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The local area guide to living In Ulverston

The market town of Ulverston is a picturesque place with many interesting features. The town grew up around a cobbled high street, which remains home to an excellent selection of busy little shops, quaint pubs, excellent restaurants and homely cafes, serving food and drink that is often locally sourced. Ulverston has a warm and friendly community and is well known for having a unique selection of events, all of which are warmly embraced by the locals.

Ulverston lies within the stunning surroundings of the Lake District, with the Cartmel and Furness peninsulas close to hand. Famous comedian Stan Laurel is the town’s prodigal son, and Ulverston is home to the world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum, as well as a much-visited and well-loved statue of the pair.

Information about the local residents

At the last count in 2011, there were 11,678 people living in Ulverston. Of these, 27% were aged between 35 and 54. 96% of people here identify as white British and the largest employment sectors for people in the area are professional, skilled trades and technical.

There is a high level of home ownership in Ulverston and homes usually enjoy ample space as well as period features.

Nearby schools

Ulverston has a great selection of schools to choose from and enough young people to support ten schools for students aged between 4 and 11. Of these, Pennington C of E school was classed by Ofsted as being ‘outstanding’, and 87% of students reached Level 4 in maths, writing and reading, well above the national average of 76%. The town has one secondary school called Victoria High School, which caters for around 1200 students and received a rating of ‘good’ in its last Ofsted report.

Getting around

The A590 runs right through the centre of Ulverston, connecting it with Greenodd and Backbarrow to the east and Barrow-in-Furness to the south west. The nearest motorway is where the A590 joins the M6 at Crooklands, 25 miles away. Ulverston train station sits to the south of the town centre and is located on the Furness line that runs from Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness.

There is a good bus service that runs around the town as well as to nearby locations such as Tarn Hows, Spark Bridge, Coniston, Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal.

Local shops

Ulverston attracts artists in droves and this is reflected by the impressive array of events and festivals that are held throughout the year. Amongst others there are the South Cumbria Music Festival, Ulverston WalkFest, Ulvserson Hospice Carnival, Furness Traditional Folk Festival and Ulverston Flag Festival, which sees many houses and public buildings in the village draped with beautiful handmade banners. During the autumn and winter months, residents can look forward to Ulverston Apple Day, the Lantern Festival and the Charles Dickens Christmas Festival.

The town remains the same as it has for hundreds of years: a classic English market town with many busy shops, selling clothes, furniture, gifts, crafts, jewellery, books, health food, antiques and much more. Foodies are very well catered for, with a great selection of restaurants and cosy cafes, many of which specialise in locally produced food, such as Cumberland sausages, Lakeland lamb, Holker venison and potted shrimp.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.