Being new to a town can be overwhelming, whether you’ve moved overseas or simply a bit further north. It can feel frustrating to start all over again and settle in, but this process doesn’t have to be scary!
Living in Barrow gives you the peace and quiet you were looking for, and you still have access to the wonderful scenery of the Lake District and its surrounding areas. Getting settled into a new town takes time and it’s natural to not be completely comfortable straight away. However, meeting new people and finding new regular spots can help you to ease into your new life.
You should always give yourself time to adjust to a new town; however, in the meantime, there are a few things you can do and a few places you can visit to make this adjustment period easier.
Find the Local Amenities
Taking a walk in your new town isn’t just part of staying healthy – it will also help you to find little cafés, shops and restaurants that you might want to check out later. They might even become your favourite hangout spots or the places where you know you can order delicious food. You’ll find it easier to get a sense of the atmosphere of your local area by walking around.
You will also be able to know how long it takes for you to walk from your home to the local bus stop, shop, or bookstore. And you might even meet your neighbours (or fellow commuters or hikers) along the way and make new friends!
Keep Your Hobbies or Find New Ones
The Furness & South Lakeland Astronomical Society has regular meetings on the first Friday of every month at 7.30pm, providing a place for all astronomy lovers at the Trinity Church Centre’s Lower Meeting Hall. From amateurs to professionals, everyone is welcome and you might find a new hobby you love.
At Barrow-in-Furness’s Library, you can join reading groups that meet every first Monday of the month between 4.45 pm and 5.45 pm. The little ones can also join the children’s groups on Tuesday from 2 pm to 2.45 pm, allowing you and your children to meet new friends in a relaxed environment.
And why not try a Halloween Candlelit Walk in Ulverston on October 31st? With festivities including a fortune teller, storytelling, live music, a Brains Banquet, and the amazing sight of 500 lit candles, just go to Ford Park between 6 pm and 8.30 pm this Halloween for a special treat.
Go to Local Events
Going to local events in a new city may seem intimidating, but it will help you to feel more settled in as you take in the community spirit and get to know the event venues. From art exhibitions to stand up comedians and outdoors activities for the entire family, you will always find something to see and do in Barrow.
Saying ‘yes’ to any opportunity that arises is always a great way to grow a network of friends in a new city. From these events and meet-ups in town you may start new routines, like weekly pub nights with neighbours. Be sure to also say yes to after-work events, and take advantage of the bonding time you can have with your new co-workers.
You can also visit surrounding areas of historical and cultural importance, and truly understand how vibrant Barrow’s past is!
Dating back to 1123, Furness Abbey used to be both the most powerful Cistercian monastery and the second-wealthiest in the country. Stephen, Count of Boulogne, originally built it for the Order of Savigny out of local sandstone. The Cistercians received it around 1147, rebuilding it and enlarging it.
The Dock Museum is a free-entry museum that showcases a wide range of exhibits about the history of Barrow-in-Furness. Established in 1907, the Dock Museum has housed fascinating archaeological discoveries such as a Viking hoard. This hoard shows how Vikings still dominated the area even after Anglo-Saxon kings retook most of the rest of England.
Showcasing all of the local area’s history, the Dock Museum has a vast collection of items from the Roman times, WWI, WWII, the Victorian era, and much more. See for yourself the rich history present in the museum, and make a stop at the café for a refreshing drink and a spot of lunch.
Birkrigg Stone Circle
Approximately half an hour by car from Barrow-in-Furness to the small village of Great Urswick, the Birkrigg Stone Circle dates back to the Bronze Age between 1,700 and 1,400 BC. This Druid’s Circle is composed of two nearly concentric stone rings, with the inner circle having a diameter of around 28 feet. You can see stunning views of the local area by walking over Birkrigg, so make sure to have a camera with you.
The Birkrigg stone circle consists of 12 stones of local Carboniferous limestone with a height ranging from 1 foot to 3 feet. The outer circle has approximately 20 stones irregularly placed within a diameter of around 79 feet of 15 low stones that are mainly obscured by bracken and turf.
Dating back to the 14th century, Dalton Castle is a Grade I listed tower located in Dalton-in-Furness. Built by the monks at Furness Abbey, it served to protect the nearby market town and it was also where the Abbott-held manorial courts and administered justice. The abbey was dissolved in 1537, but Dalton Castle continued to serve as a courthouse for the following 300 years. In 1965, the 8th Duke of Buccleuch gave Dalton Castle to the Nation Trust, who still owns it to this day.
Spanning across 45 acres, Barrow Park provides a wide variety of activities and vibrant green surroundings for you and your loved ones. You can experience crown green bowling facilities, boating, putting green, and display glasshouse, amongst a play area for children, and a miniature railway.
Barrow truly is a hub of culture and history with beautiful natural scenery and monuments from times of old. The entire family will love exploring Barrow, so make sure to pack a lunch and your camera before heading out and creating lovely memories!
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