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Arts and crafts in Cumbria

Cumbria (including Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland) is in the North West of England. It has a population of around 500,000 and covers approximately 680,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Dumfries and Galloway, Durham, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Scottish Borders.

County flag of CumbriaCumbria is among the least densely populated counties in the UK. Its economy is largely dependent on tourism and aside from Barrow-in-Furness and the county town Carlisle, Cumbria is mostly rural and much of it is mountainous. The Lake District and Lake District National Park attract millions of visitors to the county each year and are considered areas of outstanding natural beauty. Bordering Scotland, the land has been fought over many times in the past and visitors to the county can appreciate the numerous lakes, forests, castles, native wildlife and features such as Hadrians Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also a variety of popular outdoor activities available, such as sailing, canoeing and climbing. Performing arts venues in Cumbria include Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere, the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and Forum Twenty Eight in Barrow-in-Furness.

Generations of artists have visited or lived in Cumbria and been inspired by it, among them the author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who having holidayed in The Lakes many times, bought a house there and her former home Hill Top is open to visitors. She wrote world famous illustrated books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and donated many of her drawings and watercolours to the Armitt Library in Ambleside. Born in neighbouring Lancashire, the artist LS Lowry also spent time in Cumbria where he painted scenes of local life, depicting people and places such as shopping streets and market squares. Visitors to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery will find botanical exhibits, as well as arts and crafts reflecting its ancient Celtic, Roman and Norse past. The converted Jacobean mansion includes in its art collection paintings by local artists of note, Pre-Raphaelites and a number of British artists including works from the twentieth century and collections of ceramics. Other attractions in Cumbria include Blackwell Arts and Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere, Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass, Carlisle Cathedral and Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Ulverston.

Craft and Gift Fair Dobbies Carlisle

Craft and Gift Fair Dobbies Carlisle

Dobbies Garden World, Carlisle, Cumbria

Friday, 6 August 2021 (3 day event)

Craft and Gift Fair Dobbies Carlisle

Craft and Gift Fair Dobbies Carlisle

Dobbies Garden World, Carlisle, Cumbria

Friday, 1 October 2021 (3 day event)

Anuskas Shed

Anuskas Shed

Nenthead, Cumbria

I have been making jewellery for over 20 years, firstly at evening classes then learning ...

jess levine

jess levine

Ulverston, Cumbria

my mixed media collage, uses various fine art techniques and approaches e.g. printmaking, ...

Cherry Trees woodcraft

Cherry Trees woodcraft

Wigton, Cumbria

My name is Alan Thompson, for most of my working life I have been a self employed builder ...

Howgill Crafts

Howgill Crafts

Sedbergh, Cumbria

I like to experiment with various media from card making, sterling silver jewellery, ...

BKB art

BKB art

Carlisle, Cumbria

My name is Becky Bracegirdle, I create mainly portraits and landscape paintings of local ...

Purple Patch

Purple Patch

Carlisle, Cumbria

Purple Patch baby blankets. But blankets with a difference. The WorgybaB is a special ...

Sam Powell Photography

Sam Powell Photography

Wigton, Cumbria

Professional photo prints of farm animals and landscapes in the Lake District and surrounding ...

The Slate Painter

The Slate Painter

Cockermouth, Cumbria

Using the beauty and form of local Lakeland slate to create unique and inspiring art ...

Victoria March Skincare

Victoria March Skincare

Workington, Cumbria

I make a range of cold process soaps using a variety of essential oils and natural ingriedients ...

Joss Park Jewellery

Joss Park Jewellery

Kendal, Cumbria

I make distinctive silver and gold dividual jewellery from vintage and antique finds, ...

Abstract mixed media collage workshop for adults

Abstract mixed media collage workshop for adults

Ulverston, Cumbria

I am teaching a two hour class in abstract mixed media collage processes. T Wells gallery, ...

Easter Fair

Easter Fair

Hawkshead, Cumbria

Morning all, We, as a group of crafters, are looking forward to 4 days in Glenridding ...


Sawrey Gilpin

(Born 1733 in Carlisle in Cumbria), Illustration, Painting

Sawrey Gilpin specialised in the painting of horses and dogs. He also was an illustrator and etcher. In 1786 his work was exhibited at the Royal Academy London and he was elected an associate of the Academy in 1795.