The county has fallen under the national sporting spotlight once again this week thanks to the return of the Tour of Britain, which saw riders flying through several Cumbrian communities for the first time, including Brough, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Tour of Britain is a great platform for bike-friendly businesses and attractions to shout about their facilities and create a longer-term legacy for anyone who is interested in our region’s diverse cycle-friendly credentials, from serious road racers and mountain bikers to young families who want to explore gentler routes on two wheels.

Take a look at our latest GoLakes blog for plenty of suggested cycling routes you can share with your guests.

Cumbria Tourism has been among the partners working with Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council, Eden District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park to make the most of the Cumbrian leg of the 2019 race.

We have been giving the Tour extensive coverage across our social media and online channels, as well as inviting one of the sporting world’s most prestigious magazines Sports Pro to pay a visit to the county. It’s been another great opportunity to profile the county with magazine subscribers including high-profile cyclists and sports teams, such as Premier League football clubs and UK-based F1 teams.

We will continue to heavily promote cycling as a great way to explore our county through the autumn and winter, tapping into the overall of health and wellbeing – an increasingly important motivator for visits to the Lake District, Cumbria.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, supported by Cumbria Tourism and partners, are in the process of developing a place marketing campaign to promote Cumbria as a great place to live, work and invest, as well as visit.

This campaign is looking to help address our declining working age population and some of the workforce and skills shortages that we are currently facing by encouraging people to start and build their career here.

Case studies to help bring the campaign to life are required.

They are looking for:

Young people living in Cumbria aged 14-25 who:

  • Have done something exceptional! This could be excellence in achievement, contributions to the community, development of their education provider or employer. We want to celebrate young people and show that Cumbria values their contribution to its culture, communities, economy and profile.
  • Are thoroughly enjoying their education and/or early career experience in Cumbria. We’d like to hear from school, college and university attendees, apprentices, trainees and those in their first or second position to showcase the brilliant education and career opportunities available here.


People aged 21+ who have moved to Cumbria from outside of the region, including individuals who have returned after time away, as well as life-long Cumbria residents:

  • Career starters aged 21-30 who are thriving in their first or second role. We’re aiming to showcase the breadth of brilliant career opportunities in Cumbria across all sectors.
  • Career growers 30+ who have developed their career in Cumbria. This again is to showcase the great careers available here and that there are opportunities to step up the ladder.
  • Working age families who are benefitting from Cumbria’s unique offer. Aimed at those looking for a change of location, who want to live somewhere beautiful and affordable, that’s a great place to bring up a family, but with real and serious careers.
  • Entrepreneurs who have established or grown their business in Cumbria. To encourage those that are thinking of setting up a businesses or to relocate their business to come to Cumbria.

If you know somebody within your organisation, or you yourself, who is suited and willing to become an ambassador, please contact:

John Reynolds: / 01768 212853


Lucy Clarke: / 01768 212865

Following a highly successful Twitter chat earlier this year, Cumbria Tourism again teamed up with Creative England and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) from across the region last week to highlight not only the wide range of TV and film productions wholly or partly based here but also showcase the area to potential screen tourists.

With ITV’s new drama Deep Water on screens at the moment and BBC One drama The A Word returning to screens in the New Year, the Lake District and Cumbria are in the public eye more than ever and now is the perfect time to capitalise on this opportunity.

The “Outlander” effect has been seen  not only in Scotland (where fans of the Starz TV series have helped boost visitor numbers by almost 70% since 2013), but also in Northern Ireland (Game of Thrones), Yorkshire (Gentleman Jack and of course Cornwall (Poldark). The opportunities arising from increased media exposure are plain to see, with fans not only spending money on accommodation and visiting the favourite locations, but also min the wider area as part of their trip.

A positive and friendly attitude to production crews also has a more immediate effect. 2,600 on-location shooting days brought in an estimated £28,268,500 to the region. With Cumbria’s strong offerings bolstered by the likes of Peaky Blinders (Liverpool) and Years and Years (Manchester) the North West is growing a reputation amongst production companies.

With a major production having the potential to employ local people and use local accommodation serenities even before the finished product hits the screen, a high-profile film could help develop our £3billion visitor economy for years to come.

Learn more about or recent Twitter chat HERE.

With plans progressing for the redevelopment of Cumbria Tourism’s visitor-focused website, we are holding a focus group this week with a cross-section of tourism businesses.

The site’s new content and features will underpin our long-term objectives of promoting longer stays, encouraging higher-spend and helping to encourage people to explore all corners of the county while they are here.

As part of the process, we are gathering tourism operators spanning attractions, accommodation providers and suppliers to ensure we get the right mix of functionality and user-friendly content which we can deliver to visitors in the way they want to see it.

Reflecting your feedback in our recent Member Survey, there will be even more interactive features, renewed investment in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and a new ‘super desktop’ to ensure the site is extra responsive – no matter how and where people are accessing it.

Other features will include greater emphasis on inspirational visitor ‘experiences’, as well as greater flexibility for businesses to show availability from a number of different booking channels.

Thanks to those businesses who are giving their valuable time and insight for the focus group. The new-look website is set to be unveiled this Winter and we will keep you posted on progress over the next few months.

