Lancaster - where the Revitalisation meeting takes place on Tuesday 14 July at 7 to 9pm - is one of the country’s hidden jewels with so much to see and admire as well as offering an outstanding trail of pubs to visit.
Before the meeting at The Borough in Dalton Square, take time to visit Lancaster’s castle and museums to uncover the city’s ancient stories hidden in its walls and buildings, and find out more about the people who shaped its history.
Alternatively, stroll the meandering towpaths of the canal or along St George’s Quay, marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks of the River Lune. Explore the secret paths of Williamson Park and discover its hidden follies and stunning Edwardian designed butterfly house.
Or you can discover the open spaces and strong design of the two university campuses and find out how these seats of learning have influenced the city over the years. Dating back almost 1000 years Lancaster Castle was the location of the UK’s most famous witch trial which saw 13 people convicted and hung for crimes associated with witchcraft in 1612. More than 400 years later you can visit the majestic court rooms and find out about the lives and experiences of the so-called Lancashire Witches.
Shop local in Lancaster’s quirky boutiques and independent galleries, or choose from renowned high street brands in Penny Street, St Nic’s and Marketgate stores. Browse food, gifts, crafts and books at the twice-weekly Charter Market, and then relax in one of Lancaster’s wealth of cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. The smell of coffee permeates the air as you wander the streets, and you can sample everything from locally-brewed real ales to delicious homemade soups and cakes.
When it comes to pubs there’s absolutely no shortage and the local Lunesdale branch of CAMRA publishes on its website a marvellous ale trail that guides you to 29 pubs within a half-mile of the city centre.
So if you haven’t booked up for the Revitalisation meeting, hurry up and put your name forward - and enjoy your time in Lancaster.