below ground. It is actively involved with the exploration of these sites.
Community Solutions is an umbrella organisation for various community support groups, including Ulverston Bike Project, Ulverston Men’s Group, Ulverston Women’s Group, and Ulverston Pride. Most of the groups have regular get togethers, and special events.
Croftlands Community Church is a friendly and welcoming place to worship God, explore faith and bless the community.
Croftlands Junior School was created in 1974 when the previous primary school was divided into two schools to cater for Infant and Junior children separately. It is a Local Authority Community School, sharing its extensive site with Croftlands Infant School. The grounds include a large playing field, two playgrounds and a wooded wildlife area and are under continual development and improvement.
Our vision is a zero carbon Cumbria which is socially, environmentally, and economically beneficial for all. We aim to achieve this by promoting and facilitating low carbon living and its benefits – inspiring and supporting individuals, communities, and organisations across Cumbria and beyond to decarbonise lives and businesses by 2037 or sooner. CAfS is a registered charity, with a board of trustees and a team of more than 40 staff.
Cumbria CVS (Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service) offers help, advice, training and support to third sector groups throughout Cumbria. We bring organisations together to form a powerful voice for our sector.
One of the key requirements of The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 was for Category 1 and Category 2 responders to form a ‘Local Resilience Forum’ based on Police areas. In Cumbria, this is known as the Cumbria Resilience Forum. The Cumbria Local Resilience Forum (CLRF) consists of all organisations and agencies involved with emergency response in our communities.
Ulverston’s Dickensian Christmas Festival is one of the most popular Christmas festivals in the country. It attracts thousands of visitors every year. An elected Management Committee is responsible for festival governance. It is supported by a number of voting and non-voting members, including Ulverston Town Council representatives.
Drum Nation is a community led samba drumming collective renowned for its energy and vibrancy. Our ethos is to encourage people to engage and interact in a meaningful way through music. We are performers and teachers and actively engage in teaching communities about the music that we love through workshops and outreach projects.
The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team was formed in 2003 from an amalgamation of “Furness” and “Millom” MRT’s. The team has its base at Foxfield, near Broughton in Furness, from where most training and callouts are run. As a registered charity (CIO) the team is reliant on donations.
We are an evangelical church, based at Mill Street, Ulverston, committed to following Jesus Christ, making disciples, and loving people through our various ministries. The church organises a number of community events, such as providing free Christmas Day meals.
English Heritage manages historic buildings and artefacts all over England. In the Furness area, its sites include Furness Abbey, Bow Bridge, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Piel Castle, Hardknott Roman Fort, Ambleside Roman Fort, and Ravenglass Roman Bath House. They frequently organise talks and family events at their sites. You can support the organisation by joining as a member, giving you unlimited free access to over 400 historic places.
Feel Good Singing is open to all voices, even those that don’t consider themselves singers. The group welcomes people of all ages, health and state of mind (wheelchair access). The sessions are fun and easy going, and include gentle warm ups, learning rounds, circle songs, original songs and well loved songs of all genres from all over the world including nature inspired, folk, gospel, shanties, blues, soul, jazz, traditional and contemporary. Booking is essential.
Film Club at the Roxy is a non-profit-making venture. It was formed in 1989 by a small group of Ulverston film enthusiasts, inspired by the late Gwyneth Walker. We retain the club’s original aim to show recent quality films from around the world – films you do not often find in mainstream cinemas – to a South Lakeland audience. Films are usually shown on the second Thursday of the month, September to June.
Ford Park is a community facility, owned and managed by a charity, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. Ford Park is situated just below the Sir John Barrow Monument, on Hoad Hill. There’s plenty for all to do at Ford Park, from having fun on the adventure playground and discovering the trails, to enjoying the sights and smells in the walled kitchen garden, or taking part in indoor and outdoor festivals and events.
Forestry England cares for more land and trees than any other organisation in England. Grizedale Forest in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails for mountain biking and walking. Explore hundreds of forests across England with Forestry England national membership.
The Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. The Challenge has raised over £2 million for charity since it began in 1999. It takes over 350 registered volunteers to keep it going. Volunteers are guaranteed a place on the following years’ ride.
We are an independent charity and the only membership organisation dedicated to protecting and enhancing Cumbria’s landscapes. We believe that the Lake District offers some of the most spectacular and precious landscapes in England. We take action to protect and enhance the natural beauty of these landscapes for the benefit of local communities, visitors, wildlife and habitats.
Furness Abbey Fellowship (FAF) is a small, volunteer charity set up in 2012 to help promote the history and heritage of Furness Abbey, a Savigniac monastery founded in 1127. FAF aims to support the work of English Heritage in preserving and interpreting this unique site for future generations. FAF runs a number of annual fundraising events, including a Medieval Fair in the abbey grounds. You can support their work by becoming a member.