Our green travel campaign has now reached 30 million people. Highlights include achieving almost 1.5millon playthroughs of Cumbria Tourism’s new high-impact videos on ITV On Demand, YouTube and other online channels.

Crucially, the latest phase of the campaign has also prompted thousands more visitors to travel to and around the county car free – saving 1.3million miles of car journeys on the Lakes Line alone.

With more than 8,000 people on the Lakes Line taking advantage of Northern’s special rail ticket deal over six weeks, it’s estimated that £1.1million in revenue was generated for tourism-related businesses by these train passengers.

Visitors were prompted to choose train travel following Cumbria Tourism’s six week burst of high-profile marketing activity, with Carlisle, Morecambe Bay, Cumbria’s west coast and the Central Lakes among the accessible car-free destinations highlighted.

As well as online activity, inspirational big screen advertising promoted the Lake District, Cumbria at some of the country’s busiest commuter hubs, such as London Euston, Manchester Airport and Liverpool Line Street. The region also featured on a huge 12 metre wide ‘digi-bridge’ across the Mancunian Way – one of the North West’s busiest car commuter routes.

Phase three of the travel campaign will get underway shortly, with the Cumbria Tourism team continuing to drum home positive travel messages, practical content and inspiration.

The £285,000 campaign follows robust and sustained lobbying at government level, with Cumbria Tourism working alongside Cumbria County Council and Transport for the North to secure funding through the rail industry amid disruption to train services over the past 12 months.

New programme to showcase the county kicks off with major event in Germany  

We will be helping to showcase the county at one of the international cruise industry’s leading events in Germany next week, as a busy autumn of large-scale trade events gets underway.

 Working alongside Associated British Ports (ABP) Barrow, Cumbria Tourism staff will be attending Seatrade Europe in Hamburg next week (Wednesday 11- Friday 13 September 2019) to help stimulate awareness of Barrow as a visitor gateway to the county as a whole.

It’s hoped that securing further cruise ships into Barrow would have major knock on benefits for tourism by attracting higher-spending visitors not only to the Furness Peninsula, but also to the West Coast, the Lake District and beyond.

As the county’s official Destination Management Organisation, the Cumbria Tourism team will be highlighting the accessibility of ‘hidden gems’ to cruise ship operators, who will be planning itineraries for their passengers during potential stop-offs at Barrow over the next couple of years.

Seatrade Europe is just the start of a packed calendar of events over the coming weeks, with Cumbria Tourism also heading to VisitBritain’s annual International Business Exchange (better known as ‘VIBE’). Then it’s the Group Travel and Leisure Show, where Cumbria Tourism will be representing tourism businesses in partnership with Northern Print Distribution (NPD).

That’s followed by World Travel Market in early November – a huge three-day event at ExCeL London, which brings together almost 5,000 exhibiting companies and more than 51,000 visitors including both domestic and group travel operators.

The events are opportunities to forge one-to-one relationships on behalf of local tourism businesses and put our region at the forefront of their minds. As well as promoting the county, Cumbria Tourism will be gathering information about the latest travel trends and market insights from a range of global tourism specialists.

It also comes hot on the heels of Cumbria Tourism launching the ‘English Lake District India Forum’ this summer. The organisation has also hosted a series of VIP overseas visits, with more than fifty top travel tour operators, travel agents and influencers visiting the county so far this year.

Sales and Marketing Manager at Cumbria Tourism, Sue Clarke says, “We rounded off a summer of large-scale visitor events at the prestigious Chatsworth Country Fair last week, where we promoted the Lake District, Cumbria, as a ‘must see’ destination. The focus over the Autumn will now be on the travel trade and strengthening our relationships with influential contacts both in the UK and overseas.

 She adds, “This activity is vital for stimulating the future growth and prosperity of Cumbria’s tourism sector. Working with one of our ‘Strategic Partners’ ABP Barrow to raise the profile of the town as a cruise destination is just one small part of the work we are doing to actively engage with decision-makers who could help futureproof our £3billion tourism industry in challenging times.”

Divisional Port Manager at Associated British Ports, Carl Bevan, says, “Seatrade is a hugely important industry event. Cumbria Tourism and ABP working together as Strategic Partners, need to showcase Cumbria and get in front of the decision makers so that we can influence itineraries. There is strong growth expected for the round the UK cruise market in future years and the Port of Barrow is a great entry point for the west of the region as well as the National Park. This is a great opportunity to market the region and support the plan to bring more cruise ships into Barrow.”

As more people choose to bring their dogs with them while taking a break in Cumbria,we have published our latest guide to help owners plan a relaxing getaway with their faithful friends.

Our most recent Visitor Survey found that more and more people are enquiring about friendly breaks for them and their canine companions, prompting the organisation to help dog owners make their planning as easy as possible.

The research found that 15% of day-visitors to Cumbria brought a dog or dogs with them, rising to 17% for staying visitors. That figure increased to 20% for those visiting The Lake District National Park, with a further rise to a huge 25% for visitors to Allerdale specifically – no surprise, given Keswick’s status as Cumbria’s most dog-friendly town.

