What's On in Kirkby Lonsdale

Various photos showing things you can do in Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club Fireworks

Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club will once again be bringing you one of the best displays in the area, working with our usual fantastic fireworks display crew. Last year we made it exclusively a drive-in event and it was a great success so the drive-in element will be in play this year too. All being well, there will be a food court and beer garden as well!

xmas fair 2021

We are delighted to be putting on the Christmas Fair in Kirkby Lonsdale this year on Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th December. We have taken the decision to make it a community focused event with a slightly different programme than usual which places an emphasis on #shoplocal #belocal #staylocal. We hope that by Christmas 2022 we will be able to put on a fully fledged Christmas extravaganza…

Meet us in the Market Square for the Christmas light switch-on and be amazed as the magic of Christmas fills the streets! Then join us in the Lantern Parade and carol singing in Glebe Field.

Christmas Light Switch-On

Meet Peter Pan and Hook in the Market Square for the Christmas light switch-on and be amazed as the magic of Christmas fills the streets! Then join us in the Lantern Parade and carol singing in Glebe Field.

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 write a postcard to the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow and take the lead in tackling climate injustice. 

Guided Vault Walks

We know our own town better than anyone so let us show you around!

This is your chance to hear the stories of Kirkby Lonsdale told by our very own qualified local guides. What better way to get to know our beautiful town and the stories hidden amongst the cobbled streets.

The next Guided Town Walk available will be on Friday and Saturday 17th April or as soon as government restrictions allow.

The Vault: An Interactive Installation

The Vault is an interactive installation located at the back of the Information & Gift Shop on Main Street inside the old bank vault.

Unlock the hidden stories of Kirkby Lonsdale, including the true story behind Ruskin’s view, the tragic history of the nearby Bronté sisters and much more!

The vault is now contactless and Covid-19 safe. Opening from 12th April, in line with government regulations.

The Vault Trail

Wander around Kirkby Lonsdale and unlock the QR codes to learn about the characters and history of the town. 

This is the perfect outdoor activity to do during lockdown, especially while The Vault is closed. 

The Social Butterfly Project

Mental illness is a public health crisis, and the young in our society have particularly felt the damaging effect of the pandemic. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, suicide, loss and a sense of people being increasingly polarized have had a profound effect on many in our community. These are alarming trends, but we believe our shared spaces can play a vital role in our emotional health. Many other people do too, and if we continue to question what our public spaces can be, our built environment can offer profound moments of unity and empathy through shared experience. We hope that the Social Butterfly Project might continue to evolve, restore perspective, and offer a space in our schools and the community to reflect together.  
social butterfly project
Please Help!
To show your support, would you be willing to display handmade origami butterflies in your shop, car or home window?  These have been made by our students & will be available for collection from the porch of St. Mary’s Church from 2 April.  Please support us!

Art Installations

Interactive art installations will be placed in the three outdoor church spaces in Kirkby Lonsdale. These will be completed by 2 April and ready for the local community to engage with. Each small installation will incorporate a chalkboard with a stenciled Sentence Starter. You, the participating viewer, will be encouraged to finish the sentence. Please get involved!

Follow the Social Butterfly Project on their website and Twitter.

Supporting Each Other

The aim of this project is to unite young people with the local community through the medium of art, offering spaces to reflect together, following the emotional impact of Covid-19.  

Mutual Aid

If you are struggling during Lockdown try reaching out to family members or friends, visit our Mutual Aid Page or you can use any of these resources below:

Cumbria County Council (Advice and Information): https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/landingpage.asp

Cumbria County Council (Welfare): https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/welfare/default.asp

Every Life Matters (Welfare): https://www.every-life-matters.org.uk/get-help/

Southlakes Housing (Welfare): https://www.southlakeshousing.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-emergency-support-helpline/ 

Southlakeland District Council (Business Support): https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/business-and-trade/business-support-grants-coronavirus-covid-19/

To show we are all in this together