Things to Do

What to do















Arnside and the Surrounding Area offer lots of things to do – both for visitors and the local community.

Details of almost anything you could ever want to do as a hobby or activity can be found month-on-month on the pages of the Arnside Broadsheet (see current month’s below) as well as on the Community Events and Community News pages, as well as details of other events happening the village. Delivered to every household in Arnside and Carr Bank by a team of volunteers, the double-sided A4 sheet is a non-profit making publication, published by an independent committee and funded entirely by voluntary contributions from organisations and individuals, supplemented by income generated  by our other publications.


Details of ALL the individual Clubs, Group and Societies and their contact details can be found here.
See current copies of the Arnside Broadsheet here:  May 2018 Broadsheet  and   June 2018 Broadsheet
 arnside_country_market1Arnside Country Market  –   Friday at the W.I. Hall, Orchard Road, Arnside:  9.30 – 11.30am        Free entry. Refreshments available. The popular Arnside country market specialises in delicious home baking, home-made cakes, savouries, bread, soup, preserves, jams, crafts, home-grown plants, jewellery, wood craft, cards, candles, local hand crafts, fresh fish stall and seasonal vegetables. Coffee and biscuits are also available.  For information about becoming a producer for Arnside Country Market, contact secretary Ann McCabe on 015395 63326.

Shore-Based-Tution - sailingArnside Sailing Club are offering the following Sailing Courses over the summer (April to September).

Adult / Family Courses – 2-day courses at the weekends for adults and families. Cost: £85.

Women’s Programmes  –  Sailing Course for women over four Tuesday mornings. Cost: £85. 

Children’s Programme  –  Free low and high tide sessions at Arnside. Four-day children’s courses at Killington over May Half Term and mid-August. Cost: £62 per child.

Cadet Programme –  Offering regular sessions for 8 – 16 year olds from May to the beginning of October. For more information, email:

The Heron Corn Mill, Mill Lane, Beetham  LA7 7PQ  – Something For Everyone To Join In With!   Tel:  015395 64271

First Friday of Each Month  –Milling Demonstrations’ from 11.30am. Admission: £5 to include hot drink, cake or biscuit.

The last Wednesday of Each Month  –  ‘Crafternoons’ from 1pm. Tuition from Kerry, all materials supplied so come and try your hand at something new! Cake and hot drinks free all afternoon.

‘Bread of Heron’  – a popular bread making group so get in touch if bread is your thing! Sourdough is our speciality and Pete runs two sourdough courses per year.

Workshops’  –  with artist Carran Waterfield referencing Constance Holme, the Milnthorpe writer, and her novel ‘Beautiful End’. Numbers are limited.

Book at Baytime    Weekly on Wednesdays from 1 – 2.30pm  at the E.I. on Church Hill. Cost:  £3  to include refreshments.  Reading aloud, material provided. No reading to do before or after. For further information call Julie on 01524 762538.
Heron TheatreThe HERON Stanley Street  Beetham  Milnthorpe Cumbria LA7 7AS Registered Charity No.501134  For details of the Theatre, Film and Music events on offer, visit the website 



Children’s Drama Weeks  – For children aged 4 – 12+ at St James’ Church, Church Hill, Arnside

An exciting week making friends, learning drama skills and having lots of fun! Come and spend 5 days with Act Natural Drama Company and show your friends and family what we have created at the end of the week.

May Half Term  – 28th May to 1st June 2018:   MINIS (4 – 7 year olds):    9 – 10.30am    £20 for the week.                                                                                    JUNIORS  (8+ years):     11am – 3pm     £50 for the week.

Summer Weeks –  23rd – 27th July 2018:         MINIS (4 – 7 year olds):    9 – 10.30am    £20 for the week                                                                                    JUNIORS  (8 – 12 years):     11am – 4pm     £60 for the week.

Summer Weeks  –  30th July to 3rd August 2018:  MINIS (4 – 7 year olds):  9 – 10.30am  £20 for the week.                                                                                   JUNIORS  (8 – 12 years):  10am – 4pm   £70 for the week.

