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Grant from The Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Bird Box design

A grant from The Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership Small Projects Fund was secured by the Friends of Chances Park to erect and monitor bird and bat boxes on Chances Park, Carlisle in 2009 for a period of four years and thereafter if found necessary. Members of The Greystoke Forest Ringing Group were involved from the onset of the project and were ably assisted by the children’s After School group at Morton Community Centre. The timber selected for the boxes was Larch (larix decidua) This coniferous wood is the very best for lasting qualities and was purchased from Rose Bank Sawmill, Dalston. Thirty six boxes (22 bird and 14 bat) were cut to shape, drilled and taken in flat-pack form ready for assembly on site. Two workshops were originally arranged to enlist the help of the children from the Community Centres after school group.

Chances Park Nature Trail

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Chances Park, Latest News  //  No Comments

Chances Park Nature Trail

In July Newlaithes School once again helped to launch our new Nature Trail.

Using the new Nature Trail leaflet they took a rubbing at each Trail Post Point exploring and learning which tree is which, where to find insects, butterflies, owls, bats and many different species of birds in there natural environments as you can see great fun was had.

More Nature Trail photos in our gallery, click here.

Click here to download the Chances Park Nature Trail Map

Click here to download Chances Park Nature Trail Info


Drum Trek

May 30, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments
Drum Trek – a rhythmical odysseyDrum trek arrives at Chances Park on 8 July 2015
John o’Groats to Land’s End26 Drum circles… in 26 days! In July 2015 Paul John Dear set off from John O’Groats in Scotland with a van full of drums. Over 26 days he  facilitated 26 community drum circles and will arrive in Land’s End at the finish of his Rhythmical Odyssey: Drum TrekPaul used this journey to connect with the UK drum community and beyond with a desire to raise funds for the support of Tinto Music and Arts ( The Creative Arts wing of Wiston Lodge) and Stainsby Festival. The Drum Trek visited:
  • Findhorn
  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Wiston
  • Carlisle <—- on 8 July 2015
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Wakefield
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Hebden Bridge
  • Preston
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Stainsby (2 days)
  • Nottingham
  • Birmingham
  • Newtown
  • Swansea
  • Cardiff
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Brighton
  • and finally… Land’s End! 
Wiston Lodge is a residential centre that specialises in Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), particularly relating to young people and at-risk adults.

Solar Eclipse over Chances Park

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The recent solar eclipse (20 March 2015) was visible in Chances Park.

Can you spot the crescent-shaped sun through the branches of the tree on the left?

FOCP Solar Eclipse March 2015 2


FOCP Solar Eclipse March 2015

2014 Visitor Update

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

In 2014 the turnstiles on Dunmail Drive and Wigton Road recorded 213,521 visits by people to Chances Park!

(The other park entrances are not ‘counted’)

Chances Park in Carlisle is an Open Park – available to use 24 hours a day. Many local residents benefit from having such a beautiful open space on their doorstep and take part in many of the activities held in the park and Morton Community Centre.

FOCP Meeting

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

The next Friends of Chances Park (FOCP) Meeting was on 7 September 2015 at 2.00pm at Morton Community Centre.

If you would like to find out more about the meeting or FOCP, please contact Iris Rogan

Friends of Chances Park AGM (2014)

May 24, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Read the end of year report from the FOCP Chairman.

FOCP – Chair’s AGM Report 2014

Manor Fairy Day (24 July 2015)

May 11, 2014   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Fairy DayAnother Manor Fairy Day in Chances Park with Magical Mel!

11.00am to 3.00pm

Join the Magic of the Gardens and part in magical things…!

  • Free activities
  • Storytime
  • Characters
  • Workshops
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Face painting
  • Balloons
  • Stalls

Tickets £5 (under 2s FREE) – available from Morton Manor or Magical Mel (Tel: 01228 710386) or book online.

Click here for further information

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Carols in the Park

Nov 21, 2013   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Carols in the Parkwith Carlisle Musical Society, St Stephen’s Silver Band  and  Yewdale Primary School Choir

Compere: BBC Radio Cumbria’s Val Armstrong

Click  here to download the event poster


Weekly 5k Park Run

Sep 12, 2013   //   by acarruthers   //   Events, Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Keep fit and enjoy a run around a beautiful park every Saturday morning at 8.30am and then relax afterwards with a drink in the Coffee Bar.

Run, jog or walk – the choice is yours.  Open to all ages and abilities so come down and have some fun and fresh air. Up to 200 people per run!

The run itself lasts for approximately an hour so we ask dog owners to please be aware and to keep their dog on a lead whilst the event takes place.  This will ensure that the park is enjoyed by everyone.

Extra runs held on bank holidays.

For more details go to:

See our Facebook page for comments and photos!