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.
Helping adults learn to read. Read Easy Morecambe Bay affiliated in November 2022, and we are currently focussing on the Low Furness area. As we continue to grow in the area, we hope to offer reading coaching to everyone in the Morecambe Bay area, from Barrow in Furness to Morecambe.
Retro Rendezvous is an annual festival that takes place in June, based around The Sun Inn, Market Street, and New Market Street. The festival is organised by a small volunteer committee. The festival comprises displays and exhibitions of vintage motorcycles, live 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s music (mostly cover bands), street entertainers, vintage market traders, and cycling events. The majority of activities are free of charge to watch.
The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has proudly been delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities for 40 years, with the Furness branch making a real difference to the lives of local children. We ride at Seaview Riding School on Walney Island. There are various annual sponsored events and activities at local agricultural shows, Holker Estate, etc.
Rookhow is a registered Quaker charity. As well as being a meeting place for Quakers over the last 300 years, its bunkbarn (converted from the original stables) in the Rusland Valley provides simple and affordable accommodation for groups. You don’t have to be a Quaker to stay here: it’s for everyone! Rookhow is managed by a group of trustees, mainly Quakers.
A traditional family cinema, with over 300 seats in an Art-deco auditorium. One of the largest Cinema-scope screens in Cumbria. Licensed to sell alcohol. Sells two flavours of popcorn, and ice cream at the interval! See also Roxy Collective and Film Club at The Roxy.
The Roxy Collective is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that has purchased the Roxy building in Ulverston, and has now started to refurbish it. Plans include making the building watertight, improving access for people with physical disabilities, updating the heating system, and providing new community spaces in under-utilised parts of the building.
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities. Ulverston Branch meets in the RBL Club, Brogden Street.
The Rusland Valley Horticultural Show is held on the third Saturday in August at Whitestock Meadow in the lovely Rusland Valley. We have an active Show Committee to help us set up and run the Show. We arrange a number of local events annually to raise monies for the show. We always welcome new members who would like to help with this very special event.
Sandside Lodge is a special school catering for pupils aged between two and nineteen who have a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan. All our pupils have learning difficulties and many have additional and complex needs including such as autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairments. We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School Level 2.
Launched in 2016 by husband and wife team Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett in Ulverston. Shed One Distillery produces award-winning, micro-batch, craft gin. We re-potted our distillery from our Garden Shed to The Old Calf Shed in 2019 and launched our GIN EXPERIENCES, including Cumbria’s only MAKE YOUR OWN GIN. We are immensely proud to be the winner of The Gin Guide’s ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD in 2020, 2021 & 2022.
Sir John Barrow School is a successful and inclusive nursery and primary school in the very heart of the Ulverston community. It is our highest priority for all our children to succeed, enjoy their school life and experience a strong sense of belonging. We are proud of our children and they play a very active part in the running of their school.
The South Cumbria Musical Festival (SCMF) was formed in 1976, and has developed into one of the most respected competitive events in the county. The festival is well known for its high standards, friendliness and efficient organisation. SCMF relies on financial donations and sponsorship, and also needs volunteers to help during festival week.
St Mary’s Hospice provides care and comfort for patients living with any life-shortening illness or long term condition, and their family. We support people from the moment of diagnosis, and their families for longer. The hospice organises and participates in many local and national fundraising events, such as “Walk to Remember”, sponsored walks, marathons, skydiving, etc.
Swarthmoor Hall is a Grade II Listed Historic House on the outskirts of Ulverston. The Hall is surrounded by peaceful gardens and grounds. The Hall is used for courses and retreats, and offers tours to day visitors. There is a café and a gift shop. Swarthmoor Hall is currently managed by Quiet Company, a fully owned trading subsidiary of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). There are opportunities to volunteer in the garden and house.
The Beggar’s Theatre in Millom is a lovely, intimate space to play. Our Audience is fantastic. They love the opportunity to see amazing acts visit us from small scale rural touring to TV Stand Ups. Our audience come from miles to enjoy theatre, comedy, live music, family shows and cinema at our fabulous venue.
