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Whitehaven Walks launched

[A] SERIES of historic guided tours has been launched by The Beacon Museum which hopes to educate tourists and locals alike.

Whitehaven Walks will run twice daily, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.

The trails will depart from The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven at 11.30am and 2pm and last around 90 minutes, with the morning tour focusing on the rich history of the town centre and the afternoon trail exploring the picturesque harbourside.

Matthew Bland, The Beacon Museum Tour Guide and St Benedict’s School pupil, said: “Doing these trails is a way of looking at our town differently and seeing how the past has shaped what we have today.

“The marina as an example has hundreds of stories to tell and the museum wants to get the local community engaging with the past.”

AN EXCITING array of local historians and poets are sharing their works throughout the summer at the new Beacon Portal, Whitehaven.

The summer sessions offer locals and tourists the chance to attend a series of short talks and demonstrations.

Local historian Joseph Ritson with be telling the tale of the William Pit disaster and how the event forged an unlikely link to Eastern Europe on Tuesday, August 1 at 7.30pm.

Peter Rooke from St Bees railway museum will then take the stage speaking of the coming of the railways to Whitehaven bringing along a vast collection of train memorabilia, on Saturday, August 19 at 2pm.

For more information and to book activities available at The Beacon Museum, owned by Copeland Borough Council, go to or call 01946 592302.

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