EDEN’S Euphoric Circus Group, which offer circus skills workshops, has moved to new premises in Appleby and is also set to open a base in Penrith.
Set up in 2001, Euphoric Circus runs popular workshops teaching circus skills and tricks and also regularly puts on community performances.
Previously based at Centre 67, Appleby, the group recently moved to Appleby Sports Centre where it is running classes teaching acrobatics, free running and general circus skills from 5pm to 7pm each Tuesday during term time.
The group is also trying to attract a wider age bracket of members to classes. While previously it was more of a youth driven workshop it is now trying to encourage members from five-years-old and upwards, including adults, so that it becomes a whole family activity.
Toni Spence, co-ordinator of Euphoric Circus, added that exciting times are ahead for the group as it looks to begin holding classes in the old Penrith Fire Station which is being taken over by Eden Arts. Anyone who is interested in taking part can contact Appleby Sports Centre or Toni Spence on 017683 62954.
The gates of Appleby Castle are open and visitors are allowed to wander freely about this most historic castle in the county town of the ancient Royal Borough of Westmorland. Owner Sally Nightingale said she was delighted that public are able to walk freely and gain an understanding of the formidable medieval fortress that Appleby Castle once was. She is very grateful to Steve Hodgson Tree Services for reinstating many of the walkways in the castle grounds.
Part of the grounds are undergoing restoration works and are restricted however public are allowed to walk their dogs and picnic if they wish. The inner bailey is open, although public are not yet allowed to enter this ancient monument. Experience the stunning scenery of this beautiful castle.
Admission: £5.00 per adult
Children under 16 free
Appleby Castle is delighted to host the Appleby Town Carnival for 2016. The theme for the carnival is Carnivals Around the World and the multitude of possibilities will be very interesting. Will there be a float from Rio de Janeiro, a mardi gras from New Orleans or a fancy dress from Cologne.
Many volunteers work tirelessly each year to provide a town carnival to be enjoyed by all. After the devastating floods in December it’s hoped that the carnival will stimulate civic pride and foster community spirit as we celebrate in the castle of the county town of the ancient borough of Westmorland.
The carnival opens on the evening of Friday 8th July with bingo in the marquee. What better place to site the marquee than the inner bailey in front of the Norman Keep.
Saturday will have entertainment and food for all ages. There will be;
- A special amusement area for the younger children where you can purchase a wristband giving the holder unlimited access to the rides. This is organised by the Carnival Committee.
- Taylor’s Amusements
- Slater’s Amusements
- Nick’s Train Rides
- Traditional sporting events including a tug of war and an egg and spoon race.
- Stu-di-Do and “Absolutely” band
Mrs. Nightingale said, “Now that the Scaffold has come down off the keep I would like to share the home of Lady Anne Clifford to celebrate with the community.”
The red squirrel is native to Britain but is now only found in limited areas of the UK. The population has been in a steep decline since the introduction of the North American grey squirrel. It is estimated that there are 20 grey squirrels for every red squirrel and this gap is sadly widening.
Red squirrels are woodland dwellers and Appleby Castle is fortunate to have many red squirrels in the grounds. There is a red squirrel walk which starts at the Yew trees at the south eastern corner of the castle and winds its way around the grounds to overlook the ancient ford used to cross the River Eden in Roman times.
Red squirrels are very photogenic creatures. Photographers are welcome to enter the grounds and capture these delightful little creatures on film.
The red squirrel ranger regularly visits Appleby Castle to check on this endangered species that is happily flourishing in Appleby Castle.
Each selection of our afternoon teas celebrates the best of British Heritage. Whether you’re looking to book an afternoon tea for two or mark a special occasion with family, our kitchen has developed a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, sweet pastries, home-made biscuits and tray bakes which are served fresh daily.
Cream Tea is also available. Scones, jam and cream with a selection of teas or coffees.
Champagne is available to celebrate a special occasion.
The eastern range of Appleby Castle was reconstructed over 300 years ago as a glamorous private residence. Soak up the ambience in the Lower Hall, part of which survives from the Old Great Hall, with elegant welcoming service transforming tea into an indulgent delight.
All of our produce is locally sourced from the finest pastures in rural England.
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APPLEBY’S HISTORIC KEEP STANDS PROUDLY ONCE MORE
For more than five years the Norman Keep of Appleby Castle has been hidden from view behind unsightly scaffolding and plastic sheeting. For the past two years, however, Historic England (formerly English Heritage) has been supporting work to strengthen the tower and stop the cracking and subsidence that threatened to bring nine hundred years of history to a tragic end.
“Although this work is not yet finished,” owner Sally Nightingale explains, “it has got to the point where the scaffolding can be taken down. I am delighted that this impressive building once more looms proudly over the Castle and the town of Appleby and am most grateful to Historic England for all that they and their contractors are doing.”
Mrs Nightingale and her advisers hope that the final remedial work can be completed this year, putting the building into sound structural condition and making it safe for the public once again to have access to it.
The aim is to make the Keep a museum, telling the story of the Castle and of Appleby. In Lady Anne Clifford’s time, the tower (which she called ‘Caesar’s Tower’ though there is nothing Roman about it) was used as lodgings by the Judges who came to hold to hold Assizes in Appleby, then County Town of Westmorland.
One idea is to restore one or two of the rooms in the Keep as they may have been at that time. In the basement, once the County Gaol, conditions may be a good deal grimmer! Other rooms will house display boards and models featuring Castle and Town down the ages. People will also be able to climb the twisting staircases and enjoy the magnificent views from the roof-top parapets over Appleby and the Eden Valley.
All this will take time – and money – and financial help will be sought to make these dreams into reality. Meanwhile guided tours of parts of the Castle and grounds are planned for the coming spring and summer. The Castle is also licensed for weddings, and held a very successful wedding fayre in March. Other exciting developments are in preparation and will be reported as they come to fruition.
“Appleby Castle is an enormously important feature of our town”, said Mrs Nightingale. “I want to bring it back as the attraction it once was, and to allow visitors to enjoy the beauty and historical fascination of the place I am privileged to own.”