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Living in Ulverston: The local area guide

Ulverston is a historic market town with much to recommend it. The town is built around a picturesque cobbled main street that is home to a good selection of independent shops, cosy pubs that serve real ales, and good quality restaurants and cafes, many of which serve locally produced food and drink. It is a place with a real emphasis on community and is famous for its quirky festivals and events, which are enthusiastically supported by local people.

It is set amid some beautiful countryside, with the southern Lake District, and the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas within easy reach. Ulverston is the birthplace of comedian Stan Laurel and home to the Laurel & Hardy Museum, as well as a statue of the pair that was unveiled by Ken Dodd in 2009.


At the 2011 census, Ulverston had a population of 11,678 people, 27% of whom fall within the 35 to 54 age bracket. It isn’t an ethnically diverse area: 96% of people identify as white British. The top occupations for people in the town are Professional (21.8%), skilled trades (15.8%) and associate professional and technical (12.3%).


Ulverston is well catered for when it comes to schools, with three infant schools, two junior schools and five primary schools in the area. One of these, Pennington Church of England School, was rated as ‘outstanding’ by a recent Ofsted report, with 87% of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in maths, reading and writing, higher than the national average of 76%.

Ulverston Victoria High School is the town’s secondary school, which has just over 1200 pupils and offers education up to ‘A’ Level. The school was rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted in its last inspection.


Ulverston has its own railway station, which is located on the Furness Line from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster and leads to Manchester Airport, which has many domestic and international services. There are plenty of bus services running through and out of the town, to Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness, Coniston, Spark Bridge and Tarn Hows.

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Ulverston has a thriving artistic community and this is demonstrated by the amount of festivals and events that are held in the town throughout the year. In the spring there is the South Cumbria Music Festival, which celebrates all areas of the performing arts, including music, dance and speech. There is the Ulverston WalkFest, a programme of walks in and around the area led by volunteers and the Ulverston Flag Fortnight, during which buildings and public spaces around the town are decorated with handmade flags and banners, and the Spring Buddhist Festival. Throughout the summer is Ulverston International Music Festival, Ulverston Hospice Carnival day, which raises money for a local hospice, Furness Traditional Folk Festival. Later in the year is Ulverston Lantern Festival, Ulverston Apple Day and the Dickensian Christmas Festival.

The town has lots of traditional and specialist shops, selling clothes, gifts, furniture, books, crafts, jewellery, antiques, health food and much more. It’s also a great place for foodies, with a wide selection of restaurants and cafes serving many different types of cuisine. Some specialise is local produce, such as potted shrimp, Lakeland lamb, Holker venison and Cumberland sausages.

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