Venues

An alphabetical list of events venues and great places to visit. Our focus is on Ulverston, but we’re happy to list any suitable venue within the Furness Peninsula, and northwards to Broughton-in-Furness, and Bowness. A venue can be somewhere indoors or outdoors, capable of holding hundreds of people, or an athletics facility, or a shop or museum, or a single room that could be used for a small meeting or class.

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Avanti Capitola

A smart wine bar serving wines and cocktails as well as local real ales. Food platters of meat, cheese or fish available. Frequently hosts live music events.

Birkrigg Common

A large swathe of land to the south of Ulverston with some fantastic limestone pavements. A favourite place for dog walkers and fell runners.

Church Walk CE Primary School

Primary School in the old part of town, having close associations with Ulverston Parish Church. The curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.

Coronation Hall

The Coro is one of Ulverston’s largest entertainment venues. The main hall can hold over 570 people, and other rooms can accommodate smaller events. There are frequent live music and theatrical performances. Any of the spaces can be privately hired.

Croftlands Community Centre

A community hall in the heart of Croftlands estate. Suitable for exercise classes, private parties, community meetings, etc. Has a small kitchen, and a car park.

Darby and Joan Club

A registered charity providing entertainment for elderly people, including whist drives and the occasional party.

Devonshire Arms

Furness CAMRA describe this as “a real locals pub with a welcoming atmosphere”. Excellent real ale and cider. Comprehensive sports coverage.

Dragley Beck Scout Hut

The 2nd Ulverston Scout Group meets in a dedicated hut at Dragley Beck, providing regular activities for boys and girls in Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. The Xenolith Explorer Scout Group also meets in the hut.

Fell Foot Park

A National Trust property at the foot of Windermere. Extensive grounds to explore and play in. Hire kayaks, paddle boards, and rowing boats.

Ford Park

In the urban heart of Ulverston, you will find Ford Park – acres of beautiful green space, well-loved and used by a variety of people, and the result of an incredible level of effort and dedication from the Ford Park Community Group.

Furness Abbey

The impressive remains of one of the largest abbeys in England. Managed by English Heritage, and supported by Furness Abbey Fellowship.

Gillam’s Tearoom

Popular tearoom and grocers specialising in organic and vegetarian food. Hosts occasional musical evenings, etc.

Hawcoat Park Sports Club

The largest multi-sports club in South Cumbria. Membership open to all. Includes football, rugby union, archery, bowls, cricket, rifle & pistol shooting, tennis, and table tennis.

Hope & Anchor

The beating heart of the local music scene, with live music on most nights. Allegedly the oldest and most haunted pub in the area.

Indoor Market Hall

The indoor market is open from 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (closed for Bank Holidays). It houses a cafe, and a range of stalls selling food, books, collectables, clothing, etc.

Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is open for drinks, food and accommodation. The ‘Big Kings’ has a great reputation for showing live sport on a number of large screen TVs.

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Museum by day, and licensed entertainment venue by night. The museum is located in the former stalls area of the cinema, and has its own small cinema screen and seating.

Lightburn Park

Ulverston’s main public park has a children’s play area, skate ramp, five a side football pitch, sensory garden and a miniature railway which operates during the summer months.

Lindal Cote Farm

Agrigultural land to the south of Lindal-in-Furness. Hosts the annual Ulverston & North Lonsdale Show.

Malt Kiln Bardsea

A lovely building for parties, concerts, and weddings. There is a small grassed area outside.

Manjushri Kadampa Centre

Internationally renowned centre for meditation. Visitors are welcome, whether you are looking for a day visit to the Buddhist Temple and grounds, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or in-depth courses and retreats.

Old Farmhouse

A bar and restaurant in a converted stone barn. Hosts live music events, etc. The function suite can be hired for private parties.

Old Friends

A free house, serving cask ales, lager, ciders, and wines. Large beer garden with covered area. Quiz on Tuesdays. Frequent live music events.

Old Laundry Theatre

The Old Laundry Theatre is a 250 seat theatre-in-the-round, 210 thrust format theatre situated in Bowness-on-Windermere, and a thriving cultural hub for residents and visitors to the Lake District.

Pennington Memorial Hall

Pennington Parish includes Horrace, Loppergarth, Swarthmoor, and Pennington. The Memorial Hall hosts plays, parties, indoor bowling, and other events.