A grant giving charity whose objects are limited to those living in Ulverston. The Trust has its origin in the Ulverston Enclosure Act of 1799, an Act for dividing and enclosing the commons waste grounds and mosses within the Parish of Ulverston, and the subsequent Ulverston Commons Enclosure Award 1813, following which land in excess of 400 acres was vested in the Trustees on the basis that they would apply the income from the same towards the relief of the poor. Trustees are appointed by Ulverston Town Council.
Ulverston & North Lonsdale Show is a traditional lakeland agricultural show, normally taking place in July. The current showground is at Lindal Cote Farm. The event comprises displays of farming equipment, farm animals, horse trials, fruit & veg, trade and craft stands.
Ulverston Amateurs (also known as Ulverston Amateur Operatic Society (UAOS)) is a friendly amateur group which, with over 100 years of experience and history, is part of the fabric of Ulverston. Ulverston Amateurs stages musical shows from all eras. We rehearse from April to October at Church Walk School in the centre of Ulverston, at 7.30pm. The production every year is for one week at the end of September.
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a precisely defined geographical area of a town, city, or commercial district where business ratepayers are invited to vote to invest collectively in local improvements that are additional to those currently provided by local government. Ulverston BID invests this money in the provision and development of town amenities, such as planting flowers and trees, providing Christmas trees for shops, free town centre wi-fi, advertising signage, and an online presence to promote local businesses.
Real ales are brewed by Paul and Anita at The Old Auction Mart in Ulverston, and are sold in pubs and outlets across the region. The brewery sometimes hosts small events at its own premises, and is a great supporter of other events in the area. The range of beers includes “Another Fine Mess”, “Lonesome Pine”, “Laughing Gravy”, and “Ulversteiner Pilsner”.
We are a small, friendly Clubmark accredited club and registered charity, based in south Cumbria with ready access to the Lakes, rivers and coast, offering a wide variety of paddling and social opportunities. We welcome individual, student and family members whatever your previous experience. Enjoy your visit and please do contact us for more information or to join us for a paddle.
Ulverston Community Partnership (UCP) manages the traditional “paper” marketing of town events. It produces information leaflets advertising festivals, attractions, and walking trails. Leaflets are distributed at hotels, motorway service stations, cafes, etc. UCP membership includes Ulverston Town Councillors, and representatives of various businesses and events. It is funded by Ulverston Town Council.
At Ulverston Food Project we are battling food poverty and helping to save the environment by intercepting and re-distributing an abundance of surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. We are a community project run by volunteers. We formed in February 2020, and are now based at The Ellers, Ulverston.
Incredible Edible Ulverston & Ulverston in Bloom & Gill Banks Action Group. Improving the attractiveness and ecology of the town through planting and community involvement. Helping people to learn about planting, growing and cooking their own food.
Ulverston Inshore Rescue was set up by Stan Lewis & Jim Prosser after many tragedies on the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay. The concept was brought to life in 2002 with basic equipment and a limited crew. We now have 14 volunteers and specialist rescue kit including boats, quad bikes, and a hovercraft, that is available 24/7.
The Lantern Festival takes place in September, illuminating the historic streets of Ulverston with a magical display of lanterns, hand made from willow and paper. The festival started in the late 1980s, when a small group of local artists and community members joined forces to organize a lantern procession, as a way to brighten up the dark winter months. The festival is organised by a small committee, and is supported by an army of stewards on the night.
Sunday worship is held at Ulverston Methodist Church in Hartley Street weekly at 10:30am. All welcome, whether you are a visitor or live locally. Ulverston Methodist Church streams most of its 10:30 am services live from the church.
The Ulverston International Music Festival team organises a Summer and a Winter series of classical music concerts, taking place in a range of local churches and halls. The Artistic Director is Anthony Hewitt. He is supported by Festival Director Elsa Tatevossian, and Festival Designer Andrew Nicholaides. A “Festival Friends” schme is available, offering advance booking and access to private receptions.
The Ulverston News website was created for publicising community events and sharing local information. It is operated entirely by volunteers. Ulverston News performs a “warn and inform” role in the event of incidents throughout the LA12 postcode area, such as flooding or storms. It provides notifications to registered subscribers of the Ulverston News email newsletter, and via the Ulverston News facebook group. The Ulverston News telephone number (01229 357951) is also utilised by Ulverston Resilience Group.
