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Centre for Arts and Culture, Play and family activities.
Indoor and outdoor play areas
3D Giant Cinema
Program of events all year round
Free parking and admission
Situated at Redhills, close to the town of Penrith and close to Junction 40 of the M6 motorway, Rheged is a multi- purpose arts, activities and shopping venue.
Rheged was the name of the ancient kingdom of Cumbria and was chosen to reflect the Centre’s vision of being a place rooted in Cumbria. It is pronounced Reg ed.
There is something for all ages at Rheged, but children aged up to 11 are particularly well catered for, not only in the indoor and outdoor play areas, but also with a lively events programme, pottery painting workshop, films and a summer family exhibition.
There is an engaging programme of Children’s theatre, featuring classic children’s tales as well as new adventures, all produced by the UK’s best-loved and most creative family theatre companies.
For shopaholics there is a different shopping experience from that normally found on the high street, with the shops having a distinctly Cumbrian feel to them. There is an outdoors shop, a rather wonderful toy shop, a health lifestyle shop, and a Wool shop, which features modern products made by British designers using ethically sourced British wool, including that from Herdwick sheep, the native breed of the Lake District.
There is a also a 'Made in Cumbria' shop. Cumbrian creativity is the cornerstone of 'Made in Cumbria', a collective of artists from across the county, producing and selling a diverse range of gifts, jewellery, candles, ceramics, glassware and prints.
Rheged could easily be described as Cumbria's most important and dynamic arts venue. From exhibitions in the centre's modern Gallery space, to craft and antique fairs, the sheer range of events being held at Rheged each year truly does provide something for everyone. Each exhibition is carefully curated with a leading cultural organisation or a local creative community. A large emphasis is placed on the the promotion of local artists and craftspeople, many of whom are producing world class quality work. The annual summer child friendly exhibition is always popular with families.
Specialist shows and fairs are held throughout the year, covering a range of interests from vintage fashion to fly fishing.
Those who prefer a hands on approach are also well catered for, with a programme of talks and workshops which have strong connections to the cultural life of Cumbria and it's craftspeople. The workshops offer the chance to explore traditional skills, guided by local people who have a gift for sharing their talent.
The traditional one film show all week approach to cinema is not for Rheged. The centre's giant screen is utilised in an innovative manner, from the live streaming of opera, theatre and ballet from the most prestigious arts venues at home and abroad; (for example, the English National Opera, Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet), to the latest 3D films.
The vast screen is designed to show large format films, and and the daily programme includes films about nature, outdoor adventure and wild places, classic children’s movies, and explorations of inspiring subjects with links to Cumbria and the North. On Saturdays between September and April, there is a throwback to the days of kid's Saturday morning cinema, with a children’s film club.
Rheged has three Cafés serving food from 8.30am every day. From delicious home made lunches to sweets and snacks, everything is made on the premises, and wherever possible using locally sourced fresh ingredients.
There is an ice cream counter featuring a range of 40 different flavours, all created from Jersey milk by Abbott Lodge Farm near Penrith. There is also a sweet shop, with jars of sweets and locally made confections alongside drinks, magazines and newspapers.
The ' Taste' foodhall offers a wide range of unusual ingredients for the food cupboard, as well as artisan bread, fine cheeses and handmade pies, all locally produced. To compliment them, there is a fine selection of beers, wines and spirits.
You can even get fuel
Rheged is one of the few attractions where you can fill your car with fuel.
24 hour filling station, which includes
- Diesel, unleaded and LPG
- Ecotricty Electric Car Charging Point (8am – 5pm)
- Free air.
- Free cash point
- Shop selling drinks, snacks, magazines, household goods, beers and wines, coal and kindling.
- Coffee machine
- Lottery terminal
- Local information point