Cockermouth Tourist Information Centre & Town website

Tourist Information Centre

The Tourist Information Centre is now located in the Library Community Hub: Telephone 01900 822634.

New town centre mapp

Beware-Free Car Parking ending

1/7/2020: Allerdale Council has reintroduced charges for parking in its car parks. Machines will only accept card payments.

Roman Cockermouth

Image gallery from the latest archeological 'dig' at Derventio (Roman Cockermouth)

Video Tour of Cockermouth
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A short video tour of the town and its setting.

Cockermouth Video from 1960s

Pay on Departure comes to Wilkos

From August 24 2018 car parking at Wilkos is changing. See details here. You park up and only pay when you leave. On return to the car park visit the paystation (Run by Horizon Parking) enter your vehicle registration into the touch screen..It will inform you how much to pay....then pay either by coins, bank card or by phone. Tariff is as before and so far Sunday parking remains free (But stay alert this may change).

Plutonium may go into Lake District Nuke Dump

In a response to former County Council leader Eddie Martin, the body planning a nuclear dump admit the plans would include placing plutonium underground. The Lake District is likely to be chosen for the controversial dump. Read about the dump project here and see former Councillor Martin's guidance here.

Jennings taken over by Carlsberg...what now?

23/5/2020 Marstons (owners of Jennings) have agreed a deal with Carlsberg that was welcome news for shareholders as Marston had run up over 1 billion debt before the Virus also hit trading. Shares in Marstons rose 40% on the news. But the new company (60% owned by Carlsberg) says it will focus on its pub estate and plans cost savings of £24 M from the merger.

Corona Virus and Cockermouth

18/5/2020 Information on where to get a Virus swab test..the tests establish if you have the virus, not whether you have had it in the past.
17/3/2020 As a safety measure the Cockermouth hospital have temporarily disallowing the booking of appointments through Online Access apps and for your protection "the practice has implemented a telephone triage system. Please call as normal for an appointment and then an appropriate clinician will call you back. If deemed safe and necessary you will be invited in for a face to face consultation. The safety of all patients is of paramount importance to us and we would like to reassure you that we are taking as many precautions as we possibly can. Information and guidance is changing daily, for the latest news and advice visit or" Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Meanwhile the following food outlets may be able to assist with home deivery...
Call to pay and arrange delivery
Restaurants & Eateries
Wild Zucchinis Bistro
01900 823446
The Lanes Cafe
01900 267050
Fiza Spice Indian Cuisine
01900 821103
Main Street Fish & Chips (from Monday)
01900 267320
Veeva Restaurant & Cafe
01900 825674

New Bus services

bus timetable

The Train now standing at Bassenthwaite Station!

Steam train at Bass
A great new tourist attraction has landed just five miles from Cockermouth. The former Bassenthwaite Lake Station has lain derelict since the closure of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway in April 1966. Now a developer plans to open a cafe and restore the old station buildings. And the icing on the cake is a giant steam engine and Orient Express style carriages...The giant engine is a full size replica of an SNCF Class 241, the last mass produced French locomotive before electrification and mainly used to haul large goods trains. The Lake District planners have wisely approved the development plans. Details of the Plans

Charity Golf Contest

charity golf contest

Town escapes B&M Mega store Threat

The town has been spared (7/1/2020) an out of town centre B&M Mega store. A government inspector has endorsed the views of Allerdale councillors who refused planning permission for the giant B&M store opposite the Fitz.
Allerdale councillors had last year over ruled their own planning officers and voted 7-4 to refuse permission for a B&M superstore in Low Road.
But the applicants had appealed against the council for a final ruling.
Not only was the appeal rejected but all the costs claimed by the applicant will have to be paid by the applicants , not Allerdale.
The hearing took place at the Wave, Maryport on September 24th 2019.

For some reason the planning officers had recommended ignoring the council's own policy local plan documents: namely that the land is not zoned for retail; the land is in high risk flood risk Zone 2; the threat to the Heritage of the Fitz and that the council should protect the future of town centre shops.
The Town Council, Civic Trust and Chamber of Trade and Allerdale ward councillor Joan Ellis had all opposed the plans.

The Cockermouth Flood Action Group's website

& See online 'Live' River levels at South Street bridge.

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Rotary Club celebrates 80 years in the town

It was in 1939 that the Rotary Club of Cockermouth started giving 'service above self'.

Heritage Day Bellringing at All Saints

Divided Community over Brexit

Cockermouth residents voted overall in favour of Brexit and departure from the EU. The votes were 50-50 between Remain and Leave in all wards except Highfield, where the voters were around 75% for Brexit. London and Scotland voted to Remain in the EU. The British pound fell 11% against the US dollar after the UK vote. In early 2017 the pound was on average 18% down in worldwide value.