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Arts and entertainment

Kirkgate Arts provides a year round programme of theatre, music, comedy and dance and a range of participatory activities for all ages. It also shows films, although not usually the big blockbusters. Run by a dedicated team and an army of volunteers the venue is currently raising money for a large capital development in order to improve facilities.

Other cultural attractions include Wordsworth House & Gardens, where you can learn all about Wordsworth’s life and his love for the English Lakes, and The Castlegate Gallery which exhibits a changing collection of local artists.

The town also has its own Norman castle, but is only open to the public at certain times of the year. Cockermouth hosts regular family friendly festivals and outdoor events including the world-famous Woolfest (a huge textiles event), CockRock, Northbound Festival and Cockermouth Live (music and entertainment festivals) the popular ‘Touch a Truck’ (kids and families) and an annual lantern parade in the Winter.

Cockermouth has three primary schools within the town and Cockermouth School provides secondary and further education, all rated good by OFSTED. Lakes College at Lilyhall is only a short drive away.

Cockermouth Community Hospital is a small GP led unit providing medical, nursing rehabilitation and end of life care. For other medical services, residents must travel to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Devastated by floods, twice in the last decade, the town’s resilience has been certainly put to the test. Apart from the occasional plaque that shows where the water level got to and a few businesses that sadly have not yet reopened, the town shows little outward scars of the tragic events. The way that the local community pulled together and was open for business in record time is just another example of Cockermouth’s individuality and distinctiveness.

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