Kirkby Lonsdale is a Fairtrade Town

Kirkby Lonsdale has been a Fairtrade Town and with allied with the Cumbria Fairtrade Network since 2007. We continue to work with the Fairtrade Foundation to amplify the voices of marginalized producers.

What does Fairtrade Town mean?

We raise awareness of and support the trade of Fairtrade products to alleviate poverty by campaigning for a fair system of international trade.  The Information & Gift Shop, along with many other shops in town including Booths, The Royal Barn and Abrahams sell Fairtrade products such as chocolate, coffee and belts.

How can you get involved?

As a Fairtrade Town, Kirkby lonsdale takes part in and promotes Fairtrade events such as Fairtrade Fortnight in February and the Great Big Green Week in September. Keep up to date with all the upcoming talks, fundraisers and workshops by keeping an eye out on our social media and visiting the Fairtrade Foundation Website.

The Cumbria Fairtrade Network also organise events and are a good place to keep in touch with local news and activities. 

Make a Promise to My Planet Postcard Competition

Kirkby Lonsdale is launching a postcard competition called A Promise to My Planet – My Message to COP26. We are inviting everyone to send their message to politicians and MPs at COP26 in Glasgow and take the lead in making a promise to the planet to tackle climate change. 

All you need to do is write a message to a politician of your choice on one of our postcards and hand it in at the Information & Gift Shop, the Fairtrade market stall or tag us on Facebook (@KirkbyLonsdalelTown) or Instagram (

Liz at the Fairtrade Market Stall

The more people who show their support for the planet, the bigger the international ambitions at COP 26 will be. This is your chance to make your voice heard and tackle climate change. The most powerful message will be decided by our MP Tim Farron and Kim Bradshaw from The Zero Pantry at the Charter Market on Thursday 7th October.

A Pilgrimage for Nature  

A Pilgrimage for Nature is coming to Kirkby Lonsdale on Saturday 2nd October and camping overnight in Jubilee Field. They will be hosted in Lunesdale Hall to share some of their stories and ideas, and are hoping to collect some of Kirkby Lonsdale’s in return.

Listening to The Land is an independent civil society movement, co-produced by Kriya Arts and No-Planet B Initiative. They are walking a Pilgrimage for Nature from London to Glasgow, collecting stories and supporters on the way as they complete their 400 mile journey. They will perform at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at the end of October, inspired by their journey and the communities they meet on the way. This is your chance to be heard at COP26.

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