What's on in Carlisle?

Find out what's on in Carlisle where you'll find fantastic gigs and concerts every week as well as a great range of family activities and historical tourist attractions.

The Sands Centre in Carlisle is Cumbria's largest venue and regularly plays host to the some of the biggest names in music and comedy. The Brickyard is a smaller scale venue where you'll find some great gigs every week.

In 2015 Carlisle's newest arts venue -  The Old Fire Station - opened, and has gone from strength to strength with top level comedians and bands visiting the venue.

There are always lots of things to do in Carlisle and places to visit with the castle, cathedral, Tullie House Museum and links to Hadrian's Wall pulling in large numbers of tourists every year.

Carlisle is also a city with its own calendar of amazing events that includes Carlisle Music City week, the historical pageant, the Cumberland Show and the annual fireshow in November which is one of the biggest in the north. 

For those who like classical music, the annual Carlisle (summer) Music Festival showcases a host of talent both locally-grown and from further afield: and if you fancy performing yourself, the Carlisle Music & Drama Festival, held in March each year, attracts performers from all over Cumbria and the rest of the UK. Just over a mile out of the City Centre, the Swallow Hotel is home to Carlisle Blues and Rock Festival, billed as 'the UK's premier autumn music event', which takes place in November each year.

Further afield, the Dalston annual agricultural show takes place each August and this year will include a motorbike trials display team in the main ring. Or, if you want to put yourself to the test, then various runs start (and sometimes finish) in Carlisle: the Great Cumbrian Run each October (half marathon), the Brampton to Carlisle Road Race (one of the oldest ten-mile road races in the UK) and the Wall Ultra marathon - 69 miles along Hadrian's Wall from Carlisle to Gateshead.

Carlisle's city centre is compact and pedestrianised, making it a pleasant place to shop. Once a month it is brought even more vibrantly to life with a Farmers' Market (promoted by Made in Cumbria) and there is a continental market at Christmas. 

There are plenty of car parks dotted around the city centre - most are pay and display and cost about £1 per hour - and there is limited on street disc parking.