Rest Under The Stars

Rest Under the Stars is on a journey through Cumbria beginning in Carlisle and then visiting communities across the county. We will work with Prism Arts to explore the sights and sounds of the journeys. Rest Under the Stars will bring all of this together and return to the county's Cathedral in Carlisle in the summer of 2024. This page plots the journey taken from Summer 2023 to the present day.

Getting Ready

The Cathedral Team are excited to see the return of the Rest Under The Stars installation! We can't wait to welcome you to this unique experience in Summer 2023.

Thank you!

Thank you to the Rest Under The Stars sponsors and supporters: Hayward Tod, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cumbria Community Foundation. This event wouldn't be possible without their generous support. Thank you also to Prism Arts for the fantastic soundscape and bespoke artwork.

The Launch Party

We had a great Launch Party on 25 July to officially start our Rest Under The Stars 2023 journey. Thank you to everyone who attended! Please share your photos with us by tagging us on social media.

Family Activities

The Launch Party was accompanied by family activities in the south aisle. Badge making and colouring in kept the children entertained! These activities will be available each day the installation is open, please have a go!

Your Feedback

When you visit Rest Under The Stars, please make sure you fill in one of our feedback postcards to let us know your thoughts on the experience. This greatly helps us with evaluating the event and our plans for the future. Just head to the blue table in the South Aisle, fill in your card, then pop it into our post box. Thank you.

Storytime and PJ Party Under The Stars

To accompany the installation, we are hosting FREE family events - Storytime and PJ Parties Under The Stars - during the summer holidays. Thank you to everyone who has attended.

A Grand Day Out

We were delighted to welcome a group from Age UK to Carlisle Cathedral in August. The group visited us as part of the Grand Day Out initiative with Stagecoach, encouraging bus pass holders to explore the county and combat loneliness and isolation, particularly following the pandemic. Photo Credit: Harry Atkinson

Going on Tour!

The deckchairs are packed and Canon Benjamin is ready to set off to take Rest Under The Stars on tour. First stop is St Lawrence's Church, Crosby Ravensworth. Please come and enjoy the installation from 22 September onwards.

St Lawrence's Church, Crosby Ravensworth

The installation looks wonderful at St Lawrence's Church. Have you been to visit yet? Gaze at the awnings, made by Prism Arts and inspired by Carlisle Cathedral. Listen to the soundscape in the bespoke chairs. The white awnings will be decorated as the tour progresses.

St Stephen's Church, Kirkby Stephen

The installation has now moved to its second location of the tour - Kirkby Stephen. Prism Arts are holding a music and arts workshop on Monday 6 November, 10am - 3pm, at The Methodist Hall. All welcome.

St Lawrence's Church, Appleby

The installation has now moved to its third and final location of the tour - Appleby. Prism Arts are holding a music and arts workshop in the church on Monday 4 December, 10am - 3pm. All welcome.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Rest Under The Stars tour in 2023. The tour has now finished - watch this space for our 2024 plans. Thank you to all of our event partners for making this possible.

2024 Tour

Rest Under The Stars will be going on tour once more, visiting communities in West Cumbria from April to July 2024, before returning to Carlisle Cathedral during August. First stop is St Andrew's Church, Thursby, where the installation will be in situ from 29 April - 15 May 2024. Please do visit.

2024 funders

The 2024 Tour has received £9,402.54 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. More information can be found at Support for Rest Under The Stars has also been gratefully received from Hayward Tod.

St Andrew's Church, Thursby

The installation is now set up at St Andrew's Church Thursby, and will be open to visitors until 15 May 2024. The Prism Arts residency day will take place on 7 May at St Mary's Church, Wigton. Everyone is welcome to attend this creative session.

Prism Arts Residency Day at St Mary's Church, Wigton

Here are the fantastic awnings created at the Prism Arts Residency Day on Tuesday 7 May at St Mary's Church, Wigton! Thank you to everyone who joined in.

St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale

The installation will be set up in St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale until 5 June 2024. A new awning has been made at each tour location and the overall display is looking amazing. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to these.