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Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the river Eden and is overlooked by the Pennine range with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon, just a few miles away.

The town is an ideal centre for tourists of all types and is the starting point for many dozens of walks over the surrounding fell countryside.

It has kept its old world charm and the people of Appleby are amongst the friendliest you can find. With Castle and Keep at the Brow of the Main Street and the Town at its foot it seems as if time has stood still. A walk up Boroughgate can transport you back into Medieval England, while the charm of the riverside walks provides an opportunity to experience the tranquillity of the countryside within five minutes of the town centre.

Appleby has not been swamped by tourism to the point of strangulation and visitors will find that all the town’s facilities are available to them.

Everyone is welcome here and all the hotels and guest houses do their utmost to make one’s stay as enjoyable as possible.

There are also a lot of pleasant countryside around and about, ideal for a few hours walk or an evening stroll. You can find more information our walking page – or you can just pick up a map and get going.

Appleby developed as the market town of Westmorland after the Norman Conquest, having a strategic position in the Eden valley. It is a picturesque market town with a great deal of interest and charm.

Appleby’s uncommonly wide main street, Boroughgate, has been described as one of the finest in England. It runs from the north end, by the cloisters which were designed by Sir Robert Smirke in 1811, to the south end, by the Castle entrance.

At the north end is the Moot Hall, with a plaque above the door dated 1596. The Moot Hall is the home of the Town Council where the Town Clerk’s office is situated on the first floor next to the ancient meeting chamber where the Council still holds its meetings. On the ground floor is the Tourist Information Centre and exhibition room. The beginning and end of Boroughgate is marked by the ‘Low Cross’ and the ‘High Cross’.  The High Cross bears the inscription ‘Retain your loyalty, preserve your rights’, and dates from the 17th Century. The Low Cross is an 18th Century copy. The avenue of mature lime trees, planted in the 1870’s is flanked by well-kept properties dating from the 17th to the 20th Centuries.

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Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show

July 26, 2017, 11:00am - September 3, 2017, 3:30pm

The production is a fully staged re-telling of a well known story written by the Brothers Grimm. Traditional marionette puppets perform in front of magical scenery which changes before your eyes. Can two innocent children survive when left alone in the forest? Hansel is quite smart, but it takes his sister Gretel to save the day. The show takes you on a journey into the woods, where the children are led by a magic bird to a house made of sweets. The witch leads them inside where she locks Hansel in a cage and plans to eat him. Gretel has a plan and tricks the witch, managing to push her into the oven and everything ends happily ever after. The show combines especially composed music and magical scenic effects in Cumbria's very own dedicated 128 seat puppet theatre, one of only four in England. A meet the puppets question session with photographic opportunity follows the afternoon shows. On Friday mornings of each performance day. Upfront Puppet Theatre are offering a Witch and Wizard puppet making workshop. Places need to be booked in advance by telephoning the venue. 01768484538 Workshops time 11am to 12:30pm £10 per child. Suitable for ages – 5 to 11 Ages 5 to 7 accompanied by an adult. Joint workshop and theatre ticket £17.00. Show tickets:- Adult £10 Children £8.50 Family ticket – 2 Adults & 2 Children - £34 www.up-front.com

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