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...