Cockermouth - A great place to eat, drink, shop and explore

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Cockermouth is a beautiful Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The town is located at the junction of the Derwent & Cocker Rivers. Considered the gateway to the western Lake District and the Solway Coast, our pretty, vibrant town has plenty to explore and enjoy for locals & tourists alike. Cockermouth Online is your guide to the town, it’s local shops, pubs, hotels & restaurants and the best ways to enjoy all we have to offer.

Main Street Cockermouth is the hub of the town’s shopping, eating & drinking precinct but it doesn’t end there. You can also explore Market Place and Station Street, where you’ll find all sorts of shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries & eateries. The range of independent shops in Cockermouth makes our town a facinating place to visit, with a fabulous selection of just about everything. You’ll always find friendly service and expert advice at any of our variety of local stores. We’ll see you soon!

Photography Competition!

The town’s Chamber of Trade is holding a photography competition to encourage locals and tourists to visit and give the businesses a boost after a very tough year.

Welcome back!

There’s never been a more optimistic time to visit Cockermouth. Spring is here, the daffodils are blooming, and more businesses are carefully reopening, ready to welcome you through their doors once more. Eat, drink, shop, stay and explore – whether you’re a local who’s lucky enough to live here, a frequent visitor who’s been desperate to come back, or a first timer who’s just about to discover everything that makes this place special.  

We even have a fantastic new film to remind you of everything our lovely town has to offer! We want you to ‘love our local’ – from the independent retailers and the wealth of cafes, pubs and restaurants, to the wide choice of accommodation and the great visitor attractions. And don’t forget our amazing location – at the gateway to the western Lake District and perfectly placed for trips along the coast too. Cockermouth is a hub for walkers and cyclists, and for those seeking a quieter experience in these complicated times. Spread the word! We look forward to seeing you soon. 

The Executive members of Cockermouth & District Chamber of Trade – April 2021 

Cockermouth - A great place to eat, drink, shop and explore

cockermouth town centre shopping

Cockermouth is a beautiful Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The town is located at the junction of the Derwent & Cocker Rivers. Considered the gateway to the western Lake District and the Solway Coast, our pretty, vibrant town has plenty to explore and enjoy for locals & tourists alike. Cockermouth Online is your guide to the town, it’s local shops, pubs, hotels & restaurants and the best ways to enjoy all we have to offer.

Main Street Cockermouth is the hub of the town’s shopping, eating & drinking precinct but it doesn’t end there. You can also explore Market Place and Station Street, where you’ll find all sorts of shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries & eateries. The range of independent shops in Cockermouth makes our town a facinating place to visit, with a fabulous selection of just about everything. You’ll always find friendly service and expert advice at any of our variety of local stores. We’ll see you soon!

Business profile of the month

Elsworth Communications...

Suzanne Elsworth, the owner of Elsworth Communications, is an award-winning writer and editor who’s been crafting words for magazines, newspapers and corporate clients for more than 25 years. 

She writes about everything from people and places, to businesses and brands. Beautiful brochures, nice chatty newsletters, communication with your clients – she can write all of these in your company’s tone of voice. She also creates content for websites, can ghost-write your blog, sort out some press releases and statements, or come up with fresh new ideas for you to shout about your business or organisation. 

Elsworth Communications’ clients include retailers and food producers, universities and event organisers, law firms and construction companies.

If you ask Suzanne, or Suz as she’s known by many, to sum up what she does it’s simply: “I write stuff – and I can make a story out of anything!” 

So if you need some help with your words, drop Suz a line or give her a call: www.elsworthcommunications.co.uk 

Twitter: @SuzElsworth  

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Cockermouth Restaurants

Choose where to dine from our selection of Cockermouth restaurants. You're bound to find your favourite eatery for delicious food from a variety of menus.

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Cockermouth Pubs & Bars

If it's a beverage you're after, a Jennings beer will consistently go down well – and it's brewed here in town. It doesn't get any more local than that.

Shopping in Cockermouth

Cockermouth Shops

From clothes and shoes, to homewares and gifts, butchers, bakers, supermarkets and hardware stores

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Things to do in Cockermouth

There’s history, literature, culture, shopping, food and more in Cockermouth. With all sorts of events & places to visit, everything's within an easy walk.

Discover a real Cumbrian town on the edge of the Lake District

There’s history, literature, culture, shopping and more in Cockermouth. With family friendly places to visit, everything within an easy walk, and plenty to catch your eye around town, it’s a great place to visit.

It’s also the perfect gateway to the Western Lake District and the Solway coast, so it’s worth planning your trip so you’ve got time to head out of town too. You’ve got fells, lakes, forests and beaches on your doorstep if you choose to stay in Cockermouth.

Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, so you’ll see his face around town, not least at the National Trust-owned Wordsworth House and Garden. If you like history, seek out the mini museum in Banks Hardware store in Market Place or take the Civic Trust’s town trail. For more recent history, look for the flood markers on the town centre businesses which show how high the waters reached when the Rivers Cocker and Derwent burst their banks in 2009.

Tours are also on offer at Jennings Brewery, and they finish with samples of their ales. Or head out of town to the Lakes Distillery, a short drive away, and find out how whisky is being made here for the first time in hundreds of years.

Cockermouth Castle is owned by Lord and Lady Egremont and is usually closed to visitors, but this historic building is open on a handful of days around the time of Georgian Fair and the Midsummer Festival. They are two events not to be missed, as is September’s Taste Cumbria Festival which is a foodies’ paradise with celebrity chefs, cookery demonstrations and a wealth of stalls, and Woolfest, which attracts international visitors who love crafts and this most natural of products.

There’s always something going on in Cockermouth. The town’s arts venue is the Kirkgate Centre, with its mix of music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions. Its Monday night cinema shows everything from subtitled arts films to recent blockbusters, while its Film Club has themed seasons. Many of the Main Street pubs have live music at weekends, and you get ad hoc events in some of the cafes, bistros and at Wordsworth House and Garden. There are lots of creative places to browse, and high-end art is on show at Castlegate Gallery, which has a national reputation.

While you’re in the area, explore the coast – there are fabulous beaches, lovely harbours and loads of history, or head inland to the amazing valleys of Buttermere and Ennerdale. Nearby Whinlatter Forest Park has Go Ape aerial assault course and a brilliant adventure playground trail, as well as great mountain biking and walks.