Ulverston

 


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Ulverston, South Lakeland's Festival Town, has a number of claims to fame, such as being the birthplace of Stan Laurel; it has the shortest, widest and deepest canal in Britain, and boasts the striking Hoad Monument resembling a lighthouse and built to commemorate Sir John Barrow, another famous son of the town. Visitors can enjoy the Laurel and Hardy Museum, the Lakes Glass Centre, Lanternhouse (Welfare State International's centre for celebratory arts), and an interesting shopping experience amongst the town's cobbled streets, yards and ginnels. Outdoor markets are held every Thursday and Saturday, and the indoor market is open five days a week (closed Wed and Sun).

Ulverston is known as South Lakeland's festival town and is home to a lively arts scene and annual festivals. The Coronation Hall is home to the town's cinema but also hosts concerts and feativals. Perhaps the Dickensian Festival in November is the best know of Ulverston's festivals but more information is available on www.southlakeland.gov.uk/tourism and www.ulverston.net .

The town takes it name from the times of Saxon and Viking settlement and indicates that it originated as the "farmstead of the wolf army". Now the area is quite safe to explore and is the starting point for the Cumbrian Way, a 70 mile/ 112 km walk through the Lake District to Carlisle. Ulverston is also a gateway for the Coniston area of the Lake District, with the X12 bus serving Coniston and the X31 serving Tarn Hows. The X35 bus services connect Ulverston with Barrow, Grange and Kendal.

At Ulverston's fine station, local students will be working on some art panels for display from May 2013 onwards. The Tourist Information Centre is less than 10 minutes walk from the station.

The station is now home to some sponsored art panels produced by students at Furness College in Barrow.

 Some of the art at Ulverston's historic station, July, 2013.