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Are you stuck in with that ‘what shall we do this weekend’ conundrum? We’re going to offer you up weekend destinations filled with the best quirky happenings, both in and out of the region. Next up, we’ll take you on a little trip around Carlisle…

ART Tullie House
An impressive museum and gallery housed in classical Grade 1 listed buildings. With a priority to display collections of fine and decorative art, the museum’s Nature and History collections focus on Cumbria in particular, including displays on the deadly world of the Border Reivers. The Rotunda also offers lovely views of the Castle.

NATURE Talkin Tarn Country Park
The glacial tarn is a haven for wildlife and recreation. Opportunities for water sports abound on the kettle-hole lake, and the tarn’s variety of habitats makes it a haven for a multitude of different species throughout the year. Walking routes and camping make it a relaxing destination.

MUSIC The Brickyard
The hundred year old venue is a key component in Carlisle’s independent music scene. Over the years it’s welcomed touring bands including 65daysofstatic, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, Neon Waltz and Tom McRae, with comedy as well as DJ nights firm fixtures. Coming up are gigs from Anti-Nowhere League and Basement.

FOOD The Last Zebra
This lively bar prides itself as a quirky place to hang out. Cocktails are given pride of place, but there’s also a decent craft beer menu and some tantalising options in the food menu too, including dippy duck eggs and soldiers, chicken pinot pate, 80’s chicken kiev and some top notch burgers.

SOMETHING TO DO The Sands Centre
Comedy greats including Sarah Millican (26th August) and Romesh Ranganathan (22nd September) are lined up to play The Sands Centre.

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