Wigton in Cumbria
A historic market town
Author and novelist, Melvyn Bragg was born here. His work has deep connections with the area including Speak for England, featuring interviews with residents of the town. The Heritage Trail introduces you to his town connections.
St Mary’s Church in Wigton town centre which dates back to 1125, was originally constructed using stone from a nearby Roman fort. It’s definitely worth seeking out as is The George Moor Memorial in the centre of town. It features superb sculpture by Pre – Raphaelite artist, Tomas Woolner.
The Fountain Gallery proudly displays and sells the work of local artists. It has a fine selection of work in a range of medium. It’s also well worth exploring the many nearby independent shops.
The town’s community spirit is in evidence at the John Peel Theatre with its lively mix of music, plays and films and the local market is held in the warmer months, 750 years aftre the town received its market charter from Henry III.
There is a wealth of choice of accommodation during your Lake District, Cumbria break. Choose from a great selection of the best quality hotels, B&B’s, self-catering cottages and lodges to rent, as well as camping and caravanning sites surrounded by beautiful scenery.
We have splendid dining options in Alllerdale, from fine dining to cosy cafes and wholesome pub grub. Dishes inspired by local produce and our surroundings is definitely on the menu and you will enjoy your experience in some of the finest settings in the country, a perfect combination.
Our landscapes are an adventure playground like no other. You will find over 40% of the Lake District National Park here, the glorious Solway Coast and Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The opportunities for discovery, excitement and personal fulfilment amongst magnificent scenery are limitless.
From food festivals to theatre, and music festivals to outdoor events… jump in and enjoy Allerdale’s vibrant festival and events scene. The wide range mirrors the vibrant cultural life of our warm-hearted area.
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