Tourism in Cumbria generated £3 billion for the county’s economy last year, boosted by the recent World Heritage Site status being awarded to The Lake District by UNESCO.

The handy Dogs Love Cumbria guide is completely dedicated to The Lake District, Cumbria’s dog-friendly accommodation and attractions.


Here are our top five picks to help visitors and their dogs enjoy their next memorable trip, here in what we like to call “The Canine Capital” of the UK:

Attractions welcome hounds to their grounds: Historic buildings and gardens including Lowther Castle, Holker Hall and Fell Foot Park – just to name a few, all welcome dogs. Indoors, a warm welcome awaits them at the Lakeland Motor Museum, where they – along with their awe-inspired owners, can gaze at the collection of more than 3,000 vehicles and artefacts. From road to rail, dogs are also welcome on the Ravenglass & Eskdale and Lakeside & Haverthwaite railways. In addition, dogs are welcome onboard at Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and Windermere Lake Cruises, as well as at the Coniston Boating Centre. Walking routes are also available for dogs when they disem”bark”.

100+ miles of coastline to enjoy: Dogs are welcome* along more than 100 miles of the Cumbrian coast, which boasts 29 beaches. Our top pick is Silecroft beach, where there are no seasonal dog restrictions in place; and where sand & shingle stretch as far as the eye can see.

Dog-friendly accommodation: Visitors who want to bring their dogs along for a break certainly aren’t short of options when it comes to searching for dog-friendly accommodation. From hotels to hobbit holes, to self-catering cottages and camping pitches, dogs are warmly welcomed right across The Lake District, Cumbria. Just check before you book.

Time to explore the fells and forests: Walla Crag and the Great Wood near Keswick is highly recommended for visitors and their dogs, with an unforgettable view of Derwent Water for those who complete the five-mile route. For those pets who fancy a little less climbing and a bit more exploring, Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests are also both a must-see, boasting several waymarked trail routes. Catbells is another popular choice.

Keswick: Cumbria’s most ‘Dog Friendly’ Town: While dogs are widely welcomed across the county as a whole, dog owners may want to specifically drop in at Keswick – a previous winner of the UK’s ‘Dog-Friendly Town’ category in The Kennel Club’s ‘Open for Dogs’ awards. In addition, dogs are welcome in pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels county-wide; many of which feature dedicated spaces, rooms and eating areas for your companion.

Further details of attractions and locations which welcome dogs and their owners are in the Dogs Love Cumbria guide, which is available from the county’s dog clubs, vets’ surgeries, dog-friendly attractions and food & drink outlets.

You can also download a copy here.

Government legislation for licensing HMOs, under the Housing Act 2004, has changed.

Cumbria Tourism is aware that for many businesses they have been unaware of this change and it has worked with the Business Task Force to seek clarity on this issue. It has also requested a consistency of approach across all local authorities which SLDC will take up on our behalf at the housing standards officer meeting.

In the meantime please find below a summary of the changes, indicative costs and further contact information.

In essence, the 3 storey qualification has been removed and a licence is now if the HMO (including staff accommodation), contains “five or more unrelated people.” It is now an offence to operate without a licence where one is needed.

Local authorities are responsible for implementing and will inspect properties to ensure complying with relevant standards and legislation. The fees will vary by LA but as an example, at SLDC, the licence fee is £415 for a house/accommodation block with up to 5 bedrooms. There is an extra £30 charge for each extra letting bedroom – up to max of £600. A licence usually lasts 5 five years and the renewal fee – £250.

If a landlord is found to be operating without a licence they will be subject to legal action. Fines can be up to £30,000.


For further information, please see below.

Cumbria Tourism is welcoming a project at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to create a warm welcome and lasting impression of the North West, for both visiting passengers and those returning home.

The project has been delivered in partnership with Cumbria Tourism and other regional destination marketing organisations, having recognised that LJLA is used more and more as a gateway airport not just for passengers travelling to Liverpool city, but also for surrounding areas including Cumbria.

Walls along the Airport’s international arrivals walkways and inside the baggage reclaim area have been dressed to display imagery that celebrates the diverse array of attractions both for visitors and returning passengers.

Showcasing a mix of arts, science, history, sports, music, food and fashion from across the North West, every location highlighted is easily accessible from Liverpool Airport.

The project is seen as the first phase of a larger scheme to enhance the arrivals experience for passengers and create a great welcome to both the airport and to the regions it serves.

Katie Elliott, LJLA’s head of Marketing commented, “We are delighted to have been able to work in collaboration with the North West of England Tourism Partners to create a sense of place for international passengers arriving into Liverpool for the first time, whilst at the same time evoking a sense of pride amongst those passengers returning home to their city.

“This has been achieved using Inspirational imagery for a multitude of genres which best represent Liverpool, the City Region, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester”.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, says, “We’re thrilled to see Cumbria showcased in this eye-catching way for new arrivals at the airport. The branding really gives a tremendous sense of place to passengers upon arrival, as well as serving as a reminder to them to come back and enjoy the Lake District and wider county again in the future! The North West boasts a huge regional visitor offering and we’re very proud to have worked alongside other Destination Management Organisations to promote that fact.”