The Ulverston Outsiders is the local amdram society. We put on two full-scale plays each year in the Coronation Hall, usually in November and April. Over the past few years we have performed The 39 Steps, Bedroom Farce, All My Sons, The Importance of being Earnest……the list goes on and on! We are always keen to welcome new members both on and off stage.
The church of St. Mary with Holy Trinity has been the Parish Church of Ulverston for 900 years. Our vision is to be the kind of church where we can encounter God, learn how to follow Jesus together, and make a positive difference to our community and the world we live in. We’re active partners in Churches Together in Furness and work closely with other churches in the Ulverston district.
A reading group engaging with poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts to help us think about world-building, and new ways to organise society. We meet for discussion every two months. Please follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for details.
We are a volunteer group that run a free monthly event that is open to everyone. From electricals to jewellery and zips to furniture, our group of talented repairers are willing to take a look all sort of different things in need of a fix. If you can carry it in, we’ll have a look and fix it if we can. We’ve also got tea, coffee and goodies to keep you going whilst you visit our café. Even if you’re not bringing something for repair you’re welcome to come along and see what we do.
Ulverston Resilience Group (URG) is a voluntary organisation providing community support in South Cumbria. The group has a register of volunteers who are occasionally asked to support local events and festivals, and may be asked to assist the statutory authorities in the event of a serious local incident.
The club is part of a global network of volunteers. They normally meet on Monday evenings. In Ulverston they are responsible for planting the crocuses in front of Sunderland Terrace. They carry out fundraising activities at town events, such as stewarding car parks, and operating the famous “human fruit machine”.
Ulverston Town Band has been in existence for over 170 years. The earliest documented performance of the band was from the laying of the foundation stone to commence the building of the Sir John Barrow Monument in 1850. The band meets at the Canal Head band room, and also has an active training band for anyone wishing to learn to play a brass instrument.
Ulverston town council has 18 volunteer councillors who meet every month to discuss business. Members of the public are very welcome to attend. The council maintains a number of assets, including the Sir John Barrow Monument, Gill public toilets, Gill Banks, War Memorial, bus shelters, benches, and allotments.
Ulverston WalkFest was started in 1999 by Jean and Steve Povey. The Group is not a Community Amateur Sports Club or a Charity, but the organisers of voluntary events, as affiliated members of The Ramblers. The Group aims to organise an annual walking festival in and around Ulverston. The committee is comprised of named officers and walk leaders.
A lovely family-friendly event that takes place each Halloween at Gill Banks. There are extraordinary displays of hand made candles, glowing vegetables, creepy sounds, dramatic lighting, shadowscreens, community singing, and weird creatures. Organised by a group of talented arty people, many of whom live on The Gill or thereabouts.
Ulverston Victoria High School (UVHS) is an 11-18 school. Students of all abilities and backgrounds come from communities across the Furness area. We are seen as a school that retains the traditional values and standards that have characterised successful schools through time which are coupled with a desire to explore innovative new practices in education.
Velo Retro was created by husband and wife team Ali and Alan Brenton. The only retro and vintage cycling event in the English Lake District, where for one weekend in June, steel vintage bikes rule and retro cycling jerseys are cool! We ride well, eat well, drink well and socialise well. It’s a festival of cycling but it’s also a festival of friendship. Velo Retro is the authentic, friendly cycling event – where you arrive as strangers… and leave as friends!
The local government unitary authority. Providing local services, including management of refuse collection, education, street markets, and community venues. W&F Council is responsible for Ulverston Market Hall, The Coro, Ulverston Library, Blue Light Hub, etc.
For more than 90 years, a network of about 300 Country Markets has been selling homemade baked goods, preserves, garden-grown fruit and vegetables, plants, and handmade crafts. Producers are Members in this co-operative social enterprise, which is organised into local Co-operative Societies registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16; the cost of joining is just 5p – the modern equivalent of an old shilling.
Windermere Lake Cruises is the most popular attraction in Cumbria. We offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours, or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with our fantastic Freedom of the Lake ticket. Apply for a Local Residents’ card for great discounts on our cruises, and at Lakeland Motor Museum.