Charter Market Job Vacancy: Assist set-up and take down every Thursday

Kirkby Lonsdale Market Traders – Job Vacancy Kirkby Lonsdale Market Traders Co Operative are looking to employ two enthusiastic individuals to assist in the set-up and take down of the charter market every Thursday. Job Description: To assist the Market Manger in the set-up and take down of the Charter Market every Thursday, you will be expected to transport up to twenty gazebos from their...

7 reasons why Kirkby Lonsdale is the best place to live or visit

Kirkby Lonsdale is the perfect destination town for visitors and locals alike. The outstanding community spirit is nurtured by good-hearted people who work together to make exciting things happen in the town. They are so kind-natured that they invite everyone around to join in when events are taking place in the town and to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside. Continue reading to learn...

Apply for the role of Manager at Kirkby Lonsdale CIC

Looking for a new challenge? Why not play your part in promoting our Town and running our gift & information shop? The Kirkby Lonsdale CIC is looking for a Manager.  This is a diverse and varied role. The promotion of our high profile and award -winning town is an important part of the post, as well as the running of a busy gift/information shop.   Experience of working with volunteers,...

The Ultimate Guide to Summer in Kirkby Lonsdale

Summer in Kirkby LonsdaleThere are many ways to enjoy Kirkby Lonsdale this summer, starting with the face-to-face Phoenix Rising programme which started in May. Kirkby Lonsdale has felt a real buzz recently, especially since the sun came out on the bank holiday weekend and there was much to do for both visitors and locals alike. Now that indoor hospitality and hotels are open the town is really...
Phoenix Rising art taster workshop programme Kirkby Lonsdale

How to Recharge and Improve Your Wellbeing with the Phoenix Rising Artists

April was an exciting month as we saw our lovely independent high street reopen and al fresco dined in Kirkby’s beautiful hidden gardens such as The Snooty Fox, Number Nine and Plato’s. We also saw the return of the bustling weekly Charter Market each Thursday where we shopped until we dropped and ate in the shining sun. Now this May we are excited to launch the Phoenix Rising Art Taster...
Thank you banner across Main Street in Kirkby Lonsdale

Seven Ways to Rise out of Lockdown with Kirkby Lonsdale

March saw spring arrive at Kirkby Lonsdale in full swing, as the shops redressed their windows in vibrant colours and the beautiful extravaganza of flowers bloomed in St Mary’s churchyard as well as Jubilee field, as showcased in the Virtual Spring Window Walk on Facebook. We have also seen a further loosening of Lockdown restrictions, allowing everyone to take a deep breath of fresh air and...

How Kirkby Lonsdale’s Unsung Heroes Shine Behind the Scenes

Over the last few weeks we have been going behind the scenes in Kirkby Lonsdale to see for ourselves how individuals and businesses in our community are making a real difference. Follow us as we delve into the inner layers of our fantastic community and show the driving forces behind Lockdown 3… Borders Greengrocers and the Milk Round The owners of Borders Greengrocers are up early (or late!)...

How to be mindful during Lockdown: Kirkby Lonsdale’s Lockdown Walks Series

Now well into 2021, this February we would like to reiterate our New Year’s Resolutions: Support the Kirkby Lonsdale community during lockdown by recommending local walks to help keep busy and healthy. Place an emphasis on mindfulness when offering advice and activities to the community. Continue spotlighting local businesses and recognising outstanding contributions to the community These...

Kirkby Lonsdale Community Spirit 2020-2021

As we enter the new year, Kirkby Lonsdale CIC are reflecting on the overwhelming community spirit which was shown during December by everyone in town as we united to celebrate Christmas.Businesses came together as they opened each week for Late Night Shopping, the town guides met at the Christmas Tree to begin their Lantern Walks, Queen Elizabeth School sold Christmas decorations to raise money...

Late Night Shopping and Christmas Window Competition on 18th December

The week before Christmas, during Late Night Shopping on Friday 18th December, Kirkby Lonsdale came together to celebrate the festive season and get ready for Christmas day. Once again, QES students Jack Elliott and Hannah Wickes filled the Christmas-lit streets with Christmas carols and The Royal Hotel was decorated with a special greeting from Kirkby Lonsdale to all the Late Night Shoppers....

