Rheged Centre, Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ – Visit Now
Whatever you’re looking for in Penrith, the chances are that Rheged can help you find it.
Nestled under a turf roof, with a manmade waterfall providing an atmospheric backdrop, Rheged is a hybrid venue, featuring shops, cafes, cinema screens, theatre space, galleries, children’s activities, and local information. 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 two galleries, which host a variety of exhibitions, from local to international artists, to immersive installations designed to appeal to children as well as adults.
Take a break for some lunch and a look around the shops, selling 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. Then afterwards, you can settle down with a glass of wine, while you plan your day for tomorrow.
There’s plenty to keep families occupied, too. Probably the first thing you’ll notice as you reach the entrance is the enormous wooden fort: an outdoor children’s playground with multiple levels to explore. For rainy days (which, let’s be honest, do sometimes happen in Cumbria), there’s a soft play area inside, as well as pottery painting to keep the children entertained.
As well as its regular offerings, Rheged also hosts special events, from family-friendly theatre to shows, to craft fairs and vintage markets – so it’s worth checking what’s on before you go.
It’s completely free to look around, with extra cost for individual activities.