20 reasons to love Carlisle
Entertainment, culture, heritage and good crack: Carlisle has it all. Pam McClounie looks at 20 reasons to love the city. Why do you love Carlisle?
The Sands Centre is home to a vast array of touring musicals, pop concerts, comedians, ballets, table top sales, skills fairs, the county’s biggest quiz and football competitions.
It is also home to a gym, cafe/restaurant and a little outdoor play area for young children in the summer.
It hosts lots of exercise classes from Body Pump to Spinning.
New on the scene and bouncing back from the floods is the Old Fire Station - a new arts venue for the city and since it’s opening it has gone down a storm.
Several bands and theatre groups now play the venue including Cast and Black Grape and it has McGrew’s bistro where customers can get a coffee, a pint, breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Brunton Park at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon is the place to be.
The cheers and the groans can be heard across the city when the League 2 team face their opponents.
The club was founded in May 1904.
Carlisle people are unique. They like a gossip and often the city can feel like a village where everyone knows everyone else.
If you went to school here but moved away you will still know lots of people in the city.
Facebook has done a great deal helping people keep in touch.
Atlas Works in Denton Holme is a former factory but today is a hive of activity and businesses.
It is home to a garage, school uniform shop, children’s play centre, a theatre school, a dance school, gym, cafe/takeaway, craft shed, nursery and much more.
From the studios of Cumbria Dance on the top floor it has some amazing views over the city.
Carlisle is rich in history and has some amazing sights. The castle, cathedral and Citadel are all very striking.
Carlisle Castle once served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots 24.
It is recorded in the Post Office archives that the first box in the UK was erected in Botchergate, Carlisle in 1853. This fact is commemorated today with a replica Penfold box, located between the Market Cross and the Old Town Hall in the city centre.
The former Her Majesty’s Theatre in Carlisle, which was on Lowther Street but now demolished, was the first to be lit by electricity in 1880.
Fashion designer Stuart Vevers
Pop star Lee Brennan made it big with the band 911, while former Trinity school pupil Roxanne Pallet became an actress and starred in Emmerdale.
And in fashion, cousins and former Trinity School pupils Stuart Vevers and Jonathan Kelsey landed roles designing accessories and shoes for some of the biggest fashion houses.
TV presenter and former BBC Radio Cumbria broadcaster Helen Skelton has gone on to have a great career in the media. Now living in France, she can regularly be seen on our TV screens on the BBC Countryfile programme or commentating at events like the Olympics.
Writer and broadcaster Eric Robson began his television career with Border Television in Carlisle. He now presents, produces and writes TV programmes.
And author Hunter Davies - who wrote the official biography of The Beatles - grew up in Carlisle.
Several sportsmen including footballer Grant Holt and athletes like Tom Farrell and hammer thrower Nick Miller have gone on to have good careers.
Opened by the Carlisle Corporation in 1893, the original building is a converted Jacobean mansion, with extensions added when it was converted.
At first the building contained the museum and also a library, an art school and a technical school.
The museum has a large and eclectic collection of zoological, botanical and geological material.
It has also the Roman Frontier Gallery housing the museum’s significant Roman collection along with items on loan from the British Museum.
The museum won the annual Family Friendly Museum Award (sponsored by the Telegraph Media Group) in 2015/2016.