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Ulverston is a busy historic market town with a number of claims to fame including home to the first world champion pole vaulter, the shortest, widest and deepest canal in Britain and birthplace of Stan Laurel, who was born on the 16th June 1800 of the world famous duo Laurel and Hardy.
Ulverston is the home of a thriving artisic community and proud of the variety and quality of festivals and events held throughout the year including music festivals, walking festivals, the flag fortnight, Buddhist Festivals at Conishead Priory, North Lonsdale Agricultural Show, Charter festival, the Ulverston Lantern Procession and of course the famous Dickensian Christmas Festival.
When in Ulverston you can take the ‘ Coastal Road ' leading towards Barrow-in-Furness . This takes you the scenic route along the coast where there is lovely scenery, a number of beaches and some nice walks. As you approach Barrow-in-Furness from the Coastal Road you can rejoin the A590 and follow the signs for the M6, which brings you back to Beech Hill House making a nice circular tour.
(Buddhist Temple, Historic House, Guided Tours, Cafe, Gift Shop, Gardens, Woodland Walks and beach)
In 1160 the Augustinian monks founded a hospital for the poor and today it is a modern-day Buddist centre, the design of which symbolises the pure world of Buddha. The centrepiece is a large statue of Buddha with his two Bodhusattva disciples along with many auspicious symbols.
The present mansion was finished in 1836 as the Braddyll's family home and since then has been used as a spa hotel, miners' convalescent home and wartime military hospital. This Gothic mansion has two 30m high octagonal towers, huge reception rooms with elaborate decorated ceilings, a long cloister corredor, grand staircases and a great hall.
Conishead Priory has a long history of healing and spiritual renewal and many people visit the priory and grounds simply to relax in the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.
The building as it stands at present was rescued from dereliction in the 1970s and this work is still ongoing and being restored by
the Buddhist community, who have also constructed the magnificent Temple for World Peace in the grounds. Though build to a traditional design the Temple is modern and provides a peaceful respite from the busy world outside. The Temple for World Peace at Conishead Priory is the home to the largest bronze Buddha statue cast in the west.
Conishead Priory stands in seventy acres of gardens and woodland. With streams, numerous walks, a lake and a beach on the shores of Morecambe Bay the grounds are open most of the year with guided tours on certain days during the summer. Enjoy a 'Garden Open Day', a 'Gala Day' or an 'Open House day'. Walkers, cyclists and picnickers are welcome, but no BBQ's are allowed and dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads.
A unique day out you can take a guided tour and watch the video presentation - The History of Conishead Priory. Visit the temple, cafe and shop or take a stroll through the woods to the beach on the shores of Morecambe Bay with views across to Chapel Island, Morecambe and Lancaster, with the Lakeland hills and Yorkshire Dales in the distance.
Laurel & Hardy Museum
4c Upper Brook Street , Ulverston
T: 01229 582292
The Laurel & Hardy Museum is located in the centre of the town along with a larger than life size bronze sculpted statue of the 'Boys' accompanied by little dog 'Laughing Gravy'
Part of the Cumbria Coastal Way.
South Cumbria Musical Festival
The South Cumbria Musical Festival is an annual competitive festival, open to all amateur performers in brass, instrumental, vocal, choral and speech. Soloists or grougs and all ages welcome. Seven days of music and speech classes with internationally acclaimed adjudicators.
Egg Rolling on Hoad Hill
A traditional Ulverston event held each Easter when decorated eggs are rolled down Hoad Hill. An event that is often accompanied by local Morris Dancers.
North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
Held annually at the Bardsea Show Ground, this is a great day in the countryside for all the family and features classes for cows, sheep and many equestrian events.
Ulverston's Charter Festival
The Ulverston Charter Festival
is and annual fortnight of celebration packed with loads of events and organised by Ulverston Town Council to celebrate granting of the market charter in 1280
Ulverston Lantern Procession - River of Light
The Ulverston Lantern Procession is an annual event whereby hundreds of white lanterns weave through the streets of Ulverston creating a 'River of Light' - a truly wonderful sight.
Dickensian Christmas Festival
The Dickensian Christmas Festival
is an annual event for all the family with hundreds of festive stalls, free entertainment, period costume competition, horse-drawn costumed processions, with Christmas lights and lots more.
ULVERSTON LEISURE CENTRE
T: 01229 584110
lULVERSTON LEISURE CENTRE is unique to the area; a centre that boasts the largest indoor and outdoor tennis centre in Cumbria, a swimming pool, gym and fitness centre, exercise studio, astroturf pitch, crown bowling green – and much more!
25 meter pool with a free form learner pool at Lakes Leisure in Ulverston.
UV-treated pool ensures a clean and safe swim.
Fully supervised by qualified lifeguards.
Public swimming lessons available during the week.
Fun sessions every Saturday from 13.30 - 14.30, which is great for kids and full of fun with inflatables, rafts and much more.