Rheged is located just off the M6 (J40) at the northern gateway to the Lake District, a short 6 minute drive from Pooley Bridge on Ullswater.
Our giant cinema screen 1 offers an immersive experience unique within our region with an 18 metre wide screen, state-of-the-art surround sound and raked seating for uninterrupted views. In July 23, the latest 4K laser projector was installed into Screen 1, which is 4 times more powerful, with 4 times more definition and 4 times better than an HD projector. It is 3 times brighter than the previous projector and uses a quarter of the energy, making it much kinder to our planet.
Our generous gallery space and programme of creative events make us a vibrant home for the arts in Cumbria. Our arts programme includes everything from children’s theatre and craft to opera, ballet and theatre streamed live in our Cinema. Our modern gallery space hosts four art, photography and craft exhibitions a year. There is also a range of shows and fairs throughout the year, from crafts to wellbeing, interiors, gardening, and food.
Children can have some serious fun with our indoor and outdoor play areas, pottery painting sessions, creative workshops and captivating film and family theatre. Family means everything to us and we have developed a packed programme of unusual workshops aimed at inspiring children with new crafts and skills. Our indoor and outdoor play areas, decopatch making space, children’s film and theatre provide variety and choice for our younger visitors.
Good food and drink is important to us too. As farmers we believe in Cumbrian produce, and we offer handmade, local food in as many delicious ways as we can. With three cafés, an ice cream shop, a cookery school and food hall, there’s plenty to try.
Browse our shops and you’ll find products from desirable brands, specialist companies and local makers, all chosen with care and enthusiasm by our team of buyers. Whether you’re looking for clothing to explore the outdoors, children’s toys, art materials or niche skincare, our shops have a handpicked collection from both small local makers and hard-to-find brands. Just beyond our selection of elegant womenswear, you’ll find our tranquil beauty treatment rooms too.
We are open daily, 363 days of the year (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 8.30 am in our Deli, from 9.30am for Cumbrian breakfast, coffee, tea and cakes in our Rheged Café, with the main centre, shops and gallery open 10am – 5.00pm. There’s free parking, free entry to the centre, an electric car charging point, plus conferences facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Dogs are allowed in our Foyer, Deli and all our shops, as well as the lower booths of our Café and Blencathra, our self-service seating area. However, dogs are not allowed in our Gallery, Design Shop and children’s play area.
Only assistance dogs have access to the full centre.
We also have a Changing Places facility inside our Filling Station. This has controlled access via radar key in order to keep it in clean and available to those who need it. Please speak to a member of our team if you have any problems accessing the facility.
Services & Facilities
- 3D Cinema
- Play Areas
- Free Parking
- Fun Workshops
- Art Gallery
- Local History