February Highlights

It’s the month of Valentine’s Day, the first half-term of the new year and a cultural spectacular! Take a look at our selection of what’s coming up in January. More events can be found using the what’s on search.

Carlisle Culture Bazaar

This celebration of cultural diversity returns for its ninth year on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th.

This is a chance to experience food, dance and music from many of the 50+ nationalities that have made Carlisle their home. Throughout the festival there’ll be a range of workshops and displays for visitors to get involved in. It’s free entry at Richard Rose Central Academy and Carlisle Youth Zone.

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Pig on Saturday 9th with a fantastic day of performances and workshops, including acrobats and performers from the Jin Long Academy. The event is brought together by Tullie House, Carlisle City Council and the Lancaster University Confucius Institute and there’ll be lots of family friendly activities taking place at locations throughout the day.

Tullie House

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating 125 years with a series of special events throughout the year. This includes an exhibition using recollections from staff and visitors to explore Tullie House's history and what makes it so special today. The exhibition opens on Friday 7th.

Also at Tullie, it’s the final chance to view a previously unseen collection by the celebrated Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly. A Legacy closes on Sunday 24th.

The Sands Centre

There’s back-to-back big names at The Sands with Peter Andre celebrating his 25 years in music on Wednesday 13th. Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, including Carlisle’s own Matt Pagan, mark Valentine’s Day with a love-in with fans the following day.

Dara O’Briain, one of the most recognisable faces on TV as the host of Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live and Robot Wars, takes centre stage on Friday 8th. And an all new stage version of John Travolta’s classic Saturday Night Fever runs from the Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd and promises drama, music…and to have you dancing in the aisles.

Carlisle Racecourse

Racing returns to the Durdar track after a short winter break. The first jumps meeting of 2019 is on Sunday 4th. And there’s more to look forward to on Monday 18th and Sunday 24th.

Spirit of the Cracker Packers

This touring exhibition takes a closer look at the workforce that inspired the creation of the Cracker Packers statue that stands close to the iconic McVitie’s factory. A ‘Cracker Packer’ is the affectionate term for the female factory workers at the Carr’s Biscuit Factory. The exhibition is at Yewdale Community Centre from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 28th.

For further information visit www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Old Fire Station

The month opens with songwriting storyteller Jill Jackson on Saturday 2nd. Prism Arts Studio Theatre presents Four Treasures, a live production of puppetry, art and music on Friday 8th and there’s comedy with Virgin Radio drivetime and Celebrity Haunted host Matt Richardson on Saturday 9th.

Carlisle Castle

Take your family on a medieval adventure during half-term. Join a band of knights on a quest to save England from an evil menace. Answer questions across the castle – and claim your royal reward from Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th.

Stanwix Arts Theatre

Woman On Fire, on Friday 8th, is an explosive one-woman show, celebrating the centenary of women first winning the right to vote.

The Brickyard

The city centre venue hosts the intriguingly titled Tragedy Goes to the Movies: All metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond on Saturday 23rd. It’s described as an ‘over-the-top bombast of disco, metal, glitter and magic.’