Cockermouth’s Vibrant Venue for Theatre, Cinema, Music, Arts & Heritage

What’s On Mon. 31st July - Sat. 26th August

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm Every Object Tells a Story Heritage Group Exhibition

Thursday 17th August 1.45pm

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea (12A) 117 mins BFI Archive Film

Thursday 31st August 7.00pm

Yerma National Theatre Live with Billie Piper

Sat. 2nd & Sun. 3rd September 7.30pm

Revolution Wyldwood Theatre Company - Drama

Monday 4th September 8.00pm

Baby Driver (15) Tuesday 5th September 7.30pm

Selfies 2 Fit’n’Active Theatre Company - Comedy

Friday 8th September 8.00pm

Rachel Newton R2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2017

Monday 11th September 8.00pm Kedi (U)


Wednesday 13th September 7.30pm Live Stream Dave Gilmour Live at Pompeii Friday 15th September 8.00pm


Dunkirk (12A) New! – Film Friday

Saturday 16th September 7.00pm

Pie & Pea Supper and Race Night Friends of the Kirkgate Fundraiser

Monday 18th September 8.00pm The Beguiled (15)

Wednesday 20th September 7.15pm Live Stream The Magic Flute Royal Opera House

Saturday 23rd September 8.00pm

Jan Ravens – Difficult Woman Star of Dead Ringers

Monday 25th September 8.00pm

The Big Sick (15) Friday 29th September 8.00pm

Growth The Ashton Group - Comedy

Tickets and full details on our website and from the Box Office 019000 826448 10.00am - 1.00pm

Film Theatre Comedy Special Event

Japan is a country I have wanted to visit for a long time!

With incredible mountain scenery, one of the world’s most chaotic and quirky cities in Tokyo, a long history of culture, tradition and of course weird and wonderful food. It was about time it came to the top of my bucket list, so Hiccup and I jetted off to see what all the fuss

is about and we weren’t Film disappointed.

Our first stop was Tokyo, it’s weird, wonderful, and at times completely whacky but that’s what makes it such an amazing place to visit. We had three nights staying in Shinjuku, which amongst other things is famous for the busiest railway station in the world with 3.6 million passengers EVERY day. We had to visit Shinjuku Station hours after arriving and it was a baptism of fire for even an experienced traveler like me. After the initial shock to the system, you soon understand why traffic is so light in Tokyo. The public transport is fast, efficient, very clean, inexpensive and so easy to use. Whilst in Tokyo we took in the Sky Tree Tower, the second tallest building in the world. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji, Ghibli Museum, the Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Asakusa and Harajuku. The peak of the chaos and craziness of Tokyo was our night-time excursion to the Robot restaurant show.


Following three incredible days, we took the Bullet train to visit Hakone, a small village on Lake Ashi, which offers great views of Mount Fuji. We stayed in a 16th Century Inn, where the beds were futons on reed matting floor and once through the door, everyone wore Kimonos and slippers. Our

room overlooked a

mountain river and water from nearby hot springs was piped directly in to our own Onsen (big stone bath thing). The food here was very traditional and a bit of a challenge but the waistline appreciated the break!

After two days R&R it was back on the Bullet train to Kyoto. I loved walking through the 16th century wooden buildings which bring alive the history, culture and traditions that live on in Japan to this day. Our guide took us to Gion, Kyoto’s most renowned Geisha district. Then, on to the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha, a shrine of thousands of red Torii gates. There are over 1200 temples in Kyoto, so it’s not easy to decide which ones to visit but the Silver Temple was stunning. Think romantic images of ancient Japan, with carp ponds and beautifully manicured bonsai trees and gardens.

I can’t wait to go back!

Paul Cusack Cockermouth Travel 01900 822308

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