The Furness Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The Furness area has about fifteen real ale breweries, all of which are classed as micro breweries and range from those in daily production to those producing on an intermittent basis. The branch organises pub and brewery visits, and other social events. It publishes a quarterly magazine, the InnQuirer, which is available in local pubs and online.
Furness Music Centre is a charity that provides opportunities for all people across the Furness area to play together in Orchestras and Chamber Groups and sing together in a Choir. We are a community group who welcome everyone, whatever their age (our members range from 8 to 80+), whatever their ability (from complete beginners to people who have performed professionally) and whatever their ability to pay.
Be part of Britain’s biggest walking charity. We are a friendly group for all ages and abilities, organising regular walks around the Lake District and beyond. Walks are normally held on a Sunday at locations throughout Cumbria, and sometimes into Yorkshire and North Lancashire.
Furness Refugee Support is a small community group based in Ulverston but covering all of Furness. We support refugees who have been resettled to our area as well as those still suffering in camps across the world. All our members are volunteers. Nobody is paid for their work and all the money we raise goes straight to where it is needed: at home or overseas.
Furness Tradition was formed in 1997/8 to put on a festival. Furness Tradition is run entirely by volunteers who aim to promote awareness of, and participation in the folk music traditions of Cumbria, especially Furness. As well as running workshops in schools and the community, and organising an annual festival in mid-July each year, a core part of our aims is to collect items from our cultural heritage, oral or written. New members and friends are always welcome.
Furness u3a was founded in 2006 to promote learning, and enhance enjoyment and quality of life for people no longer in full-time employment in the Furness district of Cumbria. There are 45 interest groups which meet regularly and are organised by the U3A members themselves.
We are a small running club based in Ulverston. No matter what reason you have for joining this club; be it social or competitive, 5k to marathon you will always find a warm and friendly welcome. We meet on Monday and Thursday evenings.
PromArt is a unique Art and Craft Fair. It offers up to 80 stalls of work created by the exhibitors themselves, and welcomes artists and designer makers at all levels of experience. It is possible to find fresh work by up-and-coming arts graduates, remarkable items produced by local hobby crafters, and original art and craft by professional creatives. Regular items for sale include Fine Art, Prints, Photography, Sketches, Cards, Pottery, Upcycled and Recycled Jewellery, Turned and Green Woodwork, Fused Glass, Silversmithing, Millinery, Ceramics, Knitwear and Textiles.
Grizedale Arts is a charitable company set up to further the arts. It grew from The Grizedale Society’s 1969 – 1999 programme of site-specific forest sculpture and land art activity in Grizedale Forest, notable for its commissioning of sculptors such as Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash. Events and workshops are held at various locations, including Lawson Park, The Farmer’s Arms at Lowick, Low Parkamoor, and Coniston Institute.
We offer a range of supported, meaningful activity and training, all based around participatory work on the field. When working with our volunteers (our beneficiaries), we focus on three, vital objectives: Building emotional resilience, Developing life skills, Supporting healthier, more active living. If you’d like to get involved with Growing Well, learn all about horticulture from our professional team, and enjoy a healthy, active day working outside, then we offer Community Volunteering days at Low Sizergh and Tebay.
At the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, the Duchy of Lancaster acquired (amongst others) the Cartmel and Conishead Priories. With them went an obligation to appoint guides for travellers over the sands of Morecambe Bay. The Guide Over Sands Trust is a charity which provides two guides, to offer safe passage across both Kent and Leven Estuaries. You can book walks directly with them, or via other community organisations as fundraisers.
Hawcoat Park Sports Club comprises 22 acres of playing fields and caters for a variety of sports at junior and senior levels, including archery, bowls, cricket, football, rifle and pistol shooting, rugby union, tennis, and table tennis. The club is operated as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC). Anyone can join as a member, and can take part in any of the sports offered. Members can support the club by volunteering their time to maintain the grounds, marshal at events, etc.
The Sir John Barrow Monument, known as the Hoad Monument, is normally open every Sunday between Easter and the end of October from 1pm to 5pm, subject to weather, etc. It is also open throughout bank holidays and for other events by arrangement. The monument is opened and looked after by volunteer lighthouse keepers. The head lighthouse keeper is currently Graham Scrogham. The monument is owned and maintained by Ulverston Town Council on behalf of the community.
Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are set up and run by (extra)ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets. CLTs act as long-term stewards of housing, ensuring that it remains genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier. We are an exempt charitable Community Benefit Society, founded by the citizens of Ulverston. All our project ideas come from our members.
A great community pub in Ulverston town centre. It hosts live music, pub quizzes, charity fundraisers, and even has its own pub choir. It serves cask ales and homemade vegetarian food. Dog friendly. Has a comfortable walled beer garden where music performances can take place in the summer.
