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It’s festivals galore in Cumbria’s only city


If you are in the city this weekend and looking for something to do you will be completely spoilt for choice. Two major events will be in full swing. On Saturday your arrival into Carlisle will be greeted by an explosion of colour and the joyous sounds of catchy songs, air horns and whistles. The 10th annual Cumbria Pride parade will make its way through the historic city, setting off from the Civic Centre at 11am on the 28th September. Organised by volunteers, the event culminates in a free concert in front of the iconic Carlisle castle to promote love, equality, diversity and support the Cumbrian LGBT community.
Cumbria Pride
Rainbow Flag in Walney

Headlining the live stage this year will be the brilliant Sonique, famous for her number one hit ‘It feels so good.’ Waterloo Road star and singer-songwriter Heather Peace will also be performing as will X Factor singer Christopher Malonie. Come along and join in the fun, the event welcomes everyone and is completely free.

Its not just Carlisle that is promoting diversity and inclusion this weekend, rainbow flags are being raised in celebration all around Cumbria.

Following Pride, if you are looking for a great night out, Carlisle is famous for its thriving pub and bar scene. There is a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere and you can dance the night away in Outrageous, an LGBT friendly bar with live cabaret and drag DJs plus it’s the official venue for the Cumbria Pride after party which will go on until the wee small hours.

Instead of partying, if you are in the mood for a relaxing read, the Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival is running until the 8th October. It’s a literary celebration consisting of practical workshops, performances and a chance to meet the writers.

The prolific author Hunter Davies is in conversation on the 2nd October talking about his latest novel, the third installment of his memoirs. Hunter addresses being left alone after 55 years of marriage and the emergency heart surgery that made him miss the festival last year.

Best known as one of the presenters on the sofa at BBC Breakfast, Louise Minchin will be in Carlisle on 5th October to talk about how she rediscovered a love for triathalon after a 30 year break and represented Great Britain at the World triathalon Championships.

There are events taking place every day of the festival throughout the city.
Carlisle certainly knows how to host a festival. One not to be missed is the Fireshow on the 2nd November in the beautiful Bitts Park. The skyline will be dominated by a 40-foot bonfire with a giant moon at its heart and a video projection of planet Earth. More than 2,000 spectacular sparkling fireworks will also light up the sky.

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