With the sea on three sides and the Lakes on the other, Barrow-in-Furness makes the most of its enviable location. A range of walking and cycling routes from the town centre provides easy access to internationally renowned wildlife sites, beautiful sandy beaches and fascinating features of historical and industrial heritage.
This Victorian town has a proud heritage of production and innovation founded on the ready availability of local coal and iron ore supplies. In the 19th century, Barrow rapidly developed into one of the major ship building towns of the country and reflected this prosperity in wide, tree-lined streets and a wealth of sandstone buildings typified by the imposing Town Hall.
For centuries Furness was part of Lancashire and being an isolated northern outpost it was left quietly undisturbed until the mid-19th century, in fact The name ‘Furness’ is derived from ‘Far Ness’ (or ‘distant headland’) – its remoteness being one of the main reasons why the monks chose to build an abbey here.
The arrival of the Furness Railway in 1846 made it much easier to transport iron ore and slate out of the area. Within 40 years, Barrow went from being a small village on a remote headland to a large industrial town with railway, docks, iron/steelworks and a thriving shipyard.
Presently the town offers visitors a range of attractions, shops, activities and events in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, where visitors can enjoy a beach holiday, Lake District retreat or action packed stay, all in one Northern Industrial town.
Barrow BID are pleased to launch their very first Barrow Comedy Fest with a Comedy Pub Crawl on Thursday 3rd October 2019. The Comedy Pub Crawl will be available to
Barrow BID are pleased to launch their very first Barrow Comedy Fest with a Comedy Pub Crawl on Thursday 3rd October 2019. The Comedy Pub Crawl will be available to approximately 50 people and will start at the Duke of Edinburgh basement bar, before moving on to BUMS, the Labour Club and the Townhouse in Barrow’s town centre.
The audience will start at the Duke of Edinburgh basement bar and will listen to the night’s compere and the first comedian, before being guided by the compere to the next venue, where they will get the chance to listen to a 2nd comedian perform. This will be repeated until the audience and comedians arrive at the Townhouse basement bar for the final part of the Comedy Pub Crawl.
Barrow BID in association with Laughing Penguin Events are proud to bring you a special community stand-up comedy night as part of Barrow Comedy Fest. All proceeds from the night
Barrow BID in association with Laughing Penguin Events are proud to bring you a special community stand-up comedy night as part of Barrow Comedy Fest. All proceeds from the night will be going to The Well Communities, Barrow & District Disability Association and YouthAbility.
The night will see five of the best comedians on the circuit performing.
As seen on Live At The Apollo, Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Coronation Street. Series regular on The Premier League Show and 5Live’s Fighting Talk.
“He charms the pants off the crowd” – The Sunday Times
“The amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration” – The Guardian
Runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent 2018, Robert goes from strength to strength, securing a dedicated following of fans and working his way well up the ladder of comedy.
“Surprisingly original, and funny…. exactly the sort of act who should win Britain’s Got Talent” – The Daily Mail
“Just one of the funniest performers I’ve ever seen, I’ve never laughed like that!” – David Walliams
“You’re very unique, you’re very quirky, very funny, very naughty, Robert, which we like!” – Simon Cowell
Since arriving in the UK back in 2013 Tanyalee has stormed the UK comedy scene earning her appearances on prestigious comedy shows such as Live At The Apollo, The Last Leg and The John Bishop Show. Tanyalee also supported Frankie Boyle on his 2012 UK Tour.
“A master of Physical Punctuation” – Las Vegas Sun
“Joan Rivers meets a Pile driver ” – The Scotsman
“A captivating piece of comedy” – The Edinburgh Reporter
Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.
“Hilarious” – Daily Mail
“A must…very entertaining” – Sunday Times
“One of Liverpool’s best loved comedians” – Liverpool Echo
Dave has been a full-time comedian since 1998 and is widely regarded as one of the finest comperes on the circuit where he regularly performs at The Comedy Store and Frog and Bucket in Manchester.
“An engaging, amenable performer” – The Stage
“A fine, original comic mind…always surprising the audience with his wit” – Manchester Evening News
“One of the most underrated acts on the UK circuit” – Edinburgh Evening News
If you’re looking for motivation to get fit in 2019, how about taking part in the Love Barrow Running Festival? Organised by ‘Life Leisure Barrow Park’ in conjunction with Cumbria County
If you’re looking for motivation to get fit in 2019, how about taking part in the Love Barrow Running Festival?
Organised by ‘Life Leisure Barrow Park’ in conjunction with Cumbria County Council, Barrow Borough Council & local running groups, the festival is now open for entries.
Taking place on Sunday 6th October 2019, the festival includes options for all from a ‘Measured Mile’ to a 10k Road Race, all starting from Barrow Town Hall.
In an effort to help raise awareness for Suicide Prevention, the Love Barrow Festival of Running will also incorporate a Mental Health Mile Fun Run & #BeWellFest which is open to all.
The festival will be an event for all with the goal of bringing awareness for suicide prevention & the promotion of positive mental health. Our goals are to promote the awareness that suicide is a serious public health problem in the Barrow borough and that many suicides are preventable.
Cllr Kevin Hamilton said: “We’re really looking forward the event. Following the Tour of Britain, we want to create more spectator sporting events in the town, not only do these events bring visitors but it also creates a fun, positive atmosphere in the town on an otherwise quiet day.”
The Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge event will return for a 2nd year on Sunday 24th May 2020. This bank holiday date offers visitors more opportunities to Visit Barrow and not
The Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge event will return for a 2nd year on Sunday 24th May 2020. This bank holiday date offers visitors more opportunities to Visit Barrow and not only enjoy a great event, but explore the beautiful attractions and coastline that Barrow has to offer.
The 2nd instalment of the Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge promises to be bigger and better than before, with the event organisers promising; more soapbox racers, a trickier course, more crashes and more attractions.
The event is completely FREE to attend and is organised by Barrow BID and the Super Soapbox Challenge team.
The Barrow Festival of Transport returns to Barrow Town Centre for another year on Saturday 11th July 2020. The event attracts a wealth of motor vehicles to Barrow's high street,
The Barrow Festival of Transport returns to Barrow Town Centre for another year on Saturday 11th July 2020. The event attracts a wealth of motor vehicles to Barrow’s high street, including; classic, vintage and prestige cars, motorbikes, scooters, campers, buses and commercial vehicles. As well as the vehicles, the event will also include a range of attractions to suit all ages, including; a ride-on train, funfair rides, open-top bus tours, live music and a kids zone.
This FREE event is organised by the Festival of Transport Committee with assistance and funding by Barrow BID. It offers a chance to see a wide range of vehicles from yesteryear and show your children or grandchildren the vehicles you use to use as a child.