Late Night Shopping and Christmas Window Walk in Kirkby Lonsdale on 11th December

Last Friday, on the 11th December the streets of Kirkby Lonsdale were filled, in a socially distanced fashion, with happy shoppers and dancing children during the second week of Late Night Shopping. Hanna Wicks, a local student at QES and talented musician, played Christmas carols on the saxophone which floated down the Christmas-lit Kirkby streets and Lantern Walkers rejoiced as they discovered...

Late Night Shopping in Kirkby Lonsdale on 4th December

The first evening of Late Night Shopping on Friday 4th December was magical and full of Christmas spirit. The Christmas-lit streets of Kirkby Lonsdale were filled with sparkling trees and festive Christmas Windows, while the angelic sound of live carol musicians jingled its way through the frosty air between 5 and 7.30pm. Most of all, the impressive Christmas tree in the market square twinkled...
The lovely Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

Lunesdale Hall is Back in Business

Lunesdale Hall has had a makeover. With a new roof, smart sound system and lighting, the town's historic and beloved hall is open for bookings. Kirstie Pelling checked out its role in the town past and present....While many venues and buildings have come and gone in Kirkby Lonsdale over the decades, the town's community centre has remained at the heart of the action. And it's seen more action...
Royal Barn Kirkby Lonsdale

Where to Eat in Kirkby Lonsdale in August

Coming out of lockdown provided the UK's cafes, bars and restaurants with a challenge. How to maintain new rules of social distancing in a traditionally social environment? But those who provide food and drink in Kirkby Lonsdale have worked hard and are now welcoming guests across their doors with a series of new measures. Kirstie Pelling rounds up what they've been up to... Opening up after...
Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market goodsll

A Bright New Future for Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

Kirkby Lonsdale’s Charter Market is embracing the future with the help of a specialist market company. The town has had a market charter since 1227 and it’s hoped the new partnership will help the market to grow and flourish for decades to come says Town Manager Janet Nuttall… Back in 2011, when the Kirkby Lonsdale Community Interest Company was first formed, we took ownership of the...
Salt Pie Lane Kirkby Lonsdale

Things to Do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Visiting Kirkby Lonsdale this summer? Want some recommendations for things to do? Kirstie Pelling asked the Visitor Information Centre volunteers and town guides to share some of their favourite activities, walks and views....A town bustling with lifeKirkby Lonsdale is famous for many things. The high street is unique and packed with eclectic shops, its cuisine is imaginative, locally sourced and...
1st Kirkby Scouts Camp at Home

Scouts Go Wild at Home

While most clubs and societies closed their doors in March, scouting in Kirkby Lonsdale has flourished in lockdown. With Saturday morning Cub breakfasts, a ‘camp at home’ night under their belt and a family camp planned, 1st Kirkby Lonsdale Scout Group didn’t get upset about Covid 19 restrictions. Instead they got online and creative, as Kirstie Pelling found out… Scouting is about being...
Kirkby Lonsdale stones

A Hub of Community Spirit

The Kirkby Londsale Community Hub has handled over three hundred requests for help in six weeks. Over a hundred volunteers have walked dogs, delivered prescriptions and bought shopping for self-isolating households in the town and nearby villages. And behind every call there’s an invisible army of helpers keeping both community and community spirit alive, as Kirstie Pelling found out… A story...
Borders Greengrocers, Kirkby Lonsdale

Pandemics and Pandemonium -Borders rises to a challenge

When Sarah Cutter and Scott Gardner opened their new greengrocers on the Kirkby Lonsdale high street, they expected trade to build slowly and gradually. ‘Three consecutive floods and a global pandemic’ later they haven’t stopped to draw breath. Four hours sleep is the norm for this hard-working couple as they provide the town and surrounding area with vital food deliveries. Kirstie Pelling...
Borders Greengrocers, Kirkby Lonsdale

Feeding Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale is perhaps best known for its cafes, restaurants and bars, and the owners are working hard to keep the town fed during the Coronavirus shutdown. From special appointments to collect, to bicycle deliveries, and collaborations with local shops, they've come up with new ways of trading in a very short time. Kirstie Pelling from Kirkby Lonsdale Visitor Information profiles some local...