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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s North West Regional Committee.

Regional Chair: Tim Foster telephone +44 (0)1768 779601 email nw@rgs.org

Coming up:


Images from a warming planet - Ashley Cooper

 Friday 28 April at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Kendal)

Award-winning environmental photographer Ashley Cooper illustrates his epic 13 year journey documenting the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy across the globe.

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members free. Pay bar from 7.00pm.


Shadow puppets of India: their past and future? - Jane Paterson

 Friday 12 May at 7.00pm (buffet) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture with artefacts plus buffet and exhibition (Penrith)

The puppeteer will give a vividly illustrated practical demonstration of this art form. The Jane Paterson Collection of giant Indian puppets will be exhibited on the evening.

Venue: Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre, near Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TG.

Places: £10, includes buffet, book in advance. Pay bar available. Contact Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre telephone 017684 84538


Nuclear decommissioning, the story so far - Stephen Henwood

 Tuesday 16 May at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture and reception (Workington)

Stephen Henwood, past Chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, considers the history of the nuclear industry in the North West, the challenges of decommissioning and issues for the future.

Venue: Energus, Blackwood Road, Workington, CA14 4JW.

Places: free and open to all, includes complimentary drinks. Contact Energus for venue information telephone 01900 605665


Lowther Castle and Gardens

 Saturday 17 June 10.30am–12.30pm
 Field visit (Penrith)

Closed for 70 years, the imposing castle and grounds are now the subject of one of Europe’s largest renovation projects. New landscape designs complement wild beauty and offer glimpses of former grandeur.

Venue: Lowther Castle, Penrith, CA10 2HH.

Tickets: £11.50, please send cheque (payable to 'Royal Geographical Society') with s.a.e. Please note that stout footwear is recommended. This visit may not be suited to all ages or abilities. Contact Jonathan Stevens, 54 Gillingate, Kendal, LA9 4JB telephone 07583 084361


Planet Earth II: Cities - Fredi Devas

 Sunday 16 July at 7.30pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Keswick)

Cities seem an unlikely place for animals to thrive, but they can be a world of surprising opportunity. Fredi Devas, Producer of BBC Planet Earth II: Cities, takes us behind the scenes.

Venue: Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.

Tickets: prices vary, visit the venue website for details and to book. Please telephone and quote RGS-IBG membership number to book up to two tickets at discounted rate (£9.50 each). telephone 017687 74411


The long view - Harriett and Rob Fraser

 Saturday 22 July at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Kendal)

Join the Cumbrian artists, writer Harriett and photographer Rob, for a behind-the-scenes tour of The long view, a project seven years in the making - "ordinary trees in extraordinary locations".

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members free. Pay bar from 7.00pm.


Blencathra: the people's mountain - Tim Foster

 Saturday 12 August 10.30am–3.30pm
 Field visit (Keswick)

A field visit to the summit of this iconic mountain, which has grown in popularity since showcased on BBC4. Described as "the mountaineers' mountain" by Wainwright, is it now "the people's mountain"?

Meeting place: Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4SG.

Places: £10 (donation), RGS-IBG members free, book in advance. Please note that suitable footwear and clothing must be worn. Participants will require a suitable level of fitness for ascent and distance. Contact Tim Foster telephone 017687 79601

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