For more information or to book visit  or email Naomi at

Friday, 22nd – Sunday, 24th June 2018
‘Silverdale Art & Craft Trail 2018.’
Exciting and inspiring exhibitions, studios, workshops, installations and music combine in this 3 Day Art Trail with over 30 venues and 80 exhibitors from the age of 12 upwards.
Visit Open Studios in Crag Foot, Yealand, Slack Head and an exhibition in Storth.
Be captivated by artists in the majestic setting of the Mawson garden at Hazelwood Hall – join John Law, Bespoke Forger; learn gilding techniques from Jessica Elleray; paint with Ben McLeod, or become involved in the ceramic creations of Miles Moore.
Alfresco Catering will be on site to refresh you on your journey round the Trail.
brings fascinating stories of ‘Fishing in the Bay'; in a “Boat Shed” with art work from John and Hannah Fox., and join the Silverdale Choir for a relaxing evening.
New for Saturday is the ‘Music Programme’ at Silverdale Village Institute – Local Strummers, Village Youth Players musical performance, ‘Tea and Jazz’ from Kader, and evening ‘Live Music’ from renowned Sally Barker, Songbirds and local artists.
Visit workshops in printmaking, silver, painting, felting, weaving, encaustic art and glass, and join Christine and Priscilla building a bird “murmuration” structure in Arnside.
Arnside has two main venues and welcomes Jan Huntley Peace, Karen Pringle, Alison Sandford and many others displaying a wide range of work. “Mooching About” cafe combines art and bespoke sound near Arnside station.
Visit the new “Outdoor Trail” in Ashmeadow woods at Arnside  – walk down from Tracy Levine’s new studio, or approach from the Shore. Twelve artists invite you to experience thought provoking art, hear the installation made by children in the “Little Listening Tree” and absorb art and nature.
Further information is available from  or contact Jessica Elleray or Clare Martin o
n 01524 701271 or email:

 RSPB logoLeighton Moss & Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve, Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale LA5 0SW  01524 701601 

The reserve is open from dawn to dusk daily (Closed Christmas Day). The Visitor Centre (including the shop and Cafe) is open 9.30am-5pm daily (9.30am-4.30pm December & January). Closed Christmas Day.

For Families:  The Holt is open most weekends and in the school holidays. This indoor space offers interactive boards and exciting self-led children’s activities. Free of charge, donations welcome.

Explore our wildlife sensory garden with natures pipes, natural playpit, natures drums, den building challenge and more, come and have fun discovering all that the garden has to offer.

Going exploring? If you are off for a walk on the nature reserve, get a bigger eyeful of nature by hiring a pair of binoculars from us. £3 a pair for RSPB Puffins, £5 a pair for RSPB Avocets. We also have Explorer backpacks for families including a magnifying glass, binoculars, bug pots and more. £3 a backpack, one per family. Ask at the welcome desk for details.

Guided walks  If you would like a personal guided walk for you or your party, please contact us by email or by phoning 01524 701413.

Personal telescope demonstration  You can try out our binoculars on any day, but we can also offer your own personal telescope demonstration with one of our advisors. Please contact our Retail Manager or Assistant Retail Manager on 01524 701601 to arrange for you to go out on the reserve to see how our telescopes perform.

Photography tuition  Got a digital SLR camera? Whether you’re still working out your settings or seeking tips to give your wildlife shots a professional edge, you will benefit from advice, guidance and personal tuition from experienced and approachable wildlife photographer Mike Malpass. Sessions involve both indoor theory then out onto the reserve to put it into practice. Dates and times to suit you. Interested? Contact us at or on 01524 701413.  

Talks  Looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and popular speaker for your group, society or club? Our former Warden David Mower offers two excellent talks; Leighton Moss or Garden Birds. Contact him after 5 pm on 01539 563522 for details or to book.

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Help Protect The Bay’s Amazing Birds

Locals wishing to know more about Morecambe Bay’s amazing waders and wildfowl should look for dedicated volunteers, out at coastal locations throughout the winter, equipped with binoculars and telescopes and sporting distinctive Morecambe Bay Partnership blue fleeces.

The ‘Natural Ambassadors’ celebrate and help protect the birds and explain the importance of not disturbing the birds whilst they are ‘roosting’ (resting) or feeding, particularly two hours either side of high tide. Waders and wildfowl must eat a large proportion of their body weight to stay warm through winter and waste twelve times as much energy if flying to escape a danger, be that a human, or a dog running on the sands, than when roosting.

 Anyone wishing to become a Natural Ambassador should contact Annabelle Kennedy at Morecambe Bay Partnership, on 07760 884357 or

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