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Things to do in 2022

Here’s a few things to look forward to this year and reasons to start planning your holiday!

Hadrians Wall 1900 Fesitval

Hadrian’s Wall celebrates its 1900th anniversary with a year-long celebration commencing from the 24th January 2022. Organisations, communities, and individuals are planning to celebrate this unique anniversary in a myriad of different ways across the whole year in a packed programme that will include everything from community events, re-enactments of Roman history, walking festivals to high profile arts commissions.  Birdoswald, Chesters Roman Fort and Vindolanda are all key monuments along Hadrians Wall expected to host various events within 30 minutes of Long Byres.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The world-famous Ermine Street Guard are celebrating their 50th birthday with full military displays and a Roman Camp at Vindolanda on 27th & 28th August.
  • Incredible Roman Falconry displays at Chesters Roman Fort on 26th & 27th July and at Birdoswald on 13th & 14th August.
  • Carlisle City of Lights is an immersive light and sound festival located in the historic parts of Carlisle including the castle, cathedral and Tullie House museum between 13th – 15th October

For more info: Home – Hadrian’s Wall 1900 (hadrianswallcountry.co.uk)

Jubilee Bank Holiday

To celebrate the Queens platinum jubilee this year the May bank holiday weekend is being moved to Thursday 2ndJune with an extra bank holiday being granted on Friday 3rd June. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for an extra-long weekend away and chance to enjoy the glorious Cumbrian countryside. 

Dark Skies Festivals

Cumbria is blessed with some of the darkest skies in the UK across both the North Pennines and the Lake District with thousands of stars visible on a clear night. To celebrate various stargazing festivals are held throughout the year, mainly in the winter months to get the best and darkest stargazing conditions. These include the Cumbria Dark Skies Festival which occurs biannually in February and November each year and the North Pennines Stargazing Festival in October 2022 (dates to be confirmed). The cottage garden presents a great place to observe the night skies and the nearby RSPB Geltsdale car park is a designated dark skies discovery site.  

For more info, see links below:

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