Piel Castle (pub)

A popular, friendly town centre pub with a large beer garden, cosy sheltered smoking area and roaring log fires in the winter. The pub is locally renowned as an entertainment venue, playing host to top bands.

Piel Island

A picturesque island located between Ulverston and Walney. You can travel there from Roa Island by ferry, or join a guided walk over the sands. You will be welcomed at the Ship Inn.

Roa Island Lifeboat Station

Barrow lifeboat station is on the tip of Roa island, facing out to Piel Island. The lifeboat station is not normally open to the puplic, but does have a number of open days.

Rose & Crown

A friendly pub serving traditional home-made meals. There is a walled beer garden at the rear. Frequent live music and other events.

Roxy Cinema

The Roxy opened in 1937, originally with a capacity of 1,250. The building was later split, and the cinema now seats 330. It shows the latest films on release, and also hosts a specialist film club, and can be hired for private events.

Royal British Legion

The Legion supports serving and ex-serving members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. The club hosts Legion events, and can be hired.

Royalty Cinema

The Royalty Cinema in Bowness has three cinema screens, with auditoriums of various sizes, from 65 seats to 400. It also has a rare Wurlitzer pipe organ, originally installed in Ohio, and lovingly restored at the Royalty.

Sir John Barrow Cottage

The museum at Sir John Barrow Cottage is open from Easter until the end of October on Fridays (11am-4pm) and Sundays (1pm-5pm). There are additional one-off events throughout the year.

Sir John Barrow Monument

Owned by Ulverston Town Council and managed by volunteers, who open it most Sundays from Easter until the END of October, from 1–5pm depending on the weather. Free entry, but donations are welcome. Get your bearings with the Hoad Panoramic Map.

Sir John Barrow School

A primary and nursery school in central Ulverston. The school motto is “Succeeding, Enjoying, Belonging”.

Squirrel

An eclectic mix of home and giftware you wouldn’t normally find on the high street, specialising in fair trade and eco-friendly products. There is a craft area within the shop, hosting hands-on craft events and workshops for adults and children.

St Mary’s Hospice

The St Mary’s team plays a major caring and support role in the local community. They also host exhibitions and events in the Orangery Cafe at the hospice and elsewhere.

Swan Inn

A lovely unspoilt real ale pub, offering traditional bar entertainment, including quizzes and live music. Large beer garden to the rear.

Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall is a Grade II Listed Building near the market town of Ulverston in the Lake District. The Hall is surrounded by peaceful gardens and grounds, and is only two miles from the coast. The Hall is regularly used for courses and retreats.

The Farmers

An award winning pub, wine bar, and restaurant. The pub serves breakfast from 9am. There are quizzes on Thursday evenings.

The Gill

The Gill was the traditional home of the farmers’ hiring fairs. Nowadays it is the start of the Cumbria Way, and still hosts occasional fairs. We recommend the very excellent Bici Cafe.

The Laundrama, Rayrigg Road

A studio venue close to the Old Laundry Theatre. Houses the theatre’s bistro, and hosts comedy and other informal events.

The Mill

The Mill houses a restaurant and three distinctive bars, including a charming beer garden. The pub hosts regular stand-up comedy nights.

The Sun Inn

A large pub, hotel, and restaurant in the centre of town. Several function areas, and a very popular Basement Bar, featuring top local DJs and live music. Has a beer garden, and occasionally hosts outdoor live music events.

Ulverston Canal

Allegedly the shortest, straightest, deepest canal in England. There are various galas and events at Canal Foot and along the towpath. The Bay Horse Hotel has won many restaurant awards.

Ulverston Golf Club

A beautiful parkland course overlooking Morecambe Bay. There are several lounges that can be hired for functions.

Ulverston Leisure Centre

Ulverston’s leisure centre on priory road includes a swimming pool and a small gym. The Ulverston Amateur Swimming Club (UASC) operates from this pool. There are outdoor football pitches, and currently there is an indoor tennis centre.

Ulverston Library

An important community facility, offering adult reading groups, and occasional special events including exhibitions and book signings.

Ulverston Parish Church

A 16th Century building, in active use for Anglican services. The adjacent Parish Rooms host a range of events.

Ulverston Sports Club

Not one of Ulverston’s greatest architectural masterpieces, but nevertheless a friendly and welcoming club. Home to various sports teams, and also live music events and functions.

Ulverston Town Centre

Many of Ulverston’s major festivals take place in the town’s medieval streets. In particular, Market Street, New Market Street, County Square, Cross Street, and Brogden Street.