Rheged Centre, Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ – Visit Now
Nestled on the edge of the Northern Lakes, Rheged is a unique hybrid venue, housing shops, cafes, cinema screens, a theatre space, a gallery, and children’s activities; there really is something here for everyone.
Why not start the day with a coffee and locally-sourced brunch at one of Rheged’s cafes, before taking in an exhibition? The centre has a dedicated gallery that hosts a variety of exhibitions, including the popular Great Print Exhibition, which runs annually. The gallery brings together established and emerging local artists in curated and touring exhibitions, and often houses immersive installations designed to appeal to children as well as adults.
Take a break for some lunch and a look around the shops, which sell everything from high street clothing brands to artisanal gifts to local produce, before settling down to immerse yourself in a film shown on Rheged’s 60-foot screen. The cinema shows a combination of the latest releases, special interest films, and live-streamed theatre and opera. After the screening, you can settle down with a glass of wine, while you plan your day for tomorrow.
There’s plenty to keep families occupied, too. The first thing the kids will notice is the venue’s new soft play area, which was designed by Tigerplay. It includes three slides, ball pits, climbing walls and ladders that take you an elevated den! It also has a cafe serving coffees and cakes with a seating area for parents and guardians. Great for those rainy days, which, let’s be honest, are in plentiful supply in Cumbria!
The centre also offers various workshops and craft activities for children throughout the year. Previously they’ve hosted pottery painting, paper crafts and block printing. It would be recommended to look on the centre’s website to see which workshops and activities are running in their Making Space area before arriving. You’ll also be able to see what special events are coming up, from family-friendly theatre to shows to craft fairs and vintage markets.
While an extra cost applies for individual events and activities, the centre is completely free if you’d like to pop in and have an explore.