Cartmel Gatehouse
Horse Racing at Cartmel


The Priory is undoubtably Cartmel’s most famous attraction welcoming over 60,000 visitors and worshippers each year. For a full programme of regular concerts, floral exhibitions and events visit the Cartmel Priory website.

Come racing at Cartmel on the Spring and Summer Bank Holiday Weekends. Other events, including equestrian and dog agility shows, are held in the Racecourse park throughout the year. Cartmel Agricultural Show is an annual highlight that takes place at the racecourse on the first Wednesday in August.

Unsworth's Yard is now open near the Priory with artisan shops Cartmel Cheeses & Bakehouse, HOT Wines and Cartmel's new microbrewery.

Equestrian activities are provided bythe magnificent Black Horses, who offer carriage rides around the picturesque village. They can also be hired for weddings at the Priory or the Racecourse, which holds a civil ceremony wedding licence.

At Cartmel car park you will discover Lakeland Segway @ Cartmel - One of the best place to Segway in the UK. It’s Cartmel Tour has received fantastic reviews since opening and work on the Adventure Tour is well underway which promises to be even more exciting and a unique Segway experience when it opens (Expected completion is October 2014).  Find out more at the Lakeland Segway website.

Private tours and activities for groups of family and friends and also bespoke tours for Corporate clients including team building events can be arranged. 

For more details about events taking place at Cartmel’s attractions look at our COMMUNITY NEWS page. Alternatively, see a full directory of Cartmel attractions, with links to their websites, on our BUSINESSES page.

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Places to Visit and Explore Near Cartmel

Holker Hall & Gardens at nearby Cark-in-Cartmel is wel worth a visit. Home to Lord and Lady Cavendish it is a welcoming stately home with award winning romantic gardens and parkland with fallow deer.

The pleasant seaside town of Grange-Over-Sands, Holker Hall & Gardens, Haverthwaite Railway, Levens Hall and Lakes Windermere and Coniston are all nearby.

There are also numerous walks in the local woods and on the surrounding fells, that command magnificent and contrasting views of the Lake District hills and sands reaching out across Morecambe Bay.

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Old Hall Farm at Bouth is Cumbria's newest attraction. Surrounded by beautiful Lakeland scenery, this traditional 19th century working farm is owned by Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse, who have been working non-stop to realise their dream of sharing their passion for traditional ways of farming with visitors and locals alike.

As you walk around, you will discover genuine historical machinery, and find out about lost and forgotten farming practices - offering a real glimpse of a bygone era.

Charlotte said: "We are a working farm, so visitors can expect every day to be different and somewhat weather dependent. We will be working the shire horses every day, but their farming task will vary. We will also be working vintage tractors and implements, but whatever the weather, visitors can enjoy all kinds of farming activities, such as feeding the many animals including cows, pigs, sheep, a donkey and hens."

Visitors can watch traditional milking demonstrations, feed processing using vintage machinery, and see butter ice cream, cheese and fudge being made in the working Old Hall Farm Dairy, with lots of opportunities to taste the results!

Watch Victorian based life unfold in front of you, with exciting exhibits and activities including rare steam and horse ploughing. And you can relax and enjoy refreshments in the Chicken Shed Tea Room, which serves delicious freshly baked cakes and refreshments. It all combines to offer a unique day out with timeless appeal for the whole family.

Old Hall Farm will be open seven days a week, from May to November 2013. For more information visit the website:

Shire Horses at Old Hall Farm

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