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This page has resources for tourism and hospitality businesses, and information about all the tourism-related projects we are involved in.

Visitors seeking general tourist information should visit Cumbria Tourism and


Our Tourism Development Officer

Our Tourism Development Officer, Katie Read, is here to support and advise tourism businesses and lead our tourism programme. You can contact her at

Katie can help you with things like product development, sourcing funding, marketing, business support and more.

Her role is funded by Sellafield Ltd and hosted by Copeland Borough Council.


Western Lake District and Coast

We are a key member of the Western Lake District and Coast partnership. The not-for-profit organisation promotes this quieter part of Cumbria to tourists, and supports its businesses.

It has a website, which includes a free events section, and a social media presence on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

It also hosts a network for any businesses involved in, or reliant upon, the tourism sector, and has a blog that you could share with your customers.


Cumbria Tourism

This county-wide tourism organisation offers extensive information for visitors and tourism businesses. It includes booking services, general information and itineraries and other content to help you engage customers. Additional content is available for paying members.

The website includes a section dedicated to the western lakes.


Connecting Cumbria's Hidden Coast

The Connecting Cumbria's Hidden Coast project includes several initiatives aimed at celebrating and improving our coast for visitors and locals.

It includes a mass-participation running event, a wide-ranging arts project including a large piece of public art, a new beach cafe at Silecroft, family-friendly story maps, and improvements and extensions to existing coastal paths to link them up.

You will soon be able to visit a new website dedicated to the arts project part of Connecting Cumbria's Hidden Coast.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.

The Connecting Cumbria's Hidden Coast project is led by Copeland Council and funded by £1.15m from Sellafield Ltd and more than £1m from the Government's Coastal Communities Fund.


Videos and images

If you would like to access beautiful images of our area to help market your business, you can use these fantastic pictures(link is external) by Sam Scales, commissioned by us as part of the Connecting Cumbria's Hidden Coast project. If you have any issues accessing the images, please contact sends e-mail).

You can also use this stunning drone footage to attract visitors - why not add it to your website, or use it in your social media? Contact for a copy, or read more about the footage here.


 Business Directories

You'll find our business directories here. If you would like to be included, or would like to make an amendment to your entry, please contact The business directories are part of our Shop Local Campaign.


Walking trail apps

Our Beacon Museum has its very own trail app. It includes three trails to follow, two around the town and picturesque harbour, and one further afield, suitable for driving. In each, you'll get to hear about points of interest, and interact with colourful virtual characters.

Norman Nicholson's Millom is a walking trail app celebrating the renowned poet's work and taking you to the places he frequented. It was funded by the Towns Fund - you can find out more here and download it from Google Play and the App store.


The Beacon Museum

As well as being our fantastic visitor attraction, the Beacon Museum has a visitor information point in its reception area.

The museum has four floors of fantastic, interactive fun - everything from prehistory right up to a section on the Sellafield Story. Its attractive harbourside building also has a gift shop and cafe.


Tourism news

Some of our most recent tourism-related press releases include:

Beacon Museum wins award

Tourism businesses helped to bounce back with first Residents' Week.

Tourism businesses urged to help create tailor made talent.

Job seekers learn of careers in the great outdoors

Cumbria Residents' Week in Copeland

Improved paths open up Copeland's coast

New app celebrates Millom and Nicholson

Organisations join forces to revitalise Whitehaven's harbourside