Our mission is to inspire people of all ages to get active, moving and enjoy life through mobility. Our team of experts works closely with schools, organizations, and individuals across the county to deliver customized programs that promote physical fitness, wellbeing, and social interaction.
The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk is a sponsored 40 mile walking and running event in the Lake District. Teams of 4 to 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes. The Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk is 21 miles, and takes place on the same day as the K2B.
The Green has been in use since the Battle of Trafalgar and is shown on the earliest known map of Ulverston in 1832 just east of Mr. Redhead’s garden. The Bowling Green is at the top of the Kings Head pub beer garden. Access through the old Horse and Carriage Archway at the side entrance to the pub. The Club leases the Green from the Brewery, and is run, not by the pub, but by a committee of volunteers.
The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board members are appointed from a range of organisations, including local councils. Paid staff and volunteers carry out planning, conservation and maintenance work, and provide visitor services, across the whole Lake District.
Lakeland Arts is a major player in the north of England’s arts, culture and heritage scene. We’ve built a great reputation for our historic buildings, museums, gallery collections and arts programmes. We represent the lives of the people of Cumbria. They inform and steer our award-winning attractions: Abbot Hall, Blackwell, Lakeland Museum, and Windermere Jetty Museum. You can contribute by becoming a Member, Patron, or Benefactor, or by volunteering your time.
Lakeland Motor Museum’s collection of classic cars, bikes, motorcycles and automobilia is being added to all the time. There are regular events and get-togethers at the museum’s Backbarrow site for classic vehicle owners and enthusiasts. If you’re a regular visitor, it makes sense to purchase an annual pass.
Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC) has members living in the area from Barrow and Millom in the West to Kirkby Stephen in the East, and from Shap in the North to Carnforth in the South. The Club is affiliated to the North West Orienteering Association (NWOA), the regional body which co-ordinates the sport in NW England, and British Orienteering, the national body, which co-ordinates activities within the UK and represents the sport on the world stage.
Travel back in time when you climb aboard our steam train. A distant memory of bygone years for some and a new experience for others, it’s a unique day out for all. Established in 1973, the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a family run business, supported by a great team of staff and volunteers.
Founded in 1884, Lindal Moor Cricket Club is a leading community cricket club located a few miles west of Ulverston town. Designated a Focus Club by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it is a cricket development and networking hub, particularly for women’s and girl’s cricket within the wider area.
Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre KMC is an internationally renowned centre for modern Kadampa Buddhism founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Part of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) (Charity Number (England) 1015054).
Integrated Care Communities (ICC) are integrated teams of health and care workers, voluntary organisations and wider community assets who work together with an aim of promoting and maintaining community independence, improving quality of life, reducing the risk of hospitalisation and supporting earlier discharge from hospital. The Mid-Furness ICC includes GP Practices in Ulverston, Dalton and Askam.
Mental Health charity based in Barrow-in-Furness, providing mental health services across Furness, Ulverston, and Millom. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis, we’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. We will push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.
The only charity dedicated to connecting people with the nature, heritage and culture of Morecambe Bay. You can take part in walks, talks, tours, workshops, training events, performances, and special celebration events. The charity is managed by a committed team made up of staff and Trustees, “We care deeply about the communities of the Bay and aim to deliver projects with impact to help the Bay thrive”.
Low cost mycelial activities to creatively engage, rewild minds, broaden abilities, and inspire greener ways of being. We aim to support people of all abilities in exploring the entangled connections between the self, nature, and others.
The National Trust is Europe’s biggest conservation charity. It protects buildings, landscapes, and wildlife habitats. Its sites include Dalton Castle, Sandscale Haws, Fell Foot Park, Arnside & Silverdale, Hill Top, Claife Viewing Station, Tarn Hows, Sizergh Castle, Wray Castle, Eskdale & Duddon Valley, Stagshaw Garden, Townend, and a lot more. There are conservation events and family activities. Become a member for free entry to most locations.
The Newland Furnace Trust developed from concerned members of CATMHS and CIHS meeting informally from 1988 to preserve the remains of the historic charcoal blast furnace at Newland. We became a formal trust and charity in 1992. The roofs were repaired with the aid of substantial grants from English Heritage, but repairs to the stonework were carried out by volunteers. Volunteers are still needed to maintain the furnace, to guide visitors and to research the history of the furnace.
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! The Ulverston Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am in Ford Park. We all take part for our own enjoyment. Come along and join in whatever your pace. Please register before you first come along.
Printfest was born in 2001, through Chris Benefield’s inspiration, upstairs at the Tinners’ Rabbit Fine Art Gallery in Ulverston, where local artists gathered to talk about their dreams, beliefs and philosophy. Printfest is now a celebration of the work of artist printmakers. It takes the form of an annual selling exhibition open to the public. It is managed by an organising committee, which is supported by specialist artistic teams. The event is made possible by business sponsors, patrons, and friends.