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Wednesday, 24 February 2016


For weeks and weeks through late November, December and January it seemed as if Cumbria would never see the sun again. But in the last few days the skies have cleared, the rain's stopped, the days are brighter and we’re all reminded again what a beautiful county it is. With Easter only a month away the message that #cumbriaisopen can’t be overstated; visitors are welcome everywhere.

Even before Easter in March there are plenty of things to do. The Words by the Water literary festival in Keswick (4-13), the World Health Innovation Summit in Carlisle (10-11), the Northern Beer Festival in Kendal (11-13), Kendal Festival of Food (12-13), Bowness Bay Blues Weekend (18-20), the World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival at Dalemain near Ullswater (19-20) and the Easter International Market in Carlisle (24-28) are just some of them.

The Discover Carlisle website certainly speaks for everyone in Cumbria when it says: ‘We are still welcoming visitors with open arms and a friendly smile. Events go ahead. Our shops still trade. Our food and drink establishments still serve. Our attractions still offer a fantastic range of things to see and do. Our accommodation providers still provide a warm and cosy bed to rest your head’. All that and some of the best scenery in Britain.

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