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THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Allonby is situated in a non-commercialized area, on the Solway coast.  The magnificent Lake District National Park is within easy reach.
Keswick is only 30 - 35 scenic miles away.  On the way, you will pass beautiful Bassenthwaite Water, famous for it's Ospreys.
Their nest can be viewed from the Osprey viewing area situated on the North side of Bassenthwaite Water.

 

 

Allonby is a small village on the north west coast of Cumbria, between Maryport and Silloth, in a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty.
 

 

 

The bay is very popular with wind surfers and para-surfers.
The Cumbrian Coastal Way passes through the village, and walkers can enjoy many miles of green sea-banks.

Despite its small size, the village has several splendid buildings including the Old Baths, North Lodge, Christ Church, and the 'Reading Room'.
The Reading Room was erected around 1862, partly funded by local donations, and partly by Joseph Pease, a Quaker Industrialist from the North East of England.
It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, famous for designing Manchester's Town Hall, and London's Natural History Museum.
A history of Allonby

Allonby Bay has a long sandy beech, with fine views across the Solway Estuary to the mountains of Southern Scotland.
Visitors can enjoy an almost empty beach - a cleanliness and safety winner - and also take advantage of windsurfing, fishing or just a stroll.
Ponies used to roam on the green, grazing the sea banks and roadsides.
Beach rides may still be offered, subject to the tides.

 

The coastal towns of Maryport, and Whitehaven with their marinas lie to the south down the coast.
The Victorian seaside village of Silloth is only 10 minutes North of Allonby.
The historic city of Carlisle with it's castle and attractive shopping centre is within easy driving distance.

Inland from Allonby there are plenty of quiet country lanes, which  can be explored, with many small villages.
Pub meals are available in some of those nearby villages.
With coast, countryside, lakes and hills, there is something for everyone, whatever the weather!

Allonby - - - - - A guide to the picturesque village on the Solway Coast.
A guide to the landscape, wildlife and history of the area, with information and photographs for visitors.

Baywatch Hotel and Surf Bar, Allonby.  serves meals at lunchtime and in the evenings.
Four giant plasma screens show all major sporting events on Sky.
Family Karaoke nights every Friday.  Local duo's and groups appear every Saturday in Summer.

Solfest. Music festival on the Solway Firth.
B
y having a great line-up of bands, and making tickets some of the cheapest available for any festival, the Solfest is guaranteed to be a fantastic experience for everyone!
Bring your camping gear, your fancy dress for Saturday night, and of course don't forget your wellies.
Come to Solfest for a rockin' good Bank Holiday weekend every August.

The Maryport Blues Festival  2008 had 50 bands, performing on three stages and in over 20 venues around the town, from all over the UK, the US, Australia and mainland Europe, making it the biggest blues party of the decade !
Artists included - Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, and legendary blues guitarist, Jimmie Vaughan.
This year, "Be there or be square".


For a bigger view of the videos above, click the icon with 4 small corners near the bottom right of the video screen.

 

If you come to Allenby, you must treat yourself to a delicious, locally made, ice cream.

Twentyman's, the Allonby village store, has a very popular ice cream parlour with forty different flavoured ice creams made on the premises.
Usually a dozen or so are on sale each day.

The Ice Cream Specials shown here are Banana Boat, Knickerbocker Glory, Strawberry Cup, and Giant Waffle, with a Summer Fruits cornet with chocolate flake in the foreground ..... Yummy !
 

Abbeytown.  Has two shops, a pub, and as its name suggests, a fine old abbey that is well worth a visit for those with historical interests.

Farmer's Markets.
Carlisle.  First Friday of each month.
Brampton.  Last Saturday of each month.
Penrith.  Third Saturday of each month.
For details of other markets, ring 01539 732 736

Silloth market  Sunday.
Wigton market  Friday.

Hadrian's Wall.  Frontier of the Roman Empire.  The most important monument built by the Romans in Britain, and is the best known frontier in the entire Roman Empire.  Spanning the country from Wallsend in the East to Bowness-on Solway in the west, it took 6 years to build and was 5 metres (15 feet) high.

Lake District Coastal Aquarium,  Maryport. one of the best marine aquariums in Europe.   Over 2000 fish, 200 different species, 45 dramatic displays.  Get your hands in a rock pool, stroke the rays and see the fish at feeding time.

Maryport Maritime Museum.  Delve into Maryport's maritime heritage.  Discover links with Fletcher Christian, of "Mutiny on The Bounty" fame.

Ravenglass and Eskdale railway.  From the coast to the foot of England's highest mountain, 7 miles of steam in The Lake District National Park.
Powerful small scale, locomotives, with both open and covered carriages.  Cycle carrying carriages, make this an ideal starting point for walks, cycle touring or just a fun day out for all the family.  These engines are not miniatures.

Solway Coast Discovery Centre.  Unique exhibition of Solway Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Siuated in Silloth, adjoining the Tourist Information centre.

The Wave Centre, Maryport. is a new cultural and community centre in the heart of Maryportís historic harbour area.
Visit the  235 seat theatre/cinema with state of the art sound and lighting, the History of Maryport exhibition, Bistro, Tourist Information and Visitor Centre, the Made in Cumbria Arts and Crafts retail outlet.
Also, this is one of the venues used for the Maryport Blues Festival.

West Coast Indoor Karting.  Experience the thrills, and spills of motorsport in relative safety, and at a realistic price.  Indoor carts fitted with high strength bumpers and all round hydraulic brakes for driver safety.  Powerful 200cc engines capable of speeds in excess of 35 mph.  Practice sessions for children and adults.  Please book in advance.

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Tourist Information Centres

Silloth  01697 331 944

Carlisle Old Town Hall, Carlisle.   01228 625 600

Brampton  Moot Hall, Brampton.  01697 734 33

Southwaite  M6 Motorway Services (North Bound), Carlisle.  01697 473 445

Keswick  Moot Hall, Market square.   017687 726 45

Maryport  1, Senhouse Street    01900 813 738

Tel.     01